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Coupeville’s Genna Wright (on right) helped her select soccer team win a tourney title this weekend. (Photo courtesy Christine Wright)

She’s a winner, every step of the way.

Genna Wright, who is wrapping up her sophomore year at Coupeville High School, is one of the school’s top athletes.

A ferocious goal-scorer on the soccer pitch and the #1 singles player for the Wolves on the tennis court, the youngest in a family full of athletic stars is carving out her own successful trail.

Wright’s latest accomplishment came this weekend, as she helped lead her select soccer squad to a title at the 25th annual Skagit Firecracker in Mount Vernon.

She and her Northwest United teammates finished 3-0-1 while playing in the U18 division.

After opening with a 7-1 rout of the FSC Gunners Friday, NWU nipped the Irish Gators 3-2 the following day.

Wrapping things up Sunday, Wright and Co. fought to a scoreless tie with Bremerton Force, then rebounded to beat the same team 1-0 in the tourney title game.

The toe which produced the lone goal in the finale?

It belonged, of course, to the very-efficient Wright, who knocked in the game (and title)-winning score.

Coupeville High School coach Kyle Nelson has to be happy with the way his top goal scorer is playing during the “off-season.”

When Wright returns to kick off her junior season this fall, she will start play in a tie as the #3 goal scorer in CHS girls history.

With 17 goals to her credit across two high school seasons, she sits even with Lindsey Roberts, who just graduated.

After she eases ahead of her former teammate, Wright can turn to chasing down the only Wolf girls ahead of her on the career chart.

That would be the now-departed Mia and Kalia Littlejohn, who punched in 35 and 33 goals in their CHS careers, respectively.

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Lola Jimenez and the CHS tennis team ended the regular season Thursday at Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They played from dawn to dusk.

Or at least it probably felt that way, as the Coupeville High School girls tennis team wrapped the regular season Thursday with a match-and-a-half in Granite Falls.

First, the two teams finished up a varsity match suspended by rain in mid-April, before playing a complete varsity and JV rumble.

Granite eked out the slimmest of wins in both varsity bouts, claiming 3-2 victories to sweep the doubleheader.

The losses drop Coupeville to 2-6 in North Sound Conference play, 2-7 overall.

The Wolves finish in fourth-place in the team standings, trailing King’s (7-1), South Whidbey (7-1), and Granite (4-4), but staying ahead of Friday Harbor (0-8).

Now, the focus turns to the postseason, and a return trip to Granite May 7-8 for the district tourney.

Each league school will send two singles players and two doubles teams to the modified double-elimination event.

Genna Wright and Jillian Mayne are locked in for singles, while the doubles duo of Tia Wurzrainer and Avalon Renninger enter the tourney as the #2 seed, behind just South Whidbey’s Allison Papritz and Mary Zisette.

The Falcon duo finished 2nd at state a season ago, falling in the title match.

Coupeville’s second doubles team will be decided Friday, when Emily Fiedler and Eryn Wood face off with Jaimee Masters and Abby Mulholland in a challenge match on the CHS courts.

 

Complete Thursday results:

 

Match #1 (completion from 4/16):

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Genna Wright lost to Emily Lundberg 6-0, 6-1

2nd Singles — Jillian Mayne lost to Gabbriela Schmiesing 6-2, 6-2

1st Doubles — Tia Wurzrainer/Avalon Renninger beat Hannah White/Sadie Hutchinson 6-1, 6-2

2nd Doubles — Eryn Wood/Emily Fiedler lost to Victoria Rodenbaugh/Olivia Harmon 6-2, 4-6, 10-7

3rd Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Abby Mulholland beat Mackenzy Petit/Cosette Kroeze full score not reported

 

Match #2:

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Wright lost to Lundberg 6-1, 6-3

2nd Singles — Mayne beat Hannah Yadon 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

1st Doubles — Wurzrainer/Renninger beat White/Hutchinson 6-0, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Wood/Fiedler lost to Harmon/Rodenbaugh 4-6, 7-5, 10-8

3rd Doubles — Masters/Mulholland lost to Schmiesing/Yairet Reyes-Hernandez 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

 

JV:

4th Doubles — Bruna Moratori/Elaira Nicolle lost 8-4

5th Doubles — Katelin McCormick/Noelle Daigneault lost 8-4

6th Doubles — Mary Milnes/Maddy Andrews lost 8-5

7th Doubles — Cassidy Holmes/Cecilia Camarena lost 8-3

8th Doubles — Annika Heller/Lola Jimenez lost 8-3

9th Doubles — McCormick/Daigneault lost 8-4

10th Doubles — Milnes/Andrews won 8-2

11th Doubles — Moratori/Nicolle won 8-2

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Freshman Eryn Wood has been a strong addition to the CHS varsity tennis team this spring. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It gets easier from here on out.

