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Alita “The Assassin” Blouin heads to Coupeville High School this fall, ready to turn hard work into success. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They call her “The Assassin” for a reason.

Off the court, Alita Blouin is a strong, smart, highly-motivated young woman.

On the court, she’s all those things — and also a stone-cold killer.

Of all the athletes headed to Coupeville High School this fall, Blouin is the one I most feel confident in hailing as a star.

She has talent, which she has shown on the volleyball and basketball court, and will soon bring to the tennis court, but it’s more than that.

During her middle school days, Blouin showed a fieriness, an unwillingness to back down, which is too often missing in Coupeville athletes.

That was key to success in volleyball, where she was a leader, and in basketball, where she sliced ‘n diced rivals both as a passer and shooter for a Wolf 8th grade team which went undefeated.

You can read more of my thoughts on the rare qualities Blouin brings to Wolf sports by popping over and reading an article from last year:

https://coupevillesports.com/2018/12/30/heart-of-a-wolf-heart-of-a-champion/

Now, no one can truly know if middle school success will translate to high school stardom.

Sometimes everything clicks, other times life intrudes.

Most of all, it’s not fair to put too much pressure on a young woman yet to attend her first class as a CHS freshman.

But Blouin, with a solid support crew headed up by parents Shawn and June, and younger brother Ryan, seems built for success.

And it all starts with her positive attitude.

“My strengths as an athlete are taking criticism and applying it to how I play,” Blouin said. “I also always look for a way to give one of my teammates a good opportunity to succeed and work together in the process.”

She’s very close to many of those teammates, which helps her both be a leader and work together for the greater good of the team.

“Being an athlete helps me make a stronger bond with my teammates/friends,” Blouin said. “It helps me bring out my competitive nature.

“And playing sports is just overall really fun.”

Meshing well with the other young women on the court is one of Blouin’s primary goals, and it extends not only to those her own age, but to the upperclassmen she will soon join.

“My goal as a high-school athlete is to create stronger bonds with my older teammates, so that we can all have chemistry while we play,” she said.

“And also, so I can learn from them, since they have more experience than I do.”

While she’s already achieved some athletic success, Blouin isn’t content to rest on her laurels.

Instead, she has a clear vision of the future, and what she and her teammates can accomplish over the next four years, if they continue to grow, both as individuals, and in a team framework.

“I would like to work on my self-confidence,” Blouin said. “Many times I miss out on an opportunity simply because I don’t believe in my own abilities.

“Also, I would like to win, and maybe make it to state for at least one of my sports.”

While she enjoys basketball, and is looking forward to trying out tennis, the first high school sport she will play claims the biggest part of her heart.

“My favorite sport is volleyball, because when you are playing, you get rushes of adrenaline during rallies and this rush of energy makes the game so exciting,” Blouin said.

“Especially when the point is won and everyone is cheering, it just makes me really happy.”

When she’s not competing or practicing, Blouin also excels in the classroom, enjoying art, math, and computer design.

She helped create the CMS yearbook as an 8th grader, spends time painting and drawing at home, and will bravely tackle both geometry and algebra at the same time during her freshman year.

As she makes the jump to high school, Blouin knows she isn’t alone.

Her family and friends, many of whom play sports alongside her, will always be there to provide support at crucial moments.

“My teammates have had one of the biggest impacts on the person I am today,” she said. “Mostly (fellow basketball starters) Maddie (Georges), Gwen (Gustafson), Carolyn (Lhamon), and Nezi (Keiper).

“We all push each other and help each other improve as athletes,” Blouin added. “We are all very competitive with each other and that is why we are competitive when we play in games.”

Before and after she steps on the floor, she gets a different kind of support from her family, with extended members, from grandparents to cousins, often filling a chunk of the stands at her games.

“My parents also have always believed in me since day one,” Blouin said. “They always tell me what I do well and what I can improve on next time.

“Without them I wouldn’t have the opportunity to be an athlete.”

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Lucy Tenore is bringing her volleyball (and tennis) skills to Coupeville High School this fall. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Spike, bump, serve, relax.

For Lucy Tenore, life on the volleyball court offers the perfect escape.

“It gives you a chance to forget about everything that day and do something you love and can count on,” she said.

Tenore, who will be a freshman at Coupeville High School this fall, plans to play tennis as well, but it’s volleyball she digs the most.

“I love it because I always get to be with my teammates,” she said. “I believe my strength is being a cheerleader for my teammates.”

She’ll enter high school play already possessing one thing coaches love to see – height – and brought a nicely-developing skill set with her whenever she hit the floor during middle school action.

A hard worker, both in practice and matches, Tenore always tries to stay positive. Though sometimes that takes a little extra effort.

“I’d like to work on not getting so down on myself when I make mistakes,” she admitted.

But with the support and encouragement of her main cheering section — “my parents, my dog, and my little sister” — Tenore has big dreams.

“My goal is to be on the volleyball varsity team all four years of high school,” she said, with confidence in her voice.

Away from the volleyball floor, Tenore stays busy, keeping up with school work and extracurricular activities.

