Jan. 17, 2020 - The Lethbridge Kodiaks hosted the Olds Broncos Friday evening in anticipation of a pair of home matches. The first matches at the Val Matteotti gym in 2020.
It has been a strong season for the Kodiaks men's team sitting in second place of the South Division with two games in hand behind the Sait Trojans. The Kodiaks look to open the new year with a chance to build a win streak after splitting games with the Red Deer Kings this past weekend with a strong 3-0 win in their second game. During the first semester, the Kodiaks had two strong performances against Olds as they won both matches away. The first match 3-1 and the second with a convincing 3-0 win.
The Kodiaks started the first set a bit unlucky, instantly finding themselves six points down. Coach Greg Gibos called an immediate timeout to regroup his team. However, the Broncos had a little something up their sleeve, quickly extending their lead to eight. The Kodiaks regrouped with a couple kills from Carter Hansen and Michael Svab. It was clear the Broncos came out determined as they did not go away. The Kodiaks did regain momentum towards the end of the set managing to sneak in a couple of points. However, the Kodiaks fell short as the determined Broncos took the first set of the game with a score of 25-17.
The Kodiaks looked to bounce back by starting the second set strong with a couple of quick points. The Broncos would match the same intensity and determination as the Kodiaks. The set went back and forth. Carter Hansen came up big with two straight aces as the Kodiaks led 14-11. The Kodiaks kept great momentum but the Broncos did not want to go away. The set was balanced between the two opponents but Quinn Buchanan made the difference for the Kodiaks with 4 kills. The Kodiaks held on and tied the game with a 25-22 second set win.
The Broncos came out firing in the third set as they took an early 8-5 lead. Matheus Franca was outstanding for the Broncos with seven kills at this point. He became an issue for the Kodiaks. Carter Hansen brought the Kodiaks back with a couple of straight aces. From there on, the set remained balanced between both teams. Tony Albizzati and Quinn Buchanan excelled for the Kodiaks for the rest of the set with a couple of kills each. The Kodiaks kept composure and took the set 25-23 to go up 2-1.
The Kodiaks found themselves in the fourth set as they came out with a bang. Not only did they take advantage of the Broncos mistakes, they capitalized most of their attacks. Carter Hansen has a strong set with four kills. The Kodiaks never looked back as they took the set 25-17 and won the game three sets to one.
Thundersky WalkingBear of Olds found himself with twelve kills and three aces throughout the entire match while Carter Hansen of Lethbridge managed to earn fifteen kills and three blocks.
Lethbridge will host Olds again tomorrow where they will look to secure a second win.
Players of The Game:
Broncos: #07 Thundersky Walkingbear
Kodiaks: #22 Quinn Buchanan