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Finucan the 4A digs leader; Lynx 2-3 at tourney

Sophomore libero adds 77 to season total; Hoversten top attacker on day

FOREST CITY — Match by match, Webster City sophomore Alayna Finucan backs up the idea that she is an elite libero. And looking at the numbers, it’s hard to argue with that theory.

With 77 more digs in her back pocket following Saturday’s Forest City Invite, Finucan has 280 on the season, the most in Class 4A by more than 40. She’s No. 2 in the class in digs per set (5.49) and No. 2 in the state, regardless of class, in total digs.

Finucan collected at least 13 digs in four of the Lynx five matches on Saturday, with a high of 20 in a 2-0 loss to Lake Mills.

“Alayna was sound in the back row,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said.

Finucan was one of the bright spots on a day that could have gone better. WCHS (13-8) won just two of five matches and was swept in all three setbacks.

“We had our chances to have a different record on the day,” Howard said. “If we turn that corner and compete all the way through the games, then we have a different day.”

WCHS took two sets from Hampton-Dumont/CAL (21-7, 21-15) and slipped past Spencer in three (22-20, 15-21, 15-10). The Lynx came up empty against Lake Mills (21-18, 21-19), St. Ansgar (21-16, 21-17) and Roland-Story (21-14, 21-18).

Middle hitters Grace Hoversten and Adalie Schwandt supplied the power with a combined 47 kills. Hoversten had a team-high 24 and put up a .183 kill efficiency, while Schwandt produced 23 kills and hit .096. Morgan Gallentine also topped 20 kills; she smacked 21 and hit .185.

Hoversten was strong at the service line as well with a team-best four aces and defensively with seven blocks. Schwandt came up with 31 digs, while Gallentine added 23 to go along with 35 assists.

Haley Foster registered 11 kills and 31 digs. Jenna Miller split time with Gallentine at the setter position and distributed 27 assists.

Forest City Invite

Saturday

Webster City Match Scores

Spencer 2-1 win (22-20, 15-21, 15-10); Hampton-Dumont/CAL 2-0 win (21-7, 21-15); Lake Mills 2-0 loss (21-18, 21-19); St. Ansgar 2-0 loss (21-16, 21-17); Roland-Story 2-0 loss (21-14, 21-18).

Webster City Statistics

(5 matches combined)

Attacks — Grave Hoversten 60-71, 24 kills; Adalie Schwandt 57-73, 23 kills; Morgan Gallentine 43-54, 21 kills; Haley Foster 34-46, 11 kills; Faith Anderson 17-20, 7 kills; Reese Casey 12-18, 3 kills; Alayna Finucan 10-10, 2 kills.

Blocks — Hoversten 7, Schwandt 4, Gallentine 11⁄2, Anderson 1, Foster 1⁄2.

Digs — Finucan 77, Foster 31, Schwandt 31, Gallentine 23, Hoversten 12, Jenna Miller 11, Casey 5, Anderson 4, Alley Odland 3, Kelly Stoakes 1.

Assists — Gallentine 35, Miller 27, Finucan 3, Foster 1.

Serving — Hoversten 43-45, 4 aces; Gallentine 31-31, 2 aces; Finucan 30-33, 2 aces; Foster 29-29, 1 ace; Schwandt 24-24, 1 ace; Miller 23-27, 1 ace).

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