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Heidi Meyers fires up a serve. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was there, and then it was gone.

For the second time this season, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball team snatched the opening set from King’s, only to see the Knights slip away in the end with a three-set win.

Thursday, playing in Shoreline, the Wolves ultimately fell 11-25, 25-13, 25-15, dropping to 7-2 in North Sound Conference play, 10-3 overall.

With one match left, next Monday at Sultan, the JV spikers have proven they can stand with anyone.

Their only losses have been to King’s, whose varsity squad is ranked #2 in 1A in the state poll, and 2A Anacortes.

Both of the matches with the Knights were tense, close affairs.

First time around, Coupeville actually won more points, coming out ahead 67-62, while losing 2-1 in sets.

In the rematch, King’s held a slight 61-53 advantage, but the Wolves fought until the final point.

“They played well,” said CHS coach Chris Smith while discussing his squad. “I was very pleased with how they played!”

Kylie Chernikoff led the way for the Wolves, pounding six kills, firing five aces, and scraping seven digs off the floor.

Spreading out the rest of the kills were Taygin Jump (4), Jill Prince (3), Anya Leavell (2), Maddie Georges (2), Ivy Leedy (1), and Alita Blouin (1).

Georges handed out 12 assists, Jump (7) and Blouin (6) were big on digs, and Heidi Meyers fired off four service aces.

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Kylie Chernikoff brings the thunder and the lightning. (Brian Vick photo)

It helps when you have the best player on the floor.

Thursday night’s JV volleyball match-up between South Whidbey and visiting Coupeville was competitive, tense, a back-and-forth rumble.

And then Kylie Chernikoff went off, plucking every last feather off the Falcons.

Paced by their stellar star, who rocketed her way to a 13 kill, eight dig, three service ace performance, the Wolves came out on top 25-21, 21-25, 25-15.

With the win, Coupeville rises to 6-1 in North Sound Conference play, 9-2 overall.

To get to the finish line and take a season sweep from their next door neighbors, the Wolves had to overcome a few rough moments along the way.

All of that faded into the mist which hung over the SWHS parking lot, as Coupeville exited on a major high, riding big-time serving and bigger-time kills to run wild in the third, and deciding set.

Every Wolf to step to the line in the final set went off on a run, with Jaimee Masters and Taygin Jump leading the way with four straight points on their serve.

Jump lashed back-to-back aces to bust open the set, but it was Chernikoff, lurking, waiting, anticipating, then exploding and decimating, who put the fear of God into her rivals.

One spike tore off a Falcon player’s arm, leaving it flopping uselessly on the floor (maybe I’m slightly exaggerating, but just slightly…), while another Chernikoff masterpiece was delivered from her own back-court, yet still ripped a chunk out of South Whidbey’s back line.

A sweet little running tip for a winner from Jump sweetened the deal, before scorching serves from Maddie Georges, Heidi Meyers, and Abby Mulholland softened up the defense.

And then … oh, good sweet lord, hide the women and children … Kylie is trying to kill people again!!

Chernikoff’s final thunderous spike, which put Coupeville a point away from winning the match, erupted off of her hand like a bolt of lightning, made every hair on the back of Wolf coach Chris Smith’s neck stand up and salute, and almost broke the universe itself.

Six South Whidbey players saw the blast coming, and six South Whidbey players decided they’d rather stay out of the way and live to breathe another day.

After that, the final point of the match, a low, screaming, extremely nasty ace from Mulholland, was impressive, and yet almost an afterthought as the gym support beams continued to shake from Chernikoff’s spike.

The strong finish brought a positive ending to a match which went back-and-forth for much of the way.

Despite getting strong work at the net from Anya Leavell (slicing winners left and right) and Jill Prince (rejecting and stuffing would-be Falcon kills), the Wolves didn’t lead in the opening set until 10-9.

The frame was tied as late as 16-16, and each time CHS started to pull away, thanks to Georges winning a tip battle or Masters flicking a winner over the heads of a pulled-in defense, South Whidbey rallied.

Down by five points, back within two, and then, ladies and gentlemen, we have Ms. Chernikoff getting, as my notes put it, “freakin’ savage.”

With the set hanging in the balance, the JV’s most dangerous assassin crunched a mammoth shot which parted the fleeing Falcons like Moses doing his thing at the Red Sea.

The Wolves almost repeated the scenario in the second set, with Mulholland holding court at the service line, Leavell floating tip winners, and Chernikoff abusing every last volleyball which dared to enter her air space.

South Whidbey fought hard, though, and found a little something extra to take the set and send things to a deciding showdown.

