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Sophomore Chelsea Prescott chipped in with eight digs and two aces Tuesday as Coupeville volleyball crushed Sultan in straight sets. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

“They’re stuffing you like a great big green pepper!”

The commentator on the TurkTV internet feed Tuesday knew what was up — Sultan was getting whupped, and Coupeville was holding the paddle.

Kicking into high gear after a brief slow start, the Wolf spikers rained down holy terror on their hosts, rolling to a 25-23, 25-9, 25-14 victory which keeps them a game out of first-place in league action.

With the win, Coupeville soars to 4-1 in North Sound Conference play (right behind 5-0 King’s) and 7-1 overall.

The Wolves kick off the second half of the league season Thursday, when they host Cedar Park Christian (2-3, 6-4), before zipping off to Eastern Washington for Saturday’s 14-team Wenatchee Invite.

Tuesday, Coupeville faced off with a team which played much better than its win-less record in league play might indicate.

The Turks jumped on a rare bit of service misfire from the Wolves in the first set, staying close until CHS found another gear to close things out.

“We missed eight serves, which were infectious, and putting those serves in creates a different story,” said Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore. “And while we didn’t serve well in the first, they played very clean.”

Once they got past their brief hiccup, the Wolves reverted to the big-hitting, precision-passing squad their fans are used to seeing.

“I was happy to see us turn it around, only making five hitting errors total in the second set,” Whitmore said. “We passed and served well and carried that momentum into the third and maintained a lead the entire way.

“I’m proud of the way that we turned around and fixed exactly what we needed to.”

Front-row smashers Emma Smith and Hannah Davidson were in perfect sync, both finishing the night without a single hitting error.

With Scout Smith lofting 21 assists to go along with her four aces, the Wolf big hitters had plenty of opportunities to launch wicked spikes.

Maya Toomey-Stout led the way with 10 kills, while Emma Smith tallied six and Davidson launched four.

Toomey-Stout, who also scraped nine digs off the floor and ripped off a pair of service aces, earned another big compliment from the TurkTV crew.

As “The Gazelle” hung in mid-air for an eternity before launching one missile, the awe-struck announcer blurted out “I think she can jump to the moon and back!”

While Toomey-Stout’s aerial ballet earned her some new fans, she got a lot of help from her teammates.

Chelsea Prescott collected eight digs and two aces, Ashley Menges fired off five aces, Emma Mathusek went low for three digs and swing player Zoe Trujillo popped onto the floor to rip off an ace of her own.

 

JV:

Led by a big serving performance from Jaimee Masters, the Wolf young guns thrashed the Turks 25-13, 25-18.

The win, the team’s second-straight, lifts the JV to 2-3 in league play, 4-4 overall.

Coupeville dominated in all aspects of the game, from Lucy Sandahl lofting 17 superb assists, to Masters torching the Turks for seven service aces, to the Wolves sharing duty when it came time to smash put-aways.

Maddie Vondrak peppered Sultan for five kills, while Willow Vick smashed four and the tandem of Trujillo and Raven Vick laced three winners apiece.

The Vicks were equal opportunity killers, combining to launch seven service aces, with Willow narrowly edging her twin sister 4-3.

Freshmen Abby Mulholland and Anya Leavell also saw floor time for the JV, as all seven Wolves to take the court played as one.

“Overall we controlled the ball well and played in system,” said Coupeville coach Chris Smith. “The hitters performed well, keeping us on the plus side for our hitting percentage.”

 

C-TEAM:

With the win in hand, Smith went to his bench for the third set.

While the Wolves fell 25-15, their coach saw many positives.

“Set three, our younger players got some valuable floor time,” Smith said. “Although we came up short in that set, the experience helps identify areas of focus going forward in practice.”

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Wolf junior Hannah Davidson had seven kills Wednesday as Coupeville High School volleyball rallied for a five-set win over Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The better team won Wednesday.

It just took a lot longer to get there than we all might have expected.

Coming off an epic, emotion-packed, five-set win the night before against their arch-rivals, the Coupeville High School volleyball squad looked dazed, disorientated and out of sorts for the first two sets against visiting Granite Falls.

But the Wolves are undefeated for two reasons – they have considerable talent and they don’t give in easily.

Digging deep and avoiding a stunning upset, Coupeville rallied for a 20-25, 21-25, 25-12, 25-22, 15-9 win, sending their vocal fans home with relieved smiles on their faces, and quelling at least some of their coach’s angina.

“I’m extremely excited we turned it around,” said a still somewhat frazzled Cory Whitmore. “It is very easy to let things get away when you’re shell-shocked, but we displayed a lot of fight and heart.

“That will be very important as we go forward,” he added. “We expect a lot of ourselves, and we expect to win, and sometimes you have to find a way to do that … and we did.”

The win lifts Coupeville to 3-0 in North Sound Conference play, 5-0 overall.

The Wolves sit in a tie atop the league with defending 1A state champ King’s (3-0, 5-1), which swept South Whidbey Wednesday in straight sets.

