Jeff Ter Har
It was a long night for the Seaside volleyball team Tuesday, Sept. 4, as the Gulls hosted two nonleague matches with teams from the Coastal Range League.
And the Gulls made it a clean sweep, with a thrilling five-game, marathon win over Rainier (21-25, 25-8, 27-29, 25-12, 21-19), followed by a four-game victory over Warrenton, 25-10, 18-25, 25-22, 25-16.
“The girls fought so hard tonight,” said first-year Seaside coach Demi Lund. “They showed some heart and a lot of fight. And that’s what I was asking for.”
In the first match vs. Rainier, the Columbians led Game 5 14-10, needing only one more point to secure the win and end the match.
“I called a timeout, and just told my players to show some fight,” Lund said. “And they did. We tied it at 14-14, then won it (21-19). At that point, a lot of it is conditioning. And we’re big on conditioning, and I think that’s how we pulled it out.”
Meanwhile, Warrenton came in ranked third at the 3A level.
“We may have been a little complacent, and underestimated them,” Lund said of the Warriors.
But “Bella (Samuelson) came through for us,” she said. “She stayed energetic all night, even when we were down against Rainier. And our libero, Maddy (Jensen), was all over the place, and made a lot of crazy saves.”
The Gulls return to tournament action this weekend, Saturday at the Cascade Invitational.