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Rausa falls in second round of SJS Singles Tournament

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Rausa falls in second round of SJS Singles Tournament

Sierra High's Kevin Rausa ended his solid junior campaign with a win and a loss at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Singles Tournament Thursday in Roseville.

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POSTED May 14, 2010 2:41 a.m.
ROSEVILLE — The north’s tennis dominance over the south continued in the first day of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Singles and Doubles Tournaments Thursday at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.

Six area players qualified out of the Valley Oak League, but only one prevailed with at least one victory.

Sierra junior Kevin Rausa, the runner-up in the VOL tournament, opened with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Vanden’s Joseph Yates but ran into a far superior opponent in the second round.

Second seeded Tanner Schmute of powerhouse Oak Ridge gave Rausa all he could handle in a 6-0, 6-0 rout.

Weston Ranch’s Satinder Singh, the first tennis player in his school’s history to earn a postseason berth, fell to No. 1 Teddy Chung of Benicia, 2-6, 0-6.

Even Ceres’ top player, Luis Ochoa, the two-time defending champion in the VOL, was one and done. Rausa ended his season with a 29-4 record, with three of those losses coming against Ochoa.

“(Schmute) was just phenomenal,” Sierra coach Arabella Whitlock said. “He’s left-handed, his first serve is dynamic and he moves real well. Kevin didn’t give up and made some great shots, but his opponent’s play was high caliber.

“It was a good learning experience for Kevin, and it gives him something to shoot for next year.”

In doubles play, Manteca and East Union’s teams each lasted just one round.

Unseeded Alex McAdams and Alex Barragan of Manteca dropped a 3-6, 4-6 match to brothers Austin and Andrew Hall of Oak Ridge. Andrew Hall won last year’s Division II section doubles title with Dusty Davis, beating then-Manteca seniors Yassen Aniss and Arnie Morales in three hard-fought sets.

The Halls came into the tournament seeded third. Barragan and McAdams won the VOL doubles title and helped the Buffaloes earn their third team championship in four years.

“In my opinion, that was the best team in the tournament,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “But I also think that our team was one of the top six teams in the tournament, so it was kind of a tough draw for both sides.

“It was a really competitive match, and I’m proud of the way our kids played against two quality players who have played tennis their entire lives.”

East Union’s Sean Hilscher and Ricky Peloso also put up a fight in their 1-6, 4-6 loss to El Camino’s Jordan Smith and Skyler Hogan-Van Sickle. The Lancer pair battled to a 4-4 tie in the second set before falling.

Hilsher and Peloso are the first Lancers to qualify for the section tournament since Chris Vaught did so as a singles player in 2003 and 04.

“It was a great experience for Ricky and Sean to play in this type of tournament,” EU coach Ron Bylow said. “It was also good for some of my returning players I brought to see a higher level of competition.”

— Jonamar Jacinto
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