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Manteca makes most of action in Freedom Invite
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The Manteca Buffaloes tennis team made their way to the Brentwood area to compete in the Freedom Invitational, and putting together a quality run, closing the two-day tournament with a victory over Liberty High Saturday.

Manteca (6-8) kicked off tournament action Friday, dropping a pair of tough losses to Freedom and Deer Valley Highs. The Buffaloes saw a first round victory slip away against Freedom, falling 4-3 to the host program.

Brandon Sullivan contributed a victory along with No. 1 doubles tandem on Max Angelo and Oral Nunis. Teammates Marcus Munoz and Sam Dhaliwal also garnered a victory. Singles player Alex Barragan just missed out on his win, falling to his opponent in a tiebreaker 10-6.

The Buffaloes finished with a 5-2 loss to Deer Valley, getting extraordinary play from both doubles teams. Angelo and Nunis teamed up for a 6-0, 6-3 win, while Munoz and Dhaliwal were victorious 6-0, 6-2.

Barragan got dealt the tough break against Deer Valley, dropping his tiebreaker as well.

Manteca focused up on Liberty High, balsting them 7-0 for the clean sweep in day two’s opener. The Buffaloes were unsuccessful in their finale, losing to Granada High 6-1. In the win, Manteca’s singles play from Jacob Webb, Thomas Reza and Ian Floriendo all resulted in victories.

“I just like to see us play against quality teams,” Manteca head coach Frank Fontana said. “And really see what we are made of. A few points here and there, and we have a 3-1 record in the tournament.

“That is a pretty good showing.”

The Buffaloes will get back into the Valley Oak League grind now, continuing league play with a visit from the Lathrop Spartans.