Polk County earns top seed for 1A West volleyball playoffs

Published 11:14 am Friday, October 20, 2023

Polk County secured the top seed in the 1A West bracket and will open state playoff action on Saturday at home against South Davidson.

The Wolverines (22-3) will begin their quest for a state championship against the 4-16 Wildcats, who finished fifth in the Central Carolina 2A/1A Conference but qualified for the playoffs as the top 1A team in the league.

The Wildcats are led by senior hitter Haley Whitaker and senior libero/defensive specialist Lorelei Elberson, who ranks in the top five in digs in 1A West.

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With the top seed, Polk County is assured of playing at home in every postseason match except a possible state final appearance in Raleigh.

Highland Tech (25-2), Cornerstone Charter (24-0), Cherokee (21-3) and Uwharrie Charter (19-6) rounded out the top five seeds in the 1A West field.

With a win on Saturday, Polk County would move into Tuesday’s second round and host the winner of the Draughn-Mount Airy first-round match.