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One giant-sized Alita Blouin head to rule them all. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

No more home spikes.

The Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad is off to districts next week, but Tuesday marked the final time its five-pack of seniors suited up for a match in their own gym.

The Wolf veterans were honored before their royal rumble with La Conner, their farewell speeches garnering more than a few tears from their younger teammates.

Having played through the Age of Coronavirus and beyond, Alita Blouin, Ryanne Knoblich, Taygin Jump, Maddie Georges, and Jill Prince exit having left a sizable impact on the CHS program.

Jill Prince

Pomp and circumstance.

Maddie Georges

Taygin Jump

Soccer ace Nezi Keiper hustled over after her own Senior Night to celebrate friendship.

Ryanne Knoblich

Alita Blouin

Coupeville coaches Cory Whitmore and Ashley Menges get a photo op with their team leaders.

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Gwen Crowder leads off a collection of CHS soccer Senior Night portraits. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was a two-for-one special on the soccer pitch.

Tuesday night brought Senior Night festivities to Coupeville’s Mickey Clark Field, with male and female booters both honored.

Nine Wolves — five girls and four boys — were celebrated, with both CHS squads also winning games against visiting La Conner.

Grant Steller

Nezi Keiper

Reiley Araceley

Anna Myles

Aidan Wilson

Wynter Arndt

Cameron Epp

Carolyn Lhamon

The pitch is theirs.

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Wolf seniors (l to r) Jill Prince, Maddie Georges, Alita Blouin, Taygin Jump, and Ryanne Knoblich. (Photo courtesy Cory Whitmore)

It takes a perfect performance to beat the La Conner High School varsity volleyball team.

Coupeville was not perfect Tuesday night.

The Wolves did play steadily better as the night progressed, but whether it was emotional lag from Senior Night, or just the sometimes-overpowering fists of fury employed by the Braves, a win was not in the cards.

Instead, Coupeville fell 25-7, 25-8, 25-16, as the three-time defending state champs wrapped up another flawless run through the Northwest 2B/1B League.

La Conner finishes 8-0 in conference play and sits at 12-1 with three non-conference tilts still to play.

Meanwhile, the Wolves finish their regular season at 7-2 in league action, 9-5 overall.

Next up for CHS is a trip to La Conner Nov. 2 for the District 1/2 tourney.

The Wolves open against Auburn Adventist Academy, which is 5-4 heading into its regular season finale.

That’s a loser-out match, with the winner returning to the court to face La Conner for a trip to the state tourney.

To upend the Braves as they attempt to four-peat as La Conner coach Suzanne Marble closes a 30-year career, rival teams will need to “create chaos.”

Which Coupeville did at times Tuesday. Just not enough times.

“We had trouble both creating points and not making errors at the same time,” said Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore.

“When we were creating points, we were making errors, and when we weren’t making errors, we weren’t creating anything.”

La Conner, led by wham-bam twin towers Ellie Marble and Makayla Herrera, dominated at the net, rifling kills which put the Wolves on their heels, then dropping dead-eye tip winners if the defense backed off too far.

Coupeville, a strong-serving team, was unable to generate any points at the service stripe until late in the second set and struggled to end rallies while on the attack.

Jill Prince did paste one especially noisy winner down the middle of the floor, while Grey Peabody smacked several kills, but the Wolves were on the run most of the match.

Coupeville’s best play might have been a block, where Peabody and Maddie Georges combined to stuff an Ellie Marble cannon shot.

The third set was the closest thing to a back-and-forth affair, and featured the varsity debut of sophomore Taylor Brotemarkle, who recorded an ace while firing off serves.

Taylor Brotemarkle brings the heat. (Bailey Thule photo)

The Wolves did prove plucky, holding off four match points before La Conner finally drove home its 75th, and final, point to end the night.

The biggest positive to come from the loss was the solid play of Coupeville’s seniors, who handled the pressures of their farewell night with class.

Alita (Blouin) had a great game,” Whitmore said. “She covered a lot of court and was a real leader out there for us.

Jill took advantage of her hitting opportunities, and, as a team we passed well.

“I’m really proud of our seniors, and how they helped build our program through the tough Covid years,” Whitmore added. “They’ve helped reset our culture.”

 

Tuesday stats:

Alita Blouin — 6 digs, 1 assist
Taylor Brotemarkle — 1 ace
Mia Farris — 2 kills
Maddie Georges — 7 digs, 11 assists, 1 block assist
Taygin Jump — 2 digs
Ryanne Knoblich — 3 kills, 3 digs, 1 ace
Madison McMillan — 1 dig
Grey Peabody — 3 kills, 1 ace, 1 block assist
Jill Prince — 3 kills
Lyla Stuurmans — 1 kill

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Defensive dynamo Nezi Keiper netted her first goal Tuesday in a season-ending victory. (Jackie Saia photo)

The wind never bothered them anyway.

Playing their season finale on a gusty afternoon, the Coupeville High School girls soccer players defended their home pitch in style Tuesday, knocking off visiting La Conner 4-0.

The victory gives the Wolves a season sweep of the Braves and lifts them to a final mark of 2-4 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, 3-8 overall.

“A nice way to finish the season and for Senior Night,” said CHS coach Kyle Nelson.

Sophomore Ayden Wyman continued the torrid start to her high school career, knocking in a pair of goals to pace the Wolf attack.

After rattling home four goals as a fab frosh, she notched nine scores in her second season.

That’s the best showing for a Coupeville girl since Kalia Littlejohn (15) and Genna Wright (10) hit double-digits back in 2017.

With 13 career goals, Wyman slides ahead of Avalon Renninger (12) and sits at #5 all-time on the CHS girls scoring chart at the midpoint of her run.

Her targets in the years to come?

That would be Mia Littlejohn (35), Kalia Littlejohn (33), Wright (20), and Lindsey Roberts (17).

Coupeville’s other two goals Tuesday came from seniors Carolyn Lhamon and Nezi Keiper, while Ava Mitten and Lhamon tallied assists.

Keiper, the heart and soul of the Wolf defense for four years, notched her first high school goal, while Lhamon tallied her fourth of the season, and seventh of her career.

The duo was joined by fellow 12th graders Anna Myles, Gwen Crowder, and Wynter Arndt in being honored for their many contributions to the Wolf pitch program.

 

Final season scoring stats:

Ayden Wyman – 9
Carolyn Lhamon – 4
Wynter Arndt – 1
Nezi Keiper – 1

Coupeville seniors Gwen Crowder (left) and Anna Myles (right) bowed out with a win. (Bailey Thule photo)

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Lynn Cosner leads off a celebration of Wolf senior cheerleaders. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

They stayed loud ‘n proud through the rain, and any possible tears.

Seven senior Coupeville High School cheerleaders were honored at halftime of Friday’s game with La Conner, acknowledged for being the heart of the Wolf program.

From veterans to newcomers, they all have been vital to bringing the energy and pride back to Mickey Clark Field.

Gracie McFarlin

Lucy Crouch

The magnificent seven.

Hayley Fiedler

Emma Morano (left) and Valentina Nadela

Karyme Castro Sotelo

Always on point.

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