Kodiaks teams return to action this weekend

Kodiaks teams return to action this weekend

Jan. 8, 2020 – Following a brief winter hibernation, the Kodiaks awake to return to ACAC action this week. The Lethbridge College volleyball and basketball teams are all on the road this week, including rare Thursday night action for the basketball teams.

The flip of the calendar signals the start of the homestretch for the teams as they begin to jockey for playoff positions ahead of the ACAC championships in February and March. 

BASKETBALL 

MEN’S

Kodiaks (10-0) vs Rattlers (2-7) – 8 p.m. Thursday at Medicine Hat College

The Kodiaks basketball teams begin 2020 on the road at Medicine Hat on Thursday evening.

The men’s team has been the story of the ACAC so far this season, going a perfect 10-0, while averaging exactly 100 points per game. The Kodiaks are also the second stingiest defensive team in the south division, a potent combination that has moved them up to second place in the CCAA national rankings. Freshman Brock Dewsbery (first year, General Studies, Raymond) has been a revelation, sitting fourth in ACAC scoring by averaging 22.5 points per game. Orin Porter Jr. (fourth year, Computer Information Technology, Incline Village, Nev.) is close behind, ranking seventh in conference scoring, averaging 19.1 points per game.

The Kodiaks face a struggling Rattlers team that went 2-7 in the first half. The Kodiaks swept a pair of first semester games against Medicine Hat, winning 92-80 in October and 94-66 in November. 

WOMEN’S 

Kodiaks (6-4) vs Rattlers (4-5) – 6 p.m. Thursday at Medicine Hat College 

On the women’s side, the Kodiaks impressed with a 6-4 first semester record that puts them in a three-way tie for second place in the ACAC south division. The team finished the first half with an impressive sweep of SAIT and look to keep the momentum rolling against the Rattlers. Veteran Kristen Barwegan (third year, Justice Studies, Lethbridge) has been a force on the boards this season, sitting 11th in the conference in rebounds per game, averaging 8.4.  

This will be the third and final meeting of the season between the Kodiaks and the 4-5, fifth-place Rattlers. The teams split their first two meetings, as Lethbridge won 67-61 in October, while the Rattlers responded with a 61-50 victory in November. 


VOLLEYBALL

MEN’S

Kodiaks (10-2) vs Kings (9-3) – 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday at Red Deer College

The Kodiaks men’s volleyball team begins the second half perched atop the ACAC south division standings with a 10-2 record. The team wants to continue to build that momentum as they look forward to hosting the 2020 Murray Chevrolet ACAC Men’s Volleyball Championships from Feb. 26 to 29. The Kodiaks are eighth in the CCAA national rankings, but will face a tough test against the 13th-ranked Red Deer College Kings. 

Carter Hansen (fifth year, General Studies, Magrath) became the ACAC’s all-time leader in kills during the first semester, and is currently third in the conference in kills per set, averaging 3.82. Malcolm Fisher (second year, General Studies, Lethbridge) has moved up to fifth in the conference in digs per set, averaging 2.65. The Kodiaks split two matches with the 9-3 Kings in November, winning 3-0 before losing 3-1. 

WOMEN’S

Kodiaks (2-10) vs Queens (10-2) – 6 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday at Red Deer College

The Kodiaks women’s team struggled to a 2-10 first semester record. While they would like to build some momentum in the second half, it will be a tough start against the 10-2 and nationally eighth-ranked Queens. The Kodiaks have lost eight-straight matches.

Mack Lewicki (third year, General Studies, Taber) is 13th in the conference in digs per set, averaging 3.21, while also sitting among the top 20 in the ACAC in kills per set. The Kodiaks were swept by Red Deer in two matches in November, but did manage to win a set off the Queens in each.


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