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Manteca defeats Sonora to remain in first-place tie

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Nolan Osborn puts it away for a point against Sonora’s Ion Abt and Duncan Ragland as Manteca doubles partner Yok-Eyh Ma looks on.


POSTED April 15, 2014 1:07 a.m.

Two big wins from the bottom half of its singles ladder propelled Manteca High’s boys tennis team to a pivotal 6-3 win over visiting Sonora on Monday.

With the team result still hanging in the balance, Thomas Reza eked out a 7-6 (2), 7-5 win over Austin Page in the No. 4 singles match. Meanwhile, Spencer Jackson came from behind to claim the No. 5 contest 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 against Ian Burkhard.

“Both Spencer and Thomas found ways to win to win the match for us,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said.

Manteca (10-1) and Sonora were part of a three-way tie for first place in the Valley Oak League. Reigning champion Kimball has already split with Manteca and owns a 5-4 victory over Sonora. The Buffaloes will see Sonora again on the road next Tuesday, April 22.

“Monday matches are extremely difficult,” Fontana said. “You don’t get the day of practice in before, but both teams have to deal with that. Typically the quality of play is not as good, compared to a day a practice before. Sonora played and competed very well today, and we will need to raise our games to beat them the second time we play them.”

Yok-Jing Ma coasted to a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Sonora’s No. 1 Andrew Klatt. Mike Lopez grinded out a 6-3, 6-3 win over Donald Truong while playing with a sore wrist. In the No. 3 match, Gino Mercado dropped a three-setter to Spencer Lyons, 6-2, 2-6, 2-6.

Two doubles matches also went the distance. 

Sonora’ No. 1 team of Sam Page and Eric Deardon knocked off Alex Vazquez and Kyle Thornburg, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3, but in the No. 3 contest Buffaloes Yayha Shabbar and Si Hao Tang pulled out a 6-7 (4), 6-0, 10-7 win.

Yok-Eyh Ma and Nolan Osborn had the most lopsided win of the match, blowing past Ion Abt and Duncan Ragland, 6-1, 6-0.

“Yok-Eyh and Nolan have continued to play well and thoroughly dominated their opponents today,” Fontana said.

Manteca next heads to Oakdale today.

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