ORANGE CITY - The Cherokee Washington High volleyball team lost three matches to quality opponents at the season opener in the MOC-Floyd Valley Tournament Tuesday night, falling 7-21, 18-21 to Sheldon; 11-21, 13-21 to Le Mars; and 18-21, 15-21 to Spencer.
The loss was a double bummer for the WHS club as one of the team's two decorated senior leaders, Megan Carlson, suffered a serious ankle injury that could cost her the season. Megan Hummel is the other senior leader on the very young Cherokee squad.
"We are in mourning," said Cherokee coach Julie Hummel. "We lost one of our senior leaders and libero Megan Carlson to an ankle injury. We are very young with little varsity experience so we will be going through some adjustments learning the speed of the varsity game."
Megan Hummel paced the Cherokee hitting attack, totaling 25-27 spikes with seven kills, followed by Alexia Gerdes 23-29 and six kills, and Ariana Smith 16-18 and seven kills.
Maddy Woodall led Cherokee servers with a 16-19 effort and one ace, followed by Hummel, 11-14 and three aces, and Emily Haselhoff, 8-8. Woodall also led her team in set assists with 19.
Hummel led the team in digs with 14, while Haselhoff registered 13, Kaely Hummel 12, and Carlson 10 in her abbreviated action.
"This was a tough tournament with some very good teams," added coach Hummel. "We had some difficulty with our blocking and also getting quality swings. We will continue to work and get better. The girls played with great effort and never gave up."
The Cherokee girls play at the Sheldon Tournament Saturday.