Polk Middle’s volleyball team opened a season of high expectations on Wednesday with a straight-set win over Canton Middle in a Blue Ridge Conference tussle at Polk.

The Wolverines posted a 25-16, 25-14 victory to give first-year head coach Kenny Hall a win in his debut.

With a handful of returnees and some newcomers from the ranks of Polk County Volleyball Club, the Wolverines are hoping to make a run at a BRC championship. An East Division that looks as strong as ever will make that a tough road, but Hall liked most of what he saw in Wednesday’s opener.

“It’s great to start the season with a win,” Hall said. “It gives the girls confidence. We had a lot of nerves today.

“We definitely have a lot of things to work on if we want to have a chance to win the conference, but its good to get started with a win.”

Photos: Polk Middle vs. Canton Middle

Polk Middle steadily pulled away to a lead in the first set, taking an 11-4 advantage on a Sophia Overholt kill before Canton asked for a timeout. The Wolverines extended the margin as the set progressed, but Canton made a late run to pull within 22-16.

Caroline Taylor stopped that rally with a kill, and the Wolverines got a service ace and another Overholt kill to close the set.

The second set largely mirroed the first, though Canton kept the set close early before Polk began to take command. The Wolverines wrapped up the set on back-to-back Anna Jackson aces.

Polk Middle is back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Apple Valley for a 4:30 p.m. match.

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