"This was a great Lakes Conference win for us," said Cherokee coach Julie Hummel. "It was difficult for us to put them away. Give Storm Lake credit, they really dug the ball well.
"I was proud that our girls saved three game points and ended up finishing with the win. We need to continue to work on our blocking and digging, as well as trying to dictate play with our offense."
Hummel led the winners in hitting with a 30-34 effort and eight kills, while Jackie Wilson was 26-33 and 13 kills, Shafer 23-29 and 10 kills, Taylor Woods 22-25 and five kills, Miller 18-19 and four kills, and Jenna Lundsgaard 7-9 and three kills.
Carlson played a superb back court game with 18 digs in the libero position, followed by Shafer 13 digs, Hummel 12, Miller 10, and Freed six.
Setter Miller was 111-117 with 25 assists for an all-around solid performance, with Carlson, Lundsgaard, and Shafer each posting an assist. Wilson and Shafer each had two block assists, and Woods had one assist and one solo, and Miller one assist.
Now 8-15 in matches this season and winners of their last four of six matches, the improving Cherokee club plays Saturday in the Alta-Aurelia Invitational in Alta.