Navarre Raiders Volleyball

Seniors help spark turnaround for Raiders

Seniors help spark turnaround for Raiders

Over the last two seasons, Navarre’s volleyball team has won 16 matches. That’s more than double the win total of 2016 and 2017 combined (six). The seniors have played a pivotal role in that turnaround. They nearly pulled out another win last Tuesday night at home, pushing Gulf Breeze to five games in a thrilling […]

Navarre’s volleyball team drops final matches of regular season

Navarre’s volleyball team drops final matches of regular season

Navarre dropped two of its last three games of the regular season, culminating Thursday in a three-set sweep by Fort Walton Beach. This wasn’t the way coach Ryan Davenport saw the Raiders moving into the post-season. However, he’s openly optimistic with the way the team is playing now despite its 7-17 record. The Raiders beat Pace Oct. 3 in five […]

Raider volleyball team falls to Vikings

Raider volleyball team falls to Vikings

Navarre’s volleyball team ended a six-game streak of not winning a set last Monday as it lost in four games to Fort Walton Beach. With the four-set loss, Navarre fell to 6-15. The Raiders bounced back Thursday with their second win of the volleyball season over Pace, notching its seventh win of the year. Against the Vikings, the […]

Navarre has tough time with volleyball powerhouses

Navarre has tough time with volleyball powerhouses

Navarre’s volleyball team lost three matches last week, all against opponents ranked in the top 60 in the state. Pensacola Catholic is 21, Gulf Breeze is 29 and Niceville is 58. Navarre’s season record is 6-14, and head coach Ryan Davenport is asking for more mental strength from his players. Following the loss in “the Tank” in Gulf Breeze Sept. 24, […]

Raiders sweep Panthers for fifth win

Raiders sweep Panthers for fifth win

Navarre swept the Milton Panthers in straight sets Sept. 17 to win their fifth match of the season. The very next night, Pensacola Catholic handed the Raiders their eighth loss. The win over Milton makes up for the three-set defeat the Raiders took from the Panthers just four weeks ago. Against Catholic, three hard days in a row took its toll […]

Raiders win five-set thriller against Patriots

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 […]

Raiders win home opener in volleyball

Raiders win home opener in volleyball

The Navarre Raiders won their first volleyball match of the season Thursday, defeating West Florida Tech in four games at home. The Raiders and Jaguars traded the lead several times in the first game. “We wanted to stay close and not allow any big runs by the Jaguars,” Reece Carroll said. The Jags had a […]

Raiders have tough time with Panthers and Bulldogs

Raiders have tough time with Panthers and Bulldogs

Navarre’s volleyball team couldn’t power past a pair of district opponents last week. The Raiders lost in straight sets to Milton last Tuesday and again to Crestview on Thursday. Against the Bulldogs, the Raiders were up 11-8 in the first set but ended up giving away the lead late, eventually dropping the game 25-17. Crestview never […]

Team chemistry, leadership to fuel Raiders’ success

Team chemistry, leadership to fuel Raiders’ success

Throughout the summer and now into the preseason practices, Navarre’s volleyball team has created a culture that seemingly has set the tone for success. Unified as a team, the Raiders are ready to take the next step forward and contend for the first district championship in program history. Navarre last finished as a runner-up in […]

Volleyball team gearing up for competitive tryouts

Volleyball team gearing up for competitive tryouts

With nearly 80 players working out this summer, Navarre’s volleyball team is expecting highly competitive tryouts next week. “It’s a good problem to have,” Navarre head coach Ryan Davenport said. “We have a lot of really good volleyball players and there are no guaranteed spots. We’re expecting a really competitive tryout.” The Raiders have spent […]

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 […]

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 […]