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Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics Weekend Recap

Volleyball returned to the Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics schedule and it was worth the wait. The Queens defeated the Olds College Broncos in three straight sets with the Kings needing five sets to come away with the victory over the host of the Men’s Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Championship.

Kings Hockey also returned to the ice inside the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre but they fell short in both games against the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings to start their season with back-to-back losses. After starting their season with two straight victories, the Queens Hockey team would end their weekend with two straight consecutive losses to the Lakeland College Rustlers.

In soccer action, the Kings earned one of the most impressive wins in their program history as they defeated the SAIT Trojans, who were ranked number two in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) rankings. They would follow this up with a tie against the Broncos but it was enough to clinch the Polytechnic a playoff spot. As for the Queens, the weekend started out with a loss against a hot Trojans team but RDP would bounce back with a 3-0 victory over Olds College.

In Rodeo Royals news, Cayden Nickel finished in first place in Tie Down Roping with a time of 10.5 seconds at the Lakeland College Rodeo in Vermilion, AB. Nickel and his heeler, Ryan Collett, took home third place in Team Roping with a time of 14.1 seconds. The time to beat was 8.7. The Royals Rodeo team is a member of the Canadian Collegiate Rodeo Association (CCRA).

Volleyball

Queens (1-0) vs Olds College Broncos (0-1)
• Friday, October 13 | 6 pm in Red Deer

It took just three sets for the newly revamped Queens Volleyball team to defeat the Olds College Broncos. But it was a slow start for the team as they struggled to find a groove in the opening set but still managed to pull away with a 26-24 victory over the Broncos. In the next two sets (25-14, 25-16), the Queens made quick work of Olds College to earn their first win of the season. Middle-blocker Autumn Roos (Bachelor of Education) finished with six kills and three blocks to earn herself the Queens first player of the match honour.

Kings (1-0) vs Olds College Broncos (0-1)
• Friday, October 13 | 8 pm in Red Deer

The Kings managed to make quick work of the Olds College Broncos as they would take the first set 25-10. But the Broncos bounced back to take the next two sets (26-24, 25-20) to put the Kings on the brink of defeat. After a couple of key substitutions from Head Coach Aaron Schulha, the Polytechnic would walk away with a 25-22 set win on their way to defeating the Broncos in the fifth set 15-10. Outside-hitter Noah Carlson (Open Studies) picked up where he left off last season and finished his first match with an impressive 16 kills and was named the player of the match.

Hockey

Queens (2-2) vs Lakeland College Rustlers (3-1)
• Friday, October 13 | 7 pm in Lloydminster
• Saturday, October 14 | 7 pm in Red Deer

It was a tough weekend for the Queens Hockey team as they fell to defeat twice against the Lakeland College Rustlers.

In Lloydminster, the Queens had the lead twice but could not hold on to it with the Rustlers offence finding the equalizer every time the Polytechnic took the lead. After tying it up at two in the third period, the Rustlers would score two consecutive goals to take the game 4-2. Goaltender Izzy Palumbo (Bachelor of Commerce) was named the player of the game with her 33-save performance.

The following night, the Queens fought to end their weekend with a win but came up short as they fell to the Rustlers 2-1. The lone goal came from first-year student-athlete Rylee Mepham (Bachelor of Education) which happened to be her first goal in the ACAC. She was later named the player of the game.

Kings (0-1-1) vs University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings (2-0)
• Friday, October 13 | 7 pm in Red Deer
• Saturday, October 14 | 6 pm in Camrose

It was a tough opening weekend for the Kings Hockey team as they fell to the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings in back-to-back games.

The Kings offence was held to just one goal in their home opener on Friday night which was scored by defence Brennan Davis (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology), who was later named player of the game. But the Vikings scored one in the first and two in the third to start their season with a win.

The following night, the Kings offence was firing on all cylinders. They managed to get five goals from five different goal-scorers, but Augustana would score three consecutive goals in the third period to take the lead. The Kings would find the equalizer with minutes left to play to send it to overtime but a Vikings player would complete the hat trick to seal a 6-5 victory in Camrose.

Soccer

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Queens (5-5-1) vs SAIT Trojans (10-1)
• Saturday, October 14 | 12 pm in Red Deer
Queens (5-5-1) vs Olds College Broncos (4-7)
• Sunday, October 15 | 12 pm in Olds

Still with a very short bench due to injuries, the Queens were in for a very tough game against a SAIT Trojans team that had only lost one game all season long and that remained the case. The Trojans would score five on the way to their 10th victory of the season. Striker Paige Kalbfleisch earned the player of the game award for her non-stop hard work on the pitch despite the score.

