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Finnigan, family glad at his return to RDC


Returning home wasn’t Tim Finnigan’s first choice, but it’s a decision he’s glad he made.

After two years with the SAIT Trojans volleyball team the Notre Dame grad hoped to attend the University of Calgary and play for the Dinos. When that didn’t work out he jumped at the idea of attending RDC and living at home.

“There was some miscommunication with the U of C and it fell through, so I came to RDC and it was the right choice, although it may be a little harder on my parents than they want,” he said with a laugh.

But his parents — Terry and Kathleen — couldn’t be happier. They’re not only able to watch Tim and his brother Anthony but see their sons following in their footsteps.

Both parents attended RDC in the early 1980s where Terry Finnigan was an all-Canadian in his second season with the basketball Kings and Kathleen (nee Manning) was part of a solid Queens basketball program.

“It’s good to be able to follow them, plus getting a chance to play with my brother was definitely another thing that attracted me,” said Tim Finnigan, who took journalism at SAIT and is now working on a business degree.

“I got a diploma in journalism, but there’s not a lot of jobs out there and decided to try to get a business degree,” he said. “I can see the combination of the two being beneficial.”

Finnigan is glad to be home, but feels his time in Calgary was something he needed.

“I think I definitely needed to get away from home for a bit and explore, for lack of a better word.”

Finnigan, who is left-handed, played on the right side with the Trojans, but has switched to the power side with RDC.

“The change is good, something I enjoy,” he said. “I’m involved more in the serve receive and defence. I get more touches which keeps me involved in the play and keeps me in rhythm.”

He also enjoys playing in front of large, enthusiastic crowd.

“Both coaching staffs are experienced, but I like it here, there’s a better fan base and team atmosphere.”

The Kings are the top-ranked team in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and No. 2 in Canada.

The high ranking is something Finnigan feels is a benefit.

“We’re expecting more of ourselves and while there’s more pressure, it forces us to uphold that ranking.”

Finnigan believes the Kings aren’t at the top of their game.

“I can see us continuing to improve and peak at the right time,” he said.

The Kings, who are 6-0 on the season, face the 2-4 University of Alberta, Augustana Vikings in a home-and-home series this weekend — Friday in Camrose and Saturday at RDC. The women get underway at 6 p.m. with the men to follow.

The Queens (4-2) go into the match ranked 11th in Canada. Augustana is 3-3.

• The basketball squads also face Augustana in Camrose Saturday. The Kings (5-0) are ranked No. 2 in Canada. The Vikings have a 4-2 record.

The Augustana women are ranked No. 4 in the country and sit at 6-0 with the Queens at 0-5.

• Volleyball Queens setter Kirsten Sorensen was selected the Boston Pizza RDC female athlete of the week after two solid performances in a doubleheader sweep against Lethbridge.

Cross-country runner, Kieran McDonald, who was fourth in the Canadian Colleges final, received the top male award.

Basketball Kings’ Sam Lolik and volleyball’s Chris Osborn were also in the running for the male award and basketball guard Melissa Woolley was runner-up on the women’s side.

Meanwhile, the soccer Queens, who placed third in the ACAC finals, received the Breathing Room Yoga Studio and Café team of the week.

drode@reddeeradvocate.com

 
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