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Tennis Braves stymie SLP, 7-2

Monday, May 5, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE - The talented Cherokee Braves tennis team, coming off of two disappointing one-match losses to Le Mars and Spencer, righted the ship here April 21st with a convincing 7-2 victory over Spirit Lake Park in cold, windy, damp weather conditions.

Cherokee's Alex Struck follows through on a serve in recent Lakes Conference tennis action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The Braves swept the three doubles matches and claimed four of six singles matches for the Lakes Conference win to push their season record to 4-2.

In varsity singles for Cherokee, Cole Egger beat Scott Maudlin 10-6 at number one, Kyle Ruehle beat Mason Berquist 10-7 at two, Cole Renken lost 10-8 to Sam Sieh at three, Tom Wilson beat Brady Hamelink 10-1 at four, Daniel Feser lost 10-5 to Blake Kliegl at five, and Nick Parker beat Mitch O'Neil 10-1 at six.

In doubles action, Egger and Ruehle beat Maudlin and Berquist 10-5 at number one, Renken and Parker beat Sieh and Kliegl 10-8 at two, and Wilson and Feser beat Harmelink and O'Neil 10-1 at three.

Cherokee swept all nine matches in JV action.

In JV singles for Cherokee, Alex Struck won 8-3 at number one, Jordan Ogren won 8-6 at two, John Bieber won 8-2 at three, Daniel Enderlin won 8-3 at four, Jacob Lewis won 8-0 at five, and Daniel Rodgers won 8-0 at six. In an extra JV match, Alex Allbaugh won 9-8 on a 7-4 tie-breaker for the Young Braves.

"Egger was masterful in his win over a solid opponent," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "He showed great poise in dropping a couple of consecutive games in the middle of the match to slip behind 5-6. Cole then took five straight games for the win.

"The biggest story of the night was probably Nick and Cole (Renken) executing a feisty and spirited comeback to eranse a 1-7 deficiti and take a 10-8 win at #2 doubles.

"I've been very pleased with how our players have handled the extremely adverse weather conditions under which we have played many of our meets. It shows a maturing mental attitude about how to handle situations on the court."

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