Huskie Volleyball Faces Provincial Rival In Home-And-Home

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January 30, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskie volleyball teams will look for wins against provincial rival the University of Regina Cougars in a home-and-home series.

The Huskies host the Cougars Thursday at the PAC, before travelling to Regina Saturday for the second match of the weekend series.

Thursday’s match time for the women is set for 6:15 p.m., while the men will play at 8 p.m. Both matches will be webcast at www.canadawest.tv.

WOMEN’S MATCHUP

Entering the weekend series with identical 3-15 records, the Huskies and Cougars will look to continue to grow as teams.

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 118 kills, 47 digs and 17 blocks. Second-year middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz leads the Huskies’ in offence with 130 kills, 12 service aces and 34 blocks. Carmen Dubnick and Anne Hanbidge have also chipped in with 64 and 65 kills respectively.

The Cougars spread offence around with four players with 100 or more kills on the season. Desiree Ates leads the way with 199 on the season, while Michelle Sweeting has tallied another 165. Tori Glynn adds 119 and Chelsea Ziolkowski 104. Megan Semeniuk leads the Cougars with 140 digs.

Since 1996, the Huskies are 10-14 in conference play against the Cougars.

MEN’S MATCHUP

Securing a playoff spot for the first time since 2006-07 last weekend, the Huskie men’s volleyball team has its eyes set on home dates for the postseason.

The No. 6 ranked Saskatchewan (12-6) enters the weekend having won nine of their last 10 matches. With just four matches remaining in the Canada West schedule, Saskatchewan needs to make every game count. The Huskies have a date next weekend with the No. 4 ranked Bisons, who enter this weekend tied with Saskatchewan in the standings.

Regina (2-16) enters the weekend after a sweep on the road by the Bisons. The Cougars haven’t won since November 30.

Fourth-year outside hitter Bryan Fraser continues to have a career season tallying 211 kills and 133 digs. Fellow outside hitter Paul Thomson, who led the Huskies against Brandon, is also having a strong offensive season with 183 kills, 88 digs and 17 blocks. Also joining in for the Huskies attack has been middle blocker Braden McLean with 109 kills and 62 blocks.

Andrew Nelson and Andre Borgeaud lead Regina on offence. Nelson leads the team with 185 kills and 23 blocks. Borgeaud adds another 112 kills, 102 digs and 27 blocks. Caleb Eschbach leads the Cougars with 136 digs.

Since 1996, the Huskies are 34-1 against Regina in Canada West action.

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