EDMONTON – Consider their first preseason tests in the books.
And what tests they were.
The MacEwan University women's volleyball team finished the Griffins/Pandas Invitational with a 1-2 record, going against some of the top teams in U Sports over the weekend in their home Atkinson Gym.
The Griffins kicked it off on Thursday by beating a team they could very well be battling for playoff position this season in the Canada West ranks as they bested rival Mount Royal University 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 14-25, 15-4).
Friday saw a visit from defending national champion UBC, who claimed a 3-0 win over MacEwan (25-17, 25-22, 25-20).
And on Saturday, another one of the top teams in the conference – the University of Calgary Dinos – scored a 3-0 win over the Griffins (28-26, 25-13, 25-20).
The Griffins will continue to prepare for their regular season opener at Thompson Rivers University Oct. 20-21.
MacEwan's Amanda McDonald sets the ball against Mount Royal University on Thursday (Robert Antoniuk photo).
MacEwan libero Rachel Jorvina in action on the weekend (Robert Antoniuk photo).
The Griffins get set for action on the weekend (Robert Antoniuk photo).
MacEwan's McKenna Stevenson blasts one past the Mount Royal block last Thursday (Robert Antoniuk photo).