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Senior Night becomes happy night for Wolves

The Wolves’ Bree Messner serves in Coupeville’s Senior Night win over Granite Falls. - Jim Waller photo
The Wolves’ Bree Messner serves in Coupeville’s Senior Night win over Granite Falls.
— image credit: Jim Waller photo

Senior Night was a happy night for the Coupeville volleyball team as the Wolves eked out a 3-2 win over visiting Granite Falls Thursday, Oct. 18.

The win helped ease some of the sting of a 3-1 loss at Archbishop Murphy Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The Wolves defeated Granite Falls 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-11.

Coach Toni Crebbin had mixed emotions about the game. She liked the win and sending out the seniors on a strong note, but said her club “got too comfortable” after winning games one and three which led to poor starts in games two and four.

She said her team “lacked communication on the floor” and didn’t make enough offensive adjustments

“We kept hitting to the same spot,” she said.

The Wolves raced to a 13-4 lead on the way to winning the opening set. The good start was matched by a poor start in game two as they fell behind 12-4.

Coupeville eventually recovered and went up 23-22 before the Tigers closed out with three straight points.

The third game was close early, with no team taking more than a two-point lead until the Wolves went up 18-15. From there, Coupeville finished on an 8-3 run.

The Tigers (3-10) went up 8-1 in game three. The Wolves narrowed it to 10-8 but a 5-1 Granite run put the Tigers back in control.

Game five was tied at 8, then two kills each from Madeline Strasburg and Haley Hammer helped Coupeville wrap up the match.

Hammer finished with 10 kills, Megan Oakes 23 assists and Bessie Walstad 29 digs.

Before the match, Coupeville honored seniors Walstad, Katie Kiel, Lauren Escalle, Rhiannon Ellsworth and Iris Ryckeart.

Against Archbishop Murphy (7-5, 6-6), the Wolves won the first set 25-22, but then dropped the next three 18-25, 17-25, 18-25.

“We played pretty well,” Crebbin said. She was particularly pleased with her team’s serving, hitting 96 percent of its serves after a season-worst 84 percent when the two teams met early this fall.

Hammer connected on all 25 of her serves, and Amanda Fabrizi was 18-for-18 with three aces.

Crebbin lauded her defense for making “a lot of great saves” and “great hustle.”

The offense was led by Walstad with 12 kills; she also had three stuff blocks.

Strasburg “played her best match ever” and “played really smart” while adding six kills, Crebbin said.

The Wolves (3-10, 4-10) finished the regular season at undefeated King’s (13-0) Tuesday. The district tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Lynden Christian.


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