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Taylor Brotemarkle had nine assists and eight aces Tuesday as Coupeville drilled Orcas Island. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Tuesdays are for experiments.

Or at least it was this time around, as Coupeville High School JV volleyball coach Ashley Menges tinkered with her lineup during a trip to Orcas Island, and still headed back to the ferry with a straight-sets win.

Blasting their hosts 25-13, 25-23, 25-13, the Wolves improve to 7-1 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 8-2 overall, with a home rumble Thursday with Darrington next on the schedule.

Menges played mad scientist a bit Tuesday, and it worked out beautifully.

“It was good!,” she said. “Tonight we messed around with some different positions.

“All of the middles got some playing time in the back row, Taylor (Brotemarkle) got to play a little right side, and Isabel (Johnson) even got to play outside tonight!”

The tinkering was done with a purpose in mind.

“It was a good lesson for the girls to realize that sometimes we might need them to fill different roles at times,” Menges said. “So becoming a well-rounded player is important for their growth.”

It made for an exciting, and fulfilling, day for all involved.

“The girls played well,” Menges said. “We had some dips in focus, which we have been focusing on in practice, but overall it was a good day and a fun trek to the island!”


Tuesday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 9 assists, 8 aces
Mia Farris — 4 kills, 2 digs
Jada Heaton — 1 kill, 4 aces
Isabel Johnson — 2 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist, 6 aces
Katie Marti — 5 kills, 2 assists, 5 aces
Madison McMillan — 1 kill, 1 dig, 1 assist, 3 aces
Grey Peabody — 1 kill, 1 dig, 3 aces
Aby Wood — 1 kill

Katie Marti serves up a winner.

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Jada Heaton and Coupeville’s JV spikers are reaching new heights. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

La Conner High School’s JV volleyball program hasn’t lost a league match in two decades-plus.

Yes, you read that right.

So, it comes as little surprise that the Braves came out on top Wednesday night in a battle of teams previously unbeaten in Northwest 2B/1B League action.

But, while La Conner’s second squad held off visiting Coupeville 25-17, 25-23, 25-17, the young Wolves exited the gym with some joy in their collective step.

They’re getting closer, and they refuse to bow down easily.

“It went really well! I’m super proud of the girls and how great they played tonight,” said Coupeville coach Ashley Menges.

“They went in firing, which quickly brought the competitiveness and energy we needed.

“You could see the spark in their eyes when they realized they can compete and they can be the big dogs, which was the highlight of my night for sure.”

Mia Farris keeps her eyes on the prize.

Even with the loss, the Wolf JV has the best win/loss record of any fall sports team at CHS, sitting at 7-2 overall, 6-1 in NWL play.

La Conner’s JV is 7-1 overall, 7-0 in league, with its only loss a narrow 2-1 defeat to 2A Sehome.

Coupeville heads back to its own gym for a stretch of practices, with its next match a road trip to Orcas Island Oct. 12.

The rematch with La Conner will be on Whidbey Oct. 19, and it’s one Menges and her spikers are already thinking about.

“Everyone had a really great game, everyone was fired up, and we’re excited to compete with them in our gym soon.”


Wednesday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 kill, 5 digs, 6 assists
Mia Farris — 3 kills, 1 ace
Gwen Gustafson — 4 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace
Jada Heaton — 1 kill
Isabel Johnson — 2 digs, 2 assists
Katie Marti — 5 kills, 4 assists, 2 aces
Madison McMillan — 3 kills, 10 digs, 2 aces
Grey Peabody — 5 kills
Aby Wood — 1 kill

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Madison McMillan had a stellar match Tuesday, sparking the Wolf JV to a straight-sets win. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Madison McMillan had the magic touch.

Firing off 19 service aces Tuesday — most by any Coupeville High School spiker this season — the Wolf freshman sparked the JV volleyball team as it crushed visiting Concrete.

The CHS young guns combined to pepper the Lions with 33 aces overall during a 25-10, 25-11, 25-20 romp.

The win lifts Coupeville to 6-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 7-1 overall.

For half a second it looked like Tuesday’s match might be a close one, with Concrete jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the opening set.

Don’t believe first impressions.

Grey Peabody broke the brief spell, winning a tip war at the net to reclaim serve for the Wolves, and then McMillan went nuclear.

The fab frosh won 13 straight points on her serve, spinning aces left, right, deep, and just over the net – with one laser shot exploding upward off a Concrete player’s arm to tattoo the unlucky Lion in the face.

