RDC Kings guard Spencer Klassen of Red Deer poured in 38 points in a 98-97 loss to the Keyano College Huskies on Thursday night in their opening game of the Thanksgiving Classic at RDC. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Holmes and Klassen named RDC Athletes of the Week

It was a productive weekend on the hardcourt for a pair of RDC athletes.

First-year RDC Queens volleyball outside hitter Emma Holmes had a pair of standout performances in two wins and was named RDC Athlete of the Week, alongside fourth-year Kings basketball player Spencer Klassen.

On top of the local honours, Holmes was also named the Alberta Colleges Athlete Conference Female Athlete of the Week.

Friday, she registered eight kills, 12 digs and an ace in a three-set sweep over the Ambrose University Lions. At the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Saturday, Holmes led the way with 17 kills in another win over the Lions. The Red Deer volleyball product added 10 digs and was player of the game.

The consecutive victories over Ambrose power RDC into third in the ACAC South Division Women’s Volleyball standings. They’ll square off Saturday at home against the Olds College Broncos.

Klassen has been simply playing at another level for the Kings this season.

He proved it again on the weekend, with a relatively quiet 26-point, six rebound and five steal performance in an 80-72 loss to the St. Mary’s Lightning on Friday at home.

The Red Deer native then went off on Saturday, with 34 points in a decisive victory over the Lightning in Calgary. He cashed in eight-of-11 three-point attempts in that game, as well as adding five assists and three rebounds.

Klassen currently leads all ACAC players with 23.9 points-per-game, a full point ahead of Concordia University of Edmonton’s Ryan McLaren.

RDC will be back on home court Friday night against the SAIT Trojans, with tip-off set for 8 p.m.

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RDC Queens outside hitter Emma Holmes was the RDC Athlete of the Week this week. (Photo by BYRON HACKET/Advocate Staff)

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