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Lancers drop key match to Sonora

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POSTED April 11, 2014 12:57 a.m.

East Union’s playoff chances took a big hit Thursday when it dropped a 5-4 decision to visiting Sonora.

The Lancers certainly had opportunities to get the win, as six of the matches were decided in third sets — three of them claimed by Sonora.

The Valley Oak League only sends its top three teams to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Team Tournament. Sonora also won the first meeting with the Lancers 5-4 and owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Wildcats are one of three squads (Kimball, Manteca) with only one league loss.

“We had some matches that I thought would be different this time but it didn’t happen for us,” East Union coach Rick Mitchell said. “It was a heartbreaker, but it was the best match I’ve seen in my two years of coaching tennis. It was a fun and competitive atmosphere today.”

East Union (6-5) did most of its damage at doubles, winning all three matches in three sets. Jake Kramer and Marco Mata pulled out a 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-2 win; Luis Gonales and Mario Zuniga prevailed 6-0, 4-6, 6-1; and Raul Duenas and Carlos Campos came back to win, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Kyle Niendorf notched the Lancers’ lone singles point, as he cruised past Austin Page, 6-3, 6-0 from the No. 4 spot.

Sonora’s Andrew Klatt held off Luke Macias 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 in the No. 1 matchup. No. 3 Kevin Flores 6-2, 1-6, 2-6) and No. 6 Jesus Ramirez (1-6, 6-4, 2-6) were competitive in their losses.

Manteca 9,
Weston Ranch 0

The Buffaloes (9-1) blanked Weston Ranch for a second time, but the visiting Cougars were far more competitive in the rematch.

“Weston Ranch has definitely improved,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana noted.

The tightest match was at No. 6 singles, where Alex Vazquez staved off Kent Balacy, 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Also winning for Manteca were Yok-Jing Ma (6-3, 6-1), Mike Lopez (6-0, 6-3), Gino Mercado (6-2, 6-1), Spencer Jackson (6-2, 6-0), Thomas Reza (6-4, 6-2), Yok-Eyh Ma/Nolan Osborn (6-2, 6-1), Yayha Shabbar/Edvin Pepic (6-2, 6-3) and Kyle Thornburg/Si Hao Tang (6-1, 6-1).

Oakdale 5, Sierra 4

The deciding match was at No. 1 doubles, with Oakdale’s tandem of Shane Baxter and Daniel Davis knocking off Sierra’s Allen Len and Zach Gosney, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. The Timberwolves lost all three doubles matches.

Earning a point each at singles were No. 1 Keegan D’Souza (6-3, 6-3), No. 3 Mark Paule Jr. (6-2, 6-3), No. 4 Adam Searle (6-0, 6-0) and Anthony Alcantar (6-1, 6-3).

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