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Manteca blanks EU to begin pivotal week
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Manteca is building up for its big showdown with Kimball.
The Valley Oak League’s defending boys tennis champion started its busy week Tuesday with a 9-0 shutout at East Union. The Buffaloes were able to work off the rust after Spring Break. Two weekends ago they competed in the California High School Tennis Classic and went 2-1, but action was limited by rain.
“That level of completion last week in Clovis only makes us better,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “We had a solid performance today, but I want us to keep getting better.”
Solman Aniss swept Kyle Niendorf 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match. Kyle Thornburg (6-0, 6-2), Si Hao Tang (6-1, 6-3), Yok Eyh Ma (6-2, 6-3), Lenard Gutierrez (6-1, 6-0) and Matt Pabla (6-2, 6-2) were also victorious.
Manteca’s top doubles team of Dhillon Patel and Kurtis Ma blanked its opponent, 6-0, 6-0. Rey Anaya and Kevin Lin won at No. 2 doubles, 6-0, 6-3. Joseph Poncini and Cameron Gonzalez also won, 6-0, 6-0.
“This is a tough week for us with cross-town rival East Union , third-place Central Catholic (today) and then Friday with Kimball, who we are tied for first in league with,” Fontana said. “The goal is to have us play our best match on Friday.”

Sierra 7, Weston Ranch 2
STOCKTON —Kent Balacy defeated Kyle Blanks 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 singles, and Noah Beltran and Phillip Orpilla outlasted Amalio Durazo and Alex Farfan 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 for Weston Ranch’s lone wins.
Sierra swept the rest of the matches. Singles wins came from Laic Beugre (6-1, 6-4), Jameson Smith (6-3, 6-3), Mark Paule (6-3, 6-2), Jimmy Galindo (6-3, 5-1) and Cyrus Hunter (6-1, 6-2). Winning in doubles were Elijah Jacobsen-Mathrew Len (6-4, 6-4) and Tyler Holmes-Rob Tavares (6-3, 6-0).

Ripon Christian 6, Orestimba 3
RIPON — The Knights improved to 3-0 in Southern League action.
They got a key win from No. 2 boys singles player Chad Kamper, who edged Noe Segundo, 4-6, 6-3 (10-8). No. 1 singles player Jake Van Vuren coasted to a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
Others earning team points were: No. 1 boys doubles Nick Van Vliet and Jonah Lewis (3-6, 6-3 [10-6]), No. 1 girls doubles Hannah Lockwood and Aubrey Lien (6-0, 6-3), No. 2 girls doubles Amanda Neeley and Brooke Alger (6-2, 6-0) and mixed doubles Derek Dotinga and Carly Eastham (6-2, 6-0).