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   Emma Mathusek, seen here before a recent match, was one of many Wolf JV spikers to have a standout match Tuesday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

When “The Gazelle” is ready to graze, just pray you don’t get chewed up and spit out.

Off the volleyball court, Coupeville High School sophomore Maya Toomey-Stout is a walkin’, talkin’ slice of friendliness.

On the court, however, she will go Mafia hit man on your posterior and smile as you bleed out.

And that’s a wonderful thing.

Mixing kills that carved chunks of flesh off of rival player’s bodies as they skidded by, with serves which sucked the life out of anyone tasked with trying to return them, Toomey-Stout and Co. were unstoppable Tuesday afternoon.

Crushing visiting Sequim 25-7, 27-25, 25-11, the Wolf JV spikers smartly rebounded from their only loss of the season, improving to 7-1 under first-year coach Chris Smith.

Coupeville’s young guns are a flawless 3-0 on their home floor now, and they looked like a squad anxious to make a good impression on their fan base.

With Lucy Sandahl, Raven Vick and Emma Mathusek throwing down quality runs at the service stripe to kick things off, the Wolves roared out to a 14-3 lead in the first set and the rout was on.

Savannah Smith recorded the match’s first point, soaring above the net to stuff a Sequim player. Three points later she was back, this time burying a spike off the back corner in a manner reminiscent of big sis Emma.

With the exception of one point, a long rally on which both teams came up with miracle saves, Coupeville shut down any long back-and-forths in the opening set.

Chelsea Prescott, who knocked down a winner on a tip she launched over her head like a basketball hook shot, closed out the opening set with a couple of smokin’ aces and everything was one-sided.

Until it wasn’t.

Sequim crawled off the mat in the second set, riding a suddenly-aggressive service game to a surprise 11-3 lead.

Enter “The Gazelle” and exit any hopes of a true comeback for the visitors.

Toomey-Stout stopped the bleeding with a service ace which shot across the net, then dipped and exploded, all but tearing off a Sequim player’s foot as it impacted.

From there, it became a wild mix of Wolf aces (Vick ritually abused Sequim all night while on serve) and big hits.

In one stretch of five straight winners, Toomey-Stout, Zoe Trujillo and Maddie Vondrak took turns crushing the air out of the volleyball, each spike landing with a slightly bigger bang than the one before it.

Vondrak’s shot was a thing of rare beauty, launched at an awkward angle as she scrambled to save the ball, but landing with utter precision in the deepest, darkest corner of the court for a surprise winner.

Having battled back from a large deficit, CHS fought off two set points, with Vick dropping a bomb for a winner while trapped in the middle of the court, followed by Toomey-Stout (who else?) crunching another ace.

Whatever fight Sequim had in the second set evaporated quickly after that.

The final set was an I-see-your-spike-and-raise-you-a-bigger-spike duel between Wolf teammates Prescott, Smith, Trujillo, Vick and, especially, an exuberant (and frequently air-borne) Toomey-Stout.

On Sequim’s side of the court? Shell shock and thousand-yard stares as they prayed to make it back to the bus in one piece.

Beautiful.

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   Happy birthday, Emma Smith. The CHS junior hits the big 1-7 Monday. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   And happy birthday to Mikayla Elfrank, who makes it a 2-for-1 special for Wolf spikers, turning 18 on the same day.

She’s back.

The iPad glitch which left sophomore Maya Toomey-Stout AWOL from the Coupeville High School volleyball stats has been fixed, and all is well in the universe.

As the Wolves, 3-1 on the season, prep for their first home match of the season, a titanic match-up with Klahowya Tuesday (4 PM tip), here’s an up-to-the-moment statistical overview.

Leading the way is Ashley Menges, the only Wolf to appear in the top 10 in two categories among all 1A players whose teams have reported stats to MaxPreps.

The junior setter is tied for #7 in service aces and sits #9 in assists.

