The gymnasium was packed in Alta as the Cyclones and Schaller-Crestland Wildcats squared off in a matchup between the Storm Lake area's highest rated volleyball teams.
The girls definitely put on a show for the big crowd as the #9 Wildcats edged the #14 Cyclones in four hard-fought games 25-18, 15-25, 22-25, and 17-25.
"They were more aggressive at the net tonight and took us out of our offensive schemes," said Alta head coach Jeannie Henningsen. "We played great defensively in the back. We dug up some great hits and Geneva (Heschke) did a good job of keeping our defense on track."
Katie Murra led the Wildcats with 12 kills, seven of which came in the final two games to help close out the victory. Chelsea Clayton also had seven in the final two games and ten total to go along with four aces in a strong showing. Roxanne Grundmeier added eight kills for S-C and Egypt Clayton recorded seven to go with 15 assists. Sydney Shell led the team in that category with 19 on Tuesday.
The Alta attack was led by Jordan Henningsen who finished the night with ten kills and seven aces. Ashley Syndergaard was second for the Cyclones with nine kills while Jessy Bibler added four to go with a pair of aces. Courtney VanHaaften led Alta with 20 assists on the night.
Defensively, Schaller-Crestland was dominant at the net as they recorded 14 blocks against Alta. Murra led the way with four while Lisa Schmidt, Chelsea Clayton, and Egypt Clayton all added three. Alyssa Drey led the Wildcats with 19 digs. Egypt Clayton was second with 15, Grundmeier added 11, and Kaitlin Franken recorded 10.
A strong Wildcat attack kept the Cyclones on their heels most of the evening as Heschke led the defensive effort with 18 digs. Henningsen added 12 and Bibler 10. Ashley Syndergaard and Hillary Glienke were active at the net with four and three kills respectively.
The win pushes Schaller-Crestland to 16-7 on the season. The Wildcats are in action Thursday as they travel to River Valley. The 13-5 Cyclones are off until Monday when host Newell-Fonda in their second to last regular season match of the year.