The Keyano College Huskies men’s volleyball team continue the elusive search for their first ever Alberta College’s Athletics Conference championship title.
For the fourth time since the 2012-13 season, the Huskies found themselves on the podium but yet again fell short of the gold medal – losing 25-20, 25-24, 27-25 in a hard-fought straight-sets loss to the SAIT Trojans on Saturday.
Head Coach Keegan Kuhr tells Mix News it’s their fourth ACAC medal since 2013 – but none have been gold.
“We had a good group of guys this year, it’s not over for them. Next year, for guys coming back, it’s going to be even harder. So, we have to work hard and I hope we can kind of push towards this excellence culture and just continue to be one of the top teams in the north and just continue to push until we have gold around our necks.”
That gold-medal draught dates back to the ACAC’s inception but the Huskies can still earn some redemption.
Despite the loss, a strong regular season, which included an ACAC-best record of 21-3, earned the Huskies a wildcard berth for the second time in three years into the Canadian College’s Athletics Association Men’s National Volleyball Championship to be held in Victoria, British Columbia.
Kuhr tells Mix News while the provincial gold continues to elude them – they’ll make the best of the opportunity on the national stage.
“We didn’t get one of our goals in the gold medal, but we earn a second chance which is very rare in sports to go earn a gold at nationals. So, that’s where our focus will be shifted to these next eight days before we leave.”
Nationals take place from March 7-10 at Camosun College.