ESTHERVILLE - The determined Cherokee Braves tennis team won their second consecutive 9-0 match at Estherville-LC here on April 7th, after shutting out Spirit Lake Park by the same score last week to kick off the 2008 season.
In sweeping the Midgets, Cherokee won all six singles matches, and the three doubles matches to stand 2-0 in Lakes Conference action.
In singles for the Braves, Cole Egger beat Tyler Halstead 10-6 at number one, Kyle Ruehle beat Jim Mohler 10-2 at two, Cole Renken beat Joe Woodward 10-1 at three, Dan Feser beat Phil Leffel 11-9 at four, Tom Wilson beat Adam Gellert 10-0 at five, and Nick Parker beat Adam Mustard 10-3.
In doubles, Egger and Ruehle won 10-3 over Halstead and Woodward at number one, Renken and Parker won 10-2 over Mohler and Leffel at two, and Feser and Wilson won 10-4 over Mustard and Seth Origer at three.
Cherokee also won the JV match 7-2 with Alex Struck winning 8-2 at number one singles, John Bieber winning 8-3 at two, Jordan Ogren winning 8-1 at three, Daniel Enderlin winning 8-2 at four, Jacob Lewis losing 8-6 at five, and Daniel Rodgers losing 8-3 at six. In an extra JV match, Cherokee's Alex Allbaugh won 8-1.
"Although I saw many things that need serious work, one really can't complain about sweeping all nine varsity matches for the second consecutive meet," said Cherokee veteran coach Dave Zelle.
"Doubles came away with convinving wins, but we're not at the level of play needed to sweep doubles juggernauts like Spencer."
The 2-0 Braves play at Le Mars on April 14th, and host Spencer here on April 15th in a make-up after that match was rained out on Thursday.