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Grey Peabody faced off with the best hitter in the Northwest 2B/1B League, and didn’t blink. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Like gunshots going off.

That’s what it sounds like when La Conner’s Ellie Marble — the best player Coupeville will face this season — unleashes kills at close range while bouncing high off the volleyball court.

Once in awhile, you can blunt her attack, and that of her talented teammates, such as Olivia Schaffeld and Grey Peabody did on one impressive block Tuesday night.

But stop Ellie Marble once, and she’ll lash 10,001 more winners, almost invariably leading to the latest of the 500+ wins mom Suzanne has earned while in charge of La Conner’s high-flying spiker program.

The latest of those W’s came Tuesday, as the visiting Braves staggered Coupeville’s varsity 25-12, 25-9, 25-10.

The loss drops the Wolves to 8-2 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 8-5 overall, while La Conner climbs to 10-0, 13-0 as it seeks a third-consecutive 2B state title.

Coupeville, a team with no seniors on its roster, has looked very strong in some matches this season.

But the Wolves have also struggled against hard-hitting, powerhouse teams, such as La Conner and non-conference foe South Whidbey.

It’s not that CHS doesn’t have players capable of unleashing big kills, as evidenced by Ryanne Knoblich launching a winner from the middle of the court which split the defense.

But the Wolves were unable to put together more than a point or two at a time, while the Braves lashed winners in great gobs.

BANG! BANG!! BANG!!!!

Marble abused the volleyball in a manner rarely seen in the CHS gym, drawing a wary shake of the head from Wolf boys basketball coach Brad Sherman, who stopped by to watch a bit of the action.

After seeing Coupeville spikers like Lyla Stuurmans and Jill Prince attempt to stand strong against the incoming blasts from Marble and her fellow La Conner snipers, Sherman was impressed, yet cautious.

“Yeah, I’m not standing in her way when she hits like that,” he said while softly shaking his head. “That stuff would hurt!”

In the midst of balls raining down around them, the Wolves dug in and fought back with some scrappiness.

Peabody, moments after teaming with Schaffeld on the block, made a sensational running save on a ball heading for out of bounds.

Add in a couple of smokin’ aces from Alita Blouin, some ferocious work at the net from Schaffeld, Prince, and Savina Wells, and strong passing by Maddie Georges, and there were bright points to savor.

Georges finished with 12 assists on the night, and now sits with 202 on the season.

 

Tuesday stats:

Alita Blouin — 4 digs, 1 assist, 2 aces
Maddie Georges — 8 digs, 12 assists
Taygin Jump — 4 digs
Ryanne Knoblich — 1 kill, 1 dig
Grey Peabody — 1 block assist
Jill Prince — 5 kills
Olivia Schaffeld 
— 4 kills, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Lyla Stuurmans 
— 2 digs
Lucy Tenore — 1 kill, 1 ace
Savina Wells 
— 3 kills, 1 dig, 1 ace

Jill Prince delivered a team-high five kills Tuesday, then accepted an invitation to the Homecoming dance.

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Olivia Schaffeld and Co. are 7-1 in league play. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Right back in stride.

Bouncing back nicely from its first league loss of the season, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball team pasted host Orcas Island Tuesday night.

Rolling to a 25-18, 25-13, 25-21 win against the Vikings, the Wolves surge to 7-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 7-3 overall.

The victory also keeps CHS one game back of two-time defending state champ La Conner (8-0, 10-0), the only league school the Wolf spikers have lost to since returning to the NWL last season.

Coupeville made it 13-0 against conference foes not named La Conner by seizing control from Orcas (5-3, 8-4), which could have moved into a second-place tie with a win.

“It was a very long, but good day for the girls,” said Wolf coach Cory Whitmore.

“With varsity playing first, I was excited to see us settle into our game and control the pace and energy nearly the entire match,” he added. “We played very clean in nearly all facets of the game.”

Coupeville stayed in control thanks to its service game, both when giving and receiving.

Maddie Georges and Savina Wells each pounded out seven service aces, with the Wolves racking up 18 as a team.

“We’ve been focusing on our form and consistent energy and attention to detail throughout matches,” Whitmore said. “And today was a great example of that.”

Savina Wells launches a wicked fireball.

When Orcas put the ball in play, the Wolves jumped on the incoming missiles, blunting the Viking attack.

“Our serve receive was especially strong behind Alita (Blouin), Ryanne (Knoblich), Lyla (Stuurmans), Taygin (Jump), and Savina,” Whitmore said. “And it allowed Maddie to find hitters from all angles.

“Orcas was an improved team, and for the most part made us earn our points and outlast during rallies,” he added.

“I was happy to see the girls’ hard-earned work start to payoff.”

 

Tuesday stats:

Alita Blouin — 1 kill, 12 digs, 1 ace
Maddie Georges — 1 kill, 4 digs, 27 assists, 7 aces
Taygin Jump
— 9 digs, 2 aces
Ryanne Knoblich — 2 digs
Grey Peabody
— 3 kills
Jill Prince — 4 kill, 1 dig
Olivia Schaffeld 
— 4 kills
Lyla Stuurmans 
— 8 kills, 5 digs
Lucy Tenore 
— 1 ace
Savina Wells 
— 9 kills, 1 dig, 7 aces

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Jill Prince brings the thunder. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Spike for spike, photo for photo.

