Season Recap: Webster City Volleyball

The Webster City Lynx volleyball team had high expectations coming into the 2021 season, returning a good, young core of players and losing little production. The stage was set for a possible run at a conference championship in 2021.

The early season slate was highlighted by a marquee win against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, who had made 3 consecutive state tournament appearances, and had regularly dominated the Lynx as of late. The Lynx continued to play at a high level throughout the season, having to match wits against talented foes such as Humboldt, South Hardin, Independence, Forest City and Lake Mills, and outside the loss to Humboldt, swept the North Central Conference en route to a 2nd-place finish. Following a 1st-round regional win against Waterloo East, the Lynx bowed out in the regional semifinals against eventual state tournament qualifier Waverly-Shell Rock.

The Lynx season was highlighted by some star individuals in 2021, Sierra Rattenborg surpassed the 300-kill mark on the season, with a 24% kill efficiency rating. Joslin Gourley ranked towards the top of 4A in assists with 682, while Alayna Finucan spent most of the season as the 4A leader in digs, finishing with 504, and breaking the school record in aces in a career.

Webster City was well-represented on the All-Conference squads, as Alayna Finucan and Sierra Rattenborg were named 1st-team All-North Central. Joslin Gourley and Reese Casey were named 2nd-team All-North Central, while Kelly Stoakes and Livia Kasch were named 3rd-team All-North Central.