The Huskies women’s basketball team and the University of Calgary Dinos battled through two five-set matches on Jan. 24 and 25 in Calgary, Alta. The Dinos snuck out the first match but the Dogs came back to win the second night.
With an 8-10 record, the Huskies remain in the playoff hunt and are tied for seventh place in the Canada West division with the University of Regina Cougars.
The Dinos fought for a hard-earned 3-2 (18-25, 25-18, 28-26, 25-27, 15-7) win on Friday night.
Finding their groove earlier than the Dinos, the Huskies jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the first set. The Dogs continued to outpace the Dinos and converted their first set point at 24-18 thanks to a Dino error.
In the second set, the Huskies found themselves down early. The Dogs fought back to 15-18, but after a 6-2 run the Dinos had set point. The Huskies saved one with a kill from Kayla Tycholiz but Dino Ali Woolley sealed the set with a kill on the next point.
The third set was a hotly contested affair but the Dinos were able to sneak it out after scoring three straight points from 25-26 down to lead 2-1.
The Huskies fought back to level the score at 19 in the fourth set after getting down early and eventually forced the decider.
After early mistakes from both sides, the Dinos settled down and were able to close out the match after taking the fifth 15-7.
Candace Hueser led the Huskies with 17 kills. Tycholiz recorded another 16 kills and Emily Humbert added 10. Libero Haley Williams tallied 20 digs and Jina Baker recorded 48 assists.
On Saturday night it was the Huskies’ turn to earn a five set victory.
The Dogs fell behind early after the Dinos took the first set 25-21. It started to look like a victory for the Dinos was in the cards after they won the second 25-23 to go up two sets to none.
The Huskies began their comeback in the following set and wrapped up the third 25-15. After sneaking out the fourth set 27-25, the Dogs headed into the fifth with renewed confidence.
Tied at 5 in the fifth set, three straight errors from the Dinos gave the Dogs a slight lead. The Huskies were able to hang on and take the decider 15-10 off a kill from Emmalyn Copping.
Humbert recorded 17 kills for the Huskies and Copping followed with 16. Hueser added 10 kills and 14 digs and Jina Barker recorded a game-high 52 assists.
The Huskies play the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on Jan.31 and Feb.1.