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.
"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.