‘Beat by a better team’
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.