ESTHERVILLE - The Cherokee Washington High girls tennis team kicked off its 2009 season here Thursday, dropping a decisive 8-1 decision to Estherville-LC in Lakes Conference action.
Cherokee's lone winner was Demi Dunn, who pocketed an exciting 10-8 victory over Lexie Hash at #1 singles following a stirring comeback.
Other Cherokee singles scores included Allie Parker losing 10-3 to Stephanie Whitmer at #2, Michelle McGarry falling 10-2 to Erin Olson at #3, Jessica Cedar losing 10-3 to Emily Swalve at #4, Sydney Morton falling 10-2 to Kaylene Voss at #5, and Amanda Kohn falling 10-2 to Trisha Nelson at #6.
In varsity doubles action, Dunn and Parker fell 10-5 to Hash and Swalve at #1, McGarry and Cedar lost 10-1 to Whitmer and Olson at #2, and Morton and Kohn lost 10-1 to Voss and Nelson at #3.
The host Midgets also won the JV match 9-0. In JV singles, Hillary Wilkie lost 8-1 at #1, Sanna Miller lost 8-2 at #2, Jenae Lundell lost 8-0 at #3, Kelsey Raper lost 8-4 at #4, Amber Haupert lost 8-0 at #5, and Jordan Miller lost 8-1 at #6.
In JV doubles, Wilkie and Miller lost 8-2 at #1, Lundell and Raper lost 8-3 at #2, and Haupert and Nicole Kellen lost 8-5 at #3.
"Demi Dunn had a big win for us at #1 singles," said Cherokee assistant coach Jason Wood. "She played hard for the comeback win."
The Cherokee girls host Spencer tonight for their first home match, and journey to Le Mars on Thursday for more Lakes Conference action.