Battling to the end.
That’s how both Polk County Middle School’s volleyball and boys soccer squads wrapped up their regular-season home schedules on Monday.
The outcomes weren’t what either squad wanted – Hendersonville won both events – but each Wolverine squad fought until the final whistle, not giving up until each match ended.
The Wolverines dropped a 3-0 decision to Hendersonville Middle in their first encounter this season. The Bearcats earned a 2-0 win in the rematch, but it was far from easy.
The match remained scoreless deep into the second half. Polk Middle goalkeeper Brett Phipps made a handful of saves early in the half, and momentum seemed to swing to the Wolverines, who put constant pressure on goal and narrowly missed a couple of shots.
But the Bearcats scored with 13:26 remaining, then tallied again with 5:55 left in the match. Polk Middle continued to press, with Isaac Edwards narrowly missing a long shot with 4:50 remaining. The Wolverines kept pressing, but the match finally ended, dropping Polk to 7-3-1 on the season.
The Wolverines close their regular season on Wednesday at Flat Rock.
After dropping a 25-19 decision in the first set, Polk Middle took an early lead in the second set and built a 19-13 advantage.
But Hendersonville Middle began to chip away at the Wolverines’ lead, finally pulling even at 21-21 and then taking a 22-21 lead on a service ace.
Undeterred, the Wolverines fought back for a 23-22 lead, gaining the advantage when Reece Alley made a diving bump of a pass that rolled up and over the net for a point. Landry Edwards served an ace to give Polk Middle a 24-22 lead, but the Bearcats fought back with four straight points to clinch the match.
Polk Middle (6-5) also closes its regular season on Wednesday at Flat Rock.
Both teams will then look to Blue Ridge Middle School Conference tournament play, with pairings to be set at the end of the regular season.