This week in RDC Athletics

The RDC Curling teams will be competing at the ACAC Fall Regionals this weekend. Photo - Tony Hansen
The RDC Curling teams will be competing at the ACAC Fall Regionals this weekend. Photo - Tony Hansen

The RDC Curling teams will play in their first Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) competition of the season at the St. Paul Curling Club this weekend. The Hockey Queens will compete against the SAIT Trojans in a home-and-home series and the RDC Kings Hockey team will face-off against the NAIT Ooks in a pair of games. Both RDC Volleyball squads will hit the court against the SAIT Trojans in two matches and the Red Deer College Basketball teams will challenge the Olds College Broncos on the road.

 

RDC Curling | November 24 - 26 | Fall Regionals | St. Paul Curling Club

The Red Deer College Curling teams will compete at the ACAC Curling Fall Regionals to kick-off the 2017 – 18 curling season.

Brad Hamilton, head coach of RDC Curling, has his sights on another successful season and that journey will begin this weekend. "The goal is to make it to the ACAC Curling Championships and ideally make it to nationals from there," said Hamilton. "We've had that history the past few years and the returnees are used to that. It is an expectation now."

Hamilton is pleased with the talent and depth of the RDC teams this season. "We have a high level of quality with all of our teams that keeps getting better and better. It's been pretty good the past few years, and it is just as good this season," said Hamilton. "We have quality curlers along with good spares and we don't really have a weak spot."

 

Queens Volleyball | Friday, November 24 | 6:00 p.m. | SAIT

The RDC Queens (7-3) will hit the court to face the SAIT Trojans (4-6) in Calgary. The Queens have won their past three matches while the Trojans have dropped their past six. Miranda Dawe leads ACAC Women's Volleyball with the most efficient hitting percentage (0.504). As a team, the Queens have averaged 10.86 kills per set and 14.32 digs per set. The RDC Queens sit in third spot in the ACAC Women's Volleyball South Division with 14 points, but have two games in hand over second place Lethbridge College.

Queens Volleyball | Saturday, November 25 | 6:00 p.m. | RDC

The Queens will face the SAIT Trojans in a weekend rematch.

 

Kings Volleyball | Friday, November 24 | 8:00 p.m. | SAIT

The SAIT Trojans (8-2) will host the RDC Kings (7-3). The Kings have won their past two matches while the Trojans picked up their last three. The RDC Kings sit in third spot in the ACAC Men's Volleyball South Division (14 points) and the Trojans are in second (16 points). As a team, the Kings have averaged 10.19 kills per set and 8.94 digs per set over ten matches. Steven Keating's game has steadily improved and he will look to make an impact this weekend. 

Kings Volleyball | Saturday, November 25 | 8:00 p.m. | RDC

The Kings will play the Trojans in the RDC Main Gym.  

 

Queens Hockey | Thursday, November 23 | 7:00 p.m. | ENMAX Centrium

The Red Deer College Queens Hockey team (7-3-2-0) will host the SAIT Trojans (1-8-1-0). The Queens have won their past three games with consecutive shutouts. The Trojans have dropped their past four games. The Queens share second spot in ACAC Women's Hockey with the NAIT Ooks. Both teams have 16 points. Jade Petrie leads the league with 8 goals and 11 points. Goaltender Tracie Kikuchi has the best save percentage in the league (0.952).

As a team, the RDC Queens have the best penalty killing (91.8%) and second best power play (13.9%) in ACAC Women's Hockey. The Queens have scored an average of 2.25 goals per game and they have allowed only 1.40 goals against.

Queens Hockey | Saturday, November 25 | 7:00 p.m. | SAIT

In Calgary, the Queens will face-off against the Trojans.

 

Kings Hockey | Friday, November 24 | 7:00 p.m. | NAIT

In Edmonton, the second place RDC Kings (8-4-0-0) will play the first place NAIT Ooks (10-0-1-1). The Kings have won their past four games and they have the second most potent offence in ACAC Men's Hockey (4.25 goals per game). The balanced Kings' attack has posed problems for the opposition. Against the Portage College Voyageurs, eight different Kings found the back of the net in a resounding 8-1 home victory this past weekend.

Defenceman Tanner Butler is having a fantastic season. Butler leads ACAC Men's Hockey with 12 assists and is tied for the most points (19). Goaltender Troy Trombley has the fourth best goals against average in the league (2.45). The special teams for the Kings have been solid. The RDC squad has the second best power play (20%) and second best penalty kill (91.9%) among eight teams.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, November 25 | 7:00 p.m. | Penhold Multiplex

In a rematch, the Kings will host the Ooks.

 

Queens Basketball | Friday, November 24 | 6:00 p.m. | Olds College

The RDC Queens (2-4) will compete against the Olds College Broncos (3-3) on the road. Over six games, the Queens have averaged 44.3 rebounds and 53.2 points per game. The Queens are dealing with a handful of injuries but several student-athletes have stepped up. First-year Jessie Handley, a Kinesiology & Sport Studies student from Red Deer, has averaged 6 points per game.

 

Kings Basketball | Friday, November 24 | 8:00 p.m. | Olds College

The Kings (3-3) will face the Broncos (3-3) in Olds. Darien Valdes has the third best three-point efficiency (53.7%) in ACAC Men's Basketball. Over six games, the Kings have averaged 45.3 rebounds per game and are coming off a strong showing against the Lethbridge College Kodiaks. 

 

These will be the last conference games of 2017, so it is a great time to cheer on our student-athletes. Follow RDC Athletics on twitter, and check us out on Facebook.