Ryan Davenport

Navarre sees volleyball season end in district tourney

Navarre sees volleyball season end in district tourney

Navarre’s jubilation after its straight set win over Tate in the opening round of the District 1-6A volleyball tournament last Monday in Niceville lasted just under 24 hours.  Their excitement and solid play carried over into a match against top-seeded Crestview but it wasn’t enough in a three-game loss to the Bulldogs.  “We played one heck of a great team,” Navarre head coach Ryan Davenport said. […]

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 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 […]

Raiders cap regular season with win on senior night

Raiders cap regular season with win on senior night

The Navarre Raiders volleyball team played the Eagles of Pine Forest at home last Thursday in their final match of the regular season. It was a night in which the seniors were honored. The seniors on the team are Ciara Cathey, Megan Haytack, Amber Morrow, Alex Rebber and Kelsey Sherman. Before the first game, the […]

Raiders banking on culture change to help fuel success

Raiders banking on culture change to help fuel success

As much as this preseason for the Navarre volleyball team has been about being prepared to play when the games start to count, it’s also been about instilling a new mindset and attitude, one that will help carry this program to a turnaround season. First-year head coach Ryan Davenport has emphasized the importance of changing […]

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 […]