Senior moment: Polk nips Brevard in five sets as seniors close out win

Polk County senior Addie Lynch jumps into the arms of teammate Cameron Capozzi (12) at the end of Wednesday's win over Brevard.

This time, the fifth set proved to be Polk County’s friend. Its seniors made certain of that.

A week after a five-set loss to Hendersonville, Polk County turned another five-setter into a much better outcome, rallying to defeat Brevard to clinch a 3-2 non-conference victory.

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Appropriate for Senior Night, all three of Polk County’s seniors were on the court for the final points, with Cameron Capozzi and Addie Lynch getting assists from Georgia Garrett and scoring the final three points of the 17-25, 25-21, 25-13, 19-25, 15-12 win. Lynch jumped into Capozzi’s arms to celebrate as her final hit fell to the floor on Brevard’s side of the court.

“It’s really exciting. This is a big deal for us,” said Polk County head coach Molly Hill. “It’s a great way to end the regular season.”

Considered one of the top 2A teams in the mountains and 3-0 winners over Polk earlier this season, Brevard (17-6) rode the momentum of its fourth-set victory to a 6-2 lead in the fifth set.

But the Wolverines began to chip away, pulling within 8-6 on a Reagan Waddell kill, then 8-7 as Waddell and Ansley Lynch teamed for a block, then evening the match at 8-8 on another Waddell kill.

Brevard regained a 10-8 lead before the Wolverines scored four straight points. Two of those came on heady plays by Lynch as she pushed shots deep into the back corners of Brevard’s side, catching the Blue Devils with those areas exposed.

Down 12-10, Brevard called a timeout and regained the serve to make it 12-11. But Capozzi slammed a kill to make it 13-11, Lynch hammered home another to make it 14-11 and then Lynch finished it off with a push that Brevard couldn’t return.

Brevard took the opening set and led most of the second before Waddell helped lead a Polk rally. The Wolverines evened the set at 16-16, then pushed to a 20-17 lead before Brevard took a timeout. The break didn’t slow the Wolverine momentum, as a Capozzi tip gave Polk set point at 24-21 and an Ansley Lynch ace ended the set.

Lauren Ketwitz keeps a shot out of the net during a rally in Wednesday's match.
Lauren Ketwitz keeps a shot out of the net during a rally in Wednesday’s match.

A vocal home crowd seemed to bother Brevard in the third set, and the Wolverines took advantage. Polk County led 16-11 in the set before reeling off seven straight points, sparked by kills by Mireya Roman and Addie Lynch and back-to-back aces from Lauren Ketwitz, to grab a 23-11 lead. A Waddell kill ended the set.

But Brevard fought back to take the fourth set, setting the stage for the deciding fifth set.

Waddell had 20 kills, 24 digs and four aces, with Addie Lynch recording 17 kills and 25 digs and Capozzi finishing with seven kills and 24 digs. Ansley Lynch had seven blocks, with Kendall Hall adding 33 digs and three aces, Garrett posting 34 assists and 10 digs and Ketwitz having 12 assists and seven digs.

Its regular season over, Polk County (17-6) will look to build upon the win when the state 2A playoffs begin on Wednesday.

“This helps us go into the playoffs with some momentum,” Hill said. “It was a really good win.”