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Braves tame Tigers in Lakes tennis

Friday, April 24, 2009

Cherokee's Cole Egger is all business while waiting for his opponent to serve the ball in recent Lakes Conference tennis action in Cherokee. Like the Braves, Egger is undefeated this season at #1 singles and doubles. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee boys now 4-0

SPENCER - The 4-0 Cherokee Braves beat the Spencer Tigers 6-3 in a highly competitive Lakes Conference boys tennis match here Tuesday night in a meet postponed one week due to a scheduling conflict.

In varsity singles action for the Braves, Cole Egger beat Taylor Harman 6-2, 7-5 at #1; Gregor Pritzlaff beat Drew Jacobsen 6-1, 6-3 at #2; Cole Renken beat Mark Wakefield 6-0, 6-4 at #3, Nick Parker beat Waylon Glienke 6-1, 6-4 at #4, Alex Struck lost 3-6, 6-4 (6-10 super tiebreaker) to Joel Kaldahl at #5, and John Bieber fell 5-7, 4-6 to Drake Swanson at #6.

In varsity doubles, Egger and Pritzlaff beat Harman and Jasobsen 6-2, 6-3 at #1; Renken and Parker beat Wakefield and Kaldahl 6-0, 6-4 at #2, and Struck and Bieber lost 2-6, 2-6 to Glienke and Swanson at #3.

Egger, Pritzlaff, Renken, and Parker remain undefeated in both singles and doubles action for the Braves.

Cherokee also won the JV match 5-4 after claiming two of the three doubles matches.

In JV singles, Jordan Ogren won 8-4 at #1, Daniel Enderlin lost 6-8 at #2, Matthew Enderlin lost 8-4 at # 3, Zac Woods won 2-2 (default) at #4, Dillon Drefke won 8-3 at #5, and Weston Burkhardt lost 8-4 at #6.

In JV doubles, Ogren and Daniel Enderlin won 8-2 at #1, Matthew Enderlin and Woods lost 8-6 at #2, andDrefke and Burkhardt won 8-3 at #3.

"Rarely does perennial powerhouse Spencer lose on their home courts, and only once before in the entire history of Lakes Conference tennis has Cherokee beaten Spencer at any venue, so this was a particularly nice victory to put in the books," said veteran Cherokee coach Dave Zelle.

"We looked a little sluggish at times in some of our matches, but our top four singles players continue to shine, as well as our #1 and #2 doubles squads.

"Bieber had a close match at #6 singles, and Struck rallied a strong second-set comeback like he did in Storm Lake the night before, but unfortunately this super tiebreaker third set slipped away from him."

The Braves host Spirit Lake tonight, travel to Estherville-LC Monday night, and host dangerous Spencer here Tuesday night.

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