The fast-improving Cherokee Washington High volleyball team posted a 2-2 match record against some rugged oppposition at its own Cherokee Invitational here Saturday to finish third in the tourney.
Cherokee defeated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 21-8, 21-10; and beat Alta-Aurelia 21-17, 21-12; before losing 16-21, 12-21 to Sioux City East; and 25-18, 16-25, 4-15 to MOC-Floyd Valley.
Shanon Shafer led the WHS girls in serving for the day, totaling 33-26 and four aces, followed by Denise Freed 30-32 and seven aces, Megan Hummel 27-30 and six aces, Megan Carlson 21-23 and two aces, Kaitlyn Miller 14-20 and two aces, and Clare Tuttle 11-13 and two aces.
As setter, Miller was 166-176 with 51 assists for the tourney. Jenna Lundsgaard led in blocks with five assists, while Woods had three assists and two solos, and Wilson four assists and one solo.
Shafer also led her team in digs with 28, followed by Carlson 24, Freed and Hummel 16 apiece, and Miller 14.
"I'm very excited that we made the championship bracket in our home tournament," said Cherokee coach Julie Hummel. "That was one of our goals since we had not done that in the past four years. We are starting to play well and work together as a team.
"We still need to work on getting to the block quicker to help out our defenders and to realize when to tip and when to hit hard. I'm very proud of the girls for the way they play these tough teams. We just need to be more consistent to come out on top, but we are getting there."
Cherokee (7-15) plays at Spirit Lake tonight, and at the Alta-Aurelia Tournament in Alta Saturday.