SPENCER - "We couldn't have asked for much better weather, or a much worse day," succinctly summed up Cherokee Braves tennis coach Dave Zelle after the April 28th Lakes Conference tennis meet here.
Host Spencer won the team title with 18 points, followed by Storm Lake 11, Estherville-LC 10, Le Mars nine, Cherokee seven, and Spirit Lake Park 5.
For Cherokee, the luck of the round-robin draw saw the Braves' number one player, Derek Dunn, meet his two toughest opponents right out of the chute. Dunn lost 5-3 to Storm Lake's Chandavonne Southiphong, and then trailed just 4-3 in his second match against Spencer's Chris Lensing when he badly sprained his ankle and had to default that match and all remaining matches for the day. He will be out of action for at least a week, said Zelle.
At number one doubles, Kyle Ruehle and Cole Egger tied with Le Mars for second, but lost to them head-to-head, thus giving Le Mars second place along with All-Lakes Conference honors.
At number two singles, Cherokee's JJ Nitz staged two of his patented come-from-behind victories to finish in the three-way tie for third, but finished fifth on the tie-breaking criteria.
Brandon Ogren and James Puffett played at number two doubles for the Braves, also finishing out of the money.
"All in all, it was a disappointing day," said Zelle. "Now, the entire team has to pick it up and be ready to play one flight up in the lne-up this week to fill in for Derek's injury."