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Third-ranked WLVA ends Alta's inspired season

Monday, October 31, 2005

LAKE VIEW - The Alta High volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw here Thursday night in the form of a high-powered Wall Lake View Auburn team, which was playing on its home court.

Third-ranked WLVA had too much hitting and blocking power at the net, and dealt the district champion Cyclones a 25-16, 25-12, 25-20 loss. The game was a Class 1A, Region 2 semifinal game.

Despite the loss, Alta coach Jeannie Henningsen said her team had a nice run in the district and regional playoffs. The Cyclones beat Storm Lake-St. Mary's, Schaller-Crestland and Sentral Fenton to win a district title before being eliminated Thursday night in Lake View.

"I am so proud of the girls and of the season we had this year," Henningsen said. "In the last two weeks, the girls played inspired volleyball.

"(Thursday night against WLVA), we got beat by a good volleyball team. Our seniors, Emily (Cameron), Liza (Lichtenberg), Jess (Hirschman) and Sierra (Phipps) will be mixed next year," Henningsen added.

"They can always look back on their senior seasons and their district championship."

Statistically for Alta Thursday night, junior Dee Hinkeldey finished with a team-high six kills while Lichtenberg and Phipps each added four. Junior Jahde Hammer pitched in with three kills.

Senior setter Emily Cameron finished with 12 set assists.

With the loss, the Cyclones ended their 2005 season with a 15-9 mark.

Henningsen also thanked the Alta community and the AHS student body for their support during the season and in tournaments.

"Our fans were awesome this year and the whole team loved their enduring support," she said.

Akron Westfield 3,

Aurelia 0

Akron-Westfield ended the Aurelia High volleyball team's season Tuesday night in a Class 1A, Region 1 District final, 25-18, 27-25 and 25-16.

With the loss, the Bulldogs' ended their season with a 10-10 record overall. They finished 1-21 three years ago.

"Our team has come a long way from when this group of seniors started playing varsity three years ago," Aurelia coach Kim Conover said. "Tuesday night, we played well but just couldn't turn the corner and make good things happen when we needed to."

Junior Kristen Munden led the way at the net with seven kills. Emily Sonksen added one kill on 14 of 15 hitting, notching five digs.

"Emily and Kristen played incredible volleyball both at the net and in the back row," Conover said. "They seemed to be everywhere they needed to be at all times. They are true competitors and give 100 percent regardless of the situation."

Jana Radke finished with seven kills for the Bulldogs, adding a team-high nine blocks. She was 22 of 22 in attacks.

"Jana was big at the net," Conover said. "She was very aggressive both hitting and blocking, and had a never-quit attitude. She was a strong leader this year as a senior and will be missed."

Cassy Smith added six kills and four blocks, while Amy Hirschman recorded two kills, five blocks and two digs.

"Cassy stepped up and played well at the net," Conover said. "She hit the ball hard and with her height, was a force at the net.

"Amy was strong at the net Tuesday night and also served very well."

Bulldog setters Christine Alfred and Priscilla Otto also played well, according to Conover. Alfred notched 14 set assists and was nine of nine at the service line. Otto finished with 356 set assists and two digs.

Conover added that Liz Laursen covered the floor well, particularly down the line where Akron-Westfield often hit. She said Jenny Bowen and Kayla Ballantyne played well in the back row.

Galva-Holstein 3,

West Monona 0

The Galva-Holstein volleyball team is one game away from the state tournament after its Class 1A, Region 1 semifinal win over West Monona Thursday night in Holstein.

The third-ranked Pirates improved to 36-8 on the season with the 25-17, 25-16, 25-10 win over WM.

Next Tuesday night, they'll meet Rock Valley in the region championship in Sioux City.

Thursday night at home, the Pirates served 98 percent, making good on 75 of 76 attempts with eight aces.

Individually, Kelli Beyer finished with a team-high 11 kills, while Emily Schlinz added five. Whitney Rasmussen registered four kills and five blocks.

Beyer finished with a team-high 15 digs, with Lindsey Joslin adding 14 digs and Chelsey Meyer 13. Ashley McGuire recorded nine digs and three blocks.

Schlinz finished with 15 set assists and Meyer with 12.

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