September 22, 2017
Gainesville, FL – Santa Fe continued the impressive start to their first season in the Panhandle Conference, picking up their second win in as many days to move to 2-0. The victory this time came over a tough Gulf Coast State College team 3-1 (25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 25-18).
"Gulf Coast is a gritty, tough team to play against," said Coach Nick Cheronis. "I love how hard they play and we had to play well to earn this win."
Santa Fe won the first set without much of a challenge from the Commodores, but GC bounced back in the second to even things up with a 25-19 win.
In the third set, Coach Cheronis called two early time outs within the first six points of the set and it paid off as SF regained their footing midway through and pulled away for the 25-20 win.
In the fourth set Cheronis again used early timeouts to calm his team down and make adjustments, seeing the dividends once again. An early run after the timeout staked the Saints (4-9, 2-0 PC) to a 10 point lead, one they would not relinquish in route to the 25-18 win.
"We needed every one of those 89 digs tonight," said Cheronis. "Gulf Coast gave us everything we could handle. They come at you from so many different angles and hit the ball to every area of the floor."
The Saints will have a few days off from games before returning to the floor in Palatka against Panhandle Conference foe St. John's River State College on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m.
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