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WHS, MMC, RV compete in Cherokee VB tourney

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cherokee's Sarah Ruehle hustles for a dig as teammate Liz Dawson closes in to help during recent volleyball action. Cherokee hosted the Cherokee Invitational Saturday, also featuring the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn and River Valley teams. Photo by Reta Todd
Although there were flashes of stellar play and continued improvement, the young Cherokee Washington High volleyball team went winless at Saturday's Cherokee Invitational, dropping all six matches against some quality competition from both small and large schools.

Cherokee lost 14-21, 21-23 to Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn; 8-21, 16-21 to Sioux City North; 16-21, 18-21 to River Valley; 16-21, 9-21 to Hinton; 12-21, 12-21 to Sioux City East; and 18-21, 11-21 to MOC-Floyd Valley.

The MMC Eagles finished 2-3 in matches in the tourney, defeating River Valley 2-0, and Cherokee 2-0, and losing 0-2 to Sioux City North, 0-2 to Sioux City East, and 0-2 to MOC-Floyd Valley. No game scores were submitted.

Cherokee's Julie Miller makes a nice pass as teammates Megan Hummel, left, and Lauren Husman (3) stand by to assist during recent volleyball action. Photo by Reta Todd
River Valley also posted a 2-3 record on the day, beating Hinton 2-0, and Cherokee 2-0, and losing 0-2 to MMC, 0-2 to East, and 0-2 to North. No game scores were submitted.

For Cherokee, Emily Cook led in hitting with a 43-50 effort for the day, including 12 kills. Julie Miller was 39-49 hitting with 20 kills, Taylor Woods 16-22 with four kills, and Megan Hummel 13-19 and five kills.

Lauren Husman led Cherokee in serving with 30-33 and three aces for the day, followed by Hummel 20-21 and two aces, and Woods 15-17 and three aces. Husman led in setting with 143-150 attempts in the tourney.

"We struggled in the tournament," said Cherokee coach Sherry Miller. "We would get ahead and then we would lose the game. We have been struggling with this part of the game of volleyball. With the second part of the season starting, maybe we can get this part under control and enjoy the last part of volleyball."

For MMC, Jalyn Doden led in hitting with a 49-64 effort and 12 kills, followed by Erica Dreckman 45-58 with 13 kills, Kayla Foresman 32-43 with seven kills, and Ashley Schneider 27-35 with six kills. Schneider also led her team in blocks with 17.

Dreckman led in serving with 29-35 and eight aces, while Foresman was 21-28 with three aces, Jackie Holmes 22-25 and one ace, Megan Deichman 26-29, Ashley Weber 23-27, and Doeden 14-19. Dreckman led in digs with 46, and Holmes had 21 assists, and Deichman 14.

Kari Ludvigson led River Valley hitters with a 40-44 effort in the tourney, followed by Tonya Johnson 59-74, Kaylea Simons 40-49, Katie Ahrendsen 21-23, and Mackenzie Fitch 26-37.

Emily Ray and Steph Shever paced the Wolverines' serving, each with a 26-27 effort, while Ludvigson was 18-20, Fitch 18-29, and Kelli Miller 16-20. Kelsey Wright led RV in assists with 39. Ludvigson led RV in digs with 16, followed by Shever 14, Brittny Shropshire 13, Ray nine, and Fitch eight.

Cherokee hosts Spencer tonight and plays in thje Schaller-Crestland Tournament Saturday. MMC plays in the Granville Spalding Tournament Saturday, and River Valley plays in the Western Valley Conference Tournament Saturday and Monday.

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