Wolves hang tough on court

The Coupeville High School volleyball team started off slowly in Tuesday’s match against Archbishop Murphy, but rallied to give the Wildcats all they wanted in the second game.

In the end the strong Archbishop Murphy team prevailed in three games, winning 25-7, 25-17 and 25-13.

The win keeps the Wildcats in second place in the league with a 9-2 record. Coupeville is 2-10 in Cascade League matches.

Pitted against strong serving and hard hitting by the Wildcats, the Wolves were not discouraged by the loss and played as good a three-game match as they were capable of against the competition.

“The girls felt good about the way they played,” coach Toni Crebbin said. “We played them a lot better than we did the first time around.”

After being blown out in the first game, the Wolf Pack pulled things together in the second game.

“We started out slow, but then we picked it up and improved in every game,” sophomore setter Julie Huddleston said.

Junior Nikki Griffin agreed. “We played hard and we played it to the end,” she said. “I’m proud of us, we gave them a run for their money in the second game.”

Up against seniors on the Wildcats’ front line, freshman Kyra Ilyankoff did a good job at the net and made several blocks on hard hit balls.

“They’re a private school and obviously they would be better,” she said. “But I think we can beat them if we get our heads in the game.”

In the third game, Archbishop Murphy flexed its serving muscles and put the Wolves away 25-13.

“At times I felt like we played right with them a little further into the game,” Crebbin said. “We didn’t stay in our let downs very long. Earlier in the season, we did the roller coaster and we’d stay down here longer. Now we stay down less.”

Cascade League volleyball


Games through Oct. 18

Team League W L King’s 12 0 Archbishop Murphy 10 2

Cedarcrest 9 3

Granite Falls 7 5

Lakewood 4 8

South Whidbey 4 8

Coupeville 2 10

Sultan 0 12

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