Playing with the confidence and precision such a year-around program can deliver, the mighty Hull Western Christian volleyball team rocked a good Cherokee club 3-0 here Tuesday night, claiming game scores of 25-4, 25-9, 25-19.
The win continues the Wolfpack's incredible win streak of having never lost a volleyball match - or a game! - in Lakes Conference play. HWC is now in its 11th year of participating in the Lakes Conference.
"Western Christian played like the number one team in the state (Class 2A) and we did not play with the competitive fire or drive needed to play with them," said a disgruntled Cherokee coach Curt Klaahsen.
"Our goal has now turned to winning the rest of our matches to get ready for the start of tournaments in two weeks."
With a roster loaded with height, including two girls at 6-1, one at 6-0, and three at 5-11, the Wolfpack presents one serious match-up problem with most opponents, Cherokee included. HWC's ability to effectively spike from all over the court and its solid serving corps also are intimidating factors for other teams.
Be that as it may, Klaahsen was irked in the early going as his team came out flat-footed and gun-shy - especially in the first game walk-over that set the tone for the night.
Lacie Drennan led Cherokee in serving with an 8-10 effort and one ace. Sarah Radke was 7-7 with an ace, and Shauna Drefke 4-4.
Drennan also led WHS in spiking with 12-13 and six kills, while Alison Husman was 5-5 with two kills.
Radke was sets leader with 16-17 and four assists, and Jesselyn Racine led in serve receptions with 6-7, and Drennan finished 5-5. Drennan also led in digs with eight, and Kelsey Essick tallied six.
Kayla Messerole had one ace block for the WHS team.
Cherokee hosts Esthervlle-LC tonight for Senior Night and "Jam The Gym Night."