St. Helens has nine volleyball players picked, two named for first team
The St. Helens Lady Lions volleyball team had two first team selections for the Northwest Oregon Conference all-squad, and nine in all received honors.
St. Helens Coach Tom Ray was named Coach of the Year in the NWOC for guiding the team to a second place finish. The team advanced from the play-ins with a win over Hermiston, but dropped out of the state playoffs with a loss at Marshfield.
The Lady Lions earned second place in the eight-team NWOC, their highest finish ever in the 5A conference. They return nine players from this years team and lose six seniors.
Junior Gabby Susee, a 6-foot, 1-inch junior, was picked at middle blocker for the first team, while senior Jillian Ross (5-6) was chosen as a setter.
Second-team honors went to Brooke Cathers, a 5-11 senior, and to Taylor Albertson, 6-0, sophomore.
Honorable mention went to five St. Helens players: Kali Moore, 5-7 junior all-around; Ocean Jabonek, 5-8 senior hitter; Madison Kaplan, 5-3 DS/Libero; Haley Mann-Miller, 5-8 senior DS/Libero; Megan Thompson, 5-6 senior DS/Libero.
Player of the Year was Kathryn Groenweghe of Sherwood.