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Coupeville’s Jaimee Masters, a two-sport athlete who also possesses oodles of artistic talent. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Talent on the court, talent off the court.

A highly-accomplished artist and two-sport athlete, Jaimee Masters had a sizable impact during her days at Coupeville High School.

She followed in the footsteps of cousin Hope Lodell on the volleyball court, but carved out her own solid reputation.

A hard worker with a team-first attitude, Jaimee played all four seasons during high school, working her way into being a valuable role player for the Wolf varsity.

Masters played multiple positions on the court, but always gave her all.

As a senior, she played in 29 of 30 sets during a pandemic-shortened campaign, racking up a solid number of digs as a dependable back-row assassin for a CHS squad which claimed second-place in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

Her tenacity and solid work ethic greatly helped her on the tennis court, as well.

Playing both singles and doubles over the course of her hardcourt run, Jaimee ended her prep net career by teaming with Emily Fiedler to form Coupeville’s #1 doubles duo.

The seniors didn’t get to play as many matches as they might have liked — again with the Covid restrictions — but they took advantage of every opportunity presented.

“Prepare to die, Mr. Tennis Ball!”

Facing off with Friday Harbor in a six-match royal rumble, Coupeville went undefeated during Jaimee’s senior season.

As in truly undefeated, with a 6-0 mark in team matches, and a 30-0 record in individual rumbles.

Masters and Fiedler strolled to straight-sets wins in all six of their matches, winning them by a combined score of 72-11.

They were brutal, efficient, and remarkably kind to the rival players they were battering, showcasing their athletic skills, but also their compassion.

While sports accomplishments are the driving force behind this blog, it’s also worth noting that Jaimee’s talents go far beyond the athletic world.

During the early days of Covid lockdown, with no games to write about, I transitioned a bit and tried to highlight other skills.

One of those areas was artwork, and Jaimee was a particular standout there, showing off works of precise beauty and artistry.

That mixture of talent, hard work, and a caring soul helped her accomplish great things during her school days in Coupeville, and should serve her well as she charges out into the adult world.

Today, though, we’re bringing Jaimee back for a moment, as we induct her into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

It’s a well-deserved honor for a remarkable young woman, and, after this, you can catch her hanging out at the top of the blog, up under the Legends tab.

Jaimee never asked for praise, but instead went out and earned it every step of the way.

The true mark of a great one.

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Genna Wright is the first Wolf in the last 16 years to play their entire prep career at #1 singles. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jaimee Masters (left) and Emily Fiedler join Wright in being honored on Senior Night.

It was a unique farewell.

For the 16th time at Coupeville High School, girls tennis coach Ken Stange bid adieu to his seniors with heartfelt sentiment and a fair share of laughs.

Friday’s ceremony, which honored Emily Fiedler, Jaimee Masters, and Genna Wright, was like no others, as Age of Coronavirus regulations shortened the season and left everyone clad in masks.

But the trio still got its moment in the sun, and photos courtesy wanderin’ camera bug John Fisken.

Before leading their team to a fifth-straight win, the Wolf seniors each had their own farewell statement to deliver.

An excerpt from each:

 

Jaimee Masters:

Everyone has been so nice and understanding, so much that I could actually be myself and grow.

Tennis has really impacted me and I appreciate anyone who has been here and I will miss everyone so much.

Masters and the family.

 

Emily Fiedler:

I would like to thank all of the tennis girls from the past years and the girls now, everyone has always been so sweet and friendly.

I appreciate how lighthearted tennis is and how much fun I always have when playing.

Fiedler and the parentals.

 

Genna Wright:

Thank you mom and dad for constantly doing the most for me.

Thank you for showing and always being my biggest cheerleaders, for making sure I had enough food packed for away matches and picking up all the small pieces.

I could not have done it without you.

Wright and associates.

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Artwork by Jaimee Masters

With Washington state schools closed down for at least six weeks due to the spread of coronavirus, we’re offering all Coupeville students a chance to be heard and stay connected.

Jaimee Masters, who created the artwork seen in this story, is a junior at CHS who plays volleyball and tennis.

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Jaimee Masters delivered three kills, five service aces, and two digs Tuesday, as Coupeville’s JV volleyball squad cruised to a big win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Taygin Jump delivers one of her nine kills. (Brian Vick photo)

Own the service line, own the match.

With Jaimee Masters and Maddie Georges going off at the stripe Tuesday, combining for nine aces while winning 32 points off their serves, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad was unbeatable.

While the final score, with the Wolves bouncing visiting Granite Falls 25-15, 25-22, 25-17, wasn’t a complete rout, there was never a moment when it felt like the home team was in the slightest danger.

Coupeville, now a shiny 7-1 in North Sound Conference play, 10-2 overall, trailed a couple of times, sure.

But 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in sets played to 25 points aren’t exactly the stuff of potential upsets.

It took the Wolves maybe two minutes to get fully chugging, and then the bombs started dropping.