The Queens would follow this up with a huge win against the Olds College Broncos with striker Anessa Harrod (Open Studies) scoring twice which included the game-winning goal in the 19th minute of the match. Midfielder # (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) would add a goal in the late stages of the second half to seal a 3-0 victory. Defender Kyra Remekie (Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences) earned the player of the game award
for shutting down the Broncos top striker.

Kings (4-3-2) vs SAIT Trojans (8-1)
• Saturday, October 14 | 2 pm in Red Deer
Kings (4-3-2) vs Olds College Broncos (2-4-3)
• Sunday, October 15 | 2 pm in Olds

The Kings started their weekend off with a bang as they defeated the SAIT Trojans, the number two team in the country, on Saturday with a 2-1 final. The Kings found themselves down by one but with a successful penalty kick from midfielder Ajdin Sarcevic (Business Administration) and a beautiful bar-down finish from winger Ashton Chipman (Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences), RDP completed the comeback and walked away with a huge victory. With the game-winning goal, Chipman was awarded the player of the match.

They would follow this match up with a 1-1 draw against the Olds College Broncos with Sarcevic scoring the lone goal for his team in the fifth minute of the game. However, due to shutting down the Broncos quick offence, centre-back Adan Sanchez (Bachelor of Education) was named the Kings player of the match.

Kings and Queens Cross-Country

• Saturday, October 14 hosted by University of Alberta-Augustana

At the end of the Grand Prix series, the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens earned the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Grand Prix title in each of their respective divisions after yet another amazing race from both teams.

It was a close race for the title in both the men’s and women’s divisions following the final Running Room Grand Prix of the season hosted in Camrose by the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings. The Queens defeated the SAIT Trojans by a slim three-point margin but the men’s standings were much closer with the Kings coming out on top with a one-point advantage over the Trojans as well.

The Queens were led by # (Bachelor of Education) yet again with an eighth place finish but she was pressured by three of her teammates, Myah Cota (Open Studies), Georgia Sawchuk and Zoey Longman who finished right behind Larson in ninth, tenth and eleventh. Following the win, Longman raced back to Red Deer to join the Queens Basketball team as they took on the NAIT Ooks. The Polytechnic defeated the Ooks 53-34 in their final tune-up game before the regular season starts next week Friday.

As for the Kings, Ben House (Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences) finished in fourth place but not long after him, Dan Szucs (Bachelor of Business Administration) crossed the finish line right after House. After an impressive finish two weeks ago, Coen finished his final race before the ACAC Championships in seventh place.

The Kings and Queens will have next week off to prepare for the ACAC Championships which will take place on Saturday, October 28 in Lethbridge on the same course the two teams ran just two weeks ago today.

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Wiens and Iyamu leading RDP Athletics into final weekend of 2023

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Red Deer Polytechnic is proud to announce The Gutter RDP Athletes of the Week:

1. Dani Wiens
Hometown: Regina, SK
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (3rd year)

Despite just playing one match this weekend, Queens setter Dani Wiens had an outstanding match on both sides of the court in their three-set win against the Concordia University Thunder. Coming off a three-set loss to The Kings University Eagles, the Queens were really looking to bounce back with a dominant performance and so they did. RDP managed to sweep the Thunder in three straight sets (25-19, 25-18, 25-15) to improve to 7-2 on the season and sit at the top of the South Division with one match left to go in 2023.

Wiens was named the player of the match for her outstanding 39 assists and 12 dig performance in the win. This averaged out to 13 assists per set which is incredible, but it was not a match or career-high for the setter out of Regina. Earlier this season, she had 44 in their four-set win against the SAIT Trojans and this past February, she tied the RDP and ACAC single-match record for assists with 57.

Head Coach Talbot Walton said this was a pretty impressive feat and explained Wiens started out the set strong which led to her running an effective offence throughout the rest of the match. “Thirteen assists per set is huge for a setter. Dani got into the groove of the game in the early goings of the
match and was able to move our hitters around to find some gaps to attack in. But she was also big for us at the net, blocking balls as well as going on runs from the service line.”

She now sits in seventh place in the conference in assists, averaging seven per set with the ACAC leader just under 10. The Queens will hit the road this weekend for a clash with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks.

Congratulations Dani and keep running the efficient offence like we know you can!

2. Efe Iyamu
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Open Studies (3rd year)

Kings guard Efe Iyamu and the Kings Basketball team extended their winning streak to six games with victories over the Concordia University Thunder on Friday and The Kings University Eagles on Saturday. The Kings now sit in a three-way tie for first in the South Division with the St. Mary’s Lightning and the SAIT Trojans.

