Lynx drop only one match to rival Cadets, improve to 5-0 on season
WEBSTER CITY — Talk about making up for lost time.
The Webster City girls’ tennis team went winless for three consecutive seasons entering this spring campaign, but head coach Mark Fisher and his group of players were determined to change that.
Consider it done.
The Lynx cleared the first hurdle with a win over North Polk in the season opener and they’ve only gotten better since.
And on Thursday, WCHS beat arguably its biggest rival for the first time in a long, long time to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Not bad, girls.
Five wins in singles clinched the dual before the doubles matches even began, but WCHS rolled there anyway to dismantle Iowa Falls-Alden, 8-1, at the Lynx Courts.
“I really have to give credit to (Iowa Falls-Alden),” Fisher said. “They have some really good tennis players over there. I thought our effort was much better than up at Hampton (on Tuesday). We’d had two fairly good practices this week, but more so we really talked about and worked on the mental side of the game, and I thought that really showed.”
Kayley Wibholm, the Lynx No. 1 player, had her hands full with a familiar foe — her cousin, Jenny Wibholm, a multiple-sport star for the Cadets. But Kayley Wibholm came through in the tiebreaker, 7-4, to take the bout 9-8.
Mackenzie Burney (8-2), Joslin Gourley (8-6), McKinzey Koestner (8-3) and Jordyn Sullivan (8-5) all picked up singles wins as well for the Lynx.
Wibholm and Gourley ignited the doubles rout with an 8-0 sweep. The teams of Burney and Draeger, and Koestner and Sullivan were also winners, 8-6 and 8-2.
WCHS 8, IF-Alden 1
Thursday at Webster City
Kayley Wibholm (WC) def. Jenny Wibholm 9-8 (7-4). Mackenzie Burney (WC) def. Morgan Jaenke 8-2. Joslin Gourley (WC) def. Lauren Wood 8-6. Aubrey Johnson (IF-A) def. Makaylee Draeger 8-5. McKinzey Koestner (WC) def. Mavis Henle 8-3. Jordyn Sullivan (WC) def. Kadynce Winters 8-5.
Wibholm/Gourley (WC) def. Wibholm/Wood 8-0. Burney/Draeger (WC) def. Johnson 8-6. Koestner/Sullivan (WC) 8-2.