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Buffaloes down Lathrop in final home match

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Buffaloes down Lathrop in final home match

Merchelle Alegado accounted from Lathrop's lone team point against host Manteca High Tuesday.

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED October 21, 2009 2:46 a.m.
Manteca High ended its home match run on a high note.

During its final home match against Manteca Unified newcomer Lathrop High on Tuesday the Buffaloes claimed a 4-1 victory that improve their Valley Oak League record to 4-7.

But those wins didn’t come easy.

While Manteca’s ace Maria Saavedra lost to Lathrop’s Merchelle Alegado 4-6 and 0-6 for the Buffaloes’ only loss of the day, at least two of their wins came from getting the better of hard-fought rallies.

Manteca No. 2 Airenne Curry didn’t have any trouble dispatching Lathrop’s Michaela Pauley 6-0 in the first set, but the second stretched out to a 7-5 score that would be a landslide compared to the battle of No. 3’s. Manteca’s Vanessa Vivit beat Lisa Lee 6-4 in their first, but lost 5-7 in the second to force a tiebreaker that ended with Vivit walking away with the 7-3 nod.

Manteca’s No. 1 doubles team of Emily Owsley and Valarie Minnarez beat Jazzy Simon and Hargun Oberai 6-4 and 6-0 while their second team of Rosa Zou and Wendy Liu dispatched Lathrop’s Chanel Johnson and Yaneli Perez 6-4 and 6-2.

Sierra 5, East Union 0
Everything was working for Sierra Tuesday as it downed the East Union Lancers in each of their respective matches.

Sierra’s No. 1 Ann McFerran downed Meagan McClearey with dual 6-2 scores, while Vannida Nguyen handled Jocylin Muza 6-2 and 6-1 in No. 2 action. Natalie Ray dispatched Rebekah Jacobson 6-2, 6-3 to end Sierra’s dominant singles run for the day.

The undefeated No. 1 doubles team of Jena Anderson and Stephanie Vanni didn’t have much trouble with the duo of Klasey Kachalkin and Shalene Jackson with their impressive 6-0, 6-2 victory. Kayla Erion and MaryAnn Baker kept things a little closer in Sierra’s No. 2 doubles match with 6-4,6-3 win over Ciara Jones and Olivia Canguileg.

While her squad didn’t get a chance to practice all week due to weather and a make-up game that Sierra had to play, East Union coach Julia Bylow gave the Timberwolves all the credit in the world while still maintaining a positive spin on her girls’ outing.

“I will give Sierra all of the credit in the world – they’re a great team and they just came out and did what they had to do,” Bylow said. “Not being able to practice hurt us and we were rusty, but our girls battled and we had some pretty close matches.”

Weston Ranch 4, Central Valley 1
The Cougars managed to find excellent play from No. 2 singles player Vy Hoang who won 6-0 and 6-2 in both sets while Yurie Kawaski shutout her opponent with 6-0 scores.

Weston Ranch’s No. 1 doubles team of Vanessa Paez and Ly Hoang won 6-2 and 6-0, while No. 2 doubles team Gloria Gonzalez and Christina Poklay won 6-2 and 7-5.
—Jason Campbell
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