Knotted up at 3-3 in the first set, Coupeville paged its nuclear bomb-launching outside hitter, with Kylie Chernikoff immediately answering the clarion call to arms.

Back-to-back big bombs off of the back line, with the second Chernikoff blast carving a path through a wave of defenders unwilling to stop the ball by sacrificing their faces, kicked things into high gear.

With Masters at the line, pegging aces, the lead soon soared to 12-4 and the Wolves never looked back.

Alita Blouin and Georges kicked in short, but sweetly effective, runs of their own at the line in the opening set, while Chernikoff, Jill Prince, and Taygin Jump took turns administering put-away shots.

A kill from Ryanne Knoblich ricocheted off a Granite player’s elbow, while Masters showed off the whole skill-set, dropping back-to-back kills from opposite sides of the court.

The second and third set were more of the same upbeat song for the Wolves, with Prince delivering a bone-crunching block that almost brought CHS coach Chris Smith to tears.

Happy, happy tears, but tears.

Georges and Masters controlled much of the set with their service games, while Jump decided to try and collect every single kill and put-away.

I said, every single one.

During one stretch, Jump had three consecutive winners, each offering a different style of attack.

On the first, the fab frosh came bounding in from the left side to smash the ball away from a Tiger.

Then, Jump tiptoed through the (invisible) tulips around the net on the next play, somehow staying a mere millimeter away from crashing through the barrier while controlling her body enough to flick a tip through the defense for another point.

And, just to complete the trifecta and debut a third dance of joy, she walloped the volleyball, which was screaming “Leave me alone, Taygin, you beast!,” as she windmilled a winner off a Granite player’s elbow.

Needing to catch her breath, at least for a moment, Jump ceded the spotlight to others after the one-two-three punch, so Anya Leavell sprang into action.

A sweet lil’ slicer kissed the court for a point, a tip evaded the defense for yet another, and then Leavell rose up, twirled through the clouds, and blasted a kill to complete her own trifecta of savage success.

With the Wolves rolling merrily along, everyone delivered big-time plays down the stretch, with Prince dominating at the net, Ivy Leedy popping a winner or two, and Heidi Meyers lashing sizzlin’ serves.

Not to be forgotten, Chernikoff, who tore up the Tigers defense with a match-high 14 kills, delivered one of the hardest-hit winners of the season at any level.

Roaring in from the left side of the floor as Georges flicked a picture-perfect set into the air, Kylie the Killer elevated, then hung in the air for an eternity, half her body above the net.

One word, three letters, one syllable, could be heard coming across the floor, almost in a whisper, and it sent chills up the spines of every Tiger she was eye-balling.

“Run!!!”

The smart ones did.

The rest closed their eyes and prayed for their very souls, as Chernikoff punched a hole through the universe, the ball screaming downward to rip up the floorboards, then blow a hole through the back wall of the gym.

And that was about the last time any Granite player was willing to get anywhere near the ball. Maybe ever again.

For Smith, who was rockin’ and rollin’ from his perch next to the bench, wearing the smile of a coach who loves his job and loves seeing his players blow up the world, it was a nice cap to a strong team-wide performance.

Chernikoff added seven digs to her massive pile of kills, while Georges dealt out 26 assists to go with four aces.

Jump (nine kills, four digs), Masters (three kills, five aces, two digs), Prince (four kills and that eye-popping block), Leavell (three kills), Blouin (three assists, two digs, and some quietly spectacular saves to keep plays going), Knoblich (two kills), and Leedy (two kills) rounded out the stat sheet.

Not to be forgotten, Meyers and Abby Mulholland, in street clothes as she recovers from a concussion, were exuberant supporters of their teammates.

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Jaimee Masters and the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad got stronger as the day rolled on Saturday, winning a title at a tournament in Oak Harbor. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They saved their best for last.

After battling through pool play Saturday at a tournament in Oak Harbor, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball team flipped a different switch in bracket play, roaring to a title.

The Wolves swept Ingraham and Grace Academy in their final two matches to claim first place in the tourney’s silver bracket.

CHS opened the all-day royal rumble by splitting with Oak Harbor (25-21, 17-25) and Grace Academy (14-25, 25-17), and losing two close sets to Kamiak (22-25, 23-25).

Bracket play sent Grace Academy up against Chief Kitsap, where the former beat the latter 25-17, 25-12.

On the other side, no longer ready to bide its time, Coupeville pounced, devouring Ingraham 25-16, 25-18.

That set up a rematch in the finale, and this time out, the Wolves were clearly the superior squad, rolling to a 25-18, 25-21 win.

Basking in his team’s title run, CHS coach Chris Smith doled out praise to everyone on his roster.

“Team effort all around to keep up the energy, effort, and fun, led by our leaders Kylie (Chernikoff) and Jaimee (Masters),” he said.

The Wolf young guns return to match play this coming week, as they welcome South Whidbey to town Tuesday, Oct. 1, before hitting the road to face Granite Falls (Oct. 3) and Orcas Island (Oct. 5).

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