Stats through 9/25 (four matches):

Sets Played:

Payton Aparicio 11
Kyla Briscoe 11
Hope Lodell 11
Katrina McGranahan 11
Ashley Menges 11
Emma Smith 11
Scout Smith 11
Mikayla Elfrank 10
Lauren Rose 8
Allison Wenzel 7
Maya Toomey-Stout 3

Kills:

McGranahan 15
Elfrank 14
Briscoe 12
Aparicio 10
E. Smith 10
S. Smith 5
Rose 1

Kill Percentage:

Rose 50.0
McGranahan 45.5
Elfrank 41.2
E. Smith 34.5
Briscoe 30.8
Aparicio 30.3
S. Smith 23.8

Hitting Percentage:

Rose .500
McGranahan .303
Aparicio .182
E. Smith .172
Briscoe .154
Elfrank .088

Digs:

Lodell 20
Aparicio 8
Briscoe 7
Rose 7
McGranahan 4
Elfrank 3
Toomey-Stout 3
Menges 2
E. Smith 1
Wenzel 1

Blocks:

Elfrank 8 (#10 in 1A)
McGranahan 5
E. Smith 2
Aparicio 1
S. Smith 1

Service Returns:

Aparicio 47
Lodell 43
Briscoe 28
Toomey-Stout 6
McGranahan 2
Rose 2
Menges 1
E. Smith 1
S. Smith 1
Wenzel 1

Assists:

Menges 33 (#9 in 1A)
Rose 25
S. Smith 7
Elfrank 1

Serving Percentage:

McGranahan 97.4
Rose 97.1
Aparicio 91.4
Briscoe 88.9
Menges 78.6
S. Smith 77.8
Lodell 70.6
Toomey-Stout 66.7
Wenzel 66.7

Service Points:

Aparicio 37
Menges 25
McGranahan 21
Rose 15
Lodell 10
S. Smith 7
Toomey-Stout 6
Briscoe 5
Wenzel 4

Service Aces:

Aparicio 16 (#6 in 1A)
Menges 15 (#7 in 1A)
Lodell 8
McGranahan 6
Rose 6
Toomey-Stout 6
Briscoe 3
S. Smith 3
Wenzel 2

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   Maya “I have no use for your stinkin’ stats!!” Toomey-Stout. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Gazelle is too fast for the stat-keepers.

We know super sophomore Maya Toomey-Stout has been tearing up the volleyball court for Coupeville High School this fall — she torched Chimacum for five service aces alone.

But she’s nowhere to be seen when you look at the CHS stat sheet on MaxPreps, which is a surprising (and probably completely accidental) oversight.

To make up for that, she gets to grace our first volleyball stats story with her picture.

We know you exist, Maya, even if MaxPreps tries to insist otherwise.

Free The Gazelle!

Or at least free her stats…

Anyway, as the Coupeville spikers head off to North Mason today for a non-conference match, the fourth straight road trip for the Wolves, here’s a look at up-to-the-moment stats.

Stats through 9/20 (three matches):

Sets Played:

Payton Aparicio 9
Kyla Briscoe 9
Hope Lodell 9
Katrina McGranahan 9
Ashley Menges 9
Emma Smith 9
Scout Smith 9
Mikayla Elfrank 8
Allison Wenzel 7
Lauren Rose 6

Kills:

McGranahan 11
Briscoe 10
Aparicio 9
Elfrank 9
E. Smith 9
S. Smith 5

Kill Percentage:

McGranahan 52.4
Aparicio 47.4
Elfrank 39.1
E. Smith 37.5
Briscoe 34.5
S. Smith 23.8

Hitting Percentage:

McGranahan .476
Aparicio .474
E. Smith .208
Briscoe .172
Elfrank .087

Digs:

Lodell 9
Briscoe 7
Aparicio 6
Rose 3
Elfrank 2
McGranahan 2
Menges 1
E. Smith 1
Wenzel 1

Blocks:

Elfrank 7
McGranahan 4
E. Smith 2
S. Smith 1

Service Returns:

Aparicio 32
Lodell 26
Briscoe 20
Menges 1
McGranahan 1
E. Smith 1
S. Smith 1
Wenzel 1

Assists:

Menges 24
Rose 21
S. Smith 7
Elfrank 1

Serving Percentage:

McGranahan 96.6
Rose 95.7
Aparicio 91.7
Briscoe 88.9
Menges 81.1
S. Smith 77.8
Lodell 70.6
Wenzel 66.7

Service Points:

Aparicio 37
Menges 25
McGranahan 21
Rose 15
Lodell 10
S. Smith 7
Briscoe 5
Wenzel 4

Service Aces:

Menges 15
Aparicio 14
Lodell 8
McGranahan 5
Rose 5
Briscoe 3
S. Smith 3
Wenzel 2

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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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   Katrina McGranahan (top) is joined by (l to r) Maya Toomey-Stout, Mitchell Carroll and Lindsey Roberts. (Maria Reyes and John Fisken photos)

Life is made up of moments.

Today, as we open the doors to the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, we’re going to immortalize four such pieces of time, and the athletes who crafted them.

