HUMBOLDT - The Webster City volleyball team will have to come from behind if it wants to defend its North Central Conference championship.
In other words, the Lynx better hope one of the other eight league teams chips away at Humboldt.
The Wildcats (11-3, 2-0 NCC) earned a critical early-season win on their home floor last night, as they powered their way by Webster City (12-4, 1-1 NCC) in four sets, 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 25-18. It snapped the Lynx eight-match win streak.
"This isn't any different than any other loss," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. "We've just got to come back the next time and be aggressive, and they're going to go up against some pretty tough (conference) teams, so we'll see what happens."
The Lynx sprayed shots all over the floor, leading to 32 attack errors.
"We struggled a little bit with our consistency at net and most of that came from slowing our arm swings down and playing tentative when they got a lead," Howard said. "That's just something that young players have got to experience to know how to handle it and how to fix it."
Attacks - WCHS: Bridget Moriarty 19-25, 10 kills; Kaylee Schnathorst 39-51, 22 kills; Molly Gilbert 19-22, 7 kills; Hannah Myers 12-23, 8 kills.
Blocks - WCHS: Moriarty 1, Schnathorst 6, Gilbert 4, Myers 1, Mikaleh McCoy 1, Maddie Anderson 1.
Digs - WCHS: Kaitlyn Kehoe 2, Monica Maharry 5, Morgan Gourley 18, Schnathorst 33, Gilbert 9, Myers 4.
Assists - WCHS: Kehoe 23, Ashley Price 22.
Serving - WCHS: Kehoe 13-13; Maharry 17-17, 1 ace; Gourley 13-13; Price 16-16, 3 aces; Schnathorst 11-11, 1 ace; Gilbert 12-13.
Veteran outside hitter Kaylee Schnathorst was a statistics machine, bashing a match-high 22 kills and collecting 33 digs to go along with six blocks. Libero Morgan Gourley did her part with 18 digs.
"Kaylee did a great job of staying aggressive at net and covering ground defensively," Howard said. "She and Morgan both did a great job in the back row of covering ground."
Bridget Moriarty lashed 10 kills, Hannah Myers had eight and Molly Gilbert finished with seven.
Setters Kaitlyn Kehoe and Ashley Price distributed 23 and 22 assists, respectively.
WCHS will attempt to get back on track on Thursday when it hosts Clarion-Goldfield at 7:15 p.m.