Marlins whip Pryor Pirates on the court

Tina Harbuck

It was two and done for the Destin Marlin volleyball team Tuesday evening as they sent the Pryor Pirates packing 25-14, 25-23 in middle school action in Destin.

“They are a hard working team and they want to win,” said first-year Destin coach Allison Gnuse. “They want to do well this season after coming in second last year. They’ve got a lot on the line, so they are working hard.”

Tuesday’s win was a step in the right direction for the Marlins.

Destin put up four points before serving up one long, giving the point and ball to Pryor.

At that point, Pryor put up seven consecutive points before hitting one out.

Destin took over with Arleigh Foster on the service line. Foster served up seven straight, with more than half of those as aces, giving the Marlins a 12-7 lead.

Pryor picked up a point, then Destin put of four straight on service from Lindsey Bouck. Gabi O’Brien drilled one in on a volley to give the Marlins a 10-point lead.

The Marlins made one more run on the Pirates with O’Brien at the line for four consecutive points.

The Pirates scored four more on volley’s and then Destin finished it up with a win on a long volley, 25-14.

In game two, the scoring went back and forth before Destin pulled away. Destin’s Taylor Flint made a back tip in for a point, then Foster went to the service line again, this time reeling off nine straight points, mostly on aces.

Foster finally went long on a serve giving the point and ball to Pryor.

The scoring went back and forth with Pryor making a short run at the end. However, Destin’s O’Brien stopped the Pirates on a block at the net. Destin finished up the game with Kathryn Ballard on the line for a no-return serve. Destin won it 25-23.

“We have a strong serving team,” Gnuse said. “There were a couple that didn’t fall for us tonight that usually do.”

Up next for Destin is a 5:30 p.m. game Monday on the road at St. Mary’s in Fort Walton Beach, and then a 6 p.m. game Wednesday at Shoal River in Crestview.