Winning in three straight games, the Lady Wildcats took the match 25-8, 25-16 and 25-16. With the victory Polk moved to 4-0 on the season.
“We were pretty focused tonight. We went through a couple stages where we made a few mistakes and let them back in it, but overall I felt like we played pretty well,” said Polk head coach Danny Rogers.
Momentum clearly favored the Lady Wildcats at home as they streaked to a 7-0 start early in the first game and closed with a 10-2 run to give them an easy opening victory.
It was a similar start in the second game, when Polk once again got off to a hot start, grabbing eight of the first nine points, and finished strong notching the second game win with a 7-1 run.
The third and final game of the match saw the visiting Lady Eagles settle in, and while Polk County was once again able to cruise away with a commanding win, their opposition did a better job of breaking up the lengthy runs that had dominated the first two games.
Polk got off to a 6-1 start in the clincher. Yet, Maryville Christian battled back, coming to within two points when the game went to 10-8.
But, the Lady Wildcats drilled home the next five points to steal the momentum back, and re-establish a lead that never again came into doubt, taking the final game and the match.
Kayla Lowe and Angelica Martinez anchored Polk with a combined 15 aces (Lowe had eight and Martinez tallied 7). The pair also had a kill apiece.
Emily Wilson got an ace and three kills in the win. Catie Hughes notched four kills. Emily Bates had a pair of aces. Carmela Martinez had an ace, and Erin Freawell got an ace.
Up next for the Lady Wildcats is an away match against a difficult Tellico Plains team today with a 6 p.m. start time.
“Tellico is always a good team. I’m not really sure what they have this year, but they always play us pretty tough,” said Rogers.