The Cherokee Washington High volleyball team finished regular season with a positive flurry last week, winning 3-1at Emmetsburg Thursday night, and following up with two wins and three losses at the rugged Storm Lake Invitational Tournament on Saturday.
Cherokee beat Emmestburg by game scores of 25-18, 25-19, 9-25, 25-21. In the Storm Lake tourney, the WHS gals lost to rated Storm Lake by game scores of 13-21, 17-21; beat Emmetsburg 21-20, 21-13; beat Spirit Lake 21-14, 21-13; and then lost back-to-back matches to Estherville-LC 20-21, 18-21, and 16-21, 17-21.
"We played good," said Cherokee coach Sherry Miller of her team's Lakes Conference win at Emmetsburg. "The whole team had a chance to get into the match and participate in the win. Everybody received playing time."
Megan Hummel led Cherokee's serving effort with a 12-13 match and one ace, followed by Sara Ruehle 11-13 and three aces, Liz Dawson 11-14 and one ace, Lauren Husman 7-8 and one ace, Megan Carlson 3-4, and Shanon Shaefer 3-5.
Hummel also led Cherokee in hitting with a 22-25 night and three kills, while Dawson was 21-24 and seven kills, Bailey English 18-21 and six kills, Taylor Woods 12-14 and six kills, and Jessica Cook 4-4 and one kill. Woods led in blocks with 8-11 and four kills, Cook was 6-10 and a kill, and Jackie Wilson 4-5 and three kills.
Husman led Cherokee in setting with a 60-60 night and 20 assists. Carslon led in digs with eight, while Hummel had six, and Ruehle three.
In the Storm Lake tourney, Ruehle led in serving with a 36-41 day and 15 aces, followed by Hummel 33-36 and three aces, Carlson 29-34 and four aces, Husman 25-32 and four aces, Shaefer 15-21 and two aces, and Jenna Walsh 10-11 and two aces.
Emily Cook had a stellar night hitting at net with a 49-57 effort and 22 kills, while Jessica Cook was 38-42 and nine kills, Julianne Miller 34-42 and 13 kills, Woods 9-17 and four kills, and English 6-7 with one kill. Emily Cook led in blocks with 18-21 and five kills, Jessica Cook was 8-10 and two kills, and Woods 4-6 and two kills.
Husman led in setting with a superb 145-149 tourney and 50 assists. Carslon led in digs with 17, while Hummel had eight, and Shaefer seven.
"We played the best we have all season at this tournament," said coach MIller. "There was a three-way tie between Cherokee, E-LC, and Spirit Lake. Everybody played well. Emily Cook and Megan Carlson made the All-Tournament Team. They both played really well. Megan Carlson is such a great libero that coaches tell their players not to serve it to her. For being a freshman, it is an honor for her making All-Tournament. We hope playing this good will follow us into the tournament time."