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With 160 career points, Mason Grove enters the 2019-2020 hoops season as the top active CHS scorer. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Fellow senior Scout Smith has 142 points, topping all active girls.

With 139 points and two seasons left to play, junior Chelsea Prescott could chomp her way up the career scoring chart.

Hawthorne Wolfe knocked down 158 points last season, most-ever scored by a Wolf freshman boy across 102 seasons of action.

It’s the best time of the year.

We’re not saying basketball is the best sport of them all, but … yeah, actually we are saying basketball is the best sport of them all.

Facts are facts.

And there’s going to be a lot of basketball going down over the next four to five months.

The Coupeville Middle School boys travel to Shoreline Wednesday to face King’s Junior High in the first games of the season.

Then, six days from now, the CHS girls and boys open practice, with their first games slated for the first week of December.

Toss in the CMS girls, who take the court in February, and there’s hoops action a’plenty.

As basketball unfolds, a little side game I have is keeping track of who scores for the high school teams, and how that affects their standings on the career scoring chart.

Through my research, I’ve tracked 102 seasons of CHS boys action and 45 years of girls play, and, while I’m not 100% there (pre-1960’s is a wasteland for reliable stats), I have a pretty good list.

So, as we head towards a new season, #103 and #46, where do the current players sit in the race for the school’s career scoring records? Glad you asked.

The charts below represent all of the players who COULD return, not necessarily those who WILL return.

In the case of one player, Ja’Kenya Hoskins, a leg injury suffered during a dodge-ball tourney, will keep her sidelined for awhile.

She stays on the list however, as the hope is she makes it back sometime during the season.

With the others, until practice gets fully rolling, we won’t know if anyone suddenly lost their love of hoops and decided to take the winter off.

Hopefully not, but you never know.

So, here’s what’s possible:


GIRLS (224 players on career chart):

Scout Smith – Senior – 142 points – #79
Chelsea Prescott – Junior – 139 points – #81
Avalon Renninger – Senior – 59 points – #118
Hannah Davidson – Senior – 42 points – #136
Tia Wurzrainer – Senior – 18 points – #165
Izzy Wells – Sophomore – 11 points – #178
Mollie Bailey – Junior – 8 points – #184
Ja’Kenya Hoskins – Sophomore – 5 points – #203
Anya Leavell – Sophomore – 4 points – #205


BOYS (391 players on career chart):

Mason Grove – Senior – 160 points – #153
Hawthorne Wolfe – Sophomore – 158 points – #154
Sean Toomey-Stout – Senior – 122 points – #170
Jered Brown – Senior – 100 points – #183
Ulrik Wells – Senior – 78 points – #200
Gavin Knoblich – Senior – 70 points – #212
Jacobi Pilgrim – Senior – 44 points – #253
Koa Davison – Senior – 11 points – #330
Jean Lund-Olsen – Senior – 7 points – #353
Xavier Murdy – Sophomore – 4 points – #368
Daniel Olson – Junior – 3 points – #374


The CHS career scoring marks are safe for now, with Brianne King sitting at 1549 and the duo of Jeff Stone and Mike Bagby tied at 1137.

But, current players can make serious inroads this season.

For Smith and Prescott, the Top 50 is less than 100 points away, with Annette Jameson sitting at #50 with 223 points.

On the boys side, Grove and Wolfe have a little bit further to go, with #100 currently being Terry Roberts and his 277 career points.

Time for everyone to start shootin’.

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Chelsea Prescott floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Maddie Vondrak (left) and Scout Smith get pumped-up during pregame introductions.

Hannah Davidson plays Tip War with a feisty rival.

Zoe Trujillo administers a no-fly zone for incoming volleyballs.

Why yes, since you asked, Lucy Sandahl did bring enough candy for everyone.

Ignoring the pain of a black eye, Smith prepares to launch a blistering attack.

Emma Mathusek rolls out, ready to be amazing.

Maya Toomey-Stout warms up her spike-happy hands by gettin’ some love from her teammates.

The action ends, but the photos never do.

The Coupeville High School volleyball season wrapped a few days back, but I continue to work through a backlog of pics.

So, here’s another batch dedicated to a Wolf varsity squad which tied the program’s all-time single-season win record, rolling up 14 victories this fall.

