Gourley closes out career with all-NCC first-team honor

WEBSTER CITY – Now a three-time all-North Central Conference volleyball player, Webster City senior Gianna Gourley walked away for the final time this season with nothing left to prove.

An outstanding defender? Check.

A quality server? Check.

A dependable setter in a pinch? Check.

Even a hitter when called upon? Yep, check.

Gourley closes out her career with a first-team all-NCC accolade. She was the only libero named to the top team.

“She did a great job for us this year and for the four years that she played for us,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “She’s been a very versatile player … she’s got all the traits you need to be a well-rounded volleyball player.”

Gourley piled up 402 digs this season; she went over 1,000 career digs last month. She also laced 41 service aces.

Webster City also received a pair of second-team all-league accolades for hitters Taylor Schnathorst and Olivia Myers, both seniors. Schnathorst ranked third in the NCC in kills with 270, while Myers was seventh with 228. Myers had the better kill efficiency – .231 to .133 – while Schnathorst was also a vital defensive cog with 263 digs.

“They were definitely our go-to girls when we needed to get out of a bind and they did a great job of handling that pressure very well,” Howard said of her hitters. “Olivia was a little more of a flashy player, but you can run more things for a middle. Taylor did her thing on the outside and defensively she was a great asset this year.”

Courtney Lampman, another Lynx senior, earned a third-team honor. She served as one of the team’s setters – she produced 353 assists, the eighth-most in the NCC – and was also a danger for opponents behind the service line where she registered 34 aces.

Lampman was also sneaky with the tip kill. She collected 42 kills in 47 chances and her .830 kill efficiency was tops in the league among players who had more than a handful of kills.

“She really came into her own this year as an offensive leader,” Howard said of Lampman.

League champion Humboldt led the way on the first team with three picks for hitters Taylor Gidel, Abby Zaugg and Olivia Hildreth. Gidel and Zaugg were unanimous choices, as was Algona setter Maddie Miller.