Putting aside all distractions, the Coupeville High School volleyball team started the 2017 season by crushing host Mount Vernon Christian 3-0 Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Several factors — first-game jitters, a road game and the emotional impact of attending the first day of school — didn’t derail the Wolves, according to coach Cory Whitmore.
Coupeville won 25-10, 25-7, 25-17.
“I was pleased to see us perform up to our current potential and not let an opponent dictate the speed and consistency of the game,” Whitmore said. “I was also happy to see our serving pick up in contrast to the jamboree. We were tentative on Saturday, but last night we served consistent and aggressive.”
Payton Aparicio led the service attack with eight aces. Ashley Menges added six and Hope Lodell five.
In all, eight different Wolves recorded at least one ace: Scout Smith (3), Kyla Briscoe (2), Allison Wenzel (2), Katrina McGranahan (1) and Maya Toomey-Stout (1).
Aparicio, McGranahan and Briscoe supplemented the service attack with three kills each.
Menges and Smith combined to dish out 16 assists.
As a team, the Wolves hit a respectable .258, a good showing for the first match, Whitmore said.
“Happy with what I saw tonight and we’re looking forward to practice this week to progress and get ready for the South Whidbey Invite on Saturday (Sept. 9),” Whitmore said.
Including the jamboree last weekend, the Wolves (1-0) begin the season with seven road trips. The first home match is against Klahowya at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.