After picking up two important wins over the University of Winnipeg Wesmen, the Huskies women’s volleyball team remains in the playoff hunt. The Dogs topped the Wesmen on Jan. 10 and 11 to improve to 7-7 on the season. The wins helped move the Dogs into sixth place in the Canada West Division — high enough to qualify for the postseason.
The Huskies dropped only one set on the way to defeating the Wesmen 25-14, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20 on Friday night.
The teams split the opening two sets, with the Dogs taking the first before the Wesmen found their form to take the second.
The Huskies quickly bounced back and earned a 16-11 lead in the third, well on their way to taking an important two set to one lead after securing the set 25-17.
Wesmen errors helped the Huskies keep their nose in front during the fourth set and built a 16-12 lead. The Dogs found themselves under pressure after the Wesmen fought back to 23-20, but two kills from Kayla Tycholiz closed out the match for the Huskies.
Tycholiz led the Huskies with 16 kills and six blocks. Candace Hueser tallied 11 kills and eight digs.
The Dogs had an easier time on Saturday night, dominating the Wesmen en route to a straight sets win.
Tied at 13 in the opening set, two Wesmen errors gave the Huskies a slight lead. The lapse in play helped the Dogs to a 25-19 win.
Errors cost the Wesmen important points once again in the second set. Down 22-19, three straight errors from the Wesmen gifted the Huskies the second set and gave the Dogs a 2-0 lead.
The Huskies took an early 9-3 lead in the second set but the Wesmen hit back to level the score at 10. The teams stayed close until the Dogs scored five straight points at 19-17 to lead 24-17. The Wesmen saved three set points, but an error on the fourth wrapped up the win for the Huskies.
Hueser led the Huskies with 10 kills and seven digs. Tycholiz chipped in eight kills and three blocks.
The Huskies host the University of Regina Cougars on Jan. 17 and 18.
Photo: Katherine Fedoroff