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Mia Farris was one of three Wolves to hammer 10 or more kills in a win Thursday night. (Jackie Saia photo)

The snipers were hitting their targets.

Three different players recorded 10+ kills Thursday night, with another two notching five apiece, as the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad surged to its sixth win in its last seven matches.

Bouncing back from a tentative start, the Wolf spikers unloaded on host Mount Vernon Christian to the tune of 23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14.

With the victory, CHS moves to 6-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 7-3 overall.

The Wolves, who host non-conference foe Neah Bay Saturday, sit alone atop the NWL standings, a half-game up on three-time defending 2B state champs La Conner (5-0), and a game ahead of MVC (6-2).

Coupeville has three league matches left, travelling to La Conner Oct. 18, before closing with home matches Oct. 20 against Darrington (3-5) and Oct. 25 against La Conner.

Win, lose, or draw the rest of the way, the Wolves are playoff-bound after that. All that’s left to decide is the draw.

Of the three 2B schools in the NWL, two teams advance to the postseason and Friday Harbor (1-8) is eliminated.

The District 1/2 tourney is Nov. 2 in La Conner, with the #2 team from District 1 playing District 2’s Auburn Adventist Academy in a loser-out match.

The winner then faces off with the NWL champ in a winner-to-state, loser-out rumble.

The battle to unseat La Conner will become the primary mission in the coming days, but Thursday night was about holding off the Hurricanes, who have been on a torrid run.

Mission accomplished.

“A good win tonight against a much-improved Mt. Vernon Christian team,” said Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore.

“We knew they would be tough and I’m proud of the way the girls shook off a little bit of a flat first set and turned it on moving forward.

“The girls got rid of the hesitation on defense and returned to our unified culture and play.”

Coupeville misfired a bit at the service stripe in the early going, but successfully righted things.

“Took a bit to find a groove on serves but once we did, our defense was strong behind the block,” Whitmore said.

Madison McMillan went on a run of serves in the fourth (set), which opened things up.”

With Grey Peabody (13 kills), Ryanne Knoblich (10), and Mia Farris (10) pounding the rock, Coupeville’s attack kept the Hurricanes on their toes.

“All our hitters hit positive on the attack and (setter) Maddie (Georges) did a great job keeping everyone involved but pushing points when needed,” Whitmore said.

“I was very happy with our passers, and it took stamina to finish the game strong on serve receive.”

“Dang! We’re good!!” (Jackie Saia photo)


Thursday stats:

Alita Blouin — 27 digs, 2 assists, 1 ace
Mia Farris — 10 kills, 1 dig, 1 solo block
Maddie Georges — 1 kill, 7 digs, 39 assists
Taygin Jump — 4 digs, 1 ace
Ryanne Knoblich — 10 kills, 8 digs, 3 aces
Katie Marti — 1 dig, 2 aces
Madison McMillan — 9 digs, 4 aces
Grey Peabody — 13 kills, 3 digs
Jill Prince — 5 kills, 1 dig, 1 ace
Lyla Stuurmans — 5 kills

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Ava Mitten and Co. continue to scrap hard every game on the pitch. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Hurricanes make it rain.

Goals, that is.

The Mount Vernon Christian girls soccer team is a legitimate state title contender, and the Hurricanes prove it on both sides of the field.

After thunking visiting Coupeville 10-0 Thursday afternoon, MVC has tallied 51 goals, while recording six shutouts in 12 games.

If their 8-4 record seems a bit low-key to you, first consider that the ‘Canes, who rep a 1B school, have only lost to schools at least two classifications higher.

That would be 3A Mount Vernon, 2A Sehome, 2A Burlington-Edison, and undefeated 1A Bear Creek.

Thursday’s win lifts MVC to 5-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, while Coupeville falls to 1-4 in league, 2-8 overall.

The Wolves, who will miss the playoffs this season, have at least two, and possibly three games left on the schedule.

CHS travels to Granite Falls (4-4) Oct. 18, then hosts NWL rival La Conner (0-10) on Senior Night Oct. 25.

Wolf 12th graders Nezi Keiper, Anna Myles, Carolyn Lhamon, Wynter Arndt, and Gwen Crowder will be honored before the clash with the Braves.

Nezi Keiper clears the ball. (Morgan White photo)

There is a chance of another road game after Senior Night, if the schedule breaks right.

Coupeville was supposed to travel to Sultan earlier this season, but the rumble was bumped because the Turks had a backlog of league games to play after smoke from forest fires postponed several matches.

While nothing has been concretely decided, both schools expressed interest in trying to reschedule the game at the end of the season.

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Jada Heaton whispers to the volleyball, “Sorry, but this is gonna hurt. A lot.” (Bailey Thule photo)

“It was a good night for us, with some really good competition.”

Two matches against Northwest 2B/1B League powerhouse La Conner are ahead on the schedule for the high-flying Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad.

