Triple Threat completed a championship triple Thursday night.
Polk County’s senior class – Kendall Hall, Lauren Ketwitz and Reagan Waddell – celebrated Senior Night by clinching the third Western Highlands Conference title of their careers with a straight-set victory over Mountain Heritage.
The Wolverines (19-3, 9-0) honored their senior trio before the game – each senior’s parents clad in a Triple Threat T-shirt (the nickname one the threesome came up with before the season) – and celebrated them throughout a 25-15, 25-9, 25-14 victory that was never in doubt.
Polk County assured itself of the WHC’s top seed for the 1A playoffs, which begin Oct. 21. The Wolverines, currently ranked fifth in the MaxPreps state ratings that will be used to help seed the playoffs, may well earn a first-round bye.
The playoffs, though, will wait for another day. Thursday’s focus was the Wolverine seniors.
“It’s emotional. It’s been a bittersweet day,” said Polk County head coach Molly Hill, who began her coaching career the same year as the trio arrived at PCHS and coached the 100th match of her career on Thursday. “I’m really excited for the girls. The future is so bright for them. But it’s hard at the same time. I started my coaching career with them.
“It has been great to see them grow and develop into the young women they are today.”
A rebuilding Mountain Heritage squad dropped to 2-19, 2-7 with the loss.
Ketwitz had 33 assists and 13 digs for Polk County, with Waddell adding 18 digs and 10 kills and Hall finishing with 21 digs. Ansley Lynch had nine digs and five kills, with Grace Lauer notching seven kills, Mireya Roman finishing with six kills and Marilyn Castillo posting five kills.
The 2017 Western Highlands Conference champions will close their regular season at Madison on Tuesday.
“It’s exciting. It’s a goal of the team and a goal of mine to be conference champions,” said Hill, now 76-24 in her PCHS career with the three titles. “That’s a good tradition that we want to keep going.”
Polk County’s junior varsity earned a 25-20, 25-23 win