Waldman named MF7’s top defender, Hill named top coach, three others earn all-league selection

Published 11:41 am Friday, November 4, 2022

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Polk County senior Ella Waldman has been named the Mountain Foothills 7 Conference Defensive Player of the year while Molly Hill earned Coach of the Year honors in the league’s postseason volleyball awards.

Polk County senior Ella Waldman, the Mountain Foothills 7 Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Waldman, a libero, finished the season with a conference-high 486 digs, that number also among the top 20 players in the state per MaxPreps. A three-year starter, she helped lead the Wolverines to a 23-4 record and a share of the MF7 regular-season title.

Hill won her seventh Coach of the Year award in nine seasons at Polk County. The Wolverines’ 23-4 record matched the school record set in 2017, and it marked the fifth time in those nine seasons that Polk has won 20 or more games.

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Joining Waldman on the All-Conference team were senior Amberlyn Scruggs and sophomores Sophia Overholt and Morgan Yoder.

Brevard senior Mackenzie Baldridge was named the league’s Player of the Year.

The complete Mountain Foothills 7 Volleyball All-Conference squad:


Brevard: Mackenzie Baldridge, Abby Pace, Vera Pandolfo, Ella Scott


Chase: Braylen Morrow


East Rutherford: Mary Grace Tisdale


Hendersonville: SJ Shaffer, Jenna Staudt


Patton: Izora Gregg, Christina Skelly


Polk County: Sophia Overholt, Amberlyn Scruggs, Ella Waldman, Morgan Yoder


Sophomore Sophia Overholt made the All-Conference team


Senior Amberlyn Scruggs made the All-Conference team


Sophomore Morgan Yoder made the All-Conference team