Coupeville’s Katie Marti sends the ball skyward during a recent match. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Three matches, three very different outcomes.

The Coupeville Middle School volleyball squads hit the highway Wednesday, headed up to the wilds of Everett to face off with swanky Northshore Christian Academy.

Once there, the Wolves came within a set of winning two of the three bouts, before eventually taking a loss in each rumble.

How the day played out:


Level 1:

Coupeville’s top aces fell 25-14, 25-13 in the first two sets, then rallied to take the third frame 15-9.

The loss drops the Wolves to 1-7 on the season, with matches against South Whidbey (Oct. 21 at home) and Lakewood (Oct. 24 on the road) left on the schedule.

Mia Farris had the hot hand for CMS, picking up 10 points off of her serve, while Chloe Marzocca netted eight, and the tandem of Lyla Stuurmans and Grey Peabody recorded six apiece.

Rounding out the attack were Taylor Brotemarkle, Olivia Schaffeld, and Katie Marti, who each tossed four points onto the score sheet.


Level 2:

The day’s closest match, with CMS taking the opening set 25-21, NSA rebounding to edge the Wolves 25-22 in the second frame, and then the hosts taking the match with a 15-9 third set.

The razor-thin loss drops Coupeville’s most-successful team to 5-3 on the season.

Three Wolves were especially effective with the volleyball in their hands, as Brionna Blouin (14 points), Jada Heaton (12), and Madison McMillan (11) topped Wolf servers.

Also scoring for CMS were Ava Mitten (5), Allison Nastali (4), Issabel Johnson (3), Laila Wenzel (3), Aby Wood (2), and Skylar Parker (2).


Level 3:

Coupeville lost all three sets, but narrowed the margin in each, eventually falling 25-11, 25-14, 15-10.

The young Wolves are 1-7 on the season.

Hayley Thomas topped the points charts, rolling up eight, while Maryah Love and Bryley Gilbert amassed six apiece.

Jackie Contreras (4), Jones Walther (4), Kaylee Clark (2), Kassidy Upchurch (2), Bailey Thule (2), and Gabriella Becktell (1) rounded out the Wolf scoring.

Nick Guay leads the charge. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“Aha, my old foe, you thought you could escape from me, but you were wrong, so wrong!”

Familiarity breeds improvement.

During its first season of competition, the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer team has just three rivals filling out its 10-game season.

The Wolves have beaten Granite Falls twice, while falling all three times they’ve played both Lakewood and Northshore Christian Academy.

The latest of those defeats came Wednesday in Lakewood, where CMS fell 4-0 on the pitch to their large-school rivals.

While the losses have piled up a bit during a 2-6 season, the chance to face off with the same squads has given the Wolves a chance to measure their progress.

In each of their three meetings, Coupeville has reduced the goals scored by Lakewood, a much-larger middle school which funnels students to a 2A high school.

The Wolves have brought the number down from eight in game one, to five in game two, then to four in the final meeting this season between the schools.

And it was actually much closer, as Lakewood only led 1-0 at the half and 2-0 late in the game.

A pair of back-to-back scores in the waning moments stretched out the margin, but didn’t dampen the positive showing from the Wolves.

“We played a great game against an undefeated team,” said Coupeville coach Reese Cernick.

“The Lakewood coach kept commenting the whole game how much we had improved and how on point our defense is.” he added. “This was one of the best games we’ve played this season, hands down.”

Coupeville has two games left on its schedule, traveling to Granite Falls Monday, Oct. 21 in pursuit of a season sweep.

After that, the Wolves wrap their inaugural season Oct. 23 at home against Northshore Christian.

Vivian Farris crunched four kills Tuesday as the Coupeville C-Team volleyball spikers rolled to their sixth win in seven matches. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Unleash the wrecking crew.

Each time Coupeville High School C-Team volleyball coach Krimson Rector has sent her spikers to the floor this season, they have delivered a stellar performance.

After thumping host Cedar Park Christian Tuesday, the Wolf freshmen sit at a tidy 5-1 in North Sound Conference play, 6-1 overall.

That non-conference victory came against 2A Anacortes, while Coupeville’s only loss was a three-set war with undefeated King’s in which the Wolf C-Team came as close as any squad has to unseating the Knights this year.

Facing off for the second time with Cedar Park, Coupeville controlled play Tuesday, especially at the service line, where the battlin’ Lucero twins, Allie and Maya, delivered eight aces apiece.

Jordyn Rogers added five aces, while Gwen Gustafson and Vivian Farris both picked up one, as well.

“The girls played great with a new lineup,” Rector said.

At the net, the Wolves were opportunistic and brutally-efficient, with Rogers leading the squad with six kills.

She was joined by Ryanne Knoblich (5), Farris (4), and Maya Lucero (1).

