October 27, 2013, Saskatoon (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies completed the sweep of the visiting University of Alberta Pandas in a comeback 3-2 (24-26, 23-25, 25-22, 25-9, 15-10) win Sunday afternoon at the PAC in Saskatoon.
After Alberta had narrowly won the first two sets in tight margins, Saskatchewan got stronger with each set to force a deciding fifth set.
Tied at two in the fifth set, a service ace and two blocks gave Saskatchewan 5-2 lead. Strong play on the net by Anne Hanbidge helped the Huskies continue to pull ahead to a five point 8-3 lead. But the Pandas didn’t stop and pulled within two at 11-9. A Panda attack that sailed long returned the ball to the Huskies, but Saskatchewan returned the ball on a service error. Candace Hueser then scored twice on hits from the right side to set up match point. A Jina Barker ace gave Saskatchewan the 15-10 win.
With the win, the Huskies start the Canada West women’s volleyball season 2-0 for the first time since 1998-99. Alberta is 0-2. A night earlier, Saskatchewan won 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-21).
Fifth-year outside hitter Hueser led Huskies with a match-high 20 kills. Middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz added another 12 for Saskatchewan, while Hanbidge recorded 20 digs.
Meg Cascault led the Pandas in the match with 18 kills, while Kacey Otto tallied another 11 for her team. Jessie Niles recorded a match-high 21 digs.
Trading points in the first set, Alberta pulled to a small 21-19 lead. Strong play by Tycholiz and Hueser pulled the Huskies to a tie at 24. But two quick kills by Otto and Karly Janssen gave the Pandas the 26-24 win.
Saskatchewan jumped to a 5-0 lead to start the second set. But Albert battled to get back in the match tying the set at 21 and again at 23. Tied at 23, a Janssen and Dione Lang block led the Pandas to set point. An Otto kill that went off Tycholiz and out gave Alberta the 25-23 win.
Tied 6-6, Saskatchewan began to break away in the third set. The Huskies’ kept a four-point lead throughout the majority of the set until Alberta was able to close the gap to 24-22. A Tycholiz kill down the middle gave the Huskies a 25-22 win.
The Huskies opened the fourth set with an 11-3 lead and kept control of the entire game en route to a 25-9 win in the set.
The Huskies remain at home to host the Trinity Western University Spartans next weekend, while Alberta returns home to host the Brandon University Bobcats.