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Lucy Tenore and the CMS spikers launched a new season Tuesday. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Alita Blouin directs traffic.

Calm, cool, collected (and secretly a killer on the court), it’s Allie Lucero.

Grey Peabody made a strong debut, jumping right into the thick of action on almost every play.

Vivian Farris shows off her hops.

Cypress Socha smashes a winner.

Arm booming like a cannon, Maddie Georges sprayed aces to every corner of the court.

8th grade captain Taygin Jump was a fireball, flying from one side of the court to the other while keeping up a steady patter of encouragement to her teammates.

The start of a new season only becomes truly official when the first photos arrive.

So, luckily for the Coupeville Middle School spikers, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken spent a fair amount of time in Cow Town Tuesday, snapping away as the Wolves battled visiting Sultan.

The pics above are courtesy him.

To see everything Fisken shot, and possibly buy some glossies for grandma, pop over to:


And, when you do, remember (or learn for the first time), purchases help fund yearly scholarships awarded to two graduating CHS seniors.

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Playing in front of aunt Joli, a first-ballot Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer, Emma Smith helped lead Coupeville to a huge win in Bothell Tuesday night. (Konni Smith photo)

The louder you get, the better we play.

When the Coupeville High School volleyball squad strode onto the court in Bothell for its North Sound Conference opener Tuesday night, it faced numerous challenges.

The dangerous team across the net, Cedar Park Christian, was a solid 4-1 in non-conference play.

Toss in a rabid student section, and things might have seemed daunting for the Wolves.

If, and only if, you didn’t know the young women wearing the black uniforms don’t bend. They don’t break. And they will snap you in half.

Their mothers saw it coming. From now on, so might their private school rivals.

“The crowd of (CPC) boys were animals,” said one Coupeville mom. “And they fueled our girls fire as they heckled the crap out of us.

“I wanted to warn them that our kids live for the screams.”

By the time they were done, the Wolves had turned any razzing into screams of pure anguish, thrashing the host Eagles 25-20, 25-18, 25-23.

The win propels Coupeville to a pristine 3-0 on the season.

At 1-0 in league play, they sit in a tie atop the new conference, and have a full week before they travel to Langley for an epic clash with arch-rival South Whidbey.

While he’ll start planning for that rumble when his team returns to practice Wednesday, the bus ride home Tuesday was all about enjoying that first conference win for CHS coach Cory Whitmore.

“We’re very excited, of course,” he said. “Any time you can go on the road in this league and come back with the win is an accomplishment.

“We played with a lot of focus and very clean from the service line and then gradually put the pressure on, taking them out of rhythm.”

Not every facet of their play was flawless, but the Wolves made up for any small weaknesses by excelling in other areas.

“Our hitting was shaky at times, but the passing was pretty consistent, so our hitters could then settle in themselves,” Whitmore said. “Chelsea (Prescott) and Ashley (Menges) had great all-around games passing, serving and digging.

Emma Mathusek did a great job passing and digging as well and Emma Smith had a powerful six kills with no errors,” he added. “A skill that we’ve been pushing has been smart and strong blocking, and we showcased that well tonight.”

Coupeville picked up 10 blocks, with Emma Smith soaring above the net to collect six stuffs to match her six kills.

The stat sheet was nicely balanced, with Scout Smith doling out 23 assists and Mathusek going low to scrape 11 digs off the floor.

Ashley Menges (five kills, four aces), Hannah Davidson (four kills), Chelsea Prescott (three kills, four aces), Maya Toomey-Stout (seven kills, three digs, two aces) and Zoe Trujillo (one kill) all chipped in as well.

“Plenty to work on in practice,” Whitmore said. “But we’re of course excited about a big win.”


JV strolls to win:

Coupeville’s young guns crushed the Eagles 25-12, 25-8 in their league opener.

The win lifts the JV to 2-1 overall, 1-0 in conference action.

“Good team effort across the board,” said CHS coach Chris Smith.

The Wolves got big play from a number of players, something their leader always likes to see.

