IDA GROVE - The improved Cherokee Washington High volleyball team mounted a strong finish to its season the past few weeks, but it was not enough to triumph over a quality Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove squad here Tuesday night.
The host Falcons withstood a stout challenge throughout the hotly-contested match to post a narrow 25-22, 20-25, 26-28, 25-20, 15-9 victory than ended Cherokee's season.
"We worked hard," said Cherokee coach Sherry Miller. "It's sad to see the season come to an end."
Julianne Miller led Cherokee in hitting with a 31-38 effort and 19 kills. "Julie was on! said coach Miller. "She has done a great job all season. This was her best match of the season."
Other top hitters for Cherokee were Emily Cook 22-30 and 11 kills, and Taylor Woods 14-19 and six kills. "Emily has dominated the front row with hitting and blocking consistently all season," noted coach Miller. "Taylor has done a great job in the middle for us this year."
Shanon Shaefer led a strong serving performance for the WHS gals with a 20-21 match and two aces, followed by Megan Carlson 17-20, Megan Hummel 16-18 and one ace, Lauren Husman 16-16 and an ace, Woods 14-16 and five aces, and Sara Ruehle 7-10.
Husman led in setting with 107-108 and 38 assists, and Jessica Cook was 14-15 setting with seven assists. Emily Cook led in blocking with 11-15 and four kills, while Woods was 7-10 and one kill, and Jessica Cook 6-6 and three kills. Husman was 4-4 blocking. Shaefer tallied six digs to lead that category, while Hummel had five, and Carlson four.
"Lauren did a great job setting all year, She will be greatly missed," added coach Miller. "Shanon has been great for us in the back row, and so has Megan Carlson."