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Cherokee girls overtake Orabs

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A look of concern is etched on the faces of Cherokee volleyball coach Curt Klaahsen and his players during recent action in Cherokee. The WHS girls battled back from a 2-0 deficit to upend Sheldon 3-2 in Sheldon Tuesday night. Photo by Paul Struck.
WHS trails 2-0 before earning 3-2 VB win

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.

Cherokee's Kelsey Essick stays focused on a volley while teammate Sarah Radke in back readies to assist if need by in recent volleyball action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck.
"Obviously, this was an extremely close match, with both teams scoring a total of 110 points," said a relieved Cherokee coach Curt Klaahsen. "We were able to hang in there down 2-0 and made enough plays in crunch time to win games three and four.

"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.

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