SHELDON - A sputtering Cherokee Washington High volleyball squad finally got its motor running in the third game to claim victory in the final three games and take home a tight 3-2 win over tough Sheldon here Tuesday night.
Cherokee won the Lakes Conference contest by game scores of 22-25, 21-25, 26-24, 26-24, 15-12.
"We jumped out 6-1 in game three and stayed in control throughout. We got excellent contributions from everyone all night."
Lacie Drennan led the winners in spiking with 40-49 and 21 kills, followed by Lynn Leonard 37-40 and 11 kills, Alison Husman 36-40 and 13 kills, and Kayla Messerole 28-34 and eight kills. Leonard also registered three ace blocks, while Messerole and Sarah Radke had two apiece.
Radke led in serving with a 17-17 performance and one ace. Nicole Hatch was 13-13 with two aces, and Jesselyn Racine 4-4 and one ace. Kylie Dilla led Cherokee in setting with a 68-71 effort and 14 assists, while Hatch was 58-62 and 17 assists, and Radke 43-44 and 11 assists.
Kelsey Essick led the team in serve receptions with 53-56, followed by Husman 20-22, and Drennan 8-9. Drennan led in digs with 22, while Essick recorded 17, and Husman 10.
Cherokee travels to Spirit Lake tonight for another tough Lakes Conference encounter.