Turning a 3-2 deficit into a 14-3 lead, McMillan cracked things wide open, and the Wolves ran free after that.

Mia Farris and Jada Heaton had shorter, but still very-successful runs at the line in the first set, while McMillan smashed one especially-nasty kill at the net, then flexed for a brief second as her teammates went wild.

By the time Taylor Brotemarkle zinged a nasty ace to cap the set, all the momentum was on Coupeville’s side of the court.

And it stayed that way throughout the second set, with Peabody controlling the net, while Gwen Gustafson started dropping bombs from all angles.

Gwen Gustafson brings the heat.

Heaton ran off four straight points on her serve to set the table, but it was McMillan (who else?) who closed the set with a run of nine consecutive points from the stripe.

With the match already decided, the two squads played a third set for practice, and, other than a brief burp late, it was much like everything else which had come before.

Brotemarkle, McMillan, Isabel Johnson, and Katie Marti delivered dagger after dagger on their serve as CHS built a 20-9 lead, but Concrete had one last rally in its back pocket.

The Lions, playing their best ball of the night, actually got all the way back within 22-19 before Coupeville slammed the door shut.

McMillan and Marti, the mighty mashers, both delivered withering kills to finally seal the three-set sweep, earning a nod of approval from coach Asley Menges.


Tuesday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 5 aces
Mia Farris — 1 kill, 2 aces
Gwen Gustafson — 3 kills, 2 digs
Jada Heaton — 2 kills, 1 dig, 3 aces
Isabel Johnson — 1 kill, 1 assist, 2 aces
Katie Marti — 2 kills, 1 dig, 5 assists, 2 aces
Madison McMillan — 2 kills, 19 aces
Grey Peabody — 2 kills, 1 solo block

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Taylor Brotemarkle delivered another strong all-around performance Thursday as the Coupeville JV spikers won their third-straight match. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)


Or, exactly the way you like to see them play.

Taking advantage of every Orcas Island error, while not committing a whole lot of their own Thursday, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad strolled to a straight-sets win.

Dominating play from start to finish, the Wolf spikers captured a 25-15, 25-10 home victory to remain perfect on the season.

Now 3-0, Coupeville’s JV has yet to drop a set in Northwest 2B/1B League action.

After polishing off Concrete and Mount Vernon Christian in earlier matches, the Wolves jumped all over the Vikings.

Orcas stayed close for a half-second, remaining within 6-5 in the first set, before Coupeville made its move.

When the Wolves struck, they did so with power and precision.

The first big blow came courtesy freshman Mia Farris, who popped a spike right down the middle of the floor for a winner, grabbing control of service from the visitors.

That sent Gwen Gustafson to the line, and she was electric, running off seven straight points on her serve.

The opening salvo was a crisp ace which dropped from the heavens and skidded away from the Orcas hitters, while three other points during the run came on serves which the Vikings also couldn’t get back into play.

One of the few times the visitors staged a mini-rally off of a Gustafson serve, the back-and-forth finished prematurely.

That’s because Wolf frosh Madison McMillan promptly rose up and unleashed a spike which crashed into the back corner for a decisive rally-ender.

Madison McMillan filled up the stat sheet.

From there, Farris, Taylor Brotemarkle, and Isabel Johnson all had strong runs at the service line, as CHS closed out the opening set with conviction.

The prettiest point came courtesy Brotemarkle, who bounded into the air as she approached the net, deftly dropping a hook shot over the heads of several Vikings who could do little but watch the ball bounce merrily away.

While Coupeville let Orcas hang around for a bit in set one, it did no such thing in round two.

Brotemarkle fired off some nasty serves — she had a team-high six aces on the night — and the Wolves jumped out to a 6-0 lead, effectively ending things right from the get-go.

Jada Heaton sparkled in set #2, twice teaming up with a friend to deny Orcas at the net.

The first block was made by a team-up between Heaton and Katie Marti, while the second featured Aby Wood getting in on the action.

Toss in a spike from Gustafson which sliced off a rival player’s knee-cap, and one from McMillan which blew a large crater in the hardwood floor as it slammed down, and Coupeville coasted in for the win.

A look at the stat sheet backs up what fans saw with their own eyes — it was a remarkably consistent team-wide attack, sure to make coach Ashley Menges dream happy dreams.

McMillan pounded home four kills to pace the Wolves, while she and Johnson each had three digs.

Marti topped the team with two assists, with Farris and McMillan both collecting three aces to go with the six from Brotemarkle.

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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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