Lady Marlins serve up win over Pryor

TINA HARBUCK
Destin's Sophia Dolly and Cara Phillips stand ready on defense to make a play.

They did it again. The Destin Marlins captured their second victory Monday afternoon with a 2-0 win on the road over the Pryor Pirates in middle school volleyball action.

"They are relaxing and playing ball like I knew they could," said Destin Coach Jeff Spencer. "They are finally coming together as a team."

The Lady Marlins put the Pirates away 25-17, 25-19.

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In the first set, Destin fell behind a little early, but made a comeback with Breanna Dufault serving up three straight down the stretch to go up 9-7.

Pryor came back to tie the game on four occasions, however, the Marlins pulled away again with Kylee Timm serving up three consecutive points for an 18-14 game. Destin picked up two more points on serves from Dufault and three from Leah White to capture the win.

In set two, Pryor came up short on their first serve, then Destin's Carsyn Tillman served up four straight for a 5-0 lead. Destin led throughout, with their largest lead coming late in the game, 22-12. Pryor didn't give up and battled back with four straight points from Destiny Jackson for a 22-17 game.

Destin got the advantage back and Dolly hammered an ace right down the line for a 24-17 game. The Marlins lost on a dig and Pyror got the ball back and scored two more points before giving up the game on a violation call.

Up next for Destin is a 4 p.m. game today at home against the Davidson Panthers.