Iyamu played an important role in the Polytechnic’s win against the Thunder on Friday night. The guard from Toronto dropped an incredible 20 points in the first half of the game and finished with a career-high 28 points in the Kings 87-83 victory. Despite being held to just eight points in the second half, Iyamu finished 10-for-19 from the field and went five-for-eight from downtown Red Deer.

On Saturday night in the massive 116-83 victory over the Eagles, the Open Studies student-athlete had 11 points in 21 minutes played. He currently is averaging 16.4 points per game which is a team-high and is shooting 43 per cent from the field in his first season in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).

The Kings will be in action for their final two games of the 2023 year this weekend. They will head to Olds College on Friday night to battle with the Broncos before heading back up to Red Deer for an 8 pm tip-off on Saturday for a rematch.

Congratulations Efe and welcome to RDP!

This Week in Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics

In the final week of regular season action of 2023, all Red Deer Polytechnic teams will be in action starting with the Queens Hockey team in Olds College on Thursday to take on the Broncos. The Queens will return to Red Deer on Friday for a rematch against the Broncos. In other hockey action, the Kings Hockey team will head out on the road for two games against the Briercrest College Clippers to close out the first half of the season.

The basketball teams will head down to Olds College to battle the Broncos on Friday before returning home on Saturday for the second game of the doubleheader.

In volleyball action, the Kings and Queens will also be on the road to close out the 2023 calendar year as they head down to Lethbridge College to take on the Kodiaks for two matches.

Lastly, the curling teams will make their 2023/2024 season debut this weekend as they compete in the Fall Regional hosted at the Lloydminster Golf & Curling Centre.

Please refer to the information below for more details regarding the weekend games and matches.

Basketball

Queens (8-0) vs Olds College Broncos (1-7)
• Friday, November 24 | 6 pm in Olds
• Saturday, November 25 | 6 pm in Red Deer

Coming off two victories over the Concordia University Thunder and The Kings University Eagles, the
Queens will look to take their undefeated season into the new year as they battle the Olds College Broncos this weekend. Last season in February, the Queens swept the season series against the Broncos with two victories.

Guard Sandra Garcia-Bernal had 13 points while playing all 40 minutes in the 79-71 victory. She followed this up with a double-double performance with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Spanish guard will be someone to watch in the next few games as she is currently 18 steals away from tying the all-time ACAC record of 350 that took the current record-holder Shea-Lynn Noyes 110 games to accomplish. Garcia-Bernal has played in a total of 88 games in her five-year career with RDP and is averaging eight steals per game this season. This past weekend she broke the ACAC single-game record for steals with 12 in the win against the Thunder.

The Queens will be in Olds on Friday night before heading back home for the second game against the Broncos which will close out the 2023 calendar year for both teams.

Kings (7-1) vs Olds College Broncos (3-5)
• Friday, November 24 | 8 pm in Olds
• Saturday, November 25 | 8 pm in Red Deer

Following two victories this past weekend, the Kings will put their six-game winning streak on the line as they face the Olds College Broncos on Friday and Saturday. In the pre-season, the Broncos gave the Polytechnic a run for their money and forced overtime. But the Kings came out on top with a 92-88 victory with centre Jose Mauro (Business Diploma) dropping 27 points and guard Tyrique Walters (Open Studies) scoring 17 points off the bench.

The Kings also swept the Broncos in the season series last February with two victories over the central
Alberta post-secondary school. Guard Eduardo Crespo (Business Diploma) finished the two games with match-highs in points with 22 in the 88-56 win and 29 in the 85-77 victory. After a game at Olds College on Friday night, the Kings will host the Broncos for a game that will tip-off at 8 pm in Red Deer.

Hockey

Queens (11-2) vs Olds College Broncos (2-10)
• Thursday, November 23 | 7 pm in Olds
• Friday, November 24 | 7 pm in Red Deer (Friends and Family night)

Like a lot of the teams inside RDP Athletics, the Queens Hockey team is also riding an impressive winning streak into the final week of game action of 2023. Following two losses against the Lakeland College Rustlers in the second week of the season, the Queens have won the next nine and now sit in first place in the conference. This winning streak includes three important wins over the NAIT Ooks.

The Queens will clash with the Olds College Broncos in their traditional Thursday evening game this week before playing in their final game of the 2023 year against the same Broncos. These two teams opened up the 2023/2024 season against each other with RDP coming out on top with a 3-0 win, backstopped by goaltender Tora Ward’s first ACAC shutout of her college career. Defence Kaedence Mollin (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) had a goal and an assist in the win. The puck will drop at 7 pm in both games.

