Huskies Rebound For Five Set Win

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

SASKATOON – The No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies rebounded for a 3-2 win (25-21, 28-30, 13-25, 25-21, 15-12) after falling behind 2-1 on Friday night at the PAC.

After pulling out a 25-21 first set win, the Huskies dropped a tough 30-28 set before falling big, 25-13 in the third. The Huskies turned things around in the fourth when it looked like the match might be over and edged out the Cougars in the fifth.

Saskatchewan improves to 9-8 on the season, while Mount Royal falls to 7-8.

Fifth-years Andrew Nelson and Jordan Nowakowski led Saskatchewan with 17 and 16 kills respectively. Setter CJ Gavlas finished the night with 54 assists and an impressive six assists.

Tyler Schmidt led the match with 22 kills for Mount Royal. Andrew McWilliam added another 19 kills for the Cougars.

Saskatchewan opened the match with a strong finish to the first set. After the two teams traded points the entire way, the Huskies were able to break through at the end with a kill from Robert Graham and one of Gavlas' six aces.

In the second, the two teams continued to show why they had similar records coming into the night trading points back and forth. The set would extend past 25 with the Cougars taking a 30-28 set win on a Tyler Schmidt kill.

Mount Royal seemed in control in the third set, racing out to a 10-3 lead. The Cougars continued to pour it on down the stretch to take it 25-13.

In the fourth set, it looked like the Cougars might run away with it again jumping out to another 10-3 lead. This time though, the Huskies would answer back with a run of their own closing the gap to three. Saskatchewan eventually pulled even and finally ahead of Mount Royal with a 4-0 run to lead 23-19.

The Huskies led start to finish in the fifth and final set. Andrew Nelson put home match point for the 15-12 win.

The two teams meet again Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the PAC.