CALGARY – For the second consecutive week two outside hitters have been selected as the Under Armour & Players Bench Athletes of the Week. This time for the week of January 8-14, 2019.
The volleyball teams were up in Edmonton this past weekend taking on the MacEwan Griffins. It was two very different situations for the teams. The Cougars' women's volleyball team needed a sweep to get back into a playoff spot while the men's team were experimenting with a nearly completely new starting lineup due to injuries.
On the female side of things Mount Royal was up to the task and took the weekend sweep to leapfrog the Griffins into a playoff spot. Chantel Park was phenomenal leading the charge with an impressive 30 kills, 20 digs, and 6 block assists in 8 sets.
Friday night, the Griffins came out to an early lead and took the first set. The Cougars stormed back to win the next three sets, and the match, with the stable play of Park. She then took control Saturday, accumulating the most attack attempts and the highest kill efficiency of 37.5%. This impressive combination led the Cougars to their second victory of the weekend.
Park had her best weekend of the season when her team needed it most. She was the most consistent player on the floor and was hitting every shot with confidence. Whenever the team needed to get out of trouble, Park stepped in. The fourth year is studying Health and Physical Education and hails from Blackfalds, Alberta.
As mentioned previously, Shawn Sky had to shuffle his lineup due to injuries, and his team responded with two big wins this past weekend against the Griffins. The wins put the Cougars in a position to possibly finish top.
This weekend Quinn Bromley stepped up when he was called upon midway through Friday's game and earned himself a starter position Saturday. He finished the weekend with 23 kills and 28.5 points, including two massive set ending kills.
The Calgarian is one of five seniors on this year's Cougars' men's volleyball team, but is the only one who will walk the stage this spring with a Bachelor of Business.
Bromley and the Cougars remain ranked No. 3 in the country and No. 2 in Canada West. The team does not see action this coming weekend, but will resume conference play with a must-see matchup against the Trinity Western Spartans on Feb 1.