RDC Athletics first half recap, and a look ahead

The RDC Volleyball Queens will enter 2018 in second spot in the south. Photo - Tony Hansen
The RDC Volleyball Queens will enter 2018 in second spot in the south. Photo - Tony Hansen

It was an exciting fall semester in RDC Athletics with many individual and team successes. The golf, cross-country and soccer seasons have already wrapped up for another year, and more Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) medals were added to RDC's already impressive totals. Several Red Deer College student-athletes were also recognized for outstanding individual performances.

At the ACAC Golf Championships, the Red Deer College Kings earned gold and the RDC Queens captured bronze. Individually, Shaye Leidenius was the ACAC women's gold medal recipient and was named the ACAC Women's Golfer of the Year. At the 2017 PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Golf National Championships, Leidenius finished fourth and the Kings placed ninth at Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Whitby, Ontario. Leidenius, a Kinesiology & Sport Studies student, was selected as a 2017 CCAA Women's Golf All-Canadian.

On their home course, the Red Deer College Cross-Country Running Queens picked up ACAC gold and the Kings took bronze. Jordanna Cota, a Bachelor of Science Nursing student, earned individual gold (24:13.03), was named the ACAC Women's Cross-Country Runner of the Year and a member of the ACAC Women's Cross-Country All-Conference team. Jill Stewart, a second-year student-athlete from Red Deer, placed fifth and was also named to the ACAC All-Conference team. In November, the RDC Queens earned fourth and the Kings placed eighteenth at the CCAA Cross-Country Running National Championships in Blainville, Quebec. Individually, Jordanna Cota ran a personal best (22:10.5) and finished in fourth spot. With the top seven finish, Cota was named a CCAA All-Canadian.

Over 10 conference games, the Red Deer College Soccer Queens (3-4-3) finished in fourth spot in the ACAC Women's Soccer South Division and missed the playoffs. Chelsea Webster, Krysten Strand and Reesa Garez were named to the 2017 – 18 ACAC Women's Soccer South All-Conference team.

The RDC Kings (2-7-1) placed fifth in the ACAC Men's Soccer South Division and missed the playoffs.

After the first semester, the Hockey Queens (9-3-2-0) share top spot in the standings with the NAIT Ooks (10-2-0-0). Both teams have 20 points. The Queens entered the break on a roll and picked up five wins in a row. The RDC Queens will have 10 conference games remaining in the season, while NAIT, MacEwan University and SAIT will have 12 games left before the playoffs begin. In the five team league, the top four teams will qualify for the postseason. Last season, SAIT grabbed the final playoff position with 22 points. Jade Petrie, a fifth-year forward from Red Deer, leads the league with nine goals and is tied for top spot with 13 points. Goaltender Tracie Kikuchi, a Kinesiology & Sport Studies student, has the best save percentage (0.949) in ACAC Women's Hockey.

After 14 conference games, the Red Deer College Hockey Kings (9-4-1-0) share second place with the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings. Both teams have 19 points in ACAC Men's Hockey. The Kings finished 2017 on a high note by earning three out of a possible four points against the first place NAIT Ooks. In the eight team league, the top six teams will qualify for the playoffs. Last season, it took at least 17 points in the standings to make the postseason. The Kings will have 14 conference games remaining in 2018. Dylan Thudium, a Bachelor of Commerce student-athlete from Sylvan Lake, shares second spot in league scoring with eight goals and 20 points.

The RDC Queens (2-5) sit in sixth spot in the ACAC Women's Basketball South Division with four points after an injury riddled first semester. The top four teams in each division will qualify for the postseason. Last year, the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (11-10) qualified for the final playoff position in the south with 22 points. With 14 conference games remaining, the Queens hope for a healthier lineup and will aim to accumulate a 9-5 record or better to give themselves a chance at the postseason. Over seven games, Maya Parker, a Bachelor of Science Nursing student, has averaged 8.4 points per game.

The Red Deer College Kings (3-4) are in sixth place in the ACAC Men's Basketball South Division with six points. The top four teams from each division will qualify for the postseason. Last season it took 30 points to make the playoffs. Looking at the performances of teams currently in the playoff picture, the Kings will look to earn a 10-4 record, or better, to give themselves a chance at a playoff berth with 14 conference games remaining. Over seven games, Omon Edobar, a first-year guard from Calgary, leads the Kings with 22 points per game.

The Red Deer College Queens (9-3) sit in second place in the ACAC Women's Volleyball South Division with 18 points. The Queens entered the break as winners of their past five matches. Last season, the Ambrose University Lions captured the final postseason position in the south with 18 points. This season, 12 conference matches remain. As a team, the Queens have the most digs per set in the league with 14.04. Libero Kaylee Domoney, from Red Deer, sits third in ACAC Women's Volleyball with 174 total digs.

The defending national volleyball champions, the Red Deer College Kings (7-5) share fourth place in the ACAC Men's Volleyball South Division with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks. Last season, the Briercrest College Clippers captured the fourth and final spot in the ACAC Men's Volleyball South Division with 26 points. The Kings will have to play at a similar pace (7-5), or better, for another playoff berth and an opportunity to play for ACAC gold. Adam Turlejski, a fourth-year student-athlete from Melbourne, Victoria, leads the league with 0.82 blocks per set.

At the ACAC Curling Fall Regionals, the RDC Kings finished a perfect 5-0 to lead the men's standings. The RDC Queens accumulated an even record (3-3) for fourth spot. The RDC Mixed team went 2-3 and also placed fourth in St. Paul. The results from the Fall and Winter Regionals will be combined, and the top four teams from each division will qualify for the ACAC Curling Championships in Camrose, February 16 – 18, 2018 at Rose City Curling Club. 

The ACAC Indoor Track season will begin on January 27, 2018, and many student-athletes from the RDC Cross-Country Running team will join the RDC Indoor Track team. MacEwan University will host the first competition.

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