Another split week for Lady Lions VB

St. Helens tops Mustangs but falls to highly-ranked Liberty in NWOC play

The St. Helens Lady Lions were happy with their win over Milwaukie on Tuesday, but not so happy with their loss to league-leading Liberty on Thursday night.

Of the Milwaukie match, St. Helens coach Tom Ray noted, 'Games one, three and four we played the ball and not the opponent. Game two, we did the opposite.'

The Lady Lions posted a 25-14 win in the first game, but then lost the second 18-25. They bounced back for solid 25-10 and 25-13 wins in the last two games.

Kayla Brumbles and Brooke Cathers each had 13 attack kills in the contest. Abbie Hanson was an impressive 17 of 17 serving with three aces. Beeler was also 82 percent passing.

Liberty was the runner-up in 5A state last season, and is off to a good start this year. They have already beaten defending state champion Sherwood and are unbeaten overall in the Northwest Oregon Conference.

'Liberty is a good team,' Ray said. 'We traveled to Liberty not prepared to play a good team.'

The Lions lost in three, fairly quickly: 10-25, 14-25, 17-25.

Gabby Susee had seven attack kills in the match and Brooke Cathers was seven for seven serving.

This week, the team hosted Sandy on Tuesday and starts the second round of league Thursday, hosting Wilsonville. The Wildcats lost to Sherwood in three games on Thursday. Their other loss was to Wilsonville.

The Lady Lions went into the Parkrose Tournament Saturday using it as a chance to readjust. 'We need to iron out some problems with the team during the tournament,' Ray said.

Parkrose Tournament

The St. Helens Lady Lions had a good showing at the Parkrose Tournament, winning four pool play games and one in bracket play.

'We played very well at this tourney. We played through some tough situations and poor refs,' Ray noted.

The Lady Lions topped Woodburn, 25-8, 25-14, and then downed Franklin, 25-12, 25-16. They lost to The Dalles/Wahtonka 16-25, 20-25. In bracket play, they lost to Parkrose 14-25, but came back for a 25-15 win and forced a third game. They lost that 11-15.

Brumbles was 85 percent passing and 100 percent serving (27/27) with 31 kills. Jillian Ross was 38 for 38 serving with seven kills. Abbie Hanson was 82 percent passing, 90 percent serving (26/29) and had eight kills.

NWOC Volleyball Standings

League Overall


Liberty 6 0 7 2

Sherwood 5 1 5 2

Wilsonville 4 2 4 2

St. Helens 3 3 3 4

Parkrose 3 3 3 4

Rex Putnam 2 4 2 8

Sandy 1 5 1 7

Milwaukie 0 6 1 6