The Braves swept the six singles matches and three doubles matches in convincing fashion over a Midget team that lost its top eight players to graduation last season.
In singles for Cherokee, Cole Egger beat Nate Jensen 10-1 at #1, Gregor Pritzlaff defeated Josh Keeler 10-0 at #2, Cole Renken beat Matt Hansen 10-0 at #3, Nick Parker beat Tomo Kimura 10-0 at #4, Alex Struck defeated Dylan Sievert 10-1 at #5, and John Bieber beat Zach Iverson 10-5 at #6.
In varsity doubles action, Egger and Pritzlaff zipped Keeler and Hansen 10-0 at #1, Renken and Parker beat Jensen and Kyle Grems 10-0 at #2, and Struck and Bieber defeated Kimura and Sievert 10-8 at #3.
Cherokee also claimed the JV match 8-1. In JV singles, Jordan Ogren won 8-3 at #1, Daniel Enderlin won 8-3 at #2, Jacob lewis won 8-4 at #3, Matthew Enderlin won 8-0 at #4, Zac Woods lost 9-7 at #5, and Weston Bukrhardt won 8-0 at #6.
"This was a great win, but not really one from which to draw any significantg conclusions," said veteran Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "E-LC was decimated by graduation and, in addition, adverse weather conditions up their way have permitted them only four outdoor practices as they try to sort through their ranks and establish a new line-up for the season. To their credit, they competed hard.
"I was very pleased that we maintained our focus and level of play. Oftentimes in competition where one player is significantly overmatched, the intensity and quality of play slips to a lower common denominator level. I was happy we maintained our focus and high level of play."
The 2-0 Braves play at Spencer tonight, and host Le Mars Thursday.