Feb. 6, 2019 – The Lethbridge College men’s volleyball team is in the midst of the best season in program history. The Kodiaks are 20-0, which has already set a new team record for wins in a season. This weekend, the team is on its home court for the final time this season, hosting Red Deer College for games on Friday and Saturday.
The Kodiaks sit second in the national CCAA rankings and have already clinched first place in the ACAC south division. With its perfect season on the line, the team will face a stiff challenge in the second place Kings (16-6) this weekend. Red Deer is eighth in the CCAA rankings and is a perennial ACAC contender, with four championships in the last eight seasons.
The Kings and Kodiaks opened the ACAC with a hard-fought weekend series in Red Deer in October. The Kodiaks won both matches, but both went to a full five sets.
Carter Hansen (fourth year, General Studies, Magrath) of the Kodiaks is second in the ACAC in both kills (369) and kills per set (4.35) this season, trailing only the Kings Regan Feathers in both categories. Zach Wikenheiser (third year, General Studies, Lethbridge) is second in the conference in assists per set (9.36), also trailing a Kings player, Thomas Wass.
The weekend will also mark the final home games for Dax Whitehead (fifth year, General Studies, Moose Jaw, Sask.) who broke the all-time ACAC and CCAA kills record earlier this season.
This is the final regular season action for the Kings, while the Kodiaks will wrap up the season on the road at Olds College next weekend. Both teams will be involved in the ACAC championships from Feb. 21-23 at NAIT.
The Kings and Kodiaks play at 8 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.
Kodiaks women’s volleyball hopes to finish strong
The Kodiaks women’s volleyball team played one of its best games of the season last weekend, defeating Ambrose University in four sets on Thursday night to earn a weekend split with the second place Lions.
The 3-17 Kodiaks hope to carry that momentum into their final home games of the season this weekend against Red Deer College. The Queens (14-8) are tied with Ambrose for second place in the ACAC south division. The Kodiaks split against Red Deer College to open the season, earning a four-set victory on Oct. 12.
The Kodiaks snapped a six-game losing streak with their win last week. Laura Serafini (fifth year, General Studies, Grasmere, B.C.) had 17 kills in the victory and leads the Kodiaks, averaging 1.73 kills per set. Both Serafini and Sianna Cherweniuk (fifth year, General Studies, Calgary) will be playing the final home games of their ACAC careers.
The women’s games begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.
Admission is free to Lethbridge College students with their student ID, $3 for college employees, $5 for seniors, youth and alumni, and $8 for the public. Games can be streamed live on ACAC-TV.