CHARLES CITY - The No. 1-ranked Charles City volleyball team was every bit as good as advertised on its home floor last night.
Webster City was mentally up to the task. But physically, forget about it.
With all-state hitter Jessie Sindlinger and the supporting cast around her firing on all cylinders, the Comets (41-1) swept the Lynx (21-13) out of the postseason, 25-9, 25-15, 25-14, in a Class 4A Region 3 semifinal.
"They're by far the best team we've come up against this year and they should make a pretty good run at the tournament," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said of the Comets, who won their 24th consecutive match. "Once they figure out your weakness they attack and attack and attack."
Howard said Sindlinger was a menace, but so was setter Hali Hillegas, who divvied up the assists between five front-row players.
"(Sindlinger) did a lot of damage against us, and their setter is very good. She had us guessing a lot of the time,"?she said.
Attacks - WCHS: Bridget Moriarty 11-11, 4 kills; Morgan Gourley 14-16, 2 kills; Kaylee Schnathorst 20-27, 8 kills; Molly Gilbert 4-7, 2 kills; Hannah Myers 1-3; Mikaleh McCoy 3-3, 1 kill.
Blocks - WCHS: Gilbert 1, Myers 1.
Digs - WCHS: Kaitlyn Kehoe 2, Moriarty 1, Gourley 11, Ashley Price 1, Schnathorst 13, McCoy 1, Tiffany Constable 9.
Assists - WCHS: Kehoe 17, Price 10.
Serving - WCHS: Kehoe 5-5; Monica Maharry 5-6; Gourley 6-6; Price 7-8; Schnathorst 5-6; Constable 6-8, 1 ace.
Kaylee Schnathorst had eight kills and 13 digs - both team highs - for WCHS in the season-ending loss. Bridget Moriarty chipped in four kills, and Morgan Gourley and Molly Gilbert both had two.
Kaitlyn Kehoe had 17 assists; Ashley Price finished with 10.
Gourley also collected 11 digs and Tiffany Constable came up with nine.
Charles City will take on 12th-ranked LeMars (25-12) in the regional final on Tuesday in Humboldt for the right to advance to the state tournament. LeMars handled Spencer, 3-0, in the other regional semifinal last night.