Cherokee dropped all four matches, including three against rated teams. The WHS gals lost 2-0 to Humboldt on game scores of 19-21, 19-21; 2-1 to Maple Valley Anthon-Oto by scores of 21-13, 18-21, 11-15; 2-0 to Spencer on scores of 11-21, 19-21; 2-0, to Southern Cal by scores of 8-21, 17-21; and 2-0 to Algona by scores of 15-21, 10-21.
"We did a lot of great things, we just never came out on top," said Cherokee coach Sherry Miller. "We p;layed three rated teams and did well against all of them. The season is still early and we are getting stronger every match. I have to give a lot of credit to our back row passers. They did a great job of passing."
Lauren Husman led Cherokee in setting for the tournament, totaling 139-143. She also was 30-34 serving with three aces. Jenna Walsh was 19023 serving with three aces, and Sarah Ruehle led Cherokee in serve receptions with 30-35 on the day.
Shannon Shaefer was 42-52 in serve receptions, and served 17-19 with two aces. "Shannon was everywhere and did a great job reading the hitter and setting up for the dig," said coach Miller. "She did a great job on serve reception and overall coverage in the back row."
Julie MIller was 15-19 serving for Cherokee, and led in hitting with 52-64 and 16 kills. Emily Cook was 50-60 hitting with 18 kills, and led her team in blocking with 18-22 and two kills. Megan Hummel was 35-40 serving with five aces, and 30-41 hitting with 11 kills to also shine in those departments.
"As soon as we as a team learn to put everything together, we are going to grow that much quicker and the girls are starting to catch on to that system. We are almost there!
Cherokee plays at Spirit Lake Thursday, and hosts the Cherokee Invitational Saturday.