Seaside too strong for Mustangs

Gilroy's Nico Sandoval bumps the ball during the second game of

Gilroy High’s boys volleyball team was denied at home by Seaside
in straight sets Tuesday night.
The Mustangs couldn’t find a rhythm against the first place team
in the Tri-County Athletic League, falling by a score of 15-25,
17-25, 17-25.
Gilroy High’s boys volleyball team was denied at home by Seaside in straight sets Tuesday night.

The Mustangs couldn’t find a rhythm against the first place team in the Tri-County Athletic League, falling by a score of 15-25, 17-25, 17-25.

“It was a little discouraging,” Gilroy coach Sue Grogan said. “The guys wanted to play well, but it just wasn’t coming together.”

Seaside, known for its ability to keep balls from hitting the floor, limited Gilroy’s lead attacker, Kevin Bruce, to six kills while no other Gilroy player topped two.

“Seaside is a great team. They do not let anything drop,” Grogan said. “That’s part of the strength of their program – their refusal to let anything hit the floor. And, unfortunately, my guys let a lot of things hit the floor.”

Gilroy dropped to 14-9 overall and 7-3 in league, but remains in third place in the TCAL. Seaside remained undefeated in league for its 10th victory while the team’s overall record now stands at 12-2.

The Mustangs have a good chance to score a win against Watsonville (3-9, 3-7) Thursday before taking part in the competitive Los Gatos Invitational, which will take place all day Saturday. The tournament will include many of the top teams in the Central Coast Section, according to Grogan.

“If my guys can keep their heads up during pool play (of the tournament), I think we’ll be OK,” she said. “No matter what, my guys are in for a tough day. I just hope they’re prepared for it mentally.”

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