Friday Harbor grabs one game, but falls to Orcas in four | Volleyball

Down by two and with their backs against the wall

Down by two and with their backs against the wall, the Friday Harbor volleyball team fought its way back in Tuesday’s inter-island match at home against Orcas by tallying a win in a hotly-contested Game 3.

The Wolverines, trailing 23-21 in the third game of the best-of-five contest, erased the two-point deficit and captured four consecutive points to pocket the victory and to tighten the match at two games to one.

But the prospects of a come-from-behind win proved short-lived. The Vikings, capitalizing on superior size up front and experience on the court, jumped out to a 5-0 lead, snapped a 8-8 tie, tallied six-straight points, and then outpaced Friday Harbor down the stretch to claim the match with a 25-17 victory in Game 4.

Orcas, defeated by Darrington at home in its league opener, posted its first league victory by taking three of four games: 25-16, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-17.

With the loss, Friday Harbor fell to 1-2 in Northwest 1A/2B League play, and 1-4 overall, while the Vikings evened their league record at 1-1.

Next: The Wolverines (1-2 league, 1-4 overall) face league-rival Mount Vernon Christian today on the road, and travel to Meridian Saturday for a non-league contest against the Trojans.