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Vikings Nation Issue 2.5 • November 6th 2013

Curling Wins the Challenge Cup

Both Volleyball Teams Win the Weekend

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Success Story

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Basketball Competes for a Close Victory


A Long and Hard Fought Victory for the Women’s Volleyball Team By Jenn Laskosky It was an exhilarating weekend of volleyball, full of ups and downs for the Augustana Women’s team. On Thursday October 31, the team played at Concordia and came out swinging, taking the first set 25-23. However, in the second set the team encountered some serving problems and lost 21-25. The team came together in the following two sets and continued to encourage one another. This lead to a win in the next two sets 25-19 and 27-25 and a win overall. Player of the game was awarded to Kiera Lotoski. On Friday November 1, the women’s team played at home, once again taking on the Concordia Thunder. They came up just short in the first set losing 26-28. The team was not discouraged by this as they came back to win the next two sets 25-20 and 25-21. The fourth and final set of this match is one that everyone who played and even watched will remember for quite some time. It was a hard fought set of continual back and forth between the two teams, but the Viking’s battled hard and came out victorious winning the set at an outstanding 38-36. Player of the game was awarded to Laura Kvemshagen. Never have we seen such determination from these women as they continue to progress and prepare to take on Keyano this weekend.

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Men’s Volleyball Continues to Come Out Strong By Thomas Regier This past weekend the men’s volleyball team took on the Concordia Thunder. The games took place Thursday, at Concordia, and Friday back at Augustana. Thursday night started off a little slowly, with the first set being a little too close for comfort for the Vikings. They managed to eventually pull away and take the first set 25-16. The second set was a different story as the Thunder came out with some tenacious defense and were able to scrape out a second set win by a score of 23-25. After their first set loss of the season the Vikings enough of that. It was all business from then on as the Vikings, despite the their best defensive efforts, proved to be too much for the Thunder as the Vikings took the next two sets by scores of 25-15 and 25-12. Luke Ryan was named the player of the game with 13 kills and 20-plus digs. The scene shifted on Friday night back to the home crowd at Augustana. Once again there was a great turnout, which never goes without appreciation. The game started slowly again as the first set remained fairly tight for the first half of the first set. Fortunately, the Vikings were able to pull away from the Thunder and take the first set 25-20. The second and third sets were both quite similar to one another. The Vikings took early leads and never gave it up, winning both the second and third set by scores or 25-16. Luke Ryan was named player of the game for the second night in a row racking up 12 kills, 5 stuff blocks, 5 digs, and 3 service aces. Although this weekend pushed the Vikings record to 3-0 on the season (tied for second in the league), they know there is more work to be done. The season is just getting started and games keep getting more difficult. The goal for this week is to come into practice every day fully focused on the task at hand and getting better positionally, mentally, and as a group in general, as this upcoming weekend the Vikings make the northerly trek up to Fort McMurray to face the Keyano Huskies (2-2). The next Vikings home games are scheduled for Friday November 15th and Saturday November 16th vs. the Lethbridge College Kodiaks. Come on out and support you Vikings volleyball teams! Hope to see you there.


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Men’s Hockey Makes their Shots Count By Joel Danyluk The men’s hockey team took on defending champions, the NAIT Ooks this past weekend. Being my 3rd year here with the team I personally find this team to be our biggest rivals and it is always fun to play against them. I would like to say sorry to my management professor Kristen Cumming for missing my 4th class this semester due to a Wednesday night game. The professors at Augustana are extremely understanding to all student athletes here at our university and we as athletes appreciate it. We are able to leave everything out on the line and know that we have the support of our professors. As much as I dislike the Toronto Maple Leafs the Vikings hockey team are playing a very similar game to them right now. We have been getting pretty badly out shot some games but we are keeping the teams to the perimeter and eliminating their scoring chances. We got out shot on Wednesday night 46-21 but we capitalized on our scoring chances and came out with the 4-1 win. Friday night was much of the same story as the Vikings got out shot 57-26 but came out with a 4-3 win. This game featured some nice breakaway goals and extremely sound defensive play. We as a team always seem to play a little better in the NAIT arena and it is always a good feeling getting dressed for the game in the room where we won our championship 2 years ago. We accomplished our goal for the weekend, which was a sweep of the Ooks as well as moving up in the standings. Coming into our bye week we are tied for 2nd place with a 7-3-2 record. We are playing some of our best hockey of the season but it will be good to have a break this week because we as a team are battling the injury bug. It will be a good time for the guys to go home and see their families and recharge for the last 6 games before Christmas. Twitter mention this week goes out to one of the voices of the Vikings Earl Thompson. Earl does a great job tweeting the updates at our games and for you hardcore Viking fans give him a follow @Sports10Thomps.


