Before Navarre’s volleyball team played its senior night match against Tate Thursday night, head coach Michelle Lee had dinner with her seniors.
“The seniors are special to me,” Lee said. “We shared stories and memories. It was a lot of fun. They are some of the most gracious, supportive and loving seniors I’ve ever been around.”
While the dinner was enjoyable, the Raiders were unable to savor the sweet taste of victory, falling in four hard-fought games to the Aggies. Navarre won the opener 25-21 before Tate took the next three games of this District 1-8A match by the scores of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-20.
In an effort to give the Raider veterans a little extra recognition, Lee played only seniors in the first two games of the match.
“I tried something a little different, something I didn’t do last year, and that was to play all of the seniors and let them have their moment,” Lee said. “Win or lose, I wanted this to be their moment and for them to push themselves as hard as they could.”
It certainly wasn’t a lack of effort that doomed the Raiders, who lost their third-consecutive match and fell to 4-8 on the season. Navarre has played hard all season.
On this night, however, executing on passes was the downfall for the Raiders.
“We didn’t pass very well and that is a hard pill to swallow,” Lee said. “But it’s something we will continue to work on. The girls know how to do it and work hard at it. It’s just in game situations we have trouble with it at times. It’s a work in progress.”
Hallie Bouressa, Carly Haytack, Daijah McKinney, Aubrey Ross, Eliana Rangel, Hayley Thompson and Savannah West were the seven seniors recognized before the start of the match.
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