So, let’s pay tribute to Lindsey Roberts, Mitchell Carroll, Maya Toomey-Stout and Katrina McGranahan for crafting events which, after this, will sit at the top of the blog under the Legends tab.

Pop up there, scroll down past Athletes, Coaches and Contributors, stop on Moments, and viola, there they’ll be, forever alive on the internet.

And in the memories of those who created them.

Our first two moments came at this year’s West Central District 3 track and field championships, though one of the two has a footnote (which we’ll get to in a second.)

But we start at districts, where Roberts, a CHS sophomore, and Carroll, a senior, chose the same meet to smash school records which were set before either of them were born.

Roberts sailed through the 100 hurdles in 15.97 seconds, knocking Jess Roundy (16.06) off the track big board, where her name had resided since 1999.

When Lindsey’s name goes up to replace Jess, it will give the speedy supernova her third appearance on the board, as she’s already a member of 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay units which own school records.

With half her career ahead of her, Roberts is tied with Chad Gale (long jump, 110 and 300 hurdles) for most school records, two shy of Makana Stone (200, 400, 4 x 1, 4 x 2, 4 x 4) for total track board dominance.

Carroll exits having won a 5th place medal in the triple jump Friday at the 1A state track and field championships, while also ensuring his name will live on (at least for a bit) at the entrance to Coupeville’s gym.

In our second Hall o’ Fame-worthy moment, he sailed 43 feet, three inches at districts, knocking Virgil Roehl (42-11.50 in 1994) off the record board.

The change erases the last touch of the ’90s from the male side of the Wolf record book, as all the records now are either holdovers from the ’80s or were set between 2000-2017.

Not content to stop, though (this is that footnote), Carroll erupted for a jump of 43-11.75 at state, adding eight-plus inches to his record and ensuring it has just that much more chance to live as long as Roehl’s mark did.

Our third magic moment isn’t really one moment, but we can fudge things a bit since it’s very much a milestone.

Toomey-Stout, AKA “The Gazelle,” is on her way to putting her name up on the record board, having come dangerously close to busting school records in the 100 and 4 x 2 in her first go-round.

What she did accomplish though is nothing short of amazing, as she became the first Wolf girl in the 117-year history of the high school to qualify for and compete in four separate events at one state meet.

Bouncing from event to event in the blazing Cheney sun, Toomey-Stout ran in the 100, 200, 4 x 1 and 4 x 2, and was still bouncing sky-high at the end of her first (but I doubt last) trip to state.

For our final Hall-worthy moment, we step away from track and head to the softball diamond.

McGranahan has been pouring in strikes for the Wolf sluggers since she first stepped inside the CHS pitcher’s circle three seasons ago.

Her junior campaign was her finest though, as she used her arm and booming bat to lead Coupeville to a 19-5 record, the second-best mark in program history.

Along the way, she faced six teams which made it to state — South Whidbey, Lynden Christian, Sequim, Friday Harbor, Chimacum and Bellevue Christian — blitzing four and battling to the final out with the final pair.

We could talk about the frequent out-of-the-park home runs, the electrifying strikeouts, the steals (she has wheels to go with her strength, leading the team in pilfered bags) and her quiet leadership skills.

But today we honor McGranahan for a moment which stands as a testament to her inner strength.

Having made a 90+ mile trip with her teammates to Tacoma for the district playoffs, she threw every pitch for the Wolves across four games in little more than a day.

Coupeville split those four contests, two of which went to extra innings, falling a single out short of state in a 10-inning battle royal with BC in the tourney finale.

The Vikings went on to win twice at state, the best showing of any Wolf foe to make the big dance.

By the time she was done, her throbbing arm encased in a cool-down mechanism, McGranahan had hurled pitch after pitch, racking up 33 innings in just under 26 hours.

None of the other five teams at districts played more than three games, and Killer Kat’s pitching duties included a tourney-opening nine-inning win over Vashon, followed by a second game against a fresh BC squad literally five minutes later.

The Wolves had time only to walk from one field to the other, with no food or water break, as the start time for the second game had already passed thanks to game one going to extra innings.

Every one of Coupeville’s players put in supreme effort during districts, overcoming illness, injury, fatigue and heat in their quest to get to Richland.

But McGranahan deserves a special tip of the cap, since, as pitcher, she was literally the focal point of every single moment on defense.

While still finding time to clear the fences yet again with a home run in a win over Seattle Christian.

Time and again, Katrina reached down and found something maybe even she didn’t know was there, and her performance stands with the best the softball program, and her school, has seen.

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