Busy weekend for RDC athletics

It was another big weekend for Red Deer College athletics.

Both the Kings and Queens volleyball squads returned from the Alberta College’s Athletic Conference championships this past weekend with medals.

The Kings were up in Edmonton where they made it all the way to finals, falling in straight sets to Briercrest College.

Despite the loss, the Kings still won silver, and secured a spot in the Canadian College Athletic Association’s National championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec in a couple of weeks.

“It was a disappointing finish to a solid weekend,” said Kings head coach Aaron Schulha in an email to local media.

“But we did succeed in qualifying for Nationals, which is a big step for this program.”

Taylor Hunt, who posted 55 kills, three aces, four blocks and 22 digs in three matches, was named RDC’s Male Athlete of the Week for his efforts in helping the Kings reach Nationals for the first time in four years.

The Queens, meantime, were in Calgary for the ACAC Championships.

A three sets to one semi-final loss to the host Mount Royal Cougars put the Queens into the third place game, where they beat Lakeland College three sets to one to win bronze.

Mandy Carroll, playing in her final conference championship as a Queen, was named RDC’s Female Athlete of the Week after she posted 14 kills, zero errors, and five service aces in three matches.

Two more RDC squads will be hoping to medal this weekend, as the badminton team will be in News Brunswick for Nationals, which kick off tomorrow at Mount Allison University, while the men’s and mixed curling teams will be in Vermillion for the ACAC championships, with that tournament set to start on Friday.