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Volleyball: St. Helens beats Sandy in five sets

Lions win 25-21, 23-25, 25-13, 18-25, 15-9


St. Helens got the toughest leg of the season off to a victorious start in thrilling style on Thursday evening, winning a five-set match on the road in Sandy to improve to 9-1 in NW Oregon Conference play.

The Lions won a close first set 25-21, but poor passing — 62% is “poor” for St. Helens — finally caught up to the road squad. Sandy rallied to take the second set 25-23, taking the first game from St. Helens since the Lions lost one set to Wilsonville on Sept. 16.

In response, St. Helens dominated the third set 25-13, but again struggled in the fourth as Sandy powered back for a 25-18 win to send the match to a fifth and final frame.

That's when the talent and experience for the Lions finally kicked in, as St. Helens rumbled through the Pioneers to win the final set 15-9 and come home with their first full-match victory of the season.

Senior hitter Taylor Albertson was lights out for St. Helens, netting 33 kills and leading the Lion offense. Logan Kalauli had 17 kills, followed by a big performance from Hannah Spears with eight kills, 18/19 passing and a serving ace. Brianna Cathers was perfect on all 15 of her serving attempts.

Up next, St. Helens hosts La Salle in a battle of the NWOC's top-two programs. The Falcons are the only conference team to have beaten the Lions, taking a 3-1 match back on Sept. 11, and are currently ranked second in Class 5A with a division-best 11-1 record. La Salle hasn't given up a set since their match with St. Helens, and has lost only five sets all season.

SUMMARY

St. Helens 3, Sandy 2

STHE 25 23 25 18 15 — 3

SAND 21 25 13 25 9 2

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