In addition to her sports pursuits, she’s joined the Scouts BSA program and pledges to stay loyal to her life-long fascination with all things from the House of Mouse.

“My deepest love is for Disney,” Tenore said. “I have always had an addiction to Disney music, Disney movies, and, most of all, Disneyland.”

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Jillian Mayne was one of 12 Coupeville netters to letter this season. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Joining Mayne on the list was freshman Eryn Wood.

Two players, one goal.

Coupeville High School juniors Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer mesh together fairly flawlessly, making for an ideal doubles unit on the tennis court.

So, it’s only fitting that the dynamic duo closed their season the same way they played it, sharing team MVP honors Monday night as the Wolves handed out awards and letters.

The wonder twins also shared Captain honors, with Wurzrainer tabbed as Most Inspirational.

Sophomore Genna Wright, who held down the #1 singles slot, copped the Coach’s Award from CHS net guru Ken Stange, and three Wolves snagged Most Improved honors.

Abby Mulholland collected “Most Improved Varsity,” Noelle Daigneault was picked as “Most Improved Swing Player” and Cecelia Camarena was named “Most Improved JV Player.”

 

Varsity letter winners:

Noelle Daigneault
Emily Fiedler
Jaimee Masters
Jillian Mayne
Katelin McCormick
Bruna Moratori
Abby Mulholland

Elaira Nicolle
Avalon Renninger
Eryn Wood
Genna Wright
Tia Wurzrainer

 

Participation certificates:

Maddy Andrews
Cecelia Camarena
Annika Heller
Cassidy Holmes
Lola Jimenez
Mary Milnes

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Coupeville’s Tia Wurzrainer (left) and Avalon Renninger were nipped Tuesday in a bi-district playoff match in Redmond. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Coupeville High School girls tennis season ended Tuesday in rainy Redmond.

Well, actually it came to a close inside the field house at The Overlake School, on a dry court, encircled by basketball hoops and a rock climbing wall.

It was a fairly unusual setting for a tennis match.

Tumbling or wrestling mats were stashed right outside the court, while wayward shots were just begging to dent plaques on the gym wall dedicated to Overlake golfers who’ve made it to state.

By the looks of one row of plaques, which were drooping at odd angles, it seems that’s a challenge readily accepted by PE students.

On this day, the only match going on was a bi-district playoff match-up between Overlake’s Mihika Srinivasan and Kamala Meghji and Coupeville’s Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer.

While both duos came up with big shots, the Owls, the #3 seed from District 2, defended their “home”court, eventually knocking off the #2 seed from District 1 to the tune of 6-3, 6-2.

Srinivasan and Meghji advance to face the #1 seed from District 2 Saturday in the bi-district semifinals, chasing one of two tickets to the state tournament.

With the loss, Coupeville is done, but their next door neighbors have two teams still alive.

South Whidbey’s Allison Papritz and Mary Zisette, the #1 seed from District 1, are already in the semifinals.

Fellow Falcons Ainsley Nelson and Farriss Jokinen, the D-1 #3, play Wednesday in a loser-out match, trying to advance to spar with their own teammates in the final four.

While their season had ended, Wurzrainer and Renninger had a stellar run during their first go-round as Coupeville’s top doubles unit.

Having inherited the role from Payton Aparicio and Sage Renninger, who finished 4th at state as seniors, Tia and Avalon were team captains, fashioned a winning record and claimed 2nd place at the North Sound Conference tourney.

Only juniors, they are expected to return next spring for a final run under the guidance of long-time CHS net guru Ken Stange.

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Coupeville junior Tia Wurzrainer and doubles partner Avalon Renninger finished 2nd at the North Sound Conference tennis tourney, and are now off to bi-districts. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Well, at least they got to skip some school.

Coupeville High School netters Avalon Renninger and Tia Wurzrainer went back to Granite Falls Wednesday for day two of the North Sound Conference tennis tournament, but never had to play.

The Wolf duo, after going 2-1 Tuesday, had already clinched a spot at bi-districts, but didn’t know if they would go as the #2 or #3 seed from District 1.

Turns out they will be #2, and all without lifting a racket this afternoon.

Wurzrainer and Renninger waited as four other teams battled Wednesday, and when the last team standing was Ainsley Nelson and Farris Jokinen of South Whidbey, Coupeville got a walk-over win in the 2nd/3rd place match.

That was because the Wolves top doubles duo beat the #2 Falcon team Tuesday, claiming a 6-0, 7-6(7-2) win.

Coupeville would have only had to play Wednesday if King’s #2 team or Granite Falls #1 duo had emerged victorious from the four-team rumble.

Renninger and Wurzrainer open bi-districts Tuesday, May 14 at the Overlake School in Redmond, facing the #3 team from District 2’s Emerald City League in a loser’s out match.

Nelson and Jokinen face the Emerald City League’s #2 team the same day at the same location.

If either or both Whidbey teams survive, they advance to the semifinals May 17 at the Redmond Tennis Club.

Wurzrainer and Renninger would face the Emerald City League’s #1 team, while Nelson and Jokinen would run up against their own teammates, as Falcons Allison Papritz and Mary Zisette are the #1 seed from the North Sound Conference.

Two teams advance to state.

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