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CHS volleyball finds groove

A long heart-to-heart talk and a few lineup adjustments appear to have turned things around for the Coupeville volleyball team over the past two weeks.

“The momentum is really rolling now,” CHS head coach Toni Crebbin said.

After losing their first five matches, the Wolves have won four straight, improving their record to 4-1 in league and 4-5 overall.

“We had a really big talk after that Mount Vernon Christian game about things that weren’t working and things we needed to work on,” senior middle hitter Jennifer Bailey said.

Apparently everyone listened.

On Tuesday the Wolves crushed 1A Concrete in three games at CHS, 25-14, 25-9, 25-15.

Coupeville spread its production around, switching the lineup often against the Lions.

Jennifer Bailey started the match off strong for the Wolves serving up all of her team-high six aces in the first game, including the game-winning ace. Bailey added three kills and one block.

Senior Jessica Graham also had an impressive match with six kills and three aces.

It wasn’t just a couple of players who made the difference. Five Wolves had multiple aces and six players combined for their 16 kills.

Statistics, however, were only a small part of Tuesday’s win.

The Wolves showed constant hustle on a variety of diving plays, never giving up on a ball — something Crebbin said has played a large factor in the past four matches.

“They’ve really sparked it up,” she said.

CHS 3, Shoreline 0

The Wolves kept momentum rolling Thursday night beating Shoreline Christian in three games on the road, 25-16, 25-16, 25-19.

CHS used an impressive serving percentage to its advantage, putting 71-of-74 (96 percent) in play.

Beth Mouw, who was a perfect 14-for-14 on her serves, also had nine assists.

Senior Kirsty Croghan led the way at the net with six kills, while Graham added four kills.

Coupeville will face Orcas Island at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18 at home and will travel to LaConner on Thursday, Oct. 20 for its biggest challenge of the season against the undefeated Braves. The winner of the match will take sole possession of first place in the Northwest A/B with three matches left to play.

“It’s really come together our past few games and I’m really excited to face LaConner now,” Bailey said.

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