By Paul Struck
The Cherokee Washington High volleyball team survived a stiff challenge from Sioux Central to claim a hard-earned 3-0 victory in Class 2A District Tournament action here Tueday night Oct. 16.
Cherokee defeated the visiting Rebels 25-11, 28-26, 25-23 in a real tester before a raucous Sioux Central student body crowd.
Alison Husman led the Cherokee serving with a 16-17 effort and two aces, while Nicole Hatch was 15-17 and three aces, and Lacie Drennan 14-15 with one ace.
Drennan paced the winners in spiking with 27-31 and a dozen kills, followed by Husman 26-30 and 15 kills, Jesselyn Racine 17-22 and seven kills, Alanna Valentine 11-13 and four kills, and Hatch 6-8 with four kills.
Hatch led in sets with 65-67 and 30 assists, while Husman was 8-8 with three assists, and Shelby Dilla 6-6 and two assists. Husman led in digs with 6-7, and Kelsey Essick registered 2-2.
Drennan led Cherokee in blocks with 7-7 and five aces, while Racine was 6-6 and three aces, Valentine 4-5 and two aces, and Husman 4-4 and one ace.
“Sioux Central put up a good fight,” said Cherokee coach Sherry Miller. “Their crowd was great. That’s what kept them into the match and had some impact on us.
“Alison Husman had a great game. She was very solid on defense and offense. I’m very proud of our team.”