INDEPENDENCE - Taking its third long road trip in five days, the Astoria volleyball team played survival of the fittest Saturday at Central, winning the nine-team tournament after a slow start.

Astoria went 2-4 in pool play, dropping a 24-26, 25-27, 15-10 set to Santiam Christian, and losing two games to Central (25-18, 18-25, 11-15).

Entering bracket play as the No. 7 seed, the Fishermen defeated Stayton (25-19, 25-10) and Santiam Christian (25-22, 23-25, 15-10), then topped Banks in the championship game, 14-25, 25-12, 15-11.

Laura Ferguson (31 kills, seven blocks, four aces) and Corey Jacobson (30 kills, six aces, three blocks) both had solid offensive days for Astoria, while Heather Arnold added 25 kills and Shyra Merila dished out 68 assists with nine kills and six blocks.

Brittany McGinnis, Rachel Gascoigne, A.J. Johnson and Kari Wilson also made big contributions throughout the day.

Astoria hosts Yamhill-Carlton Tuesday.

Knappa wins at Catlin GabelPORTLAND - The Knappa volleyball team continued to play strong to start the season as the Loggers won the Catlin Gabel Tournament Saturday.

The Loggers breezed through pool play, which included a 25-5, 25-12 win over Warrenton.

The Warriors defeated Catlin Gabel in two games before losing to Knappa and Faith Bible (22-25, 25-28). The Warriors have road games at Wahkiakum (Tuesday) and South Bend (Thursday) this week, while Knappa hosts Jewell Tuesday.

Jewell takes secondVERNONIA - Jewell advanced to the championship game of the four-team Vernonia volleyball tournament Saturday, where La Center (Wash.) defeated the Jays 25-17, 25-19 to win the title.Country Christian and Vernonia also competed in the tourney. Mollie Lee had a solid tournament for the varsity, while Jolena Johnston led the Jewell junior varsity team to a third-place finish and the Sportsmanship Award.

The Jays play at Knappa Tuesday.

Girls SoccerAstoria goes 1-1-1WARRENTON - The Astoria girls soccer team hosted a four-team jamboree Saturday at the Warrenton Complex, and finished the day 1-1-1.

The Fishermen defeated Seaside 4-0, with all four goals from Maia Fastabend; lost to Scappoose (1-0); and tied Rainier 1-1, with Brooke Schauermann collecting the only Astoria goal.

Astoria hosts Estacada Tuesday.


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