BISONS-HUSKIES SPLIT FINAL MATCHES OF SEASON2013-02-09
The No. 3 ranked University of Manitoba Bisons capitalized on the No. 6 University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ errors to secure a 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20) win on Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
With the win, the Bisons close out the Canada West men’s volleyball season with a 14-8 record. Saskatchewan finishes at 15-7 and in third place in the standings. Manitoba could host a playoff series, depending on outcomes of the remaining Canada West matches.
In the match, Saskatchewan compiled 18 service errors and 29 attack errors allowing Manitoba to pull ahead in the sets. The first team to 20 points in each set of the match took the win.
Evan Jackson led the Bisons to the win tallying a team-high 13 kills. Dane Pischke followed closely behind with 11, while Chris Voth and Kenny Rooney each tallied seven. Libero Derek Nieroda recorded a match-high 13 digs. Joseph Brooks was strong in the middle with five solo blocks and three assisted blocks.
Outside hitter Bryan Fraser led the Huskies with 15 kills in the match, while Paul Thomson added 13 and Matthew Busse 10. Chris Gilbert recorded 12 digs and Jeff Grant had 11 digs for the Huskies.
Both the Huskies and Bisons will play in a Canada West best-of-three quarter-final February 15-17. Saskatchewan will host for the first time since 2004-05.