SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies successfully defended home court Friday night at the PAC with a 3-1 0(25-15, 14-25, 25-17, 25-16) win over the University of Regina Cougars.
The Huskies improve to 9-14 with the victory and have the chance to reach double digit wins Saturday night. Regina falls to 1-22 with their 11th straight loss.
Taylor Annala led the Huskies with 10 kills in the match while adding three blocks. Emmalyn Copping added another nine kills for Saskatchewan. Fifth-year setter Jina Barker put up 28 assists to go along with her seven digs in the match.
A trio of Cougars put home eight kills in the match. Ashlee Sandiford, Molly Wade-Cummings and Tory Glynn all finished the night with eight. Glynn added a team high 11 digs. Setter Erika Burns had 29 assists and tallied three services aces for Regina.
Saskatchewan got out to a strong start on Friday night. After the two teams traded points back and forth to begin the match, Saskatchewan pulled ahead 16-12. From there the Huskies would take control, rolling to a 25-15 win.
Regina bounced back in the second set, taking advantage of some Huskie errors in the early going. The Cougars got ahead 13-5 and continued to grow the lead, doubling up the Huskies at 22-11. Regina would eventually take the set 25-14.
Saskatchewan would move ahead in the latter stages of the third set to lead the Cougars 18-12. Fresh legs came in end of the set for the Huskies helping them to the 25-17 set win.
The Huskies went up 8-4 in the fourth set forcing an early Regina timeout. Saskatchewan grew the lead to 13-6 and were up eight at the technical timeout. In control ahead 19-10, the Huskies reserves came in to finish out the match with a 25-16 win.
The two Saskatchewan based schools will meet up again in the 2016 finale for both sides at 6 p.m. at the PAC. Saturday night is Fan Appreciation at the PAC as well as Free Youth Night. The Huskies will recognize their fifth-year athletes between the matches.