The University of Saskatchewan Huskies completed the sweep of the University of Regina Cougars with a 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-21, 25-9) win Saturday night on Ron and Jane Graham Court at the PAC.
The match was tied one set apiece heading into the third, where Saskatchewan would run away with the match.
First-year Dylan Mortensen recorded a match-high 17 kills and added seven digs for the Huskies. Fourth-year Colin Fraser recorded 14 kills, seven digs and a service ace.
For Regina, fourth-year Brennan Goski recorded a team-high 11 kills and two digs. Third-year Cody Caldwell and second-year Matthew Aubrey each chipped in with nine kills.
The win improves Saskatchewan to 5-9. Regina falls to 1-13.
An opening 12-5 lead gave the Huskies room to work with in the first. Despite a timeout and a late attempt at a rally by Regina, two critical kills by second-year Matthew Meyer lifted the Huskies in the first set, 25-19.
Attack errors by the Huskies gave Regina an early 7-2 lead to start the second. The Huskies crawled all the way back to a 22-20 advantage late in the set. Despite strong play, Regina went on a 5-0 run to win 25-22.
The third opened with plenty of back and forth, unlike the opening two sets. A 6-2 run midway through the set gave the Cougars an 18-12 lead. The Huskies would storm back with a massive 13-3 run to close the set 25-21, with Meyer and Mortensen doing the damage for Saskatchewan.
In the final set, fifth-year Troy Wiebe couldn’t be stopped at the service forcing Cougar attack errors to give the Huskies a commanding 10-1 lead. The mistakes proved costly for Regina as the deficit was too much to recover from. Huskies won the final set 25-9.
Saskatchewan stays at home next weekend to play the MacEwan University Griffins. Regina will travel back home to take on Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.
Women’s Volleyball Action
Regina 3 @ Saskatchewan 2
University of Regina Cougars avoided a five set collapse against provincial rival the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night on Ron and Jane Centre Court at the PAC with a 3-2 (25-19, 25-22, 15-25, 19-25, 15-10).
Winning the first two sets but dropping the next two, the Cougars were in trouble in the fifth when setter Mackenzie Pek delivered a service ace to narrow the Regina lead to two at 11-9. The Cougars called a timeout and went on 4-1 run sparked by a Haley Wagar kill, and two Brooklyn Reynolds blocks. Reynolds sealed the 15-10 win with a kill.
With the win, Regina improves to 6-8. Saskatchewan falls to 7-7. It was the Cougars’ first win in Saskatoon since the 2014-15 season. The Huskies won Friday night 3-2 (19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 16-25, 15-10).
Emily Koshinsky led the Huskies once again recording a match high 23 kills. She added 10 digs and two aces. Taylor Annala added another nine kills and 10 digs in the match.
For Regina, fourth-year Ashlee Sandiford recorded a team-high 20 kills and seven digs. Wagar contributed another 13 kills and five digs.
In the first, a 6-1 run midway through the set lead the Cougars to a 25-19 win. Saskatchewan would crawl back in the second after giving up an opening 8-3 lead to Regina. The 8-2 Huskie run earned them their only lead throughout the first two sets at 19-18. The lead was short-lived, as Sandiford supplied the final two kills int he 25-22 second set win.
Tied 10-10 in the third, Koshinsky started rolling. The Kinesiology student recorded a remarkable five kills during a 6-1 Huskie run, as they would ride to a 25-15 win in the set. Tied at 10 once again in the fourth, another Koshinsky kill sparked a 6-1 run. The run gave them the breathing room needed, winning 25-19.
Saskatchewan stays home next weekend to battle the MacEwan University Griffins. Regina returns home to host the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.