Saskatchewan set bar for women's volleyball dynasties

Saskatchewan set bar for women's volleyball dynasties

Huskiettes won three consecutive CIAU titles from 1979-81

EDMONTON – From 1979 to 1981 no team was better in Canadian university women’s volleyball than the Saskatchewan Huskiettes.

Saskatchewan won three consecutive CIAU women’s volleyball titles from 1979 to 1981, a feat that no team had previously achieved. The U of S also won the Canada West championship each year from 1979 through 1981, becoming first of only three teams to win both the Canada West and national title in three straight seasons.

The dynasty team was inducted Monday into the Canada West Hall of Fame, as the conference continued its celebration of 100 years of university sport in Western Canada.

With venerated coach Mark Tennant at the helm, the Huskiettes dynasty began during the 1978-79 season, as the team dominated competition from coast-to-coast. Saskatchewan defeated York, Ottawa, and Manitoba for national gold during the squad's run of excellence at the CIAU tournament.

All three Saskatchewan women’s volleyball championship teams have previously been enshrined in the University of Saskatchewan Hall of Fame, Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, and Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

To read more about the Saskatchewan dynasty, click here.


For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life. 

To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season. 



About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.