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Women’s Basketball Defeats Concordia By Jordan Tomyiama After sweeping their opening weekend against SAIT and Olds, the girls were looking to continue their winning ways against the Concordia Thunder. That’s exactly what they did, winning 78-62. The first quarter was very back and fourth as it ended 19-17 in favor of the Vikings. It was obvious the Vikings were trying to feed the ball to their posts, as they had a very noticeable size advantage. The Thunder girls used their speed and quickness to get buckets in transition and cause turnovers. The Vikings took control of the game in the second quarter in which they outscored the Thunder 19-7. The Vikings used balance scoring and teamwork to take over the game. Five girls finished in double figures and their ability to move the ball allowed for open shots. Hayley Story was impressive coming off injury, shooting two for three from beyond the ark and finishing with 12 points. Karolina Wieczorek who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds led Concordia. Player of the game went to Shea Jose who finished with nine points and three assists. The second night was a special night for the Vikings as they celebrated their home opener as well as the finale of breast cancer awareness month. The girls wore pink warm-ups in honor of the event and they did not disappoint their home crowd as they won 63-52. Feeding the posts was again a focal point for the Vikings, as they did not want to stray from a successful game plan. The Vikings cleaned up the glass, winning the rebounding battle 43-34. Turnovers hindered any chance of Concordia winnings, as they piled up 30 turnovers throughout the game. You can’t turnover the ball facing a team coached by Leanne Shenton, as the team will punish you in transition with easy buckets and open threes. It was a big weekend for guards Shea Jose, Lyndal Tollefson and Hayley Story, as they had increased minutes and had to handle the ball more with Monique Jarrett playing limited minutes. Player of the game went to the Kari Kubinec who dropped 15 points and grabbed 8 boards. The Vikes are atop the league and hope to continue their winning ways this weekend as they face an always-bitter rival in Kings College.


A Split Weekend for Men’s Basketball By Anton Paszek As the Vikings Men's basketball team prepared for their home opening games against the Concordia Thunder, they were ready for a tough weekend, but probably not for the battle they received. Augustana began their battle against the storm on the road, facing the 'Thunder and lightning' in their opposing gym. This first game proved to be difficult for the Vikings, with the Thunder making use of their home crowd and rims, accumulating a decent lead early in the game that the Vikings were never able to really come back from. However, the game ended positively, with the Vikings really leaving everything on the floor and switching the momentum, even with the Thunder coming out of the first game victorious. This disappointing first game served as a learning experience and a motivator as the Vikes hoped to turn the tables as they headed back to their home gym, 'Valhalla'. Hopes and expectations rode very high on the day of the Vikings home opener, as the Vikes prepped for a win and some revenge against the Thunder. The Augustana starters took the floor in front of the packed bleachers and got ready to give the roaring crowd what they wanted. Right from the opening tip it was plain to see that this game was going to be a tough battle. Each team made their presence known on the defensive glass, denying many offensive rebound attempts and easy baskets, resulting in a more solid scoring effort from both teams. Every point that was scored was a hard fought basket, keeping the players working hard, and also keeping the game very exciting for the crowd. The first quarter ended equally with a score of 20-20. The second quarter was similar, with both teams knocking down some important shots, and stepping up on the defensive end of things. As the teams headed into the half, Concordia led by 1 point, with a score of 36-35. Where things became very interesting was in the fourth quarter. Augustana had taken a small lead during the third quarter, and heading into the remaining minutes of the game, had an 11 point lead. Concordia worked it back to 8 points with only one minute left in the game and with this much of a lead, the Augustana crowd, as well as the team, were quite ready for their victory. However, Concordia had different plans. As the Vikings moved the ball around the floor on the offensive end, a lazy pass allowed the Thunder to make a quick steal and bucket, cutting the lead to 6. The ball was inbounded and quickly double-teamed, forcing the Vikings to give up another turnover and bucket. The Vikes now only led by 4. The Vikings in-bounder decided to make a long throw up the floor in order to evade the Thunder's full-court press, however, this pass was picked off as well and passed to a shooter who drained a three-pointer. The Vikings had lost their lead, now only up by 1 point, with less than 10 seconds left to play. The Vikings called a timeout, desperate to refocus and not lose their heads at this point in the game. After the timeout finished, the Vikings inbounded the ball to a guard who was quickly fouled. He walked to the line and sunk both foul shots, putting the Vikes up by three. The crowd seemed to heave a sigh of relief, although somewhat prematurely. With only 2.3 seconds left on the clock, the Thunder had a chance to hit a three to tie the game and send it to overtime, and they did exactly that. The crowd and team seemed stunned as they headed back to their bench in preparation for overtime, the score 69-69. A very unlikely and very deep three-point shot to tie the game was all that it took to silence the roaring home crowd. But the Vikings weren't going to give up that easily. They took the floor for five more minutes of play to win


the crowd and also keep their pride. The teams continued their evenly matched play right up to the dying seconds of the game, with some big three-pointers and steals from both teams, and with the score being 79-79, the Vikes drew a foul on a fast break attempt, allowing them two foul shots with only two seconds left in the game. The first shot bounced out, leaving everyone's hearts in their stomachs. One more shot to give the Vikings a shot at winning. The next shot was good and clutch, giving the Vikes a 1 point lead with two seconds left. A bad inbound attempt from the Thunder left them scrambling and the Vikings victorious. It was a huge team win for the Vikings, with everyone contributing and leaving the Vikes undefeated in their home gym. After getting an incredibly intense game under their belts, the Vikes look optimistically at next week's challenge, the King's University Eagles.


