Wolves tripped up at district / Volleyball

The Coupeville High School volleyball team ran out of magic dust at the District 3 1A Tournament Saturday, Nov. 5, in Coupeville.

The Wolves, winners of their first conference championship since 2004, lost twice at district and failed to qualify for the state tournament.

Coupeville dropped the tournament opener 3-1 to Charles Wright Academy (15-4). The Tarriers went on to upset Nisqually League champions Cascade Christian 3-2 in the title match.

CWA beat Coupeville 25-15, 22-25, 25-14, 25-18.

In the Wolves’ only win, the second game, Coupeville raced to an 8-0 lead behind the serving of Hope Lodell and then held off a late CWA charge.

The Wolves then fell 3-2 to Olympic League rivals Klahowya in a loser-out match.

Although Coupeville stopped the Eagles in two of three conference matches, Klahowya prevailed with a thrilling 15-25, 25-15, 25-18, 17-25, 16-14 win.

After the win, Klahowya dropped the match for second place and a berth to state 3-0 to Cascade Christian.

Wolves Mikayla Elfrank (nine kills), Lodell (six kills, six aces, eight digs), Lauren Rose (16 assists), Ashely Menges (14 assists, three aces), Valen Trujillo (12 digs) and Katrina McGranahan (three aces) led the Coupeville stat sheet for the Klahowya match. Only Trujillo is a senior.

“(I’m) so proud of the season this incredible group of young women had,” first-year coach Cory Whitmore said. “I had the honor to work for and with them, and they gave everything they had to give; and, as a coach, that’s all you can hope for.

“We fought incredibly hard today, played for each other (and) lost to two very good teams.

“We’ll miss our seniors and the legacy they created.”

It was the final match for seniors Trujillo, Tiffany Briscoe and Ally Roberts.

Coupeville finished the season with an 11-6 record, going 8-1 in conference play.