The Friday Harbor volleyball team will open post-season play, Wednesday, with one of its youngest squads in recent memory and its best won-loss record in more than a decade.
The Wolverines (5-1 league, 10-3 overall) will also carry into the 1A districts playoffs lessons learned after squaring off a week ago against two of the region’s premier volleyball teams, Division 2B powerhouse and Northwest 1A/2B League champ La Conner (11-0), and 1A foe Lynden Christian (11-1).
They pushed the Lyncs to the brink of an upset in the third game of a three-game loss at home, Saturday, before falling 25-20 in the third. They gave the Braves, a perennial 2B state tournament team, all they could handle in the second game, a 26-24 defeat, of a three-game loss at home Oct. 22.
In between losses to the Braves and Lyncs, Friday Harbor swept league opponent Shoreline Christian at home Oct. 24 to remain in the hunt with Darrington for sole possession of second place in the final league standings. The Wolverines faced the Loggers (5-1 league) on the road Monday for a head-to-head battle for league runner up.
The Wolverines square off against the No. 4 seed of the Cascade Conference in the opening round of the 1A district playoffs, hosted by Lynden Christian High School.