Destin Marlins hammer Meigs in volleyball

Tina Harbuck | 315-4466 | @DestinLogTina |

The Destin Marlins lowered the boom, 25-16, 25-22, on the Meigs Wildcats in middle school volleyball action Wednesday afternoon in Destin.

“We were aggressive today,” said Destin Coach Kersten Bowman. “All our serves were aggressive, our passes were on point. Our hits were aggressive … we weren’t just hitting, we were tipping and rolling and placing the ball, which we’ve been working really hard at.”

With the win, the Marlins moved to 8-2 on the season and 7-2 in the conference.

“Our defense was actually communicating with our front row. It was great,” Bowman added.

In the first game, Destin made three decisive runs on the Wildcats. After Meigs jumped out to a 2-point lead, Destin took charge with Carsyn Tillman at the service line. Tillman served up a couple of aces and Ashby Deep hammered in a couple of shots to give Destin a 5-2 advantage.

The ball went side out a couple of times with each team picking up points and Destin still holding a 9-6 lead.

The second run came with Sophie Berry at the service line for the Marlins. Berry served up at least four aces and stretched Destin’s lead to 16-6.

Meigs made a run of their own late in the game scoring five straight.

After Anna Marie Knowles hammered one in for Destin, Bailey Phillips went to the line and served up five consecutive points with Knowles and Braden Runnels lowering the boom on a couple of shots to give Destin a 25-16 victory.

Game two was close throughout with Destin staying just a step ahead of the Wildcats. Taylor Flint served up three straight for the Marlins with Runnels and Arleigh Foster applying one of those aggressive hits that Coach Bowman talked about.

With the score tied 19-19, Destin’s Knowles broke Meigs' serve with a slamming shot. Tillman then went to the line for Destin and served up three points with Phillips placing a couple of shots and Deep blocking a return. Destin led 23-19.

Destin won the game on hard-hit shots from Phillips and Knowles.

“Today they showed up. I’m very proud,” Bowman said.

Up next, Destin play at home Monday at 4 p.m. against Walton Middle of DeFuniak Springs.