Kodiaks set to battle Trojans in weekend ACAC action
Jan. 16, 2019 – It’s a big weekend of ACAC action for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks, as both the volleyball and basketball programs take on the rival SAIT Trojans. The basketball teams host the Trojans for a single game on Friday, while the volleyball teams play a home-and-home series beginning Friday in Calgary. As well, the futsal season unofficially kicks off with a pre-season tournament in Olds.
Friday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. – vs SAIT at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium
Women: Kodiaks (7-5) vs SAIT Trojans (4-8)
Men: Kodiaks (8-4) vs SAIT Trojans (12-0)
It’s a marquee matchup in men’s basketball in Lethbridge on Friday, as the top two teams in the ACAC south division square off.
Since starting the season with back-to-back losses, the Lethbridge College Kodiaks have gone on to win eight out of 10 games and now sit in a three-way tie for second in the division, although with games in hand on the teams they’re tied with. The Kodiaks are 14th in the CCAA national rankings. The Trojans have been the class of the ACAC this season, with a 12-0 record and are first in the national rankings. The Trojans are averaging more than 100 points per game. The Trojans won both first semester meetings between the teams, 108-89 and 97-74.
Lincoln Anderson (second year, General Studies, Cardston) is having a tremendous season, leading the ACAC in rebounds, averaging 10.8 per game. He is also averaging 20 points per game, which is fourth in the conference, and scored 32 in a win over St. Mary’s last Saturday, which is the most by a Kodiaks player this season.
On the women’s side, a split with St. Mary’s last weekend left the Kodiaks at 7-4, which is tied with the Thunder for third in the ACAC south division. They have a chance to move up, as they take on the Trojans who are sixth in the conference with a 4-8 record. The Kodiaks won both first half meetings between the teams, 67-52 and 57-33.
Juhee Anderson (fourth year, Exercise Science, Cardston) leads the Kodiaks in scoring with 14.7 points per game. Jocelyn Neilson (first year, General Studies, Lethbridge) is second in team scoring and is fourth in the ACAC in shooting percentage (51.1 per cent).
The women’s game starts at 6 p.m., with the men’s game at 8 p.m. on Friday 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.
Friday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. – at SAIT
Saturday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. – vs SAIT at Val Matteotti Gymnasium
Women: Kodiaks (2-12) vs SAIT Trojans (11-5)
Men: Kodiaks (14-0) vs SAIT Trojans (12-4)
Everything has come up Kodiaks so far this season for the men’s volleyball team, but it will be a tough test this weekend against the second place SAIT Trojans. The Kodiaks are a perfect 14-0 in ACAC action to lead the south division and earn second place in the national CCAA rankings. The Trojans are 12-4 and are ranked 13th in Canada. During the first semester, the Kodiaks swept the Trojans by scores of 3-1 and 3-0.
Carter Hansen (fourth year, General Studies, Magrath) continues to be second in the ACAC in kills with 215. After starting the season in 22nd place on the conference’s all-time kills list, Hansen has moved up to seventh, surpassing 900 career kills. The Kodiaks boast statistical leaders across the court, as Zach Wikenheiser (third year, General Studies, Lethbridge) leads the ACAC in assists; Michael Svab (second year, Geomatics Engineering Technology) is second and Mike Hummel (fourth year, Agriculture Sciences) is fifth, respectively, in blocks; and Matt Primrose (third year, General Studies, Lethbridge) is fifth in digs.
On the women’s side, the Kodiaks look to rebound after being swept by Medicine Hat last weekend. The team has struggled this season with just two wins through 14 games and face a tough test in the Trojans (11-5) who are in second place in the south division and are ranked 13thin the CCAA. SAIT won both meetings between the teams in the first semester, although the Kodiaks pushed the Trojans to a full five-sets on Oct. 20.
Carley Doneff (first year, Nursing, Medicine Hat) and Laura Serafini (fifth year, General Studies, Grasmere, B.C.) lead a balanced Kodiaks attack, averaging 1.89 and 1.7 kills per set, respectively.
The women’s games start at 6 p.m., with the men’s games at 8 p.m. both nights. Saturday’s games are 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. Friday’s games begin at the same times in Calgary and can be streamed onACAC-TV.
The Kodiaks futsal teams will face their first competition of the season as the women’s and men’s teams take part in a pre-season tournament hosted by Prairie College in Three Hills. The tournament is the first chance for head coach Sean Carey to see his teams in action and evaluate talent ahead of the ACAC championships, which will be hosted by the Kodiaks from March 15-17.
The Kodiaks will play in three pre-season events, but the only official ACAC futsal action is the championship tournament.