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Cougars clinch share of first-ever championship

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POSTED October 8, 2010 2:00 a.m.
Weston Ranch High has its first-ever Valley Oak League championship girls tennis team after the Cougars defeated Kimball 4-1at home Thursday.

Coming off Tuesday’s pivotal and well-contested 3-2 win over second-place Sierra, Coach Jason Furtado was pleased to see his team maintain its killer instinct against dangerous Kimball, a promising second-year program that recently added highly-regarded transfer Pyper Brown to its lineup.

Weston Ranch (12-0) can have the title all to itself with a win against visiting Manteca Tuesday.

“Kimball is good enough to beat any team in this league on any given day,” Furtado said. “I knew there was a possibility that we would have a letdown match after our exciting victory against Sierra, so I made sure that we stayed focused and kept a sense of urgency during the match.”

Kimball’s only point came at No. 1 singles, with Brown dispatching Nicole Bowen 6-2, 6-3.

The rest was all Cougars. Vy Hoang swept at No. 2 singles 7-5, 6-1; and No. 3 Areolle Albino won 6-2, 6-3.

In doubles, Ly Hoang and Cristina Poklay teamed up for a 6-1, 7-5 win. Nancy Nguyen and Chelsea Olitan won handily, 6-1, 6-0.

Sierra 3, Manteca 2
At Union Road Tennis Courts, Sierra (10-2) was presented a good challenge by the improving Buffaloes.

Marlen Kurzhul squeaked out a 7-6, 7-5 win over Vannida Nguyen, and at No. 3 singles Rosa Zou was victorious 7-5, 6-0  to give Manteca a chance. Sierra’s Ann McFerran defeated Wendy Lin 6-4, 6-2 in the other singles match.

The Timberwolves clinched it at doubles. The still-undefeated tandem of Stephanie Vanni and Maryann Baker rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win. Anna Cardenas and Naoimi Nunis edged Valarie Monorrez and Adaeze Nkwocha 7-6 in the first set before icing it 6-3 in the second.

East Union 3, Oakdale 2
Stefanie Collins came through for the Lancers (3-9) by winning the No. 3 singles match 7-5, 6-4 against Emily Clayton.

East Union could have won it by a wider margin but dropped a tough three-set loss (6-2, 2-6, 3-6) at No. 2 doubles.

Also winning for EU were No. 1 singles Ashley Duenas (6-3, 6-1) and No. 1 doubles Shalane Jackson and Klassey Kachalkin (6-3, 6-2).

Sonora 5, Lathrop 0
Host Lathrop was blanked in three of the five matches. The Spartans’ top singles player, Merchelle Alegado, posed the biggest threat for Sonora, as she lost 1-6, 4-6 to Briann Mcree.
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