ORANGE CITY - The Cherokee High School volleyball team played three tough opponents in the season-opening Maurice-Orange City-Floyd Valley Tournament Tuesday night.
The Cherokee girls beat West Sioux of Hawarden in two close matches , 21-17 and 21-19, lost two close ones against Lakes Conference rival Spencer, 17-21 and 21-23, and won two of three games against the host MOC-FV Dutch - 21-18, 12-21, and 15-12.
Sarah Radke had an 18-18 night serving, and Lacie Drennan (14-15, 1 ace), Alison Husman (18-20, 3 aces), and Kayla Messerole (24-26, 2 aces) also came up big in the serving department.
Leading spikers were Drennan with 38-41 and 16 kills, Lynn Leonard 33-34 with 16 kills, Messerole 26-33 and nine kills, Radke 20-22 and eight kills, and Husman 16-20 and three kills.
Messerole had six blocks, Drennan four, and Jesselyn Racine two.
Leading the way in digs was Husman with 18, while Kelsey Essick and Drennan each had 15. Radke had a 50-52 night setting the ball, with 17 assists, and Nicole Hatch was 65-66, with 20 assists..
Cherokee coach Curt Klaahsen said, "This was a great way to start the season. We played quality teams, and this should really help prepare us for the tournaments ahead."
Cherokee plays in the Sioux City West Early Bird Tournament in Sioux City on Saturday.