Two volleyball programs with limited postseason experience will be on center stage this weekend.
Astoria and Jewell have gone through all the tournaments, regular season matches and qualifying rounds and have both secured spots in their respective state tournaments, which begin Friday in the Eugene-Springfield area.
The Class 3A tournament takes place at Lane Community College, while Springfield High School will host the 1A tournament.
The Fishermen made it fairly simple - they won their first Cowapa League title and won a free pass to the state playoffs, after bowing out in subround regional games in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003.
"The seniors want more for themselves," said Astoria coach Angee Hunt before the season began. "Just about every single senior said, 'We do not want to be the fifth-place team and go as the No. 3 seed,' so they're really shooting for a top three finish (in league), preferably one or two."
Astoria Volleyball ResultsAstoria Volleyball (9-5, 7-3)
L at Gladstone 0-3
1st at Central Tournament
W Yamhill-Carlton 3-0
L at Molalla 2-3
W Taft 3-1
2nd at North Marion Tournament
L Rainier 1-3
W at Tillamook 3-0
W at Seaside 3-1
L Banks 1-3
W at Scappoose 3-1
W at Rainier 3-1
W Tillamook 3-1
L Seaside 2-3
W at Banks 3-1
W Scappoose 3-0The Fishermen responded by jumping from fifth to first in the topsy-turvy Cowapa League, which had been dominated by Rainier for the last decade.
The Columbians ended up surviving the league playoffs, then won a subround game with Newport to gain a spot in the state tournament, where Rainier will be in Pool 4 with Phoenix, Sisters and La Grande.
If the Fishermen have any state playoff jitters, they'll have to leave them at the door, because their first match is 9 a.m. Friday against La Salle.
Astoria will be competing in Pool 2, with Friday's first session beginning at 8 a.m. at Lane Community College.
After playing the Falcons, Astoria returns to action at 11 a.m. against Douglas, then wraps up pool play at 1 p.m. vs. Taft.
The top two teams from each of the four pools advance to Saturday's championship bracket, with first-round matches beginning at 9 a.m.
The No. 2 seed from Pool 2 will face the No. 1 seed from Pool 1 (which includes Burns, Marist, Cascade and Valley Catholic), and the No. 1 seed from Pool 2 faces the No. 2 seed from Pool 1.
Jewell Volleyball ResultsJewell Volleyball (14-5, 12-2)
W Heritage Christian 3-0
Second at Vernonia Tournament
L at Knappa 2-3
W Columbia Christian 3-0
W at North Clackamas 3-1
Third at South Wasco Tournament
W Open Door 3-1
W Open Door 3-0
L Damascus 0-3
W at City Christian 3-0
W at Life Christian 3-0
W Heritage Christian 3-0
W at Columbia Chr. 3-0
W North Clackamas 3-0
L at Damascus Chr. 1-3
W City Christian 3-0
W Life Christian 3-1
District Playoffs, at Molalla
W Willamette Valley 3-2
L Perrydale 1-3
L Damascus Chr. 1-3
W St. Paul 3-1Jewell begins play in the Class 1A tournament in Friday's second session, with the Jays facing Dufur (4 p.m.), Mapleton (6 p.m.) and Pine Eagle (8 p.m.) in pool play.
The Bluejays went 2-2 in the Casco League playoffs to earn a state tournament berth, the first in school history.
First-year head coach Connie Siebert has led the Jays to a 14-5 record heading into the tournament.
Klinger named Coach of the YearThe Naselle volleyball team missed out on the state playoffs, but the Lady Comets were not left out of the Pacific League postseason awards.
Head coach Debbie Denny-Klinger was named the league's Coach of the Year, and team members Annie Herrold, Kelli Revis and Sylvia Herrold were selected all-league.
In addition, Katie Klinger, Katherine Herrold and Jamie Bighill were named honorable mention.
South Bend senior Ravenel Bisbee was selected as the league Most Valuable Player.
2004 Pacific League VolleyballMVP: Ravenel Bisbee, South Bend
Coach of the Year: Debbie Denny-Klinger, Naselle
Sportsmanship Award: Wishkah
Ravenel Bisbee, Sr., South Bend
Sarah Sides, Sr., Raymond
Tori Lynn, Jr., South Bend
Traci Goodin, Jr., Willapa Valley
Annie Herrold, Sr., Naselle
Kelli Revis, Sr., Naselle
Chance Runge, Jr., Raymond
Sylvia Herrold, Fr., Naselle
Lacey Morris, Sr., South Bend
Ashlea Pollard, Sr., Willapa Valley
(Naselle) Katie Klinger, Katherine Herrold, Jamie Bighill
Gulls named all-leagueThe Seaside volleyball program had four players earn all-Cowapa League recognition, as voted on by the league's coaches.
Melissa King was sixth in the overall voting, and was joined by honorable mention selections Kathy Maltman, Brenna Archibald and Jenna Archibald.
As of Wednesday night, the Daily Astorian has not received the complete all-league team.
Volleyball meeting set for SundayThe North Coast Volleyball Club's parent and athlete informational meeting for fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades will be held at noon Sunday at the Astoria Middle School gym.
Tryouts for this age group will be held at the middle school immediately following the informational meeting.
The club's parent and athlete informational meeting for ninth through 12th grades will be held at noon Nov. 21 at the middle school gym. Tryouts will be held immediately following the meeting.
Those interested in playing for the North Coast Volleyball Club, need to attend the respective meeting accompanied by a parent.
There will be a $5 tryout fee for all players that is due the day of tryouts to cover the cost of insurance.
All players need to report to the gym 15 minutes prior to the start of tryouts on the day of tryouts for check-in. Bring court shoes, shorts, T-shirt, knee pads and possibly a sweatshirt.
Every effort will be made to place all players on a team. However, because of a coaching shortage, cuts may be necessary.
For information or questions concerning placement on a club team and the North Coast Volleyball Club, contact directors Bob or Barbara Harn at 325-3000 or e-mail them at (firstname.lastname@example.org).