Where Chernikoff was waiting to whack ’em.

She got plenty of support, with Georges (three aces, four assists), Jump (four kills, three aces), Mulholland (two kills, four aces), and Alita Blouin (three digs, two assists) also filling up the stat sheet.

Masters (two kills, one ace), Leavell (four kills), Prince (two kills) and Meyers (two digs) added to the strong team effort, with Ivy Leedy providing advice and support while in street clothes on the bench.

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Maddie Georges handed out 18 assists Tuesday, as the Coupeville JV spikers won in straight sets on the road. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jaimee Masters and the Wolves are now 8-2 on the season.

Kylie Chernikoff had a message for her foes Tuesday night, and she delivered it loud ‘n proud.

“Get prepared, ladies, cause the butt-whuppins’ are a’coming!!”

Now, since Chernikoff is among the friendliest of all athletes, it’s possible she didn’t say those exact words out loud.

But let’s just imagine she was thinking them.

Cause she certainly played like it.

Delivering 15 kills, five services aces, and six digs, Chernikoff filled up a huge chunk of the score-book by herself, pacing the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad to a straight-sets win in Bothell.

The 25-16, 25-22, 25-9 dismantling of host Cedar Park Christian lifts the Wolf young guns to a sterling 5-1 in North Sound Conference play, 8-2 overall.

With nine players seeing floor time for CHS, Wolf coach Chris Smith got a balanced, and very-effective attack.

The fab frosh were busy, as Maddie Georges doled out a team-high 18 assists, Alita Blouin went low to scrape five digs off the floor, and Taygin Jump mashed five kills, nailed five aces, and collected four digs.

Georges added four aces to the cause, while Abby Mulholland (one kill, one dig), Jill Prince (one kill), Jaimee Masters (two kills, one ace, one dig), Anya Leavell (one kill), and Ivy Leedy all brought intensity and hustle to their roles for the high-flying Wolves.

Coupeville returns to action Thursday, when it travels to Langley to face arch-rival South Whidbey.

The Wolves will be going for the season sweep of their next-door neighbors.

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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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Kylie Chernikoff had a team-high seven rebounds and three steals Monday, as the Coupeville JV went toe-to-toe with 2A Sequim. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s all about the lessons.

Do you take them in? Do you build on them? Do they foster growth?

The Coupeville High School JV girls basketball squad is young (11 of 14 players are freshmen) and still finding its way.

So, while losses like the 35-20 defeat the Wolves absorbed Monday in Sequim hurt in the moment, they can be the start of something bigger as athletes adjust to the difference between high school ball and what came before.

“Attitude and effort are the only things in life you can control,” said Coupeville coach Amy King, and it’s a stark truth.

While the non-conference loss to a 2A school drops the Wolves to 0-2 on the season, they can look to how they responded in the second half as a positive to build on.

Coupeville could not get a shot to drop for much of the first half Monday, with buckets from Kylie Chernikoff and Anya Leavell the only small solace in a 19-4 deficit.

The Wolves struggled to break Sequim’s half-court man press, which made it hard to even get shots launched.

“We had turnover after turnover,” King said. “Passing the ball into the waiting hands of Sequim, who used that to fast break.”

Things took a turn for the positive after Coupeville coaches delivered a halftime pep talk/come to God moment.

“We challenged the team to get out of their own heads and start playing basketball,” King said. “The energy needed to elevate from everybody, talk on defense and get scrappy.”

And scrappy they got, as Leavell and Kiara Contreras led a defensive stand, going after the ball with ramped-up intensity instead of sitting back and letting the play come to them.

With Chernikoff, Ja’Kenya Hoskins and Abby Mulholland cleaning the boards with authority, CHS pushed the flow of the game, playing Sequim even in the second half (16-16), while winning the battle in the fourth quarter 10-4.

“We were stirring up some energy, started moving the ball better and getting open shots,” King said. “We moved the ball like we knew how, and we changed our press break enough to get a few longer passes down the court, which made their defense scramble a little bit.

“If we had played that way in the first half, the game may have turned out a little different.”

Izzy Wells paced the Wolves with eight points, all coming in the second half, while snagging six rebounds.

Leavell netted six, with Chernikoff, Mollie Bailey and Hoskins adding two points apiece to round out the Wolf scoring.

Coupeville’s leader on the glass was the always hard-charging Chernikoff, who ripped down seven rebounds to go with her team-high three steals.

Hoskins added six boards, with Contreras and Kylie Van Velkinburgh each doling out two assists.

All 11 CHS girls in uniform Monday played, with Alana Mihill, Lily Leedy and Morgan Stevens also seeing floor time.

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