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Emma Mathusek celebrates after helping her team win a key point. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maya Toomey-Stout elevates.

Raven Vick launches another ace.

Zoe Trujillo flies out of the gym.

Lucy Sandahl, Miss Consistency at the service line, remains flawless.

Maddie Vondrak rocks ’em at the net.

Wolf fans bring the love.

Fab frosh Lucy Tenore denies a would-be winner.

John Fisken had plenty of time to snap photos.

With the Coupeville High School volleyball squad playing a pair of five-set brawls Tuesday night at the District 1 tourney, the action stretched on for hours.

While the final scores didn’t come out in favor of the Wolves, the pics Fisken shot did.

To see everything he snapped, and maybe buy some glossies for Gram and Gramps, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Volleyball/VB-2019-11-05-District-1-tournament/

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Lucy Sandahl knows Coupeville volleyball needs two wins at districts to advance to bi-districts. (Brian Vick photo)

Senior setter Scout Smith is ready to lead her team into the fire. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Win, and win, again.

The Coupeville High School volleyball squad, flying high at 13-2, kicks off the postseason Saturday in Lynden needing at least one victory in two matches to keep playing.

Do that, and the Wolves come home next Tuesday, where they will again need at least one win in two matches to advance – this time to bi-districts.

The two-day District 1 tourney features eight schools fighting for five tickets to the District 1/2 bi-district rumble, with the North Sound Conference providing five of the eight competitors.

That’s thanks to NSC #5 seed Sultan dumping Mount Baker, the #4 seed from the Northwest Conference, 3-1 Wednesday in a play-in match.

The biggest shocker in the final days of the regular season was South Whidbey, all but locked-in to a NSC #3 seed, falling on the road to Granite Falls, which entered play 0-9 in league play.

The loss drops the Falcons to a #4 seed, and puts them into the same bracket as #2 seed Coupeville.

For the next-door neighbors to play Saturday, they would both need to win or lose their openers in the morning.

Coupeville plays NWC #3 Nooksack Valley, while South Whidbey gets NWC #1 Lynden Christian.

While those matches are held in Lynden, the other half of the draw goes down Saturday in Shoreline, home of NSC #1 King’s.

The Knights face Sultan in the opener, with NSC #3 Cedar Park Christian lining up against NWC #2 Meridian.

It’ll be the first time these leagues have clashed this season on the volleyball court, as none of the teams crossed over during their non-conference schedules.

A breakdown of what you need to know headed into the two-day, three-city, eight-team district tourney:

 

What: District 1 volleyball tourney

 

When: Saturday and Tuesday, Nov. 2 and 5

 

Where: Saturday – Lynden Christian High School (515 Drayton St. in Lynden) and King’s High School (19303 Fremont Ave. N. in Shoreline); Tuesday – Coupeville High School (501 S Main in Coupeville)

 

Admission:

Adults and students w/o ASB — $7
Students w/ASB — $5
Children (ages 6-12) and Senior Citizens — $5
Children (0-5) — Free

 

Bracket:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=3120&sport=10

 

Team capsules:

Cedar Park Christian:

Season record: 10-6

League finish: #3 in 1A North Sound Conference

Sets W/L: 35-28

Coach: Julie Nelson

Seniors: Rachel Cumley, Marci Drews, Irena Korolenko, Kiara Renstrom

Mascot: Eagles

 

Coupeville:

Season record: 13-2

League finish: #2 in 1A North Sound Conference

Sets W/L: 39-10

Coach: Cory Whitmore

Seniors: Hannah Davidson, Emma Mathusek, Lucy Sandahl, Scout Smith, Maya Toomey-Stout, Zoe Trujillo, Raven Vick, Willow Vick

Mascot: Wolves

 

King’s:

Season record: 14-0

League finish: #1 in North Sound Conference

Sets W/L: 42-4

Coach: Bart Foley

Seniors: Ellie Gaenz, Alli Hansen, Olivia Hjelle, Ava Mason, Katy Rettenmier

Mascot: Knights

 

Lynden Christian:

Season record: 10-4

League finish: #1 1A team in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Sets W/L: 33-17

Coach: Kimberly Grycel

Seniors: Brooklyn Bosman, Liv Mellema

Mascot: Lyncs

 

Meridian:

Season record: 10-5

League finish: #2 1A team in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Sets W/L: 32-23

Coach: Shannon Claeys

Seniors: Ella Carpenter, Makenzie Flake

Mascot: Trojans

 

Nooksack Valley:

Season record: 8-6

League finish: #3 1A team in 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference

Sets W/L: 29-20

Coach: Katie Emmons

Seniors: Jasmin Harmon, Taylor Loreen, Kimberly Perry

Mascot: Pioneers

 

South Whidbey:

Season record: 5-9

League finish: #4 in 1A North Sound Conference

Sets W/L: 21-31

Coach: Mandy Jones

Seniors: Arianna Briggs, Alyssa Johnson, Kayla Knauer

Mascot: Falcons

 

Sultan:

Season record: 7-10

League finish: #5 in 1A North Sound Conference

Sets W/L: 27-37

Coach: Katie Power

Seniors: Talea Blasko, Lindsey Fleming, Madison Hauge, Hollee Seaward, Lydia Sorgen

Mascot: Turks

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Raven Vick and Coupeville volleyball are 12-2 heading into their regular-season finale. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Big hitters like Zoe Trujillo are ready to wreak havoc in the playoffs.

