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Edie Bittner and her CHS soccer mates will not be travelling to La Conner Thursday. (Morgan White photo)

Thursday’s schedule just got a whole lot more open.

Coupeville High School was slated to send volleyball and girls soccer squads to La Conner that day for crucial Northwest 2B/1B League bouts, but it’s not to be.

Instead, the Wolves will stay home after the Braves postponed the events due to a Covid outbreak among their spikers and booters.

The soccer game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 11, with volleyball bumped to Tuesday, Oct. 18.

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Teagan Calkins is not here for your tomfoolery. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The Spartans made a good stand, but still got chomped by the Wolves.

Riding a hot streak at the service stripe Saturday, the Coupeville High School JV volleyball squad polished off host Forks in straight sets, running its winning streak to three matches.

With the 25-10, 25-18, 25-18 non-conference victory, the Wolves improve to 5-1 heading into a major showdown next Thursday, Sept. 29 at La Conner.

Saturday’s rumble, coming after a long bus trip out to bat country, was a battle between two fairly evenly matched squads.

“Forks was good!” said Coupeville coach Ashley Menges. “We focused a lot on what we could control, and it worked out well for us.”

The spiker guru praised her entire team, offering a few extra props for a couple of standouts.

“We had a lot of service runs, especially from Grier (Mooney) and Teagan (Calkins), which we’ve been working hard on becoming a consistent service team,” Menges said.

Issabel (Johnson) did great working hard and filling in in the middle position, which we’re all so appreciative of.”

As the Wolves prep for the upcoming showdown with their biggest Northwest 2B/1B League rivals, Menges, like varsity coach Cory Whitmore, is working on making sure her players talk to each other while on the court.

“Our focus moving on is upping our communication throughout the entirety of the play,” she said. “As well as all the way through the game.”


Saturday stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle — 12 digs, 2 aces
Teagan Calkins — 4 kills, 3 digs, 3 aces
Jada Heaton — 3 kills, 3 aces
Issabel Johnson — 2 kills
Katie Marti — 2 kills, 1 dig, 14 assists, 8 aces
Madison McMillan — 8 kills, 2 digs, 4 aces
Grier Mooney — 1 dig, 1 assist, 5 aces

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Senior setter Maddie Georges filled up the stat sheet Saturday, pacing Coupeville volleyball to a big win at Forks. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They went a long way to collect a milestone victory.

Enduring an all-day trek to the wilds of Forks Saturday, then surviving an epic first set, the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad earned Cory Whitmore his 70th win as Wolf coach.

By the time they were done, the road-weary Wolves had a 30-28, 18-25, 25-13, 25-14 non-conference victory in hand, lifting their record to 4-2 on the season.

Now on a three-match winning streak, Coupeville gets some rest before travelling to La Conner Thursday, Sept. 29 to face off with the three-time defending 2B state champs.

That showdown is still in the future, though.

For now, Whitmore (70-32 at CHS) and Co. can marinate in the moment, and dream of taking a long nap when they get home.

“If you’re going to go out to Forks, you better leave with a win,” Whitmore said. “Very proud of the girls’ return to practice on Friday that then carried over to Saturday’s match.

“Our focus today was simply on communication and consistency of that communication,” he added. “This was a team win because everyone bought into that concept.”

Coupeville, which was coming off an epic five-set thriller against Orcas Island, where it had to rally from a deep deficit to grab the victory, played strongly in all facets at Forks.

“We served tough throughout; that allowed our defense to be on top of their offense,” Whitmore said.

“But our back row was especially scrappy today, digging up some hard driven balls but also chasing down digs to reset our offense.”

Alita Blouin (in black) and Ryanne Knoblich await the serve. (Bailey Thule photo)

Three players came up with double-digit digs, paced by Alita Blouin going low for 25.

Lyla Stuurmans (12) and Ryanne Knoblich (11) chipped in as well, while Maddie Georges tallied eight, missing a triple-double by just two digs.

The senior setter filled up the stat sheet all day, doling out 26 assists and zinging 11 service aces.

