RDC Queens advance to quarter-final at Wild Rose Classic
The RDC Queens went into the annual Wild Rose Classic a bit shorthanded, but that was fine with head coach Talbot Walton.
With outside hitters Brooke Sutter and Karissa Kuhr both resting ankles injuries Walton was able to give his bench players much needed experience.
It worked out just fine as they beat the Keyano College Huskies 25-16, 25-22 and Ambrose University College 25-14, 25-13 to win their pool and advance into today’s 3:15 p.m. quarter-final.
“We were able to use a lot of players, especially against Ambrose,” said Walton. “Alex Donaghy was exceptional in the first set against Ambrose and Kendra Sorensen showed why she was a top player in high school. She hit the ball well and with velocity.
“Overall it was a good effort as we served well and defended like crazy.”
Meanwhile, both the Olds College Broncos and RDC Alumni were also 2-0.
Olds downed Medicine Hat 25-18, 25-16 and College of the Rockies from Cranbrook 25-20, 25-17.
The Alumni stopped Concordia University College 25-20, 25-14 and the Lethbridge Kodiaks 25-14, 17-25, 15-9.
In other matches SAIT stopped The Kings University College 25-23, 25-23 and Kings downed the University of Alberta, Augustana 25-23, 25-16.
Action continues today with the semifinals set for 7:15 p.m. The final goes Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Ooks 1 Kings 0
The RDC Kings, 2-1, suffered their first loss in the early portion of the Alberta Colleges Men’s Hockey League season, losing 1-0 to the defending champion NAIT Ooks 1-0 in Edmonton Friday.
Jordan Abt scored the game’s only goal, notching a power play marker at 11:48 of the first period. Overall the Ooks had eight power plays with RDC receiving four.
“Their coaches apologized after the game for the officiating,” said Kings head coach Trevor Keeper.
Goaltender Kraymer Barnstable kept the game close for the Kings, finishing with 44 saves. RDC had 30 shots on goal.
“It was a tough game, as we expected, but we have to turn it around tomorrow,” said Keeper.
The Kings host the Ooks today at 7:15 p.m. at the Penhold Regional Multiplex.
The RDC Kings split a pair of matches in the Mount Royal University tournament Friday.
The Kings lost 25-23, 23-25, 15-25, 23-25 to the University of Calgary Dinos and defeated the University of Regina 25-22, 25-21, 25-16. They face Mount Royal today and need a win to reach the final. A loss and they play for bronze.
The Kings recorded their first victory over CIS competition, beating the University of Northern B.C. of Prince George 84-80 in the preseason CIS/ACAC basketball tournament at the Edmonton Saville Centre Friday.
The Kings got strong performances from Mari Peoples-Wong, Lloyd Strickland and Ashaunti Hogan.
Hogan put the finishing touches on the victory, nailing a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining in the game.
The RDC Queens lost their first two games in the preseason tournament at the Saville Centre, but improved as the weekend moved along.
The Queens lost 70-49 to Grande Prairie on Thursday, then dropped a 60-54 decision to Concordia University College Friday.
“I wasn’t happy with the result against Grande Prairie, but the game allowed us to work on a few things plus it exposed a few other things,” said head coach Mike Woollard. “The second day we started a bit tentative and trailed by 10-15 most of the way until settling down and making a run in the fourth quarter. Once again it was a good learning experience this early in the season.”
Mozanga Ekwalanga had 14 points against Concordia, all in the second half.
Kaitlin Bracko had 10 points, Desirae Paterson eight and Sarah Williamson seven against Grande Prairie.
Queens face Briercrest today.