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Lions volleyball will host The Dalles in Class 5A state play-in

St. Helens locked up third in Northwest Oregon Conference

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Abby Russell (4) and the Lions will begin their Class 5A state playoff run as they host The Dalles in the play-in at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.The Lions are ready for their state play-in.

St. Helens (13-7 overall, 9-4 Northwest Oregon Conference), a third seed, is scheduled to host Columbia River Conference runner-up The Dalles (4-12, 3-6) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

"We have a very big desire to win, and I believe we will," said Cathers, a Lions senior outside hitter.

St. Helens already beat the Riverhawks, who chase their first state championship since they on the Class 5A crown in 1989, 2-0 at the Lakeridge Tournament on Sept. 17 in Lake Oswego.

The Lions won it all for the first time in 2014 and have reached at least the play-in round in each of the last eight years.

St. Helens could not pull off a season sweep of No. 8 Sandy as it fell 23-25, 15-25, 14-25 on the road on Tuesday.

The Pioneers repaid Sept. 20's 3-2 loss.

Brianna Cathers led the Lions with seven kills, Abby Russell launched four kills and Mercedes Massey came up with an ace and a kill.

St. Helens was scheduled to go for its fourth season sweep on Senior Night as Wilsonville (7-10, 7-6), which they beat 3-1 on the road on Sept. 22, came to town on Thursday, the results of which were unavailable at press time.

The Lions have taken four of the last six from the Wildcats.

"I think we are finally healthy," St. Helens coach Tom Ray said.

No. 5 La Salle Prep claimed the conference title for the third year in a row.


When: 6 p.m. on Tuesday

At stake: With a win, the Lions will continue their eighth state playoff run in as many years

Northwest Oregon Conference

League Overall Rank

La Salle Prep 13-1 17-6 5

Sandy 11-2 13-6 8

St. Helens 9-4 13-7 14

Wilsonville 7-6 7-10 19

Hillsboro 6-8 9-10 23

Putnam 4-9 4-13 26

Parkrose 2-11 4-15 30

Milwaukie 1-12 2-16 33