Archive for the ‘Volleyball’ Category

   Coming off a league title, high-flying Mikayla Elfrank and CHS volleyball want more success. (John Fisken photos)

   Joey Lippo will team with William Nelson to form Coupeville’s #1 tennis doubles duo.

Claire Mietus returns for her senior season of cheer, ready to be a leader.

Dawson Houston and Wolf football want to break a postseason drought.


It lingers over the land, as the start of a new high school year, and a new fall sports season, approaches.

Football enters day four of practice today, while everyone else — volleyball, cross country, tennis, cheer and soccer — is on deck, ready to officially begin Monday.

Two of Coupeville’s fall teams, volleyball and boys tennis, are defending Olympic League champs, but everyone has their heart set on making the start of the 2017-2018 school year a success.

Thoughts from the front lines, presented in alphabetic order:

Hunter Downes (senior/football):

I’m just here so I don’t get fined.

Mikayla Elfrank (senior/volleyball):

Volleyball will make it to state.

Dawson Houston (sophomore/football):

We are getting in work and hoping for an 11th game. It’s also a struggle for some that haven’t been putting in the work over break. But we will get better and stronger.

Kyra Ilyankoff (2011 grad who remains on CHS track and volleyball record boards):

That I would pass as a high schooler and come back to kill it in volleyball!

Joey Lippo (senior/tennis):

Tennis is going to win league this year.

Janie McClarin (former tennis mom):

For the first time in about eight years we won’t have a kiddo involved in Coupeville sports. Definitely bittersweet. Looking forward to your fall tennis coverage.

Claire Mietus (senior/cheer):

The cheer team is going to stop being influenced by the stereotype that “We’re Coupeville.” We want to have pride in our squad as well as ourselves and not have our actions defined by others’ expectations.

Ben Smith (freshman/football):

We want to attempt to at least have an 11th game, though some haven’t been able to attend to put in work. But we do hope that this year is better then ever.

Ken Stange (boys tennis coach):

We’re going to break in our newly repaired and resurfaced courts.

The tennis team will compete for and hopefully win our third straight league title.

The #1 doubles duo of Joey Lippo and William Nelson will play difficult, non-league opponents, sharpening their skills, hopefully leading them to the state tourney.

Last year’s singles players, Nick Etzell, Jakobi Baumann and Mason Grove, will come on strong, relying on last season’s experience to propel the team to many wins.

One, two, or all three will advance to districts, where they will make waves.

Jacob Zettle (senior/current free agent):

With the start of a new season brings one of two things, hope or discouragement.

Most likely it will bring hope, the hope of a good season. Then, after that, it’s up to the team on how hard they are going to work.

But if your season is started with that discouragement, all I have to say is good luck because you’re going to need it!

And if you wanted any advice in your story from a former player I have two things, don’t get knocked out, and give your season to the Lord because you can’t do it in your own strength.

He will provide the strength you need.

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   Want to be a football star like Jacob Martin? Gotta jump through The Man’s hoops first — get a physical, fill out paperwork, etc. (John Fisken photo)

The gym will be hopping Thursday.

In preparation for the start of fall sports, a Middle School/High School Sports Day will run 12-8 PM in the CHS gym complex.

Sports paperwork and payments will be accepted until 6 PM in the high school gym, while physicals will be offered until 8 PM in the middle school gym.

Cost for physicals is $45, with all proceeds going to the Coupeville Booster Club’s scholarship fund.

To set up an appointment, call 1-636-675-1632.

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   Lucy Sandahl (left) and Scout Smith are thrilled to be at volleyball camp. (Konni Smith photos)

Scout reunites with Maya Toomey-Stout (left) and Emma Smith.

   Sandahl, Ashley Menges (center) and Payton Aparicio come well-equipped for the multi-day stay.

The Wolves cap a successful camp with a group photo. (Cory Whitmore photo)

Coming off of its best performance in a decade, the Coupeville High School volleyball team is primed to make an even bigger splash this fall.

Helping the Wolves get ready to defend their Olympic League title, coach Cory Whitmore and 11 of his spikers attended an intensive four-day camp at Western Washington University July 5-8.

The view from court-side, courtesy Coupeville’s second-year coach:

Camp lasted a very full four days by normally being on the court by 8 AM and working until 8:30 PM at WWU’s newly remodeled Carver Gymnasium.

Our camp was the first open to summer camps – this put the WWU players and coaches in very excited moods and was fun to be able to have a sneak peek into the new facilities.

This year, we were able to bring along Lauren Rose, Payton Aparicio, Hope Lodell, Mikayla Elfrank, Kyla Briscoe, Ashley Menges, Emma Smith, Scout Smith, Maya Toomey-Stout, Lucy Sandahl and Zoe Trujillo.

It was a great mix of experience and upcoming talent. 

It’s hard for me to choose any one particular stand-out for their growth and/or effort, because every single one grew in some way or another and all put in a huge amount of effort.

I’m proud of the growth this group made as a whole – taking a new mix of girls to camp, some playing different positions, a lot of questions try to get answered while at team camp and I’m encouraged by the direction we took in both meshing as a unit and competing against other teams

Coupeville has been attending WWU Volleyball Team Camp for years now and that kind of familiarity creates consistency for planning and comfortability for coaches and players.

Their program is extremely successful under their coaching staff with a wealth of knowledge to instill upon each program that attends.

I also like the proximity and familiarity our players have to their program. Our players have gotten to know a number of their player over the years which has been fun to watch their progression.

