It only took 30 minutes for the Destin Marlins to put the Lewis Falcons away, 25-5, 25-6, in middle school volleyball action in Valparaiso earlier this week.
“The biggest thing for us today was serving,” said first-year Destin volleyball coach Katie Davies. “When we got our serves in we scored. That was the key. And not letting up, we had to keep pushing hard.”
And there was no letting up for the Destin Marlins. After giving up a couple of points on missed serves, they went on a scoring spree with Ava Smith at the service line. Smith served up 12 unanswered points, most for aces and one on a tip over by Blakely York.
Smith finally missed on a serve and gave up a point, but the Marlins got it back quickly on a bump from SummerLee Baldwin.
At that point, Baldwin went to the service line for Destin and served up eight consecutive points. Destin won the game 25-5.
In game two, Coach Davies gave everybody playing time and the Marlins still came out on top.
Presley Foster got things started for the Marlins with four straight serves for points.
The serve went side out a couple of times before Kiersten Martin picked up four straight for Destin for a 9-2 advantage.
After a couple of more missed points, Destin’s Kasidy Braden stepped up to the service line and knocked in six consecutive points. Amrah DeSimone tipped one in on a volley for a point as well.
Destin’s Foster finished up the game with five straight serves for a 25-6 victory.
Up next for Destin is a 6 p.m. game Monday at Baker Middle School.