Gulf Coast falls in opener at Nationals

Gulf Coast volleyball comes up a little short in first match at Nationals

CHARLESTON, WV (WJHG/WECP) The Gulf Coast volleyball team played it's first ever game at a national tournament Thursday. Unfortunately the Commodores didn't get the result it wanted.

Still second year head coach Scott Allen was proud of the effort.

The Commodores faced McHenry out of Illinois in the first round of the 16 team DII National Tournament in Charleston, WV. The Commodores made too many unforced errors and before they knew it, they were down two sets to none.

Gulf Coast rallied to win the third and fourth sets, but they fell behind early in the fifth and deciding set and could not recover. The final set scores 24-26, 20-25, 25-17, 25-18, 11-15.

Coach Scott Allen said this shortly afterwards about his team's effort Thursday.

"You know there's only going to be one team in the country that has a win for their last match. That wasn't us this year, but if you can walk away from the match knowing that we didn't roll over, we stayed together, we played with heart, we fought, then we can walk away with our heads up, with a little pride, it's not that bad."

Gulf Coast out of contention for the national title, but will play on Friday in the consolation round, against Oakland, out of Michigan. The best they can finish now is 9th.