Navarre was hoping for better results against Gulf Breeze the second time around.
But the Dolphins, one of the toughest teams in District 1-8A, executed its offense and defense to near perfection in a three-game sweep of the Raiders Thursday night.
Gulf Breeze topped Navarre 25-9, 25-17 and 25-11. The Raiders wrap up district play without a win and are 4-10 overall with three games to go in the regular season.
Still, even in defeat, the Raiders showed signs of promise against a Dolphins team that is 11-2 overall and 5-1 in the district.
Junior varsity coach Lori Erickson, filling in for Michelle Lee, who is out because she is due to have a baby, talked about the positives from the match against the Dolphins.
“I thought our timing on our blocking really improved,” Erickson said. “We were also more aggressive serving the ball.”
Hallie Bouressa staked the Raiders out to a 2-0 lead with a couple of serves and the Raiders led 4-3 before the Dolphins took control, stretching their advantage to 16-7 en route to dominating the opener.
Navarre improved defensively in the second game, with Carly Haytack, Madison Jones and Hayley Thompson doing a much better job of blocking up front. Caitlin Bethell rattled off a handful of strong serves as well as the Raiders erased an early double-digit deficit and closed the gap to 19-17.
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