Destin Marlin tennis teams serve up fast start to season

Scott Martineau | Special to The Log
Wesley Shackelford, playing in the No. 1 spot for Destin, wins first three matches.

Dodging wet spring weather and difficult opponents, the Destin Middle School boys and girls tennis teams are off to a perfect start after their first three matches. The Marlins beat rival middle school teams from Shoal River, Bruner and Davidson over the last week.

"The wet March weather made practicing and preparation for matches difficult for everyone. We’re just happy to get these first three matches completed. The fact we won so handily is just icing on the cake,” said Destin Coach Ronda Pridgen after the victory against Davidson on Thursday at the courts at Sandpiper Cove.

"I’m so proud of our team and the way we’ve played," said eighth grader Mary Hannah Williams after going undefeated in her first three matches. "Everyone is bringing their “A” game to our matches that’s why we’ve come out on top. I’m ready for the next match."

Middle school tennis matches consist of five matches of singles and two matches of doubles. The winner must take at least four of the seven matches. Thus far the Lady Marlins have only dropped two of 21 matches. The boys have only lost three of 21 matches.

Wesley Shackelford and Carson Miller play No. 1 and No. 2 for the boy’s team and both have posted perfect records with strong play and determined doubles play.

"Wesley really came through and played well for Destin against Bruner. And Carson Miller had a tough match and he found a way to win. I’m so proud of all the boys. They did really well,” Pridgen said after the completion of the Thursday matches.