Huskies Host Griffins For First Time

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

Game Date: January 29 & 30, 2016

Game Location: 8pm, PAC

Webcast/Livestats: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

The No. 10 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies hope to keep pace in the Canada West post-season race as they get set to host the MacEwan University Griffins at the PAC for the first time in conference play.

THE HEADLINES

· The Huskies enter the weekend ranked No. 10 and are joined by Alberta (No. 2), Calgary (No. 3), Manitoba (No. 4), Winnipeg (No. 5), UBC (No. 6) and Trinity Western (No. 9) in the CIS Top 10.

· Saskatchewan is currently seventh in the conference standings with six games to play this season. The Huskies hold a two-point lead on the Mount Royal Cougars.

· It is the first visit to the PAC for the MacEwan Griffins. The Griffins have yet to defeat the Huskies in league play.

· Huskie middle blocker Robert Graham is fifth in the Canada West with 1.07 blocks per set.

THE SERIES

The Huskies are 2-0 against the Griffins all-time in Canada West action. Saskatchewan won the only two meetings, 3-1, in Edmonton during MacEwan's inaugural season in 2014-15.

MACEWAN UNIVERSITY GRIFFINS (1-15)

The MacEwan Griffins have the chance to play spoiler on the Huskies post-season push.

The Griffins are out of playoff contention at 1-15, currently tied for last place in the conference. MacEwan dropped a pair of games to the Calgary Dinos, 3-1 and 3-0, on the road last weekend.

Outside hitter Ryan McDonald leads the Griffins with 3.00 kills per set this season. His 12 service aces is also a team-high. Max Vriend tops the MacEwan lineup with 50 total blocks in 2015-16.

As a team, the Griffins sit 10th in blocks per set at 1.93, 12th in hitting percentage at .159 and 12th in kills per set with 10.57.

NO. 10 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (9-9)

The Saskatchewan Huskies hope a weekend series with the Griffins can help them rise in the conference standings.

After a weekend split with Mount Royal, the Huskies still hold a two-point lead for the seventh and final playoff spot with just six matches to go in the season.

Jordan Nowakowski has averaged a team best 3.58 kills per set this season. The fifth-year Huskie also leads the team with 19 service aces. Andrew Nelson has added another 3.19 kills to help bolster the offense, while Robert Graham has posted an impressive 74 blocks. His 1.07 blocks per set average is good for fifth in the conference.

As a unit, the Huskies are fourth in blocks per set with 2.36, sixth in hitting percentage at .268 and ninth in kills per set with 12.04.