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Saints look for a return to postseason

THE OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Rookie middle blocker Allison Primeau out of Illinois Valley High prepares to take a swing during a practice session last week.The Mt. Hood CC volleyball program has an incredible history of success. In its 50 year history, MHCC has had 44 winning seasons and has had a .736 winning percentage. They have also finished in first place in the NWAC South Division eight times in the last 11 years.

However, the program has gone through some difficult times in the last couple years. After going undefeated in conference play in 2013, the Saints have a combined 6-16 conference record over the last two seasons. But with new head coach Kim Lissinna at the helm, the Saints look to revamp their tradition of success.

“We are going to move forward and not dwell on what happened over the last couple seasons,” Lissinna said. “Traditionally, Mt. Hood has been very successful, so our main goal is to get back to that standard of excellence within the program.”

The Saints are reloading a bit coming into the 2016 season with eight newcomers on the team. But they will also count on the leadership of their five returners.

Look for an expanded team preview in our Friday, Aug. 26, print edition.