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   William Nelson teamed with Joey Lippo Friday to knock off a top-level Overlake doubles duo. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

State or bust.

That’s the goal for Coupeville High School senior tennis players William Nelson and Joey Lippo, who came very close to punching their ticket to the big dance last year, and want to clear that last hurdle before graduation.

With that in mind, their performance Friday was sterling.

Bouncing back after suffering their first loss of the season a day earlier, the Wolf doubles duo knocked off a pair of top-tier talents from visiting Overlake in straight sets.

While the ritzy private school powerhouse won the non-conference match 4-1, Lippo and Nelson’s triumph was a big deal, as it came against a duo the Wolf netters are likely to face deep in the postseason.

Their win at #1 doubles also allowed Coupeville to post a better score against Overlake than South Whidbey did, as the Falcons, who had drilled the Wolves Thursday, were blanked 5-0 by the Owls earlier this season.

After struggling to a 1-5 record against strong competition, CHS wades into league play full-force in the next two weeks.

The Wolves play four of their next five matches against Olympic League rivals Klahowya and Chimacum.

Complete Friday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Pedro Gamarra lost to Reyhan Virani 6-0, 6-1

2nd Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost to Ananth Iyer 6-2, 6-3

1st Doubles — William Nelson/Joey Lippo beat Wesley Chan/Charlie Hill 6-2, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Nick Etzell/Mason Grove lost to Nachiket Karmarkar/Zander Gillett 6-0, 6-4

3rd Doubles — Nile Lockwood/Zach Ginnings lost to Evan Lauer/Lucas Gavrila 7-6(7-1), 6-2

JV:

4th Doubles — Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann lost 8-1

5th Doubles — Thane Peterson/Drake Borden lost 8-7(7-5)

6th Doubles — Koby Schreiber/Harris Sinclair lost 8-5

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   Harris Sinclair teamed with Koby Schreiber for one of Coupeville’s three wins Thursday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a friendly rivalry, but largely a one-sided one.

South Whidbey has had Coupeville’s number on the tennis court more times than not in recent years, and that held true again Thursday afternoon.

Other than a strong victory at #2 doubles from Mason Grove and Nick Etzell, the Wolves had few answers for the Falcons, falling 4-1.

The non-conference loss drops Coupeville to 1-4 heading into a home match Friday against always-strong Overlake (3:30 PM).

Complete Thursday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Pedro Gamarra lost to Levi Buck 6-2, 6-1

2nd Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost to Larsen Christiansen 6-3, 6-3

1st Doubles — William Nelson/Joey Lippo lost to Hank Papritz/Ryan Wenzek 6-3, 6-0

2nd Doubles — Nick Etzell/Mason Grove beat Aengus Dubendorf/Michael Lux 6-2, 6-1

3rd Doubles — Nile Lockwood/Zach Ginnings lost to Brent DeWolf/Joey Lane 8-2

JV:

4th Doubles — Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann lost 6-4

5th Doubles — Thane Peterson/Drake Borden won 6-4

6th Doubles — Koby Schreiber/Harris Sinclair won 6-4

7th Doubles — Lockwood/Ginnings lost 6-2

8th Doubles — Johnson/Jas. Baumann lost 6-4

9th Doubles — Borden/Peterson lost 6-2

10th Doubles — Sinclair/Schreiber lost 6-4

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   Lindsey Roberts and the Coupeville girls soccer squad sit atop the Olympic League at 2-0. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

We’re a week or two into year four of the 1A Olympic League and one thing remains consistent — it’s still a two-team race.

Klahowya, the biggest of the league’s four schools by far, and Coupeville, its smallest, are the heavyweights.

Port Townsend and Chimacum? With a couple of exceptions, cannon fodder.

Take 10 of the 11 varsity sports Coupeville fields a team in (we skip track, since team records are a moot point) and the win totals from 2014 to spring 2017 are:

Klahowya – 145
Coupeville – 133
Chimacum – 74
Port Townsend – 70

After the Eagles were top dogs the first two years, Coupeville (which has raised its win total each year) took the crown in 2016-2017.

As of end of play Saturday night, the early fall totals have Klahowya clinging to a 4-3 lead on Coupeville, while the other schools have yet to notch a league win.

Counting non-conference games, the Wolves (8-6) and Eagles (8-5) are tied (with Coupeville the only school to have at least one victory in each sport).

