Raiders fall to Dolphins in volleyball opener

Navarre’s volleyball team opened its 2020 campaign Saturday afternoon with a three-game loss to Gulf Breeze.

The rival Dolphins won the match 25-14, 25-19, 25-20. But for the Raiders, the opportunity to be back on the court meant everything to them, especially after not knowing 72 hours earlier if they’d even get to play the match in the wake of Hurricane Sally.

As if that wasn’t enough, the season already had an air of uncertainty to it because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That delayed the start of it by nearly a month.

“There was a moment where we didn’t know if we’d be coming back to school or having a season,” senior Abbey Nebarez said. “Getting to come back was great. We are so lucky and so thankful.”

Navarre fell behind 5-0 in the opener and never got on track. The Raiders battled tough over the next two sets. They tied the score several times and snagged the lead on occasion.

But the Dolphins responded each time and pulled away.

Navarre is back in action Monday at Milton. Its one of three matches the Raiders will play this week, all on the road.

“We’re thankful we have a match under our belt, but now it’s back to the drawing board,” Navarre head coach Ryan Davenport said. “We have to make corrections and do things better next week.”

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