Wenatchee Valley College volleyball coach Kelly Ketcham has known all season long that if his squad would be able to find a way to get into the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges tournament, it would have the potential to do well because of the fact that the NWAACC’s East Region — which includes Blue Mountain, which has been ranked No. 1 all season long in the coaches poll, plus Spokane and Walla Walla, two other top-five squads — has been the toughest of the conference’s four divisions.
The Knights did qualify for the postseason, winning the fourth and final playoff seed by one game. Even though none of WVC’s players have played in the NWAACC tournament before, the Knights will enter postseason play with confidence because they’re certainly not unfamiliar with participating in must-win situations. WVC had to emerge victorious in every one of the matches that it did win in the second half of East Region play to qualify for the tournament, after all.