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#1 HWC cruises past Cherokee girls

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Cherokee's Kelsey Essick sets up for a return in recent volleyball action in Cherokee, while teammate Lacie Drennan (8) moves in to assist. Photo by Paul Struck
HULL - Iowa's # 1 Class 2A volleyball team - Hull Western Christian - lived up to its billing and continued its stranglehold on the Lakes Conference here Thursday night with a 3-0 sweep of Cherokee.

The Wolfpack and its year-round volleyball program claimed game victories of 25-11, 25-11, 25-10 in blitzing the Washington High gals to remain undefeated in matches and games since they were accepted into the Lakes Conference 11 years ago.

Cherokee stayed with the HWC powerhouse early in all three games, but then fell victim to the Wolfpack's polished, quick-hitting attack, and perennial tall and talented position players at the net.

Cherokee volleyball coach Sherry Miller, fourth from left, gives her team instruction at a time-out in recent volleyball action in Cherokee. The WHS girls played at #1 Hull Western Christian on Sept. 27, and were swept 3-0. Photo by Paul Struck
Nicole Hatch led the Cherokee servers with a 10-12 night and one ace, while Alison Husman was 5-5, and Lacie Drennan 4-4. Hatch, the team's setter, was 54-55 in sets with 13 assists.

Husman paced Cherokee at the net with a 19-21 effort in spikes with four kills, followed by Jesselyn Racine 13-14 and five kills, and Drennan 12-15 and four kills.

Alanna Valentine led Cherokee in blocks with a 5-5 night and one kill, and Kelsey Essick led in digs with a 5-8 performance.

"We have some adjustments to make and need to change a few attitudes," said Cherokee coach Sherry Miller. "We were outplayed. They are a very good team, but we should be able to do better against them."

The Cherokee girls, now owning a match record of 25-12 this season, travel to Estherville-LC Tuesday, and host Sheldon Thursday in more Lakes Conference action.

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