Raider tennis team makes school history

All season Navarre head tennis coach Rob Whitley talked about this team being good enough to contend for a district title.

The Raiders proved their coach right last week, finishing as the runner-up in the District 1-3A tournament at Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze.

It’s the first time in program history it’s happened.

Gannon Casey helped pave the way, winning an individual title at No. 4 singles.

“It was amazing. It felt good to win it,” Casey said.

Casey was even more thrilled that the Raiders took home runner-up honors in the district tournament and advanced to the regional tournament. Navarre took on Niceville Tuesday.

“When coach said it was the first time that we had done it, it was pretty unbelievable,” Casey said. “It was cool to finish second as a team and be a part of school history.”

Rob Whitley has been coaching tennis a long time at Navarre and saw his team come close to a runner-up finish a year ago. The Raiders missed that distinction by a point.

This time they got the job done.

“We have had some good teams in the past. To be the runner-up, it shows we are going in the right direction,” Whitley said. “Things have gone well this season.

Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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