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Hard-hitting Maddie Vondrak prepares to abuse the volleyball. (Brian Vick photos)

Willow Vick is part of a CHS varsity volleyball squad off to a 9-1 start.

Call it a palate cleanser before the main meal.

Having reached the halfway point of the league season a night before, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad spent Thursday relaxing.

Sort of.

The Wolves were back on the floor less than 24 hours after beating Sultan, and this time they had to leave behind their home gym and travel across the waters to Port Townsend.

But it was also sort of relaxing, as the high-flying Coupeville spikers rolled to a quick ‘n easy non-conference win over the RedHawks, coming out on top 25-8, 25-4, 25-10.

The victory lifts the Wolves to a sparkling 9-1 on the season, and now they’ll have a couple days off to mentally and physically prepare for the second half of the conference schedule.

CHS, which is 4-1 in North Sound Conference action, a game off of first-place King’s (5-0) in the six-team league, travels twice next week.

The Wolves invade gyms at Cedar Park Christian Tuesday and South Whidbey Thursday.

The trip to Port Townsend gave CHS coach Cory Whitmore a chance to use every available player, with 11 of 12 varsity athletes hitting the floor.

Only Chelsea Prescott, who is recovering from an ankle injury, sat out the contest.

“It was a good outing tonight with a total team effort,” Whitmore said. “Good to follow up Sultan with a commanding win at Port Townsend.”

Coupeville’s stat line in the straight-sets demolition derby:

Kylie Chernikoff — three kills, one ace, one dig
Hannah Davidson
— six kills
Emma Mathusek
— three digs
Lucy Sandahl
— three aces, three digs, one assist
Scout Smith
— two kills, three aces, two digs, 22 assists
Lucy Tenore
— one kill
Maya Toomey-Stout
— eight kills, six aces, three digs, one assist
Zoe Trujillo
— three kills, six aces, one dig
Raven Vick
— five aces
Willow Vick
— one kill, one ace
Maddie Vondrak
— four kills

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   Ashley Menges doled out 12 assists Tuesday as Coupeville stayed unbeaten in league play. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The hunt for back-to-back league titles rolls on.

The Coupeville High School volleyball squad weathered a tough challenge on the road Tuesday, drilling host Klahowya in straight sets to stay undefeated in Olympic League play.

Escaping Silverdale with a 25-20, 25-23, 25-22 win, the Wolves improved to 5-0 in conference action, 8-2 overall.

That puts them a game-and-half up on the Eagles (4-2) in the league standings, while Port Townsend (1-4) and Chimacum (1-5) are hanging out in the cellar.

Coupeville hasn’t dropped a set in league play this year, cruising to a pristine 15-0 mark, while winning 80% of their sets overall at 24-6.

After finishing 8-1 in league play last season, the Wolves are 13-1 in conference matches since Cory Whitmore became coach.

His winning percentage of .929 in Olympic League rumbles is third-best among CHS varsity coaches, trailing just girls basketball guru David King (27-0) and girls tennis shaman Ken Stange (15-0).

Tuesday night, Whitmore’s spikers fought off the Eagles with a strong hitting attack.

“We took steps forward today, working to improve our hitting percentage, having all our hitters in positive numbers,” Whitmore said. “Very happy to see that.”

Klahowya came closer than it did the first time the two teams met this season, and, with a third match looming in Coupeville Oct. 25, the Wolves don’t want to let down their guard.

“We didn’t particularly adjust defensively to their attacks and they were a much improved Eagle team,” Whitmore said. “We will have to learn from this when watching film.”

High-flying, ball-crunching force of nature Mikayla Elfrank led the Wolf attack, tattooing the ball for a match-high 10 kills.

She received strong support from her teammates, with Katrina McGranahan pounding home seven put-aways and Payton Aparicio and Scout Smith recording five apiece.

Lauren Rose (21 assists) and Ashley Menges (12) spent the night setting up their hard-hitting teammates, while Hope Lodell (14 digs) and Aparicio (13) went low again and again to keep plays alive.

At the service stripe, McGranahan led the way with four aces. Aparicio added three and Maya Toomey-Stout racked up a pair.

Coupeville returns to action Thursday with a home affair against Port Townsend (JV 4:30/varsity 5:45).

