The Alta High volleyball team took second place in its own tournament here Saturday, beating Sac City and Graettinger-Terril before losing to Northwest Conference rival Sioux Central in the championship game.
The Lady Cyclones opened their own tournament with a 17-21, 21-14, 15-4 win over Sac City before dispatching Graettinger-Terril in game two, 21-8 and 21-19. In the championship match, Sioux Central beat Alta, 21-12 and 21-10.
"I thought we played well Saturday," said Alta coach Jeannie Henningsen. "Every team was evenly matched and it made for a great tournament.
"Holly (Leyden) had a fantastic day. She had 24 kills and also had our offense going in the first two games. Dee (Hinkeldey) had a good day at the net with eight blocks."
Leyden also had a nice day at the service line, making good on 21 of 22 serves with eight aces. She tied for a team high in digs with Jenny Mahr with seven on the day.
Mahr finished with 14 kills on the day while Hinkeldey added nine. Alta setter Emily Cameron added 44 set assists.
Kayla Suhr was 23 of 23 from the service line and Hinkeldey 21 of 21. Also, Jess Hirschman was 20 of 22 in serving with six aces. Mahr also added eight service aces on the day.
Sioux Central won the tournament overall by beating Sac City 21-14, 21-18, Graettinger 21-15 and 24-22 and Alta, 21-12 and 21-10.
"We had many girls who stepped it up and did a fine job," said Sioux Central coach Sue Mattson. "We did well with our serve receive, being aced less that we have so far this season. Our communication was great, and we covered much better."
Beth Ehlers led the team in kills Saturday with 15 while Samantha Halverson added 12 and sophomore Briana Scharn nine.
As a team, the Rebels served 93 percent. Jen Haraldson served 19 of 19 with four aces while Ehlers was 23 of 23 with three aces. Mollie McCabe served 26 of 27 with five aces while Scharn was 21 of 22 with five aces.
Haraldson led in digs with 21, with Scharn notching 16 and Nicole Scheiber, McCabe and Ehlers all 14. Scharn finished with 26 set assists and Halverson 17.