Huskies hoping playoff dreams don’t get spiked
We didn’t get any help or favours from any other teams. Two wins would probably get us in, but it’s not guaranteed.
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s volleyball team has been forced into playoff mode one week ahead of time.
The Huskies are clinging onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Canada West conference, but they find themselves tied with the Manitoba Bisons.
Both teams sport a 9-11 record. The Huskies hit the road to Vancouver this weekend to close out the regular season against a toptier University of British Columbia Thunderbirds squad (19-3), while the Bisons are hosting the UBCOkanagan Heat (5-17).
“There are too many mathematical equations ,” said U of She ad coach Brian Gavlas.
“As I said to our guys, we have to treat it like a playoff weekend. Whether it was this weekend or next weekend, we have to go in and we have to win. So that’s kind of the situation we’re in right now. We didn’t get any help or favours from any other teams.
“Two wins would probably get us in, but it’s not guaranteed.”
Even if Saskatchewan were to win twice, Manitoba could also pick up two victories to force a tiebreaker situation.
“Then it comes down to sets for and against, set wins and the math associated with that, so who knows?” Gavlas added.
“If we don’t get two wins, I don’t think we’re in a good spot. If we get two wins, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that the sets for and against are in our favour.”
Saskatchewan enters the weekend with 36 sets won and 44 lost, while Manitoba has 39 sets won and 47 lost.
“We had a decent second half here, but we still lost a couple that we’d like to have back,” said Gavlas. “Going back, there was probably one at TRU (Thompson Rivers University) and one at U of A (Alberta) that could have put us in a better position and there are some in the first half as well.
“It is what it is. We are playing in meaningful games at the end of the year, which is significant.”
In Canada West women’s volleyball, Saskatchewan faces a must-sweep situation against UBC in its final weekend of the regular season to have any slim hope of advancing to the playoffs. The Huskies have dropped five straight matches and that slump could very well cost them a longawaited playoff berth.
Saskatchewan (9-13) is currently 10th in Canada West, four points out of seventh and eighth place, with the top eight teams qualifying for playoffs.
UBC’s women’s team is tied for second with an 18-4 record.
CJ Gavlas and the U of S Huskies head to UBC with their playoff lives on the line this weekend.