The weather is expected to cooperate for today’s Valley Oak League rematch between Manteca and Central Catholic, which was originally postponed because of rain last Thursday.
Manteca first had to get past an improving Weston Ranch team Tuesday as it tuned up for the anticipated first-place battle. The Buffaloes remain a match back of Central at 7-1 after topping visiting Weston Ranch 9-0 ,but they had to sweat out a few of their contests.
Elizabeth Tolbert edged out Kazoua Vang 7-5 in the first set of the No. 1 singles match before closing it out 6-0 in the second. At No. 3 singles, Julia Saling had to come from behind to knock off Yesenia Reynoso, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. The Weston Ranch No. 2 doubles team of Jaskirat Kaur and Alyssa Ryan also had an opportunity to score a team point but could not finish off Koryn Menasco and Stefania Mercado in a 6-4, 1-6, 1-6 defeat.
Manteca’s top doubles team of Kaitlyn Hoyer and Alondra Avila were nearly taken to a third set against Mary and April Vang, ultimately winning, 6-1, 7-5. Ruble Dehal and Gladis Sandoval won at No. 3 doubles, 6-2, 6-2.
Winning in straight sets in singles action were Sealy McAdams (6-2, 6-0), Fechi Nkwocha (7-5, 6-0), Katie Inderbitzin (6-3, 6-0) and Lejla Pepic (6-0, 6-0).
East Union 8,
Jaynah Palma defeated Maddie Yslava 6-3, 6-0 in the showdown of No. 1s to record the lone team point for host Lathrop.
The most competitive was at No. 3 singles, as East Union’s Jenna Zuniga held off Deja Andrades, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).
Also winning for East Union were: Araceli Gonzales (6-4, 6-0), Deanna Baker (6-2, 6-2), Mandi Roberts (6-4, 6-0), Alexis Phillips (6-1, 6-0), Fabiola Magana/Haley Swingler (6-2, 6-2), Vanessa Hamilton/Tabatha Barrington (6-4, 6-4) and Matarin Lee/Natalie Karim (6-1, 6-0).
Central Catholic 6, Sierra 3
Despite missing three regular starters, the Timberwolves (4-5) fared better in their rematch against the VOL’s top squad.
Sierra No. 1 Annie Banks had the most notable win, as she upended Payton Kelly 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 after losing in three sets in their first meeting. Claire Banks blew past Emma Withrow, 6-2, 6-0. The No. 3 doubles duo of Alyssa Patterson and Mariah Young picked up the Timberwolves’ final point with a 6-4, 7-5 triumph in what was their second varsity match.