That match will be a Dig Pink Night, with the Wolves raising money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

JV romps:

Coupeville’s young guns rolled to a straight-sets victory of their own Tuesday, winning 25-13, 25-20 in a match shortened by the need to catch a ferry.

Now 8-1 overall, 5-0 in Olympic League play, the JV spikers are meshing well under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Smith.

“We were very happy with the play,” he said. “The team demonstrated good ball control, composure and great communication.

“This team continues to develop in their ability to play together, improving their individual skills and cohesiveness as a unit,” Smith added. “It’s a lot of fun to watch!”

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   Raven Vick was enjoying her post-game meal until the paparazzi got all up in her business. (Maria Reyes photo)

The road to perfection hit a brief snag.

After sweeping its first two matches this season, the Coupeville High School volleyball squad hit a pothole on Taco Tuesday.

Playing at Bellevue Christian, home of the most revered food truck in all of high school sports, the Wolves enjoyed tasty treats, but endured a sour finish on the floor.

Falling 25-19, 25-22, 25-18 in a non-conference tussle with the always-sharp Vikings, the Wolves saw their record slip to 2-1.

The loss capped what was otherwise a strong evening for CHS, as it swept to C-Team and JV victories earlier.

Coupeville, which has yet to play at home this season, heads to North Mason Thursday for a match-up with a strong 2A squad.

Only then, after four matches, plus prior trips to Langley and Yakima for tourney play, will the Wolves finally visit their own gym Sept. 26.

That night Klahowya comes to Whidbey for a major Olympic League showdown.

While the Wolves couldn’t get the win Tuesday, it wasn’t for lack of effort.

“I’m pleased with some things that I saw us do, that we may not have a year ago or even a couple weeks ago,” said CHS coach Cory Whitmore. “I’m proud of our fight tonight.

“The scores may not show just how close each set was, but we left the gym feeling like we left it all out there and really stayed competitive with them.”

Bellevue Christian boasts a very strong offense, and Coupeville attacked it relentlessly, before falling to some big hitters.

“We went at their block instead of avoiding it and playing timid,” Whitmore said. “Bellevue Christian was required to earn the points they put on the board; we battled and at this early point in the season, that’s what I want to see.

“We’ll go back to watch some film and look for areas of improvement and hopefully get another chance to play them later in the post-season.”

Wolf junior Ashley Menges was a key, with six service aces and nine assists.

Ashley did a great job of staying aggressive from the service line and brought us within striking distance in the second game,” Whitmore said.

With Menges and Lauren Rose (10 assists) setting things up, Coupeville’s power players were able to spray kills.

Junior Emma Smith peppered the Vikings with five, while Mikayla Elfrank and Kyla Briscoe chipped in with four apiece.

Emma did a great job in the middle of playing faster than the ball, both as an attacker and a blocker,” Whitmore said. “I’m proud of how fast she played tonight.”

Hope Lodell (six digs, two aces), Briscoe (six digs) and Payton Aparicio (five digs, two aces) filled out the stat sheet, while Coupeville collected eight team blocks.

“Our blocking is starting to become a strong part of our game,” Whitmore said.

Young guns roll:

Coupeville’s JV and C-Team swept to victories in the early matches, with both Wolf squads running their records to 2-0 on the young season.

After dropping the opening set, the C-Team roared back to take the next two 25-22, 25-16.

“They played solid, really commanding the last two sets,” said Wolf JV coach Chris Smith.

In the night’s second tilt, Coupeville’s JV swept all three sets.

“We are continuing to work on playing hard and smart,” Smith said. “Communication and tenacious team defense.

“Coach Whitmore and I were very proud of what we saw.”

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   Wolf catcher Sarah Wright smashed a fences-clearing home-run Friday, propelling CHS softball to a huge league win. (John Fisken photo)

What a difference a year makes.

Clearing a major psychological hurdle, the Coupeville High School softball squad knocked off host Klahowya 5-2 Friday, its second straight win over the Eagles this season.

The victory lifts the red-hot Wolves to 3-1 in Olympic League play, 10-1 overall.

That ties the 2002 squad for the best record by a CHS softball team through 11 games.

It also pulls the Wolves within a game of two-time defending league champ Chimacum (4-0, 6-1), the only team to beat Coupeville this season.

