STORM LAKE - The Cherokee Washington High volleyball team dropped three hotly-contested Lakes Conference games to Storm Lake here Tuesday night.
The host Tornadoes escaped the battling WHS girls by game scores of 25-19, 25-21, 25-21.
"These were exciting, close games to watch," said Cherokee coach Julie Hummel. "I can't fault the effort of our kids. They came out and played hard, but we came up short. We blocked and dug the ball well. We needed to play more offense, but give their defense credit for covering and digging well."
Emily Cook paced Cherokee's hitting with a 21-27 night and six kills, followed by Shanon Shaefer 17-18 and four kills, Megan Hummel 18-23 and three kills, jackie Wilson 10-15 and three kills, Jessica Cook 6-6 and three kills, and Liz Dawson 6-9 and one kill.
Hummel led Cherokee's serving with a 12-13 effort and five aces, while Taylor Woods was 11-13 and three aces, Megan Carlson 8-8 and three aces, Sarah Ruehle 7-8, Shaefer 6-6, and Jessica Cook 8-9.
Jessica Cook led Cherokee's setting with 43-45 and 16 assists, and Wilson had two solo blocks and three assists, Dawson four block assists, and Emily Cook three block assists.
Ruehle led her team in digs with 21, and Hummel tallied 17.
The WHS gals host the Cherokee Invitational Saturday.