Kings (4-6) at Briercrest College Clippers (8-2)
• Friday, November 24 | 6 pm
• Saturday, November 25 | 1 pm

After a week off from game action, the Kings will be rested and ready to get back into the win column this weekend. But it will not be easy as they will be on the road in Caronport, SK for both games against the Briercrest College Clippers this weekend. This road trip is never easy as it’s long and both games are less than 24 hours apart with the game on Friday commencing at 6 pm and the puck dropping on Saturday’s game at 1 pm.

The Clippers are going to be tough to beat with an 8-2 record so far this season. They currently sit in second place in the conference while the Kings have a 4-6 record and sit in fifth. On this road trip back in February, the Kings won both games and outscored the Clippers 8-6. RDP was actually victorious in all four games against Briercrest last season. The games can be live streamed on ACACTV.

Volleyball

Queens (7-2) at Lethbridge College Kodiaks (2-5)
• Friday, November 24 | 6 pm
• Saturday, November 25 | 1 pm

The Queens will head south for two matches against the Lethbridge College Kodiaks who will host the
ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championship in February 2024. The last time these two teams faced each other was at the ACAC Championship held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre just a few months ago. The Queens and Kodiaks battled it out in the bronze medal with RDP coming out on top in the fifth set to cap off the season with a third-place finish.

Outside-hitter Jaiden Ferguson (Business Administration) finished with a match-high 25 kills with the Queens Athlete of the Week, Dani Wiens completing her season with a 24-assist performance.
Middle-blocker Autumn Roos (Bachelor of Education) sits in third place in the conference with 0.69 blocks per set with her teammate Rachel Perry coming in third in service aces, averaging 0.64 per set.
The matches can be live streamed on ACACTV at 6 pm on Friday and 1 pm on Saturday.

Kings (9-0) vs Lethbridge College Kodiaks (4-3)
• Friday, November 24 | 8 pm
• Saturday, November 25 | 3 pm

The Kings will join the Queens on the road trip down south to clash with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks who are coming off a tough road trip up north where they dropped two matches against the Keyano College Huskies and the Lakeland College Rustlers. The Kings have just played two matches in the last two weeks where they were victorious against The Kings University Eagles and most recently, the Concordia University Thunder.

In their two victories last November, the Kings did not drop a set against the Kodiaks. Outside-hitter Colby Nemeth (Bachelor of Commerce) led RDP’s offence with a total of 39 kills in the two matches with teammate Brett Lower (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) right behind him with 38. The Kings will have to keep their eyes out for Kodiaks outside-hitter Nolan Moes who is averaging 3.92 kills per set and sits in second in the conference in this category. Moes combined for 40 kills in the two losses
against RDP last season. The matches will start at 8 pm on Friday and 3 pm on Saturday.

Kings and Queens Curling (Fall Regional Bonspiel)

November 24-26 hosted by Lakeland College at the Lloydminster Golf & Curling Centre

The Red Deer Polytechnic Curling Club will slide into their 2023/2024 season debut this weekend as they compete at the Fall Regional Bonspiel held at the Lloydminster Golf & Curling Centre. Red Deer Polytechnic will compete in all three divisions this season: men’s, women’s and mixed. Head Coach Brad Hamilton expects all three teams to be competitive. The Fall Regional is the first of two
bonspiels the curling club will compete in with the second event taking place in January 2024.

After both events are finished, the top four teams from each division will move on to the ACAC Championships hosted by the SAIT Trojans in Airdrie from February 23-25. Stay tuned for the results on Sunday evening or check out www.acac.ab.ca for up-to-date results following each day of competition. All three teams will start at 3 pm on Friday afternoon.

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Stuffing the opposition: Polytech Athletics teams go 7 and 0 over the weekend

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Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics Weekend Recap

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens teams combined for an incredible 7-0 record on the court and the ice. The Queens Volleyball team swept the Concordia University Thunder while the Kings dropped the opening set but came back to win the next three in the four-set victory.

The Queens Basketball team stayed undefeated and the Kings extended their winning streak to six games with victories over the Thunder and The Kings University Eagles.

On the ice, the Queens made it a perfect 3-0 record in the first half of the season against the NAIT Ooks with a 3-2 victory.

Volleyball

Queens (7-2) vs Concordia University Thunder (3-6)
• Friday, November 17 | 6 pm in Red Deer

After falling in straight sets last week to The Kings University Eagles, the Queens bounced back with a
straight-sets victory of their own against the Concordia University Thunder (25-19, 25-18, 25-15).
Setter Dani Wiens (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology) ran a very efficient offence and had a match-high 39 assists in the win which is an incredible feat for a setter in just three sets. Currently, the leader in the ACAC is averaging just under 10 per set. But this performance sprung her into seventh place in the conference with an average of seven assists per set on the season so far. She was named the Queens player of the match for her incredible performance on offence but also on defence as she finished with 12 digs which was right behind libero Frankie Sandini (Justice Studies) who had 13.

