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The University of Saskatchewan Huskies overcame a three-point deficit in the deciding fifth set to take a 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11) decision over the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
Mount Royal’s Julia Pasieka attacks and service ace led the Cougars to a 4-1 lead to open the final game. A service run by Huskies’ middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz knotted the set at five. Saskatchewan turned the tables to take their own three-point lead capitalizing on Cougars’ errors and a Candace Hueser service ace. Despite Mount Royal holding the Huskies to match point twice, a Tycholiz kill down the middle ended the set 15-11.
With the win Saskatchewan improves to 9-12, while Mount Royal drops to 6-15.

Match Stats
In the match, middle blocker Emily Humbert led the Huskies with 15 kills, while fifth-year outside hitter Hueser tallied 13. Tycholiz added another 12 kills in the match. Liberio Haley Williams and outside hitter Anne Hanbidge each tallied 15 digs.
Carolyn O’Dwyer and Fallon Middlemiss led Mount Royal in the match with 12 kills each. Middlemiss also tallied a match-high 17 digs, while O’Dwyer and Mackenzie Allen each recorded 10.
Holding onto a lead for the majority of the first set, the Huskies lost control late allowing the Cougars to take a 21-19 lead. Tying the match at 21 after a Mount Royal set error and a Tycholiz kill, Saskatchewan scored the next four points on kills by Hueser, Emmalyn Copping and another Tycholiz strike to win 25-21.
Mount Royal jumped to an early lead in the second set. The Huskies were able to tie the set at 9, 13, 14 and 23 points, but each time the Cougars were able to pull back ahead with strong attacks the Huskies couldn’t defend. Mount Royal took the set 25-23.
On the strength of a 5-1 lead, the Huskies sailed to a 25-16 win over Mount Royal in the third set.
Saskatchewan looked as if they would sail to a four set victory holding a four-point lead early in the fourth game. But the Cougars strung together a 6-2 run to tie the set at 18. A Jill Irvine service ace gave Mount Royal the lead and the Cougars never looked back winning 25-21.
The two teams will battle again Saturday night in the final match of the regular season. First serve is 6:15 p.m. and can be watched on
Match Notes: With two solo blocks and seven assisted blocks, middle blocker Kayla Tycholiz matched a season-best for Saskatchewan with 99 total blocks. The record of 95 was set by Natalie Lukiw in 1998. Candace Hueser matched the Saskatchewan career kills total of 1011 set by Lindsay Bothner in 2002.

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