Raider volleyball team gets back on track

Hallie Bouresssa and her Navarre volleyball teammates showed up to practice last Monday afternoon eager for a fresh start.

Four-consecutive losses were on their minds, including three in a span of nine days, and they wanted to take that rough stretch, crumple it up like a piece of paper, and toss it into a trash can.

It beat the alternative, that being continuing a slide that felt all too much like a year ago when the Raiders struggled from start to finish and lost 15 matches. They won only five.

“Last year we had a rough start and had quite a few losses that took us down (into a slump),” Bouressa said. “We wanted to start getting wins and get our momentum back.”

Talk is one thing. Action is another. Navarre was determined to have its performance match their determination and get the momentum back.

“At practice Monday we really focused on making sure this week we were going to go 3-0,” second-year Navarre head coach Michelle Lee said. “The girls right now are pulling together as a team, cheering each other on. Their hustle plays and volleyball play in general has been awesome to watch.”

Indeed it has. The Raiders swept Milton in three games last Tuesday and followed that up with a three-game sweep of Pine Forest last Wednesday.

The losing streak ended with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-21 win over the Panthers. The confidence and momentum of the Raiders rose with a dominating 25-6, 25-4, 25-7 win over the Eagles the next night.

Navarre has thrived off great serving and its offense is clicking again thanks to the efforts of players like Bouressa, Carly Haytack, Lauren Robbins, Eliana Rangel, Hayley Thompson, Madison Jones, Caitlin Bethell, Aubrey Ross and Nicole Barrett.

“It’s been a joy to watch them play,” Lee said after the win over Pine Forest. “I’m proud of them. I’m excited about the week. We are 2-0 now and we are pushing for 3-0.”

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