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Manteca beats EU for outright championship

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Manteca beats EU for outright championship

Manteca High singles player Jenny Yu sends one back across the net Tuesday during the Buffaloes 11 straight Valley Oak League win.


POSTED October 10, 2012 12:31 a.m.

The hard work started during the hot summer days, and Manteca High’s girls tennis team hasn’t cooled off since.

The Buffaloes claimed sole possession of the Valley Oak League championship — their first since 1990 and seventh overall — with their 7-2 victory at East Union Tuesday. Manteca improved to 11-0 (14-2 overall) with one regular-season match to go.

“We didn’t start this journey in August when the season started,” said Manteca coach MaryAnn Tolbert. “These girls played in the offseason, all summer, and they play on the weekends on their own. Their commitment and love of the game is obvious.”

 Three Buffalo singles players kept their league undefeated streaks alive, as did their top doubles duo. Wendy Lin defeated Brook Niendorf 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, Weley Lin dispatched Madeleine Romero 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 4 match and Noha Elabed blanked Amanda Dart 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6. The No. 1 doubles team of Kaile Hunt and Liz Diaz continued their dominant run with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Deanna Baker and Victoria Vezaldenos.

At No. 1 singles, Manteca’s Rosa Zou defeated Rebekah Jacobson 6-2, 7-5. Adeaze Nkwocha beat Nikki Reichmuth in the No. 3 matchup. Manteca’s No. 3 doubles tandem of Elizabeth Tolbert and Katie Inderbitzin recorded the final point with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Celine Mendoza and Nayeli Del Real.

East Union won at No. 5 singles where Maddie Ysalva edged out Jenny Yu 1-6, 7-5, 11-9. Olivia Vezaldenos and Lauren Cotton took care of Julia Saling and Sealy McAdams 6-3, 7-5 in No. 2 doubles.

The Lancers (4-6) wrap up the regular season on the road against Sonora today and Kimball on Thursday. Manteca hosts its final match against Oakdale on Oct. 18.

“We aren’t done yet and this is what I love about this group of girls,” Coach Tolbert said. “We know we won league today, but we still have a nonleague match Thursday against Lathrop and we would love to end with an undefeated season against Oakdale next week. So to the girls right now I don’t think it has really sunk in because they still have goals they want to accomplish.”

Sierra 8, Weston Ranch 1

The playoff-bound Timberwolves (8-2, 12-3) look to finish out their league schedule strong with the postseason around the corner.

Sierra won every singles match in straight sets. Contributing team points were: Vanidda Nguyen (6-1, 6-0), Naomi Nunis (6-1, 6-4), Anna Cardenas (6-1, 6-1), Maddie Banks (6-1, 6-1), Annie Banks (6-2, 6-2), Rosie Reynolds (6-3, 6-1).

Earning doubles victories were No. 1 Brenda Padilla and Emma Hunter (6-1, 6-0), and No. 3 Liana Bassett and Simran Thind (6-2, 6-0). Weston Ranch’s lone win came in the No. 2 match, as Stephanie Millan and Renee Royster-West prevailed 7-6 (7-5), 10-5.

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