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Coupeville senior Scout Smith, the ultimate warrior. (Charlotte Young photo)

Embrace the good times…

and remember the joy. (Brian Vick photos)

There was pain in the thousand-yard stares, in the slump of their shoulders, in the shiners under their eyes.

But there was pride, too.

Strong, feisty, whip-smart, deeply committed to each other, in good times and rough times, Coupeville’s varsity volleyball players were undone, but unbowed.

They were battered, exhausted, numb, trapped in an unfair ending to what has been a brilliant season.

But they never took a knee. They stood tall, as individuals and a team, united for life.

The eight splendid seniors on the Coupeville High School volleyball squad, their four fast-rising underclassmen teammates, and their coaching staff, didn’t get the reward they deserved Tuesday night.

A team which tied the program’s single-season win record fell twice in day two of the District 1 tournament, nipped in a pair of five-set thrillers in which the Wolves actually won more points than both their foes.

Up two sets to one in both matches, Coupeville couldn’t hold on against either dangerous Meridian or plucky Sultan, and fell just short of advancing to bi-districts.

The hurt is real, physical and emotional.

Speaking as an admittedly biased observer, the Wolves deserved to keep playing.

They left every last ounce of sweat on the court this season, fought with everything they had in their hearts and souls, both Tuesday and in the two months leading up to the finale.

Finishing 14-5, the 2019 Wolves tie the 2004 CHS squad for wins.

That they didn’t get to 15 victories stings.

But it doesn’t erase everything which came before.

It can’t, because these young women are too strong, too talented.

This season, this high school volleyball experience, was a huge part of their lives. The mix of joy and pain will be with them for a very long time.

Scout Smith. Zoe Trujillo. Maya Toomey-Stout. Willow Vick. Hannah Davidson. Raven Vick. Emma Mathusek. Lucy Sandahl. Lucy Tenore. Kylie Chernikoff. Chelsea Prescott. Maddie Vondrak.

Twelve young women who soared athletically.

Twelve young women who helped take their program to new heights, on and off the floor.

Twelve young women who reached out to the next generation of Coupeville spikers, through clinics and through the positive image they showcased each time they pulled on their Wolf uniforms.

Twelve young women, who I hope can embrace the words of their head coach, Cory Whitmore.

“We had a beautiful season, and our seniors had beautiful careers. I hope they remember the success they had and think of it fondly, instead of being fixated on how it ended.”

It was a season in which the Wolves went 8-2 in North Sound Conference play, losing only to undefeated King’s, claiming second-place in the six-team league for a second consecutive year.

Coupeville also prospered despite a lopsided schedule which sent it on the road for 11 of 19 matches, finishing a very-strong 9-2 in road rumbles.

The season ended for the Wolves in their own gyms, backed by the roar of a packed, pro-Coupeville crowd.

In the end, CHS held a 206-184 edge in points Tuesday, beating Sultan 107-89 and Meridian 99-95. It wasn’t enough, however.

Meridian, which hails from the always-tough 1A/2A/3A Northwest Conference, is led by splendid sophomore setter Malaysia Smith (daughter of former CHS boys basketball coach Anthony Smith), and upset Lynden Christian, the #4 ranked team in 1A, earlier this season.

And yet the Wolves almost took them down, before falling 25-22, 13-25, 17-25, 25-17, 15-10.

The opening frame set the tone for the match, with both teams swinging from their heels, swapping leads and highlight reel-worthy plays.

There were seven ties, the final at 21-21, and Coupeville had a four-point lead halfway through the set.

Sparked by a beautiful tip winner off of Davidson’s dangerous fingers, followed by back-to-back Earth-shaking kills by Trujillo, the Wolves were rumbling.

Meridian chased down a lot of shots which seemed like sure winners, however, and fought back to take the lead.

Proving they could also employ a bold, never-say-die style, the Wolves got a wicked service ace from Raven Vick, which crawled up a rival player’s arm and kissed her violently on the cheek as it skidded past.

Trujillo was playing out of her mind in the opening set, coming up with a sizzlin’ batch of kills, with the most electrifying one staving off a set point.

While Meridian escaped with a first-set win, Coupeville seized control of the match after that, using long, successful runs at the service line from Raven Vick, Toomey-Stout, and Prescott to thrash Meridian in the second frame.

Prescott, just recently returned to action after missing a month with a leg injury, ripped off eight straight points on her serve to ice the set.

