Lady Marlins spike Gators for another victory

Destin’s Helen Masone goes up for the kill late in the second game.

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.