Kodiaks volleyball, basketball hit home court this weekend

Kodiaks volleyball, basketball hit home court this weekend

Oct. 25, 2018 – The Val Matteotti Gymnasium will be rocking this weekend as both Kodiaks basketball and volleyball teams hit the home court.

The Kodiaks basketball teams host Medicine Hat College on Friday, while the volleyball programs will complete a home-and-home series with Ambrose University at Lethbridge College on Saturday. 

The games are part of a busy weekend for the Kodiaks as the soccer and cross country teams take part in ACAC championships. Full Kodiaks soccer and cross country previews can be found online.

VOLLEYBALL

Friday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. – at Ambrose University
Saturday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. – vs Ambrose University at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium

Women: Kodiaks (1-3) vs Ambrose University Lions (1-2) 
Men: Kodiaks (4-0) vs Ambrose University Lions (0-3) 
 

The Kodiaks men’s volleyball team is off to an impressive, perfect 4-0 start to the new ACAC season, with sweeps over powerhouse programs from SAIT and Red Deer College. 

The team will look to keep its roll going this weekend against the Lions. Ambrose has yet to win in three matches so far this season, and so far have taken only two sets. 

Carter Hansen (fourth year, General Studies, Magrath) has been a one-man wrecking crew on the offensive side this season, firing an ACAC-leading 74 kills. His average of 5.29 kills per set is a more than a full kill per set higher than the next ranked player in the conference (3.94). Matt Primrose (third year, General Studies, Lethbridge) has been keeping plays alive on the defensive end, registering an ACAC-leading 58 digs this season.  

On the women’s side, a tough schedule has seen the Kodiaks get off to a 1-3 start. The team has lost three in a row since a season-opening win over Red Deer College, but looks to get back on track against Ambrose this weekend. 

The Lions are gearing up to host this season’s ACAC championship tournament, but have won only one of their first three games. Harper Elwood (fourth year, General Studies, Sylvan Lake) and Laura Serafini (fifth year, General Studies, Grasmere, B.C.) lead the Kodiaks with 24 kills each, while Grace Kazanowski (second year, Business Administration, North Saanich, B.C.) is second the ACAC in blocks per set with 1.33. 

First serve in the women’s game is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the men’s contest at 8 p.m. at 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 on ACAC-TV.

BASKETBALL

Friday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. – vs Medicine Hat College at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium

Women: Kodiaks (2-0) vs Medicine Hat College Rattlers (3-0)
Men: Kodiaks (0-2) vs Medicine Hat College Rattlers (3-0)

It will be a battle of undefeated teams on Friday evening in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium, as the Kodiaks women host Medicine Hat College. Lethbridge is 2-0 so far this season, while Medicine Hat has won each of its first three games. 

Courtney Peterson (third year, Practical Nursing, Calgary) is the Kodiaks leading scorer and is coming off a 20 point effort in a win over Ambrose University last weekend. Peterson is also the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 9.5 per game over the Kodiaks first two games.

The Kodiaks are the best defensive team in the ACAC so far this season, surrendering an average of just 49 points per game.

On the men’s side, the Kodiaks missed their first win by just inches last week, as a final-second shot in overtime clanked off the rim and out as the Kodiaks lost by two points to Ambrose. It left the team winless through two games.

The task won’t get easier this week against the undefeated Medicine Hat Rattlers, but the intensity always gets ratcheted up when the Kodiaks play their Highway 3 rivals. 

The Kodiaks have a trio of players ranked among the ACAC’s statistical leaders, with Orin Porter Jr. (third year, Academic Upgrading, Incline Village, Nev.) tied for first in points per game with 22, Michael Clemons (fifth year, Exercise Science, El Paso, Texas) ranks third in shooting percentage at 64.7 per cent and Lincoln Anderson (second year, General Studies, Cardston) is fourth in rebounds per game with 11.5. 

The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by the men’s contest at 8 p.m. at 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.