The experts have spoken.

If the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association knows what it’s talking about, Coupeville is going back to the state tournament this season.

When the first poll of the season was released earlier this week, the Wolves were one of 16 teams (the same number which go to state) to receive votes, landing at #15, between Kiona-Benton and Klahowya.

But, as good as CHS has been this season, winning 36 of 46 sets, they also happen to sit in the same league as King’s, which was ranked #2 in that poll, behind just Chelan.

And the Knights have been the one team the Wolves just haven’t been able to solve … yet.

Thursday night, playing on its home court in Shoreline, King’s held off a scrappy Coupeville squad, winning 25-9, 25-13, 25-15 to claim a second-straight North Sound Conference title.

With one regular-season match left to play, the Knights (9-0 in league play, 13-0 overall) and Wolves (7-2, 12-2) are locked in as the league’s #1 and #2 seeds for the district playoffs.

Cedar Park Christian (5-3, 10-4), South Whidbey (3-5, 4-8), and Sultan (2-7, 6-9) are also headed to the post-season, while Granite Falls (0-9, 3-11) has been eliminated.

To see the bracket for districts, pop over to:

http://www.nscathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=3120&sport=10

Coupeville has mashed everyone not in a King’s uniform this season, only dropping four sets to other schools, but hasn’t been able to match the Knights mix of big hitters and impeccable passers.

But the Wolves did take a step forward from their performance in the first match-up between the schools.

“King’s is a very good team and we needed to access a new level of play and couldn’t quite find that gear,” said CHS coach Cory Whitmore. “We passed much better than our previous meeting with them and handled some real tough serves but couldn’t get the ball to the ground on their side often enough.”

He praised the play of his team, with a special tip of the hat to senior smasher Maya Toomey-Stout.

Maya had a massive game for us,” Whitmore said. “Very calm on the pass, took a ton of swings and played all-out in the middle back position digging their widespread attack.”

Toomey-Stout finished with four kills, three digs, and two blocks, while Scout Smith (12 assists, two digs), Zoe Trujillo (five kills), and Hannah Davidson (four kills and a block) also sparkled.

Emma Mathusek added three digs, Lucy Tenore and Maddie Vondrak each delivered a spike, and Lucy Sandahl zipped a service ace past the Knights defense.

Coupeville closes the regular season on the road Monday, traveling to Sultan, and a win would match the most victories in a single season by a Whitmore-coached CHS squad.

The 2019 team is just two wins shy of the best mark in program history, the 14 wins thrown down by the immortal 2004 Wolf spikers.

As he and his team prepare for their playoff run, Whitmore has a simple answer to how Coupeville can bounce back from their loss to King’s.

“Back to practice, to focus on our long-term goals.”

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Zoe Trujillo stepped up big Thursday night, helping Coupeville volleyball sweep South Whidbey in straight sets. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Emma Mathusek and friends are 11-1 heading into Senior Night.

The freight train keeps rumblin’ down the track, wrecking almost everything in its way.

Overcoming a young, but feisty South Whidbey squad Thursday, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball team continues to match the best start in program history.

Pulling out a 25-20, 25-17, 25-23 win on the road in Langley, during a rumble in which they came back from a 10-1 deficit in the final set, the Wolves improve to 6-1 in North Sound Conference play, 11-1 overall.

Coupeville sits a game off of King’s (7-0, 11-0) in the race for a title, and is a win away from clinching at least second-place in league play.

The Wolves, who have three regular season bouts left, starting with Senior Night Tuesday against Granite Falls, have matched the 2004 CHS spikers for the best record through 12 matches.

But, while they won in straight sets Thursday, it wasn’t a walk-over.

The Falcons, led by freshman Morgan Batchelor, who was ferocious at the net all night, led in every set, but ultimately broke when the much-more experienced Wolves fully bared their teeth.

Eight of Coupeville’s 12 varsity players are seniors, and they are a pack which has played together through middle and high school.

Their CHS days have come under the guidance of coach Cory Whitmore, who took the helm of the program as the current seniors arrived on campus as freshmen.

Together, coach and players have produced four straight seasons of 11 or more wins, two league titles (so far), and a trip to state in 2017.

They may bend at times, but the Wolves rarely break, as South Whidbey was reminded once again.

