No. 15 ’Cats scrappy, take care of Lynx in 3

HUMBOLDT – The Webster City volleyball team suffered its first North Central Conference loss of the season here Tuesday night, as the Lynx were unable to find enough creases in the defense to prevail.

No. 15-ranked (Class 4A) Humboldt relied on its quick and efficient defense to frustrate Webster City in a 3-0 sweep, 25-18, 25-17, 25-16.

“They are a very sound team defensively and they don’t let a lot of balls hit the floor,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said of the Wildcats, who improved to 14-4 overall and 2-1 in the NCC. “They play defense long enough to get a good hit.”

The Lynx (12-10, 2-1 NCC) cranked out 25 kills, but also made 18 attack errors in 77 chances; they finished with an unspectacular kill efficiency of .090.

WCHS continued to struggle behind the service line with six errors against just one ace by Taylor Schnathorst.

Hannah Myers led the Lynx at net with nine kills and Molly Gilbert blasted six. Myers also made two solo blocks, as did Alex Dinsdale.

Gilbert led the team defensively with 14 digs, while Schnathorst and libero Gianna Gourley collected 11 each. Schnathorst distributed 21 assists.

WCHS will return to its home gymnasium next Tuesday to take on Clarion-Goldfield/Dows.