Florida High School Volleyball

Curtain lowers on Navarre’s volleyball season

Curtain lowers on Navarre’s volleyball season

Navarre’s volleyball season came to an end Tuesday night. The Raiders were overwhelmed by powerhouse Niceville in a District 1-8A semifinal match. They lost in three games, falling 25-8, 25-18 and 25-12, and finish the year with an 8-18 record. First-year head coach Ryan Davenport gathered his team together after the match had ended, the […]

Navarre volleyball team pushes Wildcats to limit

Navarre volleyball team pushes Wildcats to limit

Navarre’s volleyball team traveled to Booker T. Washington last Tuesday to battle the Wildcats. Head coach Ryan Davenport started ball handler, Samantha MacFarland, for her passing skills. Amber Morrow and Veronica Ruiz substituted for each other in the back digging hard hit Wildcat shots. Davenport used a different set of jumpers in each game. In […]

MacFarland embraces role as Raiders’ setter

MacFarland embraces role as Raiders’ setter

Samantha MacFarland is having quite a season with Navarre’s volleyball team, establishing herself as one of the best setters in the area. And here’s the thing. She’s only a sophomore. Does that surprise her head coach? “Not at all,” Ryan Davenport said. “All through club season I saw her set and knew she had a […]

Navarre volleyball team ready to start season

Navarre volleyball team ready to start season

Navarre’s volleyball team opened its season with an exhibition match against Pensacola last Tuesday at Milton. Although the Raiders came up short on the scoreboard, falling 25-10, 19-25 and 13-15, there was plenty to be happy about. “We divided the squad into two teams,” first-year head coach Ryan Davenport said. “Everyone had the chance to […]

Raider volleyball team building foundation for success

Raider volleyball team building foundation for success

Friday afternoon was fun for Navarre’s volleyball team. The Raiders spent six hours in a lock-in type setting, going over goals and standards they have set for themselves for the upcoming season. First-year head coach Ryan Davenport said the day served as an opportunity to lay the groundwork for success. “If we don’t have a […]

Bethell savors her all-star moment

Bethell savors her all-star moment

Caitlin Bethell had already satisfied her appetite for a win late Thursday night, helping the East defeat the West in six games in the Subway All-Star Volleyball Game. Now it was time to enjoy a postgame sandwich with her teammates after winning a match featuring senior standouts from schools Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. […]

Bethell chosen to play in all-star volleyball game

Bethell chosen to play in all-star volleyball game

Navarre’s Caitlin Bethell has been selected to play in the Subway All-Star Volleyball Game. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the University of West Florida Fieldhouse. Bethell will be the lone representative for the Raiders, who won five games this season and were knocked out of the district tournament by […]

Raiders fall to Panthers and Dolphins in district volleyball action

Raiders fall to Panthers and Dolphins in district volleyball action

The Raiders volleyball team played a rematch with Milton at home on Sept. 18. The first time these two teams met, the Raiders prevailed in a five-game marathon match. The rematch was similar in intensity, though the result was not. After winning the third and fourth games against Milton to tie the match, the Raiders […]

Navarre’s volleyball team has mixed results against Tigers and Aggies

Navarre’s volleyball team has mixed results against Tigers and Aggies

Navarre’s volleyball team traveled to Pensacola on Sep. 5 and won a closely contested match, 3 games to two over the Tigers. Two days later, they returned home and were overwhelmed by Tate, last year’s district runner-up, three games to none. Navarre 3, Pensacola 2 The Raiders made the first game look easy, winning 25-12. […]

Navarre’s volleyball team ready to get the season started

Navarre’s volleyball team ready to get the season started

Navarre’s volleyball team will be tested right out of the gate. The Raiders take on rival Gulf Breeze Thursday in a District 1-8A showdown on the road. They open the season tonight against Milton. Raiders head coach Michelle Lee said her team is ready for the challenge of playing such a crucial game early in […]

Navarre’s volleyball team taking steps forward during summer workouts

Navarre’s volleyball team taking steps forward during summer workouts

Navarre’s volleyball team won only six games a year ago. It’s one more win than the Raiders had in Michelle Lee’s first season as the head coach. But optimism is high as the Raiders continue their summer workouts in preparation for the season ahead. Seven players are gone, but with a handful of returning players […]

Effort falls short in senior-night loss to Aggies

Effort falls short in senior-night loss to Aggies

Before Navarre’s volleyball team played its senior night match against Tate Thursday night, head coach Michelle Lee had dinner with her seniors. “The seniors are special to me,” Lee said. “We shared stories and memories. It was a lot of fun. They are some of the most gracious, supportive and loving seniors I’ve ever been […]

Raiders aiming to bounce back after tough week

Raiders aiming to bounce back after tough week

It’s been a tough stretch of games for Navarre’s volleyball team. The Raiders (2-5) lost their fourth-consecutive match Thursday night against county rival Gulf Breeze, falling 25-15, 25-6, 25-17 to the Dolphins in a 1-8A district showdown. The Raiders had a difficult time scoring against Gulf Breeze and were put in tough positions defensively against […]

Despite effort, Raiders drop district opener to Niceville

Despite effort, Raiders drop district opener to Niceville

At one point last Tuesday night it appeared Navarre’s volleyball team was going to stun district powerhouse Niceville. The Raiders surged in front 11-8 in the opening game thanks in large part to solid serving and a great defensive effort but couldn’t hold onto the lead. That proved to be the case throughout the evening […]

Raider volleyball players dedicated to improvement

Raider volleyball players dedicated to improvement

Michelle Lee didn’t have much time to get a summer workout program in place last year because she was hired in July. But it’s different this summer. Lee watches closely and provides instruction as players work on hitting, passing and setting inside the Navarre High School gymnasium. She is encouraged by the effort her players […]