WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley College volleyball team will conclude its regular season Friday against Big Bend. Then the Knights will play another type of game.
“The waiting game,” WVC coach Kelly Ketcham said Wednesday after his team lost 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 27-25 to No. 4 Walla Walla at Smith Gymnasium. “Yakima doesn’t (finish its season until Nov. 7), so we’re going to have to sit around and look for the results.”
With the loss, the Knights (13-17 overall, 6-7 Northwest Athletic Association East Region) moved one-half game behind the Yaks for the fourth and final playoff spot in the region. Yakima finishes up with two of the best teams in the East, however — the Warriors and No. 3 Spokane. The Vikings, WVC’s final opponent, sport a lowly 2-10 region mark.
“We have to win (Friday),” Ketcham said, “and hope that (the Yaks’ matches) go our way.”
So if all goes according to form, the Knights will clinch a postseason berth. But Ketcham and the Knights know that the East is the conference’s most competitive region and can yield unpredictable results at times.
That’s why they so desperately wanted to find a way to beat the Warriors on Wednesday. They had confidence after taking the first set, but lost momentum in the second and third sets as Walla Walla made some adjustments.
“They changed their lineup for the second set and switched their serving style, and it took us a while to adjust,” Ketcham said. “We made too many unforced errors, and made then in sequence. Pretty soon we were in a deep hole.”
The Knights forced game point in the fourth set, leading 24-23, but the Warriors tied it up at 25, then scored two more points — the last one coming on a carry call that Ketcham clearly wasn’t happy with — to finish the match.
Chancy Gill and Danielle Norton had 12 kills each for WVC.
Treasure Valley 4, WVC 3
Eastmont’s Josh VanAssche scored a trio of goals for WVC (2-14-1, 0-11-1), but Treasure Valley scored three second-half tallies, two by Aldo Flores, and hung on for the road victory.
Treasure Valley 12, WVC 1
Autumn Hall and Ellena Fajardo scored three goals each to lead Treasure Valley to a victory over host WVC.
Shannon Murphy scored in the 45th minute for the Knights (0-17-1, 0-14-1).