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   Ashley Menges doled out 12 assists Tuesday as Coupeville stayed unbeaten in league play. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The hunt for back-to-back league titles rolls on.

The Coupeville High School volleyball squad weathered a tough challenge on the road Tuesday, drilling host Klahowya in straight sets to stay undefeated in Olympic League play.

Escaping Silverdale with a 25-20, 25-23, 25-22 win, the Wolves improved to 5-0 in conference action, 8-2 overall.

That puts them a game-and-half up on the Eagles (4-2) in the league standings, while Port Townsend (1-4) and Chimacum (1-5) are hanging out in the cellar.

Coupeville hasn’t dropped a set in league play this year, cruising to a pristine 15-0 mark, while winning 80% of their sets overall at 24-6.

After finishing 8-1 in league play last season, the Wolves are 13-1 in conference matches since Cory Whitmore became coach.

His winning percentage of .929 in Olympic League rumbles is third-best among CHS varsity coaches, trailing just girls basketball guru David King (27-0) and girls tennis shaman Ken Stange (15-0).

Tuesday night, Whitmore’s spikers fought off the Eagles with a strong hitting attack.

“We took steps forward today, working to improve our hitting percentage, having all our hitters in positive numbers,” Whitmore said. “Very happy to see that.”

Klahowya came closer than it did the first time the two teams met this season, and, with a third match looming in Coupeville Oct. 25, the Wolves don’t want to let down their guard.

“We didn’t particularly adjust defensively to their attacks and they were a much improved Eagle team,” Whitmore said. “We will have to learn from this when watching film.”

High-flying, ball-crunching force of nature Mikayla Elfrank led the Wolf attack, tattooing the ball for a match-high 10 kills.

She received strong support from her teammates, with Katrina McGranahan pounding home seven put-aways and Payton Aparicio and Scout Smith recording five apiece.

Lauren Rose (21 assists) and Ashley Menges (12) spent the night setting up their hard-hitting teammates, while Hope Lodell (14 digs) and Aparicio (13) went low again and again to keep plays alive.

At the service stripe, McGranahan led the way with four aces. Aparicio added three and Maya Toomey-Stout racked up a pair.

Coupeville returns to action Thursday with a home affair against Port Townsend (JV 4:30/varsity 5:45).

That match will be a Dig Pink Night, with the Wolves raising money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

JV romps:

Coupeville’s young guns rolled to a straight-sets victory of their own Tuesday, winning 25-13, 25-20 in a match shortened by the need to catch a ferry.

Now 8-1 overall, 5-0 in Olympic League play, the JV spikers are meshing well under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Smith.

“We were very happy with the play,” he said. “The team demonstrated good ball control, composure and great communication.

“This team continues to develop in their ability to play together, improving their individual skills and cohesiveness as a unit,” Smith added. “It’s a lot of fun to watch!”

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   Jaelyn Crebbin and her fellow 8th grade spikers will play an intrasquad scrimmage open to fans Wednesday afternoon. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Anya Leavell will be there as well.

   Coupeville’s 7th grade volleyball squad waits for a ride home Monday after playing on the road at Stevens. (Kimberly Bepler photo)

Making inroads, three hits at a time.

Facing off with the biggest of big school rivals Monday, the scrappy Coupeville Middle School volleyball squads held their own with ginormous Stevens.

While the Wolves eventually fell to a behemoth which feeds 2A Port Angeles, Whidbey’s best didn’t go quietly.

The CMS 7th grade varsity claimed a set from Stevens, rallying to win their finale 25-11 after being nipped 25-21, 25-18.

Since they were playing at a different location than the 8th grade squad was, and moving quickly, Coupeville filled its waiting time by getting some floor time for its JV.

Facing off with Stevens second-string varsity players, the Wolf JV came within 25-17.

It was a strong day for a group of Coupeville spikers staring down Stevens servers who, in the words of Wolf coach Kimberly Bepler, “could rally with our high school team.”

“We were able to return about half of the serves, which is a big improvement over the last time we played them,” she said.

When Coupeville had control of the ball, it got strong play from Allie Lucero (seven consecutive serves), Brynn Schmid (6) and Alita Blouin (6).

The Wolves, who are focusing on “three hits and over,” successfully nailed that concept 21 times in the 7th grade match.

8th graders nipped:

Coupeville’s older team, which earned praise from the Stevens coach for its serving attack, fought especially hard in the opening and closing set, before succumbing 25-18, 25-9, 25-19.

The Wolves 8th graders topped out with 23 “three hits and over,” earning a root beer float party promised earlier in the season by coach Casie Greve.

Wolf vs. Wolf:

Wednesday’s scheduled trip to the wilds of Forks has been called off, due to a lack of ferries.

No one is crying. No one.

To make up for the cancellation, the Wolves will host an intrasquad scrimmage in their own gym. The players will be in uniform and the bleachers will be out and waiting for fans to plop down and watch.

The CMS 7th graders will face off at 3 PM, with the 8th graders following around 4 PM.

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   Aimee Bishop (right) keeps a watchful eye on Jae “My middle name is Shenanigans” LeVine. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

“Let me go, woman! I’m a superhero and superheroes need to fly!!”

