In the rugged tourney featuring several top-notch teams, Cherokee lost 17-21, 18-21 to Algona; 25-27, 14-21 to Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto; 21-23, 21-18, 12-15 to host Spencer; 21-16, 17-21, 13-15 to Carroll; and 10-21, 21-14, 11-15 to Humboldt.
"This tournament had some evenly matched teams and we were in every game but did not make the plays needed to win." said Cherokee coach Julie Hummel.
"We had several game point chances in many matches, but did not convert them for the win. Our girls play hard, but need to fain the cinfidence to put away teams when we have the chance."
Shanon Shafer led a strong Cherokee service effort with 39-44 and seven aces, followed by Megan Carlson 38-39 and one ace, Kaitlyn Miller 33-35 and five aces, Clare Tuttle 31-38 and eight aces, Megan Hummel 28-34 and two aces, and Denise Freed 28-37 and five aces.
Shafer paced the WHS gals in hitting with a 53-62 effort and 22 kills, while
Hummel was 50-60 and 20 kills, Taylor Woods 42-51 and 15 kills, Jackie Wilson 41-58 and 19 kills, Miller 16-20 and seven kills, and Jenna Lundsgaard 13-16 and three kills.
Setter Miller tallied 227-250 sets and 64 assists, and Hummel led in digs with 25, followed by Shafer 20, Carlson 19, and Freed and Miller seven apiece.
Woods had six block assists, Lundsgaard five, Miller three solo and one assist, Hummel two solo and one assist, and Wilson one solo and one assist.
"We will continue to work on cutting down our unforced errors and playing smart volleyball, as well as finishing when we have the lead," added coach Hummel. "We will get back on the winning track.
Cherokee (3-13) hosts the Cherokee Invitational here Saturday.