Polk County senior Ella Waldman, the Mountain Foothills 7 Conference Defensive Player of the Year

Polk County senior Ella Waldman has been named the Mountain Foothills 7 Conference Defensive Player of the year while Molly Hill earned Coach of the Year honors in the league’s postseason volleyball awards.

Waldman, a libero, finished the season with a conference-high 486 digs, that number also among the top 20 players in the state per MaxPreps. A three-year starter, she helped lead the Wolverines to a 23-4 record and a share of the MF7 regular-season title.

Hill won her seventh Coach of the Year award in nine seasons at Polk County. The Wolverines’ 23-4 record matched the school record set in 2017, and it marked the fifth time in those nine seasons that Polk has won 20 or more games.

Joining Waldman on the All-Conference team were senior Amberlyn Scruggs and sophomores Sophia Overholt and Morgan Yoder.

Brevard senior Mackenzie Baldridge was named the league’s Player of the Year.

Polk County head volleyball coach Molly Hill

The complete Mountain Foothills 7 Volleyball All-Conference squad:

Brevard: Mackenzie Baldridge, Abby Pace, Vera Pandolfo, Ella Scott

Chase: Braylen Morrow

East Rutherford: Mary Grace Tisdale

Hendersonville: SJ Shaffer, Jenna Staudt

Patton: Izora Gregg, Christina Skelly

Polk County: Sophia Overholt, Amberlyn Scruggs, Ella Waldman, Morgan Yoder