by Nicole Betker

January 10, 2014, Saskatoon (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies opened the second half of the Canada West women’s volleyball season with a 3-1 (25-14, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20) victory over the visiting University of Winnipeg Wesmen Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.

Third-year middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz led the Huskies to the victory tallying a match-high 16 kills, adding six blocks and one service ace. Fifth-year outside hitter Candace Hueser added another 11 kills and eight digs for Saskatchewan.

Despite leaving the match with an injury in the third set, Ozana Nikolic led the Wesmen with 14 kills, while Carleen Kruschel added another nine.

With the win the Huskies improve to 6-7 on the season, while Winnipeg drops to 4-9. The win also helped Saskatchewan keep pace in the race to the playoffs. The Huskies entered the weekend tied for the last playoff spot.

After Saskatchewan started strong with a 25-14 win in the first set, Winnipeg found a stride to tie the match at one after a 25-18 win in the second game.

The Wesmen held a small three point lead in the early parts of the third game, but Saskatchewan went on a 6-2 run to be the first to the technical timeout at 16-11. Winnipeg couldn’t recover and the Huskies took the set 25-17.

Nearly squandering a 12-8 lead, Saskatchewan let the Wesmen pull to 13-12. But capitalizing on Winnipeg mistakes, the Huskies scored the next three points to take another large lead. After the technical timeout, Winnipeg kept chipping away at the lead to pull within three at 23-20 forcing Saskatchewan to a timeout. Two Tycholiz kills down the middle ended the match 25-20.

The two teams will battle again Saturday at the PAC. Match time is 6:15 p.m. A video feed can be watch on