Polk County bid farewell to head coach Molly Hill – for a short time – with a straight-set win Thursday over Shelby in a non-conference match at Polk.

The Wolverines earned a 25-19, 25-21, 26-24 win in Hill’s final game before she begins maternity leave; she is scheduled to give birth to her second child on Monday. Assistant coach Jon Ezell will serve as head coach during Hall’s absence.

Shelby (2-6) kept close with Polk County (6-1) in every set. The two teams were tied at 14-14 midway through the opener and three straight Shelby points later in the set made it a 20-18 Polk lead.

At that point, Kristen Hall delivered back-to-back kills, with Mireya Roman adding two more, to move Polk to set point. A Shelby error ended the set and gave Polk a 25-19 win.

Hall ripped a kill on set point to end the second set before Shelby grabbed a lead in the third set and held it much of the way. Polk trailed 22-20 before a Lion miscue and a Roman kill evened the set at 22-22. Shelby grabbed a point before a Hall kill made it 23-23.

At 24-24, Roman hammered home a perfect pass from Sydney Waldman to give the Wolverines their second match point. Grace Lauer made certain it would be the last, sending a shot down the left sideline to close the win.

Roman had 11 kills, Hall had 10 and Lauer had seven for Polk. Waldman finished with 27 assists and 17 digs, with Emmie McDowell adding five assists and three aces.

Carolina Castillo seemed to be everywhere at the libero position and finished with 31 digs, with Landry Edwards adding 12 digs.

Polk County is slated to return to action on Thursday, hosting Enka in another non-conference matchup.

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