Huskies look to prove themselves against perennial power

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October 31, 2013 Saskatchewan (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan men’s and women’s volleyball teams look to prove themselves as a contender in the tough Canada West conference when they host the highly touted Trinity Western University Spartans this weekend at the PAC.

Game Date: November 1 & 2. Game Location: PAC, Women: 6:15PM – Men: 8PM. 

THE GAMES

The University of Saskatchewan men’s and women’s volleyball teams look to prove themselves as a contender in the tough Canada West conference when they host the highly touted Trinity Western University Spartans this weekend at the PAC.

THE HEADLINES

Trinity Western’s women’s team sits at No. 2 in the rankings. The Huskies are not in the Top 10, but did collect nine votes in the latest polls.

The men’s squad enters the weekend ranked No. 7 and is joined by Alberta (1), TWU (3), Brandon (4) and UBC (6) as Canada West schools make up half of the CIS Top 10 rankings.

It is the second straight weekend the men will host a Top 5 team.

Last season the TWU women earned a bronze medal at the CIS Championship and finished second in the Canada West, while the men finished as silver medalists in both the CIS and Canada West.

WOMEN’S SERIES

The Huskies are 8-14 all-time in conference play against the Spartans. Saskatchewan has lost five straight matches to Trinity Western with their last win coming in Saskatoon on January 28, 2011.

NO. 2 TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY SPARTANS (0-2)

After losing just three regular season matches a year ago, the 2012-13 CIS bronze medalist Trinity Western Spartans opened the season with a pair of losses to the No. 1 ranked and defending CIS champion UBC Thunderbirds.

2013 CIS All-Canadian middle Alicia Perrin leads the way for this year’s squad that will look to reenact a stellar 2012-13 campaign in which the team was ranked in the top two spots in the country for 13-of-14 weeks.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (2-0)

Saskatchewan is off to their first 2-0 start since 1998 and will look to assert themselves as a contender in the Canada West against the Spartans this weekend.

The Huskies showed that they are a different squad in 2013-14 with a pair of impressive wins over last year’s CIS silver medalists, the Alberta Pandas.

Fifth-year Candace Hueser’s experience will be leaned on as the Huskies continue to push through the tough Canada West schedule. Hueser recorded 32 kills in the opening weekend of conference play.

MEN’S SERIES

Saskatchewan is 9-19 against Trinity Western all-time in conference play. The Huskies have not beaten the Spartans since the playoffs in 2004, a streak lasting 16 regular season matches.

NO. 3 TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY SPARTANS (2-0)

The 2012-13 CIS silver medalist Trinity Western Spartans opened the season with back-to-back 3-1 victories over the No. 5 UBC Thunderbirds.

The Spartans return one CIS All-Canadian from last season in Nic Del Bianco. The fourth-year outside hitter recorded 31 kills and seven service aces in the two wins.

No. 7 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-2)

Despite playing point for point with the team’s No. 1 ranked team, the Alberta Golden Bears, the Huskies came up just short and find themselves winless after the opening weekend of Canada West action.

The road doesn’t get any easier for Saskatchewan as they host the No. 3 ranked Spartans.

2012 Canada West All-Star Bryan Fraser has 26 kills in two matches for the Huskies. Middle Braden McLean has recorded seven blocks.

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