Brent Forster - RDC
The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Volleyball regular season hasn't started, but several Western Canadian collegiate teams were preparing for the 2017-2018 season this past weekend at the Holiday Inn and Suites Volleyball Challenge at Red Deer College. Teams from British Columbia to Manitoba took part in the competition which showcased many talented student-athletes and had volleyball fans anxiously awaiting the 1st serve of the new season.
Both the Red Deer College Queens and Kings Volleyball teams finished a perfect 4-0 in another tune up before their seasons officially kick off on Friday, Oct. 13 at home.
The Queens opened on Thursday with a 3 set to 2 victory over the College of the Rockies. Friday, the RDC Queens defeated the King's University Eagles in 4 sets. Saturday morning, RDC downed Providence 3 sets to 1 and in the evening the Red Deer College Queens swept the NAIT Ooks in 3 straight sets.
Queens Volleyball Head Coach Chris Wandler saw things that he liked this weekend but also areas that need attention. "The thing that we noticed this weekend is that we still have work to do which is a good thing early. There are always things that need to be reinforced-good habits to make sure that we are consistent," said Wandler. "Some things aren't quite there yet but from a coach's point of view that is okay. We need something to coach the student-athletes with and once they get to that point I think we will be very happy with where they are at the end of the year. I'm excited about how closely knit this group is."
On Thursday, the RDC Kings swept the Keyano College Huskies in 3 straight sets. The Red Deer College Kings defeated the King's University Eagles 3 sets to 1 on Friday. In the morning match on Saturday, RDC defeated Providence in 4 sets and in the evening the RDC Kings downed the NAIT Ooks 3 sets to 2 in a spirited match. The crowd at RDC was involved and the student-athletes picked up on that energy.
Kings Volleyball Head Coach Aaron Schulha appreciated the resiliency of his squad but wants to see more consistency. "The atmosphere against NAIT wasn't typical of the preseason but it was nice to have. It was good to have that game as the last 1 of the tournament and have a good feeling going into training next week. Our guys showed really good resiliency and especially for the young guys new to our program, it is good for them to see that type of atmosphere and what the quality is across the ACAC," said Schulha. "There was a lot of good over the weekend – some bad. Our match against Keyano College on the 1st night was really quite clean. We played pretty solid all the way through. The next 2 matches were a little more down than up but finding ways to win is a part of being in this league as well. You are not always going to play your best match, but it's a matter of us raising the level of our worst match and finding a way to grind things out against quality competition. The guys got a feeling of what we are capable of in terms of our top end but our bottom end needs to be pulled up a significant amount if we want to make sure that we are giving ourselves a chance each and every night."
The RDC Queens and Kings will open their regular season on Friday, Oct. 13 in the RDC Main Gym against the Briercrest College Clippers. The Queens will hit the court at 6:00 p.m. and the Kings will follow.