BANKS — For the second time this season, the Astoria Lady Fishermen robbed the Banks Braves of a victory, in another intense, five-game volleyball match won by Astoria, 25-17, 15-25, 25-13, 22-25, 16-14.
In their previous match with the Braves (at Astoria, Sept. 21), the Lady Fishermen lost the first two games and fought off match point in Game 3, rallying for an eventual five-set win.
In Wednesday’s match on the Braves’ home floor, the two teams split the first four games, and Banks held leads of 12-5 and 14-12 in Game 5, only to watch Astoria rally for the victory.
The win puts Astoria alone in third place in the Cowapa League standings at 5-4, one game ahead of Scappoose (4-5). The Indians and Fishermen wrap up the league season next Tuesday, at Astoria.
With the Fishermen trailing 12-5 in the fifth set, Astoria’s Corrin Howard served up seven straight points for a 12-12 tie, before Banks came back and won the next two points, for match point.
But, as they did in the previous match, Astoria spoiled any victory celebrations for the Braves, reeling off four straight points. Julia Norris set Madi Landwehr for the final kill.
Chelsea Christensen led Astoria with 13 kills and 31 digs, with Norris and Kes Sandstrom adding eight kills apiece.
Darian Hageman and Landwehr each had three blocks, and Howard also came up with 31 digs.
Astoria takes part in the Seaside Tournament Saturday.
In other Cowapa action Wednesday, Tillamook defeated the Gulls in four games, 23-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-15.