Braves block Wolves

Coming from behind against the state champions is a tough feat for anyone to accomplish.

Unfortunately for the Coupeville volleyball team, that’s the situation they found themselves in Thursday night at home against the 2002 class A state champion LaConner Braves.

“I don’t like playing catchup,” Coupeville coach Toni Crebbin said. “I like to be out front.”

Coupeville did score the first point of every game, but LaConner used a series of huge runs to pull away to a 3-0 victory.

With both teams battling to an 11-11 tie in the first game of the night, LaConner had their first run, outscoring Coupeville 12-5. Their scoring barage was enough to put them ahead for good and a 25-20 win.

The second game started out much the same for Coupeville. After taking a 2-0 advantage on an ace by sophomore Mindy Horr, LaConner began to turn things around. The Braves went on two separate seven-point runs and a four-point streak to give themselves a 20-7 lead.

Facing a seemingly impossible task, Coupeville refused to give in. Led by a flurry of Horr aces and kills by senior Vanessa Davis, the Wolves scored 12 of the next 13 points, making the score 21-19. After a service ace by senior Taniel Lamb, Coupeville was within one point, 23-22, of tying the game. Despite putting forth all the effort for a comeback, the Wolves were unable to get that final push to put them over the top, as LaConner scored the next two points and took the game 25-22.

“It was quite a comeback,” Crebbin said.

Behind only 14-13 in the third game, the Wolves allowed one more final LaConner scoring run. The Braves rattled off nine straight points, leading them to a 25-15 win and the match.

Key to LaConner’s success was their ability to get up and block the Coupeville hits. Brave seniors Mattie Blevens and Sam Doyle caused havoc at the net all night.

“They weren’t really putting it down our throats as far as hitting but they got their hands on almost everything we hit there for a while,” Crebbin said.

Horr had another big serving night for the Wolves. She was 20-for-22 on her serve attempts and had eight aces.

“Mindy’s been my rock,” Crebbin said.

Sophomore Beth Mouw came up was 7-for-8 on her digs.

“That was a big percentage,” Crebbin said. “She was a bright spot in our passing game tonight.”

Despite their tough loss on Thursday, the Wolves came up with a significant win at Orcas Island on Tuesday. Orcas was also a state competitor last year and is expected to contend for a district berth from the Northwest A.

“Tuesday was really big for us,” Crebbin said. “That was kind of a must win for us.”

Coupeville won in four games, 25-15, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18.

Davis had an impressive night for the Wolves coming up with 16 kills and three blocks. Horr had 10 service aces and 14 assists, while Lamb had seven kills.

With a split on the week, Coupeville is now 6-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.

Coupeville’s scheduled home game with Concrete on at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 has been moved to Concrete. The two teams will swap home games and will play in Coupeville Thursday, Oct. 23.

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