1980 University of Saskatchewan Huskiettes Women’s Volleyball Team

Accomplishments: Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU) National Women’s Volleyball Champions, 1980.

The 1979-80 season was something special as the University of Saskatchewan Huskiette Volleyball Team was able to capture the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) National Volleyball Championship for the second year in a row. The championship tournament was played at the University of Saskatchewan campus; and their overall season record in university play was twenty-one wins and only one loss.

The Huskiettes dominated the Canada West league throughout the season. Taking a 16 win to 0 loss match record into the CIAU National Championships the defending champion Huskiettes hoped to stake a claim to the National title with a perfect unbeaten record. But it was not to be. At the CIAU’s the University of Ottawa Gee Gees easily upset the Huskiettes in the preliminary round robin. But from that match on the Huskiettes took charge, overpowering all their opponents to qualify for the finals and a rematch with the Gee Gees. In the gold medal match the Huskiettes downed their eastern rivals handily three games to one.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 22, 1985.

Left to Right:

Front Row: Linda Mickalishen (trainer), Sharon (Thomas) Anderson, Margaret (Wakeling) Lockwood, Gisele Rongve, Dorothy (Schwaiger) Jantzen, Melanie Sanford, Randy Gudmundson (assistant coach).

2nd Row: Cindy (Shepherd) Pischke, Drora Epstein, Charlene (Butler) Archibald, Joyce (Meyer) Kerpan, Joyce (Senyk) Gamborg, Sherry Saxton-Richards, Cindy Crow, Gail (Olver) Tennant, Dovona West (assistant coach), Mark Tennant (head coach).

Missing: Grant Gudmundson (assistant coach).