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Lady Lions still unbeaten in NWOC play

St. Helens beats Putnam, Sandy, Wilsonville, and Parkrose

JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Logan Kalaui goes for a kill during last week's match with Sandy. St. Helens won four NWOC matches in a short span.The St. Helens Lady Lions volleyball team dispatched Rex Putnam and Sandy in the last week or so of action, and had a big double dual match with Wilsonville and Parkrose on Wednesday night.

Looming more ominously for St. Helens is a trip to La Salle on Monday that will probably determine the Northwest Oregon Conference Champion.

La Salle has lost only to top-ranked Marist Catholic and St. Helens. The Lady Lions have lost only to Marist in the same tournament La Salle lost to them in.

The schedule is not the best for St. Helens. They had the double dual on Wednesday, a tournament on Saturday, and then face La Salle on Monday. That could be eight or nine matches in six days.

Tuesday night against Sandy, the Lady Lions easily won the first game against the visiting Pioneers 25-12, but came close to losing in the second game before a strong finish and a slim 28-26 victory. They did lose the third game to the now-No. 8 ranked Pioneers. They put the match away with a 25-22 win in the final game.

Stats for the team included 77 percent passing, 93 percent serving with 10 aces and 45 kills. Hannah Spears was 80 percent passing, 100 percent serving (14 for 14) with an ace, and 11 kills. Logan Kalauli was 82 percent passing, 87 percent serving (13 for 15) and had 23 kills. Emily Webster was 100 percent serving (22 of 22) with three aces. Rex Putnam was not much of a problem for St. Helens on Oct. 1. They won 25-6, 25-12, and 25-11.

Team stats were 87 percent passing, 93 percent serving and 42 kills.


St. Helens downed Wilsonville and Parkrose Wednesday night in three games each to stay unbeaten in league, and still third in the rankings.

Spears was 76 percent passing, 96 percent serving with an ace, and seven kills. Kalauli was 93 percent passing, 67 percent serving and had 20 kills. Massey was 94JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Mercedes Massey gets off a jump serve during last week's match with Sandy. percent passing and 80 percent serving. Lilli Shriver was 89 percent passing, 100 percent serving (16 for 16) with two aces, and two kills. Cathers was 100 percent passing, 80 percent serving and was the only setter for the team in their 5-1 offense.

After the Putnam match St. Helens was ranked fourth in the state. After Sandy they moved up to third, behind top-ranked Marist and No. 2 Lebanon. La Salle is ranked No. 6. St. Helens and La Salle went to five games their last meeting.