Cherokee won five of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches to take the measure for the second time this season of the tradition-rich Tigers, a perennial powerhouse in the rugged Lakes Conference.
In varsity singles for Cherokee, Cole Egger beat Taylor Harmon 10-6 at #1, Cole Renken beat Drew Jacobsen 10-3 at #2, Gregor Pritzlaff beat Mark Wakefield 10-0 at #3, Nick Parker beat Waylon Glienke 10-8 at #4, Alex Struck defeated Joel Kaldahl 10-4 at #5, and Jordan Ogren lost 10-8 to Drake Swanson at #6.
Egger, Renken, Pritzlaff, and Parker remain undefeated in both singles and doubles so far this year.
"There were a couple of close matches, but over all one has to be pretty happy with such a solid win over the perennial conference power," said veteran Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "Struck played a great, poised match in avenging last week's loss to the same opponent. Renken and Pritzlaff simply demolished their opponents, and Egger's match was never in question, though he did have a little lapse before closing it out.
"In doubles, Spencer is historically strong, always featuring aggressive, coordinated play at the net. Their #1 doubles is again a solid team and the match was an outstanding one to watch. Egger and Pritzlaff had a slow start, but stormed back with strong, impressive play for the win. At #2 doubles, Renken and Parker played perhaps their best match of the season, obliterating their opponents 10-1.
"This sets up a big showdown with le Mars (tonight). They will be tough to beat at full strength on their home turf."
Spencer win the JV match 5-3. In JV singles for Cherokee, Bieber lost 9-8, (5-7 tiebreaker) at #1, Daniel Enderlin lost 8-2 at #2, Matthew Enderlin lost 8-4 at #3, Zac Woods lost 9-7 at #4, Jacob Lewis won 8-5 at #5, and Dillon Drefke won 8-3 at #6.
In JV doubles, Jordan Ogren and Daniel Enderlin lost 8-2 at #1, Matthew Enderlin and Woods won 8-6 at #2, and Lewis and Drefke were tied at 7-7 when rain forced the cancellation of the match.
The Braves travel to Le Mars tonight for a rugged test against another traditional conference power. Cherokee nicked the Bulldogs 6-3 in Cherokee April 16.