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Valley Oak League title in Lady Buffs’ sights

Manteca two wins away from first crown in 22 years

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Valley Oak League title in Lady Buffs’ sights

Julia Saling pumps her fist after scoring with a drop shot against visiting Sierra’s No. 2 doubles team as her Manteca partner, Sealy McAdams, looks on.


POSTED October 5, 2012 1:22 a.m.

No one is celebrating yet, but the Manteca High girls tennis team is a step closer to do so.

On Thursday, the Buffaloes downed Sierra 7-2 to run their Valley Oak League record to 10-0 (13-2 overall).

With wins over Kimball and East Union next Monday and Tuesday, respectively, Manteca can clinch at least a share of the VOL championship. The Buffaloes last claimed a league title in 1990. Sierra (7-2, 11-2) is the only team that can challenge them, so by completing the season sweep Thursday the path to the throne gets easier.

“I’m proud of the girls for taking each match as they come and not looking ahead,” said Manteca coach MaryAnn Tolbert. “We’re excited and looking forward to next week. If we can clinch it, then we’ll get more excited.”

The match was decided early after Manteca earned points from No. 4, 5 and 6 singles and No. 1 and 2 doubles. Sierra scored shortly after with victories from undefeated Vannida Nguyen and Anna Cardenas.

Nguyen, favored to earn the VOL singles title, swept Rosa Zou but had to earn the second set in a 6-0, 7-5 win. In the third singles match, Cardenas defeated Adaeze Nkwocha 6-4, 6-3.

Coming through for Manteca in singles action was No. 2 Wendy Lin (6-2, 6-4), No. 4 Weley Lin (6-3, 6-3), No. 5 Jenny Yu (7-5, 6-1) and No. 6 Noha Elabed (6-1, 6-3).

Manteca cleaned up at doubles, but all three matches were competitive.

Kaile Hunt and Liz Diaz knocked off the Sierra tandem of Emma Hunter and Brenda Padilla 6-2, 7-6 (7-1). Julia Saling and Sealy McAdams downed Kelsey Wells and Barbara Baxter 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 2 match. Elizabeth Tolbert and Katie Inderbitzin took care of Liana Bassett and Simran Thind 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the final contest of the day.

Sierra can wrap up the No. 2 Sac-Joaquin Section postseason seed in the coming weeks. Next week the Timberwolves face Weston Ranch and Oakdale.

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