Wolves need 1 more win to advance to bi-district / Volleyball

With its season on the brink of ending, the Coupeville High School volleyball team rallied to defeat Cedar Park Christian 3-2 Saturday, Oct. 27, in a district tournament loser-out match at Lynden Christian.

The win came on the heals of a 3-1 loss to Meridian in the district opener.

If the Wolves win their next match against Nooksack Valley at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Lynden Christian, they will earn a spot in the bi-district tournament. A loss will end the season.

The winner of the Coupeville/Nooksack Valley contest meets the winner of South Whidbey/Meridian at 6:30 p.m. to determine the third and fourth seeds into the bi-district tournament.

Lynden Christian and King’s will square off in the district title match Tuesday to set the top two seeds.

If Coupeville qualifies for the bi-district tournament, it will need to win two straight to claim a state berth. The bi-district matches are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Meridian.

Meridian defeated Coupeville 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23 in the district opener.

Maya Toomey-Stout had 30 digs, Ashley Menges 27, Emma Mathusek 24 and Chelsea Prescott 16, and Emma Smith collected six blocks.

On offense, Emma Smith registered 15 kills, Hannah Davidson eight and Toomey-Stout six. Menges fired four aces, and Scout Smith had two aces and 34 assists.

The Wolves (11-4) came from behind to top Cedar Park Christian 25-27, 25-13, 21-25, 25-23, 15-8. The win helped Coupeville take the season series from the Eagles; the two teams split in North Sound Conference play.

The Wolves had another strong defense performance as Toomey-Stout piled up 37 digs, Prescott 32, Menges 22 and Mathusek 20. Davidson put up four blocks and Emma Smith three.

Emma Smith added 18 kills and four aces; Toomey-Stout had 10 kills and two aces; Prescott tallied six kills and two aces; and Scout Smith dished out 32 assists.

“It was a fun day with a come from behind win when it really mattered against Cedar Park Christian,” coach Cory Whitmore said. “In the fourth down 2-1, we had to come back from a 17-23 deficit to win 25-23 to push a fifth set. We played very calm and clean, and Hannah Davidson did a great job executing the serve to force CPC in scramble situations.”