Weekend preview: Kodiaks host defending CCAA champions

Oct. 20, 2016 – Coming off a strong opening weekend, the Lethbridge College men’s volleyball team will face one of its biggest challenges of the entire season as it hosts Red Deer College for two games this weekend.

The Kings are the defending CCAA national champions, and have claimed the title of top team in Canada in two of the last three seasons. They once again seem to be one of the teams to beat in the ACAC as they started the season 2-0 with a sweep of SAIT last weekend. The Kodiaks are 1-1 this year after splitting a pair with Briercrest last weekend. After opening with a hard-fought five-set loss to the Clippers, the Kodiaks rebounded with a four-set win. Individually, Brett Synnott leads the ACAC in blocks with nine, while Carter Hansen is fourth in the conference in kills with 27. The Kodiaks hope history is on their side – over the past two seasons, Red Deer has lost just four games, however, three of those have come at the hands of the Kodiaks.

The Kodiaks women’s team will also face a tough test against the Red Deer College Queens. Lethbridge College began the season with a pair of hard-fought losses against the defending ACAC champions from Briercrest College, a team that is expected to once again challenge for the ACAC title this season. The Queens are also considered ACAC contenders and began the year with a pair of wins over SAIT.

On Friday, the women’s game begins at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the women’s game is at 1 p.m., with the men’s game to follow at 3 p.m., at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, youth and alumni, $3 for college employees and free for Lethbridge College students.

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The Kodiaks soccer teams put a finish to their 2016 ACAC seasons at home this weekend, as they host Medicine Hat College on Saturday. The Kodiaks women’s team earned its second win of the season last weekend, as Cassidy Schmidt had both goals in a 2-1 win over Red Deer College. It will be a tough challenge for the Kodiaks (2-7) as they host the Rattlers (7-2), who sit in first place in the ACAC south division.

It’s a similar story for the Kodiaks men’s team (2-7), as they host the Rattlers (5-1-3), who are second in the ACAC south division. The Kodiaks have lost three straight games and have scored just seven goals in nine games this season. Medicine Hat has given up just seven goals this year, as they gear up to host the ACAC championships later this month.

The Kodiaks and Rattlers meet with the women’s contest at noon, followed by the men’s game at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Servus Sports Centre. Admission is free for everyone.