Key Matchup For Huskies and Cougars in Saskatoon

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

Game Date: January 22 & 23, 2016

Game Location: 8pm, PAC

Webcast/Livestats: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

The No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskie men's volleyball team hosts the Mount Royal University Cougars this weekend at the PAC in a weekend series that could have post-season implications.

THE HEADLINES

  • The Huskies enter the weekend ranked No. 9 and are joined by Alberta (No. 2), Manitoba (No. 3), Calgary (No. 4), UBC (No. 5) and Winnipeg (No. 6) in the CIS Top 10.
  • Saskatchewan and Mount Royal are both in the hunt for a post-season spot. The Trinity Western Spartans are also in the mix as all three teams have .500 records.
  • It is the first home games for the Huskies since November 27-28. Saskatchewan is 5-1 at home this season.


THE SERIES

Since Mount Royal joined the Canada West in 2012-13, the Huskies are 3-3 against the Cougars. Mount Royal took both meetings 3-0 last season.

MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY COUGARS (7-7)

The Mount Royal Cougars got off to a good start in 2016 with a weekend sweep of the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.

The Cougars enjoyed a bye last weekend and currently sit eighth in the standings with a pair of games in hand on most of the teams they trail.

Second-year outside hitter Tyler Schmidt leads the offence with 3.56 kills per set. Fifth-year Andrew McWilliam leads the Cougars with 71 digs and 16 service aces this season.

As a team, the Cougars sit second in the conference in service aces per set with 1.49. The Cougars hitting percentage ranks them eighth in the Canada West at .259.

NO. 9 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (8-8)

The Saskatchewan Huskies look to continue to make strides toward securing a Canada West post-season berth. Saskatchewan is currently tied for sixth in the standings, one game ahead of Mount Royal.

Saskatchewan is 2-2 since the break after splitting a pair of games with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack over the weekend.

Fifth-year's Jordan Nowakowski and Andrew Nelson lead the Huskies offensive attack. Nowakowski averages 3.52 kills per set, while Nelson adds another 3.16. Fellow fifth-year Robert Graham has put home a team best 17 service aces and leads the squad in blocks with 65.

As a unit, the Huskies are second in total blocks in the Canada West with 146, trailing Alberta by just one in the category. Saskatchewan boasts a top five hitting percentage at .265.