‘Beat by a bet­ter team’

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - RYAN MCCRACKEN rm­c­[email protected]­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNMcCracken

The Medicine Hat Rattlers will be re­flect­ing on Satur­day’s three-set loss to the un­de­feated Leth­bridge Ko­di­aks as a valu­able learn­ing tool.

Despite hang­ing in with the Al­berta Col­leges Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s top squad in all three sets (25-17, 25-21, 25-20), the Rattlers were forced to leave the court empty-handed with their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive set­back.

“We got beat by a bet­ter team,” said head coach Mark Porter, whose Rattlers slipped to 7-9 with the loss. “They just play the game way bet­ter than we do. They ex­e­cute bet­ter. That’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween a team of fourth and fifth years and a group of first years. They have a game plan, the ex­e­cuted, they dig the balls up, they know their sys­tem and they’re just a bet­ter team than we are.”

Al­fred Dale­vik did all he could to hold his team in the con­test with a match­high 15 kills and five digs, but it wasn’t enough to knock the pow­er­house Ko­di­aks off stride. Nikola Sreck­ovic and David Kent Canalejo shared the as­sists with 13 apiece.

“It was def­i­nitely a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Dale­vik. “We’re more ath­letic than they are, in our opin­ion, we’re just mak­ing mis­takes at key times — me in­cluded, and I’ve been here for a while.”

Those er­rors made the dif­fer­ence in the sec­ond set, as Dale­vik points out just a few cor­rected mis­takes would likely have flipped the score in their favour and changed the pace of the match.

“That’s what we talk about ev­ery day in prac­tice, re­duce the stupid er­rors and the im­ma­ture er­rors,” said Dale­vik. “We’ve just got to keep build­ing.”

Carter Hansen led the Ko­di­aks to vic­tory with a nine-kill per­for­mance, while Zach Wiken­heiser set up 29 and Matt Prim­rose dug out 11. Leth­bridge climbed to an ACAC-best 14-0 with the win.

“We’ve got to keep work­ing. We’re not that far be­hind and the score shows that, but a 3-0 loss ob­vi­ously doesn’t feel too good right now,” said Dale­vik. “We’ll just look back at what we did this week­end and move on from there.”

Women’s vol­ley­ball

Brooke Christie pow­ered the Rattlers women’s vol­ley­ball squad to a four-set vic­tory over the Ko­di­aks (25-11, 25-20, 20-25, 2521) ear­lier Satur­day af­ter­noon at the Snake Pit.

Christie fin­ished the win with a match-high 12 kills and added 10 digs on de­fence. Janessa Oelke guided the at­tack with 29 as­sists and Shaya Suchy dug out 16.

Ko­di­aks hit­ter Car­ley Don­eff — a for­mer McCoy Colt — led Leth­bridge with 10 kills, while Jamie Brown had 23 as­sists and Andie Cur­ran added 16 digs.

Medicine Hat im­proved to 9-7 with the win, their sec­ond in a row. Leth­bridge fell to 2-12 with the loss.

The Rattlers hit the road to take on the Am­brose Li­ons on Fri­day.

Men’s bas­ket­ball

The Medicine Hat Rattlers men’s bas­ket­ball team cruised to a mas­sive 107-71 vic­tory over the Am­brose Li­ons to close out a long day of ac­tion on Satur­day night at the Snake Pit.

DShawn Tyrell went 9-for-13 from the field and 6-for-7 from the line to fin­ish with a game-high 24 points, while Kieron Burgess posed a dou­ble-dou­ble with 21 points and 18 re­bounds and Jaamel Slack added 21 points to take over the de­ci­sive vic­tory and push the Rattlers to 8-5 on the ACAC sea­son.

Josh Daniel led the Li­ons with 19 points and six re­bounds, but it wasn’t enough to pre­vent Am­brose from slip­ping to 8-5.

Women’s bas­ket­ball

The Medicine Hat Rattlers women’s bas­ket­ball team shook off a tough loss Fri­day and kept their place atop the ACAC South with an 11-2 record fol­low­ing a 78-52 vic­tory over the Am­brose Li­ons Satur­day at the Snake Pit. For­mer Hat High Kwa­hom­mie Rhi­an­non Ware led the Rat­tler of­fence with 14 points from the bench, in­clud­ing a 5-for-5 ef­fort from the field, and added six re­bounds. Ken­dell Kuntz added 13 points and Aby­gail LaRochelle had seven boards.

Cait­lyn Het­rick led the Li­ons with 15 points, while Kariya Bruised Head had a dou­ble-dou­ble with 10 points and 15 re­bounds. The loss leaves Am­brose at 3-10. Medicine Hat Col­lege’s bas­ket­ball teams re­turn to the Snake Pit Fri­day to host the Red Deer Kings and Queens.

NEWS PHOTO RYAN MCCRACKEN

Medicine Hat Rattlers setter Nikola Sreck­ovic (10) and Leth­bridge Ko­di­aks hit­ter Dax White­head bat­tle at the net dur­ing an Al­berta Col­leges Ath­letic Con­fer­ence men’s vol­ley­ball match at the Snake PIt on Satur­day.

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