ALGONA - Avoiding the upset and staying on the correct path towards the postseason were the goals for the Webster City volleyball team here last night.
The Lynx passed the test.
A quick start and cutting down on mistakes allowed WCHS to storm past North Central Conference rival Algona Bishop Garrigan in three sets, 25-21, 25-21, 25-18.
It was the third straight victory for the Lynx, who improved to 18-9 overall and 5-3 in the conference. Garrigan (11-17, 0-8 NCC) dropped its fifth straight decision; the Golden Bears won five consecutive matches prior to the recent slide.
"It was a pretty good night," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. "We had a few lapses here and there, but at this point in the season it's good to come out and get it done in three (sets)."
The Lynx piled up 37 kills, highlighted by the 13 off the powerful right arm of junior outside hitter Kaylee Schnathorst. The strong night left her just six kills short of 300 on the season; she ranks fifth in Class 4A and tops the league by a wide margin.
Attacks - WCHS: Bridget Moriarty 10-14, 5 kills; Morgan Gourley 10-13, 6 kills; Kaylee Schnathorst 21-30, 13 kills; Molly Gilbert 12-17, 8 kills; Hannah Myers 5-7, 4 kills; Mikaleh McCoy 1-2, 1 kill.
Blocks - WCHS: Schnathorst 1, Myers 1, McCoy 2.
Digs - WCHS: Kaitlyn Kehoe 1, Monica Maharry 2, Gourley 13, Ashley Price 3, Schnathorst 8, Gilbert 1, Myers 1, Tiffany Constable 3.
Assists - WCHS: Kehoe 17, Price 19.
Serving - WCHS: Kehoe 5-5; Maharry 14-14, 2 aces; Gourley 10-10, 2 aces; Price 15-15, 3 aces; Schnathorst 8-9; Constable 19-20, 2 aces.
Molly Gilbert splashed down eight kills, Morgan Gourley finished with six, Bridget Moriarty tacked on five and Hannah Myers had four.
Setters Ashley Price and Kaitlyn Kehoe distributed 19 and 17 assists, respectively.
Gourley led the defense with 13 digs and Schnathorst chipped in eight.
WCHS collected nine service aces; Price set the pace with three, while Gourley, Tiffany Constable and Monica Maharry all had two.
The Lynx will take part in the Johnston Invitational on Saturday. They'll wrap up the regular season next Tuesday at Clear Lake in a sneak peak of a 4A regional quarterfinal.