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Rebels sweep through Alta volleyball tourney

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

ALTA - The Alta High volleyball team took second place to Northwest Conference rival Sioux Central here Saturday in the Alta Tournament.

The Cyclones opened with a 25-11 and 25-19 win over Sac City before sweeping Graettinger-Terril 25-10 and 25-16 in game two.

In the championship game, Sioux Central swept Alta 25-21 and 25-22.

"We played well (Saturday)," said Alta coach Jeannie Henningsen. "We had an excellent serving day. Sierra (Phipps) got us rolling in our first game of the day against Sac City with 14 straight points.

"(Setter) Emily (Cameron) got the ball to all of our hitters and the hitters got the kills. Amy (Huseman) had an excellent days receiving the ball."

Statistically for Alta, junior Dee Hinkeldey led the offense on the day with 31 kills. Phipps recorded 27 kills in the three matches while junior Jahde Hammer and Liza Lichtenberg added 24.

Cameron finished with 39 set assists, while Phipps was 42 of 44 from the line with eight ace serves. Brooke Schroeder was 18 of 20 at the line with five ace serves.

Megan Suhr was 21 of 21 in serving with two aces serves and Jess Hirschman was 21 of 22 with four aces.

Libero Amy Huseman led in digs with 15 while Hammer added 12. Hinkeldey also added two blocks.

In other weekend action, the Aurelia High volleyball team won one out of three games Saturday at the Spalding Catholic volleyball tourney.

The Bulldogs lost game one 23-21 to Boyden Hull. Aurelia coach Kim Conover said her team was aggressive at the net and that Jana Radke led the team offensively.

In game two of the tourney, the Bulldogs beat Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 23-21 and 21-11.

Amy Hirschman had six ace blocks, while leading the way offensively were Radke and and junior Kristin Munden. Christine Alfred was 14 of 15 in setting with six set assists. Setter Priscilla Otto was 14 of 15 in setting with four set assists.

In game three, the Bulldogs lost a 23-10, 22-24, 13-15 game to Spalding Catholic.

"We played well in the first game," Conover. "We let our guard down in game two and in game three, they just wanted it more than we did."



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