The Destin Marlins persisted and pulled out another win Monday afternoon sending the Baker Gators packing 25-17, 25-20 in middle school volleyball action.
“Perseverance” was the difference in the game, said Destin Coach Paula Farland. “They were down on themselves for a while, but they came out and they persevered.”
In the first game, Baker took an early 4-0 lead. Destin picked up three points on a missed serve by Baker and then Sabina Nielson served up two points. Baker got the ball back and hit for three more points.
Down 8-4, Destin broke the serve and Kara Fisher went to the line for the Marlins and served up four consecutive points for a 9-8 advantage. The scoring went back and forth and even tied six times before Destin went on a scoring spree.
Destin’s team captain Helene Masone went to the line and served up five straight with the Marlins earning points on some long volleys.
Baker got it back for a couple of points before Destin’s Fisher finished it off with three straight points.
In game two, the first few minutes of play was again close with it deadlocked at 7-7. At that point, Baker reeled off six consecutive points before Destin broke the serve on a hit from Masone.
The scoring went back and forth with Baker maintaining the lead at 17-12. Baker missed with a long serve and the Marlins took over. Mayeska Sand stepped up to the service line and knocked in five straight, two for aces, and an 18-17 lead.
Destin finished off the game with Sabina Nielson at the service line. Team captain Madison Henry hammered one in from a point, and Nielson got the last point of the game on an ace.
The Marlins, 4-0, travel to Fort Walton Beach Wednesday for 4 p.m. game with Liza Jackson.