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Manteca blanks Sierra in tune-up for Classic
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Manteca blanked host Sierra 9-0 to continue its perfect start to the season.

The Buffaloes are now 3-0 in the Valley Oak League and 4-0 overall heading into the competitive California Classic starting Friday.

“It was another solid performance out of the guys today at Sierra,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “All singles guys played well.”

Fontana pinpointed No. 3 Gino Mercardo’s 6-0, 6-1 victory, calling it a “great win.”

“We need more efforts like that for us to be successful on the season,” Fontana said.

The most competitive match was at No. 1 doubles, where Yok Eh Ma and Si Hao Tang topped brothers Alex and Allen Len, 7-5, 6-0.

It was otherwise a routine match for the Buffaloes, who got 6-0, 6-0 sweeps from No. 1 Yok Jing Ma, No. 5. Kyle Thornburg, No. 6 Spencer Jackson and their No. 2 and 3 doubles teams.

“Everyone is improving and coming to play these league matches,” Fontana said. “It was good preparation for our trip to the Clovis tournament.

Manteca was placed in the Division IV bracket and drew three private school programs, Immanuel, Bishop O’Dowd and Cardinal Newman. The Division IV matches will take place at Fresno City College.

Oakdale 5, East Union 4

The Lancers dropped a competitive match in Oakdale.

Jake Kramer (6-0, 6-2) and Carlos Campos (6-4, 2-6, 10-6) kept them in the hunt with wins at No. 5 and 6 singles. East Union also took two out of the three doubles matches, with the No. 2 duo of Gerardo Romero and Jose Sanchez narrowly winning a 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 decision.

Kimball 9,
Weston Ranch 0

The Cougars nearly avoided the shutout but loss two heartbreaking tiebreakers.

Ryan Veun nearly pulled off the victory in the No. 5 singles match but lost the third-set tiebreaker, 12-10. Weston Ranch’s second doubles team of Peter Vang and Ian Obiso dropped their tiebreaker, 10-6.