It’s been a struggle for Seaside volleyball the last two years.

After a 7-3 league season in 2010, the Lady Gulls fell on hard times, finishing 1-9 in league play in both 2011 and 2012.

Constant coaching changes usually don’t make things any easier, but the Gulls welcome in a familiar name in 2013, and she’s hoping to return Seaside volleyball to the land of the winning.

Angie Huntsman replaces Annie Forman as the Gulls’ coach, Seaside’s third coach in three years.

THE LEAGUE

Huntsman isn’t totally familiar with the Cowapa League, other than, “it’s going to be tough,” she said. “We have two of the top teams in the state. I saw Banks this summer at the Guy Enriques Camp, and they looked great. They have a great middle. And Angee’s team (referring to Angee Hunt and Astoria) is definitely going to be tough.”

The Braves went undefeated in league play last year to win the Cowapa League title, while the Lady Fishermen advanced to the state championship match.

THE PLAYERS

It’s a definite mix of youth and experience on the Seaside roster.

Two seniors (Maddy Dierickx and Kenzie Skyles) saw action last year, while senior Kaitlin Lewis makes the jump from soccer to volleyball. After undergoing ACL surgery from a basketball injury last winter, Lewis was cleared to play volleyball, but not soccer.

“We’re super excited to have Kaitlin Lewis out,” Huntsman said. “She is 100 percent, and easing back into things.”

As far as what position Lewis will play, “we’re just looking at everything she can do, because she seems to be good at whatever she does.”

The junior class includes sisters Danielle and Kelly Willyard, along with Haylee Dundas, as the Gulls look to replace seven seniors lost to graduation.

Making the jump up from junior varsity are Kaitlyn Cook, Tessa Hoelscher, Kylie McMinn, Celina Nicolazzi, Brittany West and Mandi West.

“Things are looking great,” said Huntsman, who started in June. “We’re really excited. The kids who were working out this summer were coming out consistently and working really hard. We had two teams in the beach tournament, and they both did really well.”

Joining Huntsman on the coaching staff are junior varsity coach Tia Abbey, JVII coach Eric Huntsman, and the Gulls were hoping to add Jenna Archibald.

 

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