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Cougars stun East Union with doubles victories

Weston Ranch's No. 1 singles player Satinder Singh jumps for a shot Thursday in a VOL match at East Union.

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED April 16, 2010 2:35 a.m.
East Union’s Sac-Joaquin Section postseason hopes took a significant hit after dropping a tough 3-2 decision to the always-dangerous Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday.

With the three singles matches finishing quickly in one-sided affairs, it came down to doubles, where East Union has been solid all year.

Jovincent and Chris Legaspi stunned East Union’s No. 1 tandem of Matt Eichsteadt and Chris Garcia in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. In the second doubles match, Weston Ranch’s Mike Tongpalad and Kevin Yamayoshi squeaked out a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6 tiebreaker) win over Marcos Aleman and Ariel Rossete.

“Both of our doubles teams for whatever reason did not have it today,” EU coach Ron Bylow said. “They usually play more consistently, and yet both our teams struggled at the same time.
“Give Weston Ranch credit, because they played better than us today and they deserved the win.”

The Lancers fared better in singles, where Ricky Peloso coasted to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep and Steven Shepherd claimed an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Weston Ranch’s Satinder Singh avenged a previous loss to EU’s Sean Hilscher in the top singles match, winning 6-0, 6-1.

East Union hopes to turn it around Tuesday when it faces second-place Ceres.

Manteca 4, Oakdale 1
The Buffaloes (10-1) were dominant from No. 3 singles to both doubles, picking up 6-0, 6-0 sweeps in those three matches. Marc Leon held down the third singles spot, with No. 1 Max Angelo and Oral Nunis and No. 2 Xavier Lopez and Marcus Munoz taking care of business in doubles play.

Alex Barragan hung tough but fell to Oakdale’s Daniel Dunning 3-6, 7-5 in the No. 1 singles match. Alex McAdams got past Blake Dunn 6-2, 6-4 in No. 2 singles.

“We had a much better performance today. The kids were clearly motivated and I’m sure the loss (to Ceres Tuesday) had something to do with that,” Manteca High head coach Frank Fontana said. “We learned from it, got ready, and played better. It was probably our most complete match of the year from top to bottom.”

With Ceres losing 3-2 to Sonora on Thursday, Manteca recaptured sole possession of the VOL’s top spot.

Sierra 3, Central Valley 2
The impressive play by Sierra’s top singles players helped the Timberwolves edge past a scrappy Central Valley squad in VOL action Thursday afternoon.

Sierra’s No. 1 Kevin Rausa blanked his opponent 6-0, 6-0, and Forrest Tolman posted an impressive 6-0, 6-1 victory over Heath Souza.

With the Hawks’ Will Berryhill defeating Sierra’s No. 3 Adrian Prieto 2-6, 2-6, and their No. 1 doubles team of Gary Ney and Trinidad Sandoval running away with an impressive 1-6, 1-6 victory, the entire match came down to Sierra’s No. 2 doubles team of John Alan Hewitt and Greg Blockinger.

After securing a 6-1 victory in the first set, Central Valley’s No. 2 team of Xavier Molina and Chan Chao made it interesting but ultimately fell 7-5 in the second to give Sierra the match.

The win improves Sierra’s record to 5-6 in Valley Oak League play.

— Bulletin staff
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