Polk County's Morgan Yoder

Polk County secured the top seed in the 1A West bracket and will open state playoff action on Saturday at home against South Davidson.

The Wolverines (22-3) will begin their quest for a state championship against the 4-16 Wildcats, who finished fifth in the Central Carolina 2A/1A Conference but qualified for the playoffs as the top 1A team in the league.

The Wildcats are led by senior hitter Haley Whitaker and senior libero/defensive specialist Lorelei Elberson, who ranks in the top five in digs in 1A West.

With the top seed, Polk County is assured of playing at home in every postseason match except a possible state final appearance in Raleigh.

Highland Tech (25-2), Cornerstone Charter (24-0), Cherokee (21-3) and Uwharrie Charter (19-6) rounded out the top five seeds in the 1A West field.

With a win Saturday, Polk County would move into Tuesday’s second round and host the winner of the Draughn-Mount Airy first-round match.

1) Polk County
32) South Davidson

16) Draughn
17) Mount Airy

8) Piedmont Community Charter
25) South Stanly

9) Rosman
24) Hayesville

5) Uwharrie Charter
28) Bethany Community

12) Mountain Island Charter
21) Union Academy

13) Bishop McGuinness
20) Murphy

4) Cherokee
29) College Prep & Leadership Academy

3) Cornerstone Charter
30) Queen’s Grant

14) NC Leadership Academy
19) Millennium Charter

6) Christ The King
27) North Stokes

11) Hiwassee Dam
22) Eastern Randolph

7) Gray Stone Day
26) South Stokes

10) Alleghany
23) Mountain Heritage

15) Swain
18) Robbinsville

2) Highland Tech
31) Cherryville