The Red Deer College Kings have won the 2016 ACAC Men’s Volleyball Championship after defeating the Keyano Huskies 3-1 in the Gold Medal match at NAIT Gym Saturday evening. The Augustana Vikings captured the Bronze medal with a 3-0 straight sets win over the Medicine Hat Rattlers.
DAY #3 – Saturday, February 27
GOLD MEDAL MATCH
Red Deer Kings Defeat Keyano Huskies 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 25-12)
The ACAC championship Gold medal match featured the #1 seed in the North Keyano Huskies and the #1 seed in the South Red Deer Kings. RDC took control of the first set early on with a quick offence and went on to win the set 25-19. Keyano made adjustments in the 2nd set to take a 22-19 lead but the Kings rattled off 5 straight points to take the set 25-23. The Huskies persistence paid off in the 3rd set as they took advantage of some unforced errors from the Kings and took the set 25-17. In the 4th set, RDC showed why they had a 23-1 regular season record by administering a potent offensive attack and cruising to a 25-12 set win taking the match 3-1 and winning the ACAC Gold medal. Player of the game for the RDC Kings was #12 Nic Dubinsky with 9 kills and 3 blocks. POG for the silver medalist Keyano Huskies was #1 Riley Delavau with 7 kills and 6 digs. Both teams will now move on to the CCAA National Championships at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC March 10-12.
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH
Augustana Vikings Defeat Medicine Hat Rattlers 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-17)
After winning last year’s ACAC championship, the Augustana Vikings found themselves in this year’s Bronze medal match against the Medicine Hat Rattlers. Both teams eased their way into the match before the Vikings pulled away at the end of the first set with smothering defence winning the set 25-17. The Rattlers fought hard in the 2nd set but had no answer for Augustana’s aggressive serving. The Vikings took the 2nd set 25-21 and rode the momentum to a 25-17 3rd set win and an ACAC Bronze medal. Player of the Game for the Augustana Vikings was #18 Devin Varga while POG for the Medicine Hat Rattlers was #2 Alfred Dalevik.
5th-6th PLACE MATCH
NAIT Ooks Defeat The King’s Eagles 3-2 (25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 23-25, 15-10)
The 5th-6th place match saw the host NAIT Ooks take on the King’s Eagles. The Ooks came out on fire capturing the first two sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-23. Like they have all tournament long, the Eagles responded nicely taking the next two sets 25-18 and 25-23. The 5th set saw the Ooks jump out to an early lead and finish strong winning the set 15-10 and the match 3-2. In the final game of his career, NAIT’s #13 Ethan Redman was name Player of the Game while the POG for the Eagles was Cam Gelderman.
DAY #2 – Friday, February 26
5th-6th Semi-Final #1
King’s Eagles Defeat SAIT Trojans 3-2 (21-25, 20-25, 29-27, 25-20, 15-12)
The first match on Day #2 saw an amazing comeback from the King’s Eagles over the SAIT Trojans. Down 2 sets to 0 the Eagles faced match point 24-23 before rallying to take the third set 29-27. That spark was all the King’s would need as they gathered momentum and captured the final two sets over the Trojans. Player of the Game for the King’s Eagles was #12 Ryan Brenneis with 11 kills, 4 digs and 3 blocks. POG for SAIT Trojans was #16 Braedon Anderson with 7 kills, 5 service aces, and 4 digs. The Eagles will now play the winner of the NAIT/Lethbridge match Saturday at 1pm.
5th-6th Semi-Final #2
NAIT Ooks Defeat Lethbridge Kodiaks 3-1 (11-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22)
The host NAIT Ooks came out flat in their 5th-6th semi-final match against the Medicine Hat Rattlers as the Rattlers served their way to a 25-11 first set lead. The Ooks woke up in the 2nd and scored the final 7 points in a 25-21 win. That was spark NAIT needed as they rode the momentum and took the next two sets and the match. Player of the Game for the NAIT Ooks was #11 Justin Knight with 8 kills and an amazing 8 service aces. POG for the Lethbridge Kodiaks was #17 Jamyson Dore with 9 kills, 3 service aces and 7 digs. The Ooks will now face the King’s Eagles in the 5th-6th place game Saturday at 1pm.
Semi Final #1
Keyano Huskies Defeat Medicine Hat Rattlers 3-1 (27-29, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23)
With a berth in the ACAC Gold medal game and a trip to the CCAA Nationals at stake both teams came out swinging. It took extra points but MHC managed to take the 1st set 29-27. The Huskies responded by winning the next two sets by scores of 25-22. The fourth set was back and forth affair with the Huskies pulling out a razor thin 25-23 decision. Player of the Game for the Huskies was #6 Taras Silas with 25 assists. POG for the Rattlers was # 1 Isak Helland-Hansen with 12 kills and 11 digs. The Huskies will now play for ACAC Gold Saturday at 5:30pm while the Rattlers play for Bronze at 3pm.
