Well on its way to victory Tuesday night, Polk County’s volleyball turned its focus to two of its three senior standouts.
Kendall Hall and Reagan Waddell, mainstays of the program for four seasons, each began the night needing 15 digs to reach individual milestones, Hall closing in on 2,000 career digs, Waddell just shy of 1,000 career digs.
Late in Polk County’s 25-14, 25-14, 25-14 win over Avery, Waddell earned her coveted mark, finishing with 18 digs to help lead the Wolverines to the straight-set victory in Western Highlands Conference play.
Hall ended the night with 13 digs, reaching 1,998 for her career, and will no doubt surpass the 2,000 mark during Wednesday’s non-conference match at Brevard.
Waddell also had 12 kills in the match to move her career total to 911.
“It’s amazing,” Waddell said. “I’ve been working really hard to reach this. My first goal was 1,000 kills, but then I realized I was closer to 1,000 digs.
“I’m very happy, ecstatic. I’ve worked very hard for this.”
Waddell and Hall’s chase proved the highlight of a match that Polk County (9-3, 2-0) dominated throughout. Avery (3-7, 0-2) especially struggled with the Wolverines’ serve as four Wolverines had multiple aces.
Lauren Ketwitz had five aces to go along with her 15 assists and seven digs. Sydney Metcalf finished with three aces, with Waddell and Hall each adding two.
Ansley Lynch had eight kills, five digs and two blocks, with Meadow Becker adding two blocks and Sydney Waldman recording seven assists.
“I’m really proud of Reagan,” said Polk County head coach Molly Hill. “That’s an accomplishment that very people get, even at the college level.
“It’s a testament to the kind of player she is that she’s not only got 1,000 digs, she’s in the running for 1,000 kills.”
Polk County’s junior varsity earned a 25-6, 25-14 victory. Rachael Davis had seven digs and nine kills, with Kylee Mullis adding four kills and Emmie McDowell finishing with four kills, seven aces and six assists.
Rollins Carter had 19 digs and three aces, with Scout Harmon adding seven digs and Landry Edwards finishing with 10 assists.