This week, the RDC Queens & Kings Volleyball teams will open the 2018 - 19 season at home. This Friday, both basketball teams will play their first conference games on the road. The Queens & Kings Soccer teams will host a pair of significant home games. The Kings Hockey team will face-off against the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings on the road, and the RDC Cross Country Running team will compete in Running Room Grand Prix #5.
The new online ticketing system is in place for RDC Athletics home games, and fans are encouraged to use the efficient system.
Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics.
Queens Volleyball | Friday, October 12 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
After winning Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) bronze last season, the RDC Queens Volleyball team retooled their roster with seven new student-athletes, seven returning Queens and one transfer to help replace several significant graduates.
Head Coach Chris Wandler sees 2018 - 19 as a year for others to get their chance to step up. "There's a lot of opportunity this season, even for the third-years who didn't get a lot of time the past couple of seasons," says Wandler. "But it's their time. It's their group."
To begin the season, the RDC Queens will host the Lethbridge College Kodiaks.
Queens Volleyball | Saturday, October 13 | 1:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
In a rematch, the Queens will face the Kodiaks.
Kings Volleyball | Friday, October 12 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The RDC Kings Volleyball team knows it will be playing for their 14th Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Volleyball National Championship in March, and Head Coach Aaron Schulha is looking forward to hosting and competing for the title on their home court, in the modern Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris.
"The history of our men's volleyball program speaks for itself. Our goal is to always win ACAC's and give us a chance at CCAA's," says Schulha. "For us to have this facility to host nationals is an outstanding thing for us, the College and volleyball in central Alberta, in general."
The Red Deer College Kings will entertain the Lethbridge College Kodiaks to open the volleyball season.
Adam Turlejski (7)
Kings Volleyball | Saturday, October 13 | 3:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
In an afternoon match, the Kings will compete against the Kodiaks.
Queens Soccer | Saturday, October 13 | 12:00 p.m. | RDC
The second place Red Deer College Queens (6 - 1 - 1) will face the first place SAIT Trojans (7 - 0 - 0). The Queens will look to shut down the Trojans' offence (5.86 goals per game), which is the most potent in the south. The RDC Queens have averaged the second highest goals per game (2.5) in the division.
Queens Soccer | Sunday, October 14 | 12:00 p.m. | RDC
The Queens (6 - 1 - 1) will host the fourth place Olds College Broncos (4 - 3 - 1).
Kings Soccer | Saturday, October 13 | 2:00 p.m. | RDC
The second place RDC Kings (5 - 1 - 2) will play the first place SAIT Trojans (7 - 0 - 0) in this afternoon matchup. Both teams have some high powered offensive weapons and it will be a challenge for both sides to limit each other's opportunities.
Kings Soccer | Sunday, October 14 | 2:00 p.m. | RDC
The Kings (5 - 1 - 2) will host the fifth place Olds College Broncos (2 - 5 -1).
Kings Hockey | Friday, October 12 | 7:30 p.m. | U of A Augustana
The Red Deer College Kings (2 - 0) will play the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings (2 - 0). The Kings will look to continue their strong start to the season in Camrose. The RDC Kings have had many contributors and a balanced attack. After a pair of games, Ross Heidt and Dylan Baer share the team lead with three points each. Nine other student-athletes have recorded either one or two points.
The defence and goaltending have also been strong. Troy Trombley has been excellent in net for the Kings, posting a 2.00 goals against average and a 0.926 save percentage.
Kings Hockey | Saturday, October 13 | 6:00 p.m. | U of A Augustana
In a rematch, the Vikings will host the Kings in Camrose.
Queens Basketball | Friday, October 12 | 6:00 p.m. | Ambrose University
Head Coach Ken King had a clear vision of the type of student-athlete he wanted to bring to the Queens Basketball program. "All of the first-year players have been recruited with specific things in mind," says King. "It was important to add players with great attitudes, a strong work ethic and being ready to learn. From many of the first-year players, we are seeing that high level of desire and work ethic to get better."
The new and returning RDC Queens are ready to begin the 2018 - 19 basketball season in Calgary against the Ambrose University Lions.
Kings Basketball | Friday, October 12 | 8:00 p.m. | Ambrose University
As a new ACAC Men's Basketball season approaches, Kings Head Coach Clayton Pottinger is thrilled about many aspects of the upcoming year. "I am excited because it is a new beginning," says Pottinger. "We have a bunch of new guys but we were able to retain some players and then re-add two student-athletes who have been with us before, and they get it. So it makes for a really good crew."
Following the Queens, the Kings will hit the hardwood and compete against the Lions.
Spencer Klassen (21)
RDC Cross Country Running | Saturday, Oct. 13 | Grand Prix #5 | U of A Augustana
After a weekend without ACAC competition, the RDC Queens & Kings Cross Country runners are looking forward to their final grand prix before the ACAC Cross Country Running Championships on Saturday, October 27.
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