SEASIDE — The Seaside Gulls overcame a loss in the first set Tuesday night 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 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.
The Gladiators drop to 0-4, with their first three losses coming by way of three-game sweeps.
Still, 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 straight 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.
Through two weeks, four of the top eight ranked teams in Class 4A are from the Cowapa League.
Cougs down Warriors
PORTLAND — Portland Adventist and Warrenton opened league play in Lewis & Clark League volleyball Tuesday night, with the Cougars topping the visiting Warriors in four games, 25-18, 25-16, 24-26, 25-23.
“The first two games we started off really slow,” said Warrenton coach Staci Miethe. “We were having trouble with our serve-receive and let them get a couple of big runs at the wrong time.”
Additionally, she said, “our offense was very tentative. In (Game 3) we played more how I expect them to play. Confident, running the offense and keeping the ball in play. We were able to pull that one out.”
Behind the serving of Michelle Arney, the Warriors built an eight-point lead in Game 4, but Portland Adventist chipped away at the deficit and eventually took a 22-19 lead.
The Warriors rallied one last time and tied the game at 23-23, before the Cougars scored the next two points to win the game and match.
Warrenton’s Claire Bussert, Morgan Blodgett and Elly Blodgett combined for six blocks.