Alexia Gerdes led Cherokee in serving with 15-17 and two aces, while Megan Hummel was 10-11 and four aces, Kaely Hummel 9-9 and one ace, Sara Ramirez 8-10 and one ace, and Maddy Woodall 8-10.
Gerdes also led Cherokee in hitting with a 21-26 effort and eight kills, followed by Brookelyn Hoeppner 18-19 and seven kills, Megan Hummel 18-21 and three kills, Kaely Hummel 14-15 and four kills, Woodall 12-13 and one kill, and Ariana Smith 9-11 and three kills.
Megan Hummel paced Cherokee in digs with 17, followed by Emily Haselhoff 14, Woodall seven, and Kaely Hummel six. Woodall also tallied 18 assists on a perfect 71-71 sets. Gerdes led her team in blocks with two solos.
"These were close games and we played well until about point 20 and then we didn't make the plays we needed to win," said Cherokee coach Julie Hummel. "We need to learn how to finish games when we are ahead.
"We will continually work on the mental part of the game so that we can learn to play to win. When we lose a match like this we learn something important to help us get better in the next match."
Cherokee hosts Le Mars Tuesday and then travels to #2 rated Hull Western Christian on Thursday.