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Late set rallies help Blue Devils slip past Wolverines

Molly Hill is frustrated with Polk County’s 1-4 start this season, but not discouraged. She realizes the Wolverines are playing well and getting better every outing

Molly Hill is frustrated with Polk County’s 1-4 start this season, but not discouraged. She realizes the Wolverines are playing well and getting better every outing.

Polk dropped a four-set loss Thursday at home to Brevard, a tough 26-24, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21 non-conference decision in which the Wolverines had a chance to win each set.

The Wolverines had a 24-24 tie in the first set, a 23-22 deficit in the third and a 21-21 tie in the fourth before seeing each wind up in Brevard’s favor. Focusing on finishing sets was the priority for Hill in her postgame talk with her team.

“I talked to the girls about exactly that, staying confident and not letting things get in their heads,” she said.

“Right now our biggest obstacle is ourselves. We have to learn to move on, get over it, fix things and keep playing.”

Brevard improved to 4-1 with the win, meaning that Polk’s four losses thus far have come to teams with a combined record of 16-5.

A close first set throughout turned Polk County’s way late as the Wolverines snapped a 20-20 tie with deep touches from Sydney Waldman and Ansley Lynch, catching Brevard’s defense at the net, and a Mireya Roman kill.

Brevard reeled off four quick points for a 24-23 edge before a Grace Lauer kill evened the match again. The Blue Devils, though, hit well throughout the match, and outside hitter Ginny Pace delivered back-to-back kills to close the set.

Polk County snapped an 8-8 tie in set two with five straight points and never looked back to even the match at a set each. Set three remained close throught, and a Kristen Hall kill made it 23-22 late and gave Polk the serve. But the Blue Devils scored the next three points to close the set.

The final set followed that same pattern, with the teams tied at 21 before Brevard notched four points to win the match.

Roman had 12 kills to lead Polk, with Hall adding 10 kills and 15 digs and Lauer finishing with seven kills and five digs. Lynch had 24 digs and Waldman finished with 27 assists for the Wolverines.

“It’s tough. I hate losing,” Hill said. “But we’re learning and we’re getting prepared for conference.”

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