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Rain slows but doesn’t stop Buffs from winning

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POSTED April 23, 2010 1:33 a.m.
SONORA — The recent rain kept Manteca High’s tennis team off the court for a couple days, and the Buffaloes had to play through a little drizzle in Thursday’s match against defending Valley Oak League champion.

That led to a slow start, but the 4-1 finish in favor of the Buffaloes was what matters as they remain in step with league co-leader Ceres with the win.

Come-from-behind wins at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles keyed the team victory, and four of the five matches went full three-set distance.

“There was definitely a little rust today,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “We couldn’t practice for two days, and it showed at the beginning of the match.

“But we played better and dominated after the first sets, it just took us a while to get started.”

At No. 1 doubles, Max Angelo and Oral Nunis toughed out a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win over Daniel Boyack and Floyd Jaggy. In the other doubles match, Xavier Lopez and Marcus Munoz took two out of three (6-3, 4-6, 6-2) against Josh Smith and Ben Davis.

Marc Leon’s 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles was the only one to finish in straight sets. Alex McAdams came back from a 4-6 loss to Ricky Howard and coasted 6-3, 6-1 the rest of the way.

Manteca’s only loss came in the top singles match, which Alex Barragan dropped 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Chris Sanchez.

Manteca (11-1) has a make-up match against Central Valley Monday before capping the regular season against Sierra Thursday.

Trans Valley League
Ripon Christian 8, Ripon 1
RIPON — Ripon (3-5) hung tough in three matches, but it was otherwise a routine victory for second-place Ripon Christian (7-2).

In the top singles boys matchup, Landon Tillema split the first two sets, 5-7, 6-3, with Chris Kem before prevailing in the tiebreaker, 10-7.

And in No. 2 boys doubles, Brad Kamper and Mason Veilleux edged out Patrick Scott and Jared Ratto, 10-9 (2).

Ripon’s only point came via No. 2 boys singles, where Matt Mendonca cruised, 6-0, 6-1.

The Knights took the rest handily, with wins coming from No. 1 girls singles Katie den Dulk (6-0, 6-1), No. 2 girls singles Amanda Thatcher (6-4, 6-2), No. 1 boys doubles Josiah Neeley and Nick Wehrli (10-2), No. 1 girls doubles Haley Veilleux and Denise Dole (10-3), No. 2 girls doubles Victoria Vallo and Christine Langford (10-0) and mixed doubles Jared Van Groningen and Colleen Kamper (10-6).

— Jonamar Jacinto
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