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.
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.