January 18, 2013, (ISN) – The hometown University of Winnipeg Wesmen picked up their first victory of the new year with a convincing 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-14) victory over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday evening at the Duckworth Centre in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg improves their record to 5-10, Saskatchewan falls to 3-12 in the Canada West Conference standings.
Ozana Nikolic led the Wesmen with a match high 16 kills and 16 defensive digs. Alicia Perry was next with seven. Team captain Carleen Kruschel had six kills and 13 defensive digs. Setter Ellina Domnidou had 32 assists.
The Huskies were led by Kayla Tycholiz and Candace Hueser each finishing with six kills. Caremen Dubnick led the Huskies in digs with 11.
The first half of the opening was an even back and forth affair with the widest lead margin being three points (7-4 Huskies). The Huskies led 16-13 at the technical timeout when Winnipeg came back. After the Huskies made it 17-13 coming out of the break, Winnipeg reeled off four straight points to tie the score at 17-17. The teams continued to exchange points until Winnipeg made it 24-22 and closed out the set with a kill by Alicia Perry on the next play.
Winnipeg had control in the second set leading 17-12 but the Huskies fought back. Saskatchewan scored five straight points to knot the score at 17-17. Once again the teams exchanged points to 23-23 when Winnipeg went in for the kill. A Huskies attacking error set up set point and on the following play Carleen Kruschel put up a block to win the set 25-23.
The Wesmen dominated the third set racing out to a 16-9 lead at the technical break and went on to win the third set by a scre of 25-14.
The two teams will play in the late match on Saturday night. Start time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.