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EU, Manteca cap non-league with victories
Manteca Highs Wendy Lin keeps her eyes on the ball before sending it back during the No. 1 singles match against Lores Rodriguez of visiting Gregori Thursday. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The East Union High girls tennis team eked out a 5-4 victory over visiting McNair on Thursday.

“For us, this was a great way to close out the preseason with the start of Valley Oak League next week,” said Lancers coach Julia Bylow.

East Union did bulk of the scoring via the efforts of its singles play.

“Five of our six came out ahead,” Bylow added.

For starters, East Union’s No. 2 player Shalane Jackson took care of Catherine Nguyen in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 3 singles Brook Niendorf disposed of Jennifer Jin in similar fashion, 6-2, 6-2.

Ashley Duenas, the Lancers’ No. 4 player, rolled past Sarah Vang, 6-1, 6-0.

Jocylin Mesa, East Union’s No. 5 player, battled Sofia Dillon in three hard-fought sets, prevailing, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

Nikki Reichmutch swept past McNair’s No. 6 singles player Quyhn Nguyen, 6-1, 6-0.

Among the No. 1 singles players, Carey Lin of McNair defeated the Lancers’ Rebekah Jacobson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.

East Union will open VOL play at home against Sonora on Tuesday and will travel to Weston Ranch next Thursday.

“I’m expecting both matches to be tough,” Bylow said.

Manteca 8, Gregori 1

The Buffaloes rolled past Gregori High of Modesto in the non-league finale.

Gregori’s only score came from No. 1 singles player Lores Rodriguez handling Wendy Lin in two sets, 6-0, 6-0.

Manteca rolled, with No. 2 player Jasmin Sandhu beating Vanessa Chavez, 7-5, 6-3; Weley Lin topping Kailani Ridenour, 6-1, 6-2; Rosa Zou defeating Gabby Angel, 6-0, 6-4; Adaeze Nkwocha sweeping Harsijan Kahlon, 6-3, 6-3; and Jenny Ye besting Danielle Combos, 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles play, the Buffaloes’ top team, Kaile Hunt and Kayla Godfrey, took care of Kat Garner and Melanie Rosales in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

Mia Ramirez and Aleeyah Cardoba needed a tie-breaker to get past Gregori’s No. 2 team, Alexis Moldenado and Melissa Mota, 2-6, 6-6 (8-6), 10-3.

Sealy Madams and Julia Saling also went three sets, defeating Liana Ridenour and Melissa Bordello, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

Manteca will travel to Oakdale in Tuesday’s VOL opener.