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Manteca suffers first setback of the season

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POSTED April 14, 2010 2:58 a.m.
A long string of perfection came to a screeching halt for the Manteca Buffaloes, as they finally experienced defeat in a 4-1 loss to Ceres High Tuesday in Valley Oak League action.

The Buffaloes were only able to steal a victory on the doubles circuit, getting a win from Xavier Lopez and Marus Munos 6-3, 6-4 for their lone point of the contest.

“We have to make sure we can mentally come back from first our loss and get back on track,” Manteca head coach Frank Fontana said. “I don’t think the new system favors anybody, but the better team wins. “Today Ceres was the better team, no doubt in my mind”

The Buffaloes (9-1 VOL) now rest in a first-place tie with the Bulldogs, but will focus on finishing strong in hopes of earning the outright league title.

“We’re still shooting for that league tile,” Fontana said. “We’re not going to let one loss take our team down.”

Things don’t get any easier for the Buffaloes as they host the Oakdale Mustangs Thursday.

East Union 3, Sierra 2
The Lancers used a strong showing from both doubles squads to slip past Sierra High 3-2 Tuesday in league play.

East Union’s No. 1 doubles of Matt Eichstead and Chris Garcia (6-3, 6-4) and the No. 2 team of Marcus Aleman and Ariel Rossete (6-2, 6-1) both recorded easy wins, while No. 2 East Union singles player Ricky Peloso outlasted Sierra’s Forrest Tolman 7-5, 6-1 for the win.

“I was pleased with how we played against Sierra,” Lancer head coach Ron Bylow said. “Especially since we went a week without a match due to a bye last week.

“I believe we have the talent to compete with any team in the league, but sometimes we do not perform up to our ability because of a lack of mental focus for the entire match.”

The Lancers will have to continue with solid play if they plan to get past Weston Ranch Thursday at East Union.

Escalon 6, Ripon Christian 3
RIPON – The Knights proved unable to keep pace with the Cougars, dropping the two teams’ Trans Valley League match 6-3 Tuesday.

Ripon Christian got doubles wins from its No.1 boys doubles team of Josiah Neeley and Nick Wehrli and No. 2 boys doubles Mason Veilleux and Alex Blankers. The girls doubles team of Denise Dole and Victoria Vallo earned a 10-6 win for the Knights’ final points.

  — Jagada Chambers
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