Polk County’s Rebecca Mitchell on the attack against Thomas Jefferson. (photo by Elizabeth Trautman)

Polk volleyball serves up win against Thomas Jefferson

Published 6:43pm Friday, October 12, 2012

Wolverines undefeated in conference so far
by Elizabeth Trautman
A crowd came out to watch Polk County’s Lady Wolverines battle on the volleyball court against Thomas Jefferson Academy, which ended with a 3-0 win for Polk.
Now with 12 conference wins, the Lady Wolverines’ steady march to the playoffs has put them in a favorable position. Only one conference match remains, and Polk’s win over Thomas Jefferson has kept them undefeated in conference and pushed them further up in the ranks.
The first game started with back and forth plays, and when the score tied 6-6, it appeared to be an evenly matched game. However, after the Lady Wolverines were warmed up and in their groove, they came back to score 19 points, ending the game with a victory of 25-10.
The whole team got involved in the game; ace after ace, Polk County controlled the ball.  Sarah Phipps, no. 12, started the domination, and serves by senior Katie Ruff (no. 3)  resulted in several points. Rebecca Mitchell, no. 2, was on game as she slid one over the net. The surprise move was untouched by Thomas Jefferson’s Gryphons.
Then Makenzie White, no. 5 for Polk County, laid into Thomas Jefferson with strong, solid serves, including five aces served for the match. Savannah Deaver, no. 7, killed two shots back to back, and before anyone knew it, Polk’s Shayln Brown, no. 9, brought in game point with an ace served.
In game no. 2, Polk County left even less room for Thomas Jefferson to get hold of the ball. Ruff used her strong, sharp aim, going in for the kill and landing the ball right where she wanted. Maggie Phipps, no. 4, had an opportunity to show off her strength with several productive serves. Phipps spiked one over, bringing the score to 11-2.
Deaver was quick on her feet and tactical with her responses. Kara Overholt, no. 1, played a vital role in the Wolverines’ strategy, locking in 26 assists for the match. Both Makenzie White and Shalyn Brown put their powerful serving to work, wrapping up the game with a 25-6 win.
By the third game, the enthusiasm of the Polk County Lady Wolverines had the crowd captivated. Deaver again found the spots where the ball needed to be, delivered the ball accordingly, with Thomas Jefferson rarely able to return. Deaver was responsible for 13 of the team’s 33 kills. Savannah Ross, JV’s no. 11, came in when Polk County had 20 points on the board to earn some playtime. The Wolverines ended up with a 25-9 win in the final game.

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