Class 2A District volleyball loss ends WHS season
ORANGE CITY - The 2006 Cherokee Washington High volleyball season screeched to a halt here Tuesday night after the third-rated Orange City Unity Christian Knights claimed a 3-1 Class 2A District victory.
Playing in their home gym, the Knights won by game scores of 25-18, 22-25, 25-11, 25-16, further fortifying their lofty standing and 38-5 match record to date.
Cherokee, which ends its season with a 16-16 match record, stood its ground throughout against the talented UC club and won the second game, a rarity for Knight opponents this season.
"We played toe to toe all night with the third-ranked team in their gym and we have nothing to hang our heads about," said Cherokee coach Curt Klaahsen. "We were aggressive throughout the match and probably had our best blocking night of the year."
Shauna Drefke led Cherokee's serving in the match with a 17-18 effort, while Kelsey Essick was 6-6, and Sarah Radke 5-6. Essick led in serve receptions with 46-50, while Alison Husman was 15-17, and Lacie Drennan 13-14.
Nicole Hatch paced the WHS club in sets with 48-49 and 12 assists, and Radke totaled 38-39 and three assists. Essick also led in digs with 15, while Drennan had nine, and Husman seven.
Drennan led Cherokee in spiking with 33-36 and 14 kills, followed by Husman 17-20 and five kills, and Kayla Messerole 15-18 and four kills. Drennan had five ace blocks, Messerole four, and Radke and Lynn Leonard two apiece.
"We are sorry to see our seven seniors - Kylie Dilla, Ivy Borcherding, Lynn Leonard, Heather McCollam, Kayla Messerole, Nancy Perrin, and Sarah Radke - end their volleyball careers," added Klaahsen. "But we greatly appreciate their efforts and positive attitudes for the last four years.
"A special thanks to coach (Tara) Malausky and coach (Sherry) Miller for all their efforts this year. We are blessed to have two of the best dedicated and dependable assistants around working with our players."