GC tries to force fifth match with Pensacola

By The News Heraldsports@pcnh.com

PANAMA CITY — The Gulf Coast volleyball team will try to force a fifth and deciding match with Pensacola State for the Panhandle Conference championship when it hosts the Lady Pirates Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Billy Harrison Field House.


Pensacola State won the first two meetings 3-2 in Pensacola on Sept. 14 and 3-1 on Sept. 28 in Panama City, but the Lady Commodores kept their postseason hopes alive with a dominant 3-0 road victory last week.


Another GC win Wednesday would make a fifth matchup Oct. 26 necessary to determine who wins the conference title and advances to the state tournament.


The Lady Commodores (15-6) are in the midst of a five-match winning streak in which they haven’t dropped a single set. In the win over the Lady Pirates, Gulf Coast outscored its conference rival 75-40 over three sets and only committed four total hitting errors in the match. That victory also snapped a 19-match winning streak for the Lady Pirates (21-4), who have now lost in two of their last three outings.


Gulf Coast will also be having a fundraiser Wednesday for Liz Kasey, a member of the school’s athletic department who is getting tested for a kidney transplant and needs help with expenses. Anyone who wishes to help can get more information by e-mailing skindt@gulfcoast.edu. Kasey’s GoFundMe page is www.gofundme.com/liz-kasey-kidney-fund-2tseyta8.

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