Panama City Beach, FL-- Now to the beach and Saturday behind Sharky's in P-C Beach, the Gulf Coast volleyball team is hosting it's second annual Emerald Coast Collegiate Invitational. The event to help push along the idea of making beach volleyball a sanctioned collegiate sport.
Gulf Coast Head Coach
"In ten years 40 schools have to adopt it as a sport for it to have a championship. It's really only gained popularity in colleges with the women's game because there's a lot more women's volleyball. We're taking the opportunity to try to build the sport of sand volleyball. There are other beach volleyball events for colleges and universities down in South Florida and our first event last year has grown a lot into this year and we're looking to propel beach vollyeball here in panama city on the NCAA level."
I asked Peck how drastic a shift it is for the girls to go from 6 person teams in the gym, to two person teams in the sand.
"Conditioning comes in a lot more because there's only two of you to rely on. The court's a little smaller so that helps with running down shots. You know ball control is a lot more important, you know indoor you have one specific job that you do usually, but out here you have to be able to do everything so you need a more well rounded skill set."
Along with Gulf Coast, women's teams from Troy, South Alabama, Alabama Birmingham and Louisiana Monroe will be here to compete. The action starts at 9:30 Saturday.