Lucy (Sandahl) flew all over the floor setting and feeding her hitters,” Smith said. “The Vick sisters (Willow and Raven) were very composed at the service line and swinging well in the front row.

Maddie (Vondrak) is playing all six rotations and has made significant improvements in serving and passing,” he added. “Zoe (Trujillo), as usual, gave us a lot of power swinging from the outside.”

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Maddie Georges, seen here during basketball season last year, had an impressive volleyball debut Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Everything is a little crazy on opening day.

That first game of the season offers a heady mix of emotions for young players, and Tuesday was all that and more for the Coupeville Middle School volleyball squads.

Playing visiting Sultan in a CMS gym packed to the rafters, the Wolf spikers picked up some valuable lessons, introduced the world to some new stars and got their first taste of action against someone wearing a different uniform.

While the Turks ultimately won three of four matches, dropping only the 8th grade JV tilt, the day was an important step forward on the way to future success for the Wolves.


8th grade varsity:

Coupeville led in two of three sets, but couldn’t keep its momentum going and fell 25-17, 25-12, 15-12.

The Wolves jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the opening frame, behind a pair of superb tips from Vivian Farris and a thunderous ace off the hand of Lucy Tenore.

But Sultan got lucky on the next play, when a return of another Tenore missile blooped over the heads of all six Wolves and bit the very last flake of paint off the back line.

That unexpected winner seemed to immediately change the flow of play, with the Turks taking advantage and rolling all the way out to a 22-12 lead before Tenore made it back to the service stripe.

Once she got there, the hard-hitting Wolf went back to dropping lasers, and aided by a Jordyn Rogers tip which froze the Turks on one play, ran off four straight points.

Sultan recovered, though, closing out the first set, then running away with the middle frame.

CMS fell behind early and could never get back in the set, despite the play of Taygin Jump and Alita Blouin, who both flew all around the court, trying to dig balls off the floor.

While the third set was merely for fun, with Sultan having already clinched the match, it featured strong serving from Tenore and Ryanne Knoblich.

Tenore rattled one ace off a Sultan player’s chin, while Knoblich lashed back-to-back frozen ropes for winners on her first two serves as a CMS spiker.


8th grade JV:

Coupeville’s brightest moment, as the Wolves rode wicked serving from the likes of Maddie Georges and the Battlin’ Lucero twins, Allie and Maya, and ran away with a 25-17, 25-20 victory.

Trailing 4-1 in the early going, CMS turned things around quickly after Hayley Fiedler smacked a serve which curved upward as it sailed over the net, catching a helpless Turk right under the chin.

The Sultan receiver staggered backward, almost went to the floor once, twice and then three times, but surprised the crowd (and herself) by staying on her feet.

Though, if we’re being honest, the Turks were a bit gun-shy after Fiedler’s KO, and probably more so after Georges zinged one of her serves off of the noggin of a different would-be returner.

“Mad Dog,” a standout basketball player for CMS, didn’t play volleyball as a 7th grader. One match into her first season of spikes, sets and kills, and it would be hard to picture her not playing varsity the rest of the way.

Just to make sure Sultan would be extra-twitchy on the bud ride home, Allie Lucero made it a three-pack, launching a serve off yet another Turk’s face, then bumping fists with her sister, both issuing a slight nod, one killer recognizing another.

With Coupeville’s service game clicking on all cylinders, Georges lashed an ace right down the middle of the court, to seal the deal on set one. The Turks, simply happy not to be plastered in the face again, seemed almost relieved.

They shouldn’t have been, because the beast which lurks in the heart of the easy-going Maya Lucero re-surfaced in the second set, as she tattooed a serve off of … yes, you guessed it, a rival player’s chin.

Throwing band-aids in the air for everyone to enjoy, the rabid Wolves gave Sultan no chance to get a rally going.

When the serves weren’t landing immediately for winners, and that was few and far between, CMS benefited from hustle plays from Trinity McGee and Cypress Socha.


7th grade varsity:

The day’s first match was also the most one-sided, as Sultan cruised to a 25-7, 25-6 win behind uncannily good serving for first-year middle school players.

