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REGINA, Sask. – The University of Regina’s women’s volleyball team needed a big comeback in the deciding set, but did just that in a five-set victory over Saskatchewan on Saturday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
The Cougars trailed by four points early on in the fifth set, but came roaring back to tie it up with a 5-1 run and won six of the final seven points to clinch the match with a 15-10 victory.
Tori Glynn was spectacular on the outside for the Cougars, leading all players with a career-high 19 kills and a .349 hitting percentage. Desiree Ates was just behind Glynn with 18 kills and added a match-high 16 digs to set a new career high. Meagan Lane fired out 48 assists and added eight digs, while Michelle Sweeting led the Cougars at the net with six blocks.
Candace Hueser led Saskatchewan with 16 kills and five blocks, while Kayla Tycholiz chipped in with 10 kills as the Huskies drop to 3-17 on the season. Anne Hanbidge had a team-leading 10 digs for the U of S.
Saskatchewan used a balanced attack in the first set, as five of the six starting Huskies had at least two kills and the visitors took an early lead with a 25-22 victory. The Cougars replied in a big way in the second, holding Saskatchewan to a -.083 hitting percentage in a 25-13 win that evened the match at a set apiece.
The Cougars carried that momentum into the third, winning 25-16 despite hitting just .167 as a team in the set. The fourth set was the most hotly contested of the match, featuring 10 tie scores and five lead changes before Saskatchewan finally pulled out their second 25-22 win of the match to send it to a fifth and deciding set, where the Cougars registered their come-from-behind 15-10 win.
Saskatchewan closes out its 2012-13 season next weekend at home against Manitoba, while the Cougars finish the schedule on the road against Calgary.