Saints survive scare against North champ Shoreline

NWAACC VOLLEYBALL - Saints take on Walla Walla at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for a berth into the championship match
by: David Ball Mt. Hood setter Riley Engelson, 13, celebrates in front of Barlow graduate Kaitlyn Maddams during the Saints win over Shoreline.

The Mt. Hood Community College volleyball team saw its Northwest championship hopes go on life support Friday morning only to rally for a thrilling five-set win over North champion Shoreline in the second round.

'Resilience has been our word all year,' Saints coach Chelsie Speer said. 'We made a few changes, but in the end it came down to believing as a team that we could get it done.'

Mt. Hood started to turn the tide with a quick start to the third set, moving ahead 16-9 when setter Riley Engelson sent a surprise attack over the net that fell between a crowd of diving Dolphins.

The Saints maintained the advantage when Devan Belshe converted a back-row attack, while Kaitlyn Maddams added a clean cross-court winner. The Saints pushed it to set point when Casi Johnson beat Shoreline's Hannah Stoeve on a battle in the middle....

Look for full match coverage, along with recaps of the Saints other early-round action, in the Nov. 19, edition of The Outlook.