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Bid for perfection complete

Sierra’s No. 1 doubles, WR finish undefeated

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Bid for perfection complete

Sierra High's Maryann Baker, left, and Stephanie Vanni completed the Valley Oak League's regular season undefeated in doubles play with their win against East Union Thursday.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED October 15, 2010 2:34 a.m.
Another year, another undefeated regular season for Sierra High doubles standout Stephanie Vanni.

Vanni and teammate Maryann Baker are 28-0 going into next week’s Valley Oak League Doubles Tournament.

The Timberwolf tandem defeated East Union’s Shalane Jackson and Klassey Kachalkin 6-2, 6-1 Thursday at Union Road Tennis Courts in the final VOL dual match of the season for both teams.

Sierra also won the team battle, 5-0.

Vanni represents one-half of the conference’s defending doubles champions, as her 2009 partner, Jena Anderson, graduated.

Sierra (11-3) has other players looking to make a splash in the postseason.

Top singles player Vannida Nguyen defeated Ashley Duenas 6-3, 6-3, and veteran Ann McFerran beat Rebecca Jacobson 6-4, 6-3. At No. 3, Natalie Ray dispatched Stefanie Collins, 6-4, 6-2.

The No. 2 doubles match was the most competitive.

East Union (4-10) threatened to win its only point after Gigi Sellers and Deanna Stuber took the first set, 6-3. But Sierra’s Anna Cardenas and Naomi Nunis battled back, 6-3, 6-2.

The VOL singles and doubles tournaments take place next Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, at Union Road Tennis Courts. The singles championship match will be played during the doubles event.

Weston Ranch 5, Oakdale 0
With the school’s first-ever VOL girls tennis title and Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth already clinched, the visiting Cougars completed their milestone regular season with a perfect 14-0 record.

“This has been a season to remember,” coach Jason Furtado said. “I hope that each player on this team understands that they were part of something very special. A perfect season comes once in a lifetime.”

Nicole Bowen (6-4, 6-0), Vy Hoang (6-0, 6-0) and Areolle Albino (6-1, 6-0) cruised in singles action. The doubles matches were close calls, but No. 1 Ly Hoang and Cristina Poklay (6-4, 5-7, 6-2) and No. 2 Nancy Nguyen and Chelsea Olitan (4-6, 6-2, 6-2) pulled through.

Sonora 3, Manteca 2
In Sonora, it came down to the No. 2 doubles match won by the host Wildcats. The tandem of Margaret Maltese and Stephanie Hollander edged Valerie Monarrez and Kelli Lane, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1 tiebreaker).

Manteca could have also stole the match at No. 2 singles, where Wendy Lin battled Brielle Snyder to a three-set loss (1-6, 6-4, 4-6).

The other singles matches were also marathons, with Manteca’s Marlen Kurzhul (7-5, 2-6, 6-2) and Rosa Zou (2-6, 6-3, 6-4) putting the Buffaloes in position to garner the victory.

“I am so proud of the way my team played this last match of the season,” coach MaryAnn Tolbert said. “We went into four third sets and almost beat Sonora in Sonora. It demonstrates how hard they have worked over the season and how much they have improved.”
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