Kodiaks Split While Coach is Away

Story by: Tyler Knee

The women Kodiaks had a different look this weekend, but it wasn’t in its player personnel.

Men’s head coach Ian Bennett was behind the bench for the ladies this weekend as well, in the absence of regular head coach Derek Usman, who could not attend the road trip.

According to Bennett the transition to coaching the women was not a difficult one.

“The game is really the same no matter who’s playing it. I just had to find a different way to approach the team because they are not my regular team.”

The women split matches with the Concordia Thunder on the weekend in what turned out to be an exciting weekend of volleyball.

Saturday saw the Kodiaks rebounding from a tough five-set match loss on Friday.

The women came out with a strong performance from the beginning on Saturday winning 29-27, 25-20 and 25-17.

Bennett said that he thought the adjustments the ladies made on Friday night carried over into Saturday’s performance.

“We made adjustments to get back into the game on Friday and we kept those adjustments into Saturday and that worked well for us.”

Bennett never saw a lack of confidence from the ladies, “I don’t think confidence was an issue, they knew how they could play and were just eager to come out and prove themselves,” Bennett says of the team’s performance.

Friday night’s action saw the team come out making some costly errors and losing the first two sets 25-19 and 25-17.

The team than rebounded by making some key adjustments to take the next two sets 25-21 and 25-18 before falling in a close fifth set 17-15.

The team was lead by the strong play of Courtney Peterson who got her first start as the team’s libero.

Peterson made some key digs and had consistent passing the entire weekend, notching 16 digs and three sets.

The women will have a weekend off before a home and home against Medicine Hat on Nov. 25 and 26.