Most of all, Whitmore came away pleased with the way his players talked on the floor, something which was missing at times against Orcas.

“They showed tenacity in each aspect of the team,” he said. “But even more so toward the goal of communicating with each other through the ups and down, and that was fun to watch.”


Saturday stats:

Alita Blouin — 25 digs, 1 assist, 5 aces
Mia Farris — 4 kills, 1 dig
Maddie Georges — 8 digs, 26 assists, 11 aces
Taygin Jump — 2 digs, 1 ace
Ryanne Knoblich — 5 kills, 11 digs, 1 assist, 2 aces
Madison McMillan — 1 dig, 3 aces
Grey Peabody — 10 kills, 1 block assist
Jill Prince — 5 kills
Lyla Stuurmans — 7 kills, 12 digs, 3 aces, 1 block assist

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Wolf football is a rock-solid 3-1 on the season. (Michelle Glass photo)

It was quite the week.

The Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad pulled off one of the great comebacks in program history to topple Orcas Island in five nail-biting sets.

Meanwhile, Wolf girls soccer, football, and boys soccer all won as well, with the male booters stunning state title contender Friday Harbor and their female counterparts netting their first victory of the season.

The week ahead is fairly light, schedule-wise, but builds to a big finale with Homecoming.

That game is set for Friday, Sept. 30 and pits Coupeville and Friday Harbor in a battle for sole possession of first place in the Northwest 2B/1B League.

Cross country (Wednesday at Orcas), volleyball (Thursday at La Conner), and boys soccer (Tuesday at home against Orcas) also have just one event apiece, while girls soccer plays twice.

The female booters host Mount Vernon Christian Tuesday, before travelling Thursday to La Conner.

As we head towards the final days of the month, a look at standings through Sept. 24:


Northwest League boys soccer:

School League Overall
Coupeville 0-0-0 2-2-0
CPC-Lynnwood 0-0-0 0-3-0
Friday Harbor 0-0-0 2-1-0
Grace Academy 0-0-0 4-0-1
La Conner 0-0-0 2-5-0
Lopez Island 0-0-0 1-2-0
MV Christian 0-0-0 3-1-1
Orcas Island 0-0-0 3-1-0
PC Christian 0-0-0 2-1-1


Northwest League football:

School League Overall
Coupeville 1-0 3-1
Darrington 1-0 4-0
Friday Harbor 1-0 2-2
Concrete 0-1 0-3
La Conner 0-2 0-2


Northwest League girls soccer:

School League Overall
MV Christian 1-0-0 1-3-0
Friday Harbor 2-1-0 5-3-1
Coupeville 0-1-0 1-4-0
La Conner 0-1-0 0-6-0


Northwest League volleyball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 3-0 4-2
MV Christian 2-0 4-0
La Conner 1-0 3-1
Orcas Island 2-1 3-4
Darrington 1-2 4-2
Concrete 0-3 2-6
Friday Harbor 0-3 1-3

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Wolf senior Jill Prince brings the power at the net. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Spikes, spikes for everyone.

The top four hitters for the Coupeville High School varsity volleyball squad are separated by just four kills, with a fifth Wolf just 10 put-aways away from being tied for the top spot.

Kills, along with solo blocks, and block assists, are the most competitive of the six stats I’m tracking this season.

The other three — assists, digs, and service aces — have more clearcut front-runners, though the numbers can shift and change as the season plays out.

With five matches in the books, a look at the season stat sheet for the 12 Wolves to appear in a varsity match:


Player Kills Digs Block-Solo Block-Assist Assists Aces
Maddie Georges 5 33 98 26
Alita Blouin 2 80 6 6
Lyla Stuurmans 26 26 2 1 3
Ryanne Knoblich 32 40 1 1 12
Mia Farris 35 3 3 3
Jill Prince 32 3 2 3
Grey Peabody 36 3 1 2
Madison McMillan 3 8 4
Taygin Jump 2 22 2 2
Katie Marti 1 4 5
Issabel Johnson
Jada Heaton 1 2

The volleyballs which help fine-tune Coupeville’s game. Practice makes perfect. (Jackie Saia photo)

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