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5-0 tennis Braves bounce SLP-O

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cherokee's Amanda Kohn stays focused on a forehand return during recent Lakes Conference girls tennis action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
The undefeated Cherokee Braves tennis team kept its foot on the pedal here Friday night, motoring to the finish line with a (beep-beep!) 8-1 rout of Spirit Lake Park-Okoboji.

The 5-0 Braves drove to victory in five of six singles matches, and swept all three doubles matches for the final tally.

Cherokee's top four players stayed undefeated on the season in both singles and doubles.

In singles for the Braves, Cole Egger beat Sam Sieh 6-2, 6-4 at #1; Cole Renken beat Blake Kliegel 6-2, 6-2 at #2; Gregor Pritzlaff beat Mitch O'Neill 6-1, 6-1 at #3, Nick Parker beat Nelson Davis 6-1, 6-0 at #4, Alex Struck beat Brett Kraus 6-0, 6-1 at #5, and Jordan Ogren lost 4-6, 6-2, (3-10 super tiebreaker).

In varsity doubles action, Egger and Pritzlaff beat Sieh and Kliegel 10-7 at #1, Renken and Parker beat O'Neill and Maxwell Simonsen 10-1 at #2, and Struck and John Bieber beat Davis and Jordan Knox 10-2 at #3.

"This was another dominant win for us," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "I was particularly pleased with how well oout #2 and #3 doubles took commanding charge of their matches. We have to keep focused now on one meet at a time.

"Every team in the conference will be keyed on us from now on, each hoping to play the role of 'giant killer' and knock us off the top."

Cherokee also won the JV match 6-3.

In JV singles, Bieber won 8-2 at #1, Matthew Enderlin won 8-2 at #2, Jacob Lewis lost 8-1 at #3, Zac Woods won 8-5 at #4, Dillon Drefke lost 8-6 at #5, and Weston Bukrhardt won 8-4 at #6.

In JV doubles, Ogren and Enderlin won 8-6 at #1, Lewis and Woods lost 8-5 at #2, and Drefke and Burkhardt won 9-8 (7-3 tiebreaker) at #3.

The Braves, Lakes Conference leaders, play in the Lakes Conference Tournament Saturday at Spirit Lake, and at Le Mars Monday night.

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