Lady Vikings have tough NWAC East stretch to finish season

The Lady Vikings will close out the 2018 regular season with a tough stretch against three of the Top 8 teams in the NWAC conference.
The Lady Vikings will close out the 2018 regular season with a tough stretch against three of the Top 8 teams in the NWAC conference.

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With just four matches left in the 2018 regular season, the Lady Vikings' are preparing for what could arguably be their toughest stretch this season.

The East Region is undoubtedly the juggernaut of the Northwest Athletic Conference boasting four teams in its Top 8 Coaches Poll throughout the season and Big bend will take the floor against three of those teams to close out its regular season campaign.

The Lady Vikings will be on the road at No. 2 North Idaho (19-10, 7-4) in Coeur d'Alene Wednesday (Oct. 24) before returning home on Friday (Oct. 26) to host No. 5 Walla Walla (28-5, 9-2). They head out on the road again (Oct. 31) for a Halloween date with Wenatchee Valley before coming back home to close out their regular season against No. 8 Blue Mountain (21-7, 8-3) on Nov. 2.

"We are concentrating on taking care of us and controlling the things that happen on our side," said Head Coach Michael De Hoog. "We need to play a lot cleaner (during the last four matches) and if we put forward a perfect effort and have perfect communication we can put ourselves in a position to finish the season strong."

Big Bend has rebounded this season and picked up for East Region victories — a much-improved performance after being unable to come away with a conference win in 2017. Their seven W's to date is also a giant leap forward from the single victory earned last season.

De Hoog said early this season that in spite of the last season's record, a cultural foundation was laid for the future of the program and it has shown this season in the team's victories and in its losses. The Lady Vikings have competed in every match and are competing each time out on the floor against the toughest competition in the conference and holding their own.

"We've not tried to focus on success being all about wins, but how we play, whether or not we are putting ourselves in a position to win," De Hoog said. "We are only able to control the things we do as a team, and I think we have done that this season. There have been times when we've gotten in our own way with mistakes and unforced errors, but overall this season we've experienced a lot of growth and are moving the program in the right direction."

 

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