SPENCER - The Cherokee Washington High volleyball team went 0-5 at Saturday's tough Spencer Invitational, losing to Algona 4-21, 17-21; Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto 24-23, 10-21, 12-15; Spencer 18-21, 20-22; Sergeant B;uff-Luton 18-21, 16-21; and Humboldt 17-21, 15-21.
"There was good competition at this tournament and we used this tournament to play some people in some positions to see what they could do," explained Cherokee first-year varsity coach Julie Hummel. With our setter injured (senior Jessica Cook) we played setters with little or no varsity experience to see what they could do. Each game our team improved and adjusted to the changes."
Freshman Kaitlyn Miller paced the Cherokee setters with a 105-126 effort and 36 assists, while Brooke Luetkeman was 37-60 and 12 assists.
Megan Carlson led Cherokee in serving for the day, totaling 32-34 with two aces, followed by Denise Freed 31-35 and six aces, Sarah Ruehle 26-30 and four aces, Luetkeman 16-18 and one ace, Megan HUmmel 16-19 and five aces, and Miller 14-19 and three aces.
Emily Cook led in blocks with two solo and three assists, whileLiz Dawson had one aolo and two assists, Hummel two solo and one assists, and Jackie Wilson two assists.
Emily Cook also paced Cherokee's hitting, totaling 74-89 and 30 kills, followed by Hummel 40-59 and 10 kills, Shanon Shaefer and Taylor Woods 15-20 and five kills each, Wilson 13-23 and six kills, and Dawson 12-15 and two kills.
Hummel led in digs with 25, followed by Ruehle 24, Freed 20, Shaefer 20, and Carlson 19.
"We show flashes of great play, but need to learn how to win games where we have the lead," continued coach Hummel. "We were in nearly every game but did not finish with wins. The girls are adjusting to learning new game situations and it takes time. Our back row passing with Sarah, Denise, Megan carlson, Shanon, and Megan Hummel is very consistent."
The WHS gals host the Cherokee Invitational here Saturday.