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Ripon’s Coutrakis captures singles title

Bryce Coutrakis won the Valley Oak League singles title.

JOHN JOEL GROFFITHS/The Bulletin/


POSTED May 4, 2014 11:19 p.m.

Bryce Coutrakis finished what he started on Friday by defeating Escalon’s Ashton Redberg to capture the Trans Valley League Singles Tournament championship Saturday at the Modesto’s SOS Club.

Coutrakis knocked off Redberg in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5 and will be one of five Ripon members moving on to Thursday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Co-Ed Individual Tournament at Oak Park in Stockton.

“His strategy was to try to keep the ball deep,” Ripon head coach Robert Mayfield said. “(Coutrakis) played mixed doubles last year, so we were trying to get him to the net as much as possible. When he was able to do that he was able to put pressure on (Redberg) and get a lot of points early.”

Aside from Coutrakis, Ripon also crowned a champion in the TVL Boys’ Super Doubles Tournament.

The Indians’ tandem of Nathan Machado and Jeremy Parks, who are also close friends off the tennis courts, took the title over Riverbank’s duo of Juan Alfaro and Rigo Garcia.

Alfaro was the TVL’s Singles MVP who lost in the semifinals, failing to qualify for sections Thursday as an individual. He teamed up with Garcia and qualified for sections as they made it to sections and the finals where they lost against Machado and Parks, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3).

In the third set, Parks and Machado fought off three match points to even up the score at 6-6 and then won in the tiebreaker.

“This was the final match of the day – center court,” Mayfield said. “It was quite the match, and they’re both seniors and pretty good friends, so they were just ecstatic. It was pretty cool.”

On their way to the title, Parks and Machado beat Riverbank’s ‘B’ team, 6-3. 6-1, and then eliminated Nick Lennon and Mike Medina of Escalon 6-0, 6-2 in the semis.

Ripon’s two other players who qualified for Thursday’s section individual tournament are brother-and-sister tandem Ian and Maddison Flanders. They finished second in the TVL Mixed Super Doubles Tourney after losing in the finals against Escalon’s Marc Ney and Kaitlyn Mayfield 6-4, 7-5.

It was the first loss of the season for Ian Flanders, who won the TVL boys doubles tournament on Friday along with Machado as the two went undefeated through the league schedule.

“Ian hadn’t lost all year, and they were a strong team,” Mayfield said. “We were up 5-2 in the second set and lost five in a row. It was pretty heartbreaking for our (undefeated) freshman Ian. It was his first taste of defeat, but he took it pretty well.”

Shannon Wesley and Hailey Rae-Rose lost in the semis of the TVL Girls Super Doubles Tournament against Ali Stokes and Jackie Stokes of Modesto Christian – the eventual tournament champs.

Although Ripon’s mixed doubles team and boys’ doubles duo – along with the TVL Singles winner Coutrakis – will move to sections Thursday at 10 a.m. The Indians will also compete in the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Playoffs.

The Indians, who went from dead last in the TVL to a second-place finisher at 9-1, will travel to Auburn to face Forest Lake Christian in the opening round of the team playoffs at 3:30 p.m. today.

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