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Tennis Braves whitewash young E-LC

Monday, April 13, 2009

Alex Struck of Cherokee intently watches the ball while winning his match in recent boys Lakes Conference tennis action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The talented and deep Cherokee Braves tennis team spanked visiting Estherville-LC 9-0 in boys Lakes Conference action here Thursday night.

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.

Cherokee's Cole Renken stays focused at the net during the Braves decisive 9-0 demolition of an inexperienced Estherville-LC squad in boys Lakes Conferenbce tennis action in Cherokee Thursday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Four of Cherokee's top six players are juniors, while Egger is the lone senior on varsity, and Struck is a sophomore.

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.

Nick Parker of Cherokee is ready to explode into his serve during the Braves impressive showing in a 9-0 romp over Estherville-LC in Cherokee Thursday. Photo by Paul Struck
In JV doubles, Ogren and Daniel Enderlin won 8-5 at #1, Lewis and Matthew Enderlin won 8-3 at #2, and Woods and Burkhardt won 8-1 at #3.

"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.

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