The Cherokee tennis Braves dropped a hard-fought 6-3 match to Spencer in Lakes Conference boys action here Tuesday night.
The Braves pocketed two varsity singles matches and one doubles match to account for their point total.
Cherokee's Cole Renken continued his sparkling play at #1 singles, defeating Drew Jacobsen 10-4, and Alex Struck beat Joel Keldahl 10-5 at #3 singles to run his Lakes Conference match record to 9-1 at the #3 position.
In doubles, the #1 tandem of Renken and Nick Parker prevailed 10-3 over Jacobsen and Mark Wakefield.
Other varsity singles results for Cherokee were Parker losing 10-4 to Wakefield at #2, Jordan Ogren falling 10-5 to Waylon Glienke at #4, John Bieber losing 10-1 to Tyler Greenough at #5, and Matt Enderlin falling 10-6 to Michael Gabhart at #6.
Spencer won the abbreviated JV match 5-1. For Cherokee, Zac Woods lost 8-2 at #1, Weston Burkhardt lost 9-8 (7-4 tiebreaker) at #2, Dillon Drefke lost 8-0 at #3, Daniel Enderlin won 8-1 at #4, Conner Ogren lost 8-3 at #5, and Gus Laursen lost 8-1 at #6.
Rain cancelled the JV doubles in progress, with Woods and Burkhardt leading 5-3 at #1, Drefke and Enderlin leading 5-2 at #2, and Ogren and Laursen knotted at 4-4 at #3.
"With the wind early and rain late, it was a miserable night for tennis, but we were able to get the varsity meet completed," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "Struck and Renken continued their dominance of their respective singles flights, but Spencer's outstanding depth and steady play prevailed in the other singles matches.
"Renken and Parker played their best doubles of the season. They looked really sharp in avenging their only dual meet loss this season with a resounding 10-3 victory."
The Braves host Estherville-LC Monday to end regular season play in the Lakes Conference, and play in Districts Thursday at Spencer.