Mississippi Gulf Coast Volleyball Club hosts tournament at Coast Coliseum
After having to cancel many tournaments due to the pandemic, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Volleyball Club hosted a weekend long volleyball tournament at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center.
Family, fans, and players from right here in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and Florida gathered at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center for one of the largest volleyball tournaments in the south.
Coach Rachel Gregg tells News 25 playing girls from different areas is beneficial. “When you see the same people each week in practice you kinda get used to how they play, but when you bring teams from all around the region you just see so many different styles. Being able to adjust and be adaptable to each team that you face and overcome and compete any challenges that you have is a great opportunity for the girls.”
The COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on many of the games and tournaments for the girls last year and they were forced to reschedule. “Rescheduling tournaments is something that the girls I know have had to overcome the challenge of they don’t know what they are playing for right now because it seems like we are just practicing and then we are missing out on tournaments.”
Last year, the girls were able to play the tournament but it was pushed back from its original date in March to mid-summer. Mississippi Gulf Coast Volleyball Club Director Rick Rechtien tells News 25 it looked a lot different. “Most people were in masks. We only had about seven or eight courts in here. Today we have 23 courts in here and four in the coliseum.”
COVID restrictions were put in place at the tournament and Rechtien says people have been good with following them. “The fans have been good and parents have been good and players about if they need to wear a mask or not wear a mask. I mean they have done pretty much what we asked them to do.”