Basketball, volleyball take to the court

Basketball, volleyball take to the court

Oct. 31, 2019 – The Lethbridge College basketball teams are at home on Saturday, while the volleyball teams hit the road for games on Friday and Saturday as the ACAC season is now in full swing. 

The basketball teams, which are both coming off perfect 2-0 weekends, will host the Ambrose University Lions on Saturday night in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.

Following a bye week, the Kodiaks volleyball teams put their 1-1 records on the line at Olds College as a weekend set begins on Friday evening and wraps up on Saturday afternoon. 

The cross country and men’s soccer teams are off this weekend in preparation for next week’s national championships.

BASKETBALL 

MEN’S 

Kodiaks (3-0) vs Lions (2-1) – 8 p.m. Saturday at Val Matteotti Gymnasium

The Kodiaks men’s basketball team is off to a great start to the ACAC season, with a 3-0 record that has them in first place in the ACAC south division and placed eighth in the season’s inaugural CCAA national rankings. 

So far this season, the Kodiaks are showing a red-hot offensive hand, averaging more than 97 points per game. The team has three of the top 10 scorers in the ACAC in Chase Bohne (first year, Business Administration, Raymond) who is fifth in the conference, averaging 23 points per game; Orin Porter Jr. (fourth year, Computer Information Technology, Incline Village, Nev.) who is seventh with 22 points per game; and Brock Dewsberry (first year, General Studies, Raymond) who is 10th with 19.7 points per game

On Saturday, the Kodiaks host the 2-1 Ambrose Lions. Ambrose is also averaging more than 90 points per game, setting up a showdown between two offensive dynamos. 

WOMEN’S 

Kodiaks (2-1) vs Lions (0-3) – 6 p.m. Saturday at Val Matteotti Gymnasium 

Following a season-opening loss, the Kodiaks women’s basketball team rebounded with two straight wins last weekend to improve to 2-1 and sit in third place in the ACAC south division entering the weekend. 

Denajha Kie (third year, Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Las Vegas) is off to a great start in her first year with the Kodiaks. Her 18.7 points per game is sixth in the ACAC, while she is also third in blocks and seventh in rebounds. The Kodiaks boast a balanced attack, evidenced by Saturday’s win over St. Mary’s where five different players scored in double digits. The Kodiaks have had a different leading scorer in each of their first three games. 

The Lions come into the game hungry after an 0-3 start, where each of their losses have been by double digits. 

The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. Games can be viewed on ACAC-TV and results will be available on the ACAC website

Admission for home Kodiaks games is free to students with Lethbridge College ID cards; $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, youth and alumni; and $4 for college employees and students with University of Lethbridge ID cards. 


VOLLEYBALL

WOMEN’S

Kodiaks (1-1) vs Broncos (1-1) – 6 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday at Olds College

The Kodiaks women’s volleyball team showed resilience on the opening weekend of the ACAC season, as it rebounded from an opening night, home court loss against SAIT to defeat the Trojans one night later on the road. 

Early in the season, Kylie Morrison (first year, Child and Youth Care, St. Albert) is sitting among the ACAC leaders as she’s averaging three kills per set, which ties her for fifth in the conference. She is also fourth in the ACAC with a .314 hitting percentage. 

This weekend, the Kodiaks face an Olds College team that is also 1-1, as both teams look to rise up the ACAC south division standings.

MEN’S 

Kodiaks (1-1) vs Broncos (0-2) – 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, at Olds College

The Kodiaks opened the season with a mighty test against the SAIT Trojans and earned a hard-fought split, including a straight-sets win on SAIT’s home court. Despite the split, the Trojans are ranked first in the inaugural CCAA national rankings of the season, while the Kodiaks sit 11th.

On the opening weekend of the season, the Kodiaks were paced by a balanced attack, as Carter Hansen (fifth year, General Studies, Magrath) and Michael Svab (third year, Geomatics Engineering Technology, Pincher Creek) co-lead the team with 1.57 kills per set. Hansen is also second in the ACAC, averaging 3.43 digs per set.

Olds is 0-2 after failing to win a set against the SAIT Trojans in a season-opening weekend series.