CALGARY – The Mount Royal Cougars (10-12) took down the Saskatchewan Huskies (6-16) on Saturday evening at Kenyon Court, winning in straight sets 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 28-26).
Kylie Willis, in her final home game as a Cougar, led all Mount Royal finishing with nine kills. Teammates Taylor Pelland and Julia Kryzan also chipped in with eight kills apiece.
Thanks to some early Huskie attack errors, the Cougars opened up the first set with a 5-1 run. The Huskies fought back to tie things up at nine before Mount Royal started the takeover.
Coming out of a timeout with the score close at 16-14, the Cougars went on an impressive 8-2 run to finish the set and earn the victory by a score of 25-15.
In the second set, the Cougars found similar success in the early going. Robyn Potolicki's back-to-back aces gave them a comfortable lead to work with.
However, the Huskies refused to go down without a fight. With the score at 14-10 for Mount Royal, Saskatchewan coach Mark Dodds used his first timeout and it proved to be well spent. Out of the timeout, the Huskies clawed their way back, earning their first lead of the match at 21-20. This burst of offence forced Mount Royal spend two timeouts.
Mount Royal weathered the Huskies' barrage and put themselves in a position to steal the set. After both teams traded points down the stretch, the Cougars earned a set point opportunity and made no mistake. Kylie Willis' perfectly placed ball went untouched by the Huskies and sealed the set for the Cougars, 25-23.
In the third set, the Huskies finally got off to a favorable start; building a quick 4-1 lead.
The Cougars picked up their pace and Robyn Potolicki once again stood out for the Cougars. Potolicki produced three kills during a 6-1 MRU run that gave them a 12-10 lead, forcing the Huskies to take a timeout.
Back and forth action filled the rest of the third set. The Huskies earned a match point opportunity, but the Cougars clawed their way back after a series of timeouts.
The Cougars took care of business after their last timeout, stealing the set from the Huskies 28-26; clinching the weekend sweep.
The Cougars improve to 10-12 on the year heading into the final regular season weekend. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan falls to 6-16.
Mount Royal will travel to Winnipeg for two games against the Winnipeg Wesmen next weekend. First serve for Friday's match is scheduled for 6:00pm CST.
Saskatchewan will travel home to host the TRU Wolfpack next weekend. They will play a matinee match on Friday, beginning at 1:30 CST.