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Wolves send off seniors with win | Volleyball

Madeline Strasburg passes for the Wolves as Bessie Walstad covers in the win over Granite Falls. - Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times
Madeline Strasburg passes for the Wolves as Bessie Walstad covers in the win over Granite Falls.
— image credit: Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

Overcoming inconsistencies, the Coupeville High School volleyball team, playing its final home match, sent out its seniors on a winning note with a 3-2 victory over Granite Falls Thursday, Oct. 18.

The Wolves won 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-11 on Senior Night.

Coupeville coach Toni Crebbin 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."

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 Hailey 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.

The Wolves (3-10, 4-10) finish the regular season at undefeated King's (13-0) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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