And being that Bellingham is only an hour and a half up the road, we are able to return during the fall season as a team trip and see the Vikings compete themselves.

We were also lucky enough to have the same camp coach from the previous year, senior setter Kristina Tribley.

She was fantastic working with the girls and the two-year connection made the experience even more special for our team.

Another part of this particular camp that I like is that it is not simply a tournament – players work on skills based on individual positions, in small groups, as a team and then regularly compete as a team.

With various type games and focuses, it is not just scrimmaging. Our players were able to grow on numerous levels for various skills.

Throughout the camp, we learned out to focus on “the process” – the WWU program values growth over results and that mentality was instilled into us.

Players had to learn how to be patient and look at the little victories over the results and that fostered a comfortability in making mistakes as a part of growing.

We also made a focus to improve our communication style. As a team, progress was definitely made this camp.

Our last goal was to improve our hitting efficiency.

This was where “the process” was especially key – player had to learn how to lose a point due to a mistake, while celebrating a success in another area of the hit.

By the end of camp, that comfortability in letting mistakes go, translated into confidence which then led to kills.

In addition, our “volleyball IQ” was improved as well (where to place the ball, when to swing away).

After a post-camp, nearly full day of sleep, I’m energized toward our fall season.

I’m very much looking forward to seeing the girls take the lessons learned at camp, implementing them throughout the season and spreading that message to other players in the CHS volleyball program.

We have strong leaders on the team that grew as leaders but also helped to teach our younger players how to lead.

That experience is invaluable because it carries throughout summer, this season and into future volleyball season, being further passed down.

At the end of camp, the WWU players (camp coaches) recognize one player from their team deserving of recognition.

Coach Kristina said it was very hard for her to choose just one but she was incredibly impressed with Payton.

Payton was very strong from the service line, extremely consistent in the passing formation, made growth as an attacker and was a rock mentally for the rest of the team.

I could not agree more and I’m very happy Payton was recognized – her efforts in the off-season deserve notice.

Even though Kristin Bridges will not be able to coach this upcoming fall season, she had planned on attending camp with us, but due to early contractions she was hospitalized and roughly two weeks later she gave birth to Grayson Reid Bridges!

We are so excited for her and her family and can’t wait to meet the newest Bridges!

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   Abby (Clinkscales) Meyers brings a positive attitude and hard work to all her sports. (Photo courtesy Pat Meyers)

She’s working hard for the future, smiling all the way.

Abby (Clinkscales) Meyers has made several appearances in the CHS weight room this summer, taking part in the school’s SST training program.

Working alongside older sister Heidi, Abby, who will be an 8th grader at CMS in the fall, is preparing for multiple sports.

After playing middle school volleyball and little league softball during her first year in Coupeville, Meyers plans to branch out and add basketball in year two.

While she enjoys all of her sports, diamond life is the life for her.

“My favorite sport is softball because I really enjoy the game,” Meyers said. “I had some great coaches in Mike Peters and Lark Gustafson this year that helped me improve a lot.”

Playing team sports gives her a chance to interact with new friends, something she embraces.

“I enjoy the energy you get from your teammates and learning new things every year,” Meyers said. “My strengths are cheering on my teammates, being supportive and helping whenever I can.”

Like most young athletes, she is discovering new strengths every day, and always wants to remain open to all the possibilities out there.

“What I’d like to work on is stepping out of my comfort zone,” Meyers said. “To try new positions as suggested by my coaches.

“My high school sports career goals would be to keep growing as a player and helping my teammates.”

Away from the playing field, she excels in her art and math classes and enjoys “drawing, reading and caring for animals,” with an eye on a possible career as a small animal vet.

Whether she’s swinging a softball bat or an art brush, Meyers has a strong support crew, something which means a lot to her.

“Many people have helped me become the person I am today,” she said.

“My Aunt Pat giving me my daily guidance, my coaches Lark and Mike for their encouragement, and my sisters Heidi and Lilly for always being there through it all.”

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   Jaelyn Crebbin and fellow CMS spikers start a new volleyball season Sept. 6. (John Fisken photo)

It’s always good to plan ahead.

So, while fall sports at Coupeville Middle School don’t kick off until Sept. 6, here’s an advance look at the game schedules for Wolf volleyball and football.

It’s a six-game set for the gridiron giants and 10 for the spikers, and I’m pretty sure there’s at least one mistake.

As the schedule sits now, it shows the CMS volleyball squad playing Stevens twice, but both times at home, while they have home and away match-ups with all their other foes.

So, it’s likely one of those two tilts is really going to happen on the road, and someone just forgot to put an @ on the schedule.

To stay on top of things like that, keep an eye on the schedule at http://coupeville.tandem.co/

But, for today, here’s what things look like:


Thur-Sept. 21 Chimacum
Wed-Sept. 27 @ Sequim
Wed-Oct. 4 @ Forks
Wed-Oct. 11 Port Townsend
Wed-Oct. 18 Stevens
Wed-Oct. 25 @ Chimacum


Wed-Sept. 20 @ Sequim
Mon-Sept. 25 @ Port Townsend
Thur-Sept. 28 Stevens
Mon-Oct. 2 Forks
Thur-Oct. 5 @ Chimacum
Mon-Oct. 9 Sequim
Mon-Oct. 16 Stevens
Wed-Oct. 18 @ Forks
Mon-Oct. 23 Chimacum
Wed-Oct. 25 Port Townsend

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