TRACY — Manteca is the Valley Oak League champion again.
With a 9-0 win at Kimball on Tuesday, the Buffaloes captured at least a share of their third title in five seasons. They’ll go for the outright crown today against Lathrop and a perfect finish Thursday against visiting Oakdale, which has already seized one of three Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff berths along with Sierra.
“I’m very proud of our girls,” Manteca coach MaryAnn Tolbert said. “They work hard day in and day out and have stayed focused on the team aspect of tennis. We get exceptional play and effort from every girl each match and when they come off the courts, win or lose, they ask where we are as a team.”
Taylor Corona held off Kimball’s Maxine Jaque 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match to preserve the shutout. It was the most tightly-played contest of the day.
No. 2 Koryn Menasco was part one of the most one-sided victories for Manteca (12-0 VOL, 14-1 overall), as she buried Samantha Nguyen 6-1, 6-0. Julia Tang (6-1, 6-1), Stephanie Mercado (6-2, 6-2), Gladis Sandoval (6-2, 6-2) and Makenna Condit (6-1, 6-3) also dominated in singles play.
The Buffaloes’ still-unbeaten No.1 doubles team of Rav Dhillon and Navina Mann toppled Shreya Ravi and Tiffany Nguyen, 6-1, 6-2. Julianne Eavenson and Noeli Mercado contributed a 6-1, 7-5 win. Monica Lazono and Prerna Singh prevailed, 6-0, 6-1.
Sierra 9, Lathrop 0
With postseason positioning still on the line for the Timberwolves (10-3), they handled Lathrop with a one-sided effort Tuesday at the Manteca Regional Tennis Center.
Sierra’s top three players — Kaitlyn Rausa (6-0, 6-0), Claire Banks (6-2, 6-0) and Nadia Petrovic (6-0, 6-0) — made quick work of their opponents. Carly Cunial held off Tala Alkhatib 6-2, 7-5 in the No. 5 match. Katarina Malabanan (6-1, 6-2) and Sydney Hynuh (6-1, 6-1) also swept.
Krista Harris/Alejandra Pacheco (6-0, 6-1), Natlie Rootasert/Louisa Hunter (6-2, 6-1) and Diana Duenas/Xochitl Torres (6-0, 6-1) won at doubles.