Storm Lake dropped an 0-3 (25-27, 14-25, 19-25) decision to the Cherokee volleyball team at home Tuesday, falling to 6-10 overall and 0-3 in the Lakes in the process.
"The first game was a nail biter. It was close most of the time and back and forth at the end. We just couldn't finish," Tornadoes coach Kim Johnson explained. "Then our mentality seemed to change and we became hesitant instead of staying aggressive. Cherokee did a nice job of keeping our blockers guessing and moving inside and outside so our block was not very effective.
"They also tipped short all night long and we did not make the necessary adjustment."
Slone Masters led Storm Lake with six kills, while Tammy Nielsen and Cassie Meylor both added five.
Nielsen and Jaye Kwikkel both doled out 11 assists while Katie Blum finished with six.
Jordan Bauer, Courtney Lovetinsky and Blum all brought up 10 digs, while Masters and Kelly Smith added seven apiece.
Nielsen put up four blocks; Meylor was 11 for 11 serving with three aces.
In JV action, Storm Lake beat the Braves 2-1 (21-16, 17-21, 15-12).
In doing so, the Tornadoes improved to 5-1 on the year and 3-0 in the league.
"This team has done a great job this year. They play well together no matter who is on the court," said Storm Lake coach Staci Maloy. "They pass, set and hit well, and that's made them a successful team."
Lovetinsky was 9 of 9 serving with four aces while also adding seven kills to the SL attack. Nicole Martin dished out eight assists.
Bauer, Emily Deters and Megan Thompson combined for six kills.
Meanwhile, Storm Lake's freshman team beat Cherokee in two straight games, 24-22, 21-14, improving to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Lakes.
"This was a true team effort as many different players contributed to the team's success," said Tornadoes coach Janet Anderson. "Once again our serving was a big factor as we missed very few serves. Katelyn Goodchild had a very good match."
Goodchild, who served 11 of 11, had four kills, three aces and two assists. Tori Peck posted three assists and three aces.
Katelyn Larson and Amanda Kavan both added a service ace.
The Tornadoes are at Spirit Lake tonight at 5:30.