Raiders sweep Panthers for fifth win

Navarre swept the Milton Panthers in straight sets Sept. 17 to win their fifth match of the season. The very next night, Pensacola Catholic handed the Raiders their eighth loss.

The win over Milton makes up for the three-set defeat the Raiders took from the Panthers just four weeks ago. Against Catholic, three hard days in a row took its toll against a powerful front line.

After an intense practice Sept. 16, Navarre seemed to find its rhythm in the first of their two-match homestand last week.

“I think … the chemistry came together,” said Aubrey Walls. “We really wanted to prove we could beat them.”

Head coach Ryan Davenport spent time with the players talking about teamwork and leadership.

“We had a shaky start, and then we found a groove,” he said. “We were very efficient, and it was a total team effort.”

The return of Olivia Coleman to the lineup gave the Raiders another setter, which allowed Reese Carroll to move to a hitter position. He called the new offense — introduced and practiced a few times before the Milton match – a 6-2.

Read the full article in the Sept. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

 

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