Posts Tagged ‘Maddie Vondrak’

Sophomore Maddie Vondrak was a big-hitting, point-winning terror Tuesday against Anacortes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Tuesday’s JV volleyball match between Coupeville and visiting Anacortes was a knock-down brawl, full of big hits and wild mood swings.

And while the Wolf spikers eventually fell 25-18, 26-24, 25-19, evening their record at 1-1, the night belonged to Maddie Vondrak.

Many of her teammates had strong performances against the Seahawks, especially Zoe Trujillo and Raven Vick, but it was the Wolf sophomore who captured, and held on to the spotlight the longest.

The smooth-hitting swing player was a veritable tower of power, ripping off frozen ropes from the front court and back court.

Not content to just deliver a tasty assortment of kills via the power game, Vondrak also proved extremely nimble around the net, elevating and stuffing Anacortes shots, one after another.

It was a star-making performance, and, coming against a larger 2A school, further proof Vondrak is more than ready for a prime time role.

While Coupeville trailed the entire first set, the Wolves rallied several times, cutting an early Anacortes lead down from seven points to three.

Vondrak delivered winners on three straight points during that run, while Trujillo cranked an especially nasty slider for another big put-away.

CHS led for a big stretch of the second set, even having set point at 24-23 after a Lucy Sandahl serve set up a rally which culminated in Vick deflating the ball with a spike which tore off a hunk of the floor.

It wasn’t to be, though, as Anacortes rallied to take the middle set before closing out the sweep with an efficient performance in set three.

Wolf freshmen Eryn Wood and Anya Leavell teamed up on a nice block at the net in the final set, while Sandahl unleashed an ace which blew past the would-be hitter like the Road Runner leaving Wile E. Coyote in the dust.

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   Sarah Wright (left) and Ema Smith clamp down on defense, much to the horror of their rival. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Bob Barker (left), longtime coach and teacher, and Jeff Stone, who still holds the school’s scoring records 48 years later, returned for the 101st anniversary of Wolf basketball.

Caleb Meyer powers through the tall trees.

Tucker Hall gets caught hanging around. (Maddie Vondrak photo)

Time to put your money where your mouth is.

If everyone who said they loved the photos John Fisken shot put a few bucks out to support his camera-clicking, we’d be 983% more likely to frequently snatch him away from Oak Harbor.

With high school hoops all but done (All-League picks and team awards are still ahead), now is a perfect time to go back through everything the shutter bug shot, and maybe pluck some pics out for your mantelpiece.

To see everything Fisken shot in Cow Town this winter (high school girls and boys hoops plus middle school boys hardwood action) pop over to:


PS — Along with all the normal hoops activity, that landing site also includes photos from the 101st anniversary of CHS boys basketball and pics shot by multi-talented frosh phenom Maddie Vondrak.

PPS — Buy pics Maddie Marvelous shot, and the money bypasses Fisken and goes directly into the pocket of one of Coupeville’s brightest young shooting stars.

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   Hunter Smith flies in for the bucket which carried him over the 600-point barrier. He’s only the 38th Wolf to ever reach that mark. (Maddie Vondrak photos)

   Hard court assassins (l to r) Sarah Wright, Lindsey Roberts and Ema Smith are ready to strike fear into the hearts of rivals everywhere.

Wolf moms, working hard so their kids can take it easy on the Senior Trip.

Tucker Hall is just hanging around.

Ulrik Wells shows off textbook form.

   Former Wolf hoops stars Kailey Kellner (back) and Kalia Littlejohn mingle with their fans.

Hunter Downes is ready to rumble.

   Dear Nissin, makers of Cup Noodles. This is Sarah Wright. She’d like to be your paid spokeswoman. Text her.

The multi-talented Maddie Vondrak strikes again!

The Coupeville High School freshman is a standout volleyball player and basketball team manager, plus a talented writer and photographer.

During the fall, Vondrak was out with an injury for several games.

