They made it happen at the service line.
The Destin Marlins served up a 25-17, 25-14 win over the St. Mary’s Angels in middle school volleyball action in Fort Walton Beach Monday afternoon.
“Our serves were the difference in the game,” said Destin Coach Paula Farland.
Sabina Neilson went to the line first for the Marlins and knocked in four consecutive points before turning it over to the Angels.
St. Mary’s picked up a point, before Destin reeled off three points on aces from Helene Masone.
The scoring went back and forth with Destin making a short little run about midway through with Sabrina Locht serving up three straight.
With Destin on top 17-8, the Marlins gave up the serve on a missed kill shot. At that point, Angel Bumphus stepped up for the Angels and knocked the Marlins off balance for eight consecutive points and a tie game.
Destin’s Masone finally broke the serve and got it back for the Marlins. Masone then went to the line and finished off the game with seven straight for the win.
“They didn’t panic” when St. Mary’s came back on them, Farland said. “When it came down to the line, they pulled together.”
In the second match, Destin again scored first on a missed shot by St. Mary’s. The scoring went back and forth with Destin scoring two points to St. Mary’s one.
With the score at 9-6, Destin’s Reilly Griggs served up three straight with help on a kill shot from Madison Henry. St. Mary’s scored one more and then Destin’s Nielson served up two points.
Down the stretch, Destin’s Masone scored two points, and Mayeska Sand was credited with two points, with Fisher drilling one in for the kill on the volley. St. Mary’s scored two last points before Destin’s Fisher put an end to the game with a serve.
Up next for the Lady Marlins is 4 p.m. Monday at home against Baker Middle School.