No. 10 WCHS unable to solve Algona, Lake Mills; places third at Forest City

FOREST CITY – The 10th-ranked (Class 4A) Webster City volleyball team went 3-2 and placed third at Saturday’s Forest City Invitational, as the Lynx were again unable to get by tournament champion Algona and runner-up and No. 11-ranked (2A) Lake Mills.

Algona edged WCHS (17-4) in pool play in three sets (21-9, 19-21, 15-10), while Lake Mills squeaked by the Lynx in the championship pool (15-21, 21-15, 17-15).

All four of the Lynx losses this season have come against Algona and Lake Mills, the first two coming at Algona’s season-opening tournament on Sept. 7.

“The girls competed well and we had our chances to beat both teams we lost to, but unfortunately we weren’t able to convert,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “But we won big in some other matches, so that was good to see.”

Saturday’s loss to the Bulldogs put an end to the Lynx 11-match win streak.

WCHS picked up 2-0 wins over North Union (21-14, 21-12) and North Iowa (21-13, 21-10), as well as a 2-1 triumph over Forest City (17-21, 21-11, 15-11).

Kaylee Schnathorst (46 kills), Molly Gilbert (19), Morgan Gourley (19) and Hannah Myers (15) were the Lynx primary weapons at net throughout the tournament. Schnathorst hit a team-best .276, but WCHS hit just .197 as a team.

Setters Ashley Price and Gianna Gourley handed out 44 and 43 assists, respectively.

Myers was the front-row defensive leader with 14 blocks. Morgan Gourley collected a team-high 41 digs; Schnathorst added 39 and Gilbert finished with 33.

The Lynx will now prepare for Tuesday’s critical North Central Conference match against 14th-ranked (3A) Iowa Falls-Alden in Iowa Falls. The winner will get a leg up in the race for the conference championship.

Play is scheduled to begin at approximately 7:20 p.m.