Polk County Middle's Reeve Carroll (11) had a key serving run on the second set of Wednesday's match

Gritty Polk Middle rallies to defeat Asheville Christian

Two games into the 2022 season and Polk County Middle’s volleyball team has already displayed a consistent trait – grit.

The Wolverines battled back from a first-set loss Wednesday to hand Asheville Christian Academy a 2-1 defeat in a Blue Ridge Conference match in Swannanoa.

The Lions (1-1) opened a 12-3 lead in the first set, but the Wolverines (2-0) began to rally then, eventually pulling within 22-19 before ACA closed the set with a 25-21 win.

ACA led the second sed 13-10 before Reeve Carroll served six straight points, giving Polk a lead they would never lose. Carroll returned to serve the final three points of the set to clinch a 25-21 win.

Beiji Olivari’s serving helped the Wolverines grab a 10-4 lead in the final set, and Ava Evans served the last three points of a 15-8 win.

“It was one of the gutsiest games I’ve seen,” said Polk Middle head coach Kenny Hall. “I was proud of the girls for not giving up even though they did not start out strong. We have a lot of work to do but we’ll take the win.”

Polk Middle will return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Apple Valley for a BRC West Division matchup.