Wolves pick up big win

In a vollyeball contest packed full of emotion, Coupeville couldn’t have ended their match against Orcas Island in more dramatic fashion Thursday night.

Serving for match point in the fourth game, junior setter Mindy Horr took aim to the Orcas side of the court. Usually known for her hard serves, Horr got it done in a different, but just as effective manner. After drilling the ball with her normal top spin, her shot got caught up in the upper part of the net. Virtually coming to a complete stop at the top of the net, the ball sat for a split second and rolled untouched into the Viking court.

“I was so scared,” she said. “I was shaking for that whole millisecond it was on the net.”

The clutch serve caused an explosion of excitement throughout the Coupeville gym, providing the Wolves a 27-25 game-four win and a 3-1 overall victory.

“To do it in that dramatic roll-over-the-net fashion kind of capped it off right there,” Coupeville head coach Toni Crebbin said. “It was nail-biting but it was fun.”

Originally up by as many as seven points in the fourth game, 23-16, the Wolves allowed Orcas to work themselves back into the contest. The Vikings rallied to tie and eventually took a 25-24 lead, threatening to force a fifth game. Despite allowing their opponents to make a run, the Wolves didn’t waver. After Orcas served the ball into the net to tie the game at 25-25, Coupeville regained their composure. Horr retook the lead for the Wolves on a non-returnable ace, followed by her game-winning shot that took the friendly roll off the net.

The excitement displayed after the win was for good reason. With only two teams going to the district playoffs this year and undefeated LaConner atop the Northwest A, Coupeville (5-1) and Orcas (4-2) essentially needed a win to stay alive.

“This was it,” Crebbin said. “To have two losses would have been a lot more of a downer.”

Even after losing the first game 25-14, Crebbin had no doubt that her team would be able to recover.

“I wasn’t nervous with these girls,” she said. “I never felt nervous and I don’t think they did either.”

After losing their first game, the Wolves battled back to take game two 25-17 and game three 25-21.

The Coupeville offensive attack was energized by senior Vanessa Davis, who had 11 kills, all of which seemed to have extra emphasis behind them.

“One of my main goals was to hit hard,” Davis said. “If they went over good, if they didn’t I’ll work harder next time. I had extreme emotion, everyone had it.”

Sophomore Kirsty Croghan also had a big game at the net with seven kills, while Horr had four. Senior Brook Croghan led Coupeville in passing with 10 assists.

Coming off of their huge win, the Wolves hope to carry over their solid play into their contest against 2002 state champion LaConner Tuesday, Oct. 21.

“I think we’ve got a lot of momentum going into Tuesday night,” Crebbin said.

With a win, the Wolves could move into a tie for first place with the Braves, who already defeated them earlier this season. The game begins at 7 p.m. at LaConner High School.

Coupeville will round out their regular season with two home matches, Oct. 23 against Concrete and Oct. 28 against Archbishop Murphy.

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