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Isabel Johnson had 10 digs and five service aces Wednesday as Coupeville won in Darrington. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Madison McMillan and Co. are 4-0 in league play.

Beware the hungry Wolves prowling the deep, dark woods.

Darrington High School welcomed Coupeville to town Wednesday, only to be chomped in the night’s JV volleyball match.

Jumping on the Loggers quickly, CHS coasted in for a 25-18, 25-17, 20-25 win.

The victory lifts Coupeville to 4-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 4-1 overall.

While she would have liked a clean sweep, Wolf coach Ashley Menges was mostly satisfied with how the evening played out.

“Definitely an interesting one,” she said. “There were definitely dips in focus and energy, which is a work in progress for us, but a lot of great things happened as well.

“I was grateful to see that the girls implemented what we worked on in practice yesterday,” Menges added. “But now our focus is going to be consistency all the way through a match, especially on the road.

“I’m still very happy that we pulled out the win, but we still have a lot to progress on as well.”

Coupeville had a very-balanced attack, with all nine girls in uniform racking up stats.

Libero Isabel Johnson was a particular standout.

Isabel had a great game tonight,” Menges said. “She was covering and digging a lot of balls that came her way, as well as her serve receive was very sharp tonight.”

 

Wednesday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 10 assists, 6 aces
Mia Farris — 2 kills, 1 ace
Gwen Gustafson — 4 kills, 6 digs, 2 aces
Jada Heaton — 2 kills, 1 dig
Isabel Johnson — 10 digs, 5 aces
Katie Marti — 7 kills, 2 digs, 10 assists, 2 aces
Madison McMillan — 7 kills, 1 dig, 1 assist, 6 aces
Grey Peabody — 2 kills
Aby Wood  — 1 kill

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Jada Heaton, soaring in an earlier match, crunched two kills Monday night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Consider it a bump in the road, with lessons learned.

At least that’s the hope for the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad, which dropped its first sets, and first match, Monday night.

Facing off with non-conference foe Cedar Park Christian-Bothell, the previously-undefeated Wolves fell 25-16, 25-13, 25-23 at home.

The loss drops Coupeville to 3-1 on the season, though it will get a chance to jump right back into action.

The Wolf JV heads to Darrington Wednesday for a Northwest 2B/1B League rumble, before appearing Saturday at a tourney in Oak Harbor.

The clash Monday with CPC reunited Coupeville with a former rival from the 1A North Sound Conference, and the private school spikers certainly played up to past performances.

Controlling the action most of the way, the visiting Eagles closed the first set on a 7-1 run to bust open what had been a fairly close battle.

Coupeville’s only lead in the first frame came at 2-1, but the Wolves did force three ties, the last at 8-8.

That came courtesy a zinger of a serve from Gwen Gustafson, the lone Wolf to put together a strong run at the service stripe in the early going.

Gustafson also had two of her team’s three biggest hits in the first set, launching a pair of sharply-angled kills to complement one by teammate Madison McMillan.

The second set may seem lopsided if you just look at the score, but Coupeville was in it for the first half, with six ties and a lead as late as 10-8.

Jada Heaton delivered a resounding kill which ripped down the middle of the court, rising up and smacking the crud out of the ball, to fuel the run.

Meanwhile, McMillan artfully dropped a pair of tip winners, and Grey Peabody stuffed a CPC hitter just as the Eagle was about to unload.

Madison McMillan (left) and Isabel Johnson both filled up the stat sheet.

Unfortunately, Cedar Park then hit a major hot streak, closing the set on a 17-3 tear to officially seal the win.

Despite the match being decided, the two teams had time to kill, so played a third set for practice, and it was a tense affair not decided until the final second.

Isabel Johnson, Mia Farris, and McMillan were sharp at the service line, with the latter running off six straight points to stake CHS to a 23-21 lead.

Cedar Park finally broke her run, however, then closed out the set and match for the sweep.

 

Monday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 dig, 11 assists, 1 ace
Mia Farris — 1 kill, 1 ace
Gwen Gustafson — 5 kills, 4 digs, 2 aces
Jada Heaton — 2 kills, 1 dig, 1 assist
Isabel Johnson — 6 digs, 2 aces
Madison McMillan — 4 kills, 6 digs, 4 aces
Grey Peabody — 2 kills, 1 solo block
Aby Wood  — 1 dig

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Madison McMillan put together a strong performance Tuesday as the Coupeville JV volleyball team swept Mount Vernon Christian. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They dropped the hammer. Again and again.

Pounding out serves with precision, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball spikers scorched visiting Mount Vernon Christian in straight sets Tuesday, sweeping to their second win in as many matches.

Now the Wolves carry that pristine 2-0 record into another home Northwest 2B/1B League match Thursday, when Orcas Island visits Whidbey.

