The Manteca High girls tennis team squeaked past cross-town rival Sierra on Thursday, 5-4.
In the Valley Oak League affair, the Timberwolves (6-6) took four of the six singles matches but the host Buffaloes swept through the doubles competition.
For starters, Kailee Hunt and Mia Ramirez, Manteca’s top pair, handled Annie Banks and Rosie Reynolds in straight sets (6-1, 6-0). Ditto that for Liz Diaz and Ruth Habte, who took care of Sierra’s No. 2 team of Brenda Padilla and Emma Hunter in similar fashion (6-0, 6-3).
Sierra’s No. 3 team of Aleeyah Corboda and Noha Elabed defeated Barbara Baxter and Liana Bassett (6-1, 6-3).
In singles, Vannida Nguyen of Sierra needed two sets to get past Manteca’s No. 1 Wendy Lin (6-0, 6-1).
But her teammates, Imahni Burks and Anna Cardenas, who are respectively the Timberwolves’ No. 2 and No. 3 singles players, went three sets.
Burks got past Jasmine Sandhu (4-6, 7-5, 10-0) while Cardenas edged Weley Lin (7-5, 5-7, 10-7).
Adaeze Nkwocha, the Buffaloes’ No. 5 singles player, beat Kelly Fuentes (7-5, 6-2) while Jenny Yu took care of Timberwolves’ No. 6 singles Maddie Banks (6-3, 6-3).
Weston Ranch 5, Kimball 4
The Cougars (11-0) stayed unbeaten in the VOL. But they had battle on their hands with Kimball.
In the end, Weston Ranch had the edge, taking three of the singles matches and claiming two of the three doubles.
Ly Hoang, the Cougars’ top singles player, defeated Andrea Candalla in straight sets (6-3, 6-2).
Weston Ranch’s No. 4 singles, Chelsea Olitan, was also victorious, beating Perlizo Delgado (6-2, 6-3).
Rainah Baet rolled past Kimball’s No. 6 player, Tavleen Takhar (6-2, 6-2).
In doubles, Sierra Bowen and Haruna Higashi, the Cougars’ top pair, beat Analynne Madria and Natasha Cardosa (6-4, 6-2) while the No. 2 team of Cinda Moua and Delarine Barut also won in two hard-fought sets (7-5, 7-5).