Kodiaks on the road as playoff push heats up

Feb 2, 2017 - The Lethbridge College basketball and volleyball teams hit the road this weekend to begin the final month of ACAC regular season action.

Heading into the weekend, both Kodiaks basketball teams sit on top of their respective divisions, and look to keep recent rolls going against Olds College. The Kodiaks women’s team continues to be the class of the ACAC, leading the league with a 13-0 record, while being ranked third nationally. This weekend they face the Broncos (3-10), who they beat 93-65 in the first semester. A couple of local southern Alberta products are leading the team, as Cardston’s Logan Moncks (second year, Business Administration – Management) is second in ACAC scoring at 22.3 points per game, while Lundbreck’s Emma Lowry (fourth year, Massage Therapy) is fourth in rebounding at 8.8 rebounds per game.

The Kodiaks men have climbed into a three-way share of first place in the ACAC south division and are ranked 13th in the CCAA with a 10-3 record. They beat the Broncos (3-10) 90-67 in their only previous meeting this season. The Kodiaks will look for another big weekend from Australian Cory Richardson (first year, Business Administration – Management), who is the reigning ACAC male athlete of the week. Richardson scored a combined 54 points in two wins over Red Deer last weekend and leads the Kodiaks at 15.2 points per game. Arizona’s Chris Maughn (third year, Business Administration – Management) is fifth in the conference in rebounds (8.2 RPG).

The women’s games are at 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday, while the men are at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. on those same days in Olds. The games can be viewed on ACAC TV.

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The Kodiaks volleyball teams head to Red Deer College, as both look to move closer to ACAC playoff berths.

The women’s team earned two wins over Olds last weekend and moved within two points of the final ACAC south division playoff spot. However, if they hope to move up this weekend, they will need to bring their best effort as they take on the Queens (15-3) who are in second place in the division and ranked seventh in Canada. The good news is that the Kodiaks have beat the Queens once already this season as the teams split a pair of games in the first semester. Brandon, Man., product Kristine Ward (first year, Massage Therapy) is fifth in the ACAC with 3.36 kills per set.

The Kodiaks men (8-10) are also coming into action riding a two-game win streak, but also have a tough test against the nationally fifth-ranked Kings (14-4). Red Deer won both first-half meetings between the teams. The Kodiaks’ Dax Whitehead (third year, Geomatics Engineering) is second in the ACAC in hitting percentage at .541, while Brazilian Andre Pires (third year, General Studies) is second in digs per set at 2.53.

The women play at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. on Friday. The women then play at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 3 p.m. on Saturday, in Red Deer. The games can be viewed on ACAC TV.