Nov. 7, 2018 – It’s a rivalry weekend for Lethbridge College’s volleyball and basketball teams, as the Kodiaks take on southern Alberta rivals in both sports.
The volleyball teams play home-and-home series with Medicine Hat College, beginning with rare Thursday evening games in Medicine Hat. The basketball teams visit Calgary to tangle with both St. Mary’s University and SAIT.
The Kodiaks cross country team is also in action at the CCAA National Championships in Toronto. A full cross country preview is available online.
Thursday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. at Medicine Hat College
Saturday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. vs Medicine Hat College at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium
Women: Kodiaks (1-7) vs Medicine Hat College Rattlers (3-3)
Men: Kodiaks (8-0) vs Medicine Hat College Rattlers (5-1)
The Kodiaks men’s volleyball team is coming off another strong weekend, with a sweep of Briercrest College. Now, the team looks to continue its perfect season as it faces Medicine Hat College in a match-up of two clubs ranked among the top ten in the CCAA.
Lethbridge has made quick work of many of the ACAC south division’s other contenders, losing just seven sets through eight matches. The 8-0 Kodiaks are fifth in the CCAA national rankings. Meanwhile, the Rattlers, ranked 10th in the CCAA, are also off to a strong start with a 5-1 record. Medicine Hat is coming off its first loss of the season, however, as it played to a split with Red Deer College last weekend.
Dax Whitehead (fifth year, General Studies, Moose Jaw, Sask.) achieved a major career milestone last weekend, hammering home the 1,000th kill of his ACAC career. Whitehead becomes just the fourth men’s player in conference history to reach that plateau. Whitehead has 76 kills this season and is just 93 away from the all-time conference record.
Carter Hansen (fourth year, General Studies, Magrath) is second in the ACAC in both kills per set (4.46) and kills per set (125). Matt Primrose (third year, General Studies, Lethbridge) leads the conference in digs with 89.
On the women’s side, the Kodiaks have lost seven straight matches, but could gain some ground in the south division with a strong showing against the 3-3 Rattlers.
Grace Kazanowski (second year, Business Administration, North Saanich, B.C.) has been a strong presence at the net for the Kodiaks this season, as she leads the ACAC with 1.23 blocks per set. Laura Serafini (fifth year, General Studies, Grasmere, B.C.), Carley Doneff (first year, Nursing, Medicine Hat) and MacKenzie Lewicki (second year, Massage Therapy, Taber) are nearly tied for the Kodiaks kills lead, each averaging just over 1.6 per set.
The Kodiaks games in Medicine Hat on Thursday can be streamed on ACAC-TV. On Saturday, the women’s game begins at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. 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.
Game times – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m.
Friday at St. Mary’s University, Calgary
Saturday at SAIT, Calgary
Women: Kodiaks (2-2) vs St. Mary’s University Lightning (3-2), SAIT Trojans (2-2)
Men: Kodiaks (2-2) vs St. Mary’s University Lightning (1-4), SAIT Trojans (4-0)
The Kodiaks basketball teams will play two games in a weekend for the first time this season, as the programs visit St. Mary’s on Friday and SAIT on Saturday.
The Kodiaks men have earned two straight wins in recent weeks, beating Medicine Hat College and Olds College. Now the team looks to move over .500 for the first time against St. Mary’s and nationally top-ranked and undefeated SAIT.
American college transfer Orin Porter Jr. (third year, Academic Upgrading, Incline Village, Nev.) is off to a great start to his ACAC career, sitting third in conference scoring with 22.8 points per game. Lincoln Anderson (second year, General Studies, Cardston), a transfer from Mount Royal University, is second in conference rebounding with 10.3 boards per game.
On the women’s side, the Kodiaks look to get back in the win column after two straight losses. The Kodiaks, along with their weekend opponents, the Lightning and Trojans, are among a group of four teams separated by just two points in the middle of the ACAC south division standings.
Juhee Anderson (fourth year, Exercise Science, Cardston) and Courtney Peterson (third year, Practical Nursing, Calgary) are each averaging double-digit points per game. Anderson is averaging 11.5, while Peterson is averaging 10.5.
The Kodiaks women’s games begin at 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, followed at 8 p.m. by the men’s games. All games are available on ACAC-TV.