WINNIPEG - It was not easy but definitely well deserved. The University of Winnipeg Wesmen came out on top in a battle with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies by posting a dramatic five set victory (21-25, 25-13, 25-14, 17-25, 15-13) Friday evening in the Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium in Winnipeg.
The much needed win by Winnipeg improves their record to 2-15. Saskatchewan with the loss falls back to 5-10 in the Canada West Women's Volleyball Conference standings.
Fourth year left side Danika Picklyk led the Wesmen attack with 12 kills. Fifth year hitter Karissa Kuhr added 10 kills. Third year middle blocker Maria Colvin finished with nine kills and a hitting percentage of .444. First year middle Jessica Friesen had a strong match with three service aces and three blocks.
For the Huskies, first year outside hitter Emily Koshinsky finished with 13 kills and four service aces. Fifth year outside hitter Emmalyn Copping added 12 kills while fifth year middle blocker Emily Humbert finished with 11.
The Huskies started the match strong reeling off three straight points to keep the home team off balance. Winnipeg recovered with Karissa Kuhr at the service line scoring four unanswered points to take a 7-6 lead. The teams exchanged points to the technical timeout with Winnipeg holding a 16-14 lead. The set remained close (20-20) until the Huskies scored four of the final five points to win the opening set 25-21.
Winnipeg dominated the next two sets, winning set number two by a margin of 25-13 and followed that up with a 25-14 win in set number three to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Winnipeg finished the second set with a hitting percentage of .381 with only two attacking errors.
In the fourth set, the Huskies paced by three service aces by Koshinsky jumped out to a 9-1 lead and continued their domination jumping out to a 16-7 lead at the technical break. Winnipeg made a brief run late in the set closing the gap to 22-17 but soon after the Huskies evened the match winning the set 25-17 to force a fifth set.
Winnipeg held the early advantage at the fifth set cross over, leading 8-7. A kill Maria Colvin soon after gave the Wesmen a 13-11 lead. The Huskies took advantage of a Winnipeg error to tie the score at 13-13. Winnipeg closed out the set scoring the final two points to close out the set 15-13.
The two teams will wrap up their weekend series Saturday night. Match time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.