Cherokee 2nd in Lakes; Ruehle undefeated in singles
STORM LAKE - It was a tough battle, but the Cherokee Braves nicked Storm Lake 5-4 in Lakes Conference tennis action here Monday night to clinch second place in the conference for the second consecutive season.
The Braves won the top four singles matches and then won at number one doubles to seal the deal and finish regular season with a sparkling 7-3 record behind the league champs, 10-0 Spencer.
In singles for Cherokee, Cole Egger beat Jesse Munger 6-2, 6-2 at number one; Kyle Ruehle finished the season undefeated at number two singles with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Erick Stephas at two; Cole Renken beat Taylor Anderson 6-2, 6-2 at three; Tom Wilson beat Jeremy Boese 6-4, 7-6 (12-10 tiebreaker) at four; Daniel Feser lost 6-3, 6-1 to Will Hansen at five; and Nick Parker lost 1-6, 6-2 (8-10 tiebreaker) to Cory Nelson at six.
In varsity doubles, Egger and Ruehle beat Munger and Stephas 10-8 at number one, Renken and Parker lost 10-8 to Anderson and Boese at two, and Wilson and Feser lost 10-5 to Hansen and Nelson at three.
Storm Lake won the JV match 8-1, with freshman Alex Struck claiming Cherokee's lone victory with a 9-8 (7-4 tiebreaker) win over Tornado senior Andy Storm at number one singles.
In other JV singles action for Cherokee, Jordan Ogren lost 9-7 at number two, John Bieber lost 8-2 at three, Daniel Enderlin lost 8-5 at four, Jacob Lewis lost 8-0 at five, and Daniel Rodgers lost 8-0 at six. In extra singles matches for Cherokee, Alex Ållbaugh lost 8-1 and 8-5, and won 9-7.
In JV doubles, Struck and Ogren lost 9-8 (4-7 tiebreaker) at number one, Bieber and Enderlin lost 9-7 at two, and Lewis and Rodgers lost 8-0 at three.
"Egger, Ruehle, and Renken were masterful in their singles performances, and Wilson was his toic, steady, unflappable self in a tense, tight match." noted Cherokee"s veteran coach Dave Zelle. "Parker played a great second set and then lost a heartbreaker in the super tiebreaker played in lieu of a third set.
"In doubles, Egger and Ruehle prevailed to remain the dominant doubles team in the Lakes Conference. Alex Struck also showed tremendous poise in turning a 2-5 deficit into a thrilling tiebreaker win for the only JV win of the night. It was a close meet, but a great team victory."