Lynx drop just 3 games in singles, blank HDC
WEBSTER CITY — After waiting nearly five years to taste its first dual-meet success, the Webster City girls’ tennis team needed only one week to win again.
Coming off their first victory since May of 2016 in their season debut against North Polk last week, the Lynx followed it up with their most dominant performance in a decade Monday on their home courts.
They owned singles. They owned doubles. They owned the day.
WCHS (2-0) dropped just three of 51 games in the six singles matches and then swept the three doubles bouts to blank Hampton-Dumont/CAL, 9-0.
“I’m just really excited for our girls and the excitement and joy that they were feeling, “WCHS coach Mark Fisher said. “This is a group that has been working hard and listening to all of the things that we have been preaching, and it’s just good to see them not only seeing the improvement every day, but having success with it on the court.”
Eight different players contributed to the rout, as the Lynx battled through the blustery conditions to cruise to the win.
Joslin Gourley, Jordyn Sullivan and McKinzey Koestner all won their singles matches, 8-0. Kayley Wibholm, the Lynx No. 1 player, dropped just one game. Makaylee Draeger had the closest tussle — if you can call it that — in an 8-2 victory.
“I thought Kayley did a heck of a job at (No. 1) again as her girl (the Bulldogs’ Faith Grover) had a nice nerve and good overall game,” Fisher said. “Kayley just played with a ton of confidence and really dominated the match.”
The Lynx doubles teams of Wibholm and Gourley, and Burney and Draeger rolled to 8-3 and 8-2 wins, respectively.
HDC’s best chance to break into the scoring column came in the No. 3 doubles match, but the Lynx tandem of Emma Stroner and Gracie Anderson rallied from an 8-7 deficit to win 9-8. They secured the tiebreaker, 8-6.
“It was great to see Emma and Gracie step up and finish off the sweep,” Fisher said. “It was a very competitive match, back and forth the whole way, lots of deuce points. They kept grinding and battling.”
WCHS will look for its third straight win on Friday when it hosts Nevada at 4:30 p.m.
WCHS 9, HDC 0
Monday at Webster City
Kayley Wibholm (WC) def. Faith Grover, 8-1. Mackenzie Burney (WC) def. Jessica Martinez, 8-0. Joslin Gourley (WC) def. Aspen Harlan, 8-0. Makaylee Draeger (WC) def. Madison Lindaman, 8-2. Jordyn Sullivan (WC) def. Shelby Rowe, 8-0. McKinzey Koestner (WC) def. Kaci Sanders, 8-0.
Wibholm/Gourley (WC) def. Grover/Martinez, 8-3. Burney/Draeger (WC) def. Harlan/Lindaman, 8-2. Emma Stroner/Gracie Anderson (WC) def. Rowe/Sanders, 9-8 (8-6).