HINTON - The hard-luck Cherokee Washington High volleyball team never got untracked in a first-round Class 2A Regional volleyball match-up with a quality Hinton team on its home court, succumbing 3-0 on game scores of 15-25, 9-25, 21-25 here Tuesday night.
Cherokee could not contend with the fast-striking hitting attack of the Blackhawks led by Katie Schuck 21-23 and 11 kills, Kasey Reuter 14-16 and 10 kills, Karlie VandeHoef 14-14 and five kills, and Tori Bishop 10-10 and three kills.
"Hinton is a very hard-hitting team," noted Cherokee coach Julie Hummel of the 23-10 Blackhawks. "They had us on defense for a majority of the match, which did not allow us to attack on offense. When we did attack, we had some success.
"I was proud of the way the girls ran down balls and kept the volley alive. We will miss our seniors Shanon Shaefer, Jackie Wilson, Taylor Woods, Denise Freed, Jenna Lundsgaard, and Clare Tuttle, and thank them for the four years they gave to the program."
Shaefer paced Cherokee's serving effort with a 10-10 match and one ace, followed by Tuttle 8-10, Megan Hummel 9-9, Freed and Megan Carlson each 5-6 with one ace, and Kaitlyn Miller 5-7 and one ace.
Shaefer also led her team in hitting with 24-25 and eight kills, while Woods was 18-22 and eight kills, Wilson and Hummel each 14-16 and three kills, and Miller 6-7 and two kills.
Setter Miller tallied 14 assists, and Lundsgaard gad two. Woods had a solo block, and Wilson and Shaefer had one block assist each.
Hummel registered 12 digs, followed by Carlson and Miller 11 apiece, Shaefer seven, and Freed three.
Cherokee closes its season with a 12-25 match record.