Most likely.

The Coupeville High School girls tennis team has played an odd schedule this spring, thanks to numerous issues, from weather to lack of non-conference foes.

When they have been able to take the court, the Wolves have clashed with two top teams, King’s and South Whidbey, and been stung twice by both schools.

A 5-0 loss at Langley Thursday leaves Coupeville sitting at 0-4 on the season heading into a road match Friday afternoon.

That opponent, Friday Harbor, is also 0-4, and the two schools meet for back-to-back contests today and then on Whidbey Apr. 30.

After that comes Coupeville’s lone non-conference match May 1 at Chimacum (2-11), before a doubleheader May 2 at Granite Falls (3-7).

The North Sound Conference tourney is set for May 7-8, also at Granite Falls, where a long string of tennis courts stretch into the sunset.

After that, if any Wolves qualify, is bi-districts May 17, and state, which goes down May 24-25.

 

Complete Thursday results:

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Genna Wright lost to Ashley Ricketts 6-2, 6-3

2nd Singles — Jillian Mayne lost to McKenna Kelley 6-0, 6-2

1st Doubles — Tia Wurzrainer/Avalon Renninger lost to Allison Papritz/Mary Zisette 6-0, 6-2

2nd Doubles — Eryn Wood/Emily Fiedler lost to Farriss Jokinen/Ainsley Nelson 6-0, 6-0

3rd Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Abby Mulholland lost to Oliana Stange/Chloe Loehr 6-1, 6-0

 

JV:

4th Doubles — Bruna Moratori/Elaira Nicolle lost to Elizabeth/Erin 8-0

5th Doubles — Katelin McCormick/Noelle Daigneault lost to Annika/Emma 6-1

6th Doubles — Annika Heller/Lola Jimenez lost 6-3

7th Doubles — Mary Milnes/Maddy Andrews lost to Joanie/Jessie 6-1

8th Doubles — Cassidy Holmes/Cecilia Camarena lost to Avery/Ella 7-5

9th Doubles — Moratori/Nicolle lost to Ashley/Sadie 6-0

10th Doubles — McCormick/Daigneault lost 6-4

11th Doubles — Heller/Jimenez lost to Sarah/Kilynn 6-0

12th Doubles — Mortatori/Nicolle lost to Lexi/Maya 6-2

13th Doubles — Milnes/Andrews lost to Drayah/Ali 6-2

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CHS freshman Abby Mulholland and doubles partner Jaimee Masters displayed some impressive power Wednesday in their first varsity match together. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Finally.

After waiting a very, very long time, the Coupeville High School girls tennis squad kicked off its season Wednesday, falling 4-1 to visiting King’s.

While they would have preferred a win, just getting on the court and seeing a uniform other than their own was a victory.

The Wolf roster is jam-packed with young, talented, promising players, but thanks to scheduling issues, the netters sat while CHS baseball, softball, and boys soccer all played six games or more.

Once they were unleashed, the serve and volley crew brought tons of scrappiness and excitement while facing a seasoned foe.

Juniors Tia Wurzrainer and Avalon Renninger, making their debut as the new #1 doubles duo, lashed winners left and right, and were the only Wolves to win a varsity match.

Working effortlessly as one unit, the titanic twosome especially controlled the match at the net, pinging volleys which ripped off a chunk of the line as they flashed past their opponent’s rackets.

While the duo filled up a complete highlight reel with their work, one winner, in which Renninger hovered in the air for a solid minute before smashing a wicked left-handed slicer that tore a hole in the universe, was a thing of particular beauty.

While Wurzrainer and Renninger brought the biggest smile to longtime Coupeville coach Ken Stange’s face, there was plenty of other positive results to indicate a bright future ahead for the Wolves.

