The third time was the charm for the Willamina volleyball team.

Following a pair of five-set wins for Warrenton during the regular season, the Bulldogs finally found a winning combination against the Warriors, as they defeated Warrenton in four sets Tuesday night to earn the No. 1 seed to the state playoffs out of the Coastal Range League.

Willamina's 25-15, 25-19, 19-25, 25-17 win gives the league's top seed to the Bulldogs, while Warrenton — the regular season league champion — will still compete in the upcoming state playoffs.

The Warriors will play on the road at 5 p.m. Saturday at No. 1-ranked Santiam Christian. Willamina jumped Warrenton in the state rankings, rising to 17th while Warrenton dropped to No. 21.

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