In a big Northwest League volleyball match Tuesday, the Portland Christian Royals handed Knappa its first loss in league play, 25-18, 27-25, 25-12.

The Royals improved to 4-2 in league, while the Loggers dropped to 2-1.

Knappa coach Jeff Kaul said the Loggers were “hitting on all cylinders” in the second set, “with some incredible blocks and hustle plays.”

Knappa led until the final points, when the Royals rallied for a 27-25 win.

Kaul said it was his team’s “first real challenge in league play, and other than that third game I think they played very well against a very seasoned and strong team. With a few tweaks here and there, I really think this team can compete at this level.”

Carlie Casper led the Knappa attack with six kills, with Hannah Dietrichs adding six digs, five kills and four blocks. Taryn Barendse finished with six digs and three aces, Ariana Miller had six blocks and Ava Skipper had eight assists.

Knappa hosts first place Nestucca Thursday.

Elsewhere, Yamhill-Carlton defeated Astoria 25-15, 25-14, 25-23, and sixth-ranked Jewell outlasted Crosshill Christian in five sets, 15-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 15-5.

On Monday, Estacada defeated Seaside 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 26-24.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or