CORRECTIONVILLE - Youthful Cherokee split two volleyball matches at Thursday night's River Valley Triangular, falling 11-25, 15-25 to rated Ridge View, and defeating the host Wolverines 25-17, 25-13.
For Cherokee against Ridge View, Maddy Woodall led in serving with a 7-8 night and one ace, while Sammy Hirschman was 4-5, Ariana Smith 3-3 and one ace, and Alexia Gerdes and Kaely Humel each 2-2.
Woodall chalked up 34-40 sets with 12 assists, and Megan Hummel led Cherokee in digs with eight, followed by Gerdes seven, Kaely Hummel six, and Sara Ramirez five.
Megan Hummel led in hitting with 13-15 and four kills, followed by Gerdes 12-16 and six kills, Woodall 6-6 and one kill, Brookelyn Hoeppner 5-5, Smith 4-4 with one kill. and Kaely Hummel 3-3.
Dana Husted led Ridge View's solid serving effort with 11-11 and two aces, followed by Anna Davis 10-11 and three aces, Nicole Snyder 8-10, and Ashlynn Blenner and Gretchen Kistenmacher each 6-6.
Kistenmacher led in hitting with 15-18 and eight kills, while Kaitlynn Madsen was 7-7 and three kills, Snyder 6-6 and two kills, Davis 6-8 and four kills, and Lexi Johnson 5-6 and two kills.
"Ridge View is a good team that's rated in 2A," said Cherokee coach Julie Hummel. "They really dug the ball well and their setter (Snyder) does a great job running the team. We gave up too many scoring runs in certain rotations."
Woodall also led Cherokee serving in the win over River Valley with 11-14 and five aces. Megan Hummel was 8-9 and two aces, Ramirez 7-8 and three aces, Gerdes 6-7 and one ace, and Hirschman 5-5. Woodall also was 34-38 setting with 13 assists.
Gerdes led the winners in hitting with 12-14 and six kills, followed by Megan Hummel 11-12 and two kills, Kaely Hummel 8-8 and five kills, and Hoeppner 7-9 and five kills. Ramirez and Gerdes paced Cherokee in digs with five each, while Megan Humnel had four, and Kaely Hummel three.
"I thought we played well considering we had only one day to practice with a new lineup due to another injury," added coach Hummel. "Emily Haselhoff sprained her wrist last week.
"Against River Valley we kept themk off balance with our tough serving and Maddy mixed up the sets well. Sara did a nice job playing libero with one day of practice. The girls play well together and I know this adversity with injuries is helping them stick together as a team."
Cherokee lost libero Megan Carlson, one of its two senior leaders, to an ankle injury 10 days ago, and Haselhoff was her replacement at libero until the wrist injury last week sidelined here for a few days.
No River Valley statistics were made available for the Cherokee match.
In Ridge View's win over River Valley, kill leaders were Kistenmacher with six, and Madsen with four. Snyder led in set assists with 18, and also tallied four service aces and Emily Forristal three. Hustedt led in digs with eight, followed by Blenner seven, and Kistenmacher six.
For River Valley, Olivia Goettsch led in hitting with 11-13 and four kills, while Alysa Georgopoulos was 7-15 and four kills. Goettsch also led in digs with four, blocks with seven, and serving with an 8-8 effort and one ace.
"Our serving took them out of their offense and they ended up giving us many free balls that we were able to convert into hits," said Ridge View coach Scott Mitchell in his team's win over the Wolverines. "We did a good job of getting into our offense and I was happy with the different girls that I plugged in during the match."
Regarding the win over Cherokee, Mitchell said, "We blocked better than we have for a couple weeks. We spread our sets out and all our hitters did a good job of swinging the ball. We did a good job of serving and keeping them on their heels."