by Nicole Betker
January 18, 2014, Saskatchewan (ISN) – The University of Regina Cougars completed a much-needed weekend sweep over provincial rival the University of Saskatchewan Huskies with a 3-0 (25-21, 27-25, 25-12) win in women’s volleyball Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
With the sweep, Regina (7-9) moves into a tie with Saskatchewan (7-9) for the seventh and last Canada West playoff spot.
Cougars’ setter Leah Shevkenek was masterful at the helm recording 34 assists and leading Regina to a .340 hitting percentage in the win. Michelle Sweeting led Cougar attackers with 12 kills on the night, while Tori Glynn added nine and Desiree Ates recorded eight. Megan Semeniuk tallied a match-high 10 digs.
Fifth-year outside hitter Candace Hueser led the Huskies with 12 kills on the night. Middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz added another eight, while libero Haley Williams recorded seven digs.
Tied 20-20, Regina scored four straight points capitalizing on Huskies’ errors and an ace to take a four point lead in the opening frame. The Cougars returned the ball at 24-21 on a serve into the net. An Ates kill ended the set on the next play at 25-21.
Matching point-for-point, the Huskies took a lead on a Kayla Tycholiz ace at 24-23. The Cougars quickly answered back with a kill from the back row that Saskatchewan couldn’t dig. As was the case throughout the set, the two provincial foes traded points to sit back at a tie. Chelsea Ziulkowsk led Regina to set point after her kill couldn’t be dug. Another Ates kill that skimmed the line won the set 27-25.
After once again trading points, a Cougars block and two Huskies’ errors helped the Cougars build a 16-10 lead in the third set. Saskatchewan couldn’t gain possession of the ball long enough to climb back in the set. The Cougars sailed to the 25-12 victory.
The Huskies travel to meet the Calgary Dinos next weekend, while the Cougars return home to host the Manitoba Bisons.