By beating Big Bend on Friday in its regular-season finale, the Wenatchee Valley College volleyball team has guaranteed itself at least one more match.
The Knights (7-7 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region) are currently one-half game ahead of Yakima Valley for the region’s fourth and final playoff spot. The Yaks, who lost to No. 4 Walla Walla on Friday, will conclude their regular season slate against No. 3 Spokane on Wednesday.
If Yakima loses to the Sasquatch, WVC will qualify for the NWAACC Tournament, to be held Nov. 15-18 in Gresham, Ore. If the Yaks win, however, they’ll play host to the Knights in a play-in match, to be held either Friday or Saturday.
WVC head coach Kelly Ketcham said he plans to give his team today and Monday off, then get back into the gym Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“We have a good practice schedule,” he said. “Psychologically and physically, I need to give the team a little bit of a break. If we end up punching our ticket on Wednesday, we’ll talk about getting prepared for the tournament, but if we end up in a play-in match, that can be better preparation (for the tournament) than any amount of practice.”
That being said, the Knights will presumably be big Sasquatch fans Wednesday. Spokane (9-4) is locked into the East’s third seed.
“Spokane is looking tough and playing well,” Ketcham said. “But Yakima is athletic and physical, and can get up for big matches. We’ll see what happens.”
On Friday, the Knights posted a 28-26, 25-10, 25-20 win over the host Vikings. Chancy Gill led WVC with 11 kills.
Walla Walla 11, WVC 0
Eight different Walla Walla players scored goals, and the East Region champion Warriors blanked visiting WVC (2-15-1, 0-12-1).
Walla Walla 11, WVC 1
Shannon Murphy scored in the 57th minute for the visiting Knights (0-18-1, 0-15-1).