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"Coupeville’s girls volleyball team is off to a winning start. Twice.Thursday, the Wildcats bested Concrete 3-1 in a league match at Concrete.Coupeville outscored Concrete 54-16 in the four games: 15-2, 15-4, 9-15 and 15-1.Coach Kim Meche said the team showed consistency passing, improved serving and power.“The girls are killing the ball,” Meche said.Ashley Bagby had seven kills and a 19-for-21 passing percentage. Meche described Bagby’s passing skills as “phenomenal.”Yasmeen Knox had nine kills with a 17-for-21 passing percentage; and Emily Young tallied 24 assists went 12-for-12 passing. In Tuesday’s non-league, home opener against Bellevue Christian, the Wildcats won 15-4, 14-16, 15-10, 16-14. “I was very pleased, we started off real quick,” Meche said, adding she was pleased with the Wildcats passing and hitting percentages.“It was good,” she said. “It was nice to see us play a good, all-around game. Things were going well.” Ashley Bagby recorded 16 kills.“She was on fire, passed really well,” Meche said. Senior Emily Young went 18-for-19 serving, with 25 assists; and senior Yasmeen Knox recorded seven kills, 30-for-30 serving and six aces.Yasmeen Knox seven kills 30-33 on serves with six aces.On Friday, the Wildcats played Mount Vernon Christian away. Results were not available at press time. At 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12, the Wolves host Friday Harbor.Coupeville TennisResults of Coupeville’s match against Friday Harbor on Sept. 7 will be in Wednesday’s sports section.Oak Harbor VolleyballOn Sept. 5, the lady Wildcats opened their volleyball season in decisive fashion, outscoring Everett, 15-2, 12-15, 15-6 and 15-5, to take a 3-1 win in a non-league match.“I was very happy with how they played,” said Wildcat coach Kim Molitor. “We came out very strong, very aggressive. The passing was very consistent and they moved well together.”Moving well together, Molitor added, allowed setter Valarie Hartman to choose from a variety of sets. Hartman, a junior, had 21 assists, 6 kills and three aces.The Wildcats only let-up came in the second set, Molitor said.“We kind of let up and lost a little focus and concentration after a big win (in the first set),” Molitor said.” But it was good for us, a little humbling.” Besides Hartman, coach Molitor said seniors Jennifer Berg and Shannon Carroll both had impressive games. But she also said there was room for improvement.“Our blocking needs some work. We’re not a really big team so we need to improve, anticipating and preparing to play the ball before its on our own side.”In addition, Molitor said she’d like to see more speed offensively - quicker sets to keep bigger opponents off balance.“We really need to prepare for bigger teams,” she said, adding she doubted her team would get overconfident.“They know we have a lot of work to do and that our league is going to be tough,” Molitor said.Wildcat scorers included Berg with 9 kills, Carroll with 8 kills, Amy Rupno, four kills and three aces, Kim Gabler — 4 kills and Abby Allen — two aces.On Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., the Wildcats play Marysville-Pilchuck, at Marysville. Oak Harbor TennisResults of Oak Harbor’s match against Kamiak on Sept. 8 will be in Wednesday’s sports section. "

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