Adversity takes its toll on a team, eroding its spirit and will to keep pushing forward, sometimes for only a game or two. Sometime the adversity has no end in sight.
Yet on Thursday night, Navarre’s volleyball team, in the grip of a four-match losing streak, refused to back down against county rival Milton.
The perseverance paid off. The Raiders overcame a loss in game one to knock off the Panthers in four games at home, winning 23-25, 25-18, 25-14 and 28-26 in a riveting match where momentum swayed back and forth throughout night.
The players celebrated on the court, jumping up and down and savoring the moment as if they won a championship match. First-year head coach Michelle Lee smiled as she watched the celebration.
“The girls played their hearts out,” Lee said. “I’m speechless. They were awesome.”
Navarre (3-8) could have easily folded. It could have backed down when the Panthers stormed ahead 20-12 in the fourth game and sat on the brink of forcing a fifth and deciding game.
The Raiders wouldn’t let it happen.
Whether it was big hits by Shelby Freese, Eliana Rangel or Hallie Bouressa, or big-time saves by Jordyn York and Nyasha Frank, Navarre chipped away at the deficit and went in front for good at 27-26 on a serve by Christine Palmer.
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