The Astoria Lady Fishermen showed that they are going to be just as tough in league play as they were through four weeks of nonleague action.
With five straight wins coming into Tuesday night’s Cowapa League opener against Seaside, the Fishermen had swept all five matches — which included victories over two 5A teams, a 6A squad and the No. 7-ranked 4A team.
Other than a loss in pool play at the Dallas Tournament, Astoria also had a string of 12 straight games.
Make it 15, as the Fish kept that streak going in Tuesday’s match against Seaside, with the two teams tipping off Clatsop Clash week at the Brick House.
The Lady Fishermen pounded out 41 kills as a team, and Astoria swept the Gulls in three sets, 25-15, 25-14, 25-22.
By the end of the night, the Fishermen had jumped from 10th to seventh in the latest OSAA rankings.
The most important thing, “we’re just playing really consistently, and I feel we’re getting better with every match,” said Astoria coach Jessie Todd. “The girls are feeling confident with who they’re playing next to, and we’re just dialing in with every match.”
Kelsey Fausett and Kajsa Jackson had 11 kills apiece to lead the Astoria attack, with six kills apiece from Julia Norris and Taja Tuimato, as the Fishermen spread the wealth offensively.
The first two games were each tied at 1-1, before the Fishermen took over.
Jackson and Tuimato combined to block several Seaside attacks in Game 1, with Jackson’s serving opening up a 9-2 lead.
And some booming kills from the birthday girl — Fausett — made it 13-5.
With a service ace from Sandee Adriano, the Gulls were within 11-10 midway through the second set.
But Norris stepped to the service line and served Astoria into a 22-11 lead, with another Jackson-Tuimato block giving the Fishermen the game point.
Skylar Sturtz served Astoria to a quick 5-0 lead in Game 3, but Seaside was determined to keep it close.
Trailing 20-13, Brown had an ace serve that sparked the Gulls on a big rally that eventually gave Seaside a 22-21 lead.
But a couple of attack errors put Astoria right back in front, 23-22. An ace by Norris made it 24-22, and Fausett got her final birthday present of the night with the kill at match point.