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Pretty good week for Lady Lions

St. Helens got in a lot of volleyball in a week, and the results weremostly good for team


Just by the amount of games played, the St. Helens Lady Lions had quite a week of volleyball.

Within a few days, they had four league matches and were second in their own tournament with six pool games -sets they are called- and seven more sets in bracket play.

Monday night, the Lady Lions had one of their biggest matches, facing arch-rival La Salle in their second meeting of the season.JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Brianna Cathers taps the ball over the net during Tuesday’s win over Hillsboro. St. Helens had seven matches in seven days.

St. Helens had squeaked out a five-set win in their first meeting at home, but on the road it was La Salle in the closest of matches, another five-set round. It was the same story last year, and the pair met again in the 5A championship finals. St. Helens would win their first state championship and could have a shot at a repeat this season.

La Salle won the first set on Monday, 25-23, but St. Helens would win the next two, 26-24, 25-20. The Falcons came back with a 25-22 win to knot them at two-wins each and La Salle prevailed in the final set, 15-12.

It was an epic match between the two familiar foes. The Lady Lions as a team were 76 percent passing, 96 percent serving with nine aces, and had 62 kills. Brianna Cathers was 88 percent passing, 100 percent serving (25/25), and had 11 kills. Hannah Spears was 82 percent passing, 100 percent serving and had 18 kills. Logan Kalauli was 79 percent passing, 90 percent serving with three aces and had 24 kills.

The loss was the first in league for St. Helens and just their third of the season. The other two came in tournaments with a loss to top-ranked Marist and a loss Saturday to Beaverton, No. 8 in the 6A rankings, at St. Helens’ tournament.

St. Helens maintained their No. 3 ranking and La Salle is still ranked 5th. After their win over Hillsboro on Tuesday, St. Helens just has matches with Liberty and Putnam left on the season. They do have a tournament in Philomath this Saturday.

Hillsboro Match

The Lady Lions fairly easily dispatched Hillsboro on Tuesday night in three pretty quick games, 25-12, 25-13, and 25-14. As a team, St. Helens was 81 percent passing, 89 percent serving with two aces, and had 16 kills.

Kalauli was 84 percent passing, 80 percent serving with an ace, and had 16 kills. Cathers was 83 percent passing, 87 percent serving and had five kills. Kaila Thompson had four kills. Webster was 100 percent passing, 100 percent serving with an ace and had a lone kill.

St. Helens Invitational

St. Helens had a pretty good showing in their own 12-team tournament last Saturday.JOHN BREWINGTON - Hannah Spears drops the ball over the net during Saturday's tournament in St. Helens.

The Lady Lions would take second overall—losing in two sets to Beaverton, 16-25, 24-26.

They beat 6A Grant to open bracket play, 25-10, 25-16 and then downed Woodland, Wash., 25-23, 18-25, 15-6. In pool play they split with The Dalles, 20-25, 25-16, topped Franklin 25-15, 25-13, and topped Hudson Bay, Wash., 25-12, 25-10.

As a team they were 79 percent passing, 94 percent serving with 29 aces, and had 148 kills. Cathers was 86 percent passing, 98 percent serving (42/23) and had 31 kills. Spears was 94 percent passing, 98 percent serving (50/51) with six aces and had 32 kills. Mercedes Massey was 86 percent passing, 90 percent serving with 11 aces and had two kills. Kalauli was 89 percent passing, 89 percent serving (40/45) with three aces, and had 60 kills. Abby Russell was 81 percent passing, 95 percent serving (36/38) with two aces and had eight kills. Emilee Webster was 95 percent serving (41/43) with six aces.

Parkrose, Wilsonville matches

St. Helens had two league matches with Parkrose and Wilsonville at Parkrose on Oct. 7.

The Lady Lions beat Parkrose 25-6, 25-15, and 25-20. Team passing was 68 percent, 96 percent serving with 19 aces, and they had 31 kills. Kalauli was 72 percent passing, 18 of 18 serving with nine aces, and had 15 kills. Spears was 86 percent passing, 100 percent serving with eight kills. Russell was 83 percent serving and had four kills.

The Lady Lions also topped Wilsonville in three games, 25-15, 25-10, and 26-24. As a team they were 82 percent passing, 94 percent serving with 12 aces and had 31 kills. Kalauli was 75 percent passing, 85 percent serving with six aces, and had 24 kills. Spears was 80 percent passing, 18 of 18 serving with three aces. Lilli Shriver was 88 percent passing.

JOHN BREWINGTON - Above the crowd. St. Helens' Logan Kalauli slams the ball over the net during Saturday's tournament in St. Helens.