Jewell wins in threeJEWELL - The Jewell volleyball team opened the 2003 season with a dramatic, come-from-behind win over Knappa Thursday.

The Loggers won the first two games, 25-20, 25-16, but the Bluejays bounced back with three straight wins, 25-20, 25-17, 15-12, to win the match.

Sam Uerling and Rene Steinweg were both strong at the net, with big blocks and strong attacks. Jewell plays at Knappa tonight.

Loggers go 2-1PORTLAND - The Knappa volleyball team may have turned a corner over the weekend. The Loggers bounced back from two losses with a solid performance in the Catlin Gabel Tournament Saturday.

De La Salle opened the tournament with a 25-20, 24-26, 15-10 win over the Loggers, but Knappa responded with two-game victories over Cascade Locks (25-12, 25-20) and Catlin Gabel (25-21, 25-8).

On Friday, North Clackamas knocked off the Loggers in three, 25-14, 26-24, 25-9.

Astoria loses to MolallaINDEPENDENCE - Astoria finished fifth in pool play, then lost a three-game set to Molalla (25-16, 18-25, 12-15) in the seven-team Central Tournament Saturday.

Astoria opened the day with a 26-24, 25-15 win over Central, after trailing 23-17 in Game 1.

From there, the Fishermen lost two-game matches to Scappoose and Stayton, followed by a split with Molalla and a 25-16 loss to Banks.

Astoria had strong play in the middle from Heidi Hanson and Megan Gabriel, and good outside hitting from Heather Arnold.

Tigers maul Gulls The Seaside volleyball team fell to a tough La Grande team in the semifinals of the Gulls' annual tournament Saturday.

Seaside went 2-1 in pool play, losing the opener to Junction City before rebounding with wins over Taft (25-18, 25-21) and Ilwaco (25-12, 25-13).

The Gulls advanced to the semifinals of bracket play against La Grande, last year's third-place team in the state tournament.

The Tigers defeated Seaside in two, 25-21, 25-15, and advanced to the championship match, where they defeated Junction City, 25-17, 25-15.

Seaside's best match of the day came against La Grande, said Gulls coach Jason Boyd.

"They only lost two nonstarters from last year's team," Boyd said. "In our match with them we were able to match their power in hitting and passing. With three players above 6-3, they put up a strong block. They beat us because they are more experienced than we are."

In the end, "I am very pleased with our girls' effort and finish for the day," he added. "They are working hard and improving every time we step onto the floor."

Seaside hosts Taft Tuesday.


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