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Volleyball: Wilsonville stuns St. Helens 3-1

Lions win the first set, but lose the final three in thrilling fashion

Photo Credit: COREY BUCHANAN, WILSONVILLE SPOKESMAN - St. Helens junior Logan Kalauli looks to tip the ball over the net during Wednesday's double header with Wilsonville and Parkrose. The Lions started strong, but dropped three sets in a row and fell 3-1 to Wilsonville.St. Helens' unbeaten run came to a crashing halt on Wednesday evening, as the Lions suffered a brutal 3-1 loss to Wilsonville in the second leg of a double dual with the Wildcats and fellow league foe Parkrose.

The Lions took an early lead, holding off a rally from Wilsonville in the third set to win 25-19.

The final three sets didn't go quite as planned. Wilsonville leveled things with a 25-20 win in the second set, and took a 20-12 lead in the third set before closing out St. Helens 25-19.

In the fourth frame, it seemed as though the Lions were finally on form. St. Helens leapt out to an 8-0 lead, but struggled with serve receive as the Wildcats came roaring back to tie the match at 16. From there, it was a wild, back-and-fourth set, with Wilsonville getting the upper hand and upsetting St. Helens 26-24.

With La Salle easily taking the match against Putnam, the loss to Wilsonville was just enough to drop St. Helens out of first place in the NW Oregon Conference standings. A blowout of Parkrose moved the Lions at 11-2 in league play, just behind La Salle at 10-1.

St. Helens faces Hillsboro, Putnam and Liberty in the final three matches of the regular season, while La Salle will have Hillsboro, Wilsonville, Sandy, Liberty and Milwaukie. The Lions hold the tiebreaker with La Salle, should the Falcons falter at least once down the stretch.


Wilsonville 3, St. Helens 1

STHE 25 20 19 24 — 1

WILS 19 25 25 26 — 3

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