Women's Volleyball Defeat Provincial Rival Cougars

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REGINA, Sask. – The Saskatchewan Huskies scored a come-from-behind win in the first set, then followed that up with victories in the second and third to complete a sweep over the Regina Cougars on Friday night in a Canada West women's volleyball match at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

It was all Cougars to start things off, as an extended serving run by Diana Lumbala gave the U of R an early 7-1 lead in the first set. But Saskatchewan stayed within reach, and an 11-3 run following the media timeout put the Huskies into the lead for good. Saskatchewan won 25-21 in the first set, then went on an early 10-1 run and won 25-17 in the second.

A significant run by the Huskies was again the tipping point in the third, as Saskatchewan won six consecutive points to turn what had been a two-point deficit into a 17-13 lead. The Cougars battled back to tie the set at 21-21 and again at 23-23, but Saskatchewan got an Emily Humbert kill and a Sabrina Balisky service ace to clinch the match. 

Emmalyn Copping led Saskatchewan (3-2) with a match-high 10 kills and added nine digs, while Humbert finished with eight kills and Balisky put down seven. Setter Mackenzie Pek had a double-double with 28 assists and 10 digs while adding three kills of her own, while libero Jennifer Hueser led the Huskies with 14 digs. 

Kathleen Bruce, Jenna Krahn, and Diana Lumbala each had six kills for the Cougars (0-5), while Leah Sywanyk entered the match late in the second set and finished with five kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Third-year libero Taylor Ungar had another big match for the U of R, piling up 15 digs to increase her Canada West-leading average to 4.75 per set over the first five matches of the conference schedule.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night (5:00) at the CKHS.