The Astoria volleyball team made a successful season debut Wednesday night at the Brick House, as the Lady Fishermen scored a four-game win over Catlin Gabel.
Astoria built a quick two-game lead over the Eagles, on their way to the victory, 25-13, 25-20, 19-25, 25-18.
“I thought we played well for our first match,” said Astoria coach Jessie Todd. “We played in the jamboree (at Banks) last week, but the first official match is always a little different.
“There’s usually some nerves, and this was at home, so that creates a little more excitement,” she said. “But I thought our girls handled everything well, and channeled that nervousness. The vibe on the floor was really positive.”
Junior Kajsa Jackson and sophomore Halle Helmersen had seven kills apiece to lead the offensive attack, while Jackson had eight blocks at the net, and Helmersen served up four aces.
“Kajsa has really taken ownership at the net,” Todd said. “That’s her domain. She has started to look comfortable there, and is moving really well, anticipating the setters.”
Kes Sandstrom added six kills, while Hailey O’Brien and Kelsey Fausett combined for 40 digs.
Setters Julia Norris and Taja-Rae Tuimato “both made good decisions, and moved the ball really well,” Todd said.
In other volleyball action Wednesday, the Stayton Eagles managed to outlast Seaside in five games, 25-9, 25-19, 19-25, 18-25, 15-7.