Cherokee libero Megan Carlson keeps her eyes on the ball ready to hit as teammates Lauren Husman (3) and Megan Hummel move into position during the volleyball match against Spencer in Cherokee Thursday night. Photo by Paul Struck
The Cherokee Washington High volleyball team started the match in a positive and aggressive manner with a hard-fought 25-23 victory in the first game, but then faltered down the stretch to drop a 3-1 Lakes Conference decision to Spencer by the game scores of 25-23, 22-25, 13-25, 17-25 here Thursday night.
"We played well," said Cherokee coach Sherry Miller. "I'm very pleased with how we came ready to play. The front row did great playing the net and hitting the ball. My back row did an awesome job on coverage.
"They worked hard this week on the coverage for Spencer. I am very pleased with them. This is a start to a new beginning for the volleyball team. Let's keep it going."
Lauren Husman of Cherokee makes a good pass as teammate Megan Hummel, court official Mark Campbell, and a cheerful Washington High student body stay focused on the volleyball action against Spencer here last week. Photo by Paul Struck
Julie Miller led Cherokee in hitting with a 26-33 effort and 11 kills, while Emily Cook was 23-29 with nine kills, Taylor Woods 14-18 with four kills, and Megan Hummel 11-13 with four kills. Bailey English came off the bench and was 6-8 hitting with one kill, and Liz Dawson was 3-5 hitting.
Lauren Husman led her team in serving with a 20-20 night and six aces. She also led in setting with 82-82 and one kill, and was 2-3 digging. Dawson served 7-9 with two aces, Hummel was 8-9 serving, Woods 3-5 with two aces, and Shannon Shaefer 5-6 with one ace.
Cook led in blocks with 11-11 and two kills, while Miller was 5-6 with one kill. Passing leaders were Megan carlson 16-24, Shaefer 10-14, and Hummel 10-15. Shaefer also tallied 10-14 digs, while Carlson was 8-13.
Liz Dawson of Cherokee eyes the court before serving during Cherokee's Lakes Conference volleyball match against Spencer here Thursday night. Photo by Paul Struck
"Lauren did an awesome job setting for us," continued coach Miller. "We had people come off the bench and did a great job going in and out for us. I thank the crowd that follows us and does a great job cheering, even when we are down. They keep our volleyball team going. The team thanks them all."
Cherokee plays at Le Mars Tuesday.