ORANGE CITY - The fifth-ranked Orange City Unity Christian team enhanced its reputation in first-round Class 2A Regional volleyball action here with a 3-0 win over Cherokee Washington High.
"They are a very good team," said Cherokee first-year head coach Julie Hummel, whoe team steadily improved as the year progressed, including winning three of four final Lakes Conference matches and placing second in the Storm Lake Invitatioal Tournament with a 4-1 record last Saturday.
"Their hard hitting and tough serving kept us off balance all night. There's a reason they're rated #5 in the State. I'm proud of the girls and the way they improved the entire season. They were very coachable and fun to work with on a daily basis."
Emily Cook led Cherokee's hitting attack with a 19-24 effort and three kills, followed by Megan Hummel 13-14 and four kills, Jackie Wilson 12-16 and four kills, Shaefer 11-12 and three kills, and Liz Dawson 4-7 and two kills.
Setter Jessica Cook totaled 54-55 sets and 10 assists, while Shaefer and Dawson each recorded one assist. Emily Cook and Jessica Cook each tallied two block assists.
"We will miss our seniors - Emily Cook, Jessica Cook, Liz Dawson, Danielle Hansen, and Sarah Ruehle - and we wish them the best of luck with whatever they decide to do," added coach Hummel.
"We have a great core coming back and the girls realize that we can win and I look forward to working with them in the off season to continue to work to get better both fundamentally and in knowledge of the game."