Here's a look at what went down in Red Deer Polytechnic Athletic this weekend.
The Queens played the Concordia University Thunder on Friday, November 17.
After falling in straight sets last week to The Kings University Eagles, the Queens bounced back with a straight-sets victory of their own against the Concordia University Thunder (25-19, 25-18, 25-15).
Setter Dani Wiens (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology) ran a very efficient offence and had a match-high 39 assists in the win which is an incredible feat for a setter in just three sets.
Currently, the leader in the ACAC is averaging just under 10 per set. But this performance sprung her into seventh place in the conference with an average of seven assists per set on the season so far.
She was named the Queens player of the match for her incredible performance on offence but also on defence as she finished with 12 digs which was right behind libero Frankie Sandini (Justice Studies) who had 13.
Outside-hitter Jaiden Ferguson (Business Administration) had a match-high on the kills side with 12 with her teammate Emma Holmes (Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences) right behind her with 11.
The Kings played the Concordia University Thunder on Friday, November 17.
It was a slow start for the Kings to their lone match this past weekend as they dropped their opening set to the Concordia University Thunder. RDP had eight kills and eight errors in the first set on 23 total attempts.
But after some personnel changes in the second, the Kings bounced back to take the next three sets to defeat the Thunder 3-1 (20-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-15). In the final two sets, the Polytechnic combined for 27 kills and just six errors to close out the match with a .305 kill efficiency.
Outside-hitter Colby Nemeth was named the player of the match as he finished with a team-high 12 kills on 17 attempts and three services. He was by far the most efficient hitter for RDP in the win over the Thunder as he put away just under 60 percent of the balls that were set to him
The Queens played the Concordia University Thunder on Friday, November 17 and The Kings University Eagles on Saturday, November 18th.
The Queens extended their winning streak this season to eight games with victories over the Concordia University Thunder and The Kings University Eagles.
On Friday night, in the 72-56 victory over the Thunder, guard Sandra Garcia-Bernal (Educational Assistant) finished with 12 steals and broke the ACAC single-game record of 11 that was held by six other student athletes. She also had 15 points to complete the double-double. However, the player of the game was awarded to third-year Janai Hubert (Bachelor of Kinesiology) who finished with a career-high 18 points.
The following night, the Queens faced their biggest test of the season as they were up against The Kings University Eagles, who went into the game in second place in the North Division. The Polytechnic dominated the first half but in the third and fourth quarter, the Eagles broke the Queens defence. TKU was able to claw back by outscoring the Queens 20-8 in the fourth but it was not enough as RDP held their own in the final two minutes of the game to walk away with a 63-56 victory.
The player of the game was awarded to forward Jayden Demchuk (Practical Nursing Diploma) who finished her night with a game-high 17 points.
The Kings played the Concordia University Thunder on Friday, November 17 and The Kings University Eagles on Saturday, November 18th.
The Kings had their closest match of the season since their opening weekend against the SAIT Trojans. The Concordia University Thunder gave RDP a run for its money in the middle two quarters. However, the Kings bounced back to outscore Concordia 18-10 in the final 10 minutes to walk away with an 87-83 victory.
Guard Deandre Rowe (Open Studies) was named the player of the game with an outstanding 18-point and eight-rebound performance in the win. His teammate Efe Iyamu (Open Studies) finished with a game-high 28 points with 20 of those coming in the first half.
On Saturday night, the Kings offence exploded, scoring over 100 points in the 116-83 victory against The Kings University Eagles. Five student-athletes had double-digits including the player of the game Bernardo Moller (Business Diploma) who finished with 20 points while guard Tyrique Walter (Open Studies) had 21 points off the bench.
The Queens played the NAIT Ooks on Saturday, November 18.
Queens goaltender Izzy Palumbo (Bachelor of Business Administration) stood on her head in the final 20 minutes of the game to walk away with a victory over the NAIT Ooks.
In the third period, Palumbo stopped all 21 shots she faced and was later named the player of the game as she steered aside multiple scoring opportunities that would have tied the game up at three. She faced a total of 41 shots, stopping 39 in the game.
The Queens would open the scoring in the first six minutes of the game with forward Rylee Mepham (Bachelor of Education) skating from the blueline into the high shot and firing the puck past a screened Ooks goaltender.
But the Ooks answered back with two consecutive goals to take a 2-1 lead into the second period.
However, with a goal in the second from forward Alli Soyko (Bachelor of Education) and an early goal in the third period from defence Kyla Hansel (Pharmacy Technician Diploma), the Queens completed the comeback and skated away with a 3-2 victory. RDP is now a perfect 3-0 against NAIT on the season.
Palumbo earned herself the player of the game as she backstopped the Queens to the win over the Ooks.
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