The Cherokee Washington High volleyball team swept three hard-fought games from Emmetsburg in Lakes Conference action in Cherokee Tuesday night, claiming game scores of 25-17, 25-23, 25-18.
"We did great tonight," said first-year coach Sherry Miller, whose team has posted a sparkling 19-6 match record to date.
"Our passing has been consistent and when you have consistent passing, you can run any play."
Lacie Drennan led a strong Cherokee effort at net with 30-36 spikes and a dozen kills, while Alison Husman finished 27-28 and nine kills, Jesselyn Racine 15-18 and four kills, and Alanna Valentine 13-16 and six kills, including a big middle kill late in the first game that gave the WHS gals the momentum and helped set the tone for the rest of the match.
Racine came up big in the blocking department, leading the way with a perfect 16-16 effort and six kills. Kelsey Essick paced the winners in digs with a 7-7 night, and Drennan recorded 5-7.
Essick and Husman led Cherokee servers, each totaling 14-14 with one ace, and Nicole Hatch was close behind with a 13-13 night and one ace. Hatch also led in sets with 73-74 and 23 assists. Misty Bruhn was 10-10 with two assists.
Essick also led in serve receptions with a 19-20 effort, and Shauna Drefke was 9-9. "These girls did a great job of getting the ball to Nicole Hatch," noted coach Miller.
Cherokee plays in the Schaller-Crestland Tournament Saturday.