CLEAR LAKE - A strong night at net, both offensively and defensively, powered the Webster City volleyball team to its 20th victory on the final night of the regular season here last night.
And maybe more importantly, the Lynx sent a firm message as the postseason nears.
WCHS blasted 33 kills and snuffed out 16 attacks in a 3-0 sweep of Clear Lake, 27-25, 25-17, 25-20. These two teams will meet again next Monday in a Class 4A Region 3 quarterfinal inside the WCHS gymnasium.
"It was a good way to end the regular season," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. "Hopefully we can take that momentum into that first regional match on Monday."
WCHS improved to 20-12 overall and 6-3 in the North Central Conference, which places the squad in a tie for third place in the final standings. Clear Lake slipped to 17-14, 5-4 in the NCC.
Iowa Falls-Alden unseated the Lynx on the conference throne, while Humboldt finished in the runner-up slot.
Attacks - WCHS: Bridget Moriarty 10-13, 4 kills; Morgan Gourley 17-22, 5 kills; Kaylee Schnathorst 21-24, 15 kills; Molly Gilbert 9-12, 7 kills; Hannah Myers 8-10, 2 kills.
Blocks - WCHS: Moriarty 5, Schnathorst 4, Gilbert 2, Myers 2, Mikaleh McCoy 3.
Digs - WCHS: Kaitlyn Kehoe 1, Monica Maharry 3, Moriarty 2, Gourley 9, Ashley Price 3, Schnathorst 9, Gilbert 1, Myers 3, McCoy 1, Tiffany Constable 6.
Assists - WCHS: Kehoe 12, Price 18.
Serving - WCHS: Kehoe 6-6; Maharry 10-12, 1 ace; Gourley 12-12, 2 aces; Price 20-21, 1 ace; Schnathorst 11-13, 1 ace; Constable 9-11, 2 aces.
Junior outside hitter Kaylee Schnathorst was again the offensive catalyst with 15 kills in 24 chances, and she also came up with four blocks. Molly Gilbert pounded down seven kills, Morgan Gourley laced five and Bridget Moriarty finished with four.
The blocks were just as key as the kills. Moriarty led the charge with five, Mikaleh McCoy came up with three, and Gilbert and Hannah Myers both had two.
"Our front row did a good job of reading the (Clear Lake) setters," Howard said. "That helped us defensively; we didn't have as many digs, but that's because we didn't have to pop it up as much."
Gourley and Schnathorst both had nine digs, and libero Tiffany Constable chipped in six.
Ashley Price and Kaitlyn Kehoe distributed 18 and 12 assists, respectively.