Golden Bears Volleyball
Hosting the other Canada West team that calls Edmonton home, the No.4 University of Alberta Pandas and No.4 Golden Bears each face their respective MacEwan Griffin squads, all four games taking place at Saville Community Sports Centre.
The 5-1 Bears face the 2-4 men’s team at 6 p.m. in game one on Friday before playing game two at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The 4-2 Pandas face the 4-2 women’s team in the second Friday game at 7:30 p.m. before battling them in the first game on Saturday at 5 p.m. All games are available live on Canada West TV.
Since the MacEwan volleyball teams joined Canada West in 2014, neither the Pandas nor the Golden Bears have ever lost a match to the Griffins in conference play.
Both programs are 8-0 against their crosstown opponents, the Pandas winning 24 of 27 sets while the Bears have won 24 of 26, having yet to lose a single set on home soil at Saville Centre.
Early November Struggles
Only one of the four teams comes into the month’s second weekend with a winning streak, the MacEwan women having swept the Saskatchewan Huskies last weekend. The men’s team, on the other hand,
is riding a four-game losing streak.
The Pandas lost two straight on the road against the Trinity Western Spartans last weekend to halt their undefeated season while the Bears eked out a split against the Spartans with a comeback win on Saturday.
In her 27th season as head coach, Laurie Eisler will hit yet another milestone this weekend, surpassing legendary U of A head coach Clare Drake for the most overall games coached in UAlberta history.
Combining his time on the bench for both Golden Bears football and hockey, the late Hockey Hall of Famer coached 1,057 overall games, amassing a 720-300-37 (.699) record.
Coming into this weekend, Eisler has coached 1,056 overall games against university opponents, earning a 772-284 record (.731).
Incidentally, both coaches have the most wins against the Saskatchewan Huskies, Drake netting a 120-55-4 record while Eisler currently sits at 99-17 before facing them next on January 25-26, 2019.
Third-year outside hitter Kory White leads the conference with 94 kills after three weekends, sitting second in Canada West with 4.48 kills/set.
The Edmonton native is also the current active leader in career conference kills (446) for the Pandas.
Senior left side Alex McMullin spent last weekend becoming only the sixth player in team history to hit 1,000 career conference points.
Born in Brisbane, Australia, the 6-7 athlete has tallied 830 kills, 84 aces, 30 block solos, and 152 block assists for a current total of 1,020.0 points.