Men’s Volleyball (Canada West conference play)
Physical Activity Complex, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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SASKATOON, S.K. - The University of Saskatchewan Huskies turned away a slumping Heat squad in straight sets Friday night in Saskatoon (25-14, 25-23, 25-14). Fifth-year outside-hitter Nate Speijer (Penticton, BC) led the match with 16 kills.
The Huskies quickly took control of the match riding an 18-12 lead into the first set to a 25-14 victory.
The Heat looked like they found a stride in the second set holding onto a lead until a 22-22 tie on UBC Okanagan service error. Bryan Fraser and Paul Thomson powered Saskatchewan to take the comeback 25-23 win on three straight attacks the Heat couldn’t dig.
Matching point-for-point, Saskatchewan pulled away after a tie at 11. From there, the Huskies cruised to the 25-14 win.
Jordan Nowakowski led the Huskies with 12 kills in the match, while Fraser added another 10. Thomson recorded a match high 10 digs.
Alongside Speijer’s 16 kills on a .333 rate, Jim Bell and Kyle Pankratz added another five kills apiece for UBC Okanagan.
With the win Saskatchewan improves to 2-5, while the UBC Okanagan Heat drop to 1-6.
The teams will meet again Saturday night at the PAC. Match time is 6 p.m. (PST) A video feed can be watched on canadawest.tv.
with notes from Nicole Betker (Sports Information Director, Huskie Athletics)