Polk County Middle's Abby Pruitt focuses on a return during a recent home match

In a rematch of last season’s Blue Ridge Conference championship match, Macon Middle rallied Monday to hand Polk County Middle a 2-1 setback in Franklin.

The Panthers, the defending conference champions, recorded a 20-25, 25-10, 15-7 victory, dropping the Wolverines’ record to 1-1 for the young season.

Polk Middle trailed early in the first set, but rallied from a 7-2 deficit to take the lead. The teams were tied at 21-21 before Polk closed the set with four straight points to take a 1-0 advantage.

The Wolverines trailed 15-8 in the second set before Macon put together a run of six straight points and went on to claim the set. The Panthers then grabbed an early lead in the third set and never lost it in taking the match.

“It was good to play a very tough team early on,” said Polk Middle head coach Kenny Hall. “They definitely exposed some weaknesses that we have to improve on. We were also able to show some mental toughness that I was proud to see in that first set.”

Polk Middle returns home Wednesday to face Smoky Mountain Middle in a 4:30 p.m. match.