MVB | Kodiaks split with RDC

MVB | Kodiaks split with RDC

Jan. 13, 2020 – The Kodiaks men’s volleyball team opened 2020 by settling for a road split with the Red Deer College Kings last weekend, rallying from a disappointing straight-sets loss on Friday by earning their own straight-sets win on Saturday. 

Lethbridge simply had an off-night in the series opener, hitting for a kill percentage of just .081 while committing 24 attack errors.

The team returned to form the next day, as 12 kills from ACAC career kills leader Carter Hansen paved the way to a crucial victory.

With the split, Lethbridge remains two points up on Red Deer in the ACAC south standings. The Kodiaks now trail the SAIT Trojans by two points for first place in the division, although Lethbridge holds two games in hand.

Lethbridge (11-3) returns home next weekend for a weekend series with the Olds College Broncos. Friday’s match is set for 8 p.m. while Saturday’s rematch will take place at 3 p.m. at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.  

  

Friday, Jan. 10 – Kodiaks 0 at Red Deer College 3

Recap written by RDC Sports Information 

The Red Deer College Kings started 2020 on the right foot. With the talented Lethbridge College Kodiaks in town, the home team needed to bring their “A “game. The Kings played a fairly clean match and downed the Kodiaks in three sets (25-22, 25-20 and 25-18).

Tony Albizzati led the Lethbridge College offence with eight kills. Carter Hansen and Quinn Buchanan contributed six kills each. Setter Zach Wikenheiser totaled 24 assists and four digs.

Carter Hills was the named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Kings Player-of-the-Game. The six-foot-two outside hitter racked up a match leading 12 kills, along with seven digs, one stuff and one assist. Malcolm Fisher had four digs and picked up the award for the visitors.

Ben Holmes added seven kills for the Kings. Cody Boulding picked up six. Setter Thomas Wass had 25 assists, two kills, one ace, one dig and one stuff.

Saturday Jan. 11 – Kodiaks 3 at Red Deer College 0

Recap written by RDC Sports Information

The RDC Kings knew after last night's sweep that the Lethbridge College Kodiaks would elevate their game in the rematch Saturday afternoon. The prediction was accurate. Carter Hansen, one of the Kodiaks' offensive weapons, hit double digits in kills and guided his team to a three-set road win (25-23, 25-20 and 25-15).

In a back-and-forth first set, the teams traded points to 17-17. The largest difference was only a pair of points. Carter Hills had a trio of kills for the Kings. Carter Hansen also had three kills for the Kodiaks during that stretch. Eventually, Lethbridge College's Michael Hummel sealed a close 25-23 decision.

Ben Holmes and Carter Hills helped the home team take an early 10-5 edge in the second set. Then Michael Svab and Lethbridge College went on an 11-6 run to knot it up 16-16. Carter Hansen and Tony Albizzati energized the Kodiaks late and they captured a 25-20 win.

Strong Kodiak's blocking gave the visitors a 10-1 start to the third set. Lethbridge College kept the pressure on and sealed a 25-15 victory, taking the match in three sets.

Zak Hallworth was recognized as the Collegiate Sports Medicine Kings Player-of-the-Game with strong defensive play. Carter Hills led RDC with seven kills and Ben Holmes had six. Jonathan (JJ) Graham chipped in with four.

Carter Hansen was selected for the Kodiaks, accumulating 12 kills, four digs, three aces and two stuff blocks. Quinn Buchanan fired nine kills. Tony Albizzati and Michael Hummel had six each.

As a team, the Kings totaled five stuff blocks and three aces. The Kodiaks finished with eight stuffs and five service aces.

The third place RDC Kings (10-4) will compete against the Ambrose University Lions (1-13) at RDC on Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 pm. The second place Kodiaks (11-3) will host the Broncos (4-9) on Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 pm.