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Tennis Braves hammer Storm Lake

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Renken upsets Lakes champ Anderson at #1

STORM LAKE - The Cherokee Braves tennis team showed what it's capable of by avenging an early-season loss with a convincing 6-1 Lakes Conference boys varsity win over Storm Lake here Monday night.

The fast-improving Braves blitzed the shell-shocked Tornadoes on their home courts by winning five of the six hotly contested singles matches and also claiming the #1 doubles match before rains cancelled the two remaining varsity doubles matches.

Cherokee's Cole Renken readies to deliver a serve during recent tennis action in Cherokee. Photo by Paul Struck
In singles for Cherokee, Cole Renken upset Lakes Conference champion and previously undefeated Carsen Anderson 3-6, 6-2 (10-7 super tiebreaker) at #1; Nick Parker beat Vista Souvandy 6-7 (5-7 tiebreaker), 6-3, (10-7 super tiebreaker) at #2; Alex Struck beat Jesse Kavan 7-6 (7-2 tiebreaker), 6-3 at #3; Jordan Ogren beat Sheldon Lovan 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker), 6-4 at #4; John Bieber beat Tommy Nasirichampang 6-2, 7-5 at #5, and Matthew Enderlin lost 5-7, 4-6 to Desmond Khounlo at #6.

In varsity doubles, Renken and Parker defeated Anderson and Souvandy 10-6 at #1. At #2 doubles, Struck and Ogren trailed 2-1 when the rains came, and Bieber and Enderlin also trailed 2-1 when play was stopped.

Storm Lake won thye JV match 6-2, with the JV #1 doubles cancelled by rain. In singles action for Cherokee, Zac Woods lost 8-6 at #1, Weston Burkhardt won 9-7 at #2, Dillon Drefke lost 8-5 at #3, Daniel Enderlin lost 8-0 at #4, Conner Ogren lost 8-1 at #5, and Gus Laursen lost 8-3 at #6.

In JV doubles, Drefke and Enderlin won 8-3 at #2, and Ogren and Laursen lost 8-0 at #3.

Cherokee's John Bieber, right, and Matt Enderlin stay focused on the ball during recent Lakes Conference doubles action. The Braves host Spirit Lake here tonight. Photo contributed
"What a great team win!" exclaimed veteran Cherokee coach Dave Zelle, whose Braves lost 5-4 to the Tornadoes earlier this season in Cherokee. "Today we showed the mental toughness I've been looking for as we successfully closed out one close match after another - something that has been problematic for us this season.

"Renken was masterful in handling Storm Lake's #1 his first lost of the season. Parker overcame the mental demons of dropping the first set after leading 5-2 and found the mental reserve to pull out the win. Ogren battled through a tight two-set match to notch a victory, and Bieber executed great shot choices in a solid win. Struck continued his dominance of the #3 position, and Renken and Parker had a great win at #1 doubles."

The Braves host Spirit Lake Park tonight.

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