The Seaside Gulls overcame a loss in the first set with three inspired victories in Game 2, 3 and 4, on their way to a win over Gladstone, 19-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-13, in nonleague volleyball action Sept. 5 at the Gulls’ Nest.
Seaside cleaned up a few errors and problems from the service line in the first two games, and cruised from there as the No. 8-ranked Gulls improved to 4-1 overall.
Seaside had a combined 11 missed serves in Games 1 and 2, but just three missed serves in the final two games.
Alyssia Gonzales, Anna Huddleston and Jetta Ideue were serving up aces in Game 3, and Tori Tomlin highlighted Game 4 with three straight ace serves to help the Gulls pull away.
Meanwhile, the struggles continue for Gladstone, which may be part of the Cowapa League beginning in the 2018-19 school year.
Gladstone came out strong in the first game, as senior Elli Philo had a stuff block, a kill and an ace serve to give the Glads an early 11-7 lead.
Seaside rallied briefly, but Gladstone opened up a 20-13 advantage on its way to the Game 1 victory.
The Gulls trailed 7-2 in the second game, but Gonzales caught fire from the line, serving Seaside into a 9-9 tie.
Seaside’s Nikki Mercado had a stuff block on a hit by Philo for a 10-9 lead … and the Gulls never trailed again.
Consecutive kills by Mercado, Ideue, Tomlin and Gonzales highlighted the Game 2 win, coupled with a pair of aces from Maddie Jensen, a tap for a kill by Emy Kiser, and Huddleston set Gonzales for a kill at game point.
Games 3 and 4 were not even close, as Seaside’s offense found a rhythm, and their hitters found open spaces on the floor.
Ideue and Tomlin had off-speed kills for points, the left-handed Gonzales delivered a cross-court kill, and Ideue had a pair of aces as Seaside built an eventual 24-11 lead.
It was more of the same in Game 4, in which the Gulls built an 11-2 lead after three staight service aces from Tomlin.
Gladstone rallied to within 13-9, but Seaside bumped the lead right back to 23-10, capped by an ace serve from Huddleston.
Fittingly, Ideue drilled the final serve into the top of the net, but the ball crawled over for a service ace and match point.