Huskies Host Mount Royal as Playoff Race Heats Up

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

Game Date: January 22 & 23, 2016

Game Location: 6pm, PAC

Webcast/Livestats: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

The University of Saskatchewan Huskie women's volleyball team will look to hold on to their playoff position as the race to the Canada West post-season heats up this weekend when the Mount Royal University Cougars visit the PAC.

THE HEADLINES

  • Neither team is currently ranked in the CIS Top 10. Four Canada West teams are represented in the polls with UBCO, Trinity Western and Alberta making up the top three and UBC at No. 9.
  • The Huskies sit in a three-way tie for sixth in the standings. Mount Royal sits one game out of a playoff spot.
  • Huskie libero Jennifer Hueser leads the Canada West in digs and digs per set with 229 and 3.75 respectively.



THE SERIES

The Huskies are 3-3 all-time against the Cougars since Mount Royal joined the Canada West in 2012-13. Last season Saskatchewan swept the series with back-to-back 3-0 wins in Calgary.

MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY COUGARS (6-8)

The Mount Royal Cougars return to action after enjoying a bye last weekend. The Cougars split a pair of matches with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in their only weekend of play since the break.

The Cougars currently sit just one win out of a playoff position with two games in hand on the teams they are chasing.

Alex Donaghy leads Mount Royal averaging 2.33 kills per set. The third-year middle also leads the team in service aces with 18. Fourth-year libero Maddi Quinn is averaging 2.51 digs per set.

As a team, Mount Royal is second in the conference in service aces per set with 2.19 and sixth in blocks per set at 2.11. Their hitting percentage of .157 ranks them in the middle of the pack at seventh.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-9)

The Saskatchewan Huskies look to stay in the playoff race against a team that is close behind in the Canada West standings.

After dropping three straight matches following the break, the Huskies rebounded to win last Saturday at Thompson Rivers to force the weekend split. Saskatchewan is currently tied for sixth place with two other teams in the conference standings. Only the top seven teams make the post-season.

Outside hitter Emmalyn Copping leads the Huskies averaging 3.35 kills per set. Outside hitter Taylor Annala and middle blocker Emily Humbert have both added over two kills per set at 2.41 and 2.06 respectively.

Libero Jennifer Hueser leads the conference with 229 total digs, averaging 3.75 per set. Fifth-year setter Jina Barker has been steady, averaging 9.21 assists per set to go along with 21 service aces on the season.

As a team, Saskatchewan is fifth in the conference in kills per set with 11.76. The Huskies are fourth with 13.35 digs per set and rank 10th in hitting percentage at .137.