The University of Saskatchewan Huskies improved their winning streak to four matches with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-23) win over the No. 5 ranked Trinity Western University Spartans Saturday night at the PAC.
Saskatchewan improves to 4-2 on the season while the Spartans drop to 3-3 in 2015. The Huskies, who came into the weekend with a 9-23 all-time regular season record against the Spartans, ended their recent struggles with the back-to-back victories.
In the first set the Huskies were efficient with 12 kills and no errors en route to a commanding 25-14 win despite losing setter Troy Wiebe to injury.
In the second, freshman setter CJ Gavlas did an admirable job filling in for the injured Wiebe to get the Huskies get off to a 7-3 start. The Spartans would close the gap to 12-10 before Saskatchewan would slowly start to pull away. After a kill of his own, Robert Graham would serve out the set.
After the Huskies led early in the third, Trinity Western would battle back late in the set to take the lead at 19-18. The Spartans looked like they might force a fourth set up 23-21 with serve. A Huskie timeout sparked the Huskies who, led by a pair of Tyler Epp kills, went on a 4-0 run to win 25-23.
Andrew Nelson, Jordan Nowakowski and Tyler Epp all finished the night with 10 kills for Saskatchewan. Epp added a match high four blocks in the win. Gavlas had 20 assists and seven digs.
Blake Scheerhoorn put away a match-high 14 kills for Trinity Western. Ryan Sclater pitched in with 11 more in the loss.
Saskatchewan was effective digging the ball on Saturday with 31 compared to just 19 for the Spartans.
Saskatchewan travels to Edmonton to take on the Golden Bears next weekend while the Spartans have the weekend off.