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Lady Lions turn it up a notch in volleyball

Volleyball team posts two wins to move into tie for third place in NWOC
by: John Brewington ATTACK KILL—St. Helens’ Kayla Brumbles smacks a ball from the side on Thursday during the Lady Lions match with Wilsonville.

The St. Helens Lions picked up two big wins last week to move into a tie with Parkrose for third place in the Northwest Oregon Conference.

'This was a great week for us,' St. Helens coach Tom Ray said. 'We are getting better. That was our goal after completing the first half of the season.'

St. Helens beat last-place Sandy on Tuesday in a somewhat lackluster performance, but came back on Thursday to down Wilsonville, a team they had lost to in straight games to open league play.

The match with Sandy was a lot closer than the Lady Lions would have liked. They won the first two games 25-13, 25-16, but then lost the third, 24-26. The fourth game was also close, but St. Helens came out on top 25-22.

Kayla Brumbles had 16 kills in the match, was 81 percent serving, and 78 percent passing. Brooke Cathers added 11 kills and was 94 percent serving. Kayla Beeler was 77 percent passing and 85 percent serving.

The Wilsonville win was a big step for the Lady Lions. They lost the first game of the match, 20-25, but took a big lead in the second match (11-2 at one point), before letting Wilsonville pull within one 22-21. St. Helens went on to a 25-22 win, and then wrapped it up with 25-14, and 25-22 wins.

'We are 5-3 in league and 5-5 overall,' Ray said. 'For the remainder of the season we would love to continue to get even better. We are competing with good teams and not giving up many free-balls.  We are also hitting the ball a lot more because our passing is getting better.'

St. Helens has six matches left in league play, three of them against teams ahead of or tied with them in the conference.

Tuesday they travelled to Rex Putnam, and Thursday they host Sherwood. Saturday they are at a tournament at Liberty and next Tuesday they travel to Parkrose.