WALLA WALLA — Coach Tim Toon and his Walla Walla Community College women’s volleyball team got the best news possible out of Wenatchee Friday night.
Wenatchee defeated Treasure Valley 25-14, 25-16, 25-12 in the NWAACC Eastern Division match, knocking the Chukars out of the postseason picture.
The outcome also gives the Warriors the home-court advantage in a playoff match against Columbia Basin Monday night to decide the division’s fourth and final ticket to the NWAACC Championships.
Had Treasure Valley defeated Wenatchee and then finished up its regular season Saturday with a victory at Yakima, the Chukars would have earned a share of fourth place with Walla Walla and CBC. In that event, a three-way playoff would have been held Monday but on the Hawks’ home floor.
Walla Walla and Columbia Basin split a pair of matches during the Eastern Division season. The Hawks outlasted the Warriors 23-25, 25-18, 25-27, 25-19, 15-10 last Wednesday in Pasco, and the Warriors swept CBC 25-14, 25-16, 25-12 Oct. 7 in the Dietrich Dome.
"CBC is flat-out a good team, and they enjoy quite a home-court advantage," Toon remarked following his team’s loss in Pasco. "But we feel like we have a very good home-court advantage in the dome."
Monday’s match is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.