File Photo (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

File Photo (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Queens setter Emma Letkeman named ACAC Rookie of the Year

The RDC Queens are riding high heading into the 2020 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Volleyball Championships.

The Queens are in Medicine Hat for the provincial championships and they’ll kick off play Thursday night at 8 p.m. against the Lakeland College Rustlers.

RDC finished 21-3 on the year, their only three match losses coming to the Briercrest College Clippers.

With such a run, several of the Queens were also honoured for their performance.

First-year setter Emma Letkeman had a stellar rookie campaign and was selected as the ACAC South Rookie of the Year. Letkeman, a Victoria, B.C. product finished third overall in the ACAC with 8.64 assists per set, totaling 570 on the year. She also added 84 digs, 19 service aces and 18 blocks, a huge reason why the Queens were as successful as they were this season.

“Emma is very deserving of the award. Not too often you see a first-year setter come in and be part of a 21-3 record,” said Queens Head Coach Talbot Walton in a press release. “She can set the ball from all over the court and get it to the spot where the hitters can hit.”

In addition to Letkeman, Emma Holmes, Ali Greenshields and Kaylee Domoney were named ACAC South All-Conference selections.

Holmes, who was the ACAC South Rookie of the Year last season, had a successful sophomore campaign. The second-year from Red Deer was third in the ACAC in hitting percentage (0.368), fourth in total kills (269) and fifth in kills-per-set.

“When I look at the right sides in our league, I think she is the strongest one in the south. She carried a big load for us all year,” said the Queens head coach. “She played in just about every single match, in almost every single set, and she had some monster nights in kill totals. She has also worked really hard on her defence and serving.”

Greenshields, also from Red Deer continued to emerge as the season progressed. The second-year middle was eighth in the ACAC with 0.57 blocks-per-set and had 117 kills, 35 digs and 21 aces.

“Ali has been fairly steady and has come a long way as well this year,” says Walton. “She is one of the most talented middle blockers. Ali can dig, she can pass and she can set the ball. She has pretty good instincts.”

Domoney, a fourth-year libero from Red Deer was an essential cog in the Queens success this season. Not only as a leader on the court, but her dogged determination and strong defence helped the Queens offence run like a well-oiled machine.

“Kaylee is probably one of the main reasons why we are in the spot that we’re in from the season that she’s had, surpassing one thousand digs. She was a libero recognized last year as well, so she is carrying on that tradition for herself,” Walton said. “She controls that spot. From a coaching perspective, she does everything right.”

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