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Cougars grab first VOL win at EU

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Cougars grab first VOL win at EU

Weston Ranch No. 3 Chris Legaspi sets up a forehand smash.


POSTED March 13, 2009 4:22 a.m.
Weston Ranch picked up its first win of the Valley Oak League season Thursday afternoon at East Union, knocking off the young Lancers, 14-1.

East Union’s No. 1 Tyler Ward collected his first win over an opposing No. 1 by upending Freddy Cadimas, 6-3.

Ward also lost a heartbreaker to Cougars No. 3 Chris Legaspi 7-6 (7-5) in a tiebreaker.

“We have improved a lot since the beginning of the season,” East Union head coach Ron Bylow said. “Tyler really played well today.”

Besides Ward, a senior, and junior Sean Hilscher, a first-year player, the Lancers are comprised entirely of underclassmen, and Weston Ranch took advantage.

Cadimas picked up wins over Hilscher (6-4) and Chris Garcia (6-1), while No. 2 Satinder Singh swept, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.

Legaspi downed Hilscher 6-2, and Garcia 6-3.

In doubles play, Mike Tongpolad and Steven Ho upended Steve Shepherd and Marcos Aleman 10-7, and Ryan Ward and Jordan Concepcion 10-3.

Russell Espiritu and Rocky Langas won 10-6, 10-5.

“We moved Jordan up and he had never played (in a match),” Bylow said. “So there was a lot of communication on the fly out there.

“We haven’t had the same seven players for a match this year, and neither of our doubles teams today were paired with their normal partners. If we can get the same seven consistently, we’ll definitely be a lot more competitive.”

East Union (0-2 VOL) travels to Central Valley Tuesday before hosting Manteca Thursday.

Weston Ranch (1-1 VOL, 2-1), meanwhile, hosts Sonora Tuesday before traveling to Sierra.

Manteca 11,  Central Valley 4

In Ceres, the Buffaloes (2-0, 6-6) fared well without No. 2 singles player Gabe Lopez, who coach Frank Fontana said had to attend to a “prior engagement.”

Yassen Aniss picked up three wins (6-4, 6-2, 6-1), and Mark Leon, promoted from No. 3, won two (6-2, 6-1).

Manteca barely broke a sweat in doubles, where Arnie Morales and Alex Barragan coasted to a pair of 10-1 victories. Alex McAdams and Kyle Morton won, 10-2, 10-0.

With Lopez out, Fontana got to test sophomore Max Angelo. Though Angelo lost all of his sets, he did enough to impress his coach.

“He played well today,” Fontana said. “It was good experience for Max to play in a varsity match. I got to find out what he needs to work on to get better for the future.

“He went up 4-1 in one match and 5-3 in another, but I think later in the year those will become routine wins for him. I’m really happy with his progress.”

The Buffaloes will next host Ceres Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Ceres 9, Sierra 6

Kevin Rausa was able to claim two game wins over Luis Ochoa Thursday at Manteca Park Golf Course, but that was it, as the Ceres No. 1 swept, 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.

“Luis Ochoa is a fabulous tennis player, and he showed his stuff,” Sierra head coach Arabella Whitlock said.

Rausa picked up wins over Harman Baines (6-3), and Wilson Lian (6-4), and No. 3 Doug Marks scored a 6-4 win over Baines.

No. 2 Forrest Tolman fell in all three of his matches.

With Daniel Prieto out sick, Gabe Hernandez was moved up and teamed with Adrian Prieto in the No. 2 doubles slot. Hernandez and Prieto fell 10-7 to Raul Massie and Jose Cortez, but trumped Jesus Cisneros and Edward Lopez, 10-2.

No. 1 John-Alan Hewitt and Jeff Largoza fell 4-10 to Massie and Cortez, and beat Cisneros and Lopez, 10-7.

 “We weren’t on top of our game,” Whitlock said. “But I think as we go along and become more solidified, we’ll get better.”

Sierra (1-1 VOL) travels to Oakdale Tuesday.

— Brandon Petersen
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