Huskie Volleyball Hosts Perennial Tough Brandon

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January 24, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskie volleyball teams will host another perennial tough team in a weekend series at the PAC. The Huskies host the Brandon University Bobcats Friday and Saturday.

Match time for the women is set for 6:15 p.m., while the men will play at 8 p.m. All four matches will be webcast at www.canadawest.tv.

WOMEN’S MATCHUP

After completing their first sweep since 2009-10, the Huskies had a rough road trip being swept by the Winnipeg Wesmen.

The Huskies enter the weekend with a 3-13 record, while Brandon sits at 6-10. The Bobcats have won just twice since November 9.

Captain and fourth-year outside hitter Candace Hueser continues to lead the squad in 2013. Hueser, who battled injury in the first half, has recorded 89 kills, 40 digs and 12 blocks in 11 starts. Second-year middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz leads the Huskies’ in offence with 115 kills, 11 service aces and 28 blocks. Carmen Dubnick and Anne Hanbidge have also chipped in with 56 kills each.

Shanlee McLennan and Victoria Dakin have provided the bulk of the offence for the Bobcats in 2012-13. Dakin leads the team with 161 kills starting all 16 matches. She adds 14 service aces, 100 digs and 27 blocks. McLennan has recorded 153 kills, 37 aces and 152 digs.

Since 2005-06, the Huskies are 4-6 in conference play against the Bobcats.

MEN’S MATCHUP

Looking to push toward securing a date in the Canada West postseason for the first time since 2006-07, the Huskies will have their work cutout for them against the Brandon Bobcats.

Another battle of the top 10 teams in the conference, the No. 8 Huskies and No. 6 Bobcats both enter the weekend with 10-6 records and six matches remaining in the regular season schedule.

Last weekend, Brandon dropped two matches to the first-place Alberta Golden Bears, while Huskies split with the Winnipeg Wesmen. The loss snapped a seven match-winning streak for Saskatchewan.

Fourth-year outside hitter Bryan Fraser continues to have a career season tallying 188 kills and 116 digs. Fellow outside hitter Paul Thomson, who led the Huskies against Winnipeg, is also having a strong offensive season with 154 kills, 79 digs and 15 blocks. Also joining in for the Huskies attack has been middle blocker Braden McLean with 96 kills and 57 blocks. As a team, the Huskies are second in the Canada West in hitting percentage at .246.

Brandon, who has won just one of their last five matches, is led by Sam Tuivai, Roy Ching and Dan Boutwell on offence. Tuivai leads the team with 262 kills and 30 blocks. Ching adds another 135 and 40 blocks, while Boutwell has 119 kills and a team-high 58 blocks.

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