Errors proved costly for Destin Marlins

Tina Harbuck

After an hour late start, the Destin Marlins came up short on the road Monday evening losing to the Lewis Falcons 2-0 in middle school volleyball action.

“We sent over seven free balls, we had seven serve-receive errors and had five missed serves … that's the game right there. But they are easy fixes,” said Destin Coach Kersten Bowman.

“We did not play as a team today and we did not have any leadership. I think my team has gotten comfortable having improved so much from last year and we are taking a back seat to having come so far,” she said.

And Destin found themselves in the back seat with a 25-16 and 25-22 loss on Monday.

In game one, Destin took the early lead 6-2 with serves from Lilly Wagner and Bailey Maurer. But after a couple of missed serves, Lewis took over and strung together five points with Anjolie Perez at the service line for a 11-9 go ahead.

Destin got the lead one last time, 12-11, on serves from Braden Runnels. After a miss at the net by the Marlins, Lewis’ Makayla Tarquinio took over and put up four consecutive points to give the Falcons a 16-12 lead. Destin picked up a point here and there, before Lewis finished it off with Perez knocking in five straight for the win.

In game two, the Falcons jumped out to a 6-1 lead early, but Destin battled back to even the score at 10-10. The Marlins, however, never got the lead. They came within one and two points of the Falcons but could never get over the hump.

Down the stretch, Destin’s Wagner got them to 23-22, but then lost the serve and Lewis finished up for the 25-22 victory.

Up next for Destin is a 4 p.m. game at home Wednesday against Davidson of Crestview.

Destin plays at 4 p.m. today against Davidson at home.