Gwen Gustafson had five kills and seven digs Monday as Coupeville knocked off South Whidbey. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

We own you. We still own you.

The Coupeville High School JV volleyball players are a bit like Aaron Rodgers, and they proved it Monday, rallying to win big in Langley.

Pulling out a three-set thriller, the Wolves completed a season sweep of arch-rival South Whidbey, knocking off the Falcons both at home and on the road.

The 25-17, 23-25, 16-14 win in its rival’s gym lifts Coupeville’s JV to 10-2 on the season, best record of any fall sports team in Cow Town.

Now comes the epic test, as the Wolves head home to host La Conner Tuesday.

The Braves JV hasn’t lost a Northwest 2B/1B League contest in 20-plus seasons, but Coupeville is just scrappy enough to believe in the dream.

For the moment, the young Wolves can bask in showing off their grit in Langley.

Most of its matches have been straight-sets sweep this season, so having to dig down deep for the victory is solid proof Coupeville can win in different ways.

That makes for a happy coach.

“It went well!,” said Wolf JV taskmaster Ashley Menges. “We were slow to start with energy and focus, but once we settled in it was a good match!

“This was really one of our first tests this season, which showed who my competitors are and how much they wanted it” she added.

“It was a good start to the week.”


Monday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 11 assists, 4 aces
Mia Farris — 2 kills, 3 aces
Gwen Gustafson — 5 kills, 7 digs
Jada Heaton — 2 kills, 1 solo block
Isabel Johnson — 7 digs
Katie Marti — 3 kills, 1 dig, 6 assists, 1 ace, 1 block assist
Madison McMillan — 7 kills, 6 digs, 3 aces
Grey Peabody — 1 kill, 1 block assist
Aby Wood — 1 kill, 1 dig

Madison McMillan — a star is born.

Rough night in Langley

Olivia Schaffeld had a team-high six kills Monday night in Langley. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maddie Georges doled out 10 assists.

It’s the toughest 24-hours-plus they’re likely to face all season.

The Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad, which is enjoying a strong season, plays juggernauts on back-to-back nights to open what will be a busy week.

Monday night it was a trip to Langley to face South Whidbey, and the result was a bruising 25-6, 25-11, 25-11 non-conference loss.

The loss drops the Wolves to 8-4, while the Falcons, who already swept two matches from perennial powerhouse King’s, rise to 11-2.

Now, Coupeville will need to bounce back immediately, as it hosts La Conner Tuesday in a showdown for control of the Northwest 2B/1B League.

The Wolves are 8-1 in league play, with their only loss coming to the two-time defending state champ Braves, who are 9-0 in the conference, 12-0 overall.

Things stay busy after that, with Friday Harbor (1-7, 2-9) coming to Coupeville Thursday, before the Wolves return to Langley Saturday for the Island Invitational.

Monday night CHS ran into a South Whidbey squad which is playing some of its best volleyball of the season.

“South Whidbey had a very tough serve that worked us over,” said Wolf coach Cory Whitmore. “When given the chance, we were aggressive with our swings.”


Monday stats:

Alita Blouin — 10 digs, 1 ace
Maddie Georges — 3 digs, 10 assists
Taygin Jump — 2 digs
Madison McMillan
— 1 dig
Grey Peabody — 1 kill
Jill Prince — 2 kills, 1 block assist
Olivia Schaffeld 
— 6 kills, 3 digs
Lyla Stuurmans 
— 1 dig, 1 block assist
Savina Wells 
— 1 kill, 3 digs

Rhylin Price and CMS volleyball finally got to play at home Monday, in their third try. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Third time’s the charm.

Nearly three weeks after their first scheduled home match, the Coupeville Middle School volleyball team finally got to play in their own gym against another school.

The original season opener came up empty when Langley never showed, then a second home match — this time against Granite Falls — was bumped due to bus driver issues.

But Monday everything worked, and Northshore Christian Academy arrived ready to rumble with the Wolves.

And while the visitors won both matches, there were still plenty of highlights for Coupeville fans to enjoy.

The biggest came in the final set of the day, when the Wolves top team rode some big serves to a 15-10 win.

Jordaya Dowell got CMS started, smacking several lasers from the line, while Tenley Stuurmans, Haylee Armstrong, and Teagan Calkins also came up big on their serve.

Stuurmans and Dowell also had big hustle plays in the set, with the former diving to the floor and lifting a rapidly-falling ball back up and over the net for a point.

Her teammate delivered the back-breaker to NSA, as Dowell came flying in from the side to drop a perfectly-placed bump between two defenders to stake Coupeville to a lead it wouldn’t lose.

While Coupeville’s Level 1 squad dropped the first two sets, it was competitive with the visitors, who featured a couple of heavy hitters.

Northshore also got a lot of points off of underhand “pooch” serves, while the Wolves, to a player, went overhand each time out, better preparing themselves now for playing at the high school level.

Armstrong, Stuurmans, Dowell, and Heidi Lysene all launched aces on their serve, with Armstrong also connecting on a thunderous spike for a winner.

Calkins, who was lauded by CMS coach Cris Matochi for “really being good at bringing leadership today” also climbed an invisible ladder to the sky before delivering a graceful tip winner.

In the opener, Coupeville’s Level 2 team got strong work from several players.

Capri Anter let fly with a ferocious serve or two, while Willow Leedy-Bonifas bopped a pair of returns which hopped over the net and hit pay-dirt for Wolf points.

The best play in the opening match may have come courtesy the tandem of Stuurmans and Rhylin Price, who teamed up for a beauty.

Successfully holding off match point, Stuurmans went low to make a flawless set, while Price finished off the play with a nicely-angled shot.

For Matochi and fellow CMS volleyball guru Katie Kiel, seeing growth and ever-increasing confidence from their young players trumps the score on the board hanging above the floor.

“The whole team played really well today,” Matochi said. “We saw a lot of improvement, and they are understanding they can win.

“That’s what we want, is for them to show good volleyball skills, to play with solid fundamentals, and have good spirit. And that’s what we saw!”

Coupeville’s drive-thru espresso joint is closing after 11 years. (Photos property Prairie Perks)

The business sat next to Ebey Bowl since 2010.

Turn off the coffee pot, it’s almost time to go home.

After 11 years, Prairie Perks, a drive-through espresso shop located in the parking lot next to where Coupeville’s bowling alley used to be, is closing.

The announcement was made Monday on Facebook.

“We thank you our devoted customers for supporting us and our BARISTA’S for 11 years here in Coupeville,” the short post read.

“Sadly – we will be serving our last coffee on Sunday, Nov. 7, closing for good @ 6pm.”

The business, owned by Mary and Robert Engle, launched in 2010.

Audrianna Shaw and Wolf girls soccer will play in Coupeville Wednesday, after a road game was turned into a home game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Great Bus Driver Shortage of 2021 is benefiting Coupeville fans this time around.

Wednesday’s girls soccer match between the Wolves and Mount Vernon Christian was supposed to be played off-Island, but now it’s coming to Whidbey.

That means all the Coupeville booters who just celebrated Senior Night will get an unexpected extra game at Mickey Clark Field.

Game time Wednesday is 4:00 PM.