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Aniss reaches VOL semis, Buffaloes playoff-bound

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Aniss reaches VOL semis, Buffaloes playoff-bound

Yassen Aniss fell to Vicente Mosso in the semifinals of the VOL Tournament Tuesday at East Union.

BRANDON PETERSEN/The Bulletin


POSTED May 6, 2009 1:13 a.m.
There were a few upsets along the way, but for the most part, the Valley Oak League singles tournament went pretty much as expected Tuesday at East Union High.

Sierra High’s Doug Marks and Manteca’s Marc Leon both collected upsets in the second round to ink their names in the tournament quarterfinals, while Yassen Aniss and Kevin Rausa defended their seeding by reaching the round of eight.

Aniss was the area’s highest finisher, falling in the semifinals to Sonora’s Vicente Mosso, the No. 1 seed.
Mosso will meet Ceres’ Luis Ochoa Thursday at the doubles tournament to crown a league champion.

Prior to Tuesday’s event, Manteca head coach Frank Fontana called for heads during the coin flip with Oakdale to determine the league’s final postseason entrant, and the call turned out to be correct, meaning Manteca will head to the playoffs for the third straight season.

The Buffaloes will take on Pioneer in Woodland Tuesday.

“Head never loses,” Fontana said. “The kids are really excited, it’s the third year in a row, and that’s a great accomplishment. Our guys worked really hard this season and they improved more than any other team in the league from start to finish.”

Leon collected a first-round win over Sierra’ John Alan Hewitt, 8-0, before upsetting Central Valley’s Paul Sidhu (No. 6), 8-6, in the second round.
Leon fell to Sonora’s Eric Segerstrom in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-1.

After enjoying a seeded bye, Aniss worked Wilson Liang for an 8-1 win then downed Marks in the quarterfinals, 8-1.

Mosso defeated Aniss in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-2.

“Marc was a surprise,” Fontana said. “But it shows you how far we’ve progressed as a team. From Fresno to now, this team has come a really long way, and Marc’s win proves it.”

Aniss will now team with Arnie Morales as Manteca’s No. 1 doubles tandem Thursday.

The Timberwolves also had a solid day Tuesday, as Marks was an upset winner over Oakdale’s Daniel Dunning in the second round following an 8-2 win over Weston Ranch’s Rocky Langas in the first.

“Doug was a singles player that loved to play doubles,” Sierra head coach Arabella Whitlock said of her senior. “Once he settled into the fact that he was going to play singles, he really started to shine. He played fabulous tennis today.”

Rausa, who enjoyed a first-round bye, knocked off Oakdale’s Blake Dunn, 8-4, before giving Mosso a run in the quarterfinals.

Rausa was able to rattle the No. 1 seed in the first game a bit, but eventually the Chilean exchange student prevailed, 3-6, 1-6.

“Kevin’s going to be very dominant in the VOL next year,” Whitlock said. “Physically, he’s still young. As he develops the upper-body strength, it’s going to produce more power to go with his quickness.

“He’s going to be really fun to watch.”

Marks and Rausa will team up as Sierra’s No. 1 doubles combo Thursday, while Hewitt and Josh Weiland will compete as No. 2.

EU’s Sean Hilscher knocked off Manteca’s Alex McAdams in the first round, 8-6, before falling to Mosso.

EU’s Chris Garcia and Tyler Ward and Weston Ranch’s Chris Legaspi and Satinder Singh all fell in the first round.

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