Jan. 23, 2019 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks basketball and volleyball teams hit the road this weekend, with the homestretch firmly in sight. All four clubs will wrap up the ACAC regular season in February, which means the playoff picture is becoming clearer and each point in the standings carries extra importance. Three Kodiaks teams are currently in playoff positions and will look to firm up those spots as they head on the road.
Friday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. – at Briercrest
Saturday – women: 1 p.m., men: 3 p.m. – at Briercrest
Women: Kodiaks (2-14) vs Briercrest College Clippers (14-2)
Men: Kodiaks (16-0) vs Briercrest College Clippers (7-9)
The Kodiaks men’s volleyball team has already clinched a playoff spot and is writing one of the best stories in Canadian college volleyball this season with a perfect 16-0 record. The Kodiaks are ranked second in the CCAA national rankings and have lost only 10 sets in 16 matches this season.
This weekend they visit the 7-9 Briercrest College Clippers, who are sitting just four points out of the ACAC playoff picture in fifth place in the ACAC south division. The Kodiaks swept the Clippers by identical 3-1 scores during a first semester series between the teams.
Carter Hansen (fourth year, General Studies, Magrath) remains second in the ACAC in kills, averaging 4.62 per set. Zach Wikenheiser (third year, General Studies, Lethbridge) is second in the conference in assists (9.63 per set), Michael Svab (second year, Geomatics Engineering Technology) is third in blocks (0.76 per game) and Matt Primrose (third year, General Studies, Lethbridge) is fifth in digs (2.67 per set) as the Kodiaks dominate the conference’s statistical leaderboard.
The Kodiaks women’s volleyball team is on the verge of being statistically eliminated from the ACAC playoffs and don’t get any breaks from the schedule maker as they visit the division leading and nationally fourth-ranked Clippers. The Kodiaks took one set off of Briercrest in two first semester Clippers wins.
Mackenzie Lewicki (second year, Massage Therapy, Taber) and Carley Doneff (first year, Nursing, Medicine Hat) are nearly tied for the Kodiaks team lead, averaging 1.65 and 1.64 kills per set, respectively.
The Kodiaks are in Caronport, Sask. this weekend, visiting the Clippers. On Friday, the women play at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the women’s game gets going at 1 p.m., with the men’s contest set for 3 p.m. Games can be streamed live on ACAC-TV.
Friday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. – at Red Deer College
Saturday – women: 1 p.m., men: 3 p.m. – at Red Deer College
Women: Kodiaks (8-5) vs Red Deer College Queens (2-12)
Men: Kodiaks (8-5) vs Red Deer College Kings (6-8)
The Kodiaks women’s basketball team has won two straight games to sit in fourth place in the ACAC south division with an 8-5 record. The team is just two points behind third place St. Mary’s University, with one game in hand on the Lightning.
This weekend, the Kodiaks visit the last place Red Deer College Queens (2-12). The Kodiaks won a first semester meeting between the teams 77-68, led by 22 points and 11 rebounds from Jocelyn Neilson (first year, General Studies, Lethbridge).
Neilson is fourth in shooting percentage in the ACAC (51.4 per cent) and is second in Kodiaks scoring, averaging 10.3 points per game. Juhee Anderson (fourth year, General Studies, Cardston) leads the Kodiaks, averaging 14 points per game.
Despite a six point loss to the nationally top-ranked SAIT Trojans last weekend, the Kodiaks men’s basketball team remains in the CCAA national rankings, holding the 15th spot. The Kodiaks (8-5) are in fourth place in the ACAC south division, but trail third place Medicine Hat College by just two points with two games in hand.
The Kodiaks should expect a hard push from the Kings (6-8) this weekend though, as Red Deer is in fifth place in the division and is trying to chase down the Kodiaks for the division’s final playoff spot. The Kodiaks beat the Kings 90-83 in the first semester, thanks to 22 points and 11 rebounds from Lincoln Anderson (second year, General Studies, Cardston).
Anderson leads the ACAC in rebounding (10.5 per game) and is fourth in scoring (19.9 points per game). Teammate Orin Porter Jr. (third year, Academic Upgrading, Incline Village, Nev.) is sixth in conference scoring (19.2 points per game) and fourth in shooting percentage (56.9 per cent). Michael Clemons (fifth year, Exercise Science, El Paso, Texas) leads the ACAC in assists, averaging 12.5 per game, which is more than six per game ahead of second place.
The Kodiaks are in Red Deer this weekend. On Friday, the women play at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the women’s game gets going at 1 p.m., with the men’s contest set for 3 p.m. Games can be streamed live on ACAC-TV.
Indoor Track starts season in Edmonton
Kodiaks Indoor Track also starts their 2019 season this weekend, participating in the ACAC Running Room Grand Prix #1 in Edmonton. Stay tuned for a comprehensive season preview.