REGINA, Sask. – The No. 8-ranked University of Saskatchewan hit .447 as a team as the Huskies took a three-set road win over the Regina Cougars on Saturday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
Saskatchewan was dominant in the first set, putting down 16 kills and hitting .652 while leading wire to wire in a 25-13 victory. The second set featured 10 tie scores and five lead changes, the last of which came after the Huskies went on an 8-1 run to turn what had been a five-point deficit into a 24-22 advantage. Regina came back with two straight points, but an Andrew Nelson kill and a Troy Wiebe ace gave Saskatchewan a 26-24 win.
The third set was also tightly contested with 14 tie scores and four lead changes, but Saskatchewan went on a 7-1 run following the technical timeout to go up five and never looked back. Another Nelson kill gave the Huskies a 25-20 win and clinched their fifth Canada West win of the season.
Nelson was the match's offensive leader, finishing with 15 kills while hitting for a .700 percentage and also leading all players with nine digs. Colin Fraser also broke into double-digit kills as he finished with 11, seven of which came in the first set alone. Derek Epp piled up 37 assists for Saskatchewan (5-1), while his brother Tyler Epp finished with five kills and a team-leading five blocks.
Brennan Goski led Regina (0-6) with eight kills, but Conal McAinsh put down six on just seven attacks for an .857 hitting percentage. Cody Caldwell added four kills while leading the Cougars at the net with a match-high six blocks.
Saskatchewan is at home against Brandon next Friday and Saturday, while the Cougars are right back at the CKHS next weekend for two games against UBC Okanagan.