Friesen joins professional team in Kosovo; Mortensen chasing down Canada West record

Dylan Mortensen (left) and Braedon Friesen. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Swift Current’s Braedon Friesen is making the leap to the professional volleyball ranks. The 6’7’’ outside hitter recently left the University of Alberta Golden Bears to join KV Ferizaj in Kosovo.

After the Bears won a national title in 2022, Friesen was having another strong season with the Golden Bears with 226 kills over 78 sets. He was third on the team with 261.5 points. He also had 89 digs and 34 blocks.

The Golden Bears are leading Canada West with a 20-2 record.

Meanwhile, Swift Current’s Dylan Mortensen continues to chase down a Canada West record with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s volleyball team.

Mortensen is now only 67 kills away from setting the all-time Canada West record for career kills.

He had 10 kills on Friday in a three-set loss to Brandon. The 6’8’’ outside attacker added 28 kills during a five-set win on Saturday to move into third all-time with 1,416 kills. Mount Royal University’s Tyler Schmidt is the all-time leader with 1,482 kills from 2014-19.

Mortensen and the Huskies will host the Calgary Dinos on Friday and Saturday with four matches remaining in the regular season. They will close out the regular season the following weekend in Winnipeg. The Huskies are currently fourth in Canada West with a 13-7 record.

Mortensen is currently leading Canada West with 335 kills. He is also leading the conference with 396.5 points. He is third all-time in points in Canada West history.