ORANGE CITY - The promising Cherokee Washington High volleyball team started its 2010 season against rugged foes at the MOC-Floyd Valley Tournament here Tuesday night.
The Cherokee girls finished with a 1-2 match record, defeating Spencer by game scores of 21-15, 18-21, 15-2; and losing 4-21, 21-19, 9-15 to Sheldon; and 16-21, 14-21 to Sergeant Bluff-Luton, two rated and highly acclaimed opponents entering this early volleyball season.
"It was a good tournament with tough competition," said Cherokee first-year varsity head coach Julie Hummel. "It was a great starting point for us so we recognize things we still need to work on. Passing and blocking were a definite strength."
Emily Cook paced Cherokee in hitting with a 23-32 effort and 14 kills, followed by Megan Hummel 19-28 and 10 kills, Jackie Wilson 16-20 and 11 kills, and Shanon Shaefer 10-16 and five kills.
Jessica Cook led WHS in setting with a 46-55 night and 30 assists. Emily Cook led in blocks with six, and Wilson and Hummel managed four each.
Sarah Ruehle paced Cherokee in serving with a 26-30 effort and four aces, while Hummel was 23-24 and one ace, Shaefer 20-25 and four aces, Jessica Cook 16-17 and two aces, and Megan Carlson 16-18.
"Sarah, Megan Carlson, Shanon, and Megan Hummel do the bulk of our passing and they did a great job," said coach Hummel. "Jackie did a great job seeing the court and Emily blocked well and found the holes in the defense. jessica pulled herself through a tough first game where she had to adjust her setting style. That was a difficult thing to do and she handled it masterfully.
"We will continue to work on speeding up our offense and learning which shots are best suited for each situation."
The Cherokee girls travel to the Sheldon Tournament Saturday, and Thursday play in the Ridge View Classic at Schaller-Crestland against Ridge View and River Valley.