The busy Cherokee Braves tennis team split two recent Lakes Conference matches, winning 8-1 at Estherville-LC last week, and losing 7-2 to Spencer in Cherokee Monday night.
In the convincing victory over E-LC, the Braves swept all six singles matches and won two of three doubles matches for the resounding win.
In varsity doubles, Struck and Ogren beat Olsen and Edwards 10-2 at #1, Drefke and Conley beat Heinrichs and Reisner 11-10 (7-3 tiebreak) at #2, and Laursen and Alexx Maurer lost 10-3 to Olson and Jensen at #3.
The teams tied 3-3 in abbreviated JV action with E-LC winning three of four singles matches, and Cherokee winnning both doubles matches.
In singles for Cherokee, Mauruer lost 8-6 at #1, Schulte won 8-2 at #2, Carlos Aguilar lost 8-3 at #3, and Nathan Dodd lost 8-4 at #4. In doubles, Maurer and Schulte won 8-1 at #1, and Aguilar and Dodd won 9-8 (7-3 tiebreak) at #2.
"I'm really proud of our performance," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "We endured the long road trip, an hour-long rain delay, and had to play without our #2, #3, and #8 players dur to various reasons, yet everyone stepped it up a notch. Kudos to all those who had to play up several spots in the lineup and did so with poise and confidence."
Against Spencer, Struck and Matt Enderlin teamed to win #1 doubles, and Conley won at #6 singles for the Braves lone wins.
In varsity singles for Cherokee, Struck lost 6-2, 5-7, 8-10 tiebreak to Michael Gabhart at #1, Enderlin fell 2-6, 6-4, 7-10 tiebreak to Eric Maassen at #2, Brett Walker lost 1-6, 0-6 to Morgan Kramer at #3, Ogren lost 6-4, 4-6 9-11 tiebreak to Luke Kaldahl at #4, Drefke lost 0-6, 3-6 to Jordan Plueger at #5, and Conley beat Bryan LoVan 7-5, 1-6, 12-10 tiebreak at #6.
In varsity doubles, Struck and Enderlin beat Gabhart and Maassen 10-4 at #1, Walker and Ogren lost 5-10 to Kramer and Plueger at #2, and Drefke and Conley lost 2-10 to Kaldahl and LoVan at #3.
Spencer swept the JV match 9-0.
In JV singles for Cherokee, Laursen lost 8-0 at #1, Nathan Fowler lost 8-4 at #2, Schulte lost 8-2 at #3, Maurer lost 8-3 at #4, Aguilar lost 8-0 at #5, and Dodd lost 8-3 at #6. In JV doubles, Laursen and Fowler lost 8-0 at #1, Schulte and Maurer lost 8-0 at #2, and Aguilar and Dodd lost 8-0 at #3.
"Spencer is very similar to us in level of experience," noted Zelle. "It was a very competitive meet, as indicated by the number of three-set matches. We just could not prevail in enough of the tiebreaks. We lacked that killer instinct to aggressively finish off an opponent once we had them on the ropes."
The Braves play in the Class 2A Districts today in Spencer.