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WHS wins Storm Lake title

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

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Shauna Drefke of Cherokee sets up a service return in recent volleyball action in Cherokee, while teammates Kelsey Essick, left, and Lacie Drennan man their positions. The Washington High girls captured the championship of the Storm Lake Invitational Saturday in Storm Lake. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee boasts shiny 36-18 VB match record

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.



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