Polk overcomes shaky start, dominates Madison
The Lady Patriots took the first game from Polk County, who seemed to still be flat from the Hendersonville loss last Thursday.
But the Lady Wolverines, riding middle players Sarah Angier and Denise Edwards, bounced back.
After the 25-20 loss in the first set, the Lady Wolverines scored five of the first six points in the second game.
After Madison closed the gap to 8-6, Katie Wilson rattled off four straight points from serve. Madison interupted Wilsons serve, but the Lady Wolverines got the ball back and scored five straight points to take the lead 18-7.
Madison pulled within ten points down 21-11, but the Lady Wolverines werent going to release their grip. Polk scored four straight points, including a big kill by Angier to win 25-11.
It didnt get much easier for the Lady Patriots in the third game. Led by two assists by Kaitlin Franks and kills by Brittany Phipps, Edwards and Angier, the Lady Wolverines jumped out to a 5-3 lead. Madison fought back and took an 8-5 lead.
Then Phipps had a kill and two aces on serve to give the Lady Wolverines a 10-8 lead.
The back and forth play continued until Phipps served up the final point to give Polk a 25-21 win the third game.
In the fourth game, the Lady Wovlerines came out on fire, ready to close the door on Madisons comeback.
The Lady Wolverines jumped up 8-3 with Phipps agains serving two aces. The Lady Patriots fought back, clawing to within three points, but Haley Champion picked up her hammer and brought it to the service line.
She first sent an ace down the right line. She followed that ace with another in the heart of the Madison defense. The next two points were kills by Angier, assisted by Franks.
And then Champion took the hammer and drove in two nails as she sent two more aces into the Madison defense to give Polk a 15-5 lead.
Champion said she uses coach Jeff Wilsons softball slogan, KYG, or Know youre good.
I always think that when Im up to serve, she said. But it was my team that kept me up.
Polk County finished off Madison shortly after 25-11 to win the match.
I told them to show them what Polk volleyball is all about, head coach Heather Claussen said, and they did.