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Buffaloes go 1-2 in ‘Classic’ opener

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POSTED March 7, 2014 11:58 p.m.

Manteca High’s boys tennis team competed well despite missing two of its top players in the opening day of the California Classic held at various sites in the Fresno area.

The Buffaloes started Division V play with a 4-2 win over Oakwood of Hollywood at Fresno City Community College. They then tied Porterville 3-3 but lost via tiebreaker, but the Panthers got the nod for claiming more sets, 7-6. Manteca wrapped up its group schedule with a 4-2 setback against Vacaville.

“They were all close matches,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “(Vacaville was) definitely more skilled, but we were missing our No. 4 and 7 players. We probably would have won all three if we had those two kids, but overall it was a great day even though we only won one of the matches.”

Yok-Jing Ma, Manteca’s top  player, won all three of his contests. No. 2 Mike Lopez was also undefeated but also competed in one doubles match alongside freshman Yok-Eyh Ma.

Fontana lauded the efforts of Alex Vazquez (2-1) in doubles action, and sophomore Kyle Thornburn showed well in going 1-2 against fierce competition.

“Kyle started playing in February and all three guys he faces have been playing for much longer,” Fontana said. “Just the fact that he was out there competing with them shows he has a great future.

“I view this (tournament) as good practice for the team. It exposes them to good competition that they might not always see in the (Valley Oak League) and it makes them better in the long run.”

The tournament resumes today as Manteca squares off with other No. 3 teams from Division V groups.

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