SEASIDE - Seaside played at home, sweet, home Thursday night, and came up with a sweet home victory against North Marion, 25-12, 25-17, 25-21.

The Gulls were coming off a five-game loss at Taft Tuesday, in which Seaside won the first two games, but lost the last three.

Seaside had the killer instinct Thursday, and finished the Huskies off in three. The home-court advantage undoubtedly made a difference.

"In Tuesday's game, Taft stepped up and started playing," said Seaside coach Jason Boyd. "Taft's a good ball club, and that was a good test for us. But I think if that game had been played at our place, we would have won.

"Tonight, we were down 6-0 to start the third game, and that can be a little nerve-wracking from a coaching standpoint," he said. "We've got to learn that when you back a team into a corner, down 2-0, they're either going to come out and fight or they're going to roll over and die. And most teams come out and fight."

The Gulls responded with a comeback to win Game 3 and pull off the sweep, even without two starters. Brenna and Jenna Archibald were in Utah attending their grandfather's funeral.

Seaside junior middle blocker Jamie May was one of several players who stepped up in their place. May started her first varsity match and responded with a few key blocks down the stretch.

"Jamie stepped up and played very well in Brenna's absence," Boyd said. "Jamie brings us a block in the middle. Jeannie (Pfund) also did a real good job tonight, and Melissa King played an outstanding game. She made some really smart choices setting."

The Gulls used a few big serving streaks in Game 1, as King, Pfund and Kathy Maltman served Seaside to a 17-9 lead, following two aces from Maltman.

Tenisha Stock finished it off, serving the game's final six points.

Seaside overcame an early 8-5 deficit in the second game, picking up kills by Maltman and Pfund off sets from King for a 17-14 lead.

Stock assisted Amanda Laird for a kill at game point.

The Gulls got off to a slow start in Game 3, falling behind 6-0.

King had a pair of ace serves and the Huskies committed consecutive hitting errors to allow Seaside to tie the game at 11-11.

North Marion battled back to within 21-20, but a Seaside timeout - coupled with a Seagull Stomp from the home fans - helped the Gulls score four of the final five points to win.

Seaside committed 20 hitting errors and had just 18 kills, but passed well (2.2), and served up 13 aces with just seven service errors.

The Gulls play at Yamhill-Carlton Tuesday.

Molalla def. AstoriaMOLALLA - Astoria nearly battled back from a fifth-game deficit, but ran out of steam in a nonleague volleyball loss at Molalla Thursday night.

The Indians managed to hold off the Fishermen in five games, 11-25, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23, 15-13.

Corey Jacobson pounded out 11 kills for Astoria, with teammates Wendi Agalzoff, Heather Arnold and Laura Ferguson adding seven apiece.

Rachel Gascoigne stepped in at setter for the Fishermen, who were missing Shyra Merila, out with a sprained ankle suffered earlier in the week.

Molalla led 10-2 in Game 5 before the Fishermen rallied but fell short.

Astoria has a week off before hosting Taft next Thursday.

South Bend def. WarrentonSOUTH BEND, Wash. - Warrenton had a solid night from the service line, but South Bend (Wash.) scored the victory, with a 25-11, 25-16, 25-20 win over the Warriors in nonleague volleyball action.

Katie Wolfe led Warrenton with a 9-for-9 (three aces) serving effort, followed by Whitney Johnson (8-for-8) and Trista Anderson (6-for-6).

LeslieAnn Hayward connected on 12-of-13 hits for two kills for the Warriors, who compete Saturday in a tournament at Neah-Kah-Nie.

Kalama def. IlwacoILWACO, Wash. - Kalama knocked off Ilwaco in a Southwest Washington 1A volleyball match Thursday night, 25-17, 25-9, 25-11.

Mossyrock def. NaselleNASELLE, Wash. - Mossyrock spoiled Naselle's home opener Thursday night as the Vikings swept past the Comettes, 27-25, 25-15, 25-21.

Naselle (0-2) competes in the North Beach Invitational Saturday.


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