CALGARY - The No. 6 University of Alberta Golden Bears swept the weekend against the Mount Royal University Cougars, taking the final match in straight sets (25-14, 25-20, 25-18), Saturday night at Kenyon Court.
For the Golden Bears, third-year outside hitter Jackson Kennedy led with 11 kills while fourth-year setter Max Elgert came away with 26 assists.
Fifth-year outside hitter Trent Mounter set the pace for the Cougars with eight kills while Keal Prince led with 19 assists. Alberta now stands third in the Canada West standings with 8-2 while Mount Royal sits seventh with 4-8.
The Golden Bears started off strong with some quick kills, taking a five-point lead, and although Mount Royal was making a slow comeback, Alberta continued to lead the set, holding a heavy point advantage. They took the set easily, 25-14.
Mount Royal found some new energy in the second set, managing to avoid a wide lead for Alberta. They weren’t able to sneak ahead themselves, but kept things close, only succumbing 25-20 to the Golden Bears.
The third set was a match of trading points to start, the Cougars not letting their opponents a moment to breathe. The score was tied 10-10 until Alberta finally grabbed the lead for good. The Cougars kept up the strong energy, but were unable to find the advantage, losing the third and final set, 25-18.
Tonight’s match marked the final game of 2019 for the Cougars. They will be hosted by the Trinity Western Spartans on Friday, January 10th, at 8 p.m. PST. It will be broadcasted live on CanadaWest.tv, presented by Co-op. Alberta returns home to host the UBC Thunderbirds in the final weekend of the 2019 half of the season.