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Cherokee VB team winless at Spencer

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cherokee Sophomore Brookelyn Hoeppner and junior Ariana Smith come up with the block of Newell-Fonda's Madie Morenz during recent volleyball action. The point scored gave Cherokee a lead in the first set and they never looked back, winning the match 2-0 over the Mustangs. Photo by Jeff T. Benson, Lyon County Reporter
SPENCER - Losing their third libero in two weeks stunted the youthful Cherokee Washington High volleyball girls at Saturday's rugged Spencer Invitational, the team dropping all five matches against top competition.

Cherokee lost to Algona 6-21, 15-21; to Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto 19-21, 4-21; to Spencer 21-19, 15-21, 7-15; to Carroll 18-21, 10-21; and to Humboldt 21-16, 11-21, 8-15.

"This tournament has a lot good competition as well as teams we do not see throughout the year," noted Cherokee coach Julie Hummel. "We faced another adversity when our third libero was out because of illness. This team does such a great job of adjusting to a new lineup every playing date."

The WHS gals lost senior libero Megan Carlson for the season after she broke her ankle a few matches ago, and back-up libero Emily Haselhoff sprained her wrist last week and is curently out of action.

Maddy Woodall paced Cherokee servers at Spencer, totaling 32-39 with seven aces, followed by Megan Hummel 25-33 and five aces, Alexia Gerdes 17-19 and one ace, Ariana Smith 15-19, Jasey Stowater 14-18 and two aces, and Kaely Hummel 12-15 and two aces.

Megan Hummel led her team in hitting with a 46-54 effort and 15 kills, while Gerdes was 42-48 and seven kills, Smith 35-39 and 10 kills, Brookelyn Hoeppner 34-37 and 17 kills, Kaely Hummel 27-34 and nine kills, and Woodall 16-20 and six kills.

Woodall paced Cherokee in sets with 174-199 and 45 set assists, while the Hummel sisters led in digs with 34 apiece, followed by Gerdes 19, and Woodall 14. Smith and Hoeppner each tallied three block assists and Hoeppner had two solo blocks.

"Jasey Stowater did a great job coming into a position that she doesn't usually play, and stepping up for the team (at libero)," added coach Hummel.

"We were inconsistent in this tournament. We had flashes of great play or great games and then we could not sustain mommentum for the entire match."

The WHS club hosts the Cherokee Invitational here Saturday.

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