Sierra claimed two key doubles matches that went to third sets to clinch a 7-2 victory over visiting East Union in the Valley Oak League opener for both teams.
It was a closer match than the final margin indicates. There was a total of five three-set matches and three of them were won by the host Timberwolves.
Sierra swept at doubles starting with Maria Vazquez and Mia Perez’s 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 triumph in the their No. 1 encounter against Tabatha Barrington and Vanessa Hamilton. At No. 3 doubles, Monique Angel and Carly Cunial edged out Adriana Montes and Linda Gardener, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. Shelby Owensby and Katarina Malabanan swept Mabharin Lee and Natalie Karim, 6-4, 6-4.
East Union picked up their points in singles matches that were decided in third sets. Deanna Baker topped Hannah Goe 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 in the No. 4 match, while No. 6 Haley Swingler defeated Kelly Bacon, 7-5, 3-6, 10-6. The No. 2 singles showdown was won by Simran Thind, 6-0, 0-6, 6-3. She squared off with EU’s Araceli Gonzales.
Sierra’s Annie Banks dispatched Maddie Yslava in the battle of No. 1s, 7-5, 6-3. No. 3 Claire Banks (6-0, 6-3) and No. 5 Nour Hamza (6-1, 6-3) also swept.
Sierra looks to keep it going today when it plays host to reigning VOL champion Manteca. East Union entertains Oakdale on Thursday.
Central Catholic 6,
League newcomer Central Catholic made a statement with its win over the defending champs, who tallied all of their points in doubles action.
Alondra Avila and Kaitlin Hoyer were victorious at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 6-2. The No. 2 tandem of Koryn Menasco and Stefania Mercado took down Central’s Lauren Aja and Sarah Gemperle, 7-5, 5-7, 10-7. Ruble Dehal and Gladis Sandoval swept, 6-0, 6-2.
Manteca had some competitive losses in singles play. Sealy McAdams was thwarted by Amie Ardis 2-6, 6-4, 2-6 in the No. 2 contest. No. 3 Julia Saling dropped a three-set affair to Faith Masellis, 6-3, 2-6, 3-6.
Kimball 7, Lathrop 2
The Spartans hope to be more competitive this year, and they showed well in Tuesday’s defeat in Tracy.
“For the first match of the season I was pleased with the improvement out of the young players,” Lathrop coach Arabella Whitlock said.
Both of their points were picked up by doubles teams. The No. 1 duo of Kim Victoria and Trish Garlit prevailed 6-3, 6-4, while Eden Baca and Mira Imperial won with 6-2, 6-2 scores.
Lathrop No. 4 Angela Alegado had a chance to take Alicia Beidler to a third set but fell, 6-7 (6-8), 3-6.