No. 11 Lynx slam way to own tourney title

WEBSTER CITY – Anything less than 6-0 would have been a disappointment for the 11th-ranked (Class 4A) Webster City volleyball team on Saturday.

No problem.

Webster City steamrolled through its own Lynx Invitational, dropping just one set along the way to win the team title in the round-robin format. Head coach Jess Howard’s club upped its winning streak to eight straight matches after disposing of Prairie Valley (21-13, 21-15), Clarke (21-5, 21-8), Gilbert (21-9, 21-17), Northeast Hamilton (21-11, 21-15), Clarion-Goldfield (20-22, 21-14, 15-9) and Ogden (21-13, 21-10).

“I was happy with the way the girls played all the way through because it was a long day. So for them to stay focused the whole time is showing improvement,” Howard said. “The girls and I would have been disappointed with anything less than six wins just because of how we’ve been playing. For us to come out and reach our expectations and play strong was really good.”

A short lull to open against Clarion-Goldfield was all that stood in the way of perfection.

“We had a couple of (matches) off before we played Clarion and we weren’t focused in that first (set) against them,” Howard said. “But we came back strong and controlled it.”

Hannah Myers was a force at net against the Cowgirls; the junior walloped seven kills and didn’t make an error in 15 chances.

“Hannah was on … she was very accurate and very powerful,” Howard said.

Senior outside hitter Kaylee Schnathorst smacked 51 kills on the day for WCHS (13-2); she recorded double-digit totals in three matches, including 13 against Prairie Valley. She also collected 30 digs.

Myers finished the tournament with 21 kills. Morgan Gourley added 19 and a team-high 48 digs, while Molly Gilbert piled up 17 kills and 29 digs.

Ashley Price (55) and Gianna Gourley (44) again distributed the majority of the team’s assists.

The Lynx missed just 10 serves in the six matches and produced 29 aces, led by Schnathorst with nine. Gianna Gourley had six, Price five.

Northeast Hamilton claimed two sets, but was unable to collect a match victory. The Trojets fell 2-1 to Clarion-Goldfield (21-9, 21-23, 15-8) and Clarke (17-21, 24-22, 15-9), and 2-0 to Prairie Valley (21-4, 21-11), Gilbert (21-7, 21-10), Ogden (21-13, 21-11), as well as Webster City.

“I thought we played up to our competition in the Clarion and Webster City (matches) against their top talent, and sort of lackluster against the rest,” NEH head coach Kacey Pruismann said. “Everybody played extremely well in the Webster City match.”

Andi Anderson’s 22 kills paced the Trojets (2-12), and she also collected 20 digs. Kaylee Massman added eight and 21 assists.

Libero Jaidyn Timm came up with a team-high 32 digs.