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RATTENBORG, ANDERSON HELP LYNX BOUNCE GAELS IN 3 SETS

1-2 punch at net combines for 20 kills; Gourley 5 kills, 21 assists and 5 aces

Webster City senior Faith Anderson laces one of her nine kills in a 3-0 win over St. Edmond last night in Fort Dodge. Messenger photo/Britt Kudla

FORT DODGE — Don’t look now, but Webster City has found its one-two punch in the front row.

Continuing what started seven days earlier in a quick rout of Hampton-Dumont/CAL, the tandem of Sierra Rattenborg and Faith Anderson was strong and efficient in a three-set sweep of North Central Conference rival St. Edmond last night on the Gaels’ home floor.

Rattenborg blasted 11 kills and Anderson tacked on nine more, as they hit a combined .421 in the Lynx 25-20, 25-18, 25-22 victory. Anderson made just one error in 13 attempts, and Rattenborg had only three miscues in 25 chances.

“They’re starting to get consistent and they’re just doing a great job of attacking for us,” WCHS head coach Jess Howard said. “If they’re going to hit strong for us like that, we’re going to do well.”

WCHS (7-8, 2-1 NCC) smacked 36 kills in all and hit .289 as a team. Reese Casey laced six kills, Joslin Gourley had five and Livia Kasch belted four. All three, along with Rattenborg, are underclassmen who are starting to play with confidence at the varsity level.

Webster City’s Reese Casey hits around St. Edmond’s Kierstin Clark (12) as fellow Lynx hitter Livia Kasch (4) looks on last night in Fort Dodge. Casey had six kills and WCHS swept the Gaels, 3-0. Messenger photo/Britt Kudla

“This is a group of girls that, from the beginning of the season until now, have continued to improve every single time out on the court,” Howard said. “They’re starting to get a feel for each other, which is good to see on the court.”

Gourley did a little bit of everything. In addition to her hitting from the outside, she also distributed 21 assists and tagged St. Edmond (3-2, 0-2 NCC) with five service aces. Lynx libero Alayna Finucan added a team-high 10 digs and five service aces of her own.

Leah Kasch finished with eight digs. Kelly Stoakes had five, and Jenna Miller shared the setting duties with Gourley on her way to 10 assists.

The Lynx seized the momentum early in the match and rolled to relatively easy victories in the first and second sets.

“The girls really stretched it out as the games went on,” Howard said. “To come out and control the game, play our tempo and play the way we want to play was good to see from the girls. We came out a little flat in Game 3, but fought back.”

Alayna Finucan sets the ball up for a teammate last night. She had 10 digs, five aces and an assist in Webster City’s 3-0 win over St. Edmond. Messenger photo/Britt Kudla

WCHS will attempt to climb back to .500, and potentially over the threshold, on Saturday when it travels north to compete in the Forest City Invite.

Webster City 3, St. Edmond 0

Thursday at Fort Dodge

Attacks — Sierra Rattenborg 22-25, 11 kills; Faith Anderson 12-13, 9 kills; Reese Casey 12-15, 6 kills; Joslin Gourley 5-9, 5 kills; Livia Kasch 6-9, 4 kills; Jenna Miller 1-1, 1 kill; Lexi Nichols 4-4.

Blocks — Rattenborg 1, Gourley 1, Nichols 1, Li. Kasch 1.

Digs — Alayna Finucan 10, Leah Kasch 8, Kelly Stoakes 5, Miller 4, Rattenborg 2, Gourley 2, Anderson 2, Casey 2, Li. Kasch 1.

Assists — Gourley 21, Miller 10, Finucan 1.

Serving — Finucan 12-12, 5 aces; Gourley 18-20, 5 aces; Alley Odland 9-10, 1 ace; Miller 10-10; Le. Kasch 8-9; Stoakes 9-11; Nichols 1-1.

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