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Jill Prince and Coupeville’s C-Team volleyball squad are a perfect 3-0 on the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Stats? They don’t need no stinkin’ stats. Just wins!

The stat-keeper might have been missing in action Tuesday, but the Coupeville High School C-Team volleyball squad didn’t care.

The only stat that truly mattered was the final score, which read 25-16, 25-21, 25-14, as the Wolves savaged visiting South Whidbey.

The straight-sets victory lifts Coupeville’s fab frosh to a flawless 2-0 in North Sound Conference play, 3-0 overall.

First-year Wolf coach Krimson Rector has yet to lose (and has no plans to start any time soon), and she bounded out of the middle school gym beaming about her players.

“The girls played really well tonight,” she said.

The big key to the win, as it has been all season, was Coupeville’s performance at the service line, where heavy hitters like Allie Lucero, Jill Prince, and Ryanne Knoblich all sparkled.

Prince was also a force at the net, where she used her long reach to snuff out her fair share of Falcon hits.

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Maddie Georges (left) and Karyme Castro endure the rain while pursuing their softball dreams. (Suzan Georges photos)

Georges and Sofia Peters share a moment with a friendly rival.

Our game, our Island.

At every level this spring, Coupeville is ruling the softball field, and taking special delight in bushwhacking Oak Harbor, their big-city neighbors to the North.

Thursday night the latest beat-down came courtesy the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors squad, which rolled up the Island and torched North Whidbey 20-8.

The win lifts the Wolves to 4-0 on the season, not surprising for a team which has outscored its rivals 78-23.

Central Whidbey came out primed to rumble Thursday, dropping runs in every inning, with nine of 13 players scoring at least once.

The Wolves put up four in the top of the first, and kept the scoreboard humming all night, with six runs in the second, two in the third, then eight in the fourth to spring the 10-run mercy rule.

Everyone swung the bat well, with the 2-3-4-5 hitters particularly dangerous.

Savina Wells and Melanie Navarro paced the Wolves with three hits apiece, both blasting a double and two singles, while Jill Prince had a double and single, and Sofia Peters whacked a pair of singles.

The battlin’ Lucero sisters rounded out the hit attack, as Allie plunked a double and Maya drilled a single, with Cypress Socha, Prince, and Peters walking twice apiece.

Central Whidbey had 11 walks to go with its 12 hits, as Gwen Gustafson, Hayley Fiedler, Vivian Farris, Maddie Georges, and Allie Lucero also earned free passes.

Adrian Burrows and Karyme Castro also saw playing time for the Wolves, who kicked off a three-game road trip Thursday night.

The squad travels to Sedro-Woolley Apr. 20, then faces South Skagit Apr. 25, not returning to play at Rhododendron Park again until Apr. 27.

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Gwen Gustafson, seen last year, scored three times Thursday as Central Whidbey Little League’s Juniors softball team won 18-0. (Irene Gustafson photo)

They didn’t play an entire game, because two innings was enough to show the world what’s what.

Taking advantage of a ton of walks Thursday, the Central Whidbey Little League Juniors softball team bushwhacked arch-rival South Whidbey 18-0, rolling to an eye-popping opening day win.

The Wolves scored nine runs in the first without getting a single hit, then tacked on another nine scores in the bottom of the second inning.

When South Whidbey conceded the game, there was only one out in the second inning.

Coupeville 6th grader Savina Wells, playing alongside middle school girls, punched a hit, as did Maddie Georges and Sofia Peters, while everyone in the starting lineup came around to score.

Gwen Gustafson, who held South Whidbey’s offense in check while flinging heat from the pitcher’s circle, tapped home three times, while Melanie Navarro matched her run total.

Allie Lucero (2), Peters (2), Vivian Farris (2), Georges (2), Maya Lucero (2), Wells (1) and Jill Prince (1) also scored for Central Whidbey.

Providing support off the bench were Adrian Burrows, Karyme Castro, Hayley Fiedler, and Cypress Socha.

Central Whidbey returns to action Saturday with a home game against Anacortes at Rhododendron Park. First pitch is at noon.

After that, the Wolves are off until Apr. 11.

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Taygin Jump, here firing up a serve, was a rock Thursday for the Coupeville Middle School 8th grade varsity volleyball squad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It might still be going on.

Thursday’s middle school volleyball rumble between Coupeville and visiting Lakewood featured four matches, one stunning reversal, and a running time of well over three hours.

