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Knights battle Yak for second league win in volleyball

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VOLLEYBALL (1-7, 4-18)

Wednesday, Yakima Valley (1-7, 6-15) away.

This a battle of NCW vs. SCW to escape the cellar.  A tiebreaker.  Wenatchee Valley and Yakima Valley are knotted for seventh in the East Region.  Their contest a month ago in W.B. Smith Gymnasium indicated how close the two squads are.  The Knights won the first set, the Yaks the second, then the Knights, back to the Yaks and finally the Black and Silver pulled out a 15-13 thriller to take the match.  Total points scored – WVC 103, YVC 101.  Wenatchee has won two of the last three matches and all three have gone five sets.  The local team holds the series lead at 9-6.


Friday and Saturday, Dorian Harris Classic Tournament, Mt. Hood

Last weekend Bellevue, this weekend Mt. Hood.  Another 12-team tourney awaits the Knights, this time in Gresham.  WVC will open play against the host Saints and later Friday will face Whatcom.  In the past WVC has played Mt. Hood four times and finished on the short end each time.  Against the Orcas Wenatchee Valley is 4-7.  Teams participating in the event are Columbia Basin, Chemeketa, Clackamas, Edmonds, Linn-Benton, Mt. Hood, Olympic, Skagit Valley, Tacoma, Umpqua, Whatcom and the Knights.


Standings: Blue Mountain 9-0, Spokane 7-1, Walla Walla 5-3, Big Bend 4-5, Treasure Valley 3-5, Columbia Basin 3-5, Wenatchee Valley 1-7, Yakima Valley 1-7


MENS SOCCER (2-6-2, 3-7-3)

Wednesday, Spokane (5-3-1, 10-4-2) away.

The men lost a 1-0 squeaker to Spokane three weeks ago on Mike Hollis Field and this time travel to the Inland Empire.  The Sasquatch have given the Knights fits, winning seven of the last eight games, and overall lead the series 24-7-3.  The last WVC triumph in Spokane was 2005.


Saturday, Columbia Basin (2-4-4, 3-8-4) away.

The don’t get any closer.  In 29 games the Knights and Hawks are 12-12-5 and appropriately enough their match earlier this month ended in a 0-0 draw.  Unfortunately for the local school the series has been shifting Columbia Basin’s way.  In the last nine games there have been two ties and CBC has won the rest.  In Pasco the home squad leads 7-4-2.


Standings: Walla Walla 8-0-2, Spokane 5-3-1, Columbia Basin 2-4-4, Treasure Valley 3-6-1, Wenatchee Valley 2-6-2


WOMENS SOCCER (1-9-2, 1-11-2)

Wednesday, Spokane (9-0-3, 11-0-4) away.

A win and two ties in their last five games is a nice surge for the Knights who have struggled for the last several years earning either.  They are now fifth in the league, just two points behind fourth place Treasure Valley.  But now the Sasquatch.  Spokane is undefeated for the season and has defeated Wenatchee Valley the last 10 times they played.  Spokane leads the series 27-5-1 and 14-1-1 in the Lilac City.


Saturday, Columbia Basin (4-6-2, 6-6-2) away.

This game ends the road portion of the schedule for WVC.  The Knights finish at home with two games next week.  Wenatchee lost a narrow 2-1 game to Columbia Basin a week and a half ago on the local campus.  Like Spokane, this was also the 10th loss in a row to the Hawks, although easily the closesthe 10.  Overall the Pasco outfit leads the series 25-7-2 and 12-3-1 on their field.


The Knights tied Treasure Valley 4-4 Saturday.  The four WVC goals are the most scored in 60 games, since they topped TVCC 4-2 in 2010.



Standings: Walla Walla 10-1-1, Spokane 9-0-3, Columbia Basin 4-6-2, Treasure Valley 1-7-4,Wenatchee Valley 1-9-2, Yakima Valley 0-12-0