A lethargic Cherokee Washington High volleyball team, on the heels of superb play and several wins in the past week, dropped a 3-0 Lakes Conference match to tough Le Mars here Tuesday night by game scores of 19-25, 16-25, 15-25.
Denise Freed came off the bench to lead Cherokee servers, finishing with an 11-11 performance and three aces, while Jessica Cook was 8-9 and two aces, Megan Carlson 7-7, Shanon Shaefer 6-8, Megan Hummel 5-7, Sarah Ruehle 4-6, and Taylor Woods 4-4.
Emily Cook paced Cherokee's hitting with a 17-18 effort and seven kills, followed by jackie Wilson 13-16 and six kills, Shaefer 12-14 and three kills, Hummel 10-13 and five kills, Jessica Cook 6-7 and one kill, and Jenna Lundsgaard 2-3 and a kill.
Ruehle paced Cherokee in digs with nine, and Shaefer tallied five, and Hummel, Carlson, and Jessica Cook three apiece.
"Jenna and Denise did a good job coming in and playing when Megan Hummel injured her ankle in the first game," explained coach Hummel. "We will keep working to try to improve on both parts of the game, mental and physical."
Cherokee plays at #1 Hull Western Christian , the defending Lakes champions for the past 11 years, on Tuesday.