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WHS girls no match for #1 HWC

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cherokee's Jackie Wilson, background, leaps for a possible kill shot as teammates Jenna Lundsgaard (10) and Kaitlyn Miller (9) close in to help during Lakes Conference volleyball action against Hull Western Christian last week. Photo by Paul Struck
The undefeated #1 Hull Western Christian volleyball squad made quick work of the Cherokee Washington High girls here Thursday night, absconding out of town with a 3-0 Lakes Conference victory by game scores of 25-11, 25-12, 25-6.

The fast-paced Wolfpack (25-0) again rode its passing and hitting speed and precision to maintain the choke-hold it has had on the Lakes Conference since joining the league 14 years ago and winning the conference title every year.

"It was another emotional night with it being senior night," said Cherokee coach Julie Hummel. "I was so proud of the girls and how they came to compete. They played every point to the whistle and dug and chased down lots of balls."

Clare Tuttle of Cherokee stays focused on this serve attempt during her team's volleyball match against #1 Hull Western Christian here last week. Photo by Paul Struck
The modest Cherokee totals speak for the HWC domination, with Megan Hummel leading the hitting effort with 12-13 and three kills, followed by Shanon Shaefer and Jackie Wilson each 12-17 and five kills, and Kaitlyn Miller 11-11 and three kills.

Shaefer led her team in serving with a 5-7 effort and one ace, while Megan Carlson, Clare Tuttle, and Hummel were each 4-4, Denise Freed 3-5, and Miller 2-4. Those low Cherokee serving totals reveal how fast and often HWC scores points to regain the serve.

Shaefer also paced Cherokee in digs with 14, followed by Miller and Hummel seven each, Carlson five, and Wilson and Jenna Lundsgaard three apiece. Wilson and Taylor Woods had one solo block apiece, and Miller was 55-67 in sets with seven assists.

"HWC is #1 in the state as they are every year, they never have a down year, and I give credit to our girls for competing," added coach Hummel. "The score does not show which team had the most heart."

Cherokee (11-18) plays at Le Mars Tuesday.

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