STORM LAKE - Showing continued improvement throughout the season, the Cherokee Washington High volleyball team put it all together here on Oct. 13 to win the Storm Lake Invitational with a 4-1 match record for the day.
Cherokee beat host Storm Lake 25-18, 25-9 in the title match to win the tournament and push its sparkling season match record to 36-18.
The WHS club also defeated Storm Lake in the opening match 2-1 on game scores of 16-21, 21-14, 15-13. Cherokee then lost 2-1to Emmetsburg, a team the WHS girls had defeated 3-0 earlier in the season. The E-Hawks won on game scores of 21-17, 16-21, 15-8. Cherokee then beat Spirit Lake 21-19, 21-19; and Estherville-LC 21-9, 18-21, 15-13 to advance to the championship match.
“We played great,” said Cherokee coach Sherry Miller. “We had players come in off the bench and they did a great job. Things are starting to come together. We are starting to play like a team again.”
Nicole Hatch led a stout Cherokee serving effort with a 49-56 day with 12 aces. Alison Husman was 40-45 with two aces, and Shauna Drefke 44-47 with four aces.
Lacie Drennan led the winners in spiking with 95-102 and 29 kills, followed by Husman 73-91 and 24 kills, Jesselyn Racine 43-56 and 14 kills, and Alanna Valentine 33-37 and 13 kills.
Racine also led in blocks with 17-24 and six kills, while Valentine was 13-15 and three kills, and Drennan 8-12 and three kills. Hatch was sets leader with 218-222 and 60 assists on the day. Shelby Dilla was 35-35 setting with eight assists.
Cherokee’s Drennan and libero Kelsey Essick were named to the All-Tournament team.
Cherokee began Class 2A District play Oct. 16 against Sioux Central in Cherokee. That winner meets the South O’Brien-Orange City Unity Christian winner Oct. 23 in Orange City.