Raiders win five-set thriller against Patriots

Navarre’s volleyball team survived a five-set battle with Pace last Tuesday for its second win of the year.

The Raiders improved to 2-5 on the year, with both wins coming at home.

Head coach Ryan Davenport is still adjusting the mix of players he sends out on the floor. He’s tried four different liberos to firm up the defensive back line. For the match against Pace, he put Alyssa Kisselburg in the grey defensive specialist jersey.

“We’ve got everything else pretty much figured out,” Davenport said.

Kisselburg responded with 20 digs and solid passing that afforded setter Sam MacFarland to collect 42 assists.

And Navarre was on the verge of sweeping the Patriots in just three game, each featuring a classic see-saw battle with long rallies.

The Raiders lashed together a seven-point lead before the winds changed for the Patriots. But, a pair of kills by Mary Beloat and a Pace defensive miscue put the game away 25-21.

After leading most of the second stanza, unforced errors by the Raiders allowed Pace to tie the score at 22. At the end, a spike by Kyra McKelvey ricocheted off the block and out of bounds for set point, 27-25.

Read the full article in the Sept. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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