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Manteca shutout sets up important match with Sonora
Alex Vazquez of Manteca High sets up for a drop shot near the net against Sierras Alex Len. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO

Manteca High’s boys tennis team played its eighth match in seven days Tuesday at the Manteca Regional Tennis Center.

The retooled Buffaloes, missing much of their top talent from a year ago, could use all the court time they can get as they continue their defense of the 2012 Valley Oak League championship. They had little trouble getting past crosstown foe Sierra 9-0, but coach Frank Fontana wanted to see his team play well as it focuses its attention on Thursday’s big road match in Sonora.

“Overall, it was a pretty solid match and I definitely see us getting a little better every time on the court,” said Fontana, whose squad competed in the California Boys Tennis Classic in Fresno last Friday and Saturday. “We’re getting more comfortable with playing and hopefully more comfortable with winning.

“We’re at Sonora next, and based on what I’ve heard and seen I expect that to be a competitive match.”

Tuesday’s match wasn’t much of one, though Sierra — playing its first live match in league play — did put up a fight at No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles.

Manteca’s Puneet Sandhu held off Michael Alcantar, 6-4, 6-3. In doubles, Edvin Pepic and Yayha Shabbar came back to knock off Laic Beugre and Jonathan Weatherby, 5-7, 6-1, 10-6.

The Buffaloes (2-1, 4-4 overall) coasted in the other contests. Mike Lopez and Yok-Jing Ma both won at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, with mirroring 6-1, 6-0 scores. Alex Vazquez (6-1, 7-5), Thomas Reza (6-0, 6-2) and Spencer Jackson (6-4, 6-1) rounded out Manteca’s dominant singles play.

Back to doubles, Andre Wiggins and Nick Lopez-Ellis prevailed 6-0, 6-1 in the meeting of No. 1s. Daniel Rodriguez and Gino Mercado took the second doubles match, 6-1, 6-0.


Weston Ranch 9, Lathrop 0

At Weston Ranch, the Cougars claimed their third straight match to start league and had little resistance.

Kevin Yamayoshi (6-1, 6-0), Suhkman Singh (6-0, 6-0), Carl Legaspi (6-0, 6-0), Ray Lagoc (6-0, 6-2), Chai Saepharn (6-1, 6-0) and Josh Gonzales (6-0, 6-0) triumphed in singles.

Doubles matches were won by Andre Albino-Jesse Nisperos (6-0, 6-1), Ion Ibiso-Tejpaul Baniwail (6-1, 6-0) and Mark Legaspi-Andrew Gonser (6-3, 6-2).