Kodiaks wrap up first semester action

Kodiaks wrap up first semester action

Nov. 27, 2019 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks close out 2019 with a jam-packed week of games and events.

The basketball teams hit the court for rare Thursday night games as they entertain the SAIT Trojans in the first half of a home-and-home series. Meanwhile, the volleyball teams open a home-and-home series Friday night against Ambrose University at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium. The games will be the Kodiaks final ACAC action until January. 

Adding another layer of excitement to the weekend is that the Kodiaks will take the chance to celebrate the most successful fall sports season in Kodiaks history. On Thursday evening, the Kodiaks will recognize and celebrate the CCAA national champion women’s cross country team, along with ACAC individual champion and national bronze medalist Sophia Nowicki. Then on Friday evening, the Kodiaks will recognize the ACAC champion men’s soccer team and the back-to-back ACAC bronze medalist women’s soccer team.

The entire community is invited out to cheer on these deserving champions and players. 


 BASKETBALL 

MEN’S 

Kodiaks (8-0) vs Trojans (7-1) – 8 p.m., Thursday at Val Matteotti Gymnasium, Friday at SAIT

The Kodiaks men’s basketball team closes out the first semester with a pair of marquee matchups against the SAIT Trojans. The 8-0 Kodiaks are the only undefeated team in the ACAC and have moved up to fifth in the CCAA national rankings. But they will get a push from the 7-1 Trojans, who sit seventh in the national rankings. 

Lethbridge is coming off a close 94-89 win over St. Mary’s University. Freshman Brock Dewsbery (first year, General Studies, Raymond) had a breakout performance with 38 points and 11 rebounds. Dewsbery is now fourth in ACAC scoring, averaging 22.1 points per game. Orin Porter Jr. (fourth year, Computer Information Technology) is 12th in conference scoring, averaging 17.4 points per game, while Chase Bohne (first year, Business Administration, Raymond) is 19th in conference scoring, averaging 16.4 points per game. The Kodiaks continue to fill the basket, averaging a conference-high 97.1 points per game. 

The Trojans will be a formidable opponent, and will be motivated following their first loss of the season against Ambrose University last weekend. The Trojans are led by Calvin Chambers, who is third in ACAC scoring and Gemie Muya who is third in the conference in rebounding.

WOMEN’S 

Kodiaks (4-4) vs Trojans (3-5) – 6 p.m., Thursday at Val Matteotti Gymnasium, Friday at SAIT

The Kodiaks women’s team once again finds itself in a crucial battle in the ultra-competitive ACAC south division. The Kodiaks are 4-4, while the Trojans are 3-5. Both teams are part of a jumble that sees places second through seventh separated by just four points. The Kodiaks and Trojans are both looking to rebound as they come off losses in their last outings. 

In an up-and-down season, Denajha Kie (third year, Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Las Vegas) has been a steadying influence in her first season as a Kodiak. The former United States junior college standout is 10th in ACAC scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game, while also sitting fourth in blocks. Kirsten Barwegan (third year, Justice Studies, Lethbridge) is 13th in ACAC rebounding, averaging 7.8 per game, while also averaging more than 10 points per game. 

The Trojans are the lowest scoring team in the ACAC south division, averaging just 56 points per game. 


VOLLEYBALL 

MEN’S

Kodiaks (8-2) vs Lions (1-10) – 8 p.m., Friday at Val Matteotti Gymnasium, Saturday at Ambrose University

The Kodiaks men’s team had an eight-game win streak snapped on Saturday as the team lost in four sets to nationally 15th-ranked Red Deer College. The loss dropped the Kodiaks one spot in the CCAA national rankings, from eighth to ninth, but they do keep pace with the division-leading SAIT Trojans, who also lost last weekend. The Kodiaks are two points back of the Trojans with one game in hand.

Lethbridge has a golden opportunity to wrap up the first half with a pair of wins as they take on the last place Ambrose University Lions. Carter Hansen (fifth year, General Studies, Magrath) is coming off a historic weekend as he passed former teammate Dax Whitehead to become the ACAC’s all-time kills leader. Hansen has moved up to second in the ACAC in kills, averaging 3.78 per set, just .01 kills per set behind the division leader. Zach Wikenheiser (fourth year, General Studies, Lethbridge) has moved up to fifth in the conference in assists.

The Lions have lost eight straight matches and have won just six sets in 11 games this season.

WOMEN’S 

Kodiaks (2-8) vs Lions (7-4) – 6 p.m., Friday at Val Matteotti Gymnasium, Saturday at Ambrose University

The Kodiaks women’s team would love to wrap up 2019 by playing spoiler against the Lions. Lethbridge has lost six straight matches, and face a Lions team that is riding a four-game win streak. 

Mack Lewicki (third year, General Studies, Taber) is 17th in the ACAC in kills per set and 14th in digs per set, leading the Kodiaks in both categories. Maile Funa (second year, Massage Therapy, Lethbridge) had a combined 10 kills last weekend to boost her into second in the conference in blocks per set.

The Lions have won 12 straight sets during their win streak. They are in third place in the ACAC south division, six points out of first and two points back of second place. 

Admission for home Kodiaks games is free to students with Lethbridge College ID cards; $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, youth and alumni; and $4 for college employees and students with University of Lethbridge ID cards. 

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