With a trip Thursday to South Whidbey next on the agenda, the young Wolves are in the stretch run, with four more matches between now and Oct. 28.

Every win a milestone

Scout Smith was a flawless passer Tuesday, handing out 35 assists as Coupeville volleyball drilled host Cedar Park Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

At a spiffy 10-1, the 2019 Wolf squad has tied the 2004 team for best start in program history. (Photo by Lisa Toomey)

You know, Cory Whitmore is doing pretty OK.

The Coupeville High School volleyball coach is in his fourth season at the school, and he’s now produced double-digit win totals in every campaign.

After rolling up 11, 13, and 11 wins over the past three seasons, Whitmore’s spike-happy assassins sit at 10-1 after a huge win in Bothell Tuesday night.

Bouncing host Cedar Park Christian 25-18, 26-24, 16-25, 25-18, the Wolves rise to 5-1 in North Sound Conference play, which leaves them a game off of King’s (6-0, 10-0) in the race for a league title.

The 10-1 start matches the best record at this point of the season since the 2004 CHS team, which eventually peaked at 14-1 before finishing 14-3.

Coupeville’s 2019 squad still has four regular season matches left on the schedule, starting with a trip Thursday to Langley to face South Whidbey.

Squaring off with Cedar Park, the Wolves were looking for their second win against the Eagles, while trying to improve on last year, when they split regular season matches before knocking CPC out of the district playoffs in meeting #3.

Tuesday’s tilt was, in some ways, a mirror image of the first match-up between the two squads, as Coupeville swept the first two sets, had a brief stumble in set three, then righted the ship.

“We definitely had our big ups and downs,” Whitmore said. “Had to work through some moments where we weren’t controlling the tempo, but ultimately our players came up big in the fourth to seal the win.”

Coupeville was playing its third match without big hitter Chelsea Prescott, as she recovers from an ankle injury, but the Wolves compensated by getting production across the board.

Maya Toomey-Stout matched her season-high with 19 kills, while Zoe Trujillo (12), Hannah Davidson (9), Maddie Vondrak (5), and Scout Smith (2) picked up the rest of Coupeville’s put-aways.

Toss in solid work controlling the floor, with Smith (12), Emma Mathusek (10), Lucy Sandahl (9), Toomey-Stout (8), Trujillo (6), Raven Vick (1), and Davidson (1) combining for 47 digs, and few CPC shots got away from the Wolves.

Coupeville also had four players — Lucy Tenore, Vondrak, Davidson, and Smith — collect blocks at the net, while Sandahl and Davidson served two aces apiece, and Smith handed out 35 assists.

Getting something from everyone on the floor is one of Whitmore’s goals, and the Wolves accomplished the task in style.

Lucy Sandahl had great clean play with long service runs, solid defense and one spectacular diving play to keep a rally alive and turn into offense and a big point to swing things in our favor,” Whitmore said.

“I thought Scout and Maya found their connection,” he added. “And Hannah went on two serving runs that scrambled CPC and gave us control of the fourth set.”

As he headed back to the bus, enjoying the victory while already looking ahead to the next match, Whitmore knew which stat he enjoyed the most, and it starts with a W.

“Overall, happy to win on the road,” he said.

Maddie Georges handed out 18 assists Tuesday, as the Coupeville JV spikers won in straight sets on the road. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jaimee Masters and the Wolves are now 8-2 on the season.

Kylie Chernikoff had a message for her foes Tuesday night, and she delivered it loud ‘n proud.

“Get prepared, ladies, cause the butt-whuppins’ are a’coming!!”

Now, since Chernikoff is among the friendliest of all athletes, it’s possible she didn’t say those exact words out loud.

But let’s just imagine she was thinking them.

Cause she certainly played like it.

Delivering 15 kills, five services aces, and six digs, Chernikoff filled up a huge chunk of the score-book by herself, pacing the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad to a straight-sets win in Bothell.

The 25-16, 25-22, 25-9 dismantling of host Cedar Park Christian lifts the Wolf young guns to a sterling 5-1 in North Sound Conference play, 8-2 overall.

With nine players seeing floor time for CHS, Wolf coach Chris Smith got a balanced, and very-effective attack.

The fab frosh were busy, as Maddie Georges doled out a team-high 18 assists, Alita Blouin went low to scrape five digs off the floor, and Taygin Jump mashed five kills, nailed five aces, and collected four digs.

Georges added four aces to the cause, while Abby Mulholland (one kill, one dig), Jill Prince (one kill), Jaimee Masters (two kills, one ace, one dig), Anya Leavell (one kill), and Ivy Leedy all brought intensity and hustle to their roles for the high-flying Wolves.

Coupeville returns to action Thursday, when it travels to Langley to face arch-rival South Whidbey.

The Wolves will be going for the season sweep of their next-door neighbors.