Both varsity and JV boys sweep 9-0 matches
The Cherokee Braves opened the 2008 season with a bang, sweeping all nine matches from Spirit Lake Park here Thursday night in boys Lakes Conference tennis action.
The Braves of coach Dave Zelle won all six singles matches and all three varsity doubles matches. To make the night a total winner, the Cherokee JV boys also swept past the Indians by that same 9-0 score.
For Cherokee in varsity singles, Cole Egger beat Scott Maudlin 10-7 at number one, Kyle Ruehle beat Mason Berquist 10-3 at two, Cole Renken beat Sam Sieh 10-2 at three, Dan Feser beat Brady Harmelink 10-2 at four, Tom Wilson beat Blake Kliegl 10-4 at five, and Nick Parker beat Mitch O'Neill 10-2 at six.
In doubles action, Egger and Ruehle handled Maudlin and Berquist 10-5 at number one, Renken and Parker beat Sieh and Kliegl 10-2 at two, and Feser and Wilson took out Harmelink and O'Neill 10-7 at three.
In JV action for the Braves, Alex Struck won 8-2 at number one singles, John Bieber won 8-1 at two, Jordan Ogren won 8-5 at three, Daniel Enderlin won 8-1 at four, Jacob Lewis won 8-0 at five, and Daniel Rodgers won 8-2 at six. In an extra match for Cherokee, Alex Albaugh won 8-4.
In JV doubles, Struck and Enderlin won 9-7 at number one, Bieber and Ogren won 8-0 at two, and Lewis and Rodgers won 8-1 at three.
"Not a bad start," said a pleased coach Zelle. "Things went about as well as anyone could possibly ask. Even the weather cleared up for a very nice evening. We played very well for the first meet of the year.
"I was especially pleased with the control we demonstrated in the matches and with our depth from #1 varsity all the way through our JV. We have the potential to be a very competitive team in the Lakes Conference again this season if we stay focused on improving our skills and playing smart tennis in our matches."