Right up until the end, Navarre’s volleyball team played with all-out effort against Crestview in a District 2-6A semifinal showdown Tuesday.
Yet, on this night, that valiant effort wasn’t enough as the Raiders fell in four games to the Bulldogs.
Their 25-19, 17-25, 15-25, 24-26 loss in Crestview lowered the curtain on their successful 2020 campaign.
Navarre surged out of the gate with an 8-0 lead in the opening game and held on for a victory.
But the Raiders couldn’t hold onto that momentum as the Bulldogs knocked Navarre out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Still, even in defeat, third-year head coach Ryan Davenport was proud of the heart the Raiders showed in a hard-fought loss.
“It was a phenomenal effort,” Davenport said. “I told them we believed we could win and we showed we could play with them. We lost to a really good team. I’m super proud of the girls.”
Navarre wraps up the regular season at 8-7, marking its first winning campaign since 2012.
“For sure, it’s my favorite season yet,” senior Abbey Nebarez said. “We broke records we haven’t broken before. We are proud of what we’ve done this year.”
Read more about Navarre’s district tournament match in the Oct. 22 issue of the Navarre Press.