Weekend preview - Kodiaks WBB can clinch top seed in south

Feb. 17, 2017 – It will be a busy weekend at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium as all four Kodiaks teams will make appearances on their home court. The basketball teams are gearing up as playoffs loom large, while the volleyball clubs will be wrapping up their ACAC seasons.

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WBB – Kodiaks can secure top seed in the south

The Kodiaks women’s basketball team needs just one win to clinch first place in the ACAC south division and will try to pick it up this weekend as they play St. Mary’s in a home-and-home series beginning Friday in Calgary.

The Kodiaks are a perfect 17-0 this season and are second in the national CCAA rankings, but they will get a challenge from the second place and 15th nationally-ranked Lightning (16-3). The Kodiaks have two of the top five scorers in the ACAC, as Logan Moncks (second year, Business Administration – Management) is second with 22.7 points per game and Sunder West (third year, General Studies) is fifth with 17.6 PPG. Emma Lowry (fourth year, Massage Therapy) is third in the conference in rebounding, averaging 9.9 per game.

Moncks (Cardston), West (Raymond) and Lowry (Lundbreck) are all southern Alberta products, and nearly half of the Kodiaks roster is made up of players from the region.

The Lightning come in riding a 12-game win streak and are the second-highest scoring team in the conference, behind only the Kodiaks. Lethbridge won the lone meeting between the sides, 80-59, earlier in the first semester.

MBB – Kodiaks look to get back on track

On the men’s side, the nationally 15th-ranked Kodiaks (12-5) will look to rebound from a pair of losses against Medicine Hat last weekend, against the struggling, last place Lightning (2-17).

The Kodiaks have two of the top 15 scorers in the conference, led by Chris Maughan (third year, Business Administration – Management) who is 10th with 16.2 PPG and Cory Richardson (first year, Business Administration – Management) who is 15th with 15.2 PPG. Maughan is also seventh in rebounding, averaging 8.1 per game. The Kodiaks beat St. Mary’s 86-63 in the first semester.

The Kodiaks are home on Saturday, with the women’s game starting at 6 p.m. and the men’s contest at 8 p.m. in the Val Matteotti Gym. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for seniors, youth and alumni; $3 for current college employees; and free for current students. The games are at the same times on Friday, in Calgary, and can be seen on ACAC TV.

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MVB – Kodiaks take on nationally ranked Rattlers

Neither Kodiaks volleyball team will make the playoffs this season, so they are playing for pride as they wrap up the ACAC regular season with home-and-home series against Medicine Hat College this weekend.

The men’s team (10-12) has won two straight games and four of its last six, but face a tough challenge against the south division leading and nationally ninth-ranked Rattlers. The Kodiaks boast two of the conference’s top-three leaders in hitting percentage in Dax Whitehead (third year, Geomatics Engineering Technology) who is second at .487 and Carter Hansen (second year, General Studies) who is third at .457. The Kodiaks were able to split two games with the Rattlers in November.

WVB – Kodiaks look to finish season on strong note

The women’s Kodiaks (6-16) take on the last place Rattlers (2-20). The team’s current stats are not available from the ACAC, however Kristine Ward (first year, Massage Therapy) has been among the conference leaders in kills for the entire season, entering last weekend in sixth place at 3.28 kills per set. The Kodiaks swept both meetings with the Rattlers in the first semester.

The Kodiaks are home on Friday night, with the women’s game starting at 6 p.m. and the men’s game at 8 p.m. in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for seniors, youth and alumni; $3 for current college employees; and free for current students. Saturday’s games begin at the same time in Medicine Hat and can be seen on ACAC TV.