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Cougars win final match to decide winner

Weston Ranch’s Ion Obiso stretches out to counter the well-placed shot from Sierra No. 2 singles player Laic Beugre in a Valley Oak League match on Thursday.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin/


POSTED April 18, 2014 12:51 a.m.

Weston Ranch’s Kent Balacy came through with a clutch victory over Sierra’s Anthony Alcantar with all eyes on the final No. 6 singles match that would decide the winner.

Balacy knocked off Alcantar during a 10-point tiebreaker after both split the first two sets and lifted his Cougars to a 5-4 Valley Oak League victory.

“It came down to one match,” Sierra head coach Vanessa Weeks said. “(Alcantar and Balacy) were both consistent; it just came down to a few points and a couple of missed opportunities.”

Sierra’s three singles winners were: Mark Paule Jr. (No. 3) over Roen Malihan, Adam Searle (No. 4) over Issa Areja and Josh Hernandez Simpanco (No. 5) over Charlie Stanley. The Timberwolves’ only point in doubles play was from their No. 1 doubles duo of Allen Len and Steven Gott.

Weston Ranch got a win from its top two singles slots as Chai Saepharn (No. 1) dropped Keegan D’Souza and Ion Obiso (No. 2) defeated Laic Beugre. The Cougars’ No. 2 doubles team of Michael Cervantes and Nick Salvador, and their No. 3 duo of Steven Toledo and Vincent Agrabio, picked up their other victories.

Trans Valley League

Ripon 6, Modesto Chr. 3

The Indians won every match aside from their girls’ singles matches and the mixed doubles contest. Ripon’s No. 1 boys’ singles player Jeremy Parks beat Conner Sodeerstrom 6-1, 6-2 and Bryce Coutrakis (No. 2 singles) beat Johnny Stelin 6-0, 6-0. Savannah Bickle and Maddison Flanders both took defeats in the girls’ singles slots, and so did Ripon’s mixed doubles team of Will Hollingsworth and Teresa Martinez. Ian Flanders and Nathan Machado (boys No. 1 doubles) won in straight sets by a score of 6-1, 6-2. In the No. 2 boys’ doubles slot, Isaiah Sanchez and Davis Armstrong eked out a 7-6 (0), 4-6, 12-10 win in a 10-point tiebreaker over Modesto Christian’s Derek Cao and Enzo Gomes.

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