Griffins Rally For Victory

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

SASKATOON – After dropping the first set, the MacEwan Univeristy Griffins rallied back to take a 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20) decision over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at the PAC.

MacEwan improves to 5-12 with the win, while the Huskies drop to 7-12 with the loss.

Cassidy Kinsella led the Griffins with a match-high 19 kills. Kinsella also led the teams with 14 digs in the match. Mckenna Stevenson led MacEwan with eight total blocks.

Emmalyn Copping led Saskatchewan with 14 kills. Taylor Annala and Emily Humbert each recorded 12 more kills and a pair of service aces.

Errors hurt the Huskies on Friday night. The hometown squad committed 40 errors in the match compared to just 14 by the Griffins.

Saskatchewan started the night on a positive note. The Huskies led the first set from start to finish. Emmalyn Copping capped off the set with a kill to give the Huskies a 25-21 win.

MacEwan responded in the second set, jumping out to a 7-3 lead. The Huskies would tie things back up at 10 and eventually take a 12-10 lead with a 6-0 spurt. MacEwan would battle back to tie things up before the teams continued to trade points up to 21-21. From there the Griffins would close the set on a 4-0 run to win 25-21.

The Griffins got out to another hot start in the third. Jasey Hook's kill forced the Huskies to take a timeout, trailing 7-1. Saskatchewan would use the entire set to claw back into it with a Jina Barker kill cutting the deficit to 23-22. It was too little to late for the Huskies as Hook put away another kill for the 25-23 win.

After the two sides went back and forth early in the fourth set, Saskatchewan managed to jump ahead 12-10. In an evenly matched set neither side could find a way to pull ahead. A quick 3-0 spurt put the Griffins up 21-18 and allowed MacEwan to finish off the night with a 25-20 set win.

The two teams meet again Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the PAC.