With Cowapa League matches just a week away, the Astoria volleyball team is putting the final touches on a promising preseason and is ready to defend their 2004 league title.

The Fishermen also warmed up for a weekend tournament at North Marion by defeating North Marion Tuesday night in the new-look Brick House, 25-19, 25-10, 25-14.

Astoria jumped all over the Huskies right from the start, building a 6-0 lead in Game 1. North Marion rallied to within 18-16, before a 6-0 run by the Fishermen closed it out.

It was more of the same in Game 2 as Sophie DeWitt collected two aces during a long run at the service line, helping Astoria to an 11-1 advantage.

Wendi Agalzoff had a pair of kills and an ace, and Rachel Gascoigne served up assists for DeWitt and Kristen Saulsbury, including a quick-set for DeWitt at game point.

North Marion held its only lead (1-0) of the night in the third game, before the Fishermen went on a 20-8 run on their way to the sweep.

Astoria had 16 ace serves, including eight from DeWitt. The sophomore added 10 kills, followed by Agalzoff with nine kills, two aces and a block. Gascoigne finished with 29 assists and Hilary O'Bryan had 16 digs.

The Fishermen will be without junior Jessica Thornburg (torn elbow tendon) for the remainder of the season, but picked up strong play from Sara Cullen in her place.

Warrenton def. Portland LutheranPORTLAND - The Warrenton volleyball team worked overtime to defeat Portland Lutheran Tuesday night in the Northwest League opener for both teams.

The Bluejays won the first game 25-16 before the Warriors rallied to take the next three, 25-23, 26-24, 30-28.

Warrenton was on target from the service line as Justine Marxer connected on 17-of-17 serves, Whitney Johnson was 15-of-16 and Olivia Newbold was 13-of-14.

Knappa sweepsKNAPPA - Knappa opened Northwest League play Tuesday night at home with an easy 25-7, 25-15, 25-9 sweep over Vernonia.

Kristie Owings suffered an elbow injury in the win for Knappa, which plays at Riverdale Thursday.

Jewell sweepsHILLSBORO - The Jewell volleyball team cruised to a three-game win Tuesday night at Heritage Christian School. The Jays swept past the host Knights 25-18, 25-9, 25-22.

Jewell received strong play at the net from Sarah Seeley and Amanda DePonte, with solid setting from Mollie Lee.

Boys SoccerThe Dalles 3, Seaside 0WARRENTON - There's hope on the horizon, but the Seaside boys soccer team continues to struggle for now, as the Gulls lost their fourth straight game Tuesday, 3-0 to The Dalles.

After opening with a 7-2 win over Newport, the Gulls have lost their last four games by a combined 18-0.

The Indians built a 1-0 halftime lead in Tuesday's nonleague contest at the Lower Columbia Youth field when Jesus Elias scored in the 32nd minute.

Three minutes into the second half, The Dalles scored off a corner kick, with Samuel Perez picking up the goal. Sophomore Juan Carrera capped the scoring for the Indians with a goal in the 60th minute.

The Gulls regained the services of senior Max Broderick, who spent three weeks in Vietnam and missed the first four games. Seaside has more than a week off before playing North Marion Sept. 28.

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