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Vikings Curling Wins the Challenge Cup By Wyatt Warawa This past weekend the Augustana Men’s, Women’s and Mixed curling teams hosted the Lakeland Rustlers in the first annual Challenge Cup, a team points events featuring a point game, skills shootout and skins game. The Vikings took an early lead in the point games, but the tournament title was up for grabs all the way to the very last shot where Augustana Men’s skip Andrew “G-baby” Evans outdrew the Lakeland skip Bobby Brown in a 4 skin carryover draw to the button. Augustana Women’s skip Sarah Brown put the exclamation point on the victory by also winning a carryover draw to the button to make the final score 31.5 to 16.5 in favor of the hometown Augustana Vikings. The curling teams are hoping to bring the momentum from this tournament into the ACAC Fall Regionals hosted by Augustana at the Rose City Curling Club November 22-24, 2013.


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2013-14 Home Game Schedule Vikings Hockey

Vikings Basketball

All Games at Encana Arena September 18th, 2013 7:30 PM vs NAIT Exhibition September 25th, 2013 7:30 PM vs RDC October 4th, 2013 7:30 PM vs BC October 5th, 2013 2:00 PM vs BC October 11th, 2013 7:30 PM vs SAIT October 26th, 2013 7:30 PM vs GMU October 30th, 2013 7:30 PM vs NAIT November 16th, 2013 7:30 PM vs PC November 22nd, 2013 7:30 PM vs CUCA November 29th, 2013 7:30 PM vs RDC January 17th, 2014 7:30 PM vs SAIT January 24th, 2014 7:30 PM vs KC January 25th, 2014 2:00 PM vs KC January 29th, 2014 7:30 PM bs GMU February 5th, 2014 7:30 PM NAIT February 22nd, 2014 7:30 PM vs PC March 1st, 2014 7:30 PM vs CUCA

XC Running Events

Start/Finish at Stoney Creek Centre October 12th, 2013 ACAC Grand Prix & Augustana Turkey Trot

Curling Home Events

All Curling at Rose City Curling Centre November 2nd, 2013 Continental Cup vs. Lakeland College November 22-24th, 2013 ACAC Fall Regionals

XC Skiing Home Events

Start/Finish at Stoney Creek Centre December 14th, 2014 Varsity Monkey Race January 18th, 2014 Ole Uffda Loppett

Biathlon Home Events

All Games at Augustana Gymnasium September 27th, 2013 6:00 Women vs Alumni October 4th, 2103 7:30 PM Men vs Alumni November 2nd, 2013 6:00 and 8:00 vs CUCA November 8th, 2013 6:00 and 8:00 vs KINGS November 16th, 2013 6:00 and 8:00 vs NAIT December 6-7 6:00 and 8:00 vs Montana State Northern January 2nd – 4th, 2014 High School Boys Basketball Tournament January 3rd, 2014 6:00 Men vs TBA January 4th, 2014 6:00 men vs NAIT January 10th, 2014 6:00 and 8:00 vs LETH January 11th, 2014 1:00 and 3:00 vs STMU January 17th, 2014 6:00 and 8:00 vs BC January 18th, 2014 6:00 and 8:00 vs MHC January 24th, 2014 6:00 and 8:00 vs GPRC January 25th, 2014 1:00 and 3:00 vs GPRC February 7th, 2014 6:00 and 8:00 vs LAKE February 15th, 2014 6:00 and 8:00 vs GMU March 28th, 2014 6:00 Boys Jr. High All-Star Celebration and Skills Clinic March 29th, 2014 Boys High School All-Star Series and Skills Clinic March 30th, 2014 Vikings Men’s Basketball ID Camp

Volleyball

All Games at Augustana Gymnasium September 28th, 2013 Men’s Home Tournament October 25th, 2013 6:00 and 8:00 vs OC November 1st, 2013 6:00 and 8:00 vs CUCA November 15th, 2013 6:00 and 8:00 vs LETH November 16th, 2013 1:00 and 3:00 vs LETH January 11th, 2014 6:00 and 8:00 vs SAIT January 16th, 2014 6:00 and 8:00 vs RDC January 31st, 2014 6:00 and 8:00 vs BC February 1st, 2014 1:00 and 3:00 vs BC February 8th, 2014 6:00 and 8:00 vs KINGS

Start/Finish at Camrose Shooting Sports/Ski Club -Biathlon Range TBA 2014 Calforex Cup

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