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Indians topple Escalon despite lineup changes

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Ripon No. 1 girls doubles player Shannon Johnson charges toward the net for the forehand return.

POSTED April 14, 2018 12:30 a.m.

RIPON — Ripon’s coed tennis team was minus several of its normal starters on Friday, but that didn’t stop the Indians from picking up their second straight Trans-Valley League victory.
Spearheaded by dominant singles play and a hard-fought win from their No. 1 boys doubles team, they knocked off Escalon, 7-2. Ripon was coming off a 7-2 upset of reigning champion Riverbank and is now 2-3 in the TVL.
Manuel Ponce and Nathaniel Salvatorrelli highlighted the match for the Indians, holding off Sahil Prosad and Jack Fitszgerald 6-2, 6-7(6), 7-6(1) in the No. 1 boys doubles match.
Philp Carlson (6-3, 6-2), Sam Brown (6-1, 6-4), Liliana Trevino (6-0, 6-2) and Mia Ponsiano (6-2, 6-1) rolled to straight-set wins.
Logan Lan and Darius Rubiones outlasted Chaz Cisneros and Tyler Thomson 6-3, 7-6 at No. 2 boys doubles. Mixed-doubles partners Amanda Wesley and Evan Gibson added a 6-2, 6-2 win. Escalon (0-4) claimed both girls doubles matches.

Valley Oak League
Manteca 8,
Weston Ranch 1
Playing its fifth match in four days, the Buffaloes boys squad (7-2) finished the week strong after consecutive road losses to Central Catholic and Kimball.
“It was a solid performance out of the guys to finish a long week,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “In the warmups we were slightly unfocused, but we had a discussion about bring up our intensity when the match started and we were able to do that.”
Solman Aniss, Kurtis Ma and Kevin Lin posted 6-0, 6-0 wins from the top of the singles ladder. De Angelo Caldera (6-1, 6-2) and Nick Pio (6-2, 6-1) also coasted in straight sets. Juan Pascual got the lone win for Weston Ranch at No. 6 singles, squeaking past Niko Plares, 5-7, 6-4, 10-3.
Doubles winners for the Buffaloes are Ravpreet Grewal/Kayson Neduvakkattu (6-2, 6-4), Ryan Foo/Inderbir Sindhu (7-6[7], 6-2) and Julian Gosal/Keristan Melon (6-2, 6-1).

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