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At 3-0, young Wolverines off to scintillating start | Volleyball

September 29, 2013 · Updated 3:58 PM

From left; Amy Schimdt, Maddie Williamson and Madi Kincaid celebrate a winning shot in the Wolverines three-game sweep over Evergreen Lutheran, Saturday, Sept. 28, in Turnbull Gym / Scott Rasmussen

A bit of letdown might be expected on the heels of an emotional win, but the Wolverines showed nothing of the sort in sealing their third straight victory of the year with a three-game sweep, Saturday, at home over Evergreen Lutheran.

With the win, Friday Harbor remains undefeated, at 3-0, for the season.

It took a come-from-behind victory at home two days earlier, however, and with all odds against them to get there.

"That was huge for us," Coach Travis Major said of the young Wolverines improbable 3-2 win Sept. 26 over Mount Baker. "Having the confidence we could do it without our star player means a lot for the team. We're a young team and still kind of feeling our way around out there."

Trailing 2-0 in the best-of-five match, the Wolverines turned the table on the Mountaineers by claiming the third game at 25-17. But it came at a price, as senior Kendra Meeker, the team setter and only returning starter from a year ago, was sidelined with a knee injury for the rest of the match.

Friday Harbor kept up the pressure and its poise to net the next two games by narrow margins, 25-23 and 16-14, and to bag the match with the 3-2 come-from-behind win.

"I think it forced them to talk more and to move around more and communicate with each other a lot more without Kendra," Major said.

With five new players in the starting rotation, even the Wolverines are somewhat stunned by their 3-0 start to the season, Meeker said.

"I think we're all surprised by how well we play together as a team when we haven't played together as a unit before this season," she said.


The Wolverines (3-0) face Meridian at home Thursday; game time is 4:30 p.m., and host Orcas, Tuesday, Oct. 8, followed by Mount Vernon Christian, Thursday, Oct. 10.


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