FOREST CITY - Finishing proved to be a problem for the 13th-ranked (Class 4A) Webster City volleyball team here on Saturday.
The Lynx went 2-3 at the Forest City Invitational, with two of the losses coming in third set tiebreakers.
WCHS claimed 2-0 wins over St. Ansgar (21-10, 21-7) and North Iowa (21-17, 21-12), lost 2-0 to Clarion-Goldfield (21-19, 22-20) and 2-1 to North Union (21-18, 9-21, 16-14) and Spirit Lake (15-21, 21-18, 15-13).
"We had a lot of close (matches) this weekend, we were just unable to finish and put it all together at the end of (sets)," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. "We had to use a different lineup again and that always puts a kink in everything. It does get a little bit overwhelming, but we're not going to use that as an excuse."
The Lynx (14-8) were without sophomore hitter Maddie Anderson, and that forced the rotation changes.
One constant was the play of junior outside hitter Kaylee Schnathorst, who blasted away for 49 kills on the day. She ripped 18 and put up a .533 kill efficiency in the three-set loss to North Union.
(5 matches combined)
Kills - WCHS: Kaylee Schnathorst 49, Morgan Gourley 18, Bridget Moriarty 11, Hannah Myers 10, Molly Gilbert 8, Mikaleh McCoy 1.
Blocks - WCHS: Moriarty 7, Myers 4, Schnathorst 3, McCoy 3, Gilbert 3, Gourley 1.
Digs - WCHS: Gourley 41, Schnathorst 38, Gilbert 30, Monica Maharry 21, Ashley Price 16, Kaitlyn Kehoe 12, Moriarty 5, McCoy 4, Myers 4.
Assists - WCHS: Price 46, Kehoe 40, Gourley 3, Myers 2, Maharry 1, McCoy 1, Moriarty 1, Gilbert 1, Schnathorst 1.
Serving - WCHS: Schnathorst 35-37, 9 aces; Gourley 18-21, 5 aces; Kehoe 41-41, 3 aces; Maharry 40-42, 2 aces; Price 50-51, 1 ace; Gilbert 32-34.
Schnathorst also contributed 38 digs, nine service aces and 3 blocks.
"She had a great weekend offensively and defensively," Howard said of Schnathorst. "She was very strong in both aspects and you really can't ask for much more."
Morgan Gourley shucked the libero jersey for an afternoon, yet still had 41 digs. She slapped 18 kills at net and added five aces.
Bridget Moriarty (11) and Hannah Myers (10) also had double-digit kill totals. Molly Gilbert chipped in eight and 30 digs. Moriarty was the defensive leader at net with 7 blocks.
Monica Maharry had 21 digs. Ashley Price collected 46 assists and 16 digs, and Kaitlyn Kehoe piled up 40 assists and 12 digs.
No. 11-ranked (2A) Lake Mills claimed the tournament title.
WCHS will return home on Tuesday to host Iowa Falls-Alden at 7:15 p.m.