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Braves smash E-LC in tennis

Monday, April 26, 2010

Cherokee's John Bieber, right, and Matt Enderlin stay poised and in position for a return during recent Lakes Conference boys varsity doubles action. The Braves host Spencer tonight and Le Mars Tuesday night. Photo contributed
ESTHERVILLE - The Cherokee Braves, defending Lakes Conference champions, lived up to their billing here Thursday night, decking Estherville-LC 7-2 in Lakes Conference boys tennis action.

Cherokee won four of six varsity singles matches and swept the doubles competition for the first time this season in racking up their second consecutive Lakes Conference victory.

Nick Parker of Cherokee shows his solid serving form during recent Lakes Conference tennis action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
In varsity singles for the Braves, Cole Renken beat Nate Jensen 10-7 at #1, Nick Parker lost 10-7 to Matt Hansen at #2, Alex Struck ran his record to 5-1 this season with a 10-1 dismantling of Josh Keeler at #3, Jordan Ogren lost 10-7 to Brad Olsen at #4, John Bieber beat Cody Jackson 10-3 at #5, and Matt Enderlin beat Joel Kazmerzak 10-5 at #6.

In varsity doubles, Renken and Parker beat Jensen and Olsen 10-0 at #1, Struck and Ogren beat Keeler and Jackson at #2, and Bieber and Enderlin beat Hansen and Kazmerzak 10-6 at #3.

Cherokee also sailed to victory in the JV match 8-1. winning five of six singles matches, and sweeping all three doubles matches.

In JV singles, Zac Woods won 8-2 at #1, Weston Burkhardt won 8-1 at #2, Dillon Drefke won 8-1 at #3, Dan Enderlin won 8-0 at #4, Connoer Ogren won 8-0 at #5, and Gus Laursen lost 8-5 at #6.

In JV doubles, Woods and Burkhardt won 8-0 at #1, Drefke and Enderlin won 8-1 at #2, and Ogren and Laursen won 8-4 at #3.

"It was another perfect day for tennis and a great team victory," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "Alex Struck continued his domination of the #3 singles position and Bieber and Enderlin had strong singles wins.

"Doubles were a particular bright spot, showing steady improvement as we swept all the matches. The JV also stepped it up with their second consecutive solid win."

The Braves host Spencer tonight and Le Mars Tuesday for a rugged back-to-back Lakes encounter with two solid league programs, both narrowely defeating Cherokee earlier this season at their place.

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