Raiders’ volleyball season ends with loss to Niceville

Stuck in traffic on Interstate 10 last Tuesday afternoon, Navarre’s volleyball team got off to a little later start than expected with its District 1-8A tournament opener against Niceville.

But the Raiders seemed to show no signs of being affected by the delay on their trip to Cantonment and hung right with the Eagles most of the night.

The problem in the end, though, was the Raiders’ inability to string together points consistently, which ultimately ended their season in a 25-18, 25-16, 25-16 postseason loss to Niceville.

Junior varsity head coach Lori Erickson, who is filling in for head coach Michelle Lee while she is out on maternity leave, talked about the offensive issues of the Raiders after the match inside the William T. Fryman Athletic Complex at Tate.

“If they are scoring four or five at a time and we’re scoring one or two, it’s hard to get past that,” Erickson said. “The goal was to try and control that. We wanted to be able to capitalize when their strong hitters were out of the front row. We didn’t get the points we needed.”

Navarre’s season ends with six wins and 12 losses, the win total improving by a game from last season. It looked early on, though, as if the Raiders would pull off an upset of a team that swept them during the regular season.

Read more  in the Oct. 27 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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