Coupeville and South Whidbey clashed Monday in a good old-fashioned volleyball slugfest, with the Wolves coming out on top in the JV match, and the Falcons rebounding in the varsity tilt.

Wanderin’ photo clicker John Fisken captured action shots featuring both schools, and the pics above and below are courtesy him.

To see much more, and possibly purchase some glossies for Grams down in Boca, pop over to:

 

Coupeville:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Volleyball-2021/VB-2021-09-27-vs-South-Whidbey/

 

South Whidbey:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/South-Whidbey-HS/VB-2021-09-27-at-Coupeville/

 

A Falcon keeps the rally going.

The volleyball thought it could escape. Spoiler: it could not.

Taylor Brotemarkle, an assassin with the aces.

“And where do you think you’re going?”

Wolves (l to r) Lucy Tenore, Lyla Stuurmans, and Olivia Schaffeld celebrate a big kill.

“We have a missile departing!”

Alita Blouin gives her back a work-out.

Maddie Georges chases down a wayward ball.

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Maddie Georges collected her 300th assist as a high school volleyball player Monday night. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Slip-sliding away.

For a half hour or more Monday night, the undefeated Coupeville High School varsity volleyball team looked very good.

Then, things splintered a bit, and now the Wolves have their first loss of the season.

It’s a non-conference defeat, and it came against Cedar Park Christian-Bothell, a solid private school foe — and former league rival — who exited with a 25-23, 25-14, 25-19 victory.

The loss drops Coupeville to 3-1, but the Wolves get a chance to bounce right back Wednesday when they travel to Darrington, where they’ll seek their fourth Northwest 2B/1B League win in as many matches.

Moving forward, CHS will try to avoid the pitfalls of Monday’s clash with the visiting Eagles, when it spent too much of the match playing from behind.

“Errors down the stretch hurt us a bit,” said Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore.

“When you’re climbing out of holes, and keep on having to do it, that’s always tough, especially against a team which takes care of the ball reasonably well.”

Coupeville battled CPC every step of the way in the opening set, with the two teams combining for 12 ties, the final one at 23-23.

The Wolves got to that last stalemate thanks to a nasty spike off the fingertips of Lucy Tenore, which came shortly after freshman Savina Wells blistered another winner.

Coupeville’s big hitters, which include Olivia Schaffeld and Jill Prince, were clicking, and the Wolves matched the Eagles kill for kill.

But CPC slipped away with the opening frame after Coupeville sent a serve long at 23-23, then muffed a play right on top of the net while facing set point.

Schaffeld had opened play with a spike which tore a chunk out of the floor in the back corner of the court, before fab frosh Lyla Stuurmans unleashed a collection of heat-seeking missiles of her own.

Freshman Lyla Stuurmans popped five kills against Cedar Park Christian.

The cousin of former Wolf MVP Payton Aparicio is already making a name for herself, thunking winners from the left side, then stamping her feet on the ground in joy as her squad celebrates around her.

Whitmore has a very-young team this time around, with two freshmen (Stuurmans and Wells) and a sophomore (Schaffeld) starting, with another sophomore, Grey Peabody, showing great promise.

Toss in a collection of juniors, who had a pandemic-shortened sophomore campaign, and no active seniors, and the Wolves are still a work in progress.

Case in point, the second set.

Coupeville came out strongly, with Wells and Prince spraying winners, while Schaffeld and Tenore teamed up to stuff a CPC gunner at the net.

But after trailing just 13-11, things went sideways for a bit, with the Eagles mounting a 12-3 surge to close out the frame.

That downward trend from the Wolves carried over to the start of the third set, with CPC blowing out to a 5-0 lead, then stretching it out to 18-10.

While Coupeville’s young guns couldn’t get all the way back, they did find some nice grit in their game, playing the Eagles straight-up the rest of the way.

Schaffeld collected back-to-back winners, Prince staggered CPC with some ferocious blows, and the Wolf role players came full-tilt in the final stages of the match.

“That one right there, she was an animal on the back row,” Whitmore said as Ryanne Knoblich stopped to say good night to her coach.

“She and (libero) Alita (Blouin) are really finding their niche,” he added. “And while it won’t necessarily show up in the stats, Lyla passed really well tonight.”

While he would have liked getting a win against a tough-nosed rival, Whitmore remains positive, already looking forward to a chance for his players to fine-tune their games.

“We’ll learn from this,” he said. “We’ll head back to practice tomorrow and focus on the importance of the first half of every set.”

While the Wolves lost the match, two of their juniors did reach personal milestones, which were hailed by team manager Abby Mulholland.

Georges collected her 300th career assist midway through the night, while Blouin passed 100 digs.

