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Doubles teams come through with clutch wins for East Union
Brooke Niendorf swept her opponent in singles action to help East Union defeat Sonora on the road Thursday. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO

At the end, allof the attention was on the final doubles match that decided whether it would be host Sonora or East Union that walked away with a tennis victory.

But every single victory helped contribute to the Lancers’ 5-4 Valley Oak League win Thursday.

And East Union (3-5) had to dig deep in order for it to happen.

Klasey Kachalkin, East Union’s No. 3, easily handled Meagan Holloway (6-1, 6-1), while No. 4 singles player Brooke Niendorf dispatched Margaret Maltese (6-1, 6-02). No. 6 singles player Nikki Reichmuch sunk Stephanie Hollander (6-2, 7-5) to round out the singles action.

East Union’s No. 2 doubles team of Amanda Dart and Deanna Baker rallied to beat Sonora’s Stephanie Chaug and Victoria Green (7-5, 3-6, 6-1) and put the pressure on the remaining two competing squads.

It was the No. 3 doubles team of Maddie Romero and Victoria Valzendenos that rose to the occasion with their win over Hannah Smith and Amanda Brasman (6-3, 4-6, 6-4) that secured East Union’s third league victory.

“Everybody played well for us today. Even those that didn’t come out on top,” said East Union head coach Julie Bylow. “I really felt like our doubles teams played well together. We’ve been working to try and find that winning combination on the doubles side and I think that they all played well today.”

East Union hosts the Weston Ranch Cougars on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Manteca 6, Oakdale 3

Just two days after Oakdale lost the top spot in the VOL, Manteca (6-2) used its entire team to pounce on the Mustangs and fight its way to a 6-3 victory that carried with it a shared slice of second place.

The Mustangs (got off to an early start when top singles player Kristine Kim downed Manteca’s Wendy Lin (7-5, 6-1) and No. 2 Lindsey Dunn beat Jasmine Sandhu (6-4, 3-6, 7-3) to shore up the day’s first two points.

But Manteca wasn’t about to be outdone. No. 3 singles player Weley Lin dealt Oakdale’s Nicole Armstrong a loss (6-3, 6-3) and No. 4 Roza Zou evened the score with her victory over Ali Martinez (6-0, 6-1). No. 5 Adaeze Nkwocha added another point with her defeat of Emily Johnson (6-6, 7-4, 7-5), and No. 6 Jenny Yu rounded out singles action with her win over Kalkidan Curtis (6-4, 6-4).

The No. 1 doubles team of Kaile Hunt and Mia Ramirez downed Oakdale’s Katie Odom and Laurie Baxter (6-4, 6-4) while the No. 2 duo of Liz Diaz and Ruth Habte beat Taylor Davis and Carly Rogers (6-6, 7-3, 6-1) to round out scoring for the Buffaloes.

With the win Manteca now shares second place with the Mustangs, and improves to 6-2 in VOL play and 7-2 overall.

Sierra 6, Kimball 3

The Timberwolves (4-4) dominated in singles play Thursday afternoon to wrap-up their fourth Valley Oak League win of the season.

Sierra’s top singles player Vannida Nguyen defeated Andrea Canoalla (6-3, 6-0) while No. 2 Imahni Burks downed Krishna Sankara (6-0, 7-5) for the second match of the day. Sierra’s No. 4 Naomi Nunis beat Perliza Delgago (6-3, 6-1) while No. 5 Kelly Fuentes defeated Kylie Moxley (6-3, 6-1.) No. 6 Maddie Banks rounded out Sierra’s singles scoring with her victory over Tayleen Takhar (7-5, 2-6, 6-1.)

Brenda Padilla and Emma Hunter, Sierra’s No. 2 doubles team, took the day’s final match with their win over Jessica Agcanas and Ally Bangayan (7-5, 6-2.)

Weston Ranch 9, Lathrop 0

The Cougars (7-0) rolled to their 21st straight VOL victory Thursday afternoon over the Lathrop Spartans.

Lathrop was only able to take three games over the course of the day’s action, and no more than one came in any particular match.