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UKC Volleyball started the year off with a bang, forcing a nail-biter match against the Seawolves of UNBSJ. The two teams slugged it out for a full 5 sets, with the Blue Devils winning the 1st and 3rd, while the Seawolves found wins in the 2nd and 4th. Buoyed by the Ontario based duo of Abby Hourigan and Katie Cook (who led the team in kills and digs respectively), King’s took a hefty lead in the 5th set, before seeing the Seawolves narrow the difference forcing a 14-14 scoreline. The match ended somewhat anticlimactically when the Seawolves received a net penalty; handing the set to King’s 16-14. The UKC Ladies now improve to 5-3 in the ACAA and will next travel to Holland College on Sunday, January 19 in a match that was previously cancelled for weather conditions.
UKC vs. UNBSJ: 3-2 Win
Similar to their peers on the Volleyball Court, the UKC Ladies Basketball also scored a major win in their first league match of 2020. Missing the services of Kallie MacKinnon and Claire Hickman to injuries; the Blue Devils struggled early against the Tommies of St. Thomas in the first half, trailing by 10 points at halftime. Led by Jenna Bain (22 points), the Blue Devils rallied in the second half, overcoming the score deficit, and winning 62-57. This game is particularly meaningful in the grand scheme of the league; as the King’s knocked off the CCAA 9th ranked team nationally, and settling the series 1-1. UKC Ladies will next travel to PEI to play the Hurricanes of Holland College in a back-to-back games this coming weekend, January 18/19.
UKC vs. STU: 62-57 Win
The UKC Men fell in a close match against their rivals from Fredricton, with the Tommies taking a win in a high scoring 90-97 loss. Despite the tremendous efforts of rookie guard Reese Zorogole (29 pts, 9 reb), the Blue Devils ran out of gas in the 4th quarter, despite leading at halftime. The Kingsmen now fall to 2-5 in the league, though still in contention for playoffs, which are just over a month and a half away. Travelling next to PEI, the UKC Men will face a highly touted Holland College side, who currently sit 2nd in the ACAA and 13th in the CCAA National Polls. Those games, like the Women’s side, will also be back-to-back days on January 18/19.
UKC vs. STU: 90-97 Loss
We hope to see you back in the Kingdome for our next home games. Find the full athletics schedule online and watch all your Blue Devils Athletes via www.acaatv.ca and stay up to date will all the action from the ACAA.