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Aniss, doubles teams sweep to lead Manteca

Win sets up first-place match with Sonora

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Aniss, doubles teams sweep to lead Manteca

Sierra No. 2 singles player Kevin Rausa accounted for the Timberwolves only points in their 13-2 loss to host Manteca Tuesday.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin/


POSTED March 25, 2009 4:40 a.m.
The stage is set.

After Manteca cruised to a 13-2 win over visiting Sierra Tuesday, the two-time defending Valley Oak League champion will square off with the other remaining undefeated team, Sonora, next week.

“It’s going to be another close one,” said Manteca coach Frank Fontana, whose Buffaloes (6-0, 10-6 overall) edged out fellow contender Ceres 8-7 last week. Ceres lost to Sonora Tuesday.

Yassen Aniss and Manteca’s doubles tandems swept their sets to spearhead the blowout.

Aniss, though, struggled at the start of his showdown with Sierra up-and-comer Kevin Rausa, who took their match’s first two games. The two sustained several spirited rallies at the start, but midway through they began falling in Aniss’ favor.

Aniss ended up winning 6-2 and took his other sets more convincingly, 6-1, 6-0.

“Yassen just has a little more experience at this stage of their careers,” Fontana said. “He gained momentum and wore him down a little bit. But there were a few moments early on where I was beginning to worry.

“Kevin is going to become a great player in this league; it’s just going to be a matter of time.”

Rausa accounted for Sierra’s only points, scoring 7-5 and 6-2 wins over Kyle Morton and Mark Leon, respectively. Morton picked up 6-2 and 6-0 victories, while Leon claimed his other two sets by 6-1 margins.

Fontana was impressed with his No. 1 doubles duo of Arnie Morales and Alex Barragan, who won 10-3 and 10-0.

Alex McAdams and Max Angelo were 10-2 victors in their first match but had to work for their 10-7 win over Doug Marks and Daniel Prieto.

Manteca hopes its crosstown foe can do it a huge favor when it hosts Sonora Thursday. The Buffaloes will put their 38-match win streak in league on the line next Tuesday against the same Wildcats.

Central Valley 9,  Weston Ranch 6

In Ceres, Satinder Singh claimed 6-2, 6-3 wins, Chris Legaspi won 6-3, and newcomer Ray Foronda suffered three setbacks.

In doubles action, Michael Tongpolad and JoVincent Legaspi picked up a 10-1 win, and Rocky Langas and Russell Espiritu claimed a 10-3 win.

“Hats off the Central Valley,” Cougars head coach Jason Furtado said. “The better team won today.”

Weston Ranch travels to Oakdale Tuesday.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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