Another successful weekend for RDP Kings and Queens – LacombeOnline.com
Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens won nine of their 12 games this weekend. Here’s a weekend recap:
It’s been a winning theme for Queens Basketball since late November. With two wins against an always strong SAIT Trojans, they are now 10-6, which puts them in second place with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks. This comes from a team that was 3-6 towards the end of the first half of the season but won their last seven games to make a big leap to the top of the standings.
They were able to defeat the Trojans 74-52 at home and would win 68-57 in Calgary. Sadie Jeffries (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) was named Friday night’s Player of the Game from the bench with 13 points and five rebounds. On Saturday night, local Peighton Melton got the honor with 10 points and an outstanding 20 rebounds.
It was a different story for the Kings Basketball team as they extended their winning streak to six with an 85-75 win over the SAIT Trojans at home on Friday night. But with a second to go in the fourth quarter, a Trojan guard hit a clutch three-pointer to hand the Kings an 84-83 loss. They will try to get back on their winning ways on Friday, February 3 when they host the Olds College Broncos at 8 p.m. Post Dennis Ennis (Open Studies) was named Player of the Match on Friday night with a double-double and Saturday night honors went to Eduardo Crespo (Academic Upgrading) with another performance of 28 points.
Queens Hockey got off to a rough start to the week as they overwhelmed in Olds and lost 4-2 to the Broncos on Thursday. With a goal in the night, forward Madison Sansom (social work). But after a day’s hiatus, the Queens team was back at it and they sure reciprocated. They managed to score seven goals on Olds, with six different players scoring en route to a 7-1 win. Forward Natalie Buttle (Bachelor of Kinesiology) scored two goals and was named Saturday night’s player of the game. Rookie Tasha Barsby (Bachelor of Science) hit a milestone last night when she scored her first ever ACAC goal. The other scorers were defender Kassy Gaudette, defender Kyla Hansel, forward Brenna Reid and Sansom.
The Kings finally ended their minor dry spell on home ice with back-to-back wins at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Earlier this past weekend, the Kings lost two straight games at home. They would cap that on Friday with a comfortable 6-3 win over the Voyageurs that included a hat-trick from forward Nolan Doell (Bachelor of Education), a perfect 4/4 on the power play and a goal from a man down. Döll was named player of the game.
With a narrow turnaround for a Saturday afternoon game, the Kings knew they had to get out of goal fast and aggressively. It was a close game for the most part, as it was 2-1 early in the third period, but with an early goal from forward Ryland McNinch and a late power play marker from forward Jacob Wozney (Bachelor of Education), the Kings set for one with a 4:1 win. McNinch was named Player of the Match with two goals and the other goalscorer was forward Dylan Esau (Business Diploma).
The Queens weekend didn’t start as they had hoped as they lost 3-1 to the SAIT Trojans in Calgary. It didn’t look like it, however, as the Queens won the first set 25-11. But it was all downhill from there and they would fall in the next three sets to lose the match. Right side Sydney Rix was named Player of the Match with five kills, seven digs and three blocks.
But the Queens managed to turn things around on Saturday night and take revenge with a 3-1 match win over the Trojans at their home gym. They were strong again in the first set, but had to fight for the second set win. They would fall in the third set but managed to come back with their best set of the game to win it 25-17 and defeat the Trojans 3-1. Middle blocker Autumn Roos (Open Studies) was named Queens Player of the Match with 10 kills and two blocks. A big thank you should go to underdog Lauren Junck (Bachelor of Psychology) as she had three straight aces in the fourth set and a total of 18 kills in the match.
Previously, it was mentioned that the Queens basketball team had an ongoing theme, but so did the Kings volleyball team, who now have a 13-match win. Head coach Aaron Schulha explained after Saturday night’s game that there is still room for improvement but he likes what he’s seeing this season. The Kings went 6-0 against the SAIT Trojans this weekend, but after working quickly against the Calgary team on Friday night, they certainly had to fight in the first two sets.
The Trojans made some changes to their lineup on Saturday night, giving the Kings a pretty tough time in the opening two sets. But things turned around in the third game and they came out to play traditional Kings volleyball. RDP managed to jump out to a 17-7 lead in the third set and won the match from there by a final score of 25-15. On both nights, outside hitter Colby Nemeth (Bachelor of Commerce) was named Player of the Match with a total of 17 kills, nine aces and six digs.