Young Polk Middle falls in volleyball season opener at Macon

A Polk County Middle volleyball lineup full of new faces battled Monday before falling 25-15, 25-23 to Macon Middle in its season opener in Franklin.

The defending Blue Ridge Conference champions, Polk County Middle lost 12 eighth graders, making the early portion of the season a bit of a rebuilding job for head coach Matthew Russell.

“We’ve got some talent on this squad but need more time to get these girls immersed in what we’re trying to build this year,” Russell said. “After only a week of practice, you could tell we were a little nervous and are still learning our rotations and positioning.

“We’ll go back to the drawing board (Tuesday) at practice and address our weaknesses.”

After dropping the opening set, Polk Middle grabbed the lead in the second set before Macon Middle fought back and grabbed a 22-21 edge. The Wolverines broke Macon’s serve at that point to even the match, then took the lead on Amberlyn Scruggs’ serve.

But Macon reeled off the next three points to take the set and the match.

Polk Middle’s fifth quarter team dropped a 25-19 decision in a match highlighted by Caroline Taylor serving eight straight points.

The Wolverines make their home debut on Wednesday, hosting Brevard Middle in a 4:30 p.m. match.