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   Nile Lockwood teamed with Zach Ginnings Monday to pull out a three-set win on the road. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Are they training killer bees in Sequim and then sending them to Whidbey?!

I’m not saying it did happen, just that it could have happened…

Missing #1 singles ace Nick Etzell, who was recovering from an allergic reaction to a nasty bee sting on his playing hand, the Coupeville High School boys tennis squad still came dangerously close to toppling 2A Sequim.

After a back-and-forth match Monday in which four of the seven varsity tilts went to a third set, the Wolves fell 4-3 on the road.

The non-conference loss drops Coupeville to 0-2 as it begins a new season with a brutal opening schedule.

The Wolves, repping one of the smallest 1A schools in the state, play their first three matches against large 2A schools.

With identical 4-3 losses to Port Angeles and Sequim under its belt, Coupeville welcomes Kingston to Whidbey Wednesday afternoon. Play begins at 3:15.

Facing off with Sequim, the Wolves won two of the four three-set matches.

Nile Lockwood and Zach Ginnings pulled off a win at #3 doubles which required going all the way to a third-set tiebreaker, while Joey Lippo and William Nelson rallied in the final moments for their win at #1 doubles.

The senior duo fell behind 3-0 in the third set, before winning six of the final seven games to escape and stay unbeaten this season.

Ginnings is also 2-0 in 2017, having won two matches with different partners, while #3 singles player Mason Grove is the only Wolf to have won both of his matches this season in straight sets.

Complete Monday results:

Varsity:

1st Singles — Pedro Gamarra lost to Raymond Lam 6-7(3-7), 6-3, 7-5

2nd Singles — Jakobi Baumann lost to Liam Payne 6-4, 6-3

3rd Singles — Mason Grove beat Jonathan Heintz 6-4, 6-2

1st Doubles — William Nelson/Joey Lippo beat Blake Wilker/Thomas Hughes 6-2, 5-7, 6-4

2nd Doubles — Tiger Johnson/Jaschon Baumann lost to Tim Porter 6-2, 6-0

3rd Doubles — Nile Lockwood/Zach Ginnings beat Brenton Barnes/Kevin Meyer 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(7-3)

4th Doubles — Drake Borden/Thane Peterson lost to Aaron Jackson/Liam Braaten 4-6, 6-4, 10-2

JV:

5th Doubles — Harris Sinclair/Koby Schreiber lost to Steven Lam/Dustin Koch 8-0

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Avalon Renninger demonstrates how far away from a win Coupeville was Thursday. (John Fisken photos)

   Avalon Renninger demonstrates how close Coupeville was to a win. (John Fisken photos)

Freshman Mallory Kortuem and the Wolf defense played sharply against Sequim.

  Freshman Mallory Kortuem and the Wolf defense played sharply against Sequim.

Sometimes you get the bounces and sometimes the bounces get you.

The ricochets went the wrong way Thursday for the Coupeville High School girls’ soccer team, which controlled the game but still fell 3-1 to visiting Sequim.

The non-conference loss, coming against a 2A school, left the Wolves at 1-1-1 on the season.

Coupeville will have a day to practice, then takes the ferry to Port Townsend Saturday for a 1A Olympic League match-up with the RedHawks.

The Wolves sit atop the conference at 1-0.

Facing off with Sequim, CHS pushed the pace of the game most of the afternoon and out-shot their visitors by a good 2-to-1 clip.

Unfortunately, other than a Mia Littlejohn header (off of a Sage Renninger corner kick) 16 minutes into the game, the Wolves spent much of the game misfiring from relatively close range.

Littlejohn’s sixth goal of the season — she’s scored in all three games — knotted things at 1-1, but Sequim goaltender Clair Henninger was spot-on for the rest of the game.

The junior goalie had several nice saves, with the most impressive one coming when she went airborne to pick off a shot that Lindsey Roberts lashed from the 30-yard line.

Throwing up her hand at the last second, Henninger tipped the ball over the top of the goal mouth, denying the Coupeville sophomore her second score of the season.

Sequim, meanwhile, had few sustained runs at the net, but managed to score on almost all of them.

Their first goal came when they picked off a pass by Wolf goalie Lauren Grove, while a later score took a weird bounce and skittered under Grove’s shoe as she was scrambling into position.

The senior net-minder didn’t play badly, knocking down several shots and verbally directing her squad, but suffered through a rare bout of bad luck.

With a much deeper roster (thanks to the disparity in school size and a couple of Coupeville booters still working their way towards having enough practices to be eligible), Sequim ran in frequent subs and stayed fresh all game.

