A few too many misses from the service line didn't help the Destin Marlins girls volleyball teams cause as they lost 25-20 and 25-11 to the visiting Shoal River Mustangs from Crestview Wednesday afternoon.



Despite the loss, Destin Coach Paula Farland was proud of the Marlins effort.



"I think the girls have worked very hard to improve their skills this season," Farland said.



"We’re off to a slow start, but the players have much more game than they showed. They have the heart and the skills — they just need to shake off their first game jitters. This just means that at our next game against St. Mary’s, we will be ready to leave it all on the court," Farland added.



The Marlins will get another chance to show what they have when they play at 4 p.m. Monday at home against St. Mary's of Fort Walton Beach.



In Wednesday's season opener, Destin came back from a 9-1 deficit to close it down to a 10-6 game on a serve from Marlee Greer and a couple from team captain Caroline Porter. Destin lost on a volley and the Mustangs picked up two more points. Picking up a point here and there, on shots from Sam Houston and Delaney Decker, Destin came within two points of catching the Mustangs.



Late in the game, Shoal River went long on a serve and Destin got the point and control of the ball. Porter served up three points before turning it back over to the Mustangs with the score at 23-19. Destin picked up one last point before losing the game on a volley.



In game two, Shoal River dominated at the service line putting up 10 consecutive points to start.



For the game, Destin scored three points on serves from Greer, Mary Hannah Williams and Decker, while the rest came off misses from Shoal or wins on volleys by the Marlins.