Posts Tagged ‘volleyball’

Prairie legend Emma Smith, back when she was smashing volleyballs as a high school player. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The former Wolf (fourth from right, back row), now plays for the University of Washington’s club volleyball program. (Photo courtesy Smith)

She’s still a prairie legend, just in a different uniform.

Emma Smith, who used to tear up the volleyball court at Coupeville High School, has returned to the sport, but at a higher level.

The former All-Conference spiker, who partnered with fellow captain Ashley Menges to lead the Wolves to the state tourney, is now playing club volleyball for the University of Washington.

Making a run at being selected for the program was a bit daunting, but Smith, one of three members of her family to be inducted into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, stepped up to the challenge.

“Trying out was pretty overwhelming,” she said. “There were over 150 girls that showed up for two travel teams and it was so exciting but nerve wracking at the same time.

“I hadn’t played in twoish years, so I was rusty, and there were so many really good players,” Smith added.

She made the cut, however, reclaiming her role as a middle blocker and once again running wild on the court.

Instead of making high school rivals like South Whidbey weep salty tears — as Smith did back when she helped crush the Falcons on her 18th birthday — she’s now facing off with foes like Boise State, Montana State, Gonzaga, Oregon, and Washington State.

The Huskies club program plays in the Pacific Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, and it has a creative schedule which is still unfolding for Smith and Co.

“Our schedule is all over the place because it’s pretty much a student run organization, but we play about one tournament a month in different locations,” she said.

Smith and her new teammates played a tourney in December at Gonzaga, where the Huskies claimed 2nd and 3rd place.

After a break, the U-Dub returns to action with two events in February, with one of those set to go down at Oregon State.

During her Coupeville High School days, Smith advanced to state in two sports, earning the trip in both volleyball and track and field.

During her senior track season in 2019, she went on a three-week tear, winning league, district, and bi-district titles in the shot put.

Once at state, Smith competed in both the shot put and discus.

Meanwhile, the Wolf volleyball team which went to the big dance her junior season marked the first time Coupeville spikers reached the promised land in 13 years.

A four-year varsity player in volleyball, Emma upheld a strong family tradition, following in the footsteps of her aunt, Joli Smith, a serene superstar from my Whidbey News-Times days.

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Maddie Georges was MVP for a Wolf varsity volleyball team which finished second in a seven-team league. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

One setter to lead them all.

Junior Maddie Georges, who kick-started the offense all season, was named team MVP Monday when the Coupeville High School volleyball program capped its season with an awards banquet.

She was joined by sophomore Grey Peabody and freshman Katie Marti, who shared most valuable player honors for the Wolf JV squad.


Varsity award winners:

MVP — Maddie Georges
Most Inspirational — Ryanne Knoblich
Most Improved — Katie Marti
Heart of a Wolf — Jill Prince
Captains — Alita Blouin, Georges, Prince


JV award winners:

MVP — Katie Marti, Grey Peabody
Most Inspirational — Gwen Gustafson
Most Improved — Mia Farris

Mia Farris is locked-in.


All-Conference honors:

First-Team — Maddie Georges
Second-Team — Alita Blouin, Jill Prince
Honorable Mention — Olivia Schaffeld


Varsity letter winners:

Alita Blouin
Maddie Georges
Taygin Jump
Ryanne Knoblich
Katie Marti
Madison McMillan
Grey Peabody
Jill Prince
Olivia Schaffeld
Lyla Stuurmans
Lucy Tenore
Savina Wells


Certificates of Participation:

Taylor Brotemarkle
Mia Farris
Gwen Gustafson
Jada Heaton
Issabel Johnson
Aby Wood

Katie Marti was a busy bee, playing strongly for both varsity and JV.

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Former Coupeville High School coach Breanne Smedley led Columbia River to a state volleyball title. (Photo property The Elite Competitor podcast)

We knew her before she was big time.

Former Coupeville High School coach Breanne Smedley, who helped build a strong Wolf program, sits atop the volleyball world Saturday night.

Her Columbia River spikers completed a masterful run, upending Ridgefield 25-23, 25-16, 20-25, 25-23 to claim the 2A state title.

The crown-clinching win came on the heels of straight-sets victories over Mark Morris, Anacortes, and Burlington-Edison.

The Rapids finish 22-1, having thoroughly avenged their only loss of the campaign.

Columbia River fell in three sets to Ridgefield in late September, than rebounded to beat the Spudders three straight times, with the state final the crowning touch.

It’s the third state title for the Rapids volleyball program, with each win coming in a different classification.