While the Turks might be young, there is little doubt their 7th graders have been playing volleyball for some time now.

Every Sultan player who stepped to the service line did it with purpose and intent. The Turks, to a player, served overhand, and did so with speed, power, and accuracy, picking apart the Wolf receivers.

In a match with very few rallies, three Wolves did make their presence known, however.

Katie Buskala stopped one Sultan tear with a beautifully-placed return which split two Turks as it found pay-dirt, then she served up Coupeville’s lone ace a few plays later.

Grey Peabody consistently got her hands on the ball play after play, and lofted a nice hit at the net which skidded for a winner, while Ava Mitten stood tall during the longest rally of the match.

Playing in front of mom Aleshia (McFadyen) Mitten, herself a former Coupeville volleyball ace, Ava smashed one return to keep the rally alive, then lobbed a second shot over the net to win the point.


7th grade JV: 

Peabody and Mitten were again front and center, as the two teams played a close set before Sultan eked out a 25-19 win.

Other Wolves who came through with big hits for winners included Brenna Silveira and Kaitlyn Leavell, while Peabody put together two strong runs at the service line.

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Don’t even think about invading Sarah Wright’s lair. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Eryn Wood slides into attack mode.

With James Wood backing him up, Mason Grove lunges for a winner.

Maya Toomey-Stout crushes a spike.

Coupeville defenders Natalie Hollrigel (left) and Tia Wurzrainer clamp down on a pesky King’s gunner.

Maddie Vondrak gets crafty at the net.

Drake Borden stretches to his full potential.

Tiger Johnson plays aerodynamically.

Using a handy elbow to clear some space, Mallory Kortuem makes a run on the pitch.

No rest for the weary.

With three of Coupeville’s five fall sports programs playing at home Tuesday, paparazzi John Fisken was almost too busy to drink any Diet Coke.


In between sips of his sweet, sweet nectar, the photo bug snapped pix at volleyball, soccer and tennis games, and the photos above are courtesy him.

To see everything Fisken shot, pop over to:

Boys Tennis — https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Tennis-2018-2019/BT-2018-09-11-vs-U-Prep/

Girls Soccer — https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Soccer-2018-2019/GS-2018-09-11-vs-Kings/

Volleyball — https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Volleyball-2018-2019/VB-2018-09-11-vs-Anacortes/

And when you go, remember, purchases help fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes.

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Sophomore Maddie Vondrak was a big-hitting, point-winning terror Tuesday against Anacortes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Tuesday’s JV volleyball match between Coupeville and visiting Anacortes was a knock-down brawl, full of big hits and wild mood swings.

And while the Wolf spikers eventually fell 25-18, 26-24, 25-19, evening their record at 1-1, the night belonged to Maddie Vondrak.

Many of her teammates had strong performances against the Seahawks, especially Zoe Trujillo and Raven Vick, but it was the Wolf sophomore who captured, and held on to the spotlight the longest.

The smooth-hitting swing player was a veritable tower of power, ripping off frozen ropes from the front court and back court.

Not content to just deliver a tasty assortment of kills via the power game, Vondrak also proved extremely nimble around the net, elevating and stuffing Anacortes shots, one after another.

It was a star-making performance, and, coming against a larger 2A school, further proof Vondrak is more than ready for a prime time role.

While Coupeville trailed the entire first set, the Wolves rallied several times, cutting an early Anacortes lead down from seven points to three.

Vondrak delivered winners on three straight points during that run, while Trujillo cranked an especially nasty slider for another big put-away.

CHS led for a big stretch of the second set, even having set point at 24-23 after a Lucy Sandahl serve set up a rally which culminated in Vick deflating the ball with a spike which tore off a hunk of the floor.

It wasn’t to be, though, as Anacortes rallied to take the middle set before closing out the sweep with an efficient performance in set three.

Wolf freshmen Eryn Wood and Anya Leavell teamed up on a nice block at the net in the final set, while Sandahl unleashed an ace which blew past the would-be hitter like the Road Runner leaving Wile E. Coyote in the dust.

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