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Braves blitz E-LC in Lakes tennis

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Cherokee Braves varsity tennis team blitzed visiting Estherville-LC 6-0 in Lakes Conference action here Monday night before rains knocked out the finish of the doubles competition.

Gus Laursen of Cherokee casually strokes a high forehand return during the Braves big win over Estherville-LC here Monday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee swept all six singles matches and had a probable chance to win the three doubles matches when rains rendered the courts too slippery to continue play.

In varsity singles for the Braves, Alex Struck hammered Brad Olsen 10-0 at #1, Matthew Enderlin whitewashed Riley Edwards 10-0 at #2, Brett Walker crushed Tim Soper 10-0 at #3, Gabe Conley clipped Jake Reisner 10-7 at #4, Gus Laursen downed Tucker Olson 10-7 at #5, and Nathan Fowler beat Joe Heinrichs 10-7 at #6.

Struck and Enderlin were paired at #1 doubles for Cherokee when play was halted, while Walker and Conley were at #2 doubles, and Laursen and Fowler at #3.

Cherokee's Nathan Fowler is poised and ready to stroke a backhand return during the Braves Lakes Conference boys tennis match against Estherville-LC here Monday night. Photo by Paul Struck
In JV action for Cherokee, Alec Schultz won 8-0 at #1, and Alex Maurer lost 8-1 at #2 when rains halted the rest of the JV matches.

"The weather was ugly, but we completed enough matches to make it an official meet before the rains forced us from the courts," said veteran Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "Even though we didn't get to play out any of the doubles matches, it was great for so many of the players to experience some solid success.

"Alex, Matthew, and Brett breezed through their matches, and Gabe, Gus, and Nathan showed poise in hanging on to pull out wins in their close matches and secure the meet for us.

"We are getting better, but most of the teams we face this year are heavily experience-laden. We needed this exposure against a team of similar experience to help our players realize how much we really are improving."

The Cherokee boys play at Le Mars Monday night.

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