Manteca capped the massive two-day California Tennis Classic tournament with two victories at Central West High in Fresno on Saturday.
The Buffaloes (6-3) faced two teams from Los Alamitos, a Southern California school with more than twice the student population of Manteca High. They beat the first Los Alamitos opponent 4-2 and won a tiebreaker (8-6 on sets) against the other after splitting the six individual matches.
Manteca opened the tournament with losses to private-school programs Immanuel of Reedley, Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa and Bishop O’ Down of Oakland.
“Overall this is a great experience for the guys and we got to play against five great teams,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “This can only make us better for this year and the future”
Singles players Mike Lopez and Kyle Thornburg each one both of their matches Saturday. Lopez won his first contest 6-1, 6-0 as the No. 2 player and defeated Los Alamitos 2’s No. 1, 6-0, 6-4. Thornburg also coasted with 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3, 6-0 victories.
“Kyle really stood out playing against two guys who have played much longer than him,” Fontana said. “He has only played one year of tennis but just shows you that hard work pays off. He didn’t win a match (at the same tournament) last year, and this year he went undefeated.”
Three different doubles pairs contributed wins: Gino Mercado and Dhillon Patel (6-3, 6-3), Spencer Jackson and Yayha Shabbar (6-2, 6-2) and Leonard Gutierrez and Matt Pabla (6-3, 6-0). Manteca’s best player, and reigning Manteca Bulletin All-Area Boys Tennis Player of the Year, Yok Jing Ma got to pair up with his brother, Yok Ehy Ma in the later match, but they dropped a well-contested 6-3, 5-7, 7-10 decision.
The Buffaloes return to Valley Oak League action Wednesday at Oakdale.
Weston Ranch 100, West 54 (G)
Weston Ranch 45 (B)
Seven Weston Ranch girls came through with wins in the nonleague meet in Tracy. Andrew Delinila highlighted the boys with a personal best time of 1 minute, 2.62 seconds in the 100 freestyle.