The Knights lone loss was a four-set defeat at the hands of North Creek, a 4A Kingco school currently sitting with a flawless 7-0 record.

Sole possession of first-place in the NSC will be on the line next Tuesday, Oct. 2, when Coupeville travels to Shoreline for the first of two regular-season meetings with their private school foes. King’s comes to Whidbey Oct. 23.

Wednesday’s warm-up match became a wake-up, after Coupeville was caught sleep-walking for close to an hour.

The less said about the first two sets, the better, as very little went positively for the Wolves as they tried to adjust to a team with a unique playing style.

After facing a hard-hitting South Whidbey squad Tuesday, the Wolves ran up against a Granite Falls unit which dinked, poked, blooped and tipped the ball all night, making up for a lack of raw aggression by keeping everything in play.

CHS trailed from start to finish in the first set, and had just a (very) brief 1-0 lead in the second frame before that also got away from them.

Hannah Davidson had several nice tips for winners in the early going, but while big hitters Emma Smith, Ashley Menges and Maya Toomey-Stout were able to lash a few sizzling spikes, they were few and far between.

Something finally seemed to spark for Coupeville in the third set, as Scout Smith led off things by becoming the first Wolf to make a sustained run at the service stripe.

With Menges and Emma Smith pulling off “surprise, you thought the ball was going that way, but it really was going the other way” tips, Scout Smith reeled off six straight points to open the set.

After that, the Wolves began to drop the hammer more frequently, whacking winners off of their rivals arms, legs and torsos, erasing most of the smiles on the Granite side of the net.

Unable to blunt Coupeville’s power game, or match it, the visitors backpedaled, continued to throw junk in the air, and watched in horror as their advantage rapidly slipped away.

Zoe Trujillo popped into the game and immediately connected on a winner, Davidson continued to be a strong force up front and Toomey-Stout had the cannon fully firing by that point.

Coupeville’s service game, which had been uncharacteristically off in the early going, clicked from the third set on, as well.

Chelsea Prescott zinged a wicked ace that smacked the floor and curled around a would-be receiver, before Menges displayed some prime-time power.

One of “Smashley’s” serves exploded underneath a rival’s feet with so much fury it marred the glossy finish on the gym floor and set the Granite player’s shoelaces on fire.

The fourth set was chock full of raw power, 99.3% of it coming from Coupeville’s gunners, though the Tigers made things interesting by rallying from a 20-12 deficit to knot things up at 21-21.

Granite thought it had retaken the lead on the very next point, but celebrated prematurely, as Emma Mathusek made a stunning dig on a ball that looked unplayable.

With a flick of her wrists, the unsung Wolf junior, who does all the back row dirty work that makes the highlight reel kills possible, sent the ball curling back over the net, where it sliced through three defenders and dropped in for a monumental point.

With the bleeding stopped, Coupeville rode an ace from Toomey-Stout and a kill from Trujillo to force a fifth set and completely deflate the last bit of air out of Granite.

The visitors did briefly hold a 3-1 lead in the final frame, but a couple of sweet tips from Prescott pulled the Wolves back even, then Toomey-Stout started killin’ girls.

The longer the match went, the harder “The Gazelle” seemed to hit, and her spikes in the fifth set were of the type which ripped out souls and sent the Wolf student cheering section into hysterics.

The yells just got louder when Lucy Sandahl made a splashy cameo, launching a wicked service ace to push CHS to the edge of victory.

And the final blow?

Vintage Toomey-Stout, flying up the middle, launching airborne, hanging there for an eternity, then introducing her clenched fist to the hapless ball, blasting a match-closing spike right through the heart of the Granite defense.

It was the 15th and final kill of her night, helping her top a balanced stat sheet which included 12 kills from Emma Smith, seven from Davidson and five from Prescott.

Mathusek racked up 18 digs, Scout Smith was the motor which made the Wolves run with 35 silky assists, and Prescott paced CHS at the service line with five aces, while Menges and Emma Smith added four apiece.

 

JV nipped:

Missing several ill players, the Wolf young guns took the opening set 25-17, then faded, falling 25-16, 25-10.

The loss drops the JV to 1-2 in league play, 2-3 overall.

The opening set was a mix of big hits, with Maddie Vondrak, Trujillo and Willow Vick hammering away, while Vondrak used her jumping ability and long fingers to rise above the net and continually snuff out Granite shots.

Jaimee Masters put the set on ice with a strong run at the service line, and things seemed to be completely in Coupeville’s favor.

It wasn’t to be, though, as Granite completely flipped the switch after that, limiting the Wolf highlights to a couple more put-aways by Trujillo and two perfectly-lobbed running tips by Vick.

 

Superheroes live amongst us:

The best play of the night didn’t come in either match, but right at the tail end of warm-ups for the varsity match.

Coupeville had its HUDL camera set up right behind the court on a tripod, and someone, or something, slammed into it, knocking the camera free.

