Kodiaks alumni invited to celebrate this weekend

Kodiaks alumni invited to celebrate this weekend

Nov. 20, 2019 – Calling all former Kodiaks and Lethbridge College students – come celebrate as the Kodiaks host Alumni Weekend on Friday and Saturday. The Kodiaks volleyball teams will play Red Deer College on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, while the basketball teams face off against St. Mary’s University on Saturday evening.  

Alumni Weekend means all admission is by donation with all funds raised going to support student-athlete scholarships. A VIP lounge for all alumni will open at 5:30 p.m. each night with free food, beverages, games and exclusive prize draws.

As well, the six newest members of the Kodiaks Hall of Fame will be inducted during ceremonies at the games on Friday and Saturday evening. It’s a perfect weekend to come out and celebrate that #WeAreAllKodiaks.

VOLLEYBALL

MEN’S 

Kodiaks (7-1) vs Kings (6-2) – 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday at Val Matteotti Gym

For the second time in less than a year, a Kodiaks volleyball player in on the verge of setting the ACAC’s all-time kills record. Carter Hansen (fifth year, General Studies, Magrath) needs just two kills this weekend against Red Deer College to tie former teammate Dax Whitehead as the conference’s all-time leader in that category. Whitehead set the record in January and finished his five-year career with 1,167 kills. Hansen, who is second in the ACAC in kills per set this season, enters the weekend with 1,165. 

Hansen’s prowess has helped the Kodiaks to seven straight wins and a 7-1 record. The Kodiaks are ranked eighth in the CCAA national rankings, and they join the nationally top-ranked SAIT Trojans as the only one-loss teams in the ACAC south division.  

The Kodiaks face the Kings, who are perennial contenders in the ACAC. Red Deer is 6-2, in third place in the south division. Red Deer is coming off a split against Medicine Hat College last weekend, while the Kodiaks earned a sweep at Briercrest. 

WOMEN’S

Kodiaks (2-6) vs Queens (6-2) – 6 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday at Val Matteotti Gym

The Kodiaks women’s team looks to end a four-game losing streak as they host the Red Deer College Queens for a pair of games this weekend. The Kodiaks began the season 2-2, but have fallen to 2-6 and sit in fifth in the ACAC south division. The team is just four points back of the division’s final playoff spot.

Left side hitter Mack Lewicki (third year, General Studies, Taber) has been a sparkplug for the Kodiaks this season, leading the team in both kills and digs. Her 2.41 kills per set are 15th in the ACAC, while her 3.15 digs per set place her 13th.

After opening the season with back-to-back losses, the Queens have earned six straight wins to move into third place in the ACAC south division and sit in ninth in the CCAA national rankings.  

BASKETBALL

MEN’S

Kodiaks (7-0) vs Lightning (3-5) – 8 p.m. Saturday at Olds College

The Kodiaks men’s basketball team continues to be an offensive juggernaut, as the team has rolled to seven straight wins to open the season, moving up to sixth in the CCAA national rankings. The team is averaging more than 98 points per game to lead the ACAC in scoring. The Kodiaks are also the conference’s third stingiest defensive team. 

The team boasts three of the top 13 scorers in the conference, as Brock Dewsbery (first year, General Studies, Raymond) is fourth with 19.9 points per game; Chase Bohne (first year, Business Administration, Raymond) is ninth, scoring 18.7 points per game; and Orin Porter Jr. (fourth year, Computer Information Technology, Incline Village, Nev.) is 13th, averaging 17.7 points per game. 

The Lightning are 3-5 this season, but went toe-to-toe with the Kodiaks on Oct. 26 when Lethbridge College escaped with an 88-84 win. Porter had a game-high 30 points in that meeting.

WOMEN’S 

Kodiaks (4-3) vs Lightning (4-4) – 6 p.m. Saturday at Olds College

The Kodiaks women’s basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 72-67 win over Red Deer College on Saturday. The win moved them to 4-3 on the season, which puts them in a three-way tie for second place in the ACAC south division along with Red Deer and their opponent this weekend, the St. Mary’s Lightning. Just two points separate second and sixth place in the ultra-competitive south division.

First-year Kodiaks guard Denajha Kie (third year, Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Las Vegas) has settled in during her first season in Canada. She is 13th in the ACAC in points per game, with 14.6, and is also third in the conference in blocks and 10th in offensive rebounds.

The Lightning are 4-4 this season, and are looking for revenge after the Kodiaks earned an 83-73 win in a meeting last month. Five different Kodiaks scored in double digits in that victory.  

As part of Alumni Weekend, all admission is by donation. The volleyball games begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday, while the basketball games begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday.  

All Kodiaks home and away games can be viewed on ACAC-TV and results will be available on the ACAC website.

Learn more about the Kodiaks at gokodiaks.ca and follow along all season on TwitterInstagram and Facebook. High-quality photos are available to download from the Kodiaks Flickr account.