Kodiaks Remain number 1 sweeping Medicine Hat.

Kodiaks Remain number 1 sweeping Medicine Hat.

Lethbridge made the short trip down the Number 3 highway to Medicine Hat to visit the Rattlers on a Thursday night. A Large crowd greeted both teams as the Snake pit was loud and full. The Kodiaks hoped to do better than their female counterparts who had just lost in straight sets. This was a Battle of the Divisions two top teams battling for South Supremacy. The Kodiaks came out early with some strong defensive play and were able to stun the Medicine Hat attack. This allowed them to open up a 12-8 lead early in the match. Although the early lead, the teams were very evenly matched, with the biggest differential coming on errors. With 3 attacking errors in a row from the Rattlers and a Kodiak Ace, the Rattlers were forced to take a timeout now down by 6. The timeout was needed but ultimately ineffective as the Kodiaks continued to control the set. A sudden energy was injected in the gym as the Rattlers were able to rattle off 5 straight before a questionable serve called out seemed to suck the air out of the Snake Pit once again. A last minute rally Brought the Rattlers back to a more reasonable score, but still dropped the first set 25-21.

The Kodiaks started the Second set off with an opening quick two points. The Rattlers remained patient and were able to capitalize on a Lethbridge error to level the score. A long sloppy rally from both sides saw weakness' exposed. Both sides sought to capitalize on these potential scoring opportunities. Medicine Hat were able to battle back to hold the advantage of serve. As the evenly matched game slowly climbed up the scoreboard. A momentum call went in favor of Lethbridge and were able to swing the lead and serve back in their favor. Sensing this, Medicine Hat called a timeout so they could regroup before the lead was insurmountable. A huge solo block from Rattler Keandre Evans started the Rattlers resurgence in the set. The Kodiaks did not let the Rattler lead last as they rattled off 5 straight to retake the lead. Their attack running well through the middle, the Rattlers continued to push the ball outside and were continually frustrated. Although never letting the game get away, the rattlers found themselves serving down 22-24 when Lethbridge took a timeout to freeze the server. Rattler Keandre Evans responded with an ace followed by an error to let the Kodiaks take a 25-23, 2 sets to 0 lead.

The third set early looked much like the first two. An evenly matched battle with the Kodiaks having the slight edge. Medicine Hat seemed to have every bounce fall against them. The Kodiaks continued to play quality volleyball lead by their setter Zach Wikenheiser who distributed the ball very effectively. This combined with errors from the Rattlers saw the Kodiaks edge closer to victory with a 18-14 lead. The Rattlers would not quit still fighting for every point. It was too much though as the Kodiaks Cruised to a Straight sets Victory winning the final set 25-18 securing a Kodiaks Victory.