Weekend preview: All four sports in action

Weekend preview: All four sports in action

Oct. 11, 2018 – For the first time this season, every Kodiaks team is in action, as the basketball and volleyball programs open new seasons, while the soccer and cross country teams head on the road. 

The only home action is on Saturday when the Kodiaks basketball teams tip off a new season against the SAIT Trojans. The rest of the teams head on the road for ACAC play.


BASKETBALL

Saturday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. – vs SAIT at Val Matteotti Gymnasium

Kodiaks (0-0-0) vs SAIT Trojans (0-0-0)

The Val Matteotti Gymnasium will be rocking as the Kodiaks host the SAIT Trojans to open a new ACAC season.

It will be a tough opening test for both teams. The Kodiaks men finished sixth in the ACAC last season, while the Trojans are the defending ACAC champions. The Kodiaks women missed the playoffs but have added some key recruits in the offseason, and will be taking on a Trojans team that finished third in the ACAC last season. 

A full Kodiaks basketball season preview is available online. 

The women’s game tips off 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.


SOCCER 

Saturday – women: 2 p.m., men: 4 p.m. – at Ambrose University, Calgary

Women: Kodiaks (5-3-1) vs Ambrose University Lions (2-4-1) 
Men: Kodiaks (5-3-1) vs Ambrose University Lions (0-5-2) 

The Kodiaks soccer teams each have just one game this weekend, but they are important match-ups as the teams have just three games left in the ACAC regular season. The Kodiaks visit Calgary’s Ambrose University to battle the Lions for the second time in a week.

Last Saturday, the Kodiaks women beat Ambrose 3-1, while the men earned a 6-1 triumph. Both Kodiaks teams have identical 5-3-1 records, and each currently occupies the third and final playoff spot in their respective ACAC south division standings.

Men’s standout Wilson Ntignee (third year, Administrative Office Professional, Nigeria) is third in the ACAC scoring race with seven goals this season. Vicki Noronha (fourth year, Exercise Science, Brooks) is coming off a hat trick against Medicine Hat College last weekend to give her a team leading six goals, which puts her sixth in ACAC scoring.


VOLLEYBALL

Friday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. – at Red Deer College
Saturday – women: 1 p.m., men: 3 p.m. – at Red Deer College

Kodiaks (0-0-0) vs Red Deer Queens/Kings (0-0-0)

The Kodiaks volleyball teams head to central Alberta to serve up a new season of action. The teams visit Red Deer College for games on Friday and Saturday.  

On the men’s side, the Kodiaks are coming off the most successful season in program history, which saw the team finish fourth in the ACAC. It will be a tough opening season test against the Kings, as Red Deer has won four of the last six ACAC championships, and has once again loaded up its roster in anticipation of hosting this year’s CCAA national championship. The Kodiaks women made a huge jump last season, more than doubling their win total from a season before, and made the ACAC playoffs for the first time since 2008, finishing sixth in the conference. They look to continue that upward climb against the defending ACAC bronze medalist Queens.

A full Kodiaks volleyball season preview is available online.

This weekend’s games can be streamed live on ACAC-TV.


CROSS COUNTRY

Saturday – women: noon, men 1 p.m. – at University of Alberta – Augustana, Camrose 

The Kodiaks cross-country teams get one final tune-up race ahead of the ACAC championships in two weeks, as the club visits the University of Alberta - Augustana campus in Camrose for ACAC Grand Prix #5. 

The women’s team has won every event it has entered so far this season, led by Sophia Nowicki (second year, Nursing, Bragg Creek, Alta.), who has won every race she has competed in. The team is slotted second in the CCAA national rankings. 

The men’s team has consistently placed among the top four in each race so far this season, and will look to continue that trend this weekend. The Kodiaks are currently 11th in the CCAA national rankings. 

The women’s 6-km race begins at noon, with the men’s 8-km race at 1 p.m.