OKOBOJI - Host Spirit Lake Park-Okoboji defeated the Cherokee Braves 7-2 in Lakes Conference boys tennis action here Monday night in cold, windy weather conditions.
In other varsity singles matches for the Braves, junior Matt Enderlin lost 10-7 to Wes Berquist at #2 after leading 7-5 in the see-saw match, freshman Brett Walker fell 10-2 to Brett Kraus at #3, junior Gabe Conley lost 10-3 to Jordan Richey at #5, and junior Dillon Drefke lost 10-4 to Trystan Wiedow at #6.
In varsity doubles, Struck and Enderlin lost 10-5 to Stoll and Berquist at #1, a team they beat on Saturday on their way to winning the Lakes Conference Championship at First Flight doubles; Walker and Conley fell 10-3 to Kraus and Bice at #2; and Ogren and Drefke lost 11-9 to Joe Oldson and Richey at #3.
In JV singles for Cherokee, Gus Laursen lost 8-0 at #1, Nathan Fowler lost 8-1 at #2, Alexx Maurer lost 8-1 at #3, Alec Schultz lost 8-4 at #4, Aguilar lost 8-1 at #5,, and Dodd lost 8-2 at #6.
In JV doubles, Laursen and Fowler fell 8-1 at #1, and Maurer and Schultz lost 8-4 at #2.
"Had we played our best from beginning to end, this likely could have been a winnable meet," noted Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "We let some leads slip away, but with our level of inexperience, one has to expect inconsistencies. Such is the nature of the beast.
"Alex played a superb match at #1, dominating a solid player by executing great shot placement with impeccable consistency. Connor also had a solid win, demonstrating what he's capable of when he maintains a calm, focused composure."
The Braves host Spencer Monday night and travel to Spencer Tuesday night in a weather make-up match.