In the wake of Polk County Middle’s first loss of the season at Apple Valley, Wolverine head volleyball coach Kenny Hall made a point of drilling his team on the errors made in that defeat.
Wednesday, Hall found out that the Wolverines were paying attention.
Polk Middle put together two solid games to top Brevard Middle 2-0 in a matchup of Blue Ridge Conference East Division co-leaders, the Wolverines claiming a 25-20, 25-19 victory at Polk.
The East Division is stacked with quality teams this year, with Polk, Brevard, Apple Valley and Rugby all beginning the day with one division loss. Polk Middle (4-1, 3-1) still has a share of first. Brevard (3-2, 2-2) does not.
“We’ve been working hard to fix things since the Apple Valley loss,” Hall said. “I’m really proud of how the girls were able to fix it. And as a result, we got a big win against a good team.”
Polk Middle roared to a 6-0 lead in the first set behind the serving of Sophia Overholt. The Wolverines pushed the margin to 13-5, but Brevard began to chip away and closed to within 22-19.
But the Wolverines scored three of the next four points, with Morgan Yoder’s kill wrapping up the game.
Polk Middle also surged in front in the second set, grabbing an 8-3 lead, thanks to early strong serving from Zaelea Eller. The Blue Devils closed within a point at 13-12, but the Wolverines put together a 5-1 run on two Brianna Powell kills, an Overholt kill and an Eller ace to take a 18-13 advantage.
Polk kept Brevard at bay the rest of the way, with a Caroline Taylor tip making it 24-19 before a Brevard error closed the match.
“We were focused on playing smarter, and that came through today,” Hall said. “We let Brevard beat themselves, and I’m proud of them for that. But this is just one game at the end of the day.”