Lynx sweep Gaels

The No. 11 (Class 4A) Webster City volleyball team was firing on all cylinders Thursday night vs. St. Edmond.

The end result was a sweep for the Lynx by scores of 25-11, 25-15 and 25-11 inside the Gael gym.

Kaylee Schnathorst led Webster City (7-2 overall, 1-0 in North Central Conference) with 12 kills, while Molly Gilbert added 10, including six in the second set.

“Our passing was allowing our offense to run at a high level,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “We were able to do some different plays and work girls into different plays.”

After starting the year off 4-0, Webster City has won three of its last four. Hannah Myers added eight kills and Megan Gourley four.

For St. Edmond (3-4, 0-1), Alli Huss had six kills and Clare Flattery four. Jill Salinas had 12 digs, Paige Savery 10, Madeline Baldwin recorded seven assists and Lauren Moeding chipped in six.

“I thought that we started off the match playing point-for-point with Webster City,” SEHS head coach Dee Huss said. “We just need to learn to keep that going.

“Getting more consistent play and building confidence will be the key going forward.”

Flattery also had four blocks, to which Huss added, “I thought our defense played great. We did a good job returning serve and the girls got into the right position most of the match.”

The Lynx jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first before St. Edmond scored six of the next seven points. Webster City, though, recovered and tallied the final eight of the set to take it.

In the second, it was another run by the Lynx, as they posted nine straight after falling behind 1-0. The Gaels would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.

“Webster City is a very good team,” Huss said. “I thought we did a good job keeping our intensity level up, but we were unable to make any big runs on them.

“Playing these (bigger sized) schools will only help us in the long run.”

St. Edmond put up a fight in the third, exchanging points until the Lynx, who have not lost in the series since 2007, strung together a 12-2 rally to seal the match.

Next up for the Gaels will be action at the South Central Calhoun Invitational Saturday. The Lynx will host their own invite this weekend.

The Lynx won the junior varsity (21-13, 21-11) and freshman matches (21-13, 21-16).