SCHALLER - Few teams this season had any success against the Alta Cyclones' volleyball team. Unfortunately for Alta, the one team that did have their number was their opponent in Tuesday's regional quarterfinal, Schaller-Crestland.
The Wildcats won both regular season matches and swept Alta for the season as they won in three straight Tuesday, 25-19, 25-18, 25-19.
Schaller-Crestland's dominance attacking and defending at the net was too much for the Cyclones speed and precision.
Katie Murra again led the Wildcat attack with with 12 kills on the night. Roxanne Grundmeier added nine, and Egypt Clayton added five to go with 12 assists. Sydney Shell led Schaller-Crestland with 19 assists on the night.
Jordan Henningsen led Alta with 12 kills and three aces on the night. She was also the team leader with 14 digs. Jessy Bibler totaled six kills on the night. Courtney VanHaaften posted 20 assists to go with four digs and a pair of kills.
The Wildcats won the battle at the net as their attacking was just under 90% and they tallied 17 blocks to Alta's four.
Murra led Schaller-Crestland with seven blocks. Grundmeier added two, as did Lisa Schmidt and Egypt and Chelsea Clayton. Grundmeier led the Wildcats with 18 digs in a solid all-around effort. Kaitlin Franken was second with 11. Alyssa Drey added eight.
Geneva Hescke totaled 10 digs for Alta and Bibler nine. Ashley Syndergaard led the Cyclones with two blocks.
Alta's impressive season ends at 16-6. The Cyclones spent the second half of the season rated amongst Class A's top 15. A relatively young team, Alta's volleyball squad bids farewell to a trio of seniors, Anne Curbow, Bridget Murrillo, and Jessy Bibler.
""I am proud of our year," said Alta head coach Jeannie Henningsen. "We played some tough opponents this year and had some great wins. Our play wasn't good enough tonight but I am proud of the fight that our girls gave on the court. I wish Jessy, Bridget, and Anne all of the best. Our program will miss them."
The win propels #11 Schaller-Crestland to 25-7 on the year. The Wildcats dominant season gives them home court advantage again on Friday night when they host Harris-Lake-Park (24-5).
The winner will be in Tuesday, November 4th's regional final with the winner of that advancing to the state competition at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.