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Manteca begins with league power, drops first VOL match

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Manteca High's Kelli Lane prepares to serve as doubles partner Valarie Monarrez waits at the net. The Buffaloes lost to Oakdale in their VOL opener Tuesday at Manteca High.


POSTED September 1, 2010 2:30 a.m.

The Manteca Buffaloes did not get the luxury of warming up to the Valley Oak League schedule, drawing a match against perennial league front-runner Oakdale and falling 9.5 to 5.5 Tuesday at home.

The Buffaloes got a strong performance from their No. 1 singles, as Marlen Kurzhals battled Oakdale No. 1 Elise Derby but succumbed in a tie breaker 7-6 (7-4). Kurzhals rebounded with a pair of wins against the Mustangs’ No. 2 and No. 3.

Wendy Lin finished 2-1 from the Buffaloes’ No. 2 slot, beating Emily Clayton (6-4) and Lindsay Dunn (6-3), while Jasmine Sandhu was outlasted in her three matches, falling 5-7 in her finale.

Manteca’s two doubles tandems were able to earn one victory, with Adaeze Nkwocha and Kaile Hunt dropping Nicole Armstrong and Jacelyn Bunney 10-7.

Manteca’s schedule brings Weston Ranch to town next, with the Buffaloes hosting the Cougars Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Sonora 12.5, East Union 2.5
SONORA – The Lancers could not pull out a victory in their season opener, dropping their VOL match against Sonora by 10 points.

East Union’s returning doubles tandem of Klasey Kachalkin and Shalane Jackson held of the Sonora No. 2 team after dropping their opener against Jade Mena and Megan Holloway 8-10.

“Klasey and Shalane had a good match, but Sonora ended up playing really well over the final few games and went ahead to win it,” East Union head coach Julia Bylow said. “They played really well in the second set to bounce back strong.

“I think they are just a little rusty coming out of the gate here.”

Kachalkin and Jackson handled the Wildcats’ No. 2, 10-6, earning the Lancers’ only points of the contest. East Union will try and get in the win column with a strong showing against Weston Ranch Thursday in their VOL home opener.

“Overall, I felt our girls played hard,” Bylow said. “Obviously, this shows the things that we have to work on, so we’ll get back at it and hit practice hard tomorrow.”

Weston Ranch 15, Lathrop 0
LATHROP – The Weston Ranch Cougars had little trouble getting their 2010 VOL season off on the right foot.

Nicole Bowen only surrendered four points while amassing three victories, beating Michalea Pauley (6-1), Merchelle Alegado (6-3) and Lisa Lee (6-0) to open the season undefeated. Cougars’ No. 2 Vy Hoang was as impressive, winning her three matches 6-0, 6-4 and 6-0.

Areolle Albino was perfect on the day as well taking three by scores of 6-0, 6-2 and 6-0. The Cougars’ No. 1 doubles pair of Ly Hoang and Cristina Poklay cruised to a pair of wins, as did Weston Ranch No.2 team of Nancy Nyguen and Samantha Paras.

“Although the scores were pretty lopsided, Lathrop played us tough,” Cougars head coach Jason Furtado said. “I can tell that they have improved greatly.

“My girls were able to stay focused and keep the pressure on Lathrop.”

The Cougars will be traveling to East Union to take on the Lancers Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

— Jagada Chambers
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