For the first time in the existence of the Coastal Range League, there’s a new regular season volleyball champion.

Willamina rallied from a 9-5 deficit in Game 5, and outlasted Warrenton to a dramatic finish, helping the Bulldogs win the league title, 25-19, 19-25, 25-18, 17-25, 16-14, on Senior Night at Willamina.

Warrenton had won the previous three league titles, and still has a chance to earn the league’s No. 1 seed to the state playoffs. The Warriors host a league playoff Saturday, with the winner advancing to play Willamina Tuesday for the league’s tournament champion.

After dropping the first set in Thursday’s match, the Warriors built a 9-2 lead and cruised to the Game 2 win.

Willamina won Game 3, but the Warriors jumped out to a 4-0 lead and overcame five missed serves to win Game 4.

Warrenton trailed 4-0 in the fifth set, but senior Avyree Miethe single-handedly brought the Warriors back with a kill off the block, then served the Warriors into a 6-4 lead.

A pair of kills by Jamie Annat still had Warrenton in front by scores of 9-5 and 11-9, but the Bulldogs regained the momentum and finished the match on a 7-3 run.

Earlier in the week, Warrenton swept visiting Clatskanie on Tuesday, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19.

“We had a solid game … not our best, but we never got down and kept firing away,” said Warrenton coach Stacie Miethe. “Avyree had a very good Senior Night,” going 100% from the service line, with 12 kills.

Hailey Bentley “also had a good night, even though she got a little banged up in warmups and hurt her knee, she was still 9-for-10 with an ace and led the net defense with three block kills.”

Paige Tingstrom (three aces, three kills) and Emma Smith (three kills) also had their best offensive nights.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or ghenley@dailyastorian.com.