WINNIPEG – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies closed the first half of the Canada West men's volleyball season with a 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 15-25, 25-17) win over the University of Manitoba Bisons Saturday at Investors Group Athletic Centre in Winnipeg.
Colin Fraser led the Huskies in the win recording 18 kills, eight digs and two service aces in the match. Daulton Sinoski chipped in with nine kills, while Dylan Mortensen added another eight in the win. Etienne Hagenbuch led the team with nine digs.
Adam DeJonckheere led with 13 kills for Manitoba and Scott Vercaigne followed with another 10 kills.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 3-9. The Bisons drop to 5-7.
The first set was point-for-point, but Manitoba managed to pull ahead mid-set with a six-point lead at 22-16. A big block by Mortensen and Sinoski brought momentum back for Saskatchewan. The Bisons then shanked two consecutive passes off of Sinoski's serves, and he continued to serve till the end. A big block on DeJonckheere and a hard hit cross court by Mortensen helped the Huskies finish strong, winning the first set 25-23.
It was the Huskies turn to gain a six-point lead in the second set (22-16). Bisons right-side Kevin Negus challenged the lead with a solo block on Mortensen's attack, but a missed serve by the Bisons gave it to Saskatchewan 25-21.
The Bisons led quickly in the third set at 8-2 and held the large lead to the 25-15 win.
In the final set, Saskatchewan gained a 20-12 lead. Fraser pulled out a mix of attacks securing match point after his backrow hit deflected off the Bisons block and landed out-of-bounds for the 25-17 win.
Both teams return to the court in January. Manitoba travels to Vancouver to meet the UBC Thunderbirds January 5th, while the Huskies host the Regina Cougars.