EDMONTON – The fourth-year outside hitter went toe-to-toe with reigning U SPORTS first team All-Canadian Taryq Sani and held his own as the Griffins pushed No. 4 Alberta to the limit in a pair of weekend losses.
In Friday’s 3-1 defeat, neck and neck as evidenced by MacEwan leading late in two of the sets they lost, Vriend had 16 kills, four blocks and four digs.
In Saturday’s narrow 3-2 loss, Vriend produced 14 kills, two service aces, six digs and three blocks.
For the season, Vriend is fourth in Canada West with 98 kills, seventh in kills/set (3.50) and is tied for fourth in blocks (26).
The Griffins are now on a bye week before returning to action with a visit to Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. on Nov. 23-24.