BRAVES BLANKED

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Kyler Olsen chases down a ball while doubles teammate Karson Rodriguez looks on during their match with Cherokee on Thursday.
PHOTO BY MATT HEINRICHS

Spirit Lake-Okoboji boys tennis improves to 3-0 with Cherokee sweep

Spirit Lake-Okoboji's Tom Zuendorf returns a serve in his singles win over Cherokee's Cale Pingel on Thursday.
PHOTO BY MATT HEINRICHS

The Spirit Lake-Okoboji boys tennis team earned a dominant win over Cherokee on Thursday to improve to 3-0 on the season, sweeping the Braves 9-0 at Speier Park.

"I was very pleased to see the momentum we have developed the past couple of meets continue into this matchup against Cherokee," SL-O coach Dan Taylor said. "I didn't see any letdown or lack of focus. The guys continued their intensity and concentration throughout their matches. Getting decisive wins in the first three meets of the year ... is very encouraging."

Spirit Lake-Okoboji's Andrew Seemann tracks down a ball in his singles win over Cherokee's Matthew Steineke at Speier Park.
PHOTO BY MATT HEINRICHS

In singles, Tom Zuendorf defeated Cale Pingel (10-1), Kyler Olsen defeated Layne Reinhart (10-0), Nick Cornwall defeated Tyler Richardson (10-4), Karson Rodriguez defeated Dylan Nelson (10-3), Liam Hamilton-Smith defeated Brendon Sullivan (10-0) and Andrew Seeman defeated Matthew Steineke (10-2).

In doubles, Zuendorf and Seemann defeated Pingel and Richardson (10-3), Olsen and Rodriguez defeated Richardson and Nelson (10-1), and Cornwall and JP Walz defeated Steineke and Carson Morgan (10-0).

While Taylor was happy to see his team pick up a third straight win to start the spring, he admitted his squad's next two meets Monday against Spencer and Friday at Le Mars will serve as a measuring stick.

"Our next two meets are against teams that will play at a higher level than we have seen so far. Both Spencer and Le Mars will be tough competition," he said. "But, based on results we have had against common opponents, and looking at their rosters, I think both meets will be close and come down to who matches up with who in the lineup. I am looking forward to seeing what this team can do against them, as are our players."

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