by Nicole Betker
January 11, 2014, Saskatoon (ISN) – The No. 8 University of Saskatchewan Huskies squeaked out a tight 3-0 (25-22, 31-29, 25-23) win over the visiting University of Winnipeg Wesmen Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
Fourth-year outside hitter Paul Thomson led the Huskies in the victory with 16 kills and six digs. Fifth-year middle blocker Braden McLean added another nine kills and two blocks for Saskatchewan, while fifth-year outside hitter Bryan Fraser added another eight kills.
Matthew Schriemer led the Wesmen with 16 kills and eight digs on the night, while Tom Douglas-Powell recorded 10 kills and a match-high 12 digs.
With the win Saskatchewan improves to 5-9 on the season after the weekend split, while Winnipeg moves to 6-8. A night earlier, Winnipeg won 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 15-11).
Winnipeg had a two point lead for the majority of the opening set, until Saskatchewan took a 17-16 lead after a Wesmen mistake. A Tyler Epp ace put Saskatchewan ahead by two. Winnipeg crawled back to a tie twice once at 19 and at 21, but kills by McLean and Fraser sealed a 25-22 Saskatchewan win.
The Wesmen and Huskies traded points throughout the second set sitting tied 17 times in the game. Saskatchewan sat at set point four times and Winnipeg twice. After a Fraser attack tied the set back at 29, two Winnipeg attack errors – one that sailed long and another into the net – gave Saskatchewan the 31-29 win.
Tied at 11, Saskatchewan scored the next two points on an Epp attack and a McLean block to take a 13-11 lead. Strong Huskie play built the lead to 18-13 and although Winnipeg found a stride to pull within one point twice. A Winnipeg net error gave Saskatchewan the 25-23 win.
The Huskies remain at home to host provincial-rival the Regina Cougars next weekend, while Winnipeg returns home to host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.