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Perfect tennis Braves sweep E-LC Cherokee boys now 6-0 this season

Thursday, April 30, 2009

With a 4-1 lead and the serve, a confident Gregor Pritzlaff of Cherokee bounces the ball during a side exchange as his opponent discusses strategies with his coach in recent Lakes Conference boys tennis action in Cherokee featuring the undefeated Braves. Pritzlaff, a foreign exchange student from Germany attending Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, plays on the Braves tennis team and is one of four Braves with perfect records so far this season. Photo by Paul Struck
ESTHERVILLE - The undefeated Cherokee Braves tennis team stayed the course again here Monday night, sweeping Estherville-LC 9-0 in Lakes Conference action.

The Braves top four players - Cole Egger at #1, Cole Renken at #2, Gregor Pritzlaff at #3, and Nick Parker at #4 kept their unbeaten streaks intact in both singles and doubles action so far this season.

In singles action for the Braves, Egger beat Nate Jensen 10-1 at #1, Renken beat Josh Keeler 10-1 at 32, Pritzlaff beat Matt Hansen 10-1 at #3, Parker beat Tomo Kimura 10-1 at #4, Alex Struck beat Dylan Sievert 10-4 at #5, and Jordan Ogren beat Roger Breamon 10-2 at #5.

Cole Renken of Cherokee is ready to fire off a serve in recent Lakes Conference tennis action in Cherokee for the undfeated Braves. Photo by Paul Struck
In varsity doubles, Egger and Pritzlaff handled Keeler and Hansen 10-0 at #1, Renken and Parker beat Jensen and Joel Kazmerzak 10-2 at 32, and Struck and Ogren beat Kimura and Sievert 10-8 at #3.

"Struck and Ogren did a good job in eking out a win at #3 doubles," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "Their first lead was not until 8-7, and neither team was able to establish any momentum in the match up until that point.

"Other than that, the scores pretty much speak for themselves. We just need to keep focused - one meet, one match, one game at a time."

The Cherokee JV also won easily with an 8-1 victory. In JV singles for the Young Braves, John Bieber won 8-1 at #1, Daniel Enderlin won 8-4 at #2, Matthew Enderlin won 8-5 at #3, Zac Woods won 8-6 at #4, Jacob Lewis won 8-3 at #5, and Dillon Drefke won 8-2 at #6.

In JV doubles, Bieber and Daniel Enderlin won 8-4 at #1, Matthew Enderlin and Woods won 8-5 at #2, and Lewis and Drefke lost 8-5 at #3.

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

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