Brynn Austin, St. Helens volleyball batter Putnam
The Kingsmen slighted the Lions in the first set, but the final three belonged to St. Helens.
Brynn Austin's 10 kills, Savannah Moore's nine kills, Natalee Webster's six kills and Kenna Reinholdt's three kills and three aces propelled the Lions to a 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-16) win on Tuesday in Milwaukie.
"We definitely shaped up in the last three sets," said Austin, a sophomore middle blocker. "Our passes were on, we served 98 percent, and racked up 39 kills. We had about 11 or fewer in each of our last two games, so it was a real improvement. We really came together as a team and played together."
St. Helens (1-2 overall, 1-1 Northwest Oregon Conference) also dealt 10 aces to keep Putnam (0-2, 0-2) reeling.
"I changed the lineup, then we started believing that we could win," Lions coach Tom Ray said. "Putnam was good: We just know how to win."
St. Helens was scheduled to host Parkrose (0-2, 0-1), winless in its last five games since Oct. 15, 2016, on Thursday, the results of which were unavailable at press time.
The Lions have swept the Broncos in their last 12 meetings spanning the last five years.