The Monarchs, fresh of a 7-2 win over Sioux City East, won just one match at #3 doubles, with the potent Braves claiming all six singles matches and two of the three varsity doubles matches.
Cherokee senior Cole Egger beat Jacob Heiden 10-2 at #1 singles; junior Gregor Pritzlaff, a German foreign exchange student attending Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, dispatched Nick Ingram 10-2 at #2; junior Cole Renken beat Conrad Heiden 10-3 at #3; junior Nick Parker beat Joel Aurand 10-2 at #4; sophomore Alex Struck defeated Ryan Petersen 10-6 at #5; and junior John Bieber beat Alex Wimmer 10-2 at #6.
The Young Braves won the JV match 5-4, with Jordan Ogren winning 8-2 at #1 singles, Daniel Enderlin winning 8-1 at #2, Jacob Lewis winning 8-2 at #3, Matthew Enderlin winning 8-5 at #4, Zac Woods losing 8-5 at #5, and Weston Burkhardt falling 8-4 at #6.
In JV doubles, Ogen and Daniel Enderlin won 8-5 at #1, Lewis and Matthew Enderlin lost 8-3 at #2, and Woods and Burkhardt lost 9-7 at #3.
"A great start to the season!" exclaimed Cherokee veteran coach Dave Zelle, who is enthused about the quality of his 2009 squad. "Even the weather cooperated as well as can be expected for April 3 in Northwest Iowa. Denison already had one win in the books, but we dispatched them with alacrity, nonetheless.
"I am tremendously pleased with our singles play for the first meet of the season. We have great players at the top and great depth in our lineup. Doubles play isn't as sharp yet, but that will come with more playing time. I could already see signs of improvement there as the matches progressed.
"We are looking forward to a good season where we should be solidly competitive with everyone in the Lakes Conference."
The Braves host Estherville-LC Thursday, and travel to Spencer Monday.