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Tennis Braves blitz Storm Lake

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cherokee's Alex Struck stays focused on a serve attempt during the Braves 9-0 whitewash of Storm Lake in Lakes Conference tennis action Monday night in Storm Lake. Photo by Trent Johnson, Storm Lake Pilot Tribune
Undefeated Cherokee making a noise in Lakes

STORM LAKE - The undefeated Cherokee Braves tennis team overcame cold temperatures and high, gusting winds to slam-bam the Storm Lake Torndaoes on their home courts 9-0 in boys Lakes Conference tennis action here Monday night.

The Braves used two tie-breakers to sweep the six varsity singles matches, and then closed it out with a three-match sweep in doubles.

Cherokee's John Bieber fires a serve during the Braves wind-blown 9-0 Lakes Conference boys tennis win in Storm Lake Monday night. Photo by Trent Johnson, Storm Lake Pilot Tribune
For Cherokee, Cole Egger raced to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Taylor Anderson at #1 singles; Gregor Pritzlaff overcame a shaky start to beat Carson Anderson 7-5, 6-2 at #2; Cole Renken bonked Jesse Kavan 6-1, 6-1 at #3; Nick Parker handled Tommy Nasirichampang 6-3, 6-3 at #4; Alex Struck defeated Sheldon Lovan 2-6, 6-0, (10-7 super tiebreaker) at #5; and Jordan Ogren beat Jason Mountysayalath 6-3, 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker) at #6.

In varsty doubles, Egger and Pritzlaff beat Anderson and Anderson 10-5 at #1; Renken and Parker defeated Kavan and Mountysayalath 10-3 at #2; and Struck and John Bieber beat Nasirichampang and Lovan 10-6 at #3.

"The playing conditions were cold and miserably windy, which can oftentimes be a great equalizer, but we made a solid statement nonetheless," said Cherokee veteran coach Dave Zelle.

"Egger continued his dominance at #1, and Renken and Parker have yet to be tested at #3 and #4. Pritzlaff struggled in the first set as he adjusted to the wind, but had a tremendous finish.

"Struck made a tremendous adjustment in poise and control of play to turn a 6-2 setback in the first set into a 6-0 mdomination in the second set, thus forcing a super tiebreaker in lieu of a full third set to secure the victory."

Cherokee also claimed the JV match by a close 5-4 margin. In JV singles, John Bieber won 8-2 at #1, Daniel Enderlin won 8-2 at #2, Jacob Lewis lost 8-5 at #3, Matthew Enderlin won 8-3 at #4, Zac Woods won 8-4 at #5, and Dillon Drefke lost 8-5 at #6.

In JV doubles, Ogren and Daniel Enderlin won 8-4 at #1, Lewis and Matthew Enerlin lost 8-2 at #2, and Woods and Weston Burkhardt lost 8-4 at #3.

The Braves host Spirit Lake Park here Friday night, and travel to Estherville-LC Monday night.

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