ALTA - The fast-improving Cherokee Washington High volleyball team finished second in the team race at Saturday's Alta Volleyball Invitational, posting a 3-1 match record and losing only to #2 Alta (Class 2A).
Cherokee lost to Alta 17-21, 8-21; and then defeated three consecutive opponents, including a 21-7, 21-12 win over Clay Central Everly; a 19-21, 21-14, 15-8 win over Resmen St. Mary's; and a 21-12, 21-7 verdict over Graettinger-Terril.
Shanon Shaefer paced a solid Cherokee serving effort with a 39-41 day with nine aces, followed by Jessica Cook 23-25 and three aces, Sarah Ruehle 27-32 and seven aces, Megan Carlson 17-19 and three aces, Denise Freed 17-21 and three aces, and Megan Hummel 17-22 and three aces.
Emily Cook led Cherokee in hitting with a 38-41 effort and 12 kills, followed by Shaefer 30-31 and 10 kills, Hummel 24-32 and 14 kills, Jackie Wilson 22-29 and seven kills, and Liz Dawson 13-15 and four kills.
Jessica Cook led in setting with a 134-136 day and 42 assists. jessica Cook and Wilson each had two solo blocks and three assists, and Emily Cook had one assist. Ruele led in digs with 26, while Hummel and Shaefer charted 11 apiece.
It was a very good day for us," said a pleased Cherokee coach Julie Humel. "We started out a little slow with Alta, but rebounded nicely in all our other matches.
"The girls really played together as a team. They played smart ball and worked the plays to their advantage. Emily Cook and Megan Hummel were named to the All-Tournament Team."
Cherokee plays at defending Lakes Conference champion Hull Western Christian Tuesday. The Wolfpack is ranked #1 in Class 2A.