From Red Deer College:
This past week, the RDC Kings Volleyball team defeated the Briercrest College Clippers in two matches.
The Volleyball Queens pushed the first place Clippers to five sets on Friday but dropped a pair of weekend matches.
The Hockey Queens earned three of a possible four points against the SAIT Trojans and the Kings Hockey team split their series with the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings in a pair of home games.
The Red Deer College Kings Basketball squad split an important series with the Medicine Hat College Rattlers.
The Basketball Queens had several prominent performances on the road but couldn’t lock down a win.
Here is a summary of what happened this past week in RDC Athletics.
Queens Volleyball | Friday, Jan. 18 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Red Deer College Queens played hard but were edged in five sets by the Briercrest College Clippers (26-28, 25-20, 14-25, 25-23 and 6-15).
Katrina Dawe was named the Queens Player-of-the-Game, totaling 13 kills, 16 digs and three aces.
"Overall, Katrina played solid," says Head Coach Chris Wandler. "From a defensive point of view, serving piece and receive piece, and that's the expectations as a third-year - is to be consistent with that."
Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Jan. 19 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
In a rematch, the Volleyball Queens dropped a three set decision to the Clippers (19-25, 18-25 and 13-25).
Alexandria Greenshields was named the Queens Player-of-the-Game, accumulating eight kills and one dig.
"Ali has been very efficient. She was efficient last night but we didn't set her enough. Natalie Bloemen found some connection today," says Wandler. "Our middles are good when we pass the ball but we didn't pass the ball well in the first two sets which was pretty evident."
After the weekend, the RDC Queens (10-8) sit in fourth spot in the south with 20 points, only two points behind third place Ambrose University Lions (11-7). Briercrest College (14-2) leads the south with 28 points.
Kings Volleyball | Friday, Jan. 18 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Red Deer College Kings swept the Briercrest College Clippers (25-15, 25-21 and 26-24).
Thomas Wass was selected as the Kings Player-of-the-Game, stacking up 42 assists, six digs and four kills.
"I thought that Tom had his best match of the season, in terms of spreading out the offence and the player-of-the-game was well deserved today," says Kings Head Coach Aaron Schulha. "Forty-two assists in three sets is quite a bit. He did a good job in terms of mixing things. His connection with our outsides was significantly better than last weekend."
Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Jan. 19 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The second place Kings (14-4) won in five sets (23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 20-25 and 15-9) over the Clippers.
Ben Holmes was chosen as the Kings Player-of-the-Game, contributing 17 kills, seven digs, two assists, one ace and one stuff block.
"Holmes had a great match for us and we needed that," says Schulha.
Queens Hockey | Friday, Jan. 18 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The RDC Queens earned one point in the standings but were edged 2-1 in a shootout by the SAIT Trojans. Sydnee Decorby scored the lone goal and Karlee Fetch made 29 saves for RDC.
Catherine Longchamps was named the Queens Player-of-the-Game, with one assist and a strong defensive effort.
"Catherine can play any kind of game. She can play a physical game and an offensive game - she's a very good defender," says Head Coach Kelly Coulter. "Not only is she a great player, but she is a great kid as well."
Queens Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 19 | SAIT
In Calgary, the third place RDC Queens (6-8-2-0) defeated the Trojans 2-1. Mary Hirsch and Mariah McKersie tallied, and Miranda Cook made 31 saves in the Queens’ road win.
Kings Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 19 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Red Deer College Kings handily defeated the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings 8-3. Tyrell Mappin, Jacob Wozney, Trevor Costello and Jantzen Leslie scored singles for the Kings.
Both Tyler Podgorenko and Chase Thudium had a pair of goals for RDC. Thudium recorded his 14th goal of the season which leads the league. Goaltender Nathan Alalouf made 35 saves in the Kings’ net.
Tyler Podgorenko was selected as the RDC Kings Player-of-the-Game, recording two goals and one assist.
"Pods is a gifted offensive defenceman," says Head Coach Trevor Keeper. "Tonight because he was playing well offensively, he played well defensively. He had a great game and we hope that continues."
Kings Hockey | Sunday, Jan. 20 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
In a Sunday rematch, the Vikings shaded the Kings 3-2. Ryley Smith and Dylan Baer scored for the Kings.
After the weekend, the Kings (11-5-1-1) and Vikings (12-6-0-0) both have 24 points. SAIT and NAIT share second spot with 26 points and MacEwan University leads the way with 27 points.
Queens Basketball | Friday, Jan. 18 | Medicine Hat College
The Basketball Queens were defeated 85-55 by the Rattlers in Medicine Hat. Lauren Cardinal was chosen as the Queens Player-of-the-Game, contributing 24 points, six rebounds, one assist and one block in 27 minutes played.
Katie Ballhorn chipped in with 15 points. On the boards, Sandra Garcia-Bernal picked up nine and Ballhorn had seven for the Queens.
Queens Basketball | Saturday, Jan. 19 | Medicine Hat College
In an afternoon showdown, the RDC Queens were downed 75-50 by the Medicine Hat College Rattlers.
The Queens Player-of-the-Game, Samantha Wade, nearly captured a double-double, with 10 points and nine rebounds.
First-year guard Harneet Sidhu, from Surrey, contributed 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Katie Ballhorn and Mallory Uskiw scored 7 each for the Queens.
Kings Basketball | Friday, Jan. 18 | Medicine Hat College
The Medicine Hat College Rattlers picked up a 103-76 home win over the RDC Kings.
Eric Bakker led the Kings with 13 points.
Spencer Klassen contributed 12. Anthony Harper picked up 10 points and seven rebounds for RDC.
Kings Basketball | Saturday, Jan. 19 | Medicine Hat College
The fifth place Red Deer College Kings (6-8) had a tremendous bounce back performance and defeated the Rattlers 94-91. Bachelor of Education student Spencer Klassen was outstanding once again, playing all 40 minutes while stacking up 30 points, five rebounds and going ten-for-ten from the free-throw line.
The six-foot-two guard from Red Deer deservedly received the Kings Player-of-the-Game award.
RDC's Barzin Eskandarkhah accumulated 24 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Ramiro Martinez Quintanilla Jimenez contributed 18 points, six rebounds and one block. Eric Bakker chipped in with 12 points.
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