Huskies Open Season With Sweep of Bisons

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

The University of Manitoba Bison women's volleyball team lost their second straight game to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 3-2 Saturday night at Investors Group Athletic Centre. Final set scores for the game were 25-23, 28-30, 25-23, 18-25 and 13-15.

With the loss, the Bisons fall to a 0-2 record, while the Huskies are 2-0.

Saskatchewan's Emmalyn Copping led both teams with 25 kills, nearly doubling Bison leader Jordana Milne, who had 14. The Huskies and Bisons were both strong defensively. Liberos Jennifer Hueser picked up 30 digs for the visitors and Caleigh Dobie had 23 for the home side.

The Bisons and Huskies looked strong through the first set, going point for point off powerful kills. Both sides spread their offense, with Manitoba's Cassidy Pearson and Sarah Klassen and Saskatchewan's Copping and Emily Humbert each tallying four kills, but Manitoba came out on top. The Bisons took advantage of the Huskies' service and attack errors and pushed forward to win the set 25-23.

The Bisons trailed at the start of the second, but tied the game at 11 on a Saskatchewan attack error. Manitoba scored four more points in a row to make it a 15-11 game, but the visitors responded. The Huskies won three straight rallies of their own before regaining the lead on a service ace from Humbert. The teams tied the game at 24 then four more times before Saskatchewan finally claimed the set 30-28.

The close game continued in the third, until Bison Tori Studler's kill tied the game at 14. From there, the Bisons scored four consecutive points, and the Huskies couldn't recover. Saskatchewan brought the game within one but couldn't take away Manitoba's lead, and the Bisons won the set 25-23.

The Bisons got off to a slower start in the fourth. They gave up seven unanswered points before Studler put them on the board with her ninth kill of the night. The Bisons later tied the game at 13 on a Saskatchewan service error, but the Huskies responded with a four-point streak and Manitoba couldn't make up the deficit. The Huskies won the set 25-18 to extend the game.

Manitoba faltered in the fifth. After Saskatchewan took a 9-4 lead, the Bisons fought back and brought the game within two. But Manitoba couldn't break through Saskatchewan's strong defense, and the Huskies won the set 15-13 and the game 3-2.

The Bisons will look for their first win of the season next weekend, when they take on the UBC Thunderbirds on the road on Friday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.