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Braves tennis season ends in Districts

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cherokee's Alex Struck is ready to deliver a serve during District tennis action in Spencer last week. The Braves' two singles and two doubles District entries lost either their first or second round District matches, ending their 2011 season. Photo by Paul Struck
SPENCER - The road ended for the young Cherokee Braves tennis team in 1A District Competition here last week.

Cherokee's #1 doubles team of Alex Struck and Matt Enderlin won their first match with a 6-0, 6-0 devastation of Spirit Lake-Okoboji's Tyler Rice and Joe Oldson, and then dropped a hotly contested match to Sioux City Heelan's Kyle Walsh and Garen Merrit 6-7, 3-6 to close out their season.

Players must declare whether they will play singles or doubles in District Tournament action, as they can't do both.

Matt Enderlin of Cherokee fires a serve during DIstrict tennis action last week in Spencer. The meet was postponed Thursday for inclement weather that failed to materialize and then played in cold, windy weather conditions Friday. Photo by Paul Struck
Also in doubles for the Braves, Gabe Conley and Dillon Drefke lost 2-6, 1-6 to SL-O's Brandon Stoll and Wes Berquist, the eventual runner-up doubles team to winner Storm Lake's brother duo of Carsen and Cole Anderson.

In singles for Cherokee, Connor Ogren beat Levi Jensen of Estherville-LC 6-1, 6-4, and then lost 4-6, 3-6 to Kent Hasselquist of Le Mars.

Cherokee freshman Brett Walker dropped his opening singles match 0-6, 1-6 to Eric Maassen of Spencer.

"The doubles draw ended up stacked with talent," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "Alex and Matt recieved the #4 seed and won their first-round match easily.. In the second round they faced a Heelan team that ended up finishing third in the tournament, taking out the #2 seed in the consolation match.

"This closes out what was a definite rebuilding season. Last year we graduated seven of our 12 players so this year our crew of freshmen really had to step up into uncharted waters, often facing senior-laden teams. We need to spend lots of time on the courts in the summer and then they are looking at a promising future."

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