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Coupeville and Oak Harbor players unite to form Whidbey Volleyball Club’s first boys’ team.

Interest in volleyball is booming year-round.

Nine Coupeville High School spikers are currently playing for the Whidbey Volleyball Club, while sisters Lyla and Tenley Stuurmans suit up for a club team in Mount Vernon.

Now you can add four Wolf boys to the list, with Tate Wyman, Reiley Araceley, Grant Steller, and Mason Butler picking up the sport.

The quartet, who all played on the CHS soccer team in the fall, are part of the first boys team put together by the Whidbey Volleyball Club.

The U18 squad, coached by Vince Quidachey, has a seven-tournament schedule which runs from Jan. through May.

Wyman is listed as a middle blocker, while Steller is an outside hitter, Butler a setter, and Aracely toils as a libero.

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The Whidbey Volleyball Club U18 team features nine Coupeville spikers, eight of whom are seen here. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Marzocca)

They’ll rest later.

Eight Coupeville girls spent Sunday and Monday taking part in the NW Juniors MLK Weekend Tournament at Shoreline College.

Three of those Wolves — Mia Farris, Jada Heaton, and Katie Marti — travelled to Neah Bay Saturday for a high school basketball game, then turned around and shot off to join their fellow spikers.

Topping things off, the trio played in four matches, then returned to Whidbey Island Monday in time to make it to basketball practice.

After their departure, the remaining eight members of the Whidbey Volleyball Club U18 squad played a final match, with the team finishing 3rd at the eight-team tourney.

The local spikers won two of three matches Sunday, and split their bouts Monday, playing 11 sets across five action-packed matches.

“There were some great sets, super exciting,” said mom Jennifer Marzocca.

Along with Marti, Farris, and Heaton, the U18 squad includes Coupeville’s Lucy Tenore, Grey Peabody, Taylor Brotemarkle, Chloe Marzocca, and Taygin Jump.

Wolf sophomore Madison McMillan is also on the team but was unable to make it to this event.

Rounding out the roster are four other players, led by Clara Juriaans of South Whidbey.

Oak Harbor is represented by Keira Newkirk, Alexia Sanchez, and Johanna Daggett.

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Suzanne Marble (second from right, back row) built La Conner into the premium volleyball program in the region. (Photo property WIAA)

It’s a nice parting gift.

Suzanne Marble, who retired after winning seven state titles in a 30-year run as La Conner High School volleyball coach, is being inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame.

With everyone playing catch-up thanks to the pandemic, the WIAA is honoring both the Class of 2021 and Class of 2022 at the same time, with the event set for May 3 in Renton.

The 11 inductees from the two classes include administrators, contributors, athletes, coaches, and officials.

Marble fills the coach slot for the class of 2022, while Phil Lonborg, who coached five sports in his career while working at Timberline and River Ridge, is the ’21 selection in that category.

The WIAA Hall of Fame includes such heavy hitters as professional athletes John Stockton, Ron Santo, and Kate Starbird, as well as the state’s winningest football coach, Sid Otton — best known for being my 9th grade health teacher at Tumwater High School.

Marble, a graduate of Mead High School in Spokane, led La Conner to 574 wins, bringing home state titles in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022.

The Braves are four-time defending 2B champs, as there was no state tourney in 2020 because of pandemic restrictions.

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Carly Burt (back) and Aby Wood share a moment. (Jackie Saia photos)

Never too late for photos.

Volleyball season ended back in November, but some new glossy pics just popped up, so we’re returning to the land of spikes and sets for a moment.

In the words of Lost, one of my three favorite TV shows all-time — Twin Peaks and The X-Files complete the trinity — “We have to go back, Kate!”

What do you mean your name isn’t Kate?

It is in this scenario…

Grey Peabody comes crashing through.

Jill Prince gets some love.

Wolf spiker guru Cory Whitmore imparts wisdom.

Issabel Johnson drops a haymaker.

Madison McMillan (left) and Mia Farris pass in the night.

Lyla Stuurmans stands tall against state champ La Conner.

Taylor Brotemarkle (in black) catches some air during a celebration.

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Chloe Marzocca and friends continue to dominate the volleyball court. (Delanie Lewis photo)

Let the spikes hit the floor.

The Whidbey Island Volleyball Club U18 squad, which features nine Coupeville players, kicked off tournament play Sunday in Tacoma.

Even with Wolf big hitters Lucy Tenore and Grey Peabody sitting this one out, the Island team finished in a tie for 9th place out of 22 teams at the PJVBC Winter Classic.

Whidbey opened pool play by losing a three-set thriller to NW Juniors UA Black, falling 25-17, 25-23, 24-25.

Powered by their Coupeville spikers, the squad then rallied to beat Momentum Tsunami 25-19, 25-23, 23-25, earning second-place in its pool.

Advancing to the single-elimination gold bracket, Whidbey fell 25-12, 25-16 to Rainier U18 Summit.

The Island team features one South Whidbey player, three from Oak Harbor, and nine from Cory Whitmore’s Coupeville High School program.

Chloe Marzocca, Madison McMillan, Taylor Brotemarkle, Katie Marti, Mia Farris, Jada Heaton, Taygin Jump, Tenore, and Peabody rep the Wolves.

Mia Farris is here to destroy you. (Jackie Saia photo)

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