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All three Wenatchee Valley College teams begin East Region league competition this week



Friday, Blue Mountain (11-0) away.

The Knights jump directly into the fire by taking on defending East Region champion and defending NWAACC champ Blue Mountain.  And this won’t be their first meeting with the Timberwolves.  Friday they met at the Spokane Invite with BMCC winning 3-0.  As mentioned last week, the Knights shot off to 9-0 lead in this series, but since the middle of the 2009 season have lost 10 consecutive times.  In Pendleton the Knights are 2-4.


Saturday, Treasure Valley (2-1) away.

Where Friday’s foe was undefeated in league play a year ago, Saturday’s opponent was winless.  Treasure Valley was 0-14.  The Knights captured wins both at home and in Ontario and have a two-game win streak in the series, a series the Black and Silver now lead 7-6.  In the Chukars’ gym WVC is 2-4.


In their first match Sunday at the Spokane Invitational Wenatchee beat Big Bend 3-0.  It was their first win of the season and stopped three losing streaks.  Up until that match they had lost five straight (one last fall, four currently).  The streak’s that were broken – five losses, five away losses and five nonleague losses.  In each case the school record is six.



Wednesday, Skagit Valley (1-0-1) away.

Wenatchee opens league play in Mount Vernon today with Skagit Valley.  The Knights also began league action last year at Skagit and lost 1-0 to the Cardinals.  But WVC has won three of the last four and leads the series 10-6-3.  On SVC turf they are 3-5-1.


Saturday, Whatcom (1-1-0) home.

In their home opener Wenatchee Valley takes on Whatcom, a team they have only faced once before.  In a game in Bellingham in 2010 the Orcas won 5-1.  This will be the Knights’ 17th home opener and they have split them evenly at 8-8.



Wednesday, Skagit Valley (2-0) away.

Skagit Valley is a team that completely had Wenatchee Valley’s number for eight years, from 1996 to 2003.  The Knights were 0-10-2 against the Cardinals.  Have things changed.  WVC has run off seven consecutive victories, and in doing so outscored SVC 40-8.  The local squad has won three straight in Mount Vernon where the Cardinals lead 3-5-1.


Saturday, Whatcom (0-1-1) home.

Wenatchee’s series with Whatcom started with a victory in 2007, but since the Orcas have won twice.  WCC was 8-3-2 last fall and finished second in the North Region.


It was a tie, but it broke a streak.  Sunday the men tied Highline 3-3 on the local field.  This broke a streak of seven straight losses before the home fans.  It was the longest home losing streak in team history.