She got some help from her teammates, with Smith making a spectacular save while flat on the floor, and Mathusek pulling another ball off the top of her shoelaces to keep a point alive.

With the crowd getting louder, and Meridian showing signs of cracking, the Wolves pushed their advantage in the third set, mixing zingers on their serve with mighty blasts on their kills.

Maddie Vondrak, living up to the potential nickname of “The Mad Masher,” abused the volleyball, then danced away, grinning and pumping her hands in the air, while Toomey-Stout flat-out knocked the air out of the orb with each hit.

But Meridian didn’t get to where it’s at by giving up, and the Trojans dug down deep to get back in the match.

Other than a couple sweet service winners from Sandahl, and a brutal slicer by Trujillo which peeled the skin off of a Meridian player’s arms as she tried, and failed, to return the ball, most of the fourth set highlights came courtesy the visitors.

All of which set up the first, but not last, fifth set the Wolves would play this season.

Mathusek, maybe the most underrated player on the roster, doesn’t get much of the stat glory, but she has been indispensable as the team’s libero.

The glue which holds together the Wolves, she was as good Tuesday as she’s ever been, and a play at the start of the final set showcased why.

Meridian had the point won, and yet Mathusek, sliding across the floor, got her fist under the ball at the last split-second, flipped it skyward, then narrowly avoided crashing into a falling teammate.

Given new life, the Wolves not only kept the play alive, but won the point, with Toomey-Stout pulling the trigger on a nasty kill a few second later.

Off to the side, Mathusek jumped, pumped her fist, then quietly went back to being quietly awesome, the perfect unsung, but not unrecognized, warrior.

A 3-0 lead for CHS slipped into a 3-3 tie, then 4-4, then 5-5, then 6-6, before things slipped away from the Wolves.

Davidson delivered a rolling roundhouse of a kill late, but it was one play, when Coupeville needed, and couldn’t quite find, two or three at the very end of crunch time.

Their backs to the wall after the loss, needing a win to keep their season alive and capture a ticket to bi-districts, the Wolves moved from the CHS gym to the smaller, steamier CMS gym, and showed no signs of a letdown.

But it wasn’t enough in a frustrating 26-24, 10-25, 13-25, 25-21, 15-12 loss that brought an unexpected end to a rollicking season.

Coupeville came out hot, stayed hot, and led through 98.7% of the first set.

It was just that last 1.3% which hurt, and hurt badly.

Up 23-17, the Wolves seemingly put point #24 in the books, only to have the Turks somehow scrape the ball off the floor, force an intense rally, and end things with a stunning block.

Given new life, Sultan shocked the fans, and even themselves a little bit, by closing the set on a 9-1 run, and suddenly Coupeville found itself in an unexpected hole.

To which the Wolves immediately responded, savaging the Turks in spectacular fashion over the next two sets.

The second frame was all-Prescott, all the time, as the Wolf junior opened the set with a scorching ace, then closed things with a run of 12 straight points on her serve.

That surge featured Tenore, the fab frosh who is the bright future of the program, delivering a knee-buckling kill, and Toomey-Stout erasing the back line from existence by blasting a winner which tore all the paint off said line.

If the second set was quick and brutal, the third set was almost identical, a merry mix of big hits from Vondrak, artful tips from Davidson, and superb serves from Raven Vick.

Victory was in sight, but the Turks, the #5 seed from the North Sound Conference, are the Cinderella team of these playoffs, having already eliminated third-seeded Cedar Park Christian.

Proving it wasn’t a fluke, Sultan toppled Coupeville, the #2 seed, by being patient, keeping everything in play, and getting some major paint peelers from its big hitter in the front row.

Coupeville trailed from start to finish in the fourth set, and while the Wolves held off four set points, this was a night which begged to go on and on forever.

Anxious to get their second and third set mojo back, the Wolves came up empty in the 10th set they played Tuesday night.

Playing to 15, there were three ties, at 6-6, 7-7, and, finally, 12-12, but otherwise Coupeville was fighting from behind at every other instance in the final frame.

Sultan lost its opener Tuesday in three quick sets to Nooksack Valley, and seemed far fresher at the end, with more of a spring in their collective steps.

The Wolves looked tired, and kills which once seemed automatic went long, or fell into the net at the very end.

Sandahl, making her final trip to the stripe as a high school player, gave CHS a fighting chance with a couple sharp serves, but Coupeville couldn’t hold off the end as it came creeping steadily closer.

