Ko­di­aks vol­ley­ball starts sea­son on the road

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The Leth­bridge Col­lege Ko­di­aks men’s and women’s vol­ley­ball teams are ready to serve up an­other sea­son.

The Ko­di­aks be­gin their 201819 Al­berta Col­leges Ath­letic Con­fer­ence sea­son on the road as the team heads to Red Deer to take on the Kings and Queens tonight and Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Last sea­son, the both Ko­di­aks teams made the ACAC play­offs in the same year for the first time in 13 years.

Both teams look to not only get back to the post-sea­son dance, but place even higher.

The Ko­di­aks men’s team ad­vanced to the ACAC semi­fi­nals for the first time in pro­gram his­tory be­fore wind­ing up fourth in the con­fer­ence.

Re­turn­ing to the team this year is fifth-year vet­eran Dax White­head and fourth-year Carter Hansen.

Last year, White­head be­came the Ko­di­aks all-time leader in kills and en­ters the sea­son only 169 away from the ACAC record.

Hansen led the con­fer­ence in kills last sea­son with 332 and is primed to move into sec­ond on the all-time Ko­di­aks list this sea­son.

The Ko­di­aks women went 1410 last sea­son, eight wins bet­ter than in 2016-17 and re­turn a healthy por­tion of last year’s ros­ter.

The team loses Kris­tine Ward, who was in the top-10 of a num­ber of ACAC sta­tis­ti­cal cat­e­gories, Laura Ser­afini re­turns for her fifth year at mid­dle, while sec­ond-year Jamie Brown moves to set­ter.

This week­end’s road games will pro­vide solid tests for both Ko­di­aks teams.

The Kings have won four of the last six ACAC cham­pi­onships and host this year’s Cana­dian Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion na­tional cham­pi­onship.

The Queens women’s team is the de­fend­ing ACAC bronze medal­ist.

Tonight’s women’s game be­gins at 6 p.m. with the men to fol­low at 8 p.m.

On Satur­day, the women kick things off at 1 p.m. and the men play at 3 p.m.

Games can be streamed live on ACAC-TV.

The Ko­di­aks host their home­opener next Fri­day when they take on the SAIT Tro­jans at the Val Mat­teotti Gym­na­sium.

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