Polk Middle volleyball tops Canton in season opener

Polk County Middle's Kristen Hall served nine straight points in the first set of Wednesday's win over Canton Middle.

Polk County Middle School’s volleyball team began its conference championship defense Wednesday with a straight-set win over Canton Middle in Canton.

The Wolverines, defending Blue Ridge Middle School Conference champions, rolled to a 25-7, 25-12 win over the Bears.

Strong serving carried Polk Middle in both sets. In the first, the Wolverines scored 11 straight points during Emmie McDowell’s service, then added nine straight points with Kristen Hall serving.

The second set saw more of the same as Kaylin Jenkins served eight straight points, including three aces.

“We’ve got a big group of returning eighth graders and these girls are picking up right where they left off last year,” said PCMS head coach Matthew Russell.

“We had great net play from our front row hitters and blockers. They were fairly dominant in that phase of the game. Back row gave our setter some great feeds in the front and did a good job covering the holes.”

In fifth quarter play, Polk Middle won 25-6 despite having only six healthy players for the match. Belen Akers and Stella Tallon served 24 of the 25 points in the match for Polk Middle.

The Wolverines are back in action on Monday, traveling to Brevard Middle, before a showdown with conference rival Rugby on Wednesday at home.