Kodiaks volleyball serves up second-half action this weekend
Jan. 5, 2017 – The push for the playoffs begins for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks volleyball teams as both men’s and women’s clubs begin the winter semester with home-and-home series against SAIT this weekend.
The Kodiaks women (4-8) enter January in a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in the ACAC south division, meaning every match will have a heightened importance in the second half. The team takes on the third-place Trojans (9-3), who have won each of the first two matchups between the teams this season. Kristine Ward will look to continue her tremendous freshman season, as she is fourth in the conference in both kills per set (3.54) and hitting percentage (.445).
On the men’s side, the Kodiaks (6-6) are in fifth place in the ACAC south division, two points back of the final post-season spot in a very tight division where the top five teams are separated by just eight points. Their opponent this weekend, the Trojans (8-4) are in third place, just four points up on the Kodiaks. Lethbridge has seen three players push into the top end of ACAC statistical categories, as Dax Whitehead is second in the ACAC in hitting percentage (.552), Andre Pires is third in digs per set (2.64) and Marcus Biesheuvel is third in assists per set (9.36).
The Kodiaks visit the Trojans in Calgary on Friday, before returning to their home court on Saturday. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. followed by the men’s match at 8 p.m. in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium. Kodiaks tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, youth and alumni, $3 for college employees and free for Lethbridge College students. All games can be viewed on ACAC TV.
Coming off a third-place finish at a tournament hosted by North Idaho College just before the New Year, the Kodiaks men’s basketball team hits the road for more exhibition play this weekend. Lethbridge faces the defending CCAA champions from NAIT on Friday and Concordia University on Saturday, with both games taking place at NAIT in Edmonton.
Both Kodiaks men’s and women’s basketball teams resume conference play next weekend.