COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD
The Vikings had a little momentum going their way, winning the second set of Wednesday's NWAC East volleyball match at DeVries Activity Center to even the match with Yakima Valley (10-21, 3-7 NWAC East).
They just didn't seem to have another gear to get over the top and ended up falling to the Yaks in four sets 25-23, 18-25, 25-19, 25-17. There's still some volleyball left in the regular season. Big Bend (7-20, 4-6 NWAC East) sits in sixth place in the NWAC East and has Treasure Valley (13-13, 5-5), North Idaho (19-9, 7-3), Walla Walla (27-5, 8-2) and Wenatchee Valley (10-20, 1-10) remaining on the October schedule. They wrap up the regular season with Blue Mountain (20-6, 7-2) at home Nov. 2.
But it's tick-tock if the Vikings want to climb a couple of spots to qualify for the NWAC Tournament. Time is running out on a program that's turned things around.
"We didn't have a lot of intensity tonight. We were very reactive instead of proactive," Vikings coach Michael De Hoog said. "We had some good moments, we just didn't build on it and Yakima came in and beat us on our own floor.
"We needed tonight. We need Friday (Treasure Valley) and we need next Wednesday (North Idaho). Those are the big three I'm really counting on and we let one slip away tonight."
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