January 20, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The No 10 ranked Winnipeg Wesmen gained a split in their two match series against the No. 8 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies with a 3-1 (27-25, 25-17, 21-25, 26-24) victory Saturday night in Winnipeg.
The Huskies won the opening match of the weekend series Friday night in five sets.
Winnipeg improves their record with the win to 8-8. The Huskies fall to 10-6.
In the opening set the Huskies gained the advantage early on jumping out to a 16-11 lead at the technical timeout. Winnipeg settled down and managed to tie the score at 20-20 late in the set. The teams exchanged points to 25-25 when Kenny McKenzie had a kill to give Winnipeg set point and on the next play McKenzie put up the wall to give the Wesmen a 27-25 win in the opening set.
In the second set both teams came out battling to an even score of 8-8 until Winnipeg seized control. The Wesmen outscored the Huskies 8-4 to take a 16-12 lead at the technical timeout. Winnipeg extended their lead to 22-14 late in the set and eventually went on to win the set 25-17. Winnipeg’s outside hitters Tom Douglas Powell and Casey Schouten had six and four kills respectively in the set for the Wesmen.
The Huskies relied on strong net play in the third set to get back into the match. Saskatchewan had five blocks in the set and got timely kills from the duo of Bryan Fraser and Matthew Busse to win the set 25-21.
The fourth set was a tight affair all throughout and as the trend has been all weekend extra points was needed. The teams battled to 24-24 until back to back kills by McKenzie and Douglas Powell gave the Wesmen a 26-24 set victory to close out the match.
Tom Douglas Powell led the Wesmen with a match high 17 kills. Casey Schouten added 12 kills. Kenny McKenzie had eight kills and was solid at the net finishing with four blocks. Setter Josh McKay had 42 assists to go with his team leading 10 digs.
Paul Thomson led the Huskies with 14 kills. Matthew Busse added 12 kills and four blocks. Bryan Fraser finished with eight kills. Jeffrey Grant led the Huskies with 13 digs.
Winnipeg will be on the road next week in Edmonton to face the Alberta Golden Bears. Saskatchewan will be home to face the Brandon Bobcats.