ORANGE CITY - The Cherokee Washington High volleyball team got its 2009 season started against three tough foes at the MOC-Floyd Valley Tournament here Tuesday night.
The youthful Cherokee club lost all three matches to tough foes, including 21-11, 21-12 setback to Spencer, a 21-12, 21-8 loss to MOC-FV, and a 21-14, 21-6 loss to Le Mars.
This tournament was a great starting point for us," said Cherokee coach Sherry Miller. "We are a young team. We are only going to get better."
Lauren Husman was 62-67 in setting for Cherokee, and served 10-15 with one ace. Shannon Shaefer was 9-10 serving with two aces. Julie Miller was 13-17 serving with three aces.
Miller also led in serve receptions with 14-17, finished 18-24 in hitting with seven kills, and was 8-9 to lead in digs. "Julie did great all around the court," noted coach Miller.
Emily Cook paced Cherokee at net play with a 14-14 hitting effort and six kills, and 12-16 blocking with one kill.
Cherokee plays in the Sheldon Volleyball Tournament Saturday, and journeys to perennial Lakes Conference Champion, and defending State Champion Hull Western Christian Tuesday night.
HWC has never lost a Lakes Conference volleyball match in the 11 years since joining the league.