SASKATOON - The University of Saskatchewan Huskies earned a weekend split with the MacEwan University Griffins thanks to a 3-1 (16-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-21) win Saturday night at the PAC.
With the win, Saskatchewan improves to 8-12 on the season and remains in the playoff hunt while ending a three match losing streak. MacEwan drops to 5-13 with the loss. MacEwan took the first match of the weekend, 3-1, on Friday.
Taylor Annala led the Huskies with 13 kills in the match. The first-year Huskie added 12 digs and a service ace in the win. Setter Jina Barker put up 33 assists on the night to go along with 10 digs and a pair of kills.
MacEwan was led by Cassidy Kinsella's 13 kills and 14 digs on Saturday. Jasey Hook added nine more kills, while Claire McLoughlin put up 26 assists.
MacEwan jumped out to an early lead in the match. The Griffins took a 16-9 lead to the technical timeout before coasting to the 25-16 set win.
In the second, it looked like MacEwan might take back-to-back sets leading 15-10. The Huskies would respond with a run to tie it up at 19 after a kill by Emily Humbert. Saskatchewan would finish the set with a 6-1 spurt to take it 25-20.
Saskatchewan would get ahead 15-4 in the third thanks to a string of eight straight points. From the Saskatchewan would cruise to a 25-13 win.
A back-and-forth final set saw neither team lead by more than two. With the set knotted up at 21, the Huskies would make their move led by a pair of kills from Josie LeDuc to take the last four points and a 25-21 set win.
The Huskies travel to Vancouver for a weekend series with the UBC Thunderbirds Feb. 12-13 after enjoying a bye next weekend. MacEwan will host the Regina Cougars next weekend in Edmonton.