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Senior hurler Katrina McGranahan will carry the softball into the pitcher’s circle for Coupeville at districts this weekend. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Two wins from Richland.

That’s where the Coupeville High School softball team finds itself, as it preps for this weekend’s four-team, double-elimination district tourney.

Capture two victories without taking two losses, and the Wolves punch their ticket to the state tourney, earning a trip back to Eastern Washington.

The last time CHS softball went to the big dance was 2014, in David King’s final season as coach.

Now, after coming within a single strike of getting there last season, the Wolves are back to make another run under Kevin McGranahan, and with a little better set-up than a year ago.

Then, they faced a loser-out game in the first round, had to play game two mere seconds after game one finished and were on the diamond for four games in less than 24 hours.

This time around, Coupeville is guaranteed two games (and a decent break in the middle) Friday, and will only play one game, if any, Saturday.

A look at all the pertinent details:

 

The bracket:

http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2610&sport=15

 

The location:

Lacey-Thurston County Regional Athletic Complex
8345 Steilacoom Road SE
Lacey, WA

http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/city-government/city-departments/parks-and-recreation/regional-athletic-complex

 

Admission prices:

Adults and students w/o ASB — $8
Students (with ASB) — $5
Elementary (under 12) — $4
Senior citizens (62+) — $5
Preschool (with parent) — free

 

Team capsules:

 

COUPEVILLE

Season record: 11-7

League finish: #1 in Olympic League

Run differential: 169-108

Record vs. district tourney foes: 3-1 (3-0 vs Klahowya, 0-1 vs Vashon)

Coach: Kevin McGranahan

Mascot: Wolves

Last trip to state: 2014

Best finish at state: 3rd in 2002

 

BELLEVUE CHRISTIAN

Season record: 15-5

League finish: #1 in Nisqually League

Run differential: 189-95

Record vs. district tourney foes: 3-1 (all vs Vashon)

Coach: Ryan Kelly

Mascot: Vikings

Last trip to state: 2017

Best finish at state: 3rd in 2016

 

KLAHOWYA

Season record: 10-6

League finish: #2 in Olympic League

Run differential: 111-73

Record vs. district tourney foes: 1-3 (0-3 vs Coupeville, 1-0 vs Vashon)

Coach: Jodie Gagnon

Mascot: Eagles

Last trip to state: 2004

Best finish at state: Never placed; won one game in 2003 tourney

 

VASHON ISLAND

Season record: 8-10

League finish: #2 in Nisqually League

Run differential: 131-145

Record vs. district tourney foes: 2-4 (1-3 vs BC, 1-0 vs Coupeville, 0-1 vs Klahowya)

Coach: Heather Jurs

Mascot: Pirates

Last trip to state: 1991 (slow-pitch)

Best finish at state: Lost both games they played in ’91

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   Mikayla Elfrank and her CHS volleyball teammates are one win from advancing to the state tourney. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

So, you’re saying we have a chance?

Yes, yes, I am.

Flying high at 12-2, with its most wins in a season since 2004, the Coupeville High School volleyball squad sits one win away from advancing to state for the first time since this year’s seniors were in kindergarten.

To make that dream come true, the Wolves need one win in two matches Saturday at the district tourney in Tacoma.

Action kicks off at 11 AM at Charles Wright Academy, with Coupeville playing Bellevue Christian.

That’s a rematch of an early-season tussle, where the Vikings gave the Wolves their only loss this season against a 1A school.

Get revenge, and Coupeville is state-bound, after first returning to the same court at 5 PM for the district title game, which will decide seeding.

Lose the opener, and not all hope is gone, as the Wolves would hit the court at 3 PM in a loser-out, winner-to-state third-place battle royal.

Their foe would be the loser of a 1 PM match-up between tourney host Charles Wright and Cascade Christian.

Unlike last year, when Coupeville hosted the district tourney and action unspooled on two separate courts, CWA only has one court.

As you count down the hours until Volleyball-ageddon ’17 (while chewing your fingernails to a nub), here’s some info to occupy your brain cells.

What: West Central District 3 volleyball playoffs.

When: Saturday, Nov. 4

Where: Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma (7723 Chambers Creek Road W.)

Admission (good for all day):

$8 Adults/Non-ASB
$5 Students with ASB
$5 Sr. Citizens (62+)
$4 Elementary

 

Team capsules:

 

Coupeville:

Season record: 12-2

League finish: #1 in Olympic League

Vs. district foes: 0-1 (Lost to BC)

Sets W/L: 36-6

Coach: Cory Whitmore

Mascot: Wolves

Seniors: 7

MaxPreps ranking: #27 in 1A

 

Bellevue Christian:

Season record: 11-4

League finish: #2 in Nisqually League

Vs. district foes: 3-2 (Beat CP, 2-0 vs. CC, 0-2 vs. CWA)

Sets W/L: 36-14

Coach: Jenna Bronson

Mascot: Vikings

Seniors: 2

MaxPreps ranking: #19 in 1A

 

Cascade Christian:

Season record: 9-5

League finish: #3 in Nisqually League

Vs. district foes: 1-3 (0-2 vs. BC, 1-1 vs. CWA)

Sets W/L: 30-20

Coach: Kayla Pedretti

Mascot: Cougars

Seniors: 7

MaxPreps ranking: #32 in 1A

 

Charles Wright Academy:

Season record: 11-4

League finish: #1 in Nisqually League

Vs. district foes: 3-1 (2-0 vs BC, 1-1 vs CC)

Sets W/L: 36-15

Coach: Mindy McGrath

Mascot: Tarriers

Seniors: 4

MaxPreps ranking: #14 in 1A

 

To see the bracket, pop over to:

http://www.olympicleague.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2444&sport=10

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