Meanwhile Port Townsend (1-9) is taking a major hit in its biggest sport, football, while Chimacum (2-8), is struggling in everything except football.

Current standings through Sept. 17:

Olympic/Nisqually League football:

School League Overall
COUPEVILLE 0-0 2-1
Cascade Christian 0-0 2-1
Charles Wright 0-0 2-1
Chimacum 0-0 2-1
Bellevue Christian 0-0 0-3
Klahowya 0-0 0-3
Port Townsend 0-0 0-3
Vashon Island 0-0 0-3

Olympic League volleyball:

School League Overall
COUPEVILLE 1-0 2-0
Klahowya 1-0 2-1
Chimacum 0-1 0-3
Port Townsend 0-1 1-2

Olympic League girls soccer:

School League Overall
COUPEVILLE 2-0 3-2
Klahowya 2-0 3-0
Chimacum 0-2 0-3
Port Townsend 0-2 0-4

Olympic League boys tennis:

School League Overall
Klahowya 1-0 3-1
Chimacum 0-0 0-1
COUPEVILLE 0-1 1-3

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   Pedro Gamarra teamed with Jakobi Baumann to pick up a win at #3 doubles Friday afternoon. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ken Stange rolled the dice, and it almost worked.

Stacking his top players in the doubles slots Friday, the Coupeville High School boys tennis coach played the odds against Klahowya, but the Eagles slipped through his grasp.

Pulling out late wins at #2 and #4 doubles, KSS escaped with a 5-2 win on its home courts, putting at least a momentary ding in the Wolves shield.

The conference loss dropped Coupeville to 1-3 overall, 0-1 in Olympic League play and will force the Wolves to fight back if they want to stretch their run of league titles to three years.

CHS still has plenty of time, though, with two more match-ups against Klahowya (Sept. 29 in Silverdale and Oct. 5 in Coupeville) and three against league door mat Chimacum.

Friday afternoon the Wolves got another win from top doubles duo William Nelson and Joey Lippo, who remained undefeated, cruising to a straight-sets win a match after a titanic fight against a Kingston pair.

The other Coupeville victory came courtesy Jakobi Baumann and Pedro Gamarra, who dropped down from singles to play together for the first time.

The difference between a 5-2 loss and a 4-3 win hinged on the other two doubles matches, but the Wolves dropped #2 doubles after being up a set, and fell in a razor-thin pro set in #4 doubles.

Complete Friday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Nile Lockwood lost to Taylor Fite 6-0, 6-0

2nd Singles — Zach Ginnings lost to Jacob Kraft 6-2, 6-1

3rd Singles — Drake Borden lost to Drew Kraft 6-0, 6-4

1st Doubles — William Nelson/Joey Lippo beat Morgan Seidel/William Stewart 6-1, 6-2

2nd Doubles — Nick Etzell/Mason Grove lost to Joe Bowman/Nick Hytinen 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

3rd Doubles — Pedro Gamarra/Jakobi Baumann beat Parker Short/Carson Short 7-5, 6-4

4th Doubles — Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann lost to Dominic Westland/Eric Lochis 9-7

JV:

5th Doubles — Thane Peterson/Koby Schreiber lost to Cameron Johnson/Dylan Jackson 8-1

6th Doubles — Peterson/Schreiber lost to Tyler Godsey/Dakota Johnson 8-3

7th Doubles — Harris Sinclair/Ginnings beat Aiden Adams/Joe Potter 8-5

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   Pedro Gamarra, well-dressed man about town, glides in for a shot. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Joey Lippo: “Aha, my old nemesis, we meet again!”

Mason Grove tests just how limber he really is.

   William Nelson takes a moment to calculate every possible outcome in his head in the millisecond before he beats the snot out of the ball.

Jaschon Baumann has his eyes firmly glued on the prize.

Clear skies.

That was the biggest difference Wednesday for the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad.

The thick, choking smog from Canadian forest fires which plagued the previous home match was long gone, and that benefited everyone, from players to the photographer working the sidelines.

The guy with the constantly-clicking camera is John Fisken, and the photos above are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot (purchases fund college scholarships for CHS student/athletes), pop over to:

http://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/2017-2018-Coupeville-Tennis/2017-09-13-vs-Kingston/

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