Huskies fall in first match of the season

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BRANDON – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s volleyball battled throughout but were unable to pull out a victory in a 2018-19 Canada West regular season-opening 3-1 loss to the Brandon Bobcats on Friday night in Brandon, MB.

The set scores were 25-15, 25-19, 27-29 and 25-21.

The top scorer on opening night was Colin Fraser of the Huskies, who delivered a match-high 15 kills for Saskatchewan.

Daulton Sinoski was involved in five blocks and CJ Gavlas delivered 37 assists.

Brandon started strong with a 9-2 run to give them a 12-6 advantage where Baghdady delivered two service aces to help set the tone.

In the second set, the Bobcats had mini runs of 3-0 and 4-0 to put them in a comfortable spot.

The Huskies turned the tables in the third thanks to a 3-0 run to build up an 8-4 lead. Saskatchewan and Brandon went back and forth for the remainder of the set with the two sides tied at 20-20.

The third set was decided by extra points with the Bobcats up 27-26, before the Huskies rallied with three in a row to force a fourth set with a marathon 29-27 victory.

Brandon and Saskatchewan traded 3-0 runs early in the fourth and it wasn’t until after the technical timeout that the Bobcats started to pull ahead. Four consecutive Bobcat points gave BU a 21-15 lead and they never looked back.

“We got better as the match moved along and that is a positive. BU is good team and I think it comes down to the small things,” said Fraser. “By the end of the match we were neck and neck with the things we needed to do against them. A couple digs or blocks here and there will make a big difference against a team like that.”

The Bobcats and Huskies meet in the rematch on Saturday night at the HLC.

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