SIOUX CENTER - The youthful Cherokee Washington High volleyball team was no match for Iowa's 4th-ranked Sioux Center squad here Monday night, the Warriors dispatching Cherokee 3-0 in Class 2A Regional Volleyball action by game scores of 25-10, 25-13, 25-23.
"Sioux Center is a very athletic team," said Cherokee coach Julie Hummel. "They showed why they are rated #4 in the state. They have a big front line that hits and blocks well. They have three outstanding jump servers that made it difficult for us to get a clean pass on serve receive."
Cherokee's lone senior in action, Megan Hummel, led her team's serving effort with 12-12 and two aces, followed by Maddy Woodall 10-11 and one ace, Sara Ramirez 6-7 and one ace, Kaely Hummel 5-5, and Emily Haselhoff 4-5.
Megan Hummel also paced Cherokee's hitting with 13-15 and two kills, while Alexia Gerdes was 9-11 and five kills, Kaely Hummel 8-10 and two kills, and Ariana Smith 8-12 and four kills.
Woodall was sets leader for the WHS club with a 50-54 effort and 13 assists, while Brookelynn Hoeppner and Haselhoff tallied an assist apiece.
Megan Hummel also paced Cherokee in digs with eight, followed by Haselhoff seven, Kaely Hummel five, Gerdes and Woodall three each. Gerdes also registered two solo blocks and two assists, and Hoeppner had two block assists.
"We fought hard but could not overcome their hard hitting and tough serves," explained coach Hummel. "I'm proud of the way our team fought through adversity all season and improved each match. We will miss our seniors, but we will continue to work hard in the off season to improve."