The Washington High girls opened with an impressive 21-17, 21-14 victory over Humboldt, and then dropped two straight matches to ranked teams, falling 17-21, 18-21 to Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto, and 21-18, 9-21, 12-15 to host Spencer. Cherokee battled back to defeat Southern Cal 21-18, 15-21, 15-11, and then lost the final match to Algona by game scores of 13-21, 13-21.
For the day, Cherokee served 182-196 for a 93-percent effort.
Sarah Radke led the serving for WHS with a 36-38 effort and five aces, followed by Nicole Hatch 35-36 and one ace, Alison Husman 27-28 and one ace, and Kelsey Essick 23-25 and four aces.
Lynn Leonard led Cherokee in spiking with a 50-54 effort and 20 kills, followed by Kayla Messerole 49-59 and 25 kills, Lacie Drennan 48-57 and 20 kills, and Husman 41-53 and 14 kills.
Hatch led Cherokee in setting with a superb 96-99 day and 37 assists, while Radke was 88-90 and 32 assists, and Kyllie Dilla 27-28 and five assists. Messerole led in blocks with seven aces, while Leonard and Drennan each recorded four.
Essick led the team in serve receptions with a 77-86 day, followed by Drennan 36-38, Husman 32-36, Caitlin Thomas 7-9, Nancy Perrin 7-10, and Ivy Borcherding 3-3. Essick also led in digs with 36, while Husman tallied 25, and Drennan 24.
"This was a typical Spencer Tournament with tough competition," noted Cherokee coach Curt Klaahsen. "Of our three losses, two were to ranked teams and the other team was in the first rankings.
"We served our best percentage of the year and are working at serving tougher throughout the season. We look forward to our Lakes Conference opener Thursday here against Le Mars."