The talented Cherokee Washington High volleyball team rang up a 3-1 match record at Saturday's Cherokee Invitational, winning its pool play, but tumbling 2-0 to eventual champion Sioux City North in the semifinal match.
In pool play, Cherokee beat Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 21-19, 21-8; River Valley 21-14, 21-16; and Sioux City East 25-23, 21-17. The WHS club then dropped a hard-fought 22-25, 26-28 decision to North, which then defeated East for the championship.
Lacie Drennan led Cherokee in spiking, totaling 66-72 for the day with 44 kills, followed by Jesselyn Racine 60-70 and 21 kills, Alison Husman 55-66 and 21 kills, and Alanna Valentine 20-23 and four kills.
Racine led the team in blocks with a 17-20 effort and seven kills, while Drennan was 11-13 and seven kills, and Valentine 9-12 and four kills.
Kelsey Essick paced Cherokee in digs with a 13-18 day, and also led her team in serve receptions with a poerfect 54-54 effort. Shauna Drefke was 8-10 in digs and was a perfect 24-24 in serve receptions.
Husman and Shelby Dilla led Cherokee in serving, each totaling 33-36. Husman added six aces, and Dilla four. Nicole Hatch served 29-30 with an ace, and Drennan was 28-29 with five aces. Hatch also led in sets with 156-159, and a whopping 53 assists.
"We won the pool play and made it to the semifinals and then were beat out in close games by Sioux City North," said Cherokee coach Sherry Miller, who has guided her team to a 16-6 match record so far this season.
"We played well. It was the little things that got us in the end. The season is still young and we are learning new things and trying new things every game until we become complete."
Cherokee plays in the Schaller-Crestland Tournament Saturday.