The Manteca High girls tennis team are still within reach of first-place Central Catholic following an important 7-2 win over visiting Oakdale on Tuesday.
Both Manteca and Oakdale entered the day tied for second with 5-1 records. The Buffaloes won four out of the six singles matches to take pressure off the doubles teams, which responded by sweeping.
“I expected a 5-4 win either way and was hoping it was us,” Manteca coach MaryAnn Tolbert said. “I got a nice performance from No. 2 doubles, the two freshmen (Makenna Condit, Navina Mann), and Oakdale traditionally has a good No. 1 doubles but our No. 1 played well.”
Rav Dhillon and Jessica Tang clinched the team win with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 1 doubles. The Condit-Mann tandem staved off Jessica Gorman and McKayla Johnson 6-4, 6-4. Julianne Eavenson and Ivy Benson then edged out Taryn Lane and Shannen Yang 5-7, 8-6, 10-8 in the exciting No. 3 match.
Elizabeth Tolbert knocked off Danika Brown 6-1, 6-1 in the battle of No. 1 players. Others winning singles matches for Manteca (6-1, 7-1 overall) were Koryn Menasco (6-2, 6-2), Taylor Corona (6-4, 6-2) and Julia Tang (7-5, 6-0).
The Buffaloes begin the second half of league play today against Kimball before traveling to Central Catholic on Thursday.
Weston Ranch 8,
The final outcome indicates a blowout, but that wasn’t necessarily the cases at the Lathrop courts where most matches were competitive.
No. 4 singles player Kimberly Victoria defeated Chyanne Sysouphanh 6-4., 6-0 for the Spartans’ only victory.
Weston Ranch claimed two three-set wins, with No. 2 Mary Vang (3-6, 6-3, 10-5) and Rubi Sanchez (7-5, 2-6, 10-2) coming through in 10-point match tiebreakers. Jaskirat Kaur held off Deja Andrades 6-4. 6-4 in the No. 1 match, and Aileen Velasquez also won a tight one, 7-5, 7-5, at No. 5. April Vang contributed a one-sided 6-1, 6-0 victory for the Cougars.
Weston Ranch secured the team win at doubles with dominant efforts from Vi Troung and Jasdeep Hothi (6-1, 6-0) at No. 1 and Rashmeet Toger and Alyssa Ryan (6-1,6-1) at No. 2. Deepa Singh and Erica Carlson claimed the final contest, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8).
Sierra 8, Kimball 1
The host Timberwolves made quick work of Kimball, losing only at No. 5 singles.
Claire Banks (6-2, 6-1), Simran Thind (6-0, 6-1), Kelly Bacon (6-4, 6-2), Katarina Malabanan (6-2, 6-4) and Carly Cunial (6-1, 6-2) highlighted Sierra’s dominant play at singles. Doubles winners were Maria Vasquez/Krista Harris (6-1, 7-6 ), Alyssa Patterson/Louisa Hunter (6-2, 4-6, 11-9) and Viviana Castro/Alejandra Pacheco (6-1, 7-6 ).
Sierra 268, Oakdale 272
Oakdale’s Taylor Stewart was low medalist with a 10-over 47 on the Manteca Park Golf Course front nine, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Mustangs to victory.
Legacy Barnes and Arlena Gavino paced Sierra with a 48 and 49, respectively. McKenna Doyle (53), Kayla Wilson (54) and Kaitlyn Looney (64) also factored into the scoring for the Timberwolves (5-2).
Ripon Christian 0
The Knights (0-3 Southern League, 2-8 overall) had several chances to seize control early but could not capitalize. Waterford made them pay in the 30th minute with a deflating goal, and the Wildcats doubled the lead on a late corner kick.
“It was disheartening because it was a simple defensive mistake that Waterford capitalized on,” Ripon Christian coach Keith Terpsma said.