The second of three games with the Cowboys comes on the road next Friday, Apr. 28.

The Wolves have non-conference games against Lynden Christian (6-7) Saturday and Meridian (2-9) Monday and a league clash with Port Townsend (0-4, 0-6) Wednesday before the shootout at the Chimacum corral.

For a (very small) moment, though, CHS can bask in a reversal of fortune against Klahowya and two-time league MVP Amber Bumbalough.

Last year, a very-young Wolf squad was swept by the Eagles, losing 7-1, 9-1 and 16-6.

This year, a still-young (they often start seven underclassmen) but more-seasoned Coupeville team has broken the hex, helping drop Klahowya to 1-3 in league, 4-4 overall.

After winning their first meeting by one run, the Wolves came out Friday and controlled every aspect of the game.

“This was a huge win. We dominated from start to finish,” said Coupeville coach Kevin McGranahan. “We played error-free softball and just completely dominated them.”

Wolf hurler Katrina McGranahan won her individual dual with Bumbalough, tossing a two-hitter while whiffing eight Eagles.

At the same time, Coupeville mashed 12 hits, including a solo home-run over the fence in right-center off of the bat of sophomore slugger Sarah Wright.

It was the eighth tater whacked by a Wolf this season, with Wright becoming the sixth different starter to hit a round-tripper.

CHS ripped hits up and down the line-up, collecting at least two base-knocks in each of the first five innings as it built a 5-0 lead.

After stranding two runners in the first, the Wolves broke through in the second, scoring the game’s first run off of a double from Veronica Crownover and a single off the bat of Hope Lodell.

Wright went ballistic in the third, launching a two-out moonshot to make it 2-0, and that seemed to open the floodgates.

Mikayla Elfrank followed with a single, went to second on a passed ball, scooted to third on an overthrow, then scored when the Eagles booted a ball hit by Crownover.

Four hits in the fourth — singles from Tiffany Briscoe, Robin Cedillo, Lauren Rose and McGranahan — plated two more.

Meanwhile, Coupeville’s pitching ace was throwing her best game of the season.

McGranahan blitzed through the first 11 Klahowya hitters, not allowing a base-runner until Bumbalough poked a two-out single in the fourth.

Just to keep everyone on their toes, the Wolf hurler promptly plunked the next Eagle, then got out of the inning unscathed when she induced a ground-out to Elfrank.

Staring down her rivals, McGranahan mowed down Klahowya one-two-three in the fifth and sixth, had a wee bit of trouble in the seventh when the ump narrowed their strike zone, then closed the game with a bang.

First she got a key ground-out to Jae LeVine, then reared back and whiffed the game’s final hitter, catching them looking at strike three.

Crownover (two doubles), McGranahan, Wright and Briscoe had two hits apiece, while Cedillo, Rose, Elfrank and Lodell all chipped in with singles, as eight of nine starters collected hits on the afternoon.

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Hannah Davidson

   Hannah Davidson, here lining up a free throw in an earlier game, scored seven Monday as Coupeville held on for a win in Port Townsend. (John Fisken photos)

Scout Smith (John Fisken photo)

Scout Smith ran the Wolf offense and dropped in eight of her own points.

Flip the script.

In game #1, the Coupeville Middle School varsity girls’ basketball teams played an edge-of-your-seat thriller and a blowout.

Same thing in game #2, just with the teams reversed.

Monday night in Port Townsend, the 8th grade Wolves, who had romped first time out, hung on through cold second-half shooting to escape with a 23-19 win.

The victory lifted them to 2-0 heading back home to face Forks Thursday.

That matches the 7th grade varsity, also 2-0 after a one-point win on opening night and a 30-point romp Monday.

The 8th graders knocked down 16 of their 23 in the first half to build a lead, then found the basket a bit more unforgiving after halftime.

After netting just five in the third, they could manage only a lone bucket in the fourth, courtesy point guard Scout Smith.

Thanks to scrappy defense, though, the Wolves were able to hang on and withstand their dry spell on offense.

Smith paced the Coupeville attack, dropping in a game-high eight, while Hannah Davidson popped for seven.

Maya Toomey-Stout and Avalon Renninger each knocked down four to cap the limited offensive attack.

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