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Volleyball: St. Helens walks through home tournament

Lady Lions second in 5A in sets won with 42

They had made a sound statement a week earlier in a home defeat of No. 2 La Salle, but the Lady Lions (14-4, 11-2 NWOC) echoed their home-court dominance once again on Saturday afternoon, cruising through the St. Helens tournament and dominating the championship match with Westside Christian.

The Lions, who lost their second league match of the season on Tuesday evening to Wilsonville, rebounded with a 25-16, 25-10 smashing of Westside Christian in the opener, rolled 25-7, 25-10 over Hudson's Bay and split with Grant in pool play.

Once they hit the brackets, St. Helens began to roll once again. The Lions dispatched New Plymouth 25-5, 25-15 before outlasting Woodland to reach the final.

After struggling to pass in the league double dual with Parkrose and Wilsonville, St. Helens had three players hovering around 90 percent, led by senior Taylor Albertson at 92 percent.

Albertson had 46 kills in the double dual, averaging just over six and a half per set. But at home, she bumped (pardon the pun) it up a notch, slamming home seven kills per game for a total of 84 for the tournament.

Fellow standout hitter Logan Kalauli poured in 49 kills, followed by 20 kills from junior Hannah Spears.

The Lions also had a strong contingent of servers, led by seniors Rianne Tupper and Hailee Fischer at 98 and 95 percent, respectively. Fischer and Brianna Cathers each had four aces.

St. Helens will travel to Hillsboro (7-10, 5-8 NWOC) tonight with a chance to pull even with league-leading La Salle. The Falcons will take on Wilsonville (11-5, 10-3) at home this evening.

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