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Ruehle-Egger go 1-2 at State tennis

Thursday, June 5, 2008

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Kyle Ruehle serves
Cherokee doubles team 14-4 for the season

WATERLOO - Cherokee's doubles team of Kyle Ruehle and Cole Egger went 1-2 at the 2008 Class 1A State Tennis Tournament here last weekend.

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Cole Egger
The Braves' duo, which rang up an impressive 14-4 doubles record this season and finished second in the Lakes Conference and in the Class 1A Districts, defeated Atlantic's Petersen and Van Cleave 6-2, 6-4 in the opening match Friday, but then lost to the #3 seed and traditional tennis power Maharishi Fairfield's Blake and Hills 6-1, 6-1. In the loser's bracket, Ruehle and Egger lost 7-6 (7-5 tie-breaker), 6-4 to Engler and Huss of Fort Dodge St. Edmond's, a team they had beaten in the team 1A Substate at Fort Dodge the weekend before.

"In the first round against Atlantic, I was concerned that our first ever exposure of playing on indoor courts might prove to be a distraction, but Kyle and Cole played a great match in dispatching the Atlantic duo," said veteran Cherokee coach Dave Zelle.

"The weather cleared and we moved outdoors for the secod-round match against Maharishi of Fairfield. They did not hit us with overwhelming power of serve or stroke, but with outstanding, old-fashioned teamwork doubles play. They controlled the course of play by controlling the net.

"Against St. Edmond's, we were actually up 5-2 in the first set tie-break, but could not manage to finish out that one.

"Kyle and Cole had a great season and were key components of an excellent season for our team. They are the first state qualifiers for us since 1997. We have a great core of returning players for next year, while most of the (Lakes) conference schools will be hard-hit by graduation. I expect to see our kids on the courts every week this summer. If they put in the time, we could find ourselves in the driver's seat next spring."

Dubuque Wahlert beat Waterloo Columbus Catholic 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 to win the 1A doubles title, while Maharishi of Fairfield placed third be defeating #4 seed Spencer's Lensing and Toale 6-1, 6-4 in the consolation match. St. Edmond's finished in seventh place.



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