Raiders roll past Pace in home opener

Michelle Lee saw a big difference in the way her Navarre volleyball team played in a loss to Fort Walton Beach last Tuesday compared to the way it performed in a victory over Pace in its home opener Wednesday.

“We were so focused coming into this game,” said Lee, who is in her second season as the head coach of the Raiders. “Our passing and everything else was compact. Everything we did was under control. Against Fort Walton, it wasn’t that way. There was such a huge difference in how we played this match.”

Encouraging signs were everywhere for the Raiders, who won only five games last season but are 2-1 through three games after a 25-17, 25-13, 25-22 victory over the Patriots.

Hallie Bouressa set the tone in the first game against the Patriots with a stellar serving effort, rattling off five consecutive points as the Raiders built a 7-0 advantage.

Solid play at the net helped Navarre stay ahead of Pace, with Caitlin Bethel, Madison Jones, Aubrey Ross and Lauren Robbins paving the way up front as the Raiders dominated the opener.

Serving played a big part in Navarre’s success in the next two games as well. Bouressa opened game two with a pair of aces and Eliana Rangel was on point with her serves as well as the Raiders built a 10-3 lead and never looked back.

“Our girls have always been tough servers,” Lee said. “That has benefitted us in getting extra points in our games.”

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