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Cherokee girls 3rd in VB tourney

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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's Shanon Shafer eyes the court prior to serving the ball during recent volleyball action in Cherokee won by the home team. Photo by Mike Leckband
Sioux City East won the tournament, defeating MOC-Floyd Valley in the championship match. Cherokee was third and Sioux City North fourth.

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.

Cherokee's Jenna Lundsgaard (10) makes a good set as teammates Megan Hummel, Kaitlyn Miller and Taylor Woods (20) stay focused on the ball during recent volleyball action in Cherokee. Photo by Mike Leckband
Shafer also paced Cherokee in hitting, tallying 51-58 and 26 kills, while Taylor Woods was 36-44 and 13 kills, Jackie Wilson 35-40 and 19 kills, Hummel 34-43 and 13 kills, and Miller 20-22 and three kills.

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.

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