Seaman's volleyball team opened the 2018 season with a string of tough matches — including three against schools that began the year state-ranked — and there are many more to come.
But Tuesday was all about dominance, with the the Vikings rolling to decisive straight-set wins over Centennial League opponents Junction City and Highland Park.
Seaman, which evened its record at 3-3, opened its night with 25-20, 25-9 win over Junction City before rolling to a 25-4, 25-7 victory over Highland Park later in the evening. Junction City took a 25-3, 25-6 victory over Highland Park in the middle match.
"It's good to have nights where they get to have a lot of fun like that,'' Seaman coach Tatiana Schafer said. "But I would definitely say that we also look forward to those games where it's going to be really great competition and where we're going to be pushed and the other team's going to be pushed and it's going to be a night where it's just like a swinging fest.
"I think whatever game they're playing they're loving it, and that's the important part.''
Seaman actually got down 3-0 early in its first set against Junction City, but rallied to take a 9-4 lead and the Vikings never trailed the rest of the night. The Vikings jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second set en route to a 25-9 rout over the Blue Jays as sophomore Camryn Turner, All-City as a freshman, and senior Cheyla Myrick dominated things at the net.
The Vikings jumped out in front 8-0 in both sets against Highland Park as junior Konlynn Druse had long service runs, including multiple aces, to start things off.
"That first game against Junction City I didn't think we showed up strong very early — we kind of waited until the last minute — and we talk a lot about that, starting strong and how that's important, especially when we play really tough teams like the teams that we were facing at the beginning of the season and like the teams we're going to face on Thursday (Manhattan, Shawnee Heights and Silver Lake at Manhattan),'' Schafer said. "But I think we're doing a better job. We really focused on things that we don't usually get to work on in games.''
Seaman has just two seniors on its roster, but Schafer said she feels the Vikings are making steady improvement.
"The strides they make every single day are amazing, and we are young, but we've talked a lot about how we don't want that to be an excuse,'' Schafer said. "Yeah, we're young, but we don't want that to come across when we're playing. We are growing.''
Seaman def. Junction City, 25-20, 25-9; Junction City def. Highland Park, 25-3, 25-6; Seaman def. Highland Park, 25-4, 25-7.