It was so long, I can’t honestly say I was there for the entire thing, as a Booster Club meeting plucked me from the gym midway through the day’s third match.

At which point things had already been unfolding for two-and-a-half hours, all backed by the screams of 10,000 hyped-up middle school girls trapped in one small gym.

So, here’s what I know:

I had to ankle for the exit midway through the 7th grade varsity, which Coupeville eventually lost 25-10, 25-6, 25-14.

I also completely missed the 7th grade JV, which apparently put up a spirited battle in a narrow 25-18, 25-15 defeat.

Before I bailed on the 7th graders, Jill Prince and Melanie Navarro (both 8th graders helping fill out a thin roster) delivered strong plays to send a jolt through the Wolf fans.

Navarro popped a nice shot in between two Lakewood players, triggering a return shot into the net, while Prince thumped the afternoon’s most distinctive spike.

And, with that, we’re on to the 8th grade.

 

JV:

One close set, one not so close set, in a 25-20, 25-7 loss to a school which funnels its players on to a fairly large 2A high school.

Maya Lucero and Ryanne Knoblich smoked impressive aces while on serve, while Prince, who was making her season debut, pulled off a play which doubled as a great recovery and a winner, all in one.

Going low to stab at a quickly-dropping serve, Prince caught the ball with the tips of her fingers and spun it back across the net while sliding to one knee.

Not only did the ball arc back across the barrier, it then flung itself to the floor between a pair of surprised Lakewood players and skipped merrily away before a rally could break out.

Ultimately the visitors were just too on-point with their own serving for the Wolves to get much going, but Lucero did put together a quality run at the line in a one-woman effort to balance things out.

 

Varsity:

Talk about a plot twist.

If you saw only the first set, you wouldn’t have believed the score of the second set. And vice versa.

Little went right for the Wolves in the opening frame, as Lakewood, lashing one laser serve after another, roared out to a 16-0 lead en route to a 25-3 win.

Heck, toss out a Lucy Tenore tip, in which she froze a rival and dumped the ball right in front of her for a winner, and we can just say nothing went right.

And then everything changed in a snap.

Powered by (high-jumping) Taygin Jump, who went on a crusade of dropping in winners with quick flicks over her shoulder, Coupeville found its mojo and roared back to win the second set 25-19.

While the Wolves couldn’t pull the match out, falling 25-18 in a tightly-contested final set, the turn-around was remarkable.

Once they got going, the CMS spikers served strongly, chased down balls they had no business getting to, and got quite efficient at smacking winners.

And it came from everyone on the floor.

Alita Blouin, who ran off four straight aces on her serve midway through the second set, also had a superb dig in which she popped the ball back into play while sprawled on the floor.

Her teammates — Gwen Gustafson, Hayley Fiedler, Maddie Georges, Vivian Farris, Jump and Tenore — all chipped in with hustle plays, before Fiedler closed out set #2 with a wicked serve.

The final set was all-out war, with Georges and Tenore firing off an assortment of dazzling serves, while Jump was a young woman in constant motion.

Locking down the right side of the floor, she continually thwarted Lakewood, using a variety of moves to drop winning shots, each one hitting like a dagger.

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   Coupeville Middle School volleyball coach Casie Greve surveys the action Wednesday in Sequim. (Kimberly Bepler photos)

The Wolf 7th graders are ready to make their debut.

The 8th graders are back for another go-round.

“Here we go, Wolves! Here we go!!”

Catch a rising star. (Amanda Rogers photo)

The season has begun, in a hail of spikes, sets and hours spent on a bus.

The Coupeville Middle School volleyball squads rambled down to Sequim Wednesday, where they put up a strong fight before falling to a much-bigger rival.

Their hosts feed a 2A high school, something the Wolves, who will one day play for a tiny 1A high school, will face often this year.

Even without the advantage of numbers, and with their legs possibly affected by bus lag, the Wolves were scrappers.

The 8th grade squad won the first set 25-23, before being nipped in sets two and three, while the CMS 7th graders lost in straight sets.

Both teams had at least one player go off on long, successful runs at the service stripe, as well.

Lucy Tenore opened the 7th grade match with a run of eight straight points, while Kylie Van Velkinburgh had a similar streak during the 8th grade clash.

After another road trip Monday, Sept. 25 — this one a much-shorter jump over to Port Townsend — CMS makes its home debut Thursday, Sept. 28 against Stevens.

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