Cyclones take first in home tourney
The Alta volleyball team hosted their tournament this Saturday and took top honors as they won all three of their matches.
The Cyclones swept all three of their matchups as they took down Remsen St. Mary's 25-7 and 25-20, Graettinger Terril 25-11 and 25-13, and Clay Central Everly 26-24 and 25-13.
"We played our best volleyball of the year on Saturday," said Alta head coach Jeannie Henningsen. "We played aggressively at the net and really mixed up our offense. We beat a very good CCE team that has had some big wins. I thought we also served more aggressively which helped us win some big games."
Leading the attack was Jordan Henningsen who recorded 27 kills on Saturday. Hillary Glienke added 14 and Jessy Bibler 11. Courtney VanHaaften posted 47 assists on Saturday to maintain her conference lead.
Meagan Phipps had a strong showing at the service line over the weekend as she recorded six aces. Glienke and VanHaaften both had three apiece.
On the defensive end, Henningsen led the Cyclones with 21 digs. Geneva Hescke added 12. Ashley Syndergaard led the squad with six blocks.
The win brings the Cyclones to 13-3 on the season. Alta meet undefeated East Sac in Lake View on Thursday night.
Newell-Fonda runners up at H-M-S tournament
The Mustang volleyball team had a strong showing Saturday as they won three of their five matches to earn runner-up honors.
"Our team really came together today," said Newell-Fonda head coach Craig Davis. "We had a group of girls that stepped up and made plays all day long."
En route to their second place finish, the Mustangs topped South O'Brien 21-16 in two straight games and fell to Okoboji 14-21 in consecutive games. Newell-Fonda then took down Armstrong-Ringsted 21-18 and 21-13.
In the semifinals, N-F topped Laurens Marathon 28-26, 17-25, and 15-10. They squared off against Rock Valley in the championship but fell in three 20-25, 25-6, and 14-16.
"Our girls competed as a team the entire day," said Davis. "They competed against some great teams and didn't back down. They did just about everything we could ask them to do. The experience we gained as a team playing in the championship game was extremely valuable."
The Mustangs offense had contributions coming from all over led by Becky Seivert's 22 kills, Lauren Devereaux's 19, Susan Kies' 19, and Katelyn Laursen's 18.
Kies led the squad with her 36 assists and 11 aces.
Defensively, Rachel Culp led the way with 32 digs, and Laursen led the Mustangs with six blocks.