#14 Josh Kirkham
For the second straight season the Cougars moved their program forward, finishing in sixth place in the Canada West conference. Mount Royal completed a 13-11 season, their best since joining Canada West five years ago. Veteran leadership was at the forefront of their run this season and no player was more impactful than fifth-year senior Josh Kirkham.
Kirkham, the first and only Cougars student athlete to complete five years in Canada West, saved his finest season for last. Kirkham averaged 2.6 points per set and 1.90 kills per set in 24 matches, both of which were career-highs. Kirkham's stellar play was rewarded when he was named a Canada West Second Team All-Star.
#11 Amy Gordon
Mount Royal qualified for the Canada West postseason for the second straight year and third time in program history in 2016-17. The Cougars finished the season with a 12-12 record, due in large part to the play of their setter, Amy Gordon. Gordon finished the regular season with 703 assists, an average of 8.17 assists per set. She also finished the season with 147 digs (1.71 per set), good enough for fourth on her team.
Mount Royal found themselves in seventh place in the Canada West standings, setting up a first round matchup with the Trinity Western Spartans. The Spartans swept Mount Royal in two straight matches but not without some fight in game two. After falling behind 2-0 in the match, Gordon and the Cougars fought back to win the third set, 25-23. With their backs against the wall, the Cougars nearly stole the fourth set, pushing one of the top teams in the country to the brink.