Lynx pick up two wins, reach medal round at Madrid
Schwandt, Meyer limit mistakes, combine for 34 kills
MADRID — A consistent day at net, particularly from Adalie Schwandt and Stacey Meyer, and an improved effort returning serve helped the Webster City volleyball team win two of four matches at Saturday’s Madrid Invitational.
The Lynx (5-22) opened the day by ending a 12-match skid and were 2-0 following a 2-1 win over Colfax-Mingo (17-21, 21-13, 15-13) and a 2-0 sweep of Collins-Maxwell (21-13, 21-10). They finished second in their pool following a 2-0 loss to Madrid (21-14, 21-17) and then exited in the semifinals of the medal round following a 2-0 setback against West Marshall (25-16, 25-14).
“It was good for the girls to get those wins and gain some momentum out of that,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “Our passing was much better compared to our last few outings and it was just good to see everything start to come together for them.”
Schwandt was stellar at net, as she hit .388 with 23 kills against just four errors. Meyer had her best day in a Lynx uniform with 11 kills and a .346 kill efficiency.
Kamry Dawson led the team in kills with 24. Cassidy Nerland added 16.
WCHS hit .178 as a team and had its best performance against Collins-Maxwell when it hit .308.
“Our front row really did a good job of attacking the majority of the time,” Howard said.
Sarah Vogelbacher handled the majority of the setting and distributed 56 assists. Cynthia Whitehill finished with 24.
Howard was also pleased with the play from libero Zoey Woodle, who collected a team-best 29 digs. Nerland (25), Halle Mason (24), Vogelbacher (12), Whitehill (12) and Schwandt (11) also registered double-digit digs totals.
“Zoey did a really good job serve receiving and that allowed us to attack from the beginning,” Howard said.
WCHS didn’t give its foes many free points. The Lynx missed just three of 155 serves — a .980 serve percentage — and put up seven aces, four of them coming from Woodle. Mason, Whitehill and Woodle were all perfect from behind the service line.
WCHS will be back on its home court this evening for a non-conference match against 11th-ranked (Class 1A) Algona Bishop Garrigan at 7:30 p.m.
Webster City Statistics
(4 matches combined)
Attacks — Kamry Dawson 52-63, 24 kills; Adalie Schwandt 45-49, 23 kills; Cassidy Nerland 30-42, 16 kills; Stacey Meyer 24-26, 11 kills; Halle Mason 21-31, 5 kills; Clara Klein 5-8, 3 kills; Cynthia Whitehill 1-1, 1 kill; Grace Hoversten 2-2; Zoey Woodle 2-3.
Blocks — Nerland 4, Schwandt 3, Meyer 3, Klein 3, Mason 1, Dawson 1.
Digs — Woodle 29, Nerland 25, Mason 24, Vogelbacher 12, Whitehill 12, Schwandt 11, Dawson 9, Meyer 3, Klein 2, Cheyenne Johnson 1.
Assists — Sarah Vogelbacher 56, Whitehill 24, Mason 3, Schwandt 1.
Serving — Woodle 22-22, 4 aces; Mason 33-33, 1 ace; Schwandt 28-29, 1 ace; Vogelbacher 27-28, 1 ace; Whitehill 23-23; Nerland 19-20.