It was the Tri-Valley Conference vs. the Cowapa League in volleyball action Thursday night.
Five nonleague matches around the state featured meetings between the two leagues, with two of the matches in Clatsop County.
At the Brick House, Astoria overcame a two games-to-one deficit (and a late deficit in Game 4) to beat North Marion in five games, 25-18, 20-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-8.
“One thing we pride ourselves on is conditioning,” said Astoria coach Jessie Todd. “And going into Game 5, we talked about that. I just said, ‘we are conditioned for this.’ That’s why we work on conditioning in practice the way we do.”
And with less than a week to go before the Cowapa League opener (Tuesday at Seaside), the Lady Fishermen rallied to win. Astoria improves to 4-2 overall.
After splitting the first two games Thursday, the Huskies won Game 3, 25-21, then held a 22-19 lead in Game 4.
“We were down pretty much the whole game,” Todd said. “But I called a time out, and said, ‘we are not going to lose this game.’ And we went out and rallied, and just lit up the place,” and won, 25-23.
“We did a good job of keeping North Marion out of their system,” she added. “They have a couple good middle blockers, and we tried to take them out of what they do. And our defense was just awesome. Without our defense, we would not have won Games 4 and 5.”
In addition, the home crowd “was amazing,” she said. “They were loud, excited, and it was a great atmosphere.”
Kajsa Jackson led the defensive effort with five stuff blocks, while Hailey O’Brien led the team in digs, and sophomore Taja-Rae Tuimato had 15 assists.
Tuimato also had seven ace serves, with O’Brien adding six.
Offensively, Kes Sandstrom had a team-high nine kills, followed by Julia Norris with eight kills and seven assists.
Astoria takes to the road Saturday for a tournament at Dallas.