SHORT-HANDED LYNX WIN ONCE AT WINTERSET
Rattenborg suffers injured ankle, sits out final two matches; WCHS 13-14 entering regional
WINTERSET — Without its leading hitter for the majority of the day, the Webster City volleyball team was forced to alter the game plan on the fly here on Saturday.
Sophomore outside hitter Sierra Rattenborg, who has 158 kills on the season, tweaked an ankle in the Lynx opening match of the Winterset Invite, and she watched the final two matches from the sideline. WCHS head coach Jess Howard said she expects Rattenborg to play when the Lynx open up the postseason on Tuesday with a Class 4A regional quarterfinal at Boone.
“Her offensive threat at the net is tough to play without, but we had girls that stepped up and were aggressive,” Howard said. “The girls did a good job of adjusting to the new lineup. We had girls playing in different positions, so it was good to see them grow.”
Alley Odland made the most dramatic shift, as the back row specialist moved to a hitter position and smacked seven kills. She also had 11 digs.
WCHS (13-14) went 1-2 on the day, it’s lone win a 2-0 sweep of Greene County (21-13, 21-15). The Lynx opened the day with a 2-0 loss to No. 8-ranked (3A) Red Oak (21-15, 21-15), and ended the tournament with a three-set setback against host Winterset (17-21, 21-15, 15-11).
“It was good competition for us at the tournament and it kept us from having a long break before the postseason,” Howard said. “Against Winterset, we came out really strong and attacked them aggressively, and also capitalized on their mistakes. We had our opportunities (in the final two sets), but just weren’t able to capitalize like we wanted to.”
WCHS made 47 attack errors and compiled 45 kills during the three matches, resulting in a -.011 kill efficiency. Livia Kasch laced a team-high nine kills and Faith Anderson tacked on eight more. Reese Casey joined Odland with seven.
Alayna Finucan supplied the defense from the back with 33 digs, and she also roped a team-best six service aces, five of them coming against Winterset. Kelly Stoakes and Joslin Gourley had matching totals of 16 digs and three aces. Leah Kasch stepped into a bigger role defensively and finished the day with 15 digs and two aces. Jenna Miller compiled 11 digs, 21 assists and two aces. Gourley also distributed 16 assists.
WCHS will meet Boone (6-21) on its home floor in the opening round of the postseason. The winner will advance to Thursday’s semifinal round against No. 9-ranked Gilbert.
Saturday at Winterset
Webster City Statistics
(3 matches combined)
Attacks — Livia Kasch 22-29, 9 kills; Faith Anderson 31-47, 8 kills; Alley Odland 14-18, 7 kills; Reese Casey 18-24, 7 kills; Lexi Nichols 11-16, 5 kills; Joslin Gourley 15-19, 4 kills; Jenna Miller 6-6, 2 kills; Sierra Rattenborg 12-16, 2 kills; Leah Kasch 1-1, 1 kill; Abby Gallentine 1-1; Alayna Finucan 3-4.
Blocks — Nichols 21⁄2, Casey 1, Anderson 1, Odland 1, Li. Kasch 1, Rattenborg 1⁄2.
Digs — Finucan 33, Kelly Stoakes 16, Gourley 16, Le. Kasch 15, Odland 11, Miller 11, Li. Kasch 7, Anderson 3, Casey 2, Rattenborg 2, Nichols 2.
Assists — Miller 21, Gourley 16, Finucan 4.
Serving — Finucan 28-29, 6 aces; Stoakes 24-24, 3 aces; Gourley 13-14, 3 aces; Le. Kasch 15-15, 2 aces; Miller 18-19, 2 aces; Odland 14-17.