Strong performances from a variety of players helped the Coupeville High School volleyball blank visiting Friday Harbor 3-0 Thursday, Sept. 6, in the season opener.
The Wolves won 25-8, 25-19, 25-16.
“It was a strong first outing, and we were very excited to play in a match-setting,” coach Cory Whitmore said. “It’s always nice to get that first win, and we did it with full-team effort.”
Strong serving and ball control helped the Wolves to the easy first-game win.
“A dip in focus,” according to Whitmore, allowed Friday Harbor to hang around in the second set. He was pleased to see his team get back on track and fend off the Wolverines’ comeback.
In game three, setters Scout Smith and Ashley Menges “did a nice job of moving the ball around to our hitters,” Whitmore said.
He also noted that his club was nearly error-free in serving in the set.
Overall, “Emma Smith did a great job in the front row, hitting from various locations along the net,” Whitmore said. “Zoe Trujillo came in off the bench to provide solid minutes, and Lucy Sandahl and Raven Vick did a nice job putting on occasional serving pressure when called upon.
“We look forward to the South Whidbey Invite to continue to progress and face tough competition, refining and tightening up our offense and defense.”
The Wolves play in the South Whidbey Invitational Saturday, Sept. 8.
Emma Smith finished the Friday Harbor match with seven kills, while Maya Toomey-Stout, Hannah Davidson and Menges had five each.
Scout Smith added six aces and nine assists, and Menges had five aces and five assists.
Emma Mathusek led the defense with 14 digs; Toomey-Stout collected eight.