A chance to celebrate, a chance to exhale.
Two nights after an emotional win over West Henderson and with a huge final week of the regular season awaiting, Polk County enjoyed a bit of a breather Thursday, celebrating Senior Night with a 3-0 home sweep of Chase.
The Wolverines (18-1, 10-0) claimed their 16th straight victory with a 25-13, 25-7, 25-12 win, controlling the Mountain Foothills 7 Conference matchup from the outset. Chase dropped to 2-13, 0-10.
The relatively relaxed atmosphere throughout the match allowed head coach Molly Hill to give each of her six seniors – Lisa Jones, Annslee Kilgore, Jocelynn Ramirez, Amberlyn Scruggs, Elysia Smith and Ella Waldman – ample playing time. Each contributed to the win on the stat sheet as well.
Jones finished with four digs and two kills, with Kilgore notching an assist, ace and dig. Ramirez had 10 digs, with Scruggs recording 17 digs, 13 assists and five aces.
Smith had three kills and two blocks while Waldman had 12 digs.
Morgan Yoder finished the night with eight kills, with Elena Carroll adding four. Sophia Overholt had three kills and three digs and Mia Bradley had three digs and two kills.
Zaelea Eller added four digs and three kills for Polk.
The Wolverines begin the final week of regular-season play on Tuesday at East Rutherford. A non-conference trip to Enka is slated for Wednesday before the Wolverines travel to Brevard on Thursday for a match that will likely decide the MF7 regular-season champion.