PHS volleyball: Lindsey Luke

PHS junior Lindsey Luke passes the ball during a match from earlier this season. The Warriors will open the 4A playoffs Saturday with a match at home against Scappoose.

BRAD FUQUA, PHILOMATH EXPRESS

The Philomath High School volleyball team will host a first-round state playoff match at 4:30 p.m. Saturday against Scappoose.

The Warriors earned an automatic berth in the round-of-16 by taking the Oregon West Conference championship. Philomath finished 10-0 in league play and enters the playoffs with an overall record of 19-3.

The Warriors are seeded No. 4 for the postseason behind No. 1 Sisters, No. 2 Valley Catholic and No. 3 Hidden Valley.

Scappoose enters the match with a 9-10 overall record. The Indians, the fourth-place team out of the Cowapa League, defeated La Grande on the road Monday, 25-23, 18-25, 25-20 and 25-23 to advance to the playoffs.

The two schools had four common opponents during the regular season. Against Yamhill-Carlton, Cascade, Siuslaw and Tillamook, the Warriors had a 5-1 record with a 17-5 edge in sets won. Against those same four schools, Scappoose went 2-3 with a 6-9 mark in sets.

Philomath beat Cascade twice while the Indians dropped a tournament match to the Cougars in two sets. Against Siuslaw, Philomath swept while Scappoose won in three at a tournament. Tillamook, another Cowapa League member, beat Scappoose twice this season in four sets and downed the Warriors at Philomath in a five sets. Both teams swept Yamhill-Carlton.

The winner moves on to the 4A tournament Nov. 3-4 at Forest Grove. The brackets shows that the Philomath-Scappoose winner will play the Cascade-Tillamook winner in the quarterfinals.

In play-in matches involving Oregon West teams, Cascade advanced with a 25-21, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Siuslaw. Cottage Grove survived a marathon match against North Marion, 21-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-12.

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