In late December, there will be some exciting exhibition games involving Red Deer College teams. The RDC Kings Volleyball team will host the Kings Christmas Tournament from December 28-30 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, featuring some of the top men's volleyball teams from across the nation. This tournament will give fans an early look at potential matchups at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Volleyball National Championship in early March.
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) Mariners of the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PacWest) will be competing in the tournament.
Tickets to the Kings Christmas Tournament can be purchased online and they would make a perfect gift for any volleyball fan.
The Red Deer College Queens Basketball team will participate in the North-South Challenge Tournament, from December 28-29 in Edmonton.
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
Third-year power hitter Ben Holmes reflected on the Kings' first 12 matches of the season. "To be 8-4 isn't a bad record but it's not quite where we want to be," he says. "We played better as the first half finished, winning five matches in a row, and we are moving in the right direction."
The Bachelor of Arts Psychology student views the Kings Volleyball Christmas Tournament as a good litmus test against some of the other top men's collegiate volleyball teams across Canada. "We can look at the records of the other teams but it is hard to compare without competing against each other," says Holmes. "This tournament will give us an opportunity to see where we are at, what we need to work on, and where we need to be come March."
Ben Holmes (10) Colby Brochu Photography
The RDC Kings will host the CCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship from March 6-9, 2019 at the 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 will play the VIU Mariners. Both teams finished the first half of the season with an identical 8-4 record in their respective conferences. Lacombe's Mark DeWit leads the Kings, and the ACAC, with 1.03 blocks per set. The RDC Kings are ranked eighth in the CCAA.
Six-foot-three right side hitter Braydon Brouwer, a fourth-year Bachelor of Science student, leads the Mariners with 3.02 kills per set.
Mark DeWit (8) Colby Brochu Photography
Fanshawe vs. Limoilou 6:00 p.m.
RDC vs. Keyano 8:00 p.m.
The RDC Kings (8-4) will challenge the Keyano College Huskies (13-1). The Huskies remarkably lead the ACAC North Division by six points over the NAIT Ooks (10-4). Last year, the Huskies won ACAC silver and CCAA bronze. This season, Keyano College has been dominant in the north, rattling off 40 set victories and only dropping nine. The Huskies are ranked third in the CCAA.
Steven Keating (4) 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 (9-0). The Falcons are having a tremendous season in the OCAA, winning 27 sets and not dropping a single one. Fanshawe is ranked number one in CCAA Men's Volleyball.
Regan Fathers (1) Colby Brochu Photography
Keyano vs. VIU 8:00 p.m.
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. Les Titans won last year's national gold medal. Nicolas Fortin is the biggest offensive weapon for les Titans, accounting for 5.64 points per set. The Titans are ranked sixth in the CCAA.
Tristan Simmonds (2) Colby Brochu Photography
Queens Basketball | Friday, Dec. 28 | 2:00 p.m. | NAIT
The Red Deer College Queens continue to make improvements every week and have been the strongest rebounding team in ACAC Women's Basketball. As a group, the Queens have averaged 51.5 boards per game. Sandra Garcia-Bernal has been tremendous in this area, sitting 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.
Sandra Garcia-Bernal (23) Colby Brochu Photography
Queens Basketball | Saturday, Dec. 29 | 5:00 p.m. | NAIT
Up north, the RDC Queens will face the host NAIT Ooks.
Jessie Handley (34) Colby Brochu Photography
Happy holidays and all the best in 2019. Follow RDC Athletics on Twitter (@rdcathletics) and check us out on Facebook.