Cherokee charts 5-1 mark at S.C. West
SIOUX CITY - The Cherokee Washington High volleyball team had another superb outing here Saturday, claiming second place with a 5-1 record at the Sioux City West Invitational.
Cherokee lost 21-12, 21-8 to undefeated and ranked Sioux Center in the championship match here, after beating five conseuctive foes to make the title match.
The WHS gals dropped dangerous Hinton 21-18, 17-21, 15-12 in their opener; then beat Dakota Valley 15-21, 21-15, 15-8; Remsen St. Mary's 21-15, 21-19; Denison-Schleswig 19-21, 21-18, 15-9; and Dakota Valley in the semifinals 16-21, 21-15, 15-9.
Alison Husman led an active Cherokee front line with 84-102 spikes and 34 kills, followed by Lacie Drennan 78-84 and 32 kills, and Jesselyn Racine 50-65 and 17 kills.
Nicole Hatch led Cherokee's serving with a 47-55 day and two aces, followed by Shauna Drefke 43-48 and nine aces, racine 41-50 and three aces, Husman 37-49 and five aces, Drennan 33-35 and three aces, and Kelsey Essick 28-30.
Racine led in blocks with a 12-20 effort and six kills, while Drennan was 10-11 and six kills, Husman 9-10 and five kills, and Hatch 7-8 and five kills.
Drefke led in digs with 10-10, and Essick was 8-13. Hatch led in setting with 249-253 and 61 assists.
"We did a good job," said first-year coach Sherry Miller. "Lacie and Alison hit the ball very well and Nicole did a good job setting. All in all, we did a good job of getting the ball where it needs to be."
Drennan was named to the All-Tournament team.