The day ended much better than it started for the Coupeville High School volleyball team at the opening rounds of the district tournament Saturday, Nov. 2, at Lynden Christian High School.
The Wolves, the second-seed from the North Sound Conference, lost 3-0 to Nooksack Valley, the third seed from the Northwest Conference, in the playoff opener.
Coupeville bounced back to blank and eliminate rival South Whidbey 3-0 in the second round.
The district tournament concludes Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Coupeville.
The Wolves need to win one of two matches to finish in the top five and earn a berth in the bi-district tournament.
Coupeville (14-3) faces Meridian (11-6), the second seed from the NWC, at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Coupeville Middle School gym.
Coupeville/Meridian play opposite of Nooksack Valley (9-7) and the surprise team of the tournament, Sultan (8-11). The Turks entered district as the fifth seed from the NSC.
The winner of Coupeville/Meridian faces the winner of NV/Sultan at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Coupeville High School gym for third and fourth places.
The losers play at 6:30 on the middle school court for fifth and sixth.
King’s and Lynden Christian square-off at 8 p.m. for the district title.
Nooksack Valley 3, Coupeville 0
The Wolves struggled out of the gate, losing the first set 25-7. Coupeville dropped the next two games as well but improved in each, 25-15, 26-24.
Scout Smith finished with seven digs, 16 assists, three aces and two blocks.
Maya Toomey-Stout had six kills and 10 digs, and Zoe Trujillo added seven kills.
Chelsea Prescott returned from missing a month with an injury to post 13 digs and two aces, Emma Mathusek had six digs and Hannah Davidson put up two blocks.
Coupeville 3, South Whidbey 0
The Wolves ousted the Falcons 25-13, 25-16, 29-27 behind a tough service attack.
After recording only three aces against Nooksack, Coupeville fired 19 against South Whidbey, nine coming from Lucy Sandahl.
Toomey-Stout added five and Raven Vick four.
Toomey-Stout also had 13 kills and nine digs, Smith 25 assists and six digs, Mathusek eight digs and Davidson five kills.