Lady Marlins put a mark in the win column

Tina Harbuck

After dropping their season opener last week, the Destin Marlins dominated on the court for a 2-0 victory over the visiting Angels from St. Mary’s in middle school volleyball action Monday afternoon in Destin.

“Our serves were good,” said Destin Coach Kersten Bowman.

“We had a lot of communication and we had some leaders step up today,” she said.

“Bailey Maurer was a great leader and Carsyn Tillman our setter did a phenomenal job setting up the point.

“I think everybody stepped it up today. We needed that W,” she said.

In the first game, the score was tied early at 2-2 on missed serves and hits. Then Destin’s Maurer went to work at the service line serving up five straight for an 8-2 advantage.

The scoring went back and forth on misses and a couple of aces from Destin’s Anna Marie Knowles and Katherine O’Leary. Sitting on a 13-6 lead, Destin got the ball back on a hard hit from Lilly Wagner.

Tillman stepped up to the service line and fired off eight consecutive points, five for aces. Destin lost the serve when a player touched the net on a dink shot.

Destin gave up a couple of points, before finishing it off 25-9.

In game two, the Lady Marlins fell behind 7-4 early on. Destin evened the score on a couple of serves from Knowles, but then the Angels picked up two more points for a 10-8 lead. The scoring went back and forth with teams missing serves, and the Angels stayed on top 14-10.

At that point in the game, Destin took control with Tillman at the service line. She served up 14 consecutive points with at least 10 aces. O’Leary and Wagner had a couple of good hits at the net to help the offensive cause for the Marlins and to secure the 25-14 win.

Up next for Destin, 1-1, is a 4 p.m. game, Sept.21 at home against Liza Jackson.

Sept. 21, 4 p.m. - Destin vs. Liza Jackson. 

Sept. 28, 4 p.m. - Destin at Lewis.

Sept. 30, 4 p.m. - Destin vs. Davidson.

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