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Volleyball: Bucks looking for seventh straight trip to quarterfinals

The Buckaroo volleyball team will welcome the Hosanna Christian Lions Saturday at 2 p.m. in the second round of the 1A state volleyball tournament. The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the eight-team, double-elimination bracket in Redmond, hosted by Ridgeview High School Nov. 8-9.

The Lions (14-4, 9-1 Mountain Valley) finished second in the Mountain Valley Conference and advanced to meet St. Paul after beating New Hope Christian 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-15) in the first round of the playoffs.

The No. 6 Bucks (19-7, 15-1 Casco) received a bye through the first round after winning the Casco League Tournament last week. St. Paul seeks a return trip to the quarterfinals after advancing that far in each of the past six years.

The Bucks have finished the playoffs in sixth place or better in five of the past six years, but in that span, St. Paul has never finished better than the team’s third-place finish in 2012.