Destin Marlins post fourth straight win on the tennis courts

Tina Harbuck
The Destin Log

Destin Middle School's tennis teams posted their fourth straight victory of the season Monday afternoon with wins over the Davidson Panthers at Bluewater Bay Tennis Center. 

The Marlin girls won 5-2 while the Marlin boys slipped by Davidson 4-3. 

Destin's Aspen Baker, left, and Davidson's Gaia Vitagliano chat before they begin play. Baker won the match 6-0.

“Destin was able to pull out the win over Davidson due to our No. 3, 4 and 5 players as well as doubles play,” said Destin Coach Brett Chipser. 

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“This is our toughest match to this point in the season,” he said as he watched his players Monday afternoon. 

Destin's Charlie Frankfurt, No. 2 seed, lost a close one 7-5 to Davidson's Caleb Wayer.

Before this week, Destin had beaten Bruner and Pryor, both of Fort Walton Beach, and Shoal River of Crestview. 

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“We’ve got a great group of kids this year. Both the boys and girls are playing very strong and improving a lot since the beginning of the season,” Chipser said. 

Destin's No. 3, Andrew Jackson, won his match 6-3 over Davidson's Sam Bates.

On Monday, the Destin girls almost made a clean sweep. Destin’s No. 2 through No. 5 players all won 6-0. Kinley Driver beat Kaylee Wayer, Isabella Grzebieluch beat Cassie Rios, GiGi Biro defeated Addison Wolf and Aspen Baker shut out Gaia Vitagliano. Destin’s No. 1 seed, Audrey Hill, lost a close one 7-5 to Kaya Wolfgramm. 

Destin's Aspen Baker keeps her eye on the ball during a match against Davidson. Baker, the  No. 5 seed for Destin, won 6-0.

In doubles play, Elena Martin and Driver teamed up for a 6-3 win. Hill and Paige Norris lost their doubles match 6-3. 

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As for the boys, Destin’s No. 3 player Andrew Jackson pulled off a 6-3 win over Sam Bates of Davidson. Playing in the No. 4 spot, Vlad Stasenka beat Davidson’s Jonathan Chavez 6-0 and Destin’s Ebner Ingram won 6-0 over Roy Thomas.  

Destin's Kinley Driver, left, and Elena Martin team up for a 6-3 doubles victory over Davidson.

The Marlins No. 1 seed, Gates Chipser, lost 6-0 to Tristan Cooley and Destin’s No. 2, Charlie Frankfurt, lost a close one, 7-5, to Caleb Wayer. 

In doubles, Stasenka and Jackson teamed up for a 6-2 win, while Chipser and Frankfurt went down 6-1.