STORM LAKE - The Schaller-Crestland volleyball team swept Storm Lake-St. Mary's 25-12, 25-13 and 25-4 at the St. Mary's High gym here Thursday night.
The Wildcats finished the season undefeated in Northwest Conference play and won the 2005 title.
Storm Lake-St. Mary's finished strong in the second half of the season, but couldn't match the Wildcats power and versatility Thursday night.
"We played a very tough team," Panther coach Michelle Rubel said. "Schaller-Crestland covers the floor very well and they are able to put the ball down most places on the court."
Junior hitter/setter Abby Richardson had four set assists and a team-high three kills. Colleen Smith added three set assists and one kill while Maggie Lange passed with 2.4 reception efficiency.
Rubel added that the Wildcats "took us out of position and made us scramble to that we were unable to attack the ball.
"Schaller-Crestland is a very disciplined team and coach (Marilyn) Murra had done a great job preparing them for competition. They are very worthy of first place in the conference."
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Rebel hitter Stef Madsen notched 17 kills Thursday night, leading Sioux Central to a 16-25. 26-24, 25-12 and 25-17 win over Alta.
Madsen was 29 of 32 in hitting. Beth Ehlers added eight kills on 17 of 18 attempts while junior Briana Scharn finished with six kills on 15 of 18 hitting.
"The way the night started, I was wondering what was going to happen," said Sioux Central volleyball coach Sue Mattson. "About halfway through the second game, I started to see my team play at their level.
"Alta did hit hard against us," she added, "but we were able to block and dig. We've had a great season and a lot to be proud of."
Scharn added 17 set assists and 13 digs while Chelsea Winterboer had five blocks, 11 digs and 14 set assists.
Brooke Loving had a good night blocking, finishing with 11. Madsen added ten digs, while Winterboer was 17 of 17 at the line with three aces. Madsen was 17 of 18 in serving with six aces.
Courtney Williams was 11 of 12 at the line with one ace, while Ehlers was nine of ten with two aces.
For Alta, Sierra Phipps led the way with 11 kills, while junior Dee Hinkeldey added nine kills and eight.
Senior setter Emily Cameron notched 27 set assists. Jessy Bibler, Brooke Schroeder and Jess Hirschman each registered two ace serves.
Kristen Munden led the Bulldogs in this five-game thriller, notching 18 kills in the 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-27 and 15-13.
"Both teams played some very good volleyball," said Aurelia coach Kim Conover. "I thought our girls played some very good volleyball."
"We've got to give credit to Aurelia," Newell-Fonda coach Craig Davis said. "When two evenly matched, every point is huge.
"Even though it hasn't been showing in the win-loss column, I am extremely proud of the girls. They played aggressively and lived for the moment. Playing a match like this leading into tournaments has to be a plus for us. Every team in the state is 0-0 at the start of the tournaments, and anything can happen."
Sam Schaffer led the Mustangs with 21 kills and six blocks. Tiffany Parker added 15 kills, 47 digs, three ace serves and one block.
Ashley Lussman was 14 of 14 at the line with 46 digs, two kills, 14 for 14 serving, two kills and one block. Sarah Culp was 25 for 25 at the line with two aces and added 17 digs, 39 set assists and three kills. Teneae Jeppeson was 21 of 22 in serving with eight digs, six kills and three blocks.
Senior Hanna Reis, was 16 of 18 at the line two ace serves, 22 digs and one kill.
For Aurelia, Munden had 47 of Aurelia's 118 attack attempts.
Jana Radke followed with 38 attacks and just six errors, with Emily Sonksen notching 24 attacks with one error.
"We are battling a lot of injuries and trying to keep the morale up," Conover added.
Also for the Bulldogs, Amy Hirschman led in blocks with 17. She added 19 complete attacks and five kills. Libero player Kayla Ballantyne added 19 digs.
Conover added that setters Christine Alfred and Priscilla Otto also played well. Alfred had 57 sets with 15 set assists. Otto added 17 set assists.
State-ranked Wall Lake View Auburn swept Newell-Fonda 25-20, 25-16 and 26-16 in this match.
"We played better than we did earlier this week," N-F coach Craig Davis said. "We blocked better and served 51 of 52."
Sarah Culp was 14 of 14 at the line with 11 digs and 13 set assists. Tenaea Jeppeson was 13 for 13 at the line and Sam Schaffer added seven kills, three blocks and two digs.
Kelly Johnson and senior Ashley Lussman each added nine digs.
District/Region tournaments start Monday, with Schaller-Crestland playing host to Sac City.
Storm Lake-St. Mary's will open up tourney play against conference rival Alta.