After seven road trips, the Coupeville High School volleyball team finally played a home match Tuesday, Sept. 26, and walloped Klahowya 3-0.
The Wolves won convincingly (25-14, 25-11, 25-15) over the team expected to be the biggest roadblock in Coupeville’s attempt to win back-to-back Olympic League titles.
“I wondered how we would settle in,” coach Cory Whitmore said in regard to his team’s first home match since competition started Sept. 2.
He got his answer: nicely.
“I am happy because we executed the game plan,” he said. “Our passing was clean, so good sets followed.”
He also liked the aggressive nature of his team’s serving and the “low error/high success” rate of its hitting.
The first set was tied at 7, then the Wolves exploded on a 14-2 run, fueled by three aces from Payton Aparicio and two from Hope Lodell. Scout Smith, Kyla Briscoe and Mikayla Elfrank all chipped in with a kill during the spree.
In all, the Wolves had only two hitting errors in the game.
Two aces by Aparicio helped Coupeville zip to a 7-1 lead in the second set, and three more by Lauren Rose near the end helped finish off the Eagles (2-1, 3-3).
The clubs were even at 8 in the third set, then Coupeville cruised to the win behind four aces from Katrina McGranahan and two kills from Briscoe.
As usual, Coupeville received strong play across the board: Aparicio, six aces, four kills; Rose, five aces, 10 assists; Lodell, four aces, four digs; McGranahan, four aces, five kills; Elfrank, six kills; Ashley Menges, eight assists; and Maya Toomey-Stout, four digs.
The Wolves (2-0, 3-2) go to Port Townsend (0-2, 1-4) at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.