Brandon - The Brandon University Bobcats and the Saskatchewan Huskies worked overtime on Friday night at the Healthy Living Centre with the road team coming out on top.
Saskatchewan edged Brandon in a marathon five-set barnburner to begin the second half of the Canada West men's volleyball season.
The set scores were 32-30, 24-26, 24-26, 25-11 and 17-15.
The Bobcats staved off numerous set points in the first, but dropped the opening set 32-30.
Brandon then took the advantage in the match after winning the next two sets in extra points.
The Huskies grabbed momentum early in the fourth set and held a 16-6 lead at the technical timeout and forced a fifth and final set with a 25-11 victory.
The fifth set saw the Bobcats take command early with a 5-1 lead and they were up 8-5 at the turn.
The match then reached a fever pitch with Brandon on the verge of victory at 14-13.
Saskatchewan would rally and staved off match point twice to pick up the win and improve their record to 7-and-6.
The Bobcats dropped to 4-and-9, but they got another stellar showing from captain Roy Ching, who collected a career-high 29 kills.
"I think we were just a little inconsistent. It shows that we haven't played a real competition game in a while. We just could not sustain leads for more then a few points or a set," said Ching.
The Bobcats and Huskies are back at it on Saturday night with the rematch scheduled for a 6:45 p.m. start.