Tuesday’s test yielded Wednesday’s win for Polk County Middle.
Challenged by Landrum Middle in that exhibition, the Wolverines responded with a solid 25-13, 25-15 victory over Asheville Christian Academy in their home and season opener.
Polk Middle largely controlled the action in both sets, building leads fairly early each and steadily pulling away. For that, head coach Kenny Hall gave some credit to Tuesday’s meeting with Landrum.
“It’s a good way to start the season,” Hall said. “We had a tough scrimmage (Tuesday), and that really helped us prepare for today. We just have to get a little better at executing under pressure. But I think we’ll do that and we’ll be fine.”
The Wolverines led 12-7 in the opening set before service runs from Reeve Carroll and Elena Greve helped Polk take charge of the set, which ended on an Asheville Christian service error.
The second set offered more of the same. Claire Lawrence’s serving anchored an early rally that gave Polk an 11-5 edge and led the Lions to take a timeout. ACA came out of that break and pulled within 12-8 before Polk again began to pull away.
A block of an ACA kill attempt by Sofie Abrahamsen and a Jill Brown ace moved the Wolverines in front 23-13, and Polk closed the match moments later.
“There are a lot of things we need to work on in every phase of the game,” Hall said. “We need to get better, and I’m confident they will. But it’s good to start our season with a win.”