Squad downs Parkrose, Sandy

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Gabby Susee drives home the ball during last week's match with Sandy.
It's been a busy season for the St. Helens Lady Lions' volleyball team.

The squad picked up wins in their first two league matches, and also played in two tournaments and a jamboree.

On Tuesday last week, St. Helens travelled to Parkrose and came home with a three-game match win over the Broncos.

The Lady Lions dominated with a 25-11, 25-10, 25-15 victory. Gabby Susee had six kills and Taylor Albertson seven kills in the match. Brooke Cathers was 75 percent passing.

They started with a little tougher match against visiting Sandy on Thursday. The first game could have gone either way, but St. Helens won the hard-fought round 29-27. That loss took the steam out of Sandy and St. Helens cruised to 25-13 and 25-12 wins in the last two games. Susee had 10 attack kills and three block kills, while Albertson had 11 attack kills and one block kill. Jillian Ross was an amazing 25 of 25 serving. Madison Kaplan was 81 percent passing and digging.

St. Helens started their season with a jamboree at Liberty, going 3-1 against four opponents. They lost to Sherwood, 19-25, but then beat Wilsonville 27-25, topped Rex Putnam 25-18, and Parkrose 25-18. Albertson had 17 attack kills and four block kills in the outing. Ross was a perfect 27 for 27 serving and Kali Moore 77 percent passing.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the team played in the Hillsboro Tournament. In pool play, they lost two matches to Ridgefield, 11-21, 15-21, but then split with South Albany, 21-14, 18-21. They downed Beaverton 21-14, 21-13 in their last pool play match. They played Cleveland in a best-of-three set, falling 15-25, 25-21, 13-15 for third place. Albertson had 20 attack kills and four block kills. Ross was 43 of 45 serving with 14 aces. Haley Mann was 75 percent passing.

The team was at Tualatin last Saturday for a 16-team tournament. St. Helens would finish fifth overall. They lost to Tualatin 20-25, 23-25 in their first pool play action. They followed with a 25-11, 25-15 win over Oregon City, and then split with David Douglas, 17-25, 25-10.

That put them into the gold bracket. They lost to McMinnville, 16-25, 25-21, 4-15. Brooke Cathers had 15 attack kills. Susee had 25 attack kills and six block kills. Albertson had 23 attack kills and six block kills. Megan Thompson was 81 percent passing and digging.

“Jillian Ross and Kylie Reinholdt did an awesome job setting our hitters throughout the day,” Coach Tom Ray said. “It was a fun day. We learned that we can play and compete with any good team in the state.”

St. Helens was to host Milwaukie on Tuesday and will travel to Wilsonville on Thursday. Next week they host Rex Putnam Tuesday and Thursday visit Liberty. The Parkrose Tournament is Sept. 29.

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