Instead of just riding the bench, she stayed busy writing game recaps on JV volleyball matches, complete with in-depth analysis on all of her teammates.

Wednesday night she took a brief respite from some of her managerial duties to borrow a camera from pro photographer John Fisken and started snapping away.

The results were some of the glossiest of the season, and you can get a feel for Vondrak’s work by gazing upon the pics above.

To see everything she shot, pop over to the link below.

Plus, in a change of pace, any money raised by photo purchases will go right back to Vondrak.

So do the right thing. Support Maddie!


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   Kylie Chernikoff was a kill machine Tuesday, helping the Coupeville JV spikers roll to a fourth straight win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The wait was worth it.

Thanks to trouble catching a ferry, the Klahowya volleyball teams were late arriving in Coupeville Tuesday afternoon, and, once there, both varsity and JV had to play at the same time.

But, while they were denied their moment in the big gym in the season’s first home match, the Wolf JV players didn’t miss a beat, running their record under first-year coach Chris Smith to a glossy 4-0.

Using a mix of aggressive serves and superb play at the net, CHS rolled away with a 25-20, 25-23, 23-25 victory over the Eagles, improving to 2-0 in Olympic League play.

Coupeville spread its highlights among multiple players, with unpaid assistant coach/ace sideline reporter Maddie Vondrak keeping an eagle eye on her teammates while she rehabs an injury.

The Wolf frosh liked Emma Mathusek’s “game-changing passes and killer down-balls,” Zoe Trujillo’s “super hits leading to kills” and Savannah Smith’s “tricky hits and tips” in the opening set.

Lucy Sandahl and Kylie Chernikoff were especially effective at the service stripe, while Chelsea Prescott delivered “aggressive swings and saves off the net.”

Not to be outworked, Raven Vick sacrificed her body for the squad, “hitting the floor in order to save a ball,” earning a nod of approval from Vondrak.

The second and third set were more of the same, with every Wolf firing together, six players working as one.

Jaimee Masters popped in with “tricky tips,” Charlotte Nolle was a steady presence at the net and the kills flew off of the sizzlin’ fingertips of Prescott, Trujillo and Chernikoff.

Vondrak’s scouting reports are impeccable, though she possibly outdid herself when she gushed about “Raven’s killer kill with Lucy’s superior set!”

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Coupeville Middle School volleyball star Maddie Vondrak. (Submitted photo)

The future is now. Stop by Coupeville Middle School and meet the next generation of Wolf stars before they make the jump to high school.

Maddie Vondrak is deeply committed.

As she wraps up her final days of middle school, the CMS 8th grader looks into the future and sees her love affair with volleyball going on for quite some time.

“I will be sticking with volleyball my whole high school career,” Vondrak said. “It’s my favorite sport because I love the feeling you get just whenever you are on the court.

“Being able to bond with the team and the passion that everyone has is so embracing and intimate; it’s just all around hands-down amazing.”

Vondrak, whose older sister Peytin is a sophomore at CHS, also enjoys swimming and hanging out with best friend Morgan Pease, a fellow volleyball spiker.

“Whenever we are together we always know how to make it fun and have a good time and how to make the best of memories,” Vondrak said.

Spending time with fellow athletes, both on and off the court, is special to the rising star.

“I enjoy being physically active,” Vondrak said. “And being able to have fun with a team you love and the sport you love.”

She draws inspiration from her family (“we always have the best times with each other and always know how to make each other laugh at all times”), and gives a big shout-out to parents David and Terri.

“My dad has always helped me learn new things and taught me to never give up on myself,” Vondrak said. “Whenever a door closes there’s always another one that opens up.

“My mom has taught me to always keep myself going,” she added. “Whenever I’m stuck with something, she always knows how to answer it and help me out with whatever it is.”

As she prepares for the jump to high school play, Vondrak is excited to “work on learning new things involving volleyball.”

She will do so already having strong core principals in place to help guide her.

“I think my strengths are, as an athlete, being able to keep my confidence, keep myself going, being able to lift others up, and never giving up on myself.”

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