The hustling Cherokee squad won the competitive match by game scores of 25-7, 26-24, 24-26, 23-25, 15-10.
Maddy Woodall paced the winners in serving with a 28-32 night and eight aces, followed by A;exia Gerdes 20-21 and eight aces, Megan Hummel 17-18 and four aces, Kaely Hummel 12-15 and five aces, Sara Ramirez 8-10, and Emily Haselhoff 5-6.
Megan Hummel led Cherokee in hitting with a 27-34 effort and nine kills, while Kaely Hummel was 23-24 and nine kills, Gerdes 23-27 and 10 kills, Brookelyn Hoeppner 19-25 and 11 kills, Ariana Smith 14-20 and six kills, and Woodall 9-11 and two kills.
Haselhoff led Cherokee in digs with 18, while Megan Hummel tallied 16, Kaely Hummel 15, and Woodall seven. Gerdes registered four solo blocks and two assists, and Hoeppner and Megan Hummel had one block assist each.
"This was a big conference win for us. Storm Lake is a very good team and the games were really close and intense," said Cherokee coach Julie Hummel. "Our girls never gave up and did a much better job serving and hitting aggressively, which helped slow down their huge attack in the middle.
"The girls played so well together and fought hard for every point, and that desire paid off with a victory."
Cherokee plays at the Alta-Aurelia Tournament in Alta Saturday and at Spencer Tuesday.