Conference play for RDC teams has wrapped up for 2018 but there will be some intriguing exhibition games in late December. The RDC Kings Volleyball team will host the Kings Christmas Tournament from December 28-30, featuring some of the top men's volleyball teams from across the nation as a prelude to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Volleyball National Championship from March 6-9, 2019 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
The Fanshawe Falcons (Ontario Colleges Athletic Association), Keyano College Huskies (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference), Limoilou Titans (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) and Vancouver Island University (VIU) of the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PacWest) will be competing in the tournament.
For convenience, tickets to the Kings Christmas Tournament can be purchased online and they would make a great gift for any sports fan.
The Red Deer College Queens Basketball team will participate in the North-South Challenge Tournament in Edmonton, from December 28-29.
Here is a summary of the non-conference games that will be played in late December.
Kings Christmas Tournament | Friday, Dec. 28 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
Keyano vs. Limoilou 1:00 p.m.
RDC vs. VIU 3:00 p.m.
The Red Deer College Kings (8-4) will play the VIU Mariners (8-4). The Kings finished the first half of the season on a five match winning streak. Talented right side hitter Regan Fathers leads the Kings and ACAC Men's Volleyball with a total of 192 kills and 5.65 kills per set. The RDC Kings are ranked 12th in the CCAA and the Mariners are fourth.
Fanshawe vs. Limoilou 6:00 p.m.
RDC vs. Keyano 8:00 p.m.
The RDC Kings (8-4) will entertain the Keyano College Huskies (11-1). Under Keegan Kuhr, Huskies Head Coach, the men's volleyball program in Fort McMurray has really blossomed. Last year, the Huskies won ACAC silver and CCAA bronze. This season, Keyano College has been a powerhouse in the ACAC North Division, rattling off 34 set victories and only dropping seven. The Huskies are ranked second in the CCAA.
Regan Fathers (1) Colby Brochu Photography
Kings Christmas Tournament | Saturday, Dec. 29 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
Fanshawe vs. Keyano 1:00 p.m.
VIU vs. Limoilou 3:00 p.m.
Fanshawe vs. RDC 6:00 p.m.
The Kings will compete against last season's CCAA silver medalists, the Fanshawe Falcons (8-0). The Falcons are having a great season out east, winning 24 sets and not dropping a single one. Fanshawe is ranked number one in CCAA Men's Volleyball.
Keyano vs. VIU 8:00 p.m.
Ben Holmes (10) Colby Brochu Photography
Kings Christmas Tournament | Sunday, Dec. 30 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
Fanshawe vs. VIU 12:00 p.m.
RDC vs. Limoilou 2:00 p.m.
The RDC Kings (8-4) will challenge les Titans de Limoilou (6-2) of the RSEQ. Both teams have an impressive winning tradition on the national stage. The Kings have won 13 titles and les Titans have picked up 11, including last year's gold medal.
Since 1986, the two squads have gone head-to-head for national gold six times, and the RDC Kings came out on top on five of those occasions. The Titans are ranked eighth in the CCAA.
Libero Isaiah Stime (5) Colby Brochu Photography
Queens Basketball | Friday, Dec. 28 | 2:00 p.m. | NAIT
The Red Deer College Queens continue to make positive strides every week. Sandra Garcia-Bernal has been tremendous on the boards and sits fourth in the league with 10.5 rebounds per game.
In exhibition, the RDC Queens will compete against the Lakeland College Rustlers as part of the North-South Challenge Tournament in Edmonton.
Harneet Sidhu (14), Katie Ballhorn (4) and Sandra Garci-Bernal (23) Colby Brochu Photography
Queens Basketball | Saturday, Dec. 29 | 5:00 p.m. | NAIT
The RDC Queens will face the host NAIT Ooks.
Mallory Uskiw (7) Colby Brochu Photography
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