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Gulf Coast edges past Pensacola in 5

By The News Herald

Posted Sep 12, 2018 at 10:04 PM

  

PENSACOLA — The Gulf Coast volleyball team finished its pre-conference schedule with a flourish Wednesday night with a five-set victory over Pensacola State: 18-25, 25-17, 24-26, 25-18, 16-14 to improve to 4-5 on the season.

 

The Lady Commodores, who have now won four of their last six outings after an 0-3 start to the year, rallied from two sets to one down to beat their former Panhandle Conference rivals.

 

“It was a battle,” Gulf Coast coach Scott Allen said. “It was a good match back and forth. We’re playing better. There’s still a lot out there that we’ve got to get better at, but we scored more points than the other team tonight, so it was a pretty good night. The girls played some good volleyball.”

Madison Daniel led the Lady Commodores with 17 kills to go with 23 digs and three blocks, while Mary Daniel had a team-high 34 digs and two ace serves. Jamie Clark and Savannah Stanton added six kills each, with Clark adding 13 assists. Tyler Sneed led GC with 14 assists.

 

Ayajay Coleman tied with Madison Daniel for the lead with three blocks and added two kills, with Cassidi Gant contributing two kills and two blocks. Jaelyn Jomalon had five kills, two blocks, and an ace. Sierra McNeil had 17 digs and two aces.

 

After Pensacola State edged past Gulf Coast in the third set, the Lady Commodores jumped out to a big lead in the fourth and turned back a late Lady Pirates charge to force a fifth and final set. The fifth was tight throughout, with the margin never exceeding three points either way.

 

Gulf Coast had a chance to put it away on serve leading 14-13 but a serving error knotted it back up. The Lady Commodores responded by scoring the next two points to put the match away. Allen said that response was indicative of the energy and resiliency his players displayed all match.

 

“I was proud of them for not getting down when we had some bad runs,” he said. “The energy, effort, and attitude were awesome throughout the night. I’m a pretty happy coach right now, and (the players) are already talking about things we can work on tomorrow that we didn’t do well tonight.

They’re excited. It was a good night for them to see what they’re capable of when they play well.”

 

Gulf Coast will next open up play in the Sun-Lakes Conference on Friday at home against Pasco-Hernando State at 6 p.m.

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