Huskies Look To Roll Into Break

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

Game Date: November 28-29

Game Location: 6pm, PAC

Webcast/Livestats: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

Coming off of a weekend sweep in Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies host the University of Winnipeg Wesmen at the PAC this weekend hoping to roll into the semester break on a positive note.

THE HEADLINES

  • Neither team is ranked in the CIS Top 10 rankings. Alberta (1), Trinity Western (2), UBCO (3) and UBC (6) are the only Canada West teams in this week's poll.
  • It is the final weekend of the first half of the Canada West Volleyball season. Action resumes January 8-9 when the Huskies travel to face the Brandon Bobcats.
  • Following this weekend Saskatchewan does not play at home again until Jan 22-23.
  • With a weekend sweep the Huskies would enter the semester break at .500 or better for the first time since 1998-99.


THE SERIES

Since 2009-10 the Huskies are 4-10 against the Wesmen. The two teams split to open the 2014-15 season in Winnipeg. In their last meeting at the PAC in 2013-14, Saskatchewan knocked off the Wesmen 3-1 and 3-0.

UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG WESMEN (3-7)

After opening the season 0-5 the Wesmen have won three of their last five matches.

Winnipeg had put together three straight wins, including one over the third ranked UBCO Heat, before being swept last weekend by the No. 6 UBC Thunderbirds.

Ozana Nikolic leads the team with 140 kills (4.38/set) with a hitting percentage of .241. Middle blocker Aaliyah Masepela has helped the Wesmen be the top solo blocking team in the Canada West, tallying 13 solo blocks and 17 assisted blocks on the season.

As a team, Winnipeg leads the conference in solo blocks tallied through 10 matches. Winnipeg has hurt its chances, committing the fourth most errors this season.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (4-6)

The Huskies recorded their second weekend sweep of the season while on the road, this time knocking off the Calgary Dinos.

Friday's 3-1 victory ended a six-game losing skid. During that slide the Huskies faced the top three ranked teams in the CIS. On Saturday, Saskatchewan came from behind to win 3-2 and notch its fourth win of the season.

After sweeping the Mount Royal Cougars on the road, the Huskies have had tough outings against the Calgary DInos, UBC Okanagan Heat and MacEwan Griffins.

Outside hitter Emmalyn Copping leads the Huskies with 139 kills on the season. Her total is good for third in the Canada West. Libero Jenn Heuser is second in the conference with 140 digs and middle Josie Leduc cracks the top 10 with 33 total blocks in 2015.

As a team, the Huskies are fourth in kills with 446 and sit tied for third in digs with 511.