With a hyped-up crowd behind them, the Falcons jumped out to an 8-5 lead in the first set, before Coupeville used its strong team-wide serving to take control.

Maya Toomey-Stout was the first Wolf to go off, putting together a run of four straight points, with a huge spike from Zoe Trujillo and a Hannah Davidson kill which caught the top of the net and flopped over, helping to spark things.

With the score knotted at 10-10, that brought Wolf captain Scout Smith to the line, and the Falcon faithful to their feet.

To their credit, the South Whidbey student section brought the hootin’, the hollerin’, and the good-natured harassin’, yet they forgot one thing.

Nothing ruffles Scout Smith. Nothing.

Perhaps her insides are a cauldron of bubbling anxiety, but, if so, she never, ever betrays it.

Instead, Smith, like her brothers before her, just placidly stares ahead, ignores the din, and unleashes winner after winner.

With her serves, and her flawless passes, paving the way, Scoutosaurus Rex set the table, and Trujillo and Maddie Vondrak dined out, lashing winners and leading group cheers afterwards.

Up 16-10 after Smith’s service run, the Wolves got a five-spot from Raven Vick, who was crackin’ off lasers on her serve, and Coupeville stretched the lead out.

Batchelor refused to bend the knee, however, crashing a pair of eye-popping kills off the back corner, including one which held off set point, at least for a moment.

But what was meant to be was meant to be, as Toomey-Stout, once herself a preternaturally-talented freshman, and now a battle-hardened senior, came flying in to finish off the set.

Exploding skyward, scanning the Falcons for a weakness, “The Gazelle” locked and loaded, her arm rearranging the molecules of the volleyball as she pounded a final kill, angling it off a rival’s arm and out of bounds.

The second set was more of the same, with Batchelor playing like a star, but Coupeville responding with danger from every angle.

Lucy Sandahl was a delight at the service stripe, while Toomey-Stout, Davidson, Trujillo and Vondrak brought the heat with a tantalizing variety of kills, stuffs, and tips.

Coupeville took the lead quicker in set two, never surrendering it once up 4-3.

Trujillo, playing in front of big sis Valen, herself a CHS volleyball all-timer, upheld family honor with an especially-strong performance.

A late service ace off of Zoe’s fingertips was a true marvel, diving and burrowing under a Falcon player’s arms.

The less said about the first third of the final set, probably the better, as the Wolves, for a few minutes, seemed to collectively forget how to play their chosen sport.

But, a few quiet words from Whitmore later, Coupeville righted the ship and did so in a hurry.

Sandahl started the comeback with a six-point run at the line, several big kills from Davidson pulled the Wolves closer, and then, bam, Trujillo was once again the woman on the spot, slamming a ball off of a Falcon’s chin to push CHS up 15-14.

Even then, Batchelor and Co. kept coming, yanking the lead back and going up as far as 23-19.

With the crowd noise surging, and momentum seemingly slipping away from the Wolves, Coupeville needed a big-time play to turn the tide a final time.

Enter Toomey-Stout, who forced a side-out with a floor-shaking kill, and Vondrak, who ended the match with a five-point run at the line.

And exit to the bus a happy Whitmore, who has guided Coupeville volleyball to a .730 winning percentage (46-17) during his time on the Wolf bench.

“It was good to come out on top versus an improved South Whidbey team,” he said.

If he scanned the stat sheet on the short jaunt back to Cow Town, Whitmore saw a very-balanced attack, with Smith (25 assists, seven digs, two aces, two kills) and Toomey-Stout (11 kills, 16 digs, two aces) leading the way.

Davidson (eight kills, two blocks), Trujillo (five kills, three aces, four digs), Vondrak (four kills, two aces), Vick (two digs), Sandahl (two aces, four digs), Emma Mathusek (seven digs) and Lucy Tenore also joined in on the fun.

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Zoe Trujillo (front) and Maddie Vondrak get down with their bad selves. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Smashing kills at the net or directing traffic from the back, Kylie Chernikoff is putting together a stellar season.

Vivian Farris is part of a talented group of CHS freshmen athletes who are already making an impact.

Maya Toomey-Stout, crushing dreams of rival players every day, in every way.

Sean Toomey-Stout (left) and Jacobi Pilgrim approve.

Taygin Jump unleashes a smokin’ hot serve.

Jordyn Rogers launches the attack.

Undefeated and it feels so good.

It’s the hottest sports program in town.

Coupeville High School volleyball is nearly perfect this fall, with varsity (5-0), JV (3-1), and C-Team (3-0) combining for a sizzlin’ 11-1 record.

Three of those wins came Tuesday night, as the Wolves defended the honor of their home courts, swatting arch-rival South Whidbey.

As the wins played out, wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken bounced between the CHS and CMS gym to capture a collection of pics, showcasing both on-court action and fan reaction.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-Volleyball/VB-2019-10-01-vs-South-Whidbey/

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