As it fell towards the unforgiving gym floor, a half-scream went up, several Wolves lurched in slow motion, and then Vondrak, looking every bit the part of a superhero, came flying past multiple teammates and snagged the equipment mere centimeters away from it kissing the floor.

And then promptly slow-strutted away, possibly whispering “I’m Batman!!” under her breath as she went.

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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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Emma Mathusek, who paced Coupeville in digs Saturday at the South Whidbey Invite, gets the Wolves rolling. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Eryn Wood scrapes a shot off the floor.

Abby Meyers prepares to launch a missile.

No volleyball shall escape Maddie Vondrak.

“I’m very happy about the progress that we made.”

Coupeville High School volleyball coach Cory Whitmore was all smiles after his spikers rallied to finish second at Saturday’s eight-team South Whidbey Invite.

The Wolf varsity won 11 of 14 sets, finishing with a +77 point differential, at the all-day tourney.

Not bad for a day which started on a slightly sour note.

Maybe thrown off by the early start time, Coupeville’s varsity dropped its first set to South Whidbey’s JV team.

“Definitely our low point,” Whitmore said. “It was a great lesson in arriving ready to play and focused no matter the team across the net.”

The Wolves roared right back to take the second set, however, and then stepped up big against the South Whidbey varsity.

Both the Wolves and Falcons went to the state tourney last season, and both want to make a run at defending state champs King’s when the new North Sound Conference begins league play.

CHS drew first blood, winning the opening set 25-14, before dropping a close second frame to the Falcons.

“I was very excited to see us step out on the court and play with confidence and tenacity,” Whitmore said. “They came back and took the second set, as we let their strong attack affect our game-plan too much, but, like with every game, we had great lessons from which to build.”

Coupeville also split sets with North Mason, while sweeping Friday Harbor, Lopez Island, Bremerton (all varsity teams) and the Wolf JV.

“I truly felt with each passing game, we became more and more cohesive as a unit, had a new lesson to face and with it, gained the experience that will help to take us through competitive play in league and into playoffs,” Whitmore said.

“Each player had some great moments throughout the day and playing 14 sets in a day is a challenge, mentally and physically,” he added. “I’m very proud about how this team played strong even toward the end of the Invite.”

Maya Toomey-Stout (32 kills, 12 digs, 11 service aces), Ashley Menges (14 kills, 15 aces, 30 assists) and Chelsea Prescott (10 kills, 19 digs, 11 aces) led the way, filling up the stat sheet.

Emma Smith dropped 29 thunderous kills and 16 scorching aces, while Scout Smith laced 18 aces and fired up a team-high 45 assists.

Rounding out a very-balanced attack, Hannah Davidson thumped 10 kills and 12 aces, while Emma Mathusek scraped the floor for a team-best 25 digs.

 

JV plays strongly:

While the varsity roared to the top, Coupeville’s second squad also acquitted itself quite nicely.

“I just want to say how proud and excited I am about how they progressed throughout the day,” Whitmore said. “Being early in the season, it’s a steep learning curve, especially for our freshman.

“To play against six varsity-level teams and get stronger and stronger as the day went on, that is something to be excited about.”

While he was impressed with everyone on the JV roster, he singled out Raven Vick, Maddie Vondrak and Lucy Sandahl for particular praise.

“All three played six rotations, without break, in 14 sets,” Whitmore said.

Lucy was the primary setter, tracking down passes and putting up reliable sets.” he added. “Raven served tough and anchored the passing line combined with a strong outside attack.

“Playing middle block, Maddie was fast along the net, but I was especially impressed with her playing very well in the back row as well. With only one match to practice, she did a phenomenal job playing all-the-way-around.”

 

To see all the photos John Fisken shot at the Invite, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Volleyball-2018-2019/VB-2018-09-08-SW-Tournament/

And, when you do, remember, purchases help fund scholarships for CHS students/athletes.

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Maddie Vondrak triggers her eye lasers, marking the spot she’s about to blast the ball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The moms of Coupeville volleyball’s captains, (l to r) Jennifer Menges (Ashley), Konni Smith (Emma) and Charlotte Young (Scout Smith) nab a close-up.

Maya Toomey-Stout flies the friendly skies.

Zoe Trujillo is locked ‘n loaded.

Nicole Laxton rocked the mic as Coupeville’s game announcer.

Ashley “Smashley” Menges gets medieval on a defenseless volleyball.

Lucy Sandahl is the picture of concentration as she triggers the offense.

Win, start shenanigans, move on to the next match.

There was fun on and off the court.

Noted paparazzi John Fisken was kept busy Thursday, bouncing between Coupeville volleyball thrashing Friday Harbor on the floor, and the Wolf spikers finding ways to amuse themselves off.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Volleyball-2018-2019/VB-2018-09-06-vs-Friday-Harbor/

And, when you do, remember, purchases help fund scholarships for CHS student/athletes. So, circle of life, and all.

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