Alta junior Dee Hinkeldey finished with a career-high 19 kills here Tuesday night, leading the Cyclone volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Newell-Fonda.
Alta won the Northwest Conference opener for both teams, 16-25, 26-24, 25-22 and 25-14.
Hinkeldey added four blocks and served three aces. Senior Sierra Phipps added eight kills, two blocks and five digs.
"This was a hard-fought match," Alta coach Jeannie Henningsen said. "We came out flat in game one and Newell-Fonda took it to us.
"Game two really got us going. Emily (Cameron) did a great job of running the offense and keeping the girls going. Once our hitters got in stride, we started playing better in all facets of the game."
Jahde Hammer and Liza Lichtenberg each added seven kills for Alta, with Cameron finishing with 37 set assists and 18 of 20 serving. Amy Huseman led the defense with eight digs while Megan Suhr added seven digs and two blocks.
For Newell-Fonda, senior Hanna Reis and Tenaea Jeppeson each led the offense with six kills. Sarah Culp added 17 set assists while Jeppeson notched five blocks. Reis and Michelle Grau combined for 17 digs.
"Alta played as a team throughout the night," Mustang coach Craig Davis said. "They kept hitting and we struggled to stop them. We need our entire team on the same page and we aren't there yet. Alta played like they expected to win."
Davis added that freshman Rachel Culp and sophomore Megan Peters started for the first time in their varsity careers. Peters finished with five kills and Culp was 15 of 15 in serving.
"We are searching for the right combination of players on the floor, " Davis said.
With the win, Alta improved to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.