Key Matchup For Huskies and Cougars in Saskatoon

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

Game Date: January 22 & 23, 2016

Game Location: 8pm, PAC



The No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskie men's volleyball team hosts the Mount Royal University Cougars this weekend at the PAC in a weekend series that could have post-season implications.


  • The Huskies enter the weekend ranked No. 9 and are joined by Alberta (No. 2), Manitoba (No. 3), Calgary (No. 4), UBC (No. 5) and Winnipeg (No. 6) in the CIS Top 10.
  • Saskatchewan and Mount Royal are both in the hunt for a post-season spot. The Trinity Western Spartans are also in the mix as all three teams have .500 records.
  • It is the first home games for the Huskies since November 27-28. Saskatchewan is 5-1 at home this season.


Since Mount Royal joined the Canada West in 2012-13, the Huskies are 3-3 against the Cougars. Mount Royal took both meetings 3-0 last season.


The Mount Royal Cougars got off to a good start in 2016 with a weekend sweep of the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.

The Cougars enjoyed a bye last weekend and currently sit eighth in the standings with a pair of games in hand on most of the teams they trail.

Second-year outside hitter Tyler Schmidt leads the offence with 3.56 kills per set. Fifth-year Andrew McWilliam leads the Cougars with 71 digs and 16 service aces this season.

As a team, the Cougars sit second in the conference in service aces per set with 1.49. The Cougars hitting percentage ranks them eighth in the Canada West at .259.


The Saskatchewan Huskies look to continue to make strides toward securing a Canada West post-season berth. Saskatchewan is currently tied for sixth in the standings, one game ahead of Mount Royal.

Saskatchewan is 2-2 since the break after splitting a pair of games with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack over the weekend.

Fifth-year's Jordan Nowakowski and Andrew Nelson lead the Huskies offensive attack. Nowakowski averages 3.52 kills per set, while Nelson adds another 3.16. Fellow fifth-year Robert Graham has put home a team best 17 service aces and leads the squad in blocks with 65.

As a unit, the Huskies are second in total blocks in the Canada West with 146, trailing Alberta by just one in the category. Saskatchewan boasts a top five hitting percentage at .265.