Outside-hitter Jaiden Ferguson (Business Administration) had a match-high on the kills side with 12 with her teammate Emma Holmes (Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences) right behind her with 11.

Kings (9-0) vs Concordia University Thunder (1-8)
• Friday, November 17 | 8 pm in Red Deer

It was a slow start for the Kings to their lone match this past weekend as they dropped their opening set to the Concordia University Thunder. RDP had eight kills and eight errors in the first set on 23 total attempts. But after some personnel changes in the second, the Kings bounced back to take the next three sets to defeat the Thunder 3-1 (20-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-15). In the final two sets, the Polytechnic combined for 27 kills and just six errors to close out the match with a .305 kill efficiency.

Outside-hitter Colby Nemeth was named the player of the match as he finished with a team-high 12 kills on 17 attempts and three services. He was by far the most efficient hitter for RDP in the win over the Thunder as he put away just under 60 percent of the balls that were set to him.

Basketball

Queens (8-0) vs Concordia University Thunder (4-6)
• Friday, November 17 | 6 pm in Edmonton

Queens (8-0) vs The Kings University Eagles (5-3)
• Saturday, November 18 | 6 pm in Red Deer

The Queens extended their winning streak this season to eight games with victories over the Concordia
University Thunder and The Kings University Eagles. On Friday night, in the 72-56 victory over the Thunder, guard Sandra Garcia-Bernal (Educational Assistant) finished with 12 steals and broke the ACAC single-game record of 11 that was held by six other student-athletes. She also had 15 points to complete the double-double. However, the player of the game was awarded to third-year Janai Hubert (Bachelor of Kinesiology) who finished with a career-high 18 points.

The following night, the Queens faced their biggest test of the season as they were up against The Kings
University Eagles, who went into the game in second place in the North Division. The Polytechnic dominated the first half but in the third and fourth quarter, the Eagles broke the Queens defence. TKU was able to claw back by outscoring the Queens 20-8 in the fourth but it was not enough as RDP held their own in the final two minutes of the game to walk away with a 63-56 victory.

The player of the game was awarded to forward Jayden Demchuk (Practical Nursing Diploma) who finished her night with a game-high 17 points.

Kings (7-1) vs Concordia University Thunder (4-6)
• Friday, November 17 | 8 pm in Edmonton

Kings (7-1) vs The Kings University Eagles (0-8)
• Saturday, November 18 | 8 pm in Red Deer

The Kings had their closest match of the season since their opening weekend against the SAIT Trojans. The Concordia University Thunder gave RDP a run for its money in the middle two quarters. However, the Kings bounced back to outscore Concordia 18-10 in the final 10 minutes to walk away with an 87-83 victory.

Guard Deandre Rowe (Open Studies) was named the player of the game with an outstanding 18-point and eight-rebound performance in the win. His teammate Efe Iyamu (Open Studies) finished with a game-high 28 points with 20 of those coming in the first half.

On Saturday night, the Kings offence exploded, scoring over 100 points in the 116-83 victory against The Kings University Eagles. Five student-athletes had double-digits including the player of the game Bernardo Moller (Business Diploma) who finished with 20 points while guard Tyrique Walter (Open Studies) had 21 points off the bench.

Hockey

Queens (11-2) vs NAIT Ooks (10-4)
• Saturday, November 18 | 7:00 pm in Red Deer

Queens goaltender Izzy Palumbo (Bachelor of Business Administration) stood on her head in the final 20 minutes of the game to walk away with a victory over the NAIT Ooks. In the third period, Palumbo stopped all 21 shots she faced and was later named the player of the game as she steered aside multiple scoring opportunities that would have tied the game up at three. She faced a total of 41 shots, stopping 39 in the game.

The Queens would open the scoring in the first six minutes of the game with forward Rylee Mepham (Bachelor of Education) skating from the blueline into the high shot and firing the puck past a screened Ooks goaltender. But the Ooks answered back with two consecutive goals to take a 2-1 lead into the second period. However, with a goal in the second from forward Alli Soyko (Bachelor of Education) and an early goal in the third period from defence Kyla Hansel (Pharmacy Technician Diploma), the Queens completed the comeback and skated away with a 3-2 victory. RDP is now a perfect 3-0 against NAIT on the season.

Palumbo earned herself the player of the game as she backstopped the Queens to the win over the
Ooks.

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