Spencer beats Braves in Lakes tennis

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Cherokee's Andrea Pavanello eyes this serve attempt during the Braves Lakes Conference tennis match against Spencer in Cherokee Monday night. Photo by Mike Leckband

The Spencer Tigers tamed the young Cherokee Braves tennis team here Monday night by the score of 7-2 in Lakes Conference action.

Cherokee senior Matt Enderlin figured in both wins for the Braves, winning his #2 singles match, and teaming with Alec Schultz to win #2 doubles. Enderlin beat Jordan Pleuger 11-10 (7-3 tiebreaker) at #2 singles, and he and Schultz defeated Bryon Lovan and Luke Kaldahl 10-8 at #2 doubles.

In other varsity singles matches for Cherokee, Brett Walker lost 10-0 to Michael Gabhart at 31, Schultz lost 10-3 to Collin Edwards at #3, Eric Wilkie fell 10-3 to Lovan at #4, Andrea Pavanella lost 10-4 to Kaldahl at #5, and Alexx Maurer fell 10-6 to Sean McCord at #6.

Cherokee's Brett Walker stays focused whie returning this shot during the Braves Lakes Conference tennis match against Spencer here Monday night. Photo by Mike Leckband

In varsity doubles for the Braves, Walker and Wilkie lost 10-2 to Gabhart and Pleuger at #1, and Pavanello and Maurer lost 10-5 to Edwards and Troy Geyer at #3.

Spencer swept the JV matches 6-0.

For Cherokee in JV singles, Nathan Fowler lost 9-7 at #1, Trent Larson lost 8-3 at #2, Nick Bennigsdorf fell 8-1 at #3, and Nate Laursen fell 8-0 at #4.

In JV doubles, Fowler and Larson lost 8-2 at #1, and Bennigsdorf and Laursen fell 8-1 at #2.

"We looked better than we did last time out," said Cherokee coach Dave Zelle. "We continue to see steady improvement in many players. Matt had a tenacious win at #2, and he and Alec had a nice win at #2 doubles.

"Much of our struggle continues to be with staying tough mentally and emotionally in match situations. We need to grow in this area, as well as in the area of shot production."

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