Huskies Close Season Against Provincial Foe

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

Game Date: February 19 & 20, 2016

Game Location: 8pm, PAC

Webcast/Livestats: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies men's volleyball team will work to move up the final conference standings into a position to host a playoff series as they close out the regular season against the University of Regina Cougars.

THE HEADLINES

The Huskies moved back into the CIS Top 10 this week, coming in at No. 9. Seven of the Top 10 teams hail from the Canada West as Alberta (No. 1), Calgary (No. 3), Manitoba (No. 4), Winnipeg (No. 5), Trinity Western (No. 6) and UBC (No. 10) all join the Huskies in the weekly poll.

Saskatchewan can either move into sole possession of fifth place or enter a tiebreaker situation with a weekend sweep and some help this weekend.

Saturday night will be the final games at the PAC for four Huskie fifth-years. Matthew Erickson, Robert Graham, Alexander Harvalias and Jordan Nowakowski will all be recognized prior to Saturday night's match.

Saturday night is Fan Appreciation at the PAC. Over 1,000 prizes will be given away to fans to say thank you for supporting the Huskies this season. Prizes range from as small as a Dilly Bar to as big as a luxury suite at SaskTel Centre with plenty of other great prizes in between.

THE SERIES

Since 2009-10 the Huskies are 11-1 against their provincial rivals. Regina's only win during that stretch was a 3-1 decision in Regina in November of 2011.

UNIVERSITY OF REGINA COUGARS (2-20)
With a win this weekend the Regina Cougars can end their season on a positive note and knock their provincial rivals down in the conference standings.

The Cougars are coming off of their second win of the season, a 3-2 victory on the road over the MacEwan Griffins. It was the first win for Regina since a season opening win over UBCO.

Right side Joshua Nickel leads the team with 2.38 kills per set this season. Andre Borgeaud has added another 2.17 for the squad. Jacques Borgeaud leads the conference in digs with 224 on the season.

As a team, Regina is 13th in kills per set at 10.55. The Cougars lead the conference in digs per set with 10.56.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (13-9)

The Saskatchewan Huskies can jump into a hosting spot with a sweep of the Cougars and a bit of help this weekend.

The Huskies are currently tied with the Trinity Western Spartans at 13-9. Both teams are just one spot behind the fourth place Winnipeg Wesmen. The Huskies still haven't officially clinched a playoff spot, but can do so with a win this weekend.

The Huskies have won four straight matches including a pair of wins on the road against UBC last weekend.

Jordan Nowakowski leads the Huskies with 3.58 kills per set this season. Andrew Nelson has chipped with another 3.31 kills per set. Tyler Epp is averaging 1.05 blocks per set to go along with his 2.06 kills.

As a team, Saskatchewan is fourth in hitting percentage at .278. Saskatchewan is also fourth in service aces with 11 on the season. The Huskies are eighth with 12.36 kills per set.