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Le Mars clips tennis Braves, 7-2

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cherokee's Connor Ogren returns a forehand under the watchful eyes of his dad Scott during the Braves Lakes Conference tennis match against Le Mars last week. Photo by Paul Struck
Enderlin double winner for Cherokee

Loaded with seniors, the Le Mars boys tennis team smacked youthful Cherokee 7-2 in Lakes Conference action here Thursday night.

Cherokee junior Matt Enderlin was a bright spot for the Braves, winning a grueling 11-9 match over Kent Hasselquist at #2 singles, and then teaming with #1 Alex Struck for an exciting 10-8 victory over seniors Hasselquist and Mike Ahlers at #1 doubles.

Brett Walker of Cherokee prepares to fire off a serve during tennis action against Le Mars in Cherokee last week. Photo by Paul Struck
In other singles matches for Cherokee, Struck lost 10-6 at #1 to Ahlers who was 7th in last year's State Tournament, freshman Brett Walker fell 10-1 to Keegan Driggs at #3, sophomore Connor Ogren lost 10-1 to Eric Harvey at #4, junior Gabe Conley lost 10-1 to Kolin Brooks at #5, and senior Gus Laursen fell 10-0 to Aaron Ruden at #6.

Also in varsity doubles, Walker and Ogren lost 10-1 to Driggs and Harvey at #2, and Conley and Laursen fell 10-1 to Brooks and Ruden at #3.

Le Mars also won the JV match 6-0, with the Young Braves featuring just four freshmen comprising the JV squad.

In JV singles for Cherokee, Nathan Fowler lost 8-3 at #1, Alex Schultz fell 8-0 at #2, Alex Maurer lost 8-0 at #3, and Carlos Aguilar lost 8-1 at #4.

In JV doubles, Fowler and Schultz lost 8-1 at #1, and Maurer and Aguilar lost 8-5 at #2.

"We showed some improvement playing against another very experienced team," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "Matthew Enderlin had a superb night displaying patience and good judgment in a marathon 11-9 win, and then teamed with Alex Struck for an outstanding win at #1 doubles. Matthew really hustled and stayed focused in both matches.

"In addition to his doubles win, Alex Struck played toe-to-toe with the 7th-place finisher in last year's State Tournament in a very close and entertaining match at #1 singles."

The Braves play at Storm Lake tonight in another Lakes Conference tussle against a Tornado squad loaded with seniors and experienced varsity players.

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