After an off-season change saw Brock Davidiuk take over for long-time Bears head coach Terry Danyluk, the Alberta men didn’t miss a beat, turning in another outstanding season.
With one of the youngest cores in Canada West, the Bears finished with an impressive 18-4 regular season record, entering the playoffs with the No. 2 seed.
The Golden Bears, led by conference all-stars Max Elgert and Jackson Kennedy, the Bears swept Saskatchewan in the quarter-final, before dispatching UBC in the semifinal in three games.
Elgert, thanks to leading the conference with 786 assists, while also setting a new Bears record with 41 aces, was named the 2020 Wilson Challenge Trophy was Male Athlete of the Year.
Going up against the top-ranked Trinity Western in the Canada West Final, the Bears couldn’t match the Spartans on their home court, falling in three sets.
Despite the final loss, the Bears qualified for the U SPORTS Championship for the 20th-straight season, the longest active streak in Canada. Like the Pandas, however, their season was cut short, with the U SPORTS Championship being cancelled on the eve of the tournament due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.