Polk County Middle's Ava Evans digs a Hendersonville Middle shot during the second set of Wednesday's match

Second-set surge powers Polk Middle past Hendersonville Middle

Monday’s showdown of Blue Ridge Conference volleyball co-leaders seemed destined for a deciding third set.

Polk Middle claimed a 25-19 win in the first set, but Hendersonville Middle had pulled in front 15-10 in the second set and looked poised to send the matchup of undefeated teams to a final-set settlement.

Reeve Carroll and Polk Middle thought otherwise.

Carroll’s serving sparked a Wolverine run of 11 straight points, leading a surge that led to a 25-16 set win and a 2-0 victory for the Wolverines at Polk Middle.

The victory leaves Polk at 4-0 overall and alone atop the East Division standings. Hendersonville Middle dropped to 3-1.

A side out gave Polk the serve while facing a 15-11 deficit. The Wolverines scored three quick points on two Carroll aces and a Beiji Olivari kill. A Bearcat timeout didn’t stop the momentum, though, as Carroll served two aces and had a kill from the back line to give Polk a 17-15 lead.

Olivari followed with two kills, joining a Wolverine lineup of Carroll, Cate Brown, Zulem Ramirez, Chayse Hagins and Ava Evans to successfully dig and set everything the Bearcats did manage to return. Hendersonville Middle took another timeout at that poiint, but Carroll bumped a shot over the net for another point and added one more ace for a 21-15 lead before the Bearcats forced a side out.

That would be Hendersonville’s last point, though, as Polk closed the match with four straight points, the final two on a Hagins ace and an Olivari block. Those points completed a 15-1 run for Polk Middle to end the set and match.

The Wolverines will return to the court on Monday, hosting Flat Rock Middle in a 4:30 p.m. match.