Yakima Valley’s men, with their regular season completed, know they will play at 4 p.m. on March 2 in the first round of the NWAACC tournament in Kennewick. But they don’t yet know who they’ll play.
As the No. 2 seed from the East Region, YVCC will play the No. 3 team from the South, which is still being contested.
Lane is currently third at 8-5 while Clackamas and Portland are tied for fourth at 7-6. Saturday, Lane plays at Portland while Clark travels to Umpqua.
In the most recent NWAACC poll, the Yaks were ranked seventh and Lane was eighth.
Yakima Valley’s women, meanwhile, will open at noon on March 2 against Lane. The Yaks (16-11) are unranked while Lane (22-4) is second behind South Region leader Clackamas (22-4).
The men’s and women’s tournaments will run March 2-5 in Kennewick’s Toyota Center.
And in the GNAC men’s ranks, Western Washington’s school-record winning streak has ended at 30.
The Vikings fell 77-73 at Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday night. It was their first loss in 25 games this season after winning their final six outings of 2011-12 to claim the NCAA Division II national championship.
Western, ranked No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in the West Region earlier this week, still leads the GNAC by one game over Seattle Pacific and, barring further hardship, seems a good bet to host the regional tournament next month.