Red Deer Polytechnic’s curling teams picked up some major hardware at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Curling Championship this past weekend.
The Kings earned gold after beating the host University of Alberta Augustana Vikings 6-2, while the Queens took home silver after falling to the Vikings 7-4.
RDP’s Hollie Vincent was named ACAC Female Curler of the Year and Kaylee Raniseth won Female Rookie of the Year. Three Queens – Vincent, Raniseth and Nicole Homan – were named to the Women’s All-Conference team. Meanwhile, RDP’s Brad Hamilton, flanked by his assistants Eldon Raab and Andrew Jones, was named Coach of the Year.
The NAIT Ook men’s and women’s team both won bronze medals.
Kings and Queens Volleyball will be heading to the ACAC Final four after a pair of wins Sunday at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
The Queens defeated the Lethbridge Kodiaks in four sets (25-14, 25-12, 23-25 and 25-23) in the division semi-final matchup.
Queens Player of the Game Kaylee Domoney was solid defensively, accumulating nine digs and four assists.
“Kaylee is our rock. You have to build everything off a good foundation,” said Chris Wandler, Queens Volleyball interim head coach.
“That’s exactly what she is and the girls thrive off of that.”
The Queens are now set to host the ACAC Women’s final four from March 11-12.
The Kings swept the SAIT Trojans (25-20, 25-22 and 25-16) in a south semi-final to book their spot to the Final Four.
Aaron Schulha, Kings Volleyball head coach, said this felt like the team’s “most complete” match against a good opponent.
“It was the perfect time to do it. We have a lot of belief within our group,” said Schulha.
Kings Player of the Game Maddux Greves (32 assists) was strong from the service line, recording five aces.
Kings Hockey were eliminated from the ACAC playoffs after falling to the Briercrest College Clippers 5-3 Saturday. Briercrest beat RDP in the opening game of the best-of-three series on Friday, before eliminating the Kings the following day.
Tyler Podgorenko, Kyle Salaway and Easton Haygarth scored for RDP in Saturday’s loss.
Meanwhile, the first-place Queens (11-2-2) will receive a trip to the best-of-five ACAC final. The NAIT Ooks and Olds College Broncos will play a best-of-three semi-final series.