Red Deer, AB – The RDC Kings knew after last night's sweep that the Lethbridge College Kodiaks would elevate their game in the rematch Saturday afternoon. The prediction was accurate. Carter Hansen, one of the Kodiaks' offensive weapons, hit double digits in kills and guided his team to a three set road win (25-23, 25-20 and 25-15).
In a back-and-forth first set, the teams traded points to 17-17. The largest difference was only a pair of points. Carter Hills had a trio of kills for the Kings. Carter Hansen also had three kills for the Kodiaks during that stretch. Eventually, Lethbridge College's Michael Hummel sealed a close 25-23 decision.
Ben Holmes and Carter Hills helped the home team take an early 10-5 edge in the second set. Then Michael Svab and Lethbridge College went on an 11-6 run to knot it up 16-16. Carter Hansen and Tony Albizzati energized the Kodiaks late and they captured a 25-20 win.
Strong Kodiak's blocking gave the visitors a 10-1 start to the third set. Lethbridge College kept the pressure on and sealed a 25-15 victory, taking the match in three sets.
Zak Hallworth was recognized as the Collegiate Sports Medicine Kings Player-of-the-Game with strong defensive play. Carter Hills led RDC with seven kills and Ben Holmes had six. Jonathan (JJ) Graham chipped in with four.
Carter Hansen was selected for the Kodiaks, accumulating 12 kills, four digs, three aces and two stuff blocks. Quinn Buchanan fired nine kills. Tony Albizzati and Michael Hummel had six each.
As a team, the Kings totaled five stuff blocks and three aces. The Kodiaks finished with eight stuffs and five service aces.
The third place RDC Kings (10-4) will compete against the Ambrose University Lions (1-13) at RDC on Friday, Jan. 24 at 8:00 pm. The second place Kodiaks (11-3) will host the Broncos (4-9) on Friday, Jan. 17 at 8:00 pm.