The talented, quick-hitting Cherokee Washington High volleyball squad had its hands full with 3A rated Spencer here on Sept. 6, but had what it takes to overcome a quality opponent and a sauna environment in the poorly ventilated WHS gym to record a thrilling 3-0 Lakes Conference sweep.
The fast-improving Cherokee girls, under the direction of first-year coach Sherry Miller, stunned Spencer 31-29, 25-18, 26-24 for their second victorious match over the Tigers this early season.
"Everybody did their job and did it well," said a pleased coach Miller. "Alanna Valentine and Shelby Dilla did a great job, coming in and playing aggressive."
Lacie Drennan paced the winners at the net with a 31-38 spiking effort, including 13 kills. She also was 7-10 blocking with four kills. Alison Husman was 24-29 spiking with 13 kills, while Jesselyn racine was 14-17 and eight kills, and Valentine 9-11 with one kill.
Drennan also led her team in serving with a perfect 22-22 effort and five aces, followed by Husman 13-14 and two aces, Nicole Hatch 13-15 and two aces, and Racine 8-12 and one ace.
Hatch led the team in sets with 71-74 and 20 assists, and was 7-10 spiking with four kills, while Dilla recorded 14-15 sets and four assists, and was 4-4 in digs. Kelsey Essick led Cherokee in digs with 9-11, and Shauna Drefke was 9-12. Husman also was 4-6 blocking with two kills.
Cherokee, 10-2 in matches this season, travels to Le Mars Tuesday for another tough lakes Conference assignment, and hosts the Cherokee Invitational Saturday.