SHELDON - The Cherokee Washington High volleyball squad came through with a solid 3-3 match record at Saturday's rugged Sheldon Invitational.
Cherokee defeated Emmetsburg, Remsen-Union, and Newell-Fonda, and dropped competitive decisions to Le Mars Gehlen, host Sheldon, and Central Lyon.
The WHS lasses beat Emmetsburg 18-21, 21-13, 15-10; R-U 14-21, 22-20, 15-10; and N-F 21-19, 21-18. Cherokee lost 14-21, 7-21 to Gehlen; 10-21, 7-21 to rated Sheldon; and 16-21, 22-10, 8-15 to Central Lyon.
Emily Cook had a stellar day at net for Cherokee, leading her team in hitting with a 93-110 effort and 41 kills, followed by Megan Hummel 59-76 and 20 kills, Shanon Shaefer 41-54 and 11 kills, Jaclie Wilson 36-54 and 12 kills, and Jessica Cook 33-39 and six kills.
Jessica Cook paced Cherokee in setting with a 233-234 day and 52 assists. Emily Cook led in blocks with three solo and seven assists, and Wilson had two solo and six assists.
Megan Carlson led Cherokee in serving with a superb 44-46 outing and four aces, followed by Sara Ruehle 39-45 and six aces, Shaefer 39-46 and three aces, Jessica Cook 31-35 and six aces, Hummel 26-31 and six aces, and Denise Freed 24-27 and four aces.
"I thought we had a good day," said Cherokee first-year varsity coach Julie Hummel. "I wanted to go in ans beat the teams I thought we should beat, surprise a couple teams, and upset Sheldon. We met one of those goals.
"The girls got a slow start against Gehlen. We did not comminicate at all during that match. The next three matches, we won! I was really proud the way the girls stuck together and didn't give up. Sheldon was really clicking on all cylinders when we played them late in the day. They had us on defense most of the match
"The best thing about this group of girls is that they are coachable and they really try to do the things that are asked of them. You can't ask for anymore than that."
Cherokee plays Thursday in Holstein in an entertaining triangular featuring second-rated Ridge View, and River Valley.