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Pritzlaff, Egger fall at State tennis

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Braves' record-setting 2009 seasoncomes to an end

WATERLOO - Cherokee's two qualifiers in the 2009 Class 1A State Tennis Meet here last week failed to place in the rugged State competition, with Cherokee's #1 qualifier, Grego Pritzlaff, finishing 1-2 in singles matches at State.

The Braves' Cole Egger keeps his eye on the ball as he prepares to serve. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee's Cole Egger, who played #1 for the Braves the past two seasons and was upended in the Districts by Cherokee's #2 man this year in Pritzlaff, qualified for State at #2 singles and dropped both of his competitive matches.

Pritzlaff, a foreign exchange student from Germany who attended Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in this, his junior year, dropped his first match here 4-6, 1-6 to Matija Simulak of Camanche. Pritzlaff then beat Glenwood's Grant Nikseresht 6-1, 6-3 in a consolation match, before losing 1-6, 2-6 to Justin Bradfield of Fairfield.

Egger, a student-athlete at Galva-Holstein, lost 3-6, 1-6 to Michael McGonegle of Norwalk in his opening match, and then fell 3-6, 1-6 to Charlie Wilhelm of Grinnell in a consolation match.

"Advancing two singles players through the District Tournament to the State Tournament was a tremendous accomplishment and Cole and Gregor represented us well at State, even though neither advanced to Saturday's medal rounds," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle.

Cherokee's Gregor Pritzlaff gets ready to serve in recent action. Photo by Paul Struck
"Gregor did have a solid win in the first round of consolation play after dropping his opening match to a Serbian exchange student with a cannon-like forehand, but was unable to win the next match nedessary for advancing to the medal rounds. We simply ran into too much firepower that was too consistent.

"There was lots of quality, high-level tennis on display and I think our returning varsity players had their eyes opened a bit by observing the level of play to chich they need aspire for next year.

"Cole and Gregor's stellar seasons were an integral part of our team's outstanding season of firsts - first Lakes Conference Championship, first District Championship, first time to advance to finals of Substate - and they will be sorely missed.

"We have lots of depth and experience returning, but next year really boils down to how many hours of quality play and practice those guys are going to put in this summer. Wth hard work and good attitudes, we could be right back in the hunt next year."

The Braves made history this season and finished with the above mentioned Championships and a sparkling 11-2 match record for regular season.

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