The season closed with a loss, yes. But it didn’t close with losers.

Twelve young women, under the guidance of Whitmore and assistant coaches Chris Smith and Krimson Rector, rose to new heights.

Conquered new worlds.

Continued to lay the foundation for a resurgent program, winners of 49 varsity matches in the past four seasons, primed for more success moving forward.

They walked out of their gym winners, no matter what the scoreboard might say.

I hope they always remember that.

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Freshman Lucy Tenore had several big plays at the net Saturday as Coupeville High School volleyball opened district play. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lucy Sandahl is one of eight Wolf seniors chasing a final run at spiker glory.

Saturday was a day of spikes, surprises and split decisions.

But mostly, it was a day of surviving.

Getting stronger as the afternoon unfolded, the Coupeville High School volleyball squad rebounded from a morning loss to Nooksack Valley and knocked arch-rival South Whidbey out of the district playoffs.

With the split — a 25-7, 25-15, 26-24 loss to the Pioneers followed by a 25-13, 25-16, 29-27 win over the Falcons — the Wolves advance to day two of districts, a win away from making it to bi-districts.

At 14-3, the current spikers tie the 2004 Wolf squad for the best single-season record in program history, and now get two shots on their home floor Tuesday to take sole possession of the record.

Coupeville plays Meridian at 5 PM, while Nooksack faces off with surprise qualifier Sultan (the Turks shocked Cedar Park Christian Saturday) at the same time.

One contest will be in the CHS gym, the other across the hall in the CMS gym.

The winners play at 6:30 in the 3rd/4th place contest, while the losers vie in the 5th/6th place showdown.

King’s and Lynden Christian, which both went 2-0 Saturday, square off in the district title match at 8 PM.

The top five finishers advance to bi-districts, which pit District 1 (North Sound Conference and Northwest Conference) against District 2 (Emerald City League).

That tourney has matches Nov. 7 and 9, with five berths to the state tourney at stake.


The brackets:






Saturday’s action was all about cutting eight teams down to six, and the Wolves spent the day camped out in Lynden Christian’s cramped middle school gym.


Nooksack Valley:

Something was terribly off at the start of this one, as a combination of nerves, an unfamiliar gym, the aftereffects of a bus ride, insufficient calories ingested pre-match, or the knowledge clocks would be turned back soon conspired to derail the Wolves.

The less said about the first set, the better, as nothing remotely worked for Coupeville.

A team which thrives on its service game didn’t score a point off a serve until it already trailed 24-6 and a sense of shell-shock pervaded the gym.

But then things steadily got better.

Chelsea Prescott, playing for the first time in nearly a month after working her way back from a terrible leg injury, gave the Wolves their first lead of the day at 2-1 in the second set.

While CHS ultimately couldn’t hold on to the early advantage, it did start to get much more consistent play.

Scout Smith and Hannah Davidson combined on a resounding block, Zoe Trujillo painted the back line with a winner, and Maddie Vondrak and Maya Toomey-Stout tip-toed through the air to deliver pretty lil’ tip winners.

Buoyed by a return to more of a normal state, the Wolves pushed the Pioneers hard in the final set.

Jumping out to a 7-1 lead on quality serving from Smith and Prescott, Coupeville held strong when Nooksack made a push to get back to 10-10.

A rolling roundhouse of a kill from Davidson was huge, while Smith peppered an ace off the very last bit of paint on the back line to force the final tie of the match, at 15-15.

While Nooksack started to slowly pull away, it couldn’t get the lead over one or two points until a late surge staked the Pioneers to a 24-20 lead.

Staring down an all-but-certain loss, the Wolves rose to the occasion, thrilling their coaching staff, and the large collection of CHS fans who traveled up towards Canada on a cool, but sunny weekend day.

Holding off four straight match points, Coupeville refused to break.

Zoe Trujillo delivered back-to-back big kills (the second set up by a sensational running save from Lucy Sandahl), Vondrak mashed the air out of the ball on another put-away, then Smith zipped another ace off the back line.

The Pioneers proved to be too powerful, but, even on the final point of the match, Wolf senior Emma Mathusek sold out, hitting the floor with a thunk while scraping the ball off the floor to give her team one final moment of life.


South Whidbey:

Having gone from awful to inspired across the three sets of the opening loss, Coupeville carried the momentum into their third match-up this season with their next door neighbors.

