Wolverines top Tuscola in final tuneup for conference play

Somewhere around mid-match Tuesday, things began falling in place for Polk County’s volleyball team – offense clicking, defense keeping points alive, serves turning into points.

It wasn’t a sight that Tuscola wanted to see.

The Wolverines raced to easy wins in the final two sets to seal a 3-1 non-conference home victory over the Mountaineers, the match ending in a 22-25, 25-20, 25-9, 25-9 decision.

Polk County (2-3) played especially well on defense in the final two sets and found something in the middle offensively. Freshman Morgan Yoder had 10 kills and senior Kinsley Huskey had nine, all of those coming from the center of Polk’s frontline attack.

“I feel like things are starting to click,” said Polk County head coach Molly Hill. “If one person is struggling, someone else is there to help her out. They have the support of the team while they get back into a good headspace.

“I thought we clicked well tonight.”

Tuscola (0-3) had a 22-18 lead in the opening set, only to see Polk rally and even the set at 22-22. The score reached 23-23 before the Mountaineers claimed the final two points to grab an early lead.

Polk claimed the second set, closing on a Mia Bradley kill, then took firm control of the match in the third set. A timeout with Polk up 11-5 did little to blunt the Wolverines’ momentum, nor did another timeout with the lead at 19-7. The Wolverines closed the set on a Huskey kill and Ella Waldman ace.

“In the first set, every time Tuscola called timeout, I think we panicked a little bit,” Hill said. “So every timeout I told them to stay calm, everything was fine, just to go back out and maintain control on our side.

“I thought they responded well.”

Polk County’s Kinsley Huskey looks to convert an Elysia Smith set into a point during Tuesday’s match

Polk raced to a 10-0 lead in the final set and never allowed the Mountaineers to draw closer in sealing the match.

Caroline Taylor added eight kills for Polk, with Ada Kelley recording five kills and 14 digs. Scruggs had 20 assists and eight digs while Waldman had 25 digs.

Elysia Smith had 15 assists and four digs, with Sophia Overholt adding nine digs and four kills. Yoder also had six blocks.

Polk County takes a break over the next week to gear up for the start of Mountain Foothills 7 Conference play. The Wolverines travel next Tuesday to Patton for their MF7 opener.

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