Golden Bears volleyball
CALGARY - The No.6. Alberta Golden Bears were hosted by the Mount Royal Cougars on Kenyon Court for Student Night, the two teams engaging in a tough match, before the Bears emerged victorious in straight sets (25-11, 25-20, 25-21).
Sophomore outside hitter Braedon Friesen netted a match-high 10 kills while fourth-year setter Max Elgert scored 31 assists, cracking the top five in team history in career conference assists (1,303).
Rookie outside hitter Chris Byam led the Cougars with six kills in the loss, Mount Royal falling to 4-7 on the season, while the Golden Bears improve to 7-2.
Alberta set the pace for the first set, taking it 25-11. Mount Royal was putting up some strong attacks, but were unable to come out on top.
The Golden Bears held steady through the second set with the Cougars fighting back hard. The final score in the set was 25-20 with the Golden Bears leading in kills, 11-8.
As the third set opened, the Golden Bears’ Braedon Friesen led in points with 11.0, while Mount Royal’s Chris Byam led the Cougars with 5.0. They were trading points at the halfway point, leading to an uncertain outcome. However, the Golden Bears held onto their lead to sweep the match. The third set ended by a 25-21 score.
The two teams face off again on Saturday at 5 p.m. MST on Kenyon Court. It will be broadcasted live on CanadaWest.tv, presented by Co-op.