 

Monday stats:

Alita Blouin — 19 digs, 1 assist, 1 ace
Maddie Georges 
— 1 kill, 5 digs, 14 assists, 1 ace
Taygin Jump 
— 1 dig
Ryanne Knoblich
— 4 digs
Jill Prince — 4 kills
Olivia Schaffeld 
— 5 kills, 1 dig, 2 block assists
Lyla Stuurmans 
— 5 kills, 4 digs
Lucy Tenore 
— 4 kills, 1 dig, 2 block assists
Savina Wells 
— 7 kills, 6 digs, 2 aces

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Maddie Georges, a Second-Team All-Conference pick as a sophomore, is back to spark the CHS volleyball offense. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ryanne Knoblich is part of a pack of very-talented Wolf juniors.

The chase continues.

Battling through the pandemic, the Coupeville High School volleyball squad delivered a very strong effort in a place-out-of-time season which wrapped just a couple of months ago.

Covid bumped what was supposed to be the fall 2020 season out to April and May, 2021, with the Wolves making their return to the Northwest 2B/1B League.

Even with masks and matches often bumped around the schedule at the last second, Coupeville finished 6-3 in the shortened season, placing second among six teams.

All three losses came to two-time defending state champ La Conner, as the Wolves otherwise went undefeated.

Now, with fall sports back in their normal time frame, CHS is set to chase the Braves one more time, while also getting a full schedule including non-conference matchups with rivals like South Whidbey.

Wolf coach Cory Whitmore, carrying a 55-24 record as he heads into season #6 at the helm, has a team which is simultaneously talented and still fairly young.

After losing the four-pack of Kylie Chernikoff, Jaimee Masters, Maddie Vondrak, and Chelsea Prescott to graduation, the program won’t have a senior on the floor this time around.

Abby Mulholland would have been that lone 12th grader, but is injured and will miss the season.

Instead, Coupeville will rely on a very-deep group of juniors headed up by setter Maddie Georges, who was a Second-Team All-Conference pick last season.

“We have a core group of returning players with a season of experience behind them, already doing a great job to lead the team toward our goals,” Whitmore said.

Alita Blouin has really settled in as the libero, taking control in the back row passing and defensive game,” he added. “Jill Prince had a phenomenal offseason, improving her speed and consistency as middle blocker.”

Blouin and Prince have already been noticed by rival coaches, with the duo both earning Honorable Mention when NWL awards were handed out in May.

Whitmore also praised two other stars on the rise.

Lucy Tenore returns with varsity experience as well and is likely to see playing time at the right side attacking and blocking position,” he said.

Ryanne Knoblich also brings varsity experience from last season and had a great offseason,” Whitmore added. “She is a versatile player that can really help where help is needed – front row or back row.”

While the loss of the four seniors — which include First-Team All-Conference players in Chernikoff and Prescott — hurts, there’s a solid youth movement afoot to ease the pain.

Coupeville has eight freshman in the program, with Lyla Stuurmans and Savina Wells already pegged to “likely play a critical role at the varsity level,” while “learning the game at a very accelerated pace.”

“I’m very excited about the advanced skill set and starting place our freshman enter the high school program with,” Whitmore said.

“(Middle School coach) Cris Matochi did a great job in preparing them throughout their modified season last year and together they worked hard to get ready for high school ball.”

Sophomore Olivia Schaffeld is also expected to contribute at the middle blocking role.

One of the top goals for Whitmore and JV coach Ashley Menges will be to “blend our entire two teams as one strong cohesive unit.”

“This group of young women are likely to play with each other for a while yet,” Whitmore said.

“Team bonding and building will be a big focus, as will working to blend our experienced players with our newcomers and move forward to peaking as we enter district play.

“We will need to make our defense disciplined and consistent and push our offensive attack to be terminal.”

The schedule includes 15 matches, and several in-season tournaments, giving the Wolves plenty of time to work on things.

“An early area we will particularly spend time on is improving our passing consistency,” Whitmore said. “From the passing consistency to setting consistency, our attacking efficiency and firepower can pick up in suit.

“We will work on our serving game as well, making sure the quality and location of our serves are tight,” he added.

“I hope to also improve our blocking game this season – it will add a strength to our defense that will take the pressure off the back row as well.”

While the Wolves are relatively young, they are a smart, very-competitive bunch of spikers, something their coach is thrilled to see.

“I believe our team’s strength will include a number of things, starting with their ability to learn and implement new information,” Whitmore said.

“In the short time we have already been a team, we have been able to work on some advanced concepts and skills, and then move forward at an accelerated pace.

“This group also has a competitive streak in them that impressed me. It doesn’t take much to motivate them as soon as it’s turned into a competition and it has already been fun to watch.”

There’s little doubt La Conner is the team to beat, not just in the league, but in all of 2B, and the Braves return four All-Conference players, including MVP Ellie Marble.

But that doesn’t mean Coupeville can coast against other teams.

“We will have to treat each opponent with respect and prepare to play our best every night,” Whitmore said.

“La Conner will undoubtedly put together a strong team and come ready. Orcas Island will return many of their players from last year, as will Darrington,” he added.

“It will be our first time playing Friday Harbor in a while, and so we will need to be ready to adapt to anything.”

As always, the Coupeville volleyball guru preaches focusing internally, and not externally.

“Taking things night-by-night, step-by-step will be a focus of ours as we gain experience through non-league play and come prepared to perform our best each night of league play.”

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