Kodiaks weekend recap: Jan 25-27
Men’s volleyball continues refuse to lose season
Another weekend, another two wins for the Kodiaks men’s volleyball team as it runs its ACAC-leading record to 18-0. The Kodiaks lost the first set of a weekend series in Saskatchewan against Briercrest, but didn’t lose again, rolling to 3-1 and 3-0 wins. The Kodiaks are second in the CCAA national rankings. Carter Hansen had 25 kills on the weekend, while Dax Whitehead added 22.
The Kodiaks women’s team was in tough against the division-leading Clippers. Lethbridge managed to win a set on Friday evening, but was swept on Saturday, as the team’s record falls to 2-16. Jamie Brown had a great game on Friday, with 11 digs and 21 assists. The Kodiaks play Ambrose in a home-and-home series this weekend, beginning with a special Thursday night home game as part of Make Some Noise for Mental Health weekend.
Whitehead becomes all-time CCAA kills leader
A member of the Kodiaks men’s team is now the most potent attacker in Canadian college volleyball history. Dax Whitehead set a new ACAC and CCAA record with his 1,109th career kill in Saturday’s win at Briercrest. Whitehead, who is in his fifth ACAC season, is a General Studies student from Moose Jaw, Sask. He set the Kodiaks all-time kills record in November 2017, and passed former Keyano player Blazej Pellowski for the national and conference career marks on the weekend.
Kodiaks women’s basketball heating up
The Kodiaks women’s basketball team ran its win streak to four games with a weekend sweep of Red Deer College and are now just four points back of second place in the ACAC south division. On Friday, the Kodiaks used a strong third quarter to overcome a halftime deficit and win 68-61. Juhee Anderson led the way with 23 points. The Kodiaks defense shone on Saturday, holding the Queens to single digit scoring in three of the four quarters in a 46-30 win. Anderson was once again the offensive catalyst with 18 points. The Kodiaks are now 10-5, tied for third place in the south division.
The Kodiaks men’s basketball team was swept by Red Deer and are now tied with the Kings for the final ACAC playoff position. The Kodiaks fell 81-72 on Friday, despite 27 points and 14 rebounds from Lincoln Anderson. On Saturday, Lethbridge lost 85-69 as Anderson again led the team in scoring with 21 points. The Kodiaks are now 8-7. The team plays Ambrose in a home-and-home series this weekend beginning Friday in Calgary.
Indoor track starts new era in Edmonton
The Kodiaks indoor track team started a new ACAC season on Saturday with the first ACAC Grand Prix in Edmonton, hosted by MacEwan University. It was the first meet under the tutelage of new head coach Simon Schaerz. The Kodiaks didn’t pick up any medals, but emerged with multiple top-five finishes. Danny Robdrup had the weekend’s best result, finishing fourth in the men’s 3,000-metres, with teammate Tyler Larkin close behind in fifth. Rookie Tanner Rent finished fifth in the 1,000-metres in his first ACAC indoor track competition. On the women’s side, Rebecca Sweeney placed fifth in the 3,000-metres with a new personal best time of 12:31. The Kodiaks next ACAC competition isn’t until March, but the team will take part in the exhibition Pandas Open next month in Edmonton.