HAMPTON - Ninth-ranked (Class 4A) Webster City won twice on the volleyball court last night.
The Lynx first victory they earned themselves - a 3-0 sweep of North Central Conference rival Hampton-Dumont, 25-14, 25-9, 25-13. The second victory came while the players and coaches rode the bus home and learned that Clarion-Goldfield upset No. 8-ranked (3A) Iowa Falls-Alden in five sets.
The Cadets' loss gives WCHS (21-5, 6-1 NCC) a share of the conference lead with just two matches remaining. Iowa Falls-Alden (17-4, 6-1 NCC) knocked off the Lynx earlier this season, but should they both finish with one league loss they would share the championship.
"It's obviously good news for us because it gives us that opportunity at the conference title," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said after learning of Clarion-Goldfield's victory. "But we've still got two (conference) matches left and we've got to be able to perform in both of those matches."
It was a stress-free effort for WCHS on the court last night.
Following back-to-back five-set wins over Algona and Clarion-Goldfield in a span of five days, the Lynx were able to coast past Hampton-Dumont for their fourth consecutive victory.
WEBSTER CITY 3, HAMPTON-DUMONT 0
Attacks - WCHS: Kaylee Schnathorst 17-22, 11 kills; Morgan Gourley 12-15, 8 kills; Hannah Myers 5-6, 4 kills; Molly Gilbert 10-13, 6 kills; Mikaleh McCoy 2-3, 2 kills; Alex Dinsdale 8-9, 4 kills.
Blocks - WCHS: Schnathorst 1, M. Gourley 2, Myers 2.
Digs - WCHS: Schnathorst 8, M. Gourley 9, Ashley Price 1, Gilbert 6, Gianna Gourley 3, Carly Jacobson 7.
Assists - WCHS: Price 14, G. Gourley 19, Jacobson 1, Dinsdale 1.
Serving - WCHS: Schnathorst 14-15, 5 aces; M. Gourley 16-16, 4 aces; Price 11-12, 2 aces; Gilbert 11-11; G. Gourley 9-9, 2 aces; Jacobson 8-10, 1 ace.
Dominant serving propelled WCHS to the quick win. Kaylee Schnathorst blistered five aces and Morgan Gourley had four more, as the Lynx piled up 14 against the out-matched Bulldogs (4-12, 1-6 NCC).
Schnathorst ripped a match-high 11 kills.