SPIRIT LAKE - The enigmatic Cherokee Washington High volleyball team lost a hard-fought 3-2 Lakes Conference battle to Spirit Lake last week after winning the first two games.
Cherokee lost by game scores of 25-20, 26-24, 17-25, 21-25, 12-15.
Megan Carlson led a strong Cherokee serving game with 17-18 and two aces, followed by Shanon Shafer 17-20 and two aces, Kaitlyn Miller 15-19 and five aces, Denise Freed 14-17, Megan Hummel 13-14 and two aces, and Clare Tuttle 10-12 and one ace.
Shafer paced the WHS gals in hitting with a 44-53 effort and 13 kills, while Hummel was 27-31 and 10 kills, Taylor Woods 25-30 and 11 kills, Jackie Wilson 23-30 and 10 kills, Miller 14-18 and one kill, and Jenna Lundsgaard 6-6 and one kill.
Setter Miller tallied 29 assists and was 63-72 setting. Shafer also led her t eam in digs with 28, followed by Hummel 26, Carlson 14, and Denise Freed 12.
"We let this one slip away," said a disappointed Cherokee coach Julie Hummel. "We had them 2-0 and then dropped three in a rwo. We got away from our game plan and played not to lose instead of playing to win. We became too conservative and tried the tipping game and we just can't do that when you play good teams. We will regroup and learn from this."