This one largely played out like the regular season bouts between the squads, with a game, but young, Falcon squad willing to scrap, but unable to slow down a veteran Wolf unit.

Raven Vick and Sandahl went on torrid runs at the service stripe in the opening set, punctuated by Toomey-Stout ripping off her jersey to reveal the Superman costume underneath.

Operating in full “Maya: Destroyer of Worlds” mode, she left scorch marks on the ball, her kills so explosive they scarred the psyches of not only the Falcon defenders, but also those of their yet-to-be-born children.

In the midst of the senior sensation being … sensational … Wolf freshman Lucy Tenore delivered some big-time moments as well, stuffing shots and slamming home winners.

After polishing off the first set in fairly short order, Coupeville kept revving the gas pedal in frame two, this time with Toomey-Stout unleashing aces from the service line.

The most-powerful of her cannon shots was an ace which literally bounced off a Falcon face, and the rout was on.

But give the scrappy Falcons credit, because they never quit and played quite well during a third set which turned out to be its own mini-classic.

The teams traded leads, big-time kills, and incredible hustle plays, but saved the best for the end.

Trailing 24-21 after a Toomey-Stout put-away, South Whidbey rallied to not only hold off three straight match points, but rebounded to claim the lead not once, not twice, but three times.

Proving just as resilient under pressure, Coupeville also refused to take a knee, holding off three set points as the Falcons tried to push things to a fourth set.

With both teams on edge, and both fan bases waging a war to see who could chew off their collective fingernails first, the match was decided by a player many thought we wouldn’t see Saturday afternoon.

Prescott, a three-sport star who combines silky smoothness with often startling power, took a nasty fall during Coupeville’s match with King’s in early October, and ended up with a ginormous knot on her ankle.

To the surprise of no one, she immediately began to work to return.

To the surprise of many, she overcame the reality of leg injuries, and actually made it back just in time for the postseason.

While she didn’t play all six positions Saturday, as CHS coach Cory Whitmore gently worked her back into the lineup, Prescott’s presence provided an emotional surge for the Wolves, and gave them back one of their most-dangerous weapons.

Stepping to the line with the score knotted at 27-27, the Wolf junior ended the match with a wham-bam-let’s-head-for-the-bus-and-then-Panda-Express combo.

Her first serve was returned into the net, her second was returned right onto the madly-swinging arm of Toomey-Stout, who hopped through the gym roof as she lashed a set, and match, ending kill.

South Whidbey is a quality team, with promising young stars in six-foot freshmen Morgan Batchelor and Isabelle Wood. The Falcons will be back, and they will be dangerous.

But this is the final ride for Coupeville’s eight splendid seniors — Sandahl, Smith, Toomey-Stout, Mathusek, Raven and Willow Vick, Trujillo, and Davidson — and they aren’t done just yet.

On to Tuesday, on to play one more time in their own gym, on to write another chapter in their best-selling tale.

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Maya Toomey-Stout pounded 11 kills, went low for nine digs, and zinged four service aces Tuesday as Coupeville shredded Granite Falls. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Wolves honored their seniors before the match. (Photo courtesy Charlotte Young)

All the spikes, all the emotions.

In the midst of the roar of the crowd, in between the hugs of parents and siblings, they stood together Tuesday night.

Eight young women, seniors all, talented volleyball players and better people.

And in the middle of the scrum, the coach who has guided them for their entire high school journey, a man who has transformed the Coupeville High School volleyball program.

There is a chance these Wolf spikers will never play on their home floor again, that a straight-sets Senior Night win against visiting Granite Falls, will be their swan song on the CHS floor.

But there is also an even bigger chance the Wolves, now 12-1, matching the 2004 team for the best record through 13 matches by any CHS team, will be back.

That, after ending the regular season with matches at King’s Thursday and Sultan Oct. 28, Coupeville will play well enough at the district playoffs (Nov. 2 and 5) to make it to the second day of the two-day tourney.

Which would put them back on their home court, as the final five district matches, with five berths to the bi-district tournament at stake, will be held at Coupeville’s gyms.

Wolf coach Cory Whitmore, now 47-17 across four seasons at CHS, would love to have his team take the floor in front of their home fans again.

But that’s still down the road, and, for the moment, he and his seniors were content to enjoy their 25-21, 25-11, 25-16 win over Granite, and the pre-match festivities which went with it.

