—Photo by Troy Banning/Daily-Freeman Journal

St. Edmond’s Emma Alstott (6) blocks the ball in opposition to Webster City as Alyson Nieland goes up as properly.



WEBSTER CITY — A Picasso it was not. Then once more, it didn’t have to be.

Solid in spurts, significantly late in the first set and all through the second set, the newly-minted 14th-ranked (Class 4A) Webster City volleyball staff rolled to its third consecutive North Central Conference sweep, 3-0, over St. Edmond final evening in the WCHS gymnasium.

The Lynx (10-1, 3-0 NCC) have been compelled to rally in the first and third units, however breezed by the second en route to the 25-14, 25-8, 25-20 win. WCHS — off to its greatest begin beneath head coach Jess Howard who’s in her fifteenth season — remained atop the convention standings and gained for the ninth consecutive time this season.

“We played well at times, but there are still a lot of spots where we could have done better,” WCHS center hitter Livia Kasch stated after she smacked 5 of the staff’s 24 kills. “But we still did enough to beat them and that’s what matters the most.”

Howard, who collected profession win No. 248, seemed like an echo as she adopted Kasch. She is aware of it wasn’t her staff’s most interesting efficiency of the season, however there have been parts of the match the place WCHS showcased its expertise.

“We played well enough to come out on top and that’s all that really matters in the long run,” Howard stated. “The girls did some really good things with our offense and we had spurts of showing the things we can do. We just need to find that consistency factor.”

Lefty Sierra Rattenborg led the Lynx assault on the exterior with 11 kills, together with 5 in the opening set that put WCHS in command. Abby Gallentine related for 4, whereas Reese Casey and Adeline Tesdahl had two every.

WCHS really hung its hat on protection although with 14 blocks, highlighted by Casey and Gallentine with 4 every. And again row wizard Alayna Finucan continued to add to her faculty report digs complete with 28 extra, 18 greater than another participant. Kelly Stoakes additionally reached double digits with 10.

Joslin Gourley dished out 23 assists, collected six digs and served a team-best 5 aces. Finucan and Rattenborg had two aces every.

St. Edmond (2-8, 0-2 NCC) seized the early momentum behind a pair of aces from Alyxis Mericle and opened up a 12-7 lead earlier than Howard was in a position to settle her staff down. With Finucan flying from one nook of the courtroom to the different to pop up something the Gaels despatched over the net, WCHS reeled off the subsequent 12 factors and 18 of the remaining 20 to take the set. Stoakes was behind the service line for 11 of the factors and Gallentine had a kill and a pair of blocks throughout the surge.

The dominance transferred over to the second set, as WCHS led 20-2 earlier than St. Edmond even had an opportunity to catch its breath. Gourley gave the Gaels suits along with her serves, as she upped the Lynx run to 38-4 over the first and second units.

St. Edmond lastly scored on one thing aside from a WCHS serving error to make it 20-3.

The Gaels confirmed no give up although. Despite the second-set onslaught and a fast 7-1 deficit in the third, the guests rattled off 10 of the subsequent 11 factors to bounce in entrance. St. Edmond ultimately pushed the margin to 16-11 earlier than WCHS mounted its remaining comeback. Back-to-back Rattenborg blasts put WCHS again in entrance, 18-16, and so they have been a part of an 11-0 run that despatched the Lynx on to the sweep.

“It was that first home game and there were some jitters,” Finucan admitted. “But we were just so excited to play at home that we had some other things on our mind. But maybe we learned some things from this.”

Following Saturday’s journey north to participate in the Forest City match, WCHS will return house on Tuesday for its largest match of the season in opposition to Humboldt. The two present entrance runners for the league crown, the winner will maintain the determined edge getting into the second half of the season.

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