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Ill-stricken Lancers drop first VOL loss
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­East Union’s tennis team met its first test in Valley Oak League play Tuesday against defending singles champion Luis Ochoa and the Ceres Bulldogs.

The Lancers were dealt their first loss, 9.5-5.5, after winning their first three league matches but had to do battle without two key starters — No. 2 singles Ricky Peloso, and No. 2 doubles player Ariel Rosette.

“Ricky Peloso was sick but he showed up to support the team,” EU coach Ron Bylow said. “Ricky I think easily wins two out of three in this match, so with him it would have been different.

“I’m not saying that would have guaranteed us a win, but as a coach you always want to go with your best lineup. Against a team like Ceres you want to match up well.”

Without Peloso in the linup, Ceres took eight of the nine singles sets with little resistance. Ochoa continued his undefeated streak through league and didn’t yield any games save for a 6-2 win over EU’s No. 1 Sean Hilscher.

Hilscher dropped a 7-9 tiebreaker to Ceres No. 2 Wilson Liang but bounced back to defeat Harman Baines, 6-1.

East Union has its own undefeated streak in the works with No. 1 doubles team Matt Eichsteadt and Chris Garcia churning out 10-8 and 10-2 wins.

“They played together last year and are now both seniors,” Bylow said. “They play well together, and we’re consistent they are tough to beat.”

Brandon Kent filled in for Rosette alongside Jordan Concepcion at No. 2 doubles. They edged out Ceres’ No. 2 pair 10-8 and lost their other set, 5-10.

“We had to mix the lineup around a little bit with the two guys out, but the guys played hard — no doubt in my mind,” Bylow said. “I would have loved to have had my full lineup, but we will have to wait until we go to Ceres to play them next time.”

East Union will have little time to regroup as it next takes on Central Valley on the road today.

Weston Ranch 8, Sierra 7
WESTON RANCH — After several close matches, Weston Ranch (1-4) finally picked up its first league win Tuesday, and it came down to the final showdown between the Cougars’ No. 2 doubles and Sierra’s No. 1.

Mike Tongpalad and Kevin Yamayoshi completed the four-set doubles sweep and clinched the team victory with a 10-5 win over Sierra’s Adrian Prieto and Oliver Wood.

“It felt great,” Weston Ranch coach Jason Furtado said. “I was happy to see the guys’ hard work finally play them. I’ve been telling the guys all season to just stick with the game plan and we’ll get a win, and they came through.”

Tongpalad and Yamayoshi also picked up a 10-6 win. Weston Ranch’s top tandem of Chris Legaspi and Jovincent Legaspi won 10-2 and 10-1.

Sierra dominated in singles to pick up all of its points, as No. 1 Kevin Rausa posted 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1 victories. Weston Ranch’s Satinder Singh squeaked out a 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker) win over Forest Tolman and claimed in his final match, 6-0. Josh Wheeler and Tolman won two of three sets for Sierra.

Manteca 15, Central Valley 0
With East Union losing, the Buffaloes (4-0) remain the league’s lone undefeated squad after shutting out visiting Central Valley Tuesday.

Alex McAdams (6-3, 6-1, 6-1), Alex Barragan (6-3, 6-0, 6-1) and Mark Leon (6-1, 6-2, 6-1) coasted in singles action.

In doubles, Max Angelo and Oral Nunis (10-1, 10-0) and Xavier Lopez and Marcus Munoz (10-3, 10-0) won just as easily.

“We just took care of business,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “Now we get to focus on our match (today) against (defending champion) Sonora.”

Ripon Christian 8, Waterford 1
RIPON — Ripon Christian opened the TVL season in dominating fashion Tuesday, dropping only the No. 2 girls doubles match.
Knights who
won their singles matches were No.1 boys Landon Tillema (6-1, 6-3), No. 2 boys Alex Blankers (6-4, 6-4), No. 1 singles Katie den Dulk (6-1, 6-1) and No. 2 singles Collen Kamper (6-1, 6-4).

Ripon Christian swept its two boys doubles matches, with Josiah Neeley and Jacob Meeuswe (10-1) prevailing at No. 1 and Dan McGill and Brad Kamper (10-1) at No. 2. The No. 2 girls duo of Carly Ross and Christine Langford won, 10-6.

Mixed doubles partners Nick Wehrli and Haley Veilleux won, 10-5.

— Jonamar Jacinto