Both University of Saskatchewan Huskie volleyball teams will be in search of their first wins in the young Canada West season Saturday night.
The Huskies host provincial foes the University of Regina Cougars Saturday at the PAC in the second half of a home-and-home series. The two teams met in Regina on Thursday night.
Match time for the women is set for 6 p.m., while the men will play at 8 p.m. Both matches will be webcast on canadawest.tv and can be watched later in the week on SaskTel Local on Demand.
The Huskies suffered a four set defeat to the Cougars Thursday night.
The Cougars came out with 25-18 and 25-21 wins in the first and second sets before Saskatchewan replied with a 25-18 win in the third. Regina went on an 8-2 run midway through the fourth to take control of the set and held off Saskatchewan down the stretch.
Erin Foster had a double-double for Saskatchewan, dishing out 25 assists and tying for the match lead with 10 digs. Erin McGladdery had a team-high nine kills for the Huskies, while Laura Beadle had a solo block and six block assists to lead all players at the net.
The Huskie men’s team also suffered a four set defeat on Thursday to the Cougars.
After the two teams traded victories in the first two sets, Saskatchewan held a slim two-point lead just before the technical timeout. The Cougars reeled off six straight points to take a 20-16 lead and held off Saskatchewan for a 25-20 set win.
The Cougars needed a comeback in the fourth set as well. Trailing 18-14, the Cougars scored 11 of the set’s final 15 points and finally won it when a Paul Thompson attack went long.
Matthew Busse led Saskatchewan with 14 kills, while Braden McLean had 11 kills and just one error on 20 attacks to lead all players with a .500 hitting percentage. Chris Gilbert had a match-high 12 digs for the Huskies and libero Jeffrey Grant chipped in with 10.