Huskies Make Quick Work of Griffins

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

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies made it back-to-back wins over the MacEwan University Griffins Saturday night at the PAC with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-12) victory.

Saskatchewan improves to 11-9 on the season to sit sixth in the conference standings. MacEwan falls to 1-17 with the loss.

The Huskies were efficient on Saturday night recording 39 kills with only 11 errors in 70 attacks to finish the match with a kill percentage of .400. MacEwan fared far worse making 15 errors with just 24 kills in 78 attacks for a percentage of .118.

Andrew Nelson led the way for Saskatchewan with a match-high 13 kills. Jordan Nowakowski added another nine kills to go along with his team-high nine digs. Setter CJ Gavlas tallied 35 assists and a pair of service aces in the win.

Shane Kerrison notched a team-high 10 kills for the Griffins with Ryan McDonald right behind him with nine. Cristian Sides recorded 1.5 blocks, while setter Matt Mohler put up 21 assists.

Saskatchewan dominated Saturday's match from the beginning. The Huskies led the entire first set, pulling in the middle of the set. The Huskies closed on a 10-5 run for the 25-16 set win.

In the second, it was more of the same from the green-and-white. MacEwan took the first point of the set, but never saw the lead again. Saskatchewan pulled well ahead at 18-12 on a Tyler Epp kill and finished off the set, 25-17, with one of Nowakowski's nine kills on the night.

The third set started out fairly even with the teams trading points to five all. After a quick 3-0 run forced the Griffins to take a timeout, Saskatchewan had found its groove. With the hometown crowd at the PAC behind them in the stands, the Huskies closed the match with a 12-3 burst to take the set 25-12.

Saskatchewan will enjoy a bye next weekend before heading to Vancouver to take on the UBC Thunderbirds February 12-13. MacEwan will host the Regina Cougars next weekend in Edmonton.