The Friday Harbor volleyball team soothed the sting of back-to-back losses to the Northwest 2B League’s top two teams by making quick work of a vastly overmatched Cedar Park Christian squad, disposing of the Lions in three straight games at home, Saturday, Oct. 4.
The Wolverines gave up a combined five points in the first two games, and, substituting liberally in the third game of the best-of-five match, tallied a 25-14 win to seal the victory. Friday Harbor improved to 5-2 on the season overall with the win, and evened its record in league play at 2-2.
The Wolverines couldn’t quite turn the corner in the first of a two-match season series against perennial 2B powerhouse and league-rival La Conner, falling to the Braves in three straight, 25-16 25-17 25-15, Sept. 30 in Turnbull Gym. The Braves (6-1) capitalized on miscues by the Wolverines and one its own finely tuned fundamentals to surge past Friday Harbor on the scoreboard at the midway point of each of the three games.
The week before, the Wolverines suffered their first loss of the season on the road, Sept. 25, at Darrington, and in dramatic fashion. The Loggers (5-1) tallied the victory at home in three games, but had to fight off a fierce rally by Friday Harbor in each, including an epic overtime battle in the opening contest. The scoreline: 30-28 25-21 26-24
“A point here or point there, any of those games could’ve gone either way,” Friday Harbor coach Travis Mager said. “That’s a match we should’ve won.”
La Conner dealt Darrington its only loss so far this season.
The Wolverines will host Darrington Oct. 23 in the second game of their two-match season series, and face La Conner on the road Thursday, Oct. 16. They face league opponents Concrete (1-3) on the road Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Orcas Island, Monday, Oct. 13.
— Scott Rasmussen