Weston Ranch missed out on a chance to grab a piece of the Valley Oak League boys tennis championship by a slim margin on Tuesday.
Kimball clinched the outright title at its home court, winning 5-4 thanks to a three-set victory by No. 4 singles player Ivan Acosta. He came back to beat Raymond Lagoc 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
“We put ourselves in a great position to win this match,” Weston Ranch coach Jason Furtado said. “Unfortunately, we came up just a bit short. To go into Kimball and play in those conditions and still have a chance up until the last point is saying a lot. It’s hard to lose such a close, winnable match, but to have such an opportunity to win is a testament to the amount of work my guys have put in this year.”
Weston Ranch, which fell to 11-2 with one dual match remaining, did most of its damage at doubles. Its top doubles tandem of Andre Albino and Mark Legaspi prevailed, 4-6, 7-0, 7-5. The third team of Jesse Nispers and Andrew Gonser came through, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Ion Obiso and Tejpaul Bainiwal won more decisively, 6-1, 6-0.
Josh Gonzalez claimed the No. 6 singles match for Weston Ranch, defeating Troy Mathew, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3. Carl Legaspi (2-6, 3-6) and Chai Saepharn (4-6, 3-6) were competitive in their straight-set defeats. Kimball standouts Logan Staggs and Garrett Chun both won by 6-0, 6-0 scores.
Weston Ranch closes the regular season against Sierra on Thursday.
Manteca 5, Oakdale 4
Thomas Reza’s impressive finish in the No. 5 singles contest clinched a seventh straight postseason berth for Manteca (9-4). After dropping the opening set 5-7 to Andrew Gilpan, he claimed the final two 6-3, 6-2 and won 12 of the final 14 games in doing so.
“He was down a set and down 3-love on the second set,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “He rose to the occasion.”
Also pulling out a key victory was Alex Vazquez (6-3, 7-6 [7-2]). Manteca’s top two players Mike Lopez (6-2, 6-1) and Yok-Jing Ma (6-0, 6-0) won handily. Angel Tejada and Andre Wiggins were victorious in doubles play, 6-4, 6-1.
Lathrop 6, Sierra 3
Lathrop got clutch three-set victories from No. 4 singles Jared Palms (7-5, 3-6, 6-3) and No. 1 doubles Michael Li and Albert Hoang (4-6, 6-3, 6-2). Also prevailing for the Spartans were Ivan Alegado (6-2, 6-3), Arvin Aragon (6-2, 6-2), John Paul Bugay (6-3, 7-6) and doubles partners Sahib Singh and Anthony Robles (7-5, 6-3).
Anthony Alcantar (6-1, 6-2) and Alvino Diaz (6-4, 7-5) triumphed at No. 5 and 6 singles for Sierra. Jonnel Alcantara and Laic Beugre captured the No. 2 doubles match, 6-4, 6-4.
Sonora 7, East Union 2
The Lancers were more competitive in their rematch with visiting Sonora despite falling by the same score. They earned their points in the No. 2 and 3 doubles matches. Jairo Baires and Timmy Limauig won the No. 2 match, 7-6, 7-5. Jesus Ramirez and Jesus Leon coasted, 6-1, 6-4.