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Tennis Braves handle Spencer

Monday, May 4, 2009

Cherokee's Alex Struck moves into position for a return during the Braves Lakes Conference boys tennis victory over Spencer last week in Cherokee. The Braves are undefeated at 7-0 so far this season. Photo by Paul Struck
The unblemished Cherokee Braves tennis team blew through visiting Spencer 7-2 here last week in Lakes Conference boys tennis action, running their team record to a shiny 7-0 and making school history as they go.

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.

Cherokee boys tennis coach Dave Zelle discusses strategy with Jordan Ogren during the Braves impressive Lakes Conference win over tough Spencer in Cherokee last week. Photo by Paul Struck
In varsity doubles, Egger and Pritzlaff handled Harman and Jacobsen 10-7 at #1, Renken and Parker defeated Wakefield and Kaldahl 10-1 at #2, and Struck and Bieber defaulted to Glienke and Swanson after Bieber was injured during play.

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.

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