With that in mind, a win Thursday at Mount Vernon Christian was a great confidence builder for the Wolves, something coach Ashley Menges was thrilled to witness.

And CHS got pushed a bit, dropping the first set 25-21, before thrashing the Hurricanes 25-12, 15-3 the rest of the way.

Now a pristine 6-0 in league play, 9-1 overall, the young Wolves carry a seven-match winning streak into a home clash Saturday with non-conference foe Neah Bay.

The La Conner rumbles are Oct. 18 (road) and Oct. 25 (home), but for this night, the win over the Hurricanes was all that mattered.

“Mount Vernon Christian is definitely an improved team, which was really good for us to face,” Menges said.

Coupeville came out a bit cold but flipped the switch when it mattered most.

“Our start was not strong, making weird errors and having hardly any energy,” Menges said.

“However, it did get a lot better throughout the next two sets, proving they can bounce back easily and get back to what we know.”

All in all, a win is a win, and with the best record of any fall sports team at CHS, the JV spikers are hitting their stride.

“Our main focuses for tonight were consistency and communication, which we definitely worked on a lot,” Menges said.

“I’m excited to see that good of competition right before La Conner, because the girls and I are very excited for that one.”

Issabel Johnson dreams about raining down spikes. (Bailey Thule photo)


Thursday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 dig, 13 aces
Teagan Calkins — 6 kills
Jada Heaton — 6 kills, 2 aces
Issabel Johnson — 4 kills, 1 ace
Katie Marti — 2 kills, 10 assists, 5 aces
Chloe Marzocca — 2 digs
Grier Mooney — 1 ace
Aby Wood — 1 kill

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Cael Wilson puts his whole body into playing defense. (Photos by Morgan White)

They’re making inroads.

Playing in the most competitive 2B/1B league in the state, the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad is proving it can hang with the big dogs.

The Wolves have already knocked off Friday Harbor, which finished 4th at state last season, and battled hard with defending state champ Orcas Island in a narrow loss.

Saturday, facing off with Mount Vernon Christian, one of four Northwest 2B/1B League schools to make last year’s big dance, Coupeville held the lead midway through the game, but couldn’t quite topple the Hurricanes.

Falling 4-2 on their home pitch, the Wolves slip to 1-1 in league play, 3-4 overall.

“Kids played amazing against a strong opponent,” said CHS coach Robert Wood. “Amazing fight the entire second half.”

Preston Epp leads the charge.

MVC struck first, but the Wolves roared from behind to reclaim the lead thanks to goals from Aidan Wilson and Cole White.

Wilson’s goal, which was unassisted, was his team-leading sixth of the season, and the ninth for his prep career.

White, with a nice setup from Hank Milnes, tallied his second score of the campaign, and his third all-time.

MVC attacked relentlessly, however, reclaiming the lead, then tacking on an insurance goal in the second half.

Coupeville hits the road twice next week, heading to Grace Academy Tuesday, before getting a rematch Oct. 14 with Friday Harbor.

Cole White dances the dance of his people.

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Nezi Keiper backs down from no one. (Morgan White photos)

Wolves (l to r) Edie Bittner, Jackie Contreras, Anna Myles, and Frankie Tenore arrive to claim the pitch.

“We never stopped. The girls brought strong effort from start to finish.”

That was the primary positive note Coupeville High School girls soccer coach Kyle Nelson carried away Tuesday night.

Yes, a very-strong Mount Vernon Christian squad drilled the Wolves 10-0 at Mickey Clark Field, but the undermanned Wolves never stopped fighting.

Coupeville was missing leading scorer Ayden Wyman, who was ill, but the Hurricanes, who have ruled the Northwest 2B/1B League pitch, would have been tough to topple even with a full roster.

MVC scores quickly — it rattled home the night’s first goal just 33 seconds into play Tuesday — and it scores a lot.

The Hurricanes, who have built a strong program in the past couple of seasons, have multiple weapons, and all of them were firing during their visit to Whidbey Island.

Coupeville’s defense, anchored by seniors Nezi Keiper and Carolyn Lhamon, fought valiantly, charging into the fray time and again.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, MVC kept them under constant pressure, peppering the net with a never-ending hail of shots.

Seven balls found the back of the net in the first half, with three more Hurricane scores tacked on in the game’s final 40 minutes.

Nelson praised his team for not wavering while down 7-0, but instead closing with some of their strongest play of the night.

“We were a little better in the second half,” he said. “The girls made adjustments and finished with conviction.”

The loss drops Coupeville to 0-2 in league play, 1-5 overall, with a crucial game coming up on the schedule next week.

The Wolves host Friday Harbor — a team it narrowly lost to in the season opener — Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Four of the seven Northwest 2B/1B League schools play girls soccer, and two teams make the playoffs.

MVC is the frontrunner right now, La Conner the cellar dweller, and the battle between Coupeville and Friday Harbor will likely go a long way towards determining the league’s #2 seed.

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