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Cardenas rallies to VOL final

Anna Cardenas of Sierra High meets Oakdale’s Christine Winders on Thursday to battle for the Valley Oak League singles championship at East Union.


POSTED October 23, 2013 12:20 a.m.

Sierra High will be represented in the Valley Oak Leagues Singles Tournament final for the fourth consecutive year.

This time it will be second-seeded Anna Cardenas, who faces No. 5 Christine Winders of Oakdale in Thursday’s finale after winning three matches on Tuesday at the East Union courts.

Vannida Nguyen advanced to the championship round three years in a row, falling in the first two before finally earning the title in 2012. Cardenas, a senior, won’t get a second chance. She takes on a formidable opponent  previously lost to in the regular season.

“It will be a tough match,” Sierra coach Vanessa Weeks said. “Winders is a backboard, but if Anna plays her aggressive game and is confident she can win.”

The defensive-minded Winders is actually Oakdale’s No. 2 player but moved up a spot to face Cardenas in that dual match with Christine Kim was out with an injury. Cardenas got to play Kim on Oct. 10 and won a hard-fought, three-set match, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2.

Cardenas again got the better of Kim in Tuesday’s semifinal, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. She also downed No. 7 Jaynah Palma of Lathrop 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 and Danika Ramos, 8-4.

Winders made it look routine in her road to the finals, beating Manteca’s Sealy McAdams 6-0, 6-0 in her semifinal. It was a surprising result considering McAdams’ surprising win in the round prior.

McAdams, seeded eighth with Manteca’s top player Liz Diaz out, upset No. 1 Kylie Moxley of Kimball, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Another stunner came from Sierra’s unranked Annie Banks. After edging Manteca’s Elizabeth Tolbert 9-7, she knocked off No. 4 Delaine Barut of Weston Ranch by the same score. Banks’ run was halted by Winders in the quarterfinals, 0-6, 4-6.

East Union’s Brooke Niendorf, seeded No. 3, blanked Lathrop’s Jenna Magaoay 8-0 in her opening match before falling to Kim, 4-6, 3-6.

The singles championship will be played during the VOL Doubles Tournament Thursday. Singles and doubles finalists qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament.

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