While he wanted a win, Coupeville coach Troy Cowan chalked up Thursday as something to build on for his squad.

“It was a good learning experience; the game is the best teacher and you just need to take what you learn and put it to use,” he said. “The girls played really well and hung in there.”

In particular, Cowan praised the play of Renninger, his junior captain.

Sage controlled the pitch and the pace and was a real spark plug, as always,” he said. “She’s a Renninger, so she’s really smart, and that always shows in how she plays out there.”

Coupeville will get a chance at revenge (with a bigger roster) later this season, as it travels to Sequim Oct. 11 for a rematch.

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Katrina McGranahan (John Fisken photos)

   Katrina McGranahan, seen here in an earlier match, had four service aces Wednesday night. (John Fisken photos)

Lucy

Freshman Lucy Sandahl helped lead the Wolf C-Team in its first match.

Coupeville struck first, Sequim struck last.

Facing off with a large 2A school on the second night of back-to-back home matches, the CHS spikers made a frequently-inspired stand Wednesday, but couldn’t upend a foe who played virtually error-free ball.

Despite taking an early lead in all three sets, the Wolves fell 25-17, 25-13, 26-24 in the non-conference tilt, dropping their record to 2-1 on the young season.

Sequim, which boasts seven seniors and four players five-foot-ten or taller, was patient, consistent and dangerous, a deadly combination.

That allowed the visitors to escape twice from perilous deficits in the third set.

Trailing 18-9, after six straight aces on serve from Wolf supernova Hope Lodell kick-started a Coupeville run, Sequim steadily chipped away at what could have been an insurmountable lead.

With their lead shrunk down to 21-20, CHS responded, reeling off three straight points, two off of superb serves from senior captain Valen Trujillo.

For a moment, it looked like the Wolves would force a fourth set.

But there was no break in Sequim’s rhythm, as it held off three consecutive set points, knotted things up, then pulled ahead for the final time.

When a Wolf spike went two inches long, the visitors pocketed their sixth straight point and strolled off with their second win of the season.

The first two sets played out similarly, as Coupeville jumped out to early leads (4-0 in the first and an admittedly slim 1-0 in the second), only to have Sequim steadily chip away and reclaim the momentum.

Still, Coupeville hung tough, with only one truly questionable stretch, when Sequim closed the second set on a 10-1 run.

Lodell had a very strong outing, flying around on offense and ripping off a team-high 10 aces at the service stripe.

Katrina McGranahan added four aces, Lauren Rose dealt out 11 assists, Trujillo and Payton Aparicio recorded 10 digs apiece and Mikayla Elfrank topped the kill list with five.

Most of those came in the third set, when the junior came alive, spraying winners from one side of the court to the other.

His team’s ability to rally when down was a true positive, said Coupeville coach Cory Whitmore.

“I was impressed with a lot of what I saw tonight,” he said. “We played the third set with our best consistency of the night and did some really good things against a strong team.

“I thought the energy was there to start, and our bench gave us a lot of support,” Whitmore added. “Lauren and Ashley (Menges) distributed the ball well and made good decisions, and I was happy with our hitting consistency tonight.”

The Wolves have five days to fine-tune their game before they play again, taking the court next week for two home non-conference matches (Sept. 20 vs. Bellevue Christian and Sept. 22 vs. North Mason).

After that, they start a string of three straight league matches.

JV falls in three:

Coupeville’s #2 squad played almost identically, jumping out to early leads in every set (8-1, 4-0 and 8-4) before Sequim methodically chipped away for a 25-23, 25-12, 15-13 win.

The loss dropped the Wolf JV to 2-1.

Serving was a strong point for Coupeville as Scout Smith ran off ten winners, Sarah Wright bedeviled Sequim with soft, slicing balls that died on rival players arms, and both Maya Toomey-Stout and Zoe Trujillo lashed gorgeous aces.

On offense, Hannah Davidson patrolled the net with a vengeance, with her highlight a hook shot of a spike, where she caught the ball over her head and spun it back for a winner.

C-Team debuts:

Coupeville, which has its largest roster in years, had the chance to play a third match for the first time in perhaps a decade.

While the young guns — Willow Vick, Emma Mathusek, Melia Welling, Peytin Vondrak, Raven Vick, Jillian Mayne and Lucy Sandahl — were nipped in straight sets, their play brought a smile to their coach’s face.

“They did really well,” Whitmore said. “They were in there, chasing down balls, learning how to adjust from playing slow to fast and back to slow.

“I saw a lot of progress.”

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