Cherokee's Cole Egger carefully watches the ball as he prepares for a backhand return during the Braves big Lakes Conferenced win over Le Mars in Cherokee Thursday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee's talented boys tennis team battled Lakes Conference nemesis and co-favorite Le Mars throughout all nine varsity matches here Thursday night, before claiming an exciting 6-3 victory to stay undefeated at 3-0 this early season.
The loss was the first for Le Mars, which now sports a 2-1 record.
The Braves captured four of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches for the big win.
Gregor Pritzlaff of Cherokee stays focused on his serve toss during the Braves big Lakes Conference victory over Le Mars in Cherokee Thursday night. Photo by Paul Struck
In singles, Cherokee was led by Cole Egger's 10-4 victory over Mike Ahlers at #1, Gregor Pritzlaff's 10-5 win over Gustavo Manzanilla at #2, Cole Renken's 10-2 win over Anthony Schimek at #3, and Nick Parker's 10-2 win over Zach Lancaster ay #4. Alex Struck lost 10-5 to Josh Merideth at #5 singles, and Jordan Ogren fell 10-3 to Brett Giese at #6.
In varsity doubles, Egger and Pritzlaff defeated Ahlers and Carter Daniels 10-5 at #1, Renken and Parker beat Schimeck and Merideth at #2, and Struck and John Bieber lost 11-10 to Lancaster and Giese in an exciting 7-3 tiebreaker at #3.
"This was a tremendous and fard-fought win for us, with many competitive, closely-contested matches," said Cherokee veteran coach Dave Zelle. "Le Mars has probably the best depth top-to-bottom in their top 12 players that I can remember seeing anywhere, and their #2 player wasn't even here!
Cherokee's Cole Renken has his eyes on the prize as he awaits for his serve toss to drop into range during his team's victory over Le Mars Thursday night. Photo by Paul Struck
"Egger continued his steady domination of the #1 position with an entertaining and competitive match. Gregor was down 1-4 before crafting a great 10-5 win at #2. Parker and Renken dominated their singles mathes and then teamed to win a crucial #2 doubles match in a see-saw battle."
The Bulldogs swept the JV action 9-0. In JV singles, Bieber lost 7-9 at #1, Daniel Enderlin lost 8-0 at #2, Jacob Lewis lost 8-1 at #3, Mathew Enderlin lost 8-2 at #4, Zac Woods lost 8-2 at #5, and Dillon Drefke lost 8-4 at #6.
In JV doubles, Ogren and Daniel Enderlin lost 8-1 at #1, Lewis and Mathew Enderlin lost 8-5 at #2, and Woods and Weston Burkhardt lost 8-0 at #3.
The Braves play at Storm Lake tonight, and Friday hosts Spirit Lake here.