January 19th, 2022

Kodiaks court teams return for second half of ACAC season


By Lethbridge Herald on January 14, 2022.

Court is back in session for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks.

The men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball teams are back in action as the second half of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference season kicks off.

That starts tonight as the Kodiaks volleyball teams host the SAIT Trojans at the Val Matteotti Gym with the men’s game at 6 p.m. and the women to follow at 8 p.m.

The Kodiaks basketball teams hit the home court Saturday against SAIT.

The men’s game tips off at 6 p.m. and the women follow at 8 p.m.

However, due to COVID protocol, fans will not be permitted at Kodiaks home games this weekend and are encouraged to stream the games live on ACACTV.ca.

Fan attendance at Kodiaks home games will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis.

Both sports had originally been scheduled to play a home-and-home series with the Trojans, however all matches at SAIT this weekend have been postponed.

Those matches have been rescheduled for later in February.

In volleyball, the 4-2 men’s team faces the 4-4 Trojans with Lethbridge leading the ACAC with 3.16 blocks per set.

Nolan Moes has 12 service aces in six games, while Jackson Gaehring leads the team with 48 kills.

Jeremiah Bohnert tops the conference with 1.1 blocks per set.

The Kodiaks women are also 4-2, riding a four-game winning streak as they face the 2-6 Trojans.

Jamie Brown leads the team with 54 kills and setter Johanna Dixon is averaging 7.74 assists per set, fifth most in the conference.

Rookie Eryka Woods has delivered 11 blocks through the opening six games of the season.

The men’s basketball team head into the second half at 4-2.

Veteran guard Orin Porter Jr. has led the offence with 16.5 points per game. Paycen Blackmore has a 61.5 field goal percentage, good for second in the conference.

The 5-1 Kodiak women will put their 5-1 record on the line against 6-0 SAIT.

The duo of Kirsten Barwegen and Courtney Deemter carried the Kodiaks offense during the opening semester.

The cousins currently both rank in the top five in ACAC scoring per game, with Deemter averaging 19.5 PPG and Barwegen averaging 17.8 PPG. Barwegen is also fourth in the conference in rebounding, grabbing an average of 10 boards per game.

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