The Braves split the varsity singles matches 3-3 with the Bulldogs, but went 1-2 in the doubles matches to seal their fate in the chilly, windy conditions.
In singles action for Cherokee, Cole Egger lost 10-5 to Kyle Koth at number one, Kyle Ruehle beat Anthony Schimek 10-7 at two, Cole Renken beat Eric Janssen 10-7 at three, Dan Feser lost 10-7 to Tyler Petty at four, Tom Wilson beat Zach Lancaster 10-6 at five, and Nick Parker lost 10-4 to Nicholas Gerth at six.
In doubles, Egger and Ruehle beat Schimek and Petty 10-3 at number one, Renken and Parker lost 10-7 to Koth and Janssen at two, and Feser and Wilson lost 10-4 to Lancaster and Brett Geise at three.
Le Mars also won the JV match 7-2, the first defeat for the Young Braves this season.
In singles for Cherokee, Alex Struck lost 8-3 at number one, John Bieber lost 8-2 at two, Jordan Ogren lost 8-4 at three, Daniel Enderlin lost 8-3 at four, Jacob Lewis lost 8-4 at five, and Daniel Rodgers lost 8-4 at six. In extra JV action, Cherokee's Alex Allbaugh split two matches.
In JV doubles, Struck and Enderlin lost 8-4 at number one, Bieber and Ogren won 8-5 at two, and Lewis and Rodgers won 8-6 at three.
"This was a tough loss to take, but, quite frankly, Le Mars played better than we did," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "We have to get more serious and focused on improving skills, techniques, and tactics if we are going to continue to win meets."
The Braves travel to Spirit Lake Park Monday night, and host Estherville-LC on Tuesday, action beginning at 4:30 p.m.