Semi Final #2
Red Deer Kings Defeat Augustana Vikings 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17)
In a rematch of last year’s ACAC Gold medal game, the King’s and Vikings met this time in the semi-final. The top seeded Kings got up early on the Vikings in the first set and never looked back winning 25-20. The Vikings responded nicely in the second set trading points with RDC right to the end before the Kings pulled away right at the end winning 25-23. From their it was all RDC as they took the match in straight sets after a 25-17 third set victory. Player of the Game for Red Deer was setter #4 Luke Brisbane with 32 assists and 4 digs. POG for the Augustana Vikings was #11 Luke Ryan who had 10 kills and 6 digs. The Kings will now face the Keyano Huskies in Saturday’s Gold medal game at 5:30pm. The Vikings will face the Medicine Hat Rattlers for Bronze at 3pm.
DAY #1 – Thursday, February 25
Quarter Final #1
Medicine Hat Rattlers Defeat King’s Eagles 3-2 (24-26, 25-20, 25-10, 22-25, 15-12)
The Medicine Hat Rattlers defeated the King’s Eagles in 5 sets in the first Quarter-Final of the championships. The King’s came out aggressively taking the first set 26-24 before dropping the next two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-10. The fourth set of the match turned out to be the most exciting as both teams exchanged points, with the Eagles coming out on top by a score of 25-22. The fifth and deciding set was once again nail-biting with both teams tied 8-8 before MHC took control and earned 15-12 win and a trip to tomorrow’s semi-final. Player of the game for the MHC Rattlers was #17 Fraser Smith with 13 kills and 6 digs. POG for the King’s Eagles was #4 Joshua Peters with 50 assists and 6 digs.
Quarter Final #2
Keyano College Huskies Defeat SAIT Trojans 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-22)
From the start, the North’s top seeded Keyano Huskies showed that they were all business. The Huskies defeated the SAIT Trojans 3-0 in the 2nd quarter-final matchup of these ACAC championships by scores of 25-20, 25-22, and 25-22. Player of the Game for the Keyano Huskies was #9 Tristan Terrien with 10 kills, 4 digs, and 2 service aces. POG for the SAIT Trojans was #3 Blake Peebles who had 19 assists, 4 digs, and 4 kills. The Keyano Huskies will now face the Medicine Hat Rattlers in the first semi-final Friday night at 6pm. The SAIT Trojans will take on the King’s Eagles in the first 5th-6th semi-final at 1pm.
Quarter Final #3
Augustana Vikings Defeat Lethbridge College Kodiaks 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22)
The third quarter-final of the day saw the Augustana Vikings defeat the Lethbridge Kodiaks in straight sets. The Vikings jumped out to an early lead in the first set which led to a 25-19 win. The Kodiaks would give everything they had but ultimately dropped the next two sets by identical scores of 25-22. The Vikings now advance to face the winner of the host NAIT Ooks and the top seeded RDC Kings in Friday’s semi-final at 8pm while the Kodiaks will face the loser in the 5th-6th semi-final at 3pm. Player of the Game for the Augustana Vikings was #11 Luke Ryan with 12 kills, 4 service aces, and 7 digs. POG for the Kodiaks was #2 Marcus Biesheuvel.
Quarter Final # 4
Red Deer College Kings Defeat NAIT Ooks 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-18)
The Red Deer Kings showed why they are the top ranked team in the nation as they defeated the host NAIT Ooks in straight sets, 25-21, 25-20, and 25-18. The Ooks were able to match the RDC’s intensity early on but the powerful Kings were able to close out each set when it mattered. Player of the Game for the RDC Kings was #10 Riley Friesen with 12 kills and 3 digs. POG for NAIT was #7 Cole Burkart with 12 kills and 4 digs. RDC will now play the defending ACAC champion Augustana Vikings in Friday’s semi-final at 8pm while the Ooks will take on the Lethbridge Kodiaks at 3pm in the 5th-6th semi-final.
ACAC Championships All-Tournament Team
#11 Luke Ryan, Augustana
#17 Fraser Smith, MHC
#8 Blazej Pellowski, Keyano
#13 Kornel Kowalewski, Keyano
#12 Nic Dubinsky, RDC
#13 Tom Lyon , RDC
ACAC Championships Most Valuable Player
#4 Luke Brisbane, RDC
2016 ACAC Men’s Volleyball All-Conference Awards
Men’s North All-Conference Team
|Men’s South All-Conference Team|
Cameron Gelderman, King’s
Sam Halliday, GPRC
Kornel Kowalewski, Keyano
Blazej Pellowski, Keyano
Olivier Prophete, King’s
Ethan Redman, NAIT
Thomas Regier, Augustana
Jordan Teliske, NAIT
Samiuela Tu’ivai, Lakeland
Devin Varga, Augustana
Joseph Arsenault, MHC
Luke Brisbane, RDC
Brett Bolin, SAIT
Brodie Dolter, MHC
Nic Dubinsky, RDC
Isak Helland-Hansen, MHC
Taylor Klassen, Briercrest
Tom Lyon, RDC
Andre Pires, Lethbridge
Fraser Smith, MHC