Alta stays unbeaten vs. Laurens-Marathon
At some point during the season Alta's volleyball squad was going to get tested and pushed to their limits. That test came Tuesday night against the Chargers of Laurens-Marathon and the Cyclones passed with flying colors.
Things seemed to be going Alta's way early as they took the first game 25-14, but it was a battle for every point from there on out as Alta was able to outlast the Chargers for the victory 25-23, 21-25, and 26-24.
"This was everything we thought it would be," said Alta head coach Jeannie Henningsen. "We knew this match would probably go four or five games with each game being close. We got out of the box quickly and then LM came back and played tough and it went down to the wire."
Jessy Bibler and Jordan Henningsen came up big for Alta again as they collected 14 and 11 kills respectively. Hannah Glienke had eight kills on the night including some key ones down the stretch for Alta.
Hillary Glienke and Ashley Syndergaard proved how versatile the Cyclone offense is with eleven kills between them as Alta had five players with five or more kills. Courtney VanHaaften kept them all happy with 31 assists on the night.
The Cyclones were lights-out from the service line on Tuesday as they collected 10 aces and served 94% as a team. Hannah Glienke and Katie Garrison led the way with four aces apiece.
Defensively, Bibler and Geneva Hescke led Alta with 15 digs apiece.
Alta looks to keep their momentum rolling as they host St. Mary's on Thursday followed by the Rockwell City tournament on Saturday.
The Chargers host the Laurens-Marathon volleyball tournament this Saturday with games beginning in Laurens at 9AM.
Tornadoes stay perfect heading into Lakes Conference play
The Storm Lake girls keep finding themselves in tough games with strong opponents, but they keep finding a way to pull it out as they did on Tuesday against Odebolt-Arthur.
The Tornadoes were able to hold off Odebolt-Arthur as they won by a score of 25-22, 16-25, 25-22, and 25-19.
The Tornadoes trailed 4-15 in the fourth and deciding game before coming back for the win.
"We played very well at times," said Storm Lake head coach Kim Johnson. "I was impressed with our serve receive and passing most of the night. The passers were able to get the ball to the setters and the setters did a nice job of getting the hitters and mixing things up. The girls showed character in the fourth game where we trailed and were able to come back and win. During that game Jordan Bauer served eight points to get us back in it. The girls stayed positive and battled back."
Cassie Meylor led the Storm Lake attack with 12 kills on Tuesday. Katie Blum also turned in an impressive effort with nine kills. The Tornado servers found plenty of success with 16 aces led by seven from Katie Goodchild. Bauer had four on the night and Meylor added three. Bauer also added 15 assists on the night, second to Megan Thompson's 21.
Defensively, Storm Lake shined against Odebolt-Arthur. At the net, Meylor had five blocks while Bauer and Lori Phanechone both had four. Nicole Martin led Storm Lake with 12 digs.
"Following the match I told the girls that all of their hard work is paying off," said Johnson. "But we still have work to do."
The 3-0 Storm Lake squad gets a short break before beginning their Lakes Conference play in Cherokee next Tuesday. Games will be starting at 5:30 PM.
Newell-Fonda sweeps the Bulldogs 3-0 Tuesday
The Newell-Fonda volleyball team traveled to Aurelia Tuesday night and made quick work of the Bulldogs as they swept them in three straight, 25-10, 25-7, and 25-17.
The Mustang offense was in top form as they proved to be efficient and well rounded with six players recording three or more kills. Becky Seivert, Susan Kies, and Katelyn Laursen led Newell-Fonda with seven apiece. Lauren Devereaux had five on the night and Karina Overgaard had four.
Kies also led the Mustangs with eight aces from the service line and thirteen assists. Seivert collected five aces, Katie Kaufman had four, and Devereaux had three as Newell-Fonda dominated the service line for 21 aces.
Rachel Culp led the defensive effort as she dug out thirteen Tuesday. Seivert was second with three digs. Laursen collected the only Mustang block on the night.
"Our girls did a nice job of taking care of the ball," said Newell-Fonda head coach Craig Davis. "We served the ball intelligently and made the most of our opportunities. This was a nice team victory for us."
Newell-Fonda moves to 1-3 on the season after falling to Central Lyon and Remsen-Union in tournament action on Saturday. They will be in tournament action again this Saturday as they travel to the Rockwell City-Lytton tournament.
Sioux Central netters top River Valley in three games
The Sioux Central Rebels looked sharp at home Tuesday night as they topped Twin River Valley by a score of 15-19, 25-10, and 25-14.
"We won, but didn't play at our level of play," said Rebel head coach Sue Mattson. "We have a few bugs to work out. At times, we looked really good, but at other times our feet just wouldn't move."
Offensively, the Rebels were led by Grace Rehnstrom who was 15-16 in attacking chances with 7 kills.
Brooke Scharn and Erin Safley added five kills apiece. Safley and Rehnstrom were also dominant at the service line as they combined for 27-28 in serving with two aces.
Rebuhn and Rehnstrom also led the Rebels in assists with 10 and 13.
Scharn paced the defensive effort with eight digs. Brady Rebhuhn and Rebecca Miller each added six, and Allie Swanson, Rebhuhn, and Rehnstrom chipped in with five apiece.
"The girl continue to work hard," said Mattson. "And they will continue to improve."
Sioux Central will take the court again as they travel to the Laurens-Marathon tournament this Saturday.