Canada West Game of the Week


By Jordon Dinsmore

(ISN) – The Saskatchewan Huskies look to hold on to the last playoff spot as they take on the No. 5 UBC Thunderbirds this weekend.

The Huskies stumbled out of the gates going 1-5 to start the season, but since November 7th they have won six straight games and have started to get in rhythm. The Huskies have not given up more than a set to anyone in their last five outings.

They dominated the MacEwan Griffins last week at Edmonton, getting 56 kills compared to the hosts’ 38. Jordan Nowakowski led the way in the last set with his serving, getting the Huskies off to an 8-0 start to the frame.

The T-Birds have looked much better on the road this season than at home. They have gone 5-1 on the road while only going .500 on their home turf. The Thunderbirds started the season strong but have looked lackluster in the last two weeks of matches. Despite the drop off in their play, UBC was able to salvage their series with the Winnipeg Wesmen last weekend, squeezing away with one win before heading to Saskatoon.

“I think that tonight we got away with one,” said UBC Head Coach Richard Schick after their win last Friday. “We weren’t playing great, but it was a win.”

UBC will be looking to beef up their blocking skills and cut down on unforced errors. “Always tough going into Saskatchewan’s barn, but hopefully the guys will be motivated after this weekend,” said UBC Assistant Coach Matt Lebourdais.

Watch the games live on CanadaWest.TV on Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29. Game time is 8:00 pm CT for both days.

By the Numbers

Saskatchewan Huskies
Record 7-5
Kills Per Set 12.3
Hitting Percentage .234
Blocks Per Set 2.19
Services Aces Per Set 1.45
Digs Per Set 9.86

UBC ThunderBirds
Record 9-5
Kills Per Set 12.91
Hitting Percentage .281
Blocks Per Set 2.52
Services Aces Per Set 1.21
Digs Per Set 9.45