   Susan Rose lays down the snack smack. “If you expected some popcorn, you should have bought your own bag!”

Emma Smith walks the line.

   Having arrived from their game, Coupeville soccer players debate the best cheers to unleash.

National treasure Sylvia Arnold (center) holds court.

Jacob Zettle goes for the forearm burn.

Call the cops, cause Chris Battaglia (bottom, right) just stole the spotlight.

It’s a photo blowout.

Thanks to the madly-clicking John Fisken, we have an assortment of off-the-court pics from recent CHS volleyball matches just waiting to be used.

So here you go — not much reading, but a whole lot of glossy photo goodness.

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   Wolf fab frosh Genna Wright (7) dances a saucy tango on the pitch. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   After whipping the school flag back and forth at the volleyball match, gridiron giant Julian Welling stops to contemplate his place in the universe.

   Two titans firing as one, as CHS spikers Katrina McGranahan (left) and Mikayla Elfrank form an impenetrable wall.

   Volleyball moms (l to r) Konni Smith, Jennifer Menges and Maria Reyes get their well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

Nile Lockwood fires another winner while rockin’ eye-poppin’ shoes.

   Every step bursting with raw power, Ema Smith leads a mad charge down the field.

   Savannah Smith daydreams about hitting the pesky paparazzi with a “wayward” spike.

Dane Lucero (with sign) and Co. bring the spirit for Hope Lodell.

   Nick Etzell’s focus on the hard-court is so complete he can stare into the sun (and makes the sun blink).

Action everywhere.

If wanderin’ photo man John Fisken had swung his camera 360 degrees Tuesday, while clicking away the whole time, he would have had numerous targets to aim at.

And indeed, the mad clicker made off with tennis, soccer, volleyball and fan pics before the night was done.

The photos seen above are a taste of what he captured, but to see every last pixel you need to pop over to the links below.

When you do, keep in mind, purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

Plus, they make it more likely Fisken will keep returning to Cow Town, camera bag in hand.

Volleyball –http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2017-Coupeville-Volleyball/2017-10-10-vs-Sequim/

Soccer — http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2017-2018-Coupeville-Soccer/2017-10-10-vs-Sequim/

Tennis — http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2017-2018-Coupeville-Tennis/2017-10-10-vs-Sequim/

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   German foreign exchange student Charlotte Nölle has embraced the chance to play volleyball during her time in Coupeville. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Every day is a new adventure for Charlotte Nölle.

The graceful, friendly young woman from Germany has only been a foreign exchange student for a short time at Coupeville High School, and yet she is already enmeshed in American sports culture.

Playing volleyball for the first time (other than a brief dalliance with the sport in PE class back home), Nölle is embracing life with her new teammates.

“I really enjoy being a part of the volleyball team,” she said. “Every teammate helps me a lot and supports me.

“The best part of volleyball is all the time the team spends together; I really enjoy to be with all those amazing people.”

Nölle, who was a horse rider in her native country, chose volleyball as a way to experience something new in America, and she seems to be enjoying the opportunity.

Whether in the thick of on-court action, where her height comes in useful, or cheering for the Wolf varsity along with her JV teammates, she is a bright presence in the CHS gym, a smile always gracing her face.

“To play volleyball in a team is new for me,” Nölle said. “I have no experiences in that sport, except for playing it one or two times in a PE class.

“I decided to play volleyball, because I enjoyed to play it in my PE class in Germany and I wanted to do a team sport at school.”

Nölle, a 15-year-old who hails from a small town in the north of Germany, has settled in with her host family, which includes fellow CHS sophomore Megan Thorn.

The family has welcomed a stream of foreign exchange students over the past several years, and the fit has been an ideal one.

“It was important to me, that they find the perfect host family for me,” Nölle said. “To have a nice host family is the most important thing in an exchange year.”

While in Coupeville, Nölle, who rode horses four times a week in Germany, will join Megan Thorn in the local equestrian world.

A veteran of horse-jumping and dressage, the Wolf newcomer will try Western-style riding for the first time.

“An interesting time is waiting for me,” Nölle said with a smile.

In her free time, the world traveler enjoys reading and listening to music, and hails the Julia Stiles romantic comedy “The Prince and Me” as a favorite film.

Her journey to the US has been one she started planning early in life.

“I was about 10, when I decided to become a foreign exchange student,” Nölle said. “And the interesting thing in being an exchange student is, that you learn more about other countries, their cultures, to become more independent and of course to improve your language skills.

“And that are things I am and were interested in.”

Part of the adjustment in coming to a new country is getting used to the differences in the school system, such as Coupeville’s class schedule.

At home, German students often stay together in the same class, studying all their subjects as one group.

“Our school system is very different to that one here,” Nölle said. “It’s more like a family in the form of one class.”

When she returns to her home after this school year, she’ll rejoin her high school and then “go to university, but I don’t really want to think of it right now.”

For the time being, Nölle is quite happy to focus on her adventure abroad and get the most out of her 10 months in Coupeville.

“America is very different to Germany,” she said. “But I think I did pretty good at getting used to it.”

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