Lynx handle Gaels, run NCC win streak to 3

Dawson blasts 13 kills, Schwandt 11 in WCHS?rout

WCHS senior Kamry Dawson blasts one of her match-high 13 kills in last night’s 3-0 sweep of St. Edmond in Fort Dodge. Messenger photo/Britt Kudla

FORT DODGE — The Webster City volleyball team had plenty of reasons to come out as well as it did Thursday night vs. St. Edmond.

Behind 13 kills from Kamry Dawson and 11 by Adalie Schwandt, the Lynx scored a sweep over the Gaels inside the SEHS gym.

Scores were 25-12, 25-8 and 25-13.

Earlier this year, St. Edmond (7-12 overall, 1-3 in North Central Conference) won 21-18, 21-15 over Webster City had its own invitational.

Along with earning a bit of redemption, the Lynx (11-11, 3-1) scored a victory for their coach, Jess Howard, who gave birth to a baby girl, Landry, earlier this week. Howard’s sister, Breanne Lesher, filled in for her on the sidelines.

Alayna Finucan (18) and Zoey Woodle celebrate during Webster City’s 3-0 win over St. Edmond last night in Fort Dodge. Messenger photo/Britt Kudla

“I’m sure the girls did it for Jess and the new baby,” Lesher said. “They had a lot of fun out there and you could see that.

“We played very, very well and I’m proud of the way they played together. It wasn’t one person that dominated, it was all of them.”

Dawson, a senior, was a perfect 23-for-23 attacking, with Schwandt going 18-for-20 and adding four blocks. Zoey Woodle had five kills and 14 digs, Cynthia Whitehill recorded 20 assists and Alayna Finucan had 15 digs.

After winning just two NCC matches last year, the Lynx are now 3-1 in the conference with Iowa Falls-Alden, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows and Humboldt still on the schedule.

They also snapped a three-match losing skid to the Gaels with the victory.

“We came out from the beginning and pushed it from the first game to the third,” Lesher said. “We kept up the intensity and the momentum, and played as a team.”

Morgan Gallentine had 13 assists and Atlanta Hopp contributed eight digs. Hopp, Schwandt, Woodle and Gallentine were a combined 49-for-49 serving.

St. Edmond was led by Kacey Kruthoff’s four kills, and Josie Huss added three. Cambrie McBride and Jacque Oberg had two each. Kruthoff also had a block.

“Webster City has definitely gotten better, which we knew they would,” SEHS head coach Dee Huss said. “We’ve watched Alayna Finucan play a lot of club ball and we knew she would make their defense better. It’s hard to find holes when the team you are playing has a good defense.

“We just have to be more consistent than the other team, and (Thursday night) we weren’t.”

Webster City will host 14th-ranked (Class 3A) Iowa Falls-Alden on Tuesday inside the WCHS gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.

Webster City 3, St. Edmond 0

Thursday at Fort Dodge

Attacks — Kamry Dawson 23-23, 13 kills; Adalie Schwandt 18-20, 11 kills; Grace Hoversten 9-11, 2 kills; Haley Foster 2-2; Zoey Woodle 20-21, 5 kills; Alayna Finucan 3-4; Morgan Gallentine 2-2, 2 kills; Faith Anderson 5-6, 3 kills; Cynthia Whitehill 1-2.

Blocks — Schwandt 3, Dawson 2, Hoversten 1.

Digs — Atlanta Hopp 8, Whitehill 7, Schwandt 2, Hoversten 1, Foster 1, Woodle 14, Finucan 15, Gallentine 7, Anderson 2.

Assists — Whitehill 20, Finucan 1, Gallentine 13.

Serving — Hopp 16-16, 1 ace; Whitehill 8-8; Schwandt 13-13; Woodle 11-11; Finucan 10-11; Gallentine 9-9.