Lynx spikers perfect, champs at Madrid Invite
MADRID — Everything came together for the Webster City volleyball team at Saturday’s Madrid Invite, as the Lynx put together a perfect day and brought home the tournament title.
The hitting was on point. The defense was everywhere. And the enthusiasm was off the charts.
“The girls just played very consistent and very well together,” WCHS assistant coach Breanne Lesher said. “The front row was aggressive with their hitting and the back row was covering everything. It was a very competitive, well-played day.”
Lesher was again filling in for her sister and Lynx head coach Jess Howard, who gave birth to her fourth child 12 days earlier. Lesher is 6-0 during her short stint in charge.
“It’s kind of crazy,” she said.
WCHS (16-12) swept through its three matches in pool play over Madrid (21-10, 21-13), Ankeny Christian Academy (21-15, 21-16) and Colfax-Mingo (21-9, 21-8). The Lynx hammered Van Meter in the semifinals (25-11, 25-18) and then out-lasted West Marshall in three sets in the championship (25-16, 23-25, 18-16).
Lesher said her team’s confidence grew throughout the day and even when it fell behind in the second set against West Marshall, there was never a lull.
“It just rolled into each game,” Lesher said after her team outscored its opponents by 85 points. “Even in that second game (against West Marshall), we were down by quite a few points, but came back to make it close. I told the girls this just shows how bad you want it and what you’re capable of doing.
“Everybody did very, very well.”
WCHS, winners of seven of its past eight matches, hit .273 at net and made just 20 errors in 220 chances. Kamry Dawson sizzled with a .327 kill efficiency and a team-high 23 kills. Adalie Schwandt blasted 19 kills, while Grace Hoversten and Zoey Woodle finished with 11 each.
Faith Anderson and Haley Foster were a combined 24 of 24 at net with 12 kills. Foster was clutch in the championship match with five kills in nine swings.
Cynthia Whitehill handed out 38 assists and Morgan Gallentine was right behind with 33.
Freshman libero Alayna Finucan shined in the back row with 90 digs in the five matches and she moved back to the top of the Class 4A digs leaderboard with 362 on the season. Woodle (60) and Atlanta Hopp (42) combined for 102 more.
Finucan and Gallentine ripped off five service aces each. Whitehill added four.
WCHS will take its surge of confidence on the road this evening to take on Algona Garrigan in non-conference play at 7 p.m.
Webster City Match Scores
Madrid (2-0 win): 21-10, 21-13. Ankeny Christian Academy (2-0 win): 21-15, 21-16. Colfax-Mingo (2-0 win): 21-9, 21-8. Van Meter (2-0 win): 25-11, 25-18. West Marshall (2-1 win): 25-16, 23-25, 18-16.
Individual Statistics (5 matches)
Attacks — Kamry Dawson 50-55, 23 kills; Adalie Schwandt 55-61, 19 kills; Zoey Woodle 35-39, 11 kills; Grace Hoversten 26-30, 11 kills; Faith Anderson 15-15, 6 kills; Haley Foster 9-9, 6 kills; Alayna Finucan 7-8, 1 kill; Morgan Gallentine 1-1, 1 kill; Atlanta Hopp 1-1, 1 kill; Cynthia Whitehill 1-1, 1 kill.
Blocks — Schwandt 7, Hoversten 3, Dawson 1, Foster 1.
Digs — Finucan 92, Woodle 60, Hopp 42, Dawson 9, Schwandt 9, Whitehill 9, Gallentine 8, Hoversten 4, Anderson 2, Foster 2.
Assists — Whitehill 38, Gallentine 33, Finucan 5, Dawson 1.
Serving — Finucan 39-46, 5 aces; Gallentine 37-41, 5 aces; Whitehill 28-33, 4 aces; Hopp 46-47, 3 aces; Woodle 20-22, 2 aces; Schwandt 39-40, 1 ace.