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.
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.
"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.