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Falcons come back to defeat Coupeville | Volleyball

The Coupeville High School volleyball team had trouble holding leads in a thrilling 3-2 loss to rival South Whidbey on the Falcons' court Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The Wolves dropped the tight match 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 17-25, 13-15.

Coupeville opened the match with its "best showing of the year," according to coach Toni Crebbin. The Wolves were spurred, Crebbin said, by a "consistent defense and outstanding hitting by Katie Smith."

Smith was 14-for-15 in attacks and registered four kills as the Wolves led wire-to-wire.

Coupeville jumped to an early lead in game two but eventually fell by two points.

Again in game three Coupeville saw an early lead evaporate; however, this time the Wolves recovered and pulled out the set.

"Game four was a let down," Crebbin said, "and we let two South Whidbey players dominate us."

In the final set, the Wolves zipped to a 7-2 lead only to fall behind 14-10. A late rally wasn't enough to capture the match.

Smith finished with 10 kills and 18 digs, Bessie Walstad had 10 kills and six digs and Taya Boonstra added 18 assists.

Coupeville (0-4, 1-4) welcomes Granite Falls (1-3) Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. then returns to South Whidbey Saturday, Sept. 24, for a tournament that begins at 9 a.m.

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