by Nicole Betker
January 10, 2014, Saskatchewan (ISN) – The visiting University of Winnipeg Wesmen completed a 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 15-11) comeback win over the No. 8 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies to open the second half of the Canada West men’s volleyball season Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
Down 2-1 after the first three sets, the Wesmen jumped to large leads in the fourth and fifth games to seal the victory. Large leads to open the sets were the difference in all five sets for both teams.
Saskatchewan jumped to a 12-3 to open the first set. The Wesmen couldn’t gain control of the ball for long, allowing the Huskies to slide to a 25-16 win. Turning the tables, the Wesmen took a 6-3 lead to start the second set. Saskatchewan was able to keep pace tying the game at 11, but the Wesmen kept restoring the lead. A Matthew Schriemer attack gave the Wesmen the 25-22 win.
Playing more like they did in the first set, Saskatchewan jumped to an 11-4 lead to start the third game. Although Winnipeg was able to pull within two three times in the set, it was as close as they would come. Saskatchewan won 25-19.
It was Winnipeg’s turn, once again, to take a large lead at 10-5, making a bid to push the match to five sets. The early lead gave the Wesmen momentum and the visitor’s were the first to the technical timeout at 16-11. The Huskies pulled to 24-23 but another Schriemer big attack froze the Huskies and sealed a 25-23 win.
With a 9-2 lead in the final set, Winnipeg looked like they had sealed the victory over Saskatchewan. But after a Huskies’ timeout Saskatchewan scored the next five points to force a Wesmen timeout. But it wasn’t enough. Winnipeg held on for the 15-11.
With the win Winnipeg improves to 6-7, while Saskatchewan drops to 4-9. Both teams need a strong second half of the season to keep pace in the playoff race.
Tom Douglas-Powell led the Wesmen in the win recording a match-high 8 kills. Schriemer added another 14, while Casey Schouten added another 10. Matthew Stubler had 11 digs for Winnipeg.
Thomson recorded 13 kills and 11 digs for the Huskies, while Nowakowski tallied 12 kills. Bryan Fraser and Tyler Epp each added another 11 kills for Saskatchewan.
The two teams will meet again Saturday night at the PAC. Match time is 8 p.m. A video feed can be watched on canadawest.tv