Freshmen Noelle Daigneault and Katelin McCormick, both lil’ sisters of former CHS tennis stars, made their debut an auspicious one.

When they weren’t entertaining the crowd (and themselves) with a freewheeling style of tennis (and giggling non-stop), they also zapped their fair share of service aces and wicked backhands en route to an opening day JV win.

While every one of the nine matches produced highlights, the best debut may have come from the final varsity team to take the court.

Sophomore Jaimee Masters and freshman Abby Mulholland fought through two tense sets, and while they fell just short to a King’s duo which made plays when they needed to the most, both Wolves brought a startling amount of raw power to the action.

A little more practice, a little more refinement of that power, and the duo should be a team to watch.

Even in its raw state, the power show was eye-popping at times, as Masters blasted winners which left both of her rivals glued to the court, and Mulholland brought big time heat with her serve.

 

Complete Wednesday results:

 

Varsity:

1st Singles — Genna Wright lost to Scarlett Ren 6-0, 6-4

2nd Singles — Jillian Mayne lost to Christina Wang 6-1, 6-0

1st Doubles — Tia Wurzrainer/Avalon Renninger beat Caroline Baker/Ava Dreon 6-2, 6-3

2nd Doubles — Eryn Wood/Emily Fiedler lost to Allie Kang/Grace Roberts 6-2, 6-3

3rd Doubles — Jaimee Masters/Abby Mulholland lost to Elma Lu/Jackie Cheung-Main 6-4, 7-5

 

JV:

4th Doubles — Elaira Nicolle/Bruna Moratori lost to Anika Poulsen/Olivia Vos 8-7(10-7)

5th Doubles — Noelle Daigneault/Katelin McCormick beat Elisabeth Kelly/Catherine Jones 8-5

6th Doubles — Maddy Andrews/Mary Milnes lost to Amelia Vander Wel/Abbie Gebrehiwot 8-6

7th Doubles — Cecelia Camarena/Cassidy Holmes lost to Holland Urie/Olivia Peterson 6-1

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Lindsey Roberts, a four-year starter for Coupeville soccer, closed her prep pitch career Wednesday night. (Photo by Jackie Saia)

The final night was a stunner.

The North Sound Conference closed out its inaugural girls soccer season Wednesday, and upsets in two of three games threw the playoff picture out of whack.

South Whidbey shocked King’s 2-0 to give the defending 1A state champs their only league loss, while Sultan, which had been win-less in conference play for much of the year, beat Cedar Park Christian 1-0 for the Turks second win in a week.

All that, combined with Coupeville falling 5-1 at Granite Falls, flipped the league’s #2 and #3 playoff seeds and knocked the Wolves out of the #5 slot, ending their season without a postseason game.

King’s (9-1), South Whidbey (7-3), Granite Falls (7-3), CPC (4-6) and Sultan (2-8) advance to the modified double-elimination district playoffs against teams from the Northwest Conference, while Coupeville (1-9) stays home.

The Wolves, who finished 2-12-1 overall, with wins over Sultan and Port Townsend and a tie against Friday Harbor, entered the night holding a tiebreaker on Sultan for the final playoff berth.

While both teams had one win, coming against each other (CHS won 6-0 on their field, Sultan won 1-0 on theirs), the Wolves were a point up in the standings because of getting extra credit for a double-overtime loss to CPC.

That advantage vanished, however, when the Turks pulled out a nail-biter in the final regular season game.

Meanwhile, playing in Granite Falls, Coupeville got a first-half goal from junior Avalon Renninger, her third of the season, but it wasn’t enough to topple the rough ‘n tumble Tigers.

The loss turned out to be the final prep soccer game for four Wolf seniors, as Ema Smith, Maddy Hilkey, Lindsey Roberts and Sarah Wright depart.

The cupboard isn’t bare, however, as five of the six players who scored during the 2018 season can return next year, when it appears very likely Coupeville will drop from 1A to 2B.

 

Final scoring totals:

Genna Wright – 7
Lindsey Roberts – 4
Avalon Renninger – 3
Anna Dion – 2
Mallory Kortuem – 2
Tia Wurzrainer – 1

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