Lethbridge, AB – Once again, the Red Deer College Kings are Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Champions. Up against the Kodiaks on their home turf, the Kings put forth a golden performance and defeated Lethbridge College in four sets (23-25, 25-19, 25-20 and 25-23).
“It really never gets old,” said Kings Head Coach Aaron Schulha. “We’ve had a lot of success in our program. I was lucky enough to be part of a few as a player, we won a few over the last little while as coaches as well, but it’s a different journey every year with a different group. I’m just really, really proud of the way this group came along.”
Kings Player-of-the-Game Carter Hills was outstanding. The first-year pounded 16 kills while impressively swinging for a 0.583 hitting percentage. He added eight digs, two assists and one stuff. Pat Toze was effective from the left, stacking up 15 kills, four digs, two stuffs, one ace and an assist.
Middle Mark DeWit added five kills. Ben Holmes totaled seven kills, 11 digs, one stuff, one ace and one assist. Prince George’s Cody Boulding was strong defensively, recording nine of the Kings’ 13 stuff blocks.
The Kings fired three service aces. Carter Hansen had two of the Kodiaks’ five aces.
“I’m just really proud of the way that the guys stepped up. Obviously it was a great crowd and a very good team on the other side,” said Schulha. “I think that the two best teams were in the final. That’s the way it should be.”
Hills and Buchanan
Quinn Buchanan received the Kodiaks Player-of-the-Game award, contributing nine kills and six stuff blocks.
Pat Toze was named ACAC Men’s Volleyball Championship Tournament MVP.
“It’s really something of beauty for us to come in and win,” said Toze. “We knew it was going to be such a tough game. They are an amazing team and to come into their home gym with the crowd, we knew it was going to be tough. But one of the big things was to stay together as a team and as a group of friends, and we did that. I’m absolutely happy.”
Carter Hills and Tom Wass were selected as ACAC Championship Tournament All-Stars. Lethbridge College’s Carter Hansen, Tony Albizzati and Michael Hummel, along with Briercrest College’s Bryton Codd, and SAIT’s Maddux Greves joined Hills and Wass as all-star selections.
The RDC Kings and Lethbridge College Kodiaks will compete at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship in Fredericton, N.B from March 12-14. The St. Thomas University Tommies are hosting the event.