“A great Senior Night with a fantastic group of seniors and their families!,” Whitmore said. “This group has meant so much to me for four years, and I’m so proud and honored to be their coach and mentor.

“We have more goals to reach together, and, as always, this group looks forward to the challenge.”

With the win, the Wolves, 7-1 in league play, clinched at least second-place in the NSC for a second-straight season, while keeping alive hopes of catching King’s (8-0, 12-0) for the conference crown.

Cedar Park Christian (5-3, 10-4) could still tie Coupeville record-wise, but CHS swept CPC this season, giving the Wolves the tiebreaker.

South Whidbey (3-5, 4-8), Sultan (1-7, 4-9), and Granite Falls (0-8, 3-10) round out the current standings.

Tuesday night was about remembering the past, celebrating the present, and playing for the future.

With the exception of their first match-up with King’s, the Wolves have drilled opponents left and right, and Granite, while willing to put up a fight, could do little to derail a team with so many weapons.

The match opened with Maya Toomey-Stout blasting a savage kill which jumped off her hand and shot cross-court, evading two Granite defenders, and Coupeville rarely let up.

A Hannah Davidson spike which bounced off a rival’s upper arm staked the Wolves to an early lead, then two big kills from a red-hot Zoe Trujillo stretched the lead way out.

Both of Trujillo’s put-aways were set up by strong hustle plays from her fellow seniors.

On the first, Emma Mathusek, the unflappable, often unsung heart and soul of the squad, sold out, sacrificing her body to peel a ball off the floor, before Toomey-Stout showed off her world-class talent and heart on the second.

Coming from the back side of the floor, on a ball which wasn’t hers (but no one else was going to reach it), “The Gazelle” slid halfway down the court on her stomach, flipping the ball skyward at the last second and right onto Trujillo’s waiting kill hand.

“I said I wasn’t going to cry, but that almost made me tear up a bit,” Whitmore said with a big smile.

Mouths agape, the Granite players were noticeably impressed. But, to their credit, they didn’t completely crack, continuing to try and chip away at the lead.

From eight points down, the Tigers got within 3-4 points a couple times in the first frame, but each time a Wolf stepped up to put down the rally.

Maddie Vondrak, one of just a handful of non-seniors on the Wolf varsity (she was joined on the floor Tuesday by Lucy Tenore and Kylie Chernikoff, while Chelsea Prescott continued to rehab a hurt ankle), mashed a crowd-pleasing kill.

Then it was Toomey-Stout’s turn once again, a kill erupting from her hand and ending the set on a positive bang.

The second set was Coupeville’s from start to finish, with Raven Vick, Lucy Sandahl, and Scout Smith all putting together runs at the service line, while Trujillo painted the corners of the court with laser-riffic kills.

Smith pulled off a master class in deception on one point, suckering the Granite defense into believing she was launching a pass, before twisting her body into a pretzel in mid-air and dropping a lil’ flick shot into the smallest of gaps.

But while that shot was pure art, Coupeville lived and thrilled on pure power much of the evening, so it was sort of fitting the final point of the frame came via Trujillo launching a running spike which crash-landed with an emphatic bang.

At times this season, the Wolves have roared out to a two-set lead, then “napped” a bit in the third set. Not so this time out.

Making sure the match would end in a quick, efficient manner, Coupeville unloaded every spike in its arsenal in the final frame, with Trujillo and Vondrak staging a super-friendly, but fierce, competition to see who could scare the Tigers more.

Trujillo painted the corner on a kill, tore off some random body parts on a couple of other blasts, then capped things with a mammoth shot.

To which Vondrak bowed in the direction of her older teammate, smiled slightly, and brought out the gun show.

“The Mad Masher” tore off the back line for a point, nailed another winner by launching the ball from corner to corner, then lingered at the net as Willow Vick fired off a smokin’ serve on match point.

Granite got the ball back into play (barely), but as it flopped back over the net, Vondrak shot straight up and ripped the cover off the ball, before bouncing back to Earth, smile a mile wide as her teammates rushed her.

Off to the side, their coach nodded and lightly tapped his clipboard in approval.

“We have really been focusing on the team concept, and everyone played big parts in this win,” Whitmore said. “We stayed calm and composed and never let anything get out of control tonight.

“I’m through the roof for these girls.”

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