Cherokee boys now 3-0 for season
The undefeated Cherokee Braves varsity tennis team ran its record to 3-0 last week by defeating visiting Storm Lake 6-3 in an exciting, competitive Lakes Conference match.
In singles action for the Braves, Cole Egger beat Jesse Munger 10-3 at number one, Kyle Ruele beat Erick Stephas 10-8 at two, Cole Renken lost 10-5 to Taylor Anderson at three, Dan Feser lost 10-8 to Jeremy Boese at four, Tom Wilson beat Cory Nelson 10-8 at five, and Nick Parker beat Will Hansen 10-5 at six.
In doubles action for Cherokee, Egger and Ruehle defeated Munger and Stephas 10-8 at number one, Renken and Parker beat Anderson and Boese 11-9 at two, and Feser and Wilson lost 10-5 to Nelson and Hansen at three.
For the Young Braves, Alex Struck won 8-6 at number one singles, John Bieber won 8-5 at two, Jordan Ogren won 8-2 at three, Daniel Enderlin lost 9-8 on a 2-7 tiebreaker at four, Jacob Lewis lost 8-4 at five, and Daniel Rodgers lost 8-0 at six. In an extra singles match, Alex Allbaugh split two matches, winnng 6-2 and losing 6-4.
In JV doubles for Cherokee, Struck and Enderlin won 8-4 at number one, Bieber and Ogren lost 8-6 at two, and Lewis and Rodgers lost 8-5 at three. In an extra doubles match, Lewis and Allbaugh won twice, 7-6 on an 8-6 tiebreaker, and 6-4.
"This one was a lot tougher than the first two team wins, but is sure feels good to wallk away with a win," said a pleased Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "The guys hung in there and found ways to win when the games mattered most. Egger smartly dispatched his opponent with alacrity, and Ruehle showed excellent composure in a hard-fought match."
Zelle also was quick to applaud the efforts of Renken and Parker in their doubles match which sealed the win for the Braves.
Cherokee's boys play at Le Mars tonight, and host Spencer Tuesday night in a rain-out make-up match.