Lethbridge College Volleyball Team Honouring Fallen Player in Season Home Opener

Family and friends of Emmalee Cherweniuk, a volleyball player who passed away in a car crash in March, will be on hand for a special tribute and announcement of a new scholarship in her honour.

An emotional beginning to this year's volleyball season at Lethbridge College. The women's team welcomes Medicine Hat College Friday night (Oct. 13) at 5:30 p.m. in their home opener. Family and friends of Emmalee Cherweniuk, a volleyball player who passed away in a car crash in March, will also be on hand for a special tribute and announcement of a new $500 scholarship in her honour. The award is sponsored by the Kodiak Athletic Association, and will be available to one Kodiaks player each season for at least the next three seasons. A banner will be unveiled in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium to honour Emma's life, as well. Head coach, Anna Schwark, says she's proud of her team for showing a great deal of strength and resiliency during their tragic loss, adding that they seem ready to take on the season ahead. The women’s volleyball team looks to return to the ACAC championships for the first time since 2008, as Schwark begins her second season as head coach. Last season, they went 6-18, finishing fifth in the ACAC south division and missed the post-season by just six points. The Kodiaks men's volleyball team is also in action at 8:00 p.m. against Medicine Hat Friday night (Oct. 13). They missed the playoffs by just four points in 2016-17, finishing with an 11-13 record and in fifth place in the ACAC south division in Greg Gibos’ first season as head coach. Gibos notes that this year's team has a healthy number of older players, and he believes that maintaining a strong sense of teamwork will be their key to success. -Sam Borsato

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