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Sierra handles East Union with ease

East Union No. 1 singles player Ashley Duenas makes a play on the ball with a full extension Tuesday in the Lancers' VOL loss to Sierra.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED September 22, 2010 2:24 a.m.
The Sierra Timberwolves closed out a strong first-half of the Valley Oak League schedule, dropping the East Union Lancers 11-4 Tuesday.

Sierra (6-1) got its usual dominant play from its No. 1 doubles tandem of Stephanie Vanni and Maryann Baker, who cruised to a pair of lopsided victories. The duo handled East Union’s No. 1 doubles team 10-1 and blanked the Lancers’ No. 2 doubles team 10-0.

“It feels great to end the first half of the season with a win,” Sierra head coach Marti Teunissen said. “Vanni and Baker are still undefeated on the season. They make a great pair and are going to be very difficult to beat the second half of the season.”

Vannida Nguyen earned three victories, winning 6-3, 6-1 and 6-0 in her three matches. Sierra No. 2 singles player Ann McFerran also posted three victories, winning 6-3, 6-2 and 6-2. Natalie Ray garnered a pair of victories, posting two 6-2 wins in her three matches.

East Union (2-5) got minimal success from its singles team, earning a single victory from Rebekah Jacobson who beat Ray 6-1. The Lancers’ No. 1 doubles team was able to put handle Sierra’s No. 2 doubles 10-4 after falling to Vanni and Baker.

“Even though we came out on the short end of the stick, there were some positives that I saw happening on the court today,” Lancer head coach Julia Bylow said. “Jacobson came away with a match win over their No. 3, so that was good to see her break through and get a point for us.

“Our girls know what they need to work on, so hopefully we can get stronger and learn with every match.”

The Lancers will be back in action Thursday when they host Sonora, while Sierra will travel to Tracy to take on Kimball High. Both matches are scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start time.

Weston Ranch 14, Oakdale 1
The Cougars took an already impressive VOL showing to new heights Tuesday, beating up on the Oakdale Mustangs 14-1.

“Oakdale is always a dangerous opponent, so we worked hard the last few practices to get prepared for them,” Cougar head coach Jason Furtado said. “Even though we are always happy to get a win, my girls know that our work has just begun.”

Weston Ranch (7-0) has done just about everything right thus far this season and nothing changed in its first meeting with a usually-challenging Mustang squad.

Nicole Bowen, Vy Hoang and Areolle Albino nearly made a clean-sweep, but Oakdale’s Emily Clayton was able to stop Albino 6-3 in their match. Doubles teams of Ly Hoang and Cristina Poklay won 10-1 and 10-2, while Nancy Nyguen and Chelsea Olitan won 10-4 and 10-7.

The Cougars will try and remain focused on the task at hand, and finish the VOL season as strong as they’ve started it.

“The second half is going to be a grind,” Furtado said. “My girls are anxious to get back to practice to get back to work.”

The Cougars will be on the court Thursday when they host the Lathrop Spartans.

Sonora 11, Manteca 4
Manteca could not stop its slide, falling to the visiting Sonora Wildcats 11-4 Tuesday.

The Buffaloes got a superb effort from No. 1 singles player Marlen Kurzhul who won all three of her matches, 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1. Wendy Lin was able to garner the Buffaloes’ only other point when she stopped Sonora’s Hannah Ankrom 6-3 in her final match.

The Buffaloes (1-6) travel to Oakdale Thursday to take on the Mustangs.

Kimball 11, Lathrop 4
Lathrop was able to pull in a victory in single play when Merchelle Alegado beat Kimball’s Krishna Sankara 7-6 (7-4), but that would be its only singles victory in an 11-4 loss in Lathrop.

Kimball had an injury default from its No. 2 doubles team, spotting the Spartans three points on the two forfeits.

Lathrop will be on the court Thursday when they travel to Weston Ranch to take on the undefeated Cougars.
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