Huskies Host Wesmen in Top 10 Matchup

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

Game Date: November 27-28

Game Location: 6pm, PAC

Webcast/Livestats: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

The No. 7 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies will attempt to cool off the red-hot No. 8 University of Winnipeg Wesmen in the final weekend of Canada West volleyball action before the semester break.

THE HEADLINES

  • The Huskies enter the weekend ranked No. 7 and are joined by Alberta (2), Manitoba (3), Calgary (4), UBC (5), Winnipeg (8) and Trinity Western (9) as the Canada West holds 7 of the top 10 spots.
  • The Huskies and Wesmen were tied for seventh in last week's rankings before the Huskies jumped ahead in the latest poll.
  • It is the final weekend of the first half of the Canada West Volleyball season. Action resumes January 8-9 when the Huskies travel to face the Brandon Bobcats.
  • Following this weekend Saskatchewan does not play at home again until Jan 22-23.
  • Winnipeg is the fifth ranked opponent in six weeks for the Huskies to open the season.


THE SERIES

The Huskies are 21-23 all-time against Winnipeg. Since 2009-10 Saskatchewan is just 4-8 in the series. The teams have split their regular season series for each of the past three seasons. The last time the two teams faced each other while both being in the top 10 was in January 2013 when the teams split a weekend series in Winnipeg.

NO. 8 UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG WESMEN (6-4)

After starting the season 0-4, the Wesmen have rolled off six straight wins coming into the final weekend of the first semester.

Last weekend, Winnipeg made quick work of the No. 5 UBC Thunderbirds posting 3-1 and 3-0 victories at home.

David Bommersbach has been a big part of Winnipeg's winning streak. The outside hitter has collected 143 kills, good for fourth in the conference, with a hitting percentage of .262. Bommersbach is also second in the conference in service aces with 15 on the season.

As a team, the Wesmen are third in service aces with 53, third in kills with 475 and have been efficient with those attacks, hitting at a percentage of .275 which sits fourth in the Canada West.

NO. 7 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (5-5)

The Huskies schedule doesn't get any easier as Saskatchewan faces its fifth ranked opponent of the season this weekend at the PAC.

Last weekend, Saskatchewan rallied for a 3-0 win over the No. 4 Calgary Dinos Saturday after dropping a 3-0 match on Friday.

Left side Jordan Nowakowski has notched 120 kills on the season, while hitting at a percentage of .330. Tyler Epp is third in the Canada West with 39 total blocks in the middle for Saskatchewan.

The Huskies are sixth in the Canada West with a .253 hitting percentage and are also sixth with 2.22 blocks per set.