Huskies volleyball conquers Thunder with weekend wins

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The Keyano Huskies volleyball teams returned to the home field this past weekend, beating Edmonton Thunder’s Concordia University with wins.

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In Friday’s games, the men’s Huskies team won their first set, but the Thunder tied the game after winning the second set. The Huskies countered by winning two consecutive sets and winning the game 3-1.

The women’s team started strong by winning the first two sets. The Thunder hit back and won the next two sets to tie the game. But the Huskies won the fifth and final set 15-12 and won the game 3-2.

“The first night was a little tough because we had a few starters that were out,” said Kira Sutcliffe, Keyano Huskies women’s volleyball coach. “But they fought on and I think they showed a lot of character as they won the first two sets and then lost the next two and then came back and won the fifth. That’s pretty hard to come back and take over from a team .”

Back on the field on Saturday, the women won their first two sets before the Thunder took the third set. But the Huskies stopped any emerging momentum from the Thunder, winning the fourth set 25-12 and winning the game 3-1.

The men’s team prevented the Thunder from winning sets in Saturday’s game. The Huskies defeated Concordia in the first set 25-16 and the second set 25-13. The Thunder amassed more points in the third set than the previous two, it still wasn’t enough to beat the Huskies who won 25-20 and won the game 3-0.

“I thought we had a good week of training and we just performed pretty well this weekend,” said Keegan Kuhr, Keyano Huskies men’s volleyball coach. “Friday we dropped a set, but Saturday was probably our most complete game, which was nice to see as we continue here in 2022.”

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Athus Silva and Tyneille Neufeld were named Huskies Athletes of the Week on Tuesday. Neufeld had a total of 46 digs, 30 murders and three blocks this weekend. Silva scored 12 kills, 10 blocks and an assist.

The Huskies are back on the road next weekend, playing against the University of Alberta-Augustana on Friday and Saturday, for a Sunday game against Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder.

The University of Alberta-Augustana women’s team is in second place in the ACAC North Division standings. The Huskies are fourth. Sutcliffe said this is also the first time her team has played three games in one weekend. The match against Concordia is a make-up match of a match postponed earlier in the season.

“This weekend is a very tough weekend for us,” said Sutcliffe. “It’s actually going to be a bit of a fight of a weekend.”

lbeamish@postmedia.com

The Keyano Huskies women's team wipes out Edmonton's Concordia University at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center.  Justin Hardy/Outside Optix
The Keyano Huskies women’s team wipes out Edmonton’s Concordia University at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center. Justin Hardy/Outside Optix Photo by 1+5872849990 outside optix /jpg, fm
The Keyano Huskies women's team wipes out Edmonton's Concordia University at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center.  Justin Hardy/Outside Optix
The Keyano Huskies women’s team wipes out Edmonton’s Concordia University at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center. Justin Hardy/Outside Optix Photo by 1+5872849990 outside optix /jpg, fm
The Keyano Huskies women's team wipes out Edmonton's Concordia University at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center.  Justin Hardy/Outside Optix
The Keyano Huskies women’s team wipes out Edmonton’s Concordia University at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center. Justin Hardy/Outside Optix Photo by 1+5872849990 outside optix /jpg, fm
The Keyano Huskies men's team wipes out Concordia University of Edmonton at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center.  Robert Murray/Keyano Huskies
The Keyano Huskies men’s team wipes out Concordia University of Edmonton at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center. Robert Murray/Keyano Huskies jpg, fm
The Keyano Huskies men's team wipes out Concordia University of Edmonton at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center.  Robert Murray/Keyano Huskies
The Keyano Huskies men’s team wipes out Concordia University of Edmonton at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center. Robert Murray/Keyano Huskies jpg, fm
The Keyano Huskies men's team wipes out Concordia University of Edmonton at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center.  Robert Murray/Keyano Huskies
The Keyano Huskies men’s team wipes out Concordia University of Edmonton at the Syncrude Sports and Wellness Center. Robert Murray/Keyano Huskies jpg, fm

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