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Buffaloes get revenge, beat Oakdale by one

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POSTED September 24, 2010 3:00 a.m.
Manteca High was not able to get passed the Oakdale Mustangs when they visited the Buffaloes to open the Valley Oak League season, but that was not the case Thursday as Manteca edged out the Mustangs 3-2 for the league win.

Manteca (2-6) climbed to victory behind solid singles play from No. 1 Marlen Kurzhu and Rosa Zou. Kurzhu beat Oakdale’s Emily Clayton 6-1, 6-1, while Zou fended off Kalkindan Curtis 6-1, 7-6 (7-3). The No. 1 doubles team of Jasmine Sandhu and Kaile Hunt cruised to an easy 6-2, 6-0 win.

Manteca will try and make it back-to-back wins when they host Kimball High Tuesday.

Sonora 4, East Union 1
The Lancers were able to get strong performance out of their No. 1 doubles team, but that would be East Union’s lone highlight in a 4-1 loss to Sonora Thursday in Valley Oak League action.

East Union (2-6) saw Shalane Jackson and Klasey Kachalkin outlast Sonora’s No. 1 doubles Megan Holloway and Jade Mena 4-6, 7-6 (9-7) and 6-1 for the win.

“Those girls were down early and in the second set, but they continued to fight,” East Union head coach Julia Bylow said. “They dominated in that third set. It was good to see such a hard-fought battle.

“I think this will really help them turn the corner.”

Ashley Duenas was the only Lancer to come close to victory in singles play, falling 1-6 and 7-6 (7-0) in her lone match.

The Lancers will try and work out some of its issues before taking on the league’s top-team, Weston Ranch, Tuesday in Stockton.

W. Ranch 5, Lathrop 0
The Cougars opened the second-half of league with another impressive showing, stopping Lathrop High without trouble 5-0 Thursday.

Weston Ranch (8-0) has stepped into the VOL’s role of team to beat, dominating in nearly each of its eight consecutive wins. Its stellar play continued, with Nicole Bowen, Vy Hoang and Areolle Albino all registering straight-set wins on their way to points.

Weston Ranch also got superb doubles play, with Ly Hoang and Cristina Poklay teaming up for a win, as did Nancy Nyguen and Chelsea Olitan. Neither of the Cougars’ doubles teams surrendered a point.

“Lathrop’s girls really came out to play,” Cougar head coach Jason Furtado said. “We are excited about every victory we get, because they are all tough to come by; regardless of the team’s record.”

Sierra 4, Kimball 1
The Timberwolves had one minor setback with a loss from their No. 1 singles player, but other than that, it was business as usual for the Timberwolves in a 4-1 win over Kimball.

“My girls played extremely well today,” Sierra head coach Marti Teunissen said. “We had to overcome some unexpected obstacles, but overall the girls stepped up and pulled off a victory.”

Ann McFerran won 6-4, 6-1, Natalie Ray was also successful 6-4, 6-1. Stephanie Vanni and Maryann Baker remained perfect on the season, winning 6-2, 6-2, while No. 2 doubles team of Kelli Fuentes and Maddie Banks posted an easy 6-1, 6-1 win.
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