RDC Kings first year outside hitter Carter Hills tips a ball past a pair of Medicine Hat College Rattlers blockers earlier this season in ACAC play at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

RDC Kings first year outside hitter Carter Hills tips a ball past a pair of Medicine Hat College Rattlers blockers earlier this season in ACAC play at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Kings outside hitter Carter Hills ACAC South Rookie of the Year

With the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Volleyball Championships beginning Thursday afternoon in Lethbridge, members of the RDC Kings were honoured for their performance on the season.

Kings first-year outside hitter Carter Hills was the big winner, collecting the ACAC men’s volleyball south division rookie of the year award.

Hills, a Legal, Alta. product produced like a veteran in his first season for the Kings and was an effective weapon all year long. The six-foot-two outside hitter led the Kings in Kills (255), kills per set (3.11) and aces (36). He was seventh in the ACAC in kills per set and sixth overall in kills.

“Carter has been an outstanding first-year and I’m glad that other coaches are noticing. He’s really solidified our lineup and created some balance. It’s always nice to have a left-handed guy on the right side,” says Kings Head Coach Aaron Schulha.

“He is super athletic, has that pop on his arm and can be a difference-maker from the service line as well.”

In addition, setter Tom Wass and middle Mark DeWit were named to the ACAC South All-Conference team. Wass, the third-year setter from Adelaide, Australia, had a banner year, leading the ACAC in assists with 804 and assist per set at 9.35, nearly one assist higher than second place and he also had 20 aces.

“Three years our starter and he just keeps getting better. He changes the game in a lot of ways, obviously being the second contact guy,” said Schulha. “He’s leading the league in assists by a significant margin, but his serve has also been awesome.”

DeWit, a Lacombe native had 139 kills, 33 blocks, 30 digs and 12 aces, while registering an 0.420 hitting percentage.

“Mark does all the right things in terms of being a quality student-athlete,” said Schulha. “He’s always in the weight room and he looks after his GPA.”

RDC finished the regular season with a 20-4 record and with 10 straight wins, good for second in the ACAC South and they’ll play the King’s University Eagles to open the provincial championships in Lethbridge on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m.

“They’re more than capable, it’s nice to not have an easy first-round matchup because you have to prepare to win all your matches,” said Schulha. “We know they’re capable and we can’t take them lightly. If we look after our side, the results will take care of themselves.

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