Augustana Vikings Teams All Take Conference Positions Heading Into New Year

The Augustana Vikings women's basketball team is arguably the most exciting team to watch this season, as they made the national top 10 for several weeks during the first half of the season.
The Augustana Vikings women's basketball team is arguably the most exciting team to watch this season, as they made the national top 10 for several weeks during the first half of the season.

As the Christmas break draws to a close and our Vikings teams get ready for the second half of the 2018-19 season, it's a great time to note how well off our teams are doing. For the first time in several years, each of our Vikings teams are in a conference position, a big achievement for our teams and department! 

The men's basketball team is sitting right in the smack middle of the pack with the rest of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) teams. Currently the team have 12 points and are in a four way tie with three other teams in the North Division. However, they're first in line and have snagged third place as the finished the first half of the season on a two game winning streak, an even 6-6 split, and 1038 points for and 981 points against. Their first game of 2019 will be at home on Jan. 11 against Grande Prairie Wolves (who sit in sixth place with 12 points) at 8 p.m. 

Arguably the most exciting Vikings team this season has been the women's basketball team. The team, helmed by coach Robyn Fleckenstein, has fought its way onto the national standings list of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and is currently ranked eighth in the country overall. In the ACAC, the Vikings are first place - in both divisions. With 20 points, they have first place by four points, with Concordia Thunder and NAIT Ooks coming in second and third with 16 points. To end the first half of the season, the team had a 10-2 record and a whopping 845 points for and 713 points against. The team will be kicking off the new year with a game against the Grande Prairie Wolves (who have yet to win a game this season) at home on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. 

Heading into the break, the men's volleyball team sit in third place with 14 points in the North Division, with a 7-5 record, having won 26 sets and lost 21. They're currently in a close race with fourth place Lakeland Rustlers, who also have 14 points, but have won 24 and lost 23 sets. The gap is a fairly large one in the North Division, as the Keyano Huskies lead with a 13-1 record and 26 points and NAIT Ooks follow up in second place with a 10-4 record and 20 points. To start off 2019, the Vikings will be away on Jan. 11, facing off against Grande Prairie Wolves. The Wolves are currently in last place with 4 points and a 2-10 record. 

After several seasons of eking out wins and narrowly making conference play, the women's volleyball team is showing how they've grown over the last few seasons and that hard work is paying off. As the second half of the season comes up, the women's team is on their own in third place with 14 points. They have a 7-5 record, with 24 sets won and 18 lost. Coming up behind them in fourth place are the Keyano Huskies with 12 points. Leading the North Division are the King's Eagles and Lakeland Rustlers, both tied at 22 points. To kick off the new year, the Vikings will be away on Jan. 11 against the Grande Prairie Wolves, who are in fifth place with 10 points and a 5-7 record. 

As it often is, the men's hockey group is a close one. The Augustana Vikings are currently sitting in fourth place with 18 points and a 9-5 record. They're sandwiched in between the Grant MacEwan Griffins who have 19 points and the SAIT Trojans, who also have 18 points but lost their last game. Leading the group are the RDC Kings with 22 points and NAIT Ooks with 20 points, making the next half of the season important in terms of making sure the team gets all the wins it can under its belt to clinch its place for the playoffs. This semester also saw coach Blaine Gusdal earn his 200th win with the Vikings and the team and department appreciate all the hard work, time and effort Blaine has put in for the Vikings Hockey program over his time with the team and are excited to have him earn a few more wins during the rest of this season and during the seasons to come. The Vikings hockey team will be kicking off the new year with a home game against sixth place Concordia Thunder Jan. 11 with puck drop at 7:30 p.m.