The school’s first spiker title came in 1991, when Columbia River was a 4A school.

The Rapids won again in 2000, this time at the 3A level, before adding Saturday’s 2A crown to the stash.

Breanne Smedley coached select and high school volleyball during her time on Whidbey, fronting the CHS varsity program between 2014-2015.

Her second Wolf squad toppled Seattle Christian in the playoffs, the first postseason win for Coupeville’s volleyball program in a decade.

That helped set the path for success achieved by her successor, Cory Whitmore, who has guided CHS to six-straight winning seasons and a trip to state in 2017.

Breanne Smedley and husband Brett, who coached high school football and middle school basketball in Coupeville, moved to Vancouver in 2016.

Along with coaching and being a mom, Breanne also co-hosts a podcast which focuses on female athletes:


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Pearl McFadyen and dad Jason.

Family tradition of excellence? Upheld.

Pearl McFadyen, whose father and grandfather are both in the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, is headed to the big dance.

The Anacortes High School sophomore and her teammates are bound for the Yakima SunDome, and the 2A state volleyball tournament, after finishing third at districts.

The Seahawks earned their golden ticket thanks to 3-0 wins Saturday over Sedro-Woolley and Archbishop Thomas Murphy.

Anacortes (14-5), which entered districts with the #4 seed, beat its ranking, toppling an ATM squad which was ranked #2 in the draw.

Top-seeded Burlington-Edison held off #3 Lynden in the title match, with both teams now joining Anacortes in making the trip to Eastern Washington.

Pearl McFadyen, whose cousin Ava Mitten is a soccer and track star at Coupeville High School, hails from hardy Wolf stock.

Dad Jason was a three-sport star (football, basketball, baseball) at CHS, aunt Aleshia (McFadyen) Mitten was an accomplished athlete in her own right, and grandparents Jack and Carmen McFadyen remain legendary in the history of Wolf boosters.

Pearl, one of three sophomores on the Anacortes roster, has built herself a nice body of work.

The Seahawks have stats posted on MaxPreps through Nov. 7, with McFadyen playing 30 sets, and compiling nine kills, 24 digs, nine block assists, seven service aces, one assist, and 31 points of offense.

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Coupeville setter Maddie Georges was a First-Team All-Conference pick. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Alita Blouin bumps her way towards Second-Team All-League honors.

Onward and upward.

Four Coupeville High School spikers were honored when the Northwest 2B/1B League doled out All-Conference honors, with all the Wolves marking an improvement from last season.

Junior setter Maddie Georges was tabbed as a First-Team pick a year after landing on the Second-Team, while libero Alita Blouin and middle blocker Jill Prince earned Second-Team honors this time around.

That duo were both Honorable Mention during their sophomore campaigns.

Jill Prince dances the dance of her people.

Completing the Coupeville honorees was sophomore Olivia Schaffeld, who claimed Honorable Mention for her first season on the Wolf varsity.

CHS went 10-2 in NWL play, finishing second to La Conner, which will chase a third-straight 2B state title this weekend.

The top Brave — junior Ellie Marble, whose spikes sound like gun shots hitting the floor — was tabbed league MVP, making her three-for-three in that category.

Orcas Island was honored with Best Sportsmanship, while Viking leader Rachel Wilson was also named Coach of the Year.


All-Conference teams:



Bethany Carter – Orcas Island – Sophomore – Outside Hitter
Rachel Cram – La Conner – Senior – Libero
Sarah Cook – La Conner – Senior – Outside Hitter
Maddie Georges – Coupeville – Junior – Setter
Makayla Herrera – La Conner – Junior – Middle Blocker
Emma Keller – La Conner – Senior – Setter
Alyvia Wright – Darrington – Senior – Setter



Gena Beazer – Darrington – Junior – Middle Blocker
Alita Blouin – Coupeville – Junior – Libero
Morgan Huizenga – La Conner – Sophomore – Middle Blocker
Tayla Malo – Orcas Island – Sophomore – Setter
Ella Mason – Friday Harbor – Senior – Setter
Rainee Nations – Darrington – Senior – Outside Hitter
Jill Prince – Coupeville – Junior – Middle Blocker


Honorable Mention:

Breanna Monteith – Darrington – Junior – Outside Hitter
Rayah Oostra – Mount Vernon Christian – Junior – Setter
Ashley Parker – Concrete – Senior – Outside Hitter
Olivia Schaffeld – Coupeville – Sophomore – Middle Blocker
Claire Wright – Darrington – Freshman – Outside Hitter

Olivia Schaffeld straight-up murders the ball.

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