SEASIDE - It's a work in progress, but the Seaside volleyball team is starting to look pretty sharp following another three-game sweep Tuesday night.
Coming off a three-game win at North Marion last week, the Gulls swept visiting Yamhill-Carlton, 25-19, 25-20, 25-23, to improve to 3-0 on the season. The Gulls have lost just one game in match play this year.
"(The Tigers) played well," said Seaside coach Jason Boyd. "They did some real interesting things. They rotated their setters and ran two or three setters at times, trying to utilize their best player (junior Jessica McGraw). She's a left-hander who hits the ball pretty well; and they have some good, tough serving."
Game 1 featured 11 ties and six lead changes. Trailing 17-15, the Gulls took advantage of two Yamhill attack errors to tie it, then Seaside junior Amanda Laird served up five straight points, which included an ace to give the Gulls a 21-17 lead.
Seaside's Jenna Archibald (9) spikes the ball at Tuesday night's game in Seaside.
KIM ERSKINE-The Daily AstorianMelissa King set Tessa Ter Har for a kill, and King finished the game with two straight aces for the win.
The Gulls had to fight back from an 8-3 deficit in the second game, as the Tigers grabbed the early lead on a few Seaside passing and hitting errors.
The Gulls rallied with a 6-1 run, capped by an ace from Ter Har.
A kill from Yamhill's Jessica McGraw helped the Tigers forge a 15-12 lead, before the Gulls rallied again.
King served an ace, and Kathy Maltman's tap over the net was good for a point and a 17-17 tie.
Maltman then served the next five points, which included a kill from Jenna Archibald and two ace serves from Maltman, as the Gulls pulled away down the stretch.
"We have to work on being a better ball control team - in passing and also in hitting," Boyd said. "In that second game, instead of just hitting the ball, we were trying to place it in certain spots. It's preseason, so you need to try and do some of those things.
"We could set the ball and let Jenna, Beth (Allen) and Kathy swing away and hit the ball all day long, because they're going to be above the block on most teams," he said. "But you need to have a varied attack when you play some of the tougher teams in state."
The Gulls attack was clicking on all cylinders in Game 3 as Seaside built a quick 8-3 lead.
The Tigers clawed their way back and took an eventual 13-12 advantage, but the Gulls used a big service return from Katie Emmerling to take a 15-14 lead, which they would not relinquish.
Vanessa Zschoche also added points at the service line in the third game.
Seaside was 62-of-69 serving, with nine aces. The Gulls play at Molalla Thursday, and will head to the Sisters Invitational Saturday.
Astoria sweeps HuskiesAstoria improved its record to 3-0 with a three-game sweep over North Marion, 25-11, 25-14, 25-21, Tuesday night at the Brick House.
A slow start by the Huskies set the tone for the match as Astoria cruised to the Game 1 win, then played consistent in Games 2 and 3 to get the win.
It was the first sweep for the Fishermen, who had gone five games in their two previous matches.
Heidi Hanson and Heather Arnold each finished with 10 kills, with Hanson adding two blocks and Arnold serving up four aces.
Nicole McBride had five service aces and Shyra Merila dished out 20 assists for Astoria, which plays at Taft Thursday.
Jewell wins againPORTLAND - The Jewell volleyball team improved to 4-1 on the season, with a three games-to-one win at Columbia Christian Tuesday night. Scores were not available.
Woodland blanks IlwacoILWACO, Wash. - Defending Trico League champion Woodland posted a three-game sweep at Ilwaco Tuesday night, 25-15, 25-15, 25-17.
The Fishermen (0-2) play at Ridgefield Thursday.
Naselle wins in fiveCATHLAMET, Wash. - Naselle has a tired but tough bunch of girls in the volleyball program this year.
The Comettes overcame a little fatigue to post a come-from-behind win at Wahkiakum Tuesday night, 23-25, 25-21, 16-25, 25-20, 15-10.
Naselle improved to 2-1 in match play, with all three matches going five games. In addition, the Comettes - who have now played 26 games in four days - won the North Beach Invitational Saturday.
"It was just gutsy play" that helped Naselle win Tuesday, said coach Debbie Denny. "They're tired, but they just hung in there."
Annie Herrold sparked the Comettes with solid serving, as did Jamie Bighill. Maryjane Mobley moved to a left outside hitter position and played well, and Amanda Badger helped the Comettes with solid setting.
Naselle has a few days off before hosting Wahkiakum Tuesday.