Pearl River falls at No. 15 Gulf Coast State
Published 3:20 pm Wednesday, October 19, 2022
PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The Pearl River Volleyball team continued its road trip on Tuesday, taking on No. 15 Gulf Coast State. The Wildcats fought hard throughout the match but fell short, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-15).
Pearl River (18-11 overall) opened the scoring in set one by grabbing an early 2-1 lead.
The match eventually worked itself to an 11-11 deadlock after another Burdine block.
The Commodores seized momentum and used it to open a 19-13 lead. The Wildcats were not fazed and fought their way back to within three at 23-20.
GCS managed to hold off the late Wildcat rally, claiming the match 25-21.
Pearl River opened on the front foot in set two by grabbing four of the first five points.
The Commodores cut the deficit to 4-2 shortly after, but Pearl River responded with back-to-back kills by Burdine and Natalie Bartholomew (Brandon) to increase the lead to 6-2.
GCS did not let the early scoring barrage by the Wildcats faze it as it went on a big run to take the lead 11-9.
Pearl River halted the run thanks to a Sammie Smith (Biloxi; D’Iberville) kill.
GCS picked up where it left off with the previous run and used the momentum to take set two 25-18.
Set three opened with neither team willing to give an inch, finding themselves deadlocked 8-8.
The Commodores went on a sizable run to establish momentum 18-10.
The Wildcats will continue the road trip on Friday against Coastal Alabama East. The match is set to get underway at 6 p.m.