November 10, 2017 – In their final home game of 2017 the Kodiaks took on the SAIT Trojans at home while also commemorating Junior and Senior High Night, an evening where Lethbridge College invites prospective students to come out and learn about available programs while also getting to partake in a Kodiaks game.
The first set had a slow start with the two teams playing point for point but the Kodiaks got their bearings midway through the set to take the lead. Trojans Spencer Coulter managed to put down four kills but Carter Hansen led the court with five kills of his own in the set. The Kodiaks overpowered the Trojans for a 25-21 first set win.
Buzzing from the previous set the Kodiaks came out swinging, and were able to capitalize on a series of earlier attack and service errors from the Trojans. Kodiaks Zack Wikenheiser showed off his versatility in the set with a seven assists, three digs, and a major kill to help his team reach a second set 25-18 win and to take a 2-0 lead in the game.
Looking to follow in the women's team's footsteps and sweep the game, the Kodiaks started the third set with intensity, but the Trojans weren't ready to give in easily. Stealing the lead early in the set, the Trojans made it clear that the Kodiaks would need to step up their game if they wanted to sweep the match. With a display of skillful placement from Carter Hansen, the Kodiaks caught the Trojans midway through the set. The Trojans fought back with a barrage of kills from their front row. Hansen continued to respond to the pressure with a string of incredible serves that led to the conclusion of a nail-bitter of a third set with a score of 27-25 and an overall 3-0 game victory for the Kodiaks.
With this win the Kodiaks record advances to 6-3 in the season while the Trojans fall to 5-2. The two teams are back in action tomorrow night as they face off on SAIT's home turf.
Players of the Game:
Trojans – #9 Nathan Goss (25 assists, 7 digs)
Kodiaks – #3 Michael Svab (3 kills, 2 blocks, game winning play)
When asked about the game, Kodiaks player of the Game Michael Svab responded "we had a game plan and we stuck to it and that helped us in the end."