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   Katrina McGranahan had six kills and four service aces Tuesday as CHS romped to a win in its league opener. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Brutally efficient.

Attacking from the moment it hopped off the ferry to the moment it clambered back on Tuesday, the Coupeville High School volleyball squad looked very much like the unit that swept to a league crown last season.

Decimating host Chimacum in straight sets, the Wolves ran their season record to 2-0, while grabbing a huge win in their Olympic League opener.

Key to the 25-9, 25-11, 25-4 romp were keywords like aggressiveness and consistency, something every coach wants to see.

“Very happy with our consistent play today,” CHS spiker guru Cory Whitmore said. “Playing our speed and back to aggressive serving and attacking.”

Once the ball was in play, every Wolf on the floor chipped in with solid, often inspired play.

“The setters did a great job of distributing the ball,” Whitmore said. “But our passers provided great first ball contacts to work with.”

Sophomore Maya Toomey-Stout led Coupeville at the service stripe, pounding home five aces, while three of her veteran teammates — Payton Aparicio, Lauren Rose and Katrina McGranahan — chipped in with four apiece.

Rose collected 11 assists, sharing set-up duties with Ashley Menges (six assists), while McGranahan (six kills) and Aparicio (four kills) were the primary beneficiaries.

Coupeville, which doesn’t play its first home match until Sept. 26, is off to Yakima for the SunDome Volleyball Festival Friday, an all-day event which pits 32 schools drawn from 1B, 2B, 1A and 2A.

The tourney, which is played on the same courts where the 1A state tourney is held, will give the Wolves a feel of what it would be like to play in the big show.

CHS advanced to state four straight years from 2001-2004, winning at least one match every time, but hasn’t been back since, a streak this year’s senior-led squad wants to break.

Young guns sweep:

Coupeville swept to straight-sets wins in both JV and C-Team action, as well.

“The JV just cruised. They carried on where they left off from this weekend (at the South Whidbey Invite) and just dominated both sets,” said Wolf JV coach Chris Smith. “After facing varsity competition all weekend the JV was geared up and ready to play at a different level.

“They were playing well as a team and set the tone from the service line.”

The C-Team, comprised of freshmen, saw action against a rival for the first time this season.

“The nerves were high with the ‘C’ team, but once they settled down they cruised,” Smith said.

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   Wolf QB Hunter Downes threw for three touchdowns Friday night, one to Jacob Martin (right). (John Fisken photos)

Hunter Smith

   Hunter Smith snagged the other two scoring strikes, giving him six TDs on the season.

This one was a heart-breaker.

Coming off of back-to-back blowout losses, the Coupeville High School football squad made huge strides Friday night, but fell just short in its conference opener.

Unable to hold on to a four-point halftime lead, the Wolves were clipped 23-20 by Charles Wright Academy in a game played in the wilds of Tacoma.

The loss drops Coupeville to 1-3 overall, 0-1 in Olympic/Nisqually League play.

CHS will get a chance to even its record with back-to-back home games the next two weeks, facing Vashon Island and Port Townsend.

With the 1A Olympic League having joined up with the Nisqually League to form an eight-team super conference for football, Coupeville found itself facing off with one of its new rivals to kick off the seven-game league season.

And while the Tarriers scored first, the Wolves hit right back, using an effective air game to pick apart the Charles Wright secondary.

Junior quarterback Hunter Downes rifled three touchdown passes, two to Hunter Smith and one to Jacob Martin, doubling his season output.

The first one went 34 yards on a Hunter-to-Hunter connection, while the second scoring pass, also to Smith, staked the Wolves to a 13-9 halftime lead.

Downes hit Martin for a second-half score as well, but Charles Wright answered with two touchdowns of its own to hold off Coupeville.

The three passing touchdowns was one off the school’s single-game record of four, jointly held by current CHS offensive coordinator Brad Sherman (2001) and Wolf legend Corey Cross (1971).

Cameron Toomey-Stout picked off a Tarrier pass to pace the CHS defense.

In other league games, Klahowya clocked Vashon Island 35-14 and Cascade Christian clobbered Chimacum 47-19.

Port Townsend and Bellevue Christian wrap up the first weekend of league play when they meet Saturday.

Current standings:

School League Overall
Cascade Christian 1-0 4-0
Charles Wright 1-0 2-2
Klahowya 1-0 3-1
Bellevue Christian 0-0 0-3
Port Townsend 0-0 1-2
Chimacum 0-1 1-3
Coupeville 0-1 1-3
Vashon Island 0-1 0-4

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