Facing off with MVC, all nine Wolves in uniform filled up the stat sheet, which kept coach Ashley Menges beaming long into the night.

“It went really well!,” she said. “The girls played great throughout all three sets; our serving was very clean and yet really aggressive.

“Everyone played really well in all aspects whether it was clean passing or putting the ball away,” Menges added. “I asked of them to make the third set the best volleyball they could, and they definitely delivered!

While everyone delivered solid performances for the Wolves, fab frosh Madison McMillan was a particular focal point, compiling a team-high five kills, two service aces, and two digs.

Madison had a great night!,” Menges said. “She had some powerful swings tonight, but my favorite was a perfectly placed out of system kill.

“The kid had some great passes and serve receptions; I’m very happy with how she played tonight.”

Fellow freshman Taylor Brotemarkle dazzled with six assists and a staggering 11 aces, while Isabel Johnson (three digs, three aces) and Katie Marti (three kills, two assists, three aces) were also on top of their game.

Mia Farris (two kills, three aces), Gwen Gustafson (three kills, two aces), Aby Wood (one kill), Jada Heaton (one ace), and Grey Peabody (one kill) also chipped in to the splendid team-wide effort.

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Coupeville freshman Mia Farris pounded out 13 service aces in her first high school volleyball contest. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

No mercy.

Smashing 40 service aces on opening night, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad scorched host Concrete in straight sets.

Despite playing with just seven players, the Wolves romped to a 25-8, 25-7, 25-6 victory Thursday, kicking off year two for CHS player turned coach Ashley Menges.

“I’m very happy that we’re starting the season off strong,” she said. “And I’m very proud of these girls for putting in so much effort through a hectic first couple of weeks.”

Coupeville pounded away at the service stripe all night, with freshmen Taylor Brotemarkle (playing on her 15th birthday) and Mia Farris dropping 13 aces apiece.

Fellow frosh phenom Madison McMillan added seven aces, with Gwen Gustafson (4), Isabel Johnson (2), and Aby Wood (1) chipping in.

“It was a night full of serving, which is great to see since we would definitely recognize it as one of our strengths,” Menges said.

“Playing with only seven girls, they adapted well and showed they can last and outlast,” she added. “With the few chances we had to work on our free ball transition and offense, the girls played very clean volleyball all night.”

Everyone on the floor racked up some sweet stats on opening night, with Brotemarkle dealing out nine assists, and McMillan adding two kills and two digs to her seven aces.

Gustafson (three kills), Johnson (three digs), Jada Heaton (two kills), Farris (two kills), and Wood (one kill) rounded out the strong team-wide effort.

The young Wolves get three straight matches at home after this, with Mount Vernon Christian (Sept. 14), Orcas Island (Sept. 16) and Cedar Park Christian (Sept. 20) all due to visit Whidbey.

The first two, like the Concrete match, are Northwest 2B/1B League tilts, with CPC being a non-conference rumble.

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Skylar Parker and the Wolf JV finished a successful season with a win in their finale Tuesday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Exit on top.

Clamping down on defense Tuesday, the Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad closed its season with a huge win, drilling visiting Friday Harbor 27-15.

The victory lifts the Wolves to 2-3 during a pandemic-altered season.

While Coupeville’s varsity hoops teams will play 12 games, the CHS young guns had trouble finding opponents as only three of the other six schools in the Northwest 2B/1B League fielded girls JV programs this year.

But whenever they could get on the floor, Megan Smith’s players took advantage of the opportunity, and Tuesday was no different.

The Wolves steadily chipped away at Friday Harbor, before icing the game with a brilliant fourth quarter.

Up 5-2 at the first break, Coupeville pushed the lead to 8-4 at the half and 17-13 heading into the final frame.

Once there, the Wolves outscored the visitors 10-2 over the final eight minutes of the season, with Lyla Stuurmans, Madison McMillan, and Katie Marti all putting points on the board.

Having wrapped her second season as Wolf JV coach, Smith, a three-time CHS Athlete of the Year back in the day, headed to the exit with a smile on her face.

“Couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the season for these girls!,” she said. “Everyone gave me their best, and each player improved so much this year!

“Excited for the future with this crew.”

8th graders McMillan and Stuurmans paced the Wolves in their finale, both rattling the rim for eight points, while Jessenia Camarena dropped in six.

Marti (2), Kassidy Upchurch (2), and Morgan Stevens (1) rounded out the offensive show, with Kayla Arnold, Bryley Gilbert, Reese Wilkinson, Desi Ramirez, Pam Morrell, and Skylar Parker all seeing floor time.

 

Final season scoring stats:

Lyla Stuurmans – 51
Madison McMillan – 33
Jessenia Camarena – 20
Katie Marti – 9
Skylar Parker – 4
Morgan Stevens – 4
Desi Ramirez – 2
Kassidy Upchurch – 2
Reese Wilkinson – 1

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