As Polk County’s volleyball team enters the final weeks of its regular season and begins thinking about the 2A state playoffs, head coach Molly Hill has been constantly talking about not only team improvement, but keeping things fun as well.

Nights such as Thursday are certainly helping the Wolverines stay relaxed and enjoying their time on court.

Polk County easily took a straight-set win over Mitchell, posting a 25-13, 25-6, 25-15 victory in a Western Highlands Conference match at Polk.

Polk County's Ansley Lynch recorded four kills for the Wolverines in the win.
Polk County’s Ansley Lynch recorded four kills for the Wolverines in the win.

With the win, the Wolverines (13-4, 7-1) remained in a virtual first-place tie with Hendersonville in the WHC standings, the Bearcats now 8-1 in league play with a win over Avery. Mitchell dropped to 4-6, 2-6 with the loss.

Polk County simply had too much offensive firepower for Mitchell, with four players recording at least four kills. The Mountaineers kept things close early in the third set before Polk pulled away.

The third set also offered Hill an opportunity to insert Carolina Castillo, up from the junior varsity, into the lineup.

“I felt like she deserved it. She’s been playing really well, and I wanted to see how she would handle the varsity speed and tempo,” Hill said.

“With a situation like this, I want us to concentrate on having fun, but also push ourselves and play the game like we can. I thought we did a good job of that tonight.”

Reagan Waddell had 11 kills, 12 digs and five aces for Polk, with Addie Lynch adding eight kills and 10 digs, Cameron Capozzi finishing with four kills and 11 digs and Ansley Lynch notching four kills. Kendall Hall had 16 digs, with Georgia Garrett handing out 14 assists and Lauren Ketwitz posting 10 assists.

The Wolverines next hit the court on Tuesday, traveling to Avery to start a four-match road trip.

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