Kodiaks weekend preview: indoor track season begins; volleyball, basketball play crucial contests
Jan. 26, 2017 – Led by a combination of strong returning veterans and promising rookies, the Lethbridge College Kodiaks indoor track team begins its 2017 season this weekend.
The Kodiaks will be on the road on Saturday for the first Running Room Grand Prix of the ACAC season, hosted by MacEwan University in Edmonton. The Kodiaks will enter a full contingent, including returning stars Boaz Korir and Moses Chesseret and rookie sprinter Dayton Jans on the men's side. The women’s team will be led by Kayla Enders, Emily Spencer, Vildana Rekic and Dina Iatrou along with rookie sprinter Marissa Hsu.
The Kodiaks have a goal of competing for several individual medals and placing in the top two in the team standings. This weekend’s meet is one of two events ahead of the ACAC championships that Lethbridge College will host as part of “Championship Weekend” on March 3 and 4.
The Kodiaks volleyball teams are both home for two games this weekend against Olds College as their playoff pushes hit a critical stage.
The Kodiaks women (4-12) are in sixth place in the ACAC south division. Only the top four teams in the group make the playoffs and the Kodiaks enter the weekend six points back of that position. But they can make up some ground as they battle the fifth place Olds College Broncos (5-13). The two teams split a pair of games in the first semester. Lethbridge continues to be led by first-year Kodiaks left side Kristine Ward who is fifth in the ACAC in kills per set (3.27) and fourth in hitting percentage (.434).
On the men’s side, the Kodiaks (6-10) are a full 10 points back of the final playoff spot, but hope to gain some ground against the last-place Broncos (0-18). The Kodiaks are led by Andre Pires who is second in the ACAC in digs per set at 2.54 and Dax Whitehead who is second in the conference in hitting percentage at .542.
On Friday, the women’s game starts at 6 p.m. and is followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the women’s game is at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 3 p.m. All games are 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.
The Kodiaks basketball teams head on the road, looking to continue their current strong play against Red Deer College.
The Kodiaks men’s basketball team, sitting 14th in the CCAA national rankings, plays a marquee matchup this weekend with a chance to take over first place in the ACAC south division. The Kodiaks (8-3) enter the weekend in a three-way tie for second place, just two points back of the division leading Red Deer Kings (9-4), who are their opponents this weekend. The lone previous meeting of the season between these teams saw the Kings edge the Kodiaks 77-76 back in November. Chris Maughn leads the Kodiaks in both points (14.6) and rebounds (8.1) per game.
Meanwhile, the Kodiaks women, who are still unbeaten with an 11-0 record and ranked third in Canada, continue their push for the post-season. They take on a Queens team (5-8) that is fighting for its playoff life, currently in fifth place, just out of the post-season picture. The Kodiaks are led by Logan Moncks who is second in ACAC scoring (21.5 PPG) and Emma Lowry who is top-five in rebounds per game (8.5), field goal percentage (59.3) and three-point percentage (55.0).
On Friday, the women’s game starts at 6 p.m. and is followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the women’s game is at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 3 p.m. All games are in Red Deer, but can be viewed on ACAC TV.