LE MARS - The Cherokee Braves suffered their first setback in Lakes Conference tennis here Monday night, falling 5-3 in a rain-shortened match.
The two teams split their regular season matches, with the Braves winning 6-3 in Cherokee April 16. Monday night in Le Mars the teams split the varsity singles matches 3-3, and Le Mars won #1 and #2 doubles matches before the #3 doubles match was rained out with Cherokee leading 7-4 at the time.
In varsity doubles, Egger and Pritzlaff lost for the first time this season 10-7 to Ahlers and Durst at #1, Renken and Parker lost for the first time this season 10-8 to Schimek and Meridith at #2, and Struck and Ogren were leading 7-4 at #3 before rain halted the match.
"We knew it would be tough beating Le Mars at home and the meet lived up to its billing," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "Egger, Pritzlaff, and Parker looked extremely sharp in crushing their singles opponents, but Renken couldn't find an answer to his opponent's outstanding and versatile forehand. It was an extremely competitive match, but Cole came out on the short end.
"In doubles, we just plain got out-played as emotions let the momentum swing to the opponents as they closed out the match. Struck and Ogren were doing well when the match was called due to rain."
Le Mars swept the JV match 9-0. IN JV singles for Cherokee, Daniel Enderlin lost 8-2 at #1, Matthew Enderlin lost 8-5 at #2, Zac Woods lost 8-1 at #3, Jacob Lewis lost 8-5 at #4, Dillon Drefke lost 8-1 at #5, and Weston Burkhardt lost 8-2 at #6.
In JV doubles, Enderlin and Enderlin lost 8-0 at #1, Woods and Lewis lost 8-1 at #2, and Drefke and Burkhardt lost 8-2 at #3.
The 7-1 Braves host Storm Lake tonight and finish regular season Monday at Spirit Lake Park-Okoboji.