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Augustana Vikings Athletics update

Augustana Vikings Athletics update

A brief look at athletic standings and playoff season

With the academic year more than halfway done, Augustana’s athletes are in the thick of competition for a playoff spot and a chance to win their respective championships.

The following is a brief look at Augustana’s hockey, volleyball, and basketball teams, how their seasons have gone and in what position they are heading into the last month of their regular seasons.

Women’s Volleyball Team

The women’s volleyball team will host this year’s ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championships and are guaranteed a spot in the championship as hosts of the event.

At the time of writing, the team sits at fourth place in the ACAC North with twelve points and a record of six wins and eleven losses. Hosting the ACAC Championships gives the women’s volleyball team a chance to compete against the top teams regardless of their record at the end of the regular season.

Head coach Greg Ryan commented on the team’s success and hosting the ACAC conference championships. “The conference championships will be a first for this program. It is a testimony to the work this team put in the spring and summer,” said Ryan. “The work laid the foundation for the success we have had this season.”

Men’s Volleyball Team

The men’s volleyball team enters the last month of the regular season eight points out of a playoff spot, with a January record of two wins and one loss.

The team’s last game was a 3-1 victory at King’s University; the team has won its last two games and has seven games remaining in the regular season.

At the time of writing, the team sits at fifth place in the ACAC North, four points behind King’s University. The team has scored 35.3% of all possible points. The Vikings sit in fifth place with three less played games than fourth-placed Concordia University; if the team is to make the playoffs it will need a prolonged winning streak and a losing streak from Concordia.

The team’s head coach was unavailable for comment.

Women’s Basketball Team

The women’s basketball team enters the month of  February six points out of a playoff spot and with a January record of two wins and two losses.

The team’s most recent result was a 90-54 home win against King’s University. The team has eight games remaining in the regular season.

At the time of writing, the team sits in a tied position for fifth place in ACAC North with twelve points and a record of six wins and ten losses. The team has scored  35.7% of all possible points.  If the team maintains this pace, it will finish with 16 points and will not catch NAIT for the final playoff spot.

Head coach Robyn Fleckenstein said that she commends the team’s play. “The physicality and intensity of our players has increased significantly, and I couldn’t be more proud of this young team and the leaders that have begun to step-up,” said Fleckenstein.

Men’s Basketball Team

The men’s basketball team enters February ten points out of a playoff spot, with a January record of two wins and four losses.

The team’s most recent game was a 78-57 home win against King’s University. The Vikings are also in the midst of two-game winning streak and has eight games remaining in its season.

At the time of writing, the team sits in second last place in the ACAC North with ten points and a record of five wins and eleven losses.

The team will not make the playoffs as the ACAC North has a three-way tie for third place; Keyano College, NAIT, and Grande Prairie Regional College all have twenty points at the time of writing. The three-way tie for third place and the ten point differential between the Vikings and the aforementioned teams, means that the odds of the Vikings making the playoffs are unlikely to make the playoffs.

Head coach David Drabuik commented on the season so far,

“This season has been a tough and competitive journey. We have been challenged every weekend to overcome challenges from our opponents and forces outside of our control,” said Drabuik.“Our players have worked hard to put together a season we can be proud of, even if we are not satisfied with the overall result at the end of the season.”

Men’s Hockey Team

The men’s hockey team enters the last month of the regular season in a playoff spot and a January record of two wins, three regulation losses, and two overtime losses.

The team’s most recent game was a home game, a 4-3 overtime loss against SAIT. The team has eight games remaining in its regular season.

At the time of writing, the hockey team holds a record of eleven wins, six regulation losses and three overtime losses (overtime losses award the losing team one point). The team has scored 55.6% of all possible points, and if they maintain this pace then they will finish with 33 points.

The Vikings are guaranteed a playoff spot, as the top six teams of the ACAC advance to the playoffs and seventh-placed Concordia University currently has 14 points compared to the Augustana’s 25 at this stage in the season.

The end of February marks the end of the regular season for all teams, it remains to be seen just how many teams will join the Women’s Volleyball Team and the Men’s Hockey Team in the conference championships.

The Medium would like to acknowledge fourth-year history student, Liam Dyer, for providing the statistical analyses used in this article.

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