OAKDALE — The defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division III champion Ripon High boys water polo team opened Valley Oak League play Monday with a 16-10 victory at Oakdale.
The Indians extended their league winning streak to 17.
They were able to gain separation with a 6-1 outburst in the third period, giving them a commanding 15-7 lead. Noah Esenwein spearheaded the barrage, scoring four of his match-high eight goals in the period.
Diego Moreno and Ty Wells added four goals apiece. Nick Gagnon contributed with four assists and three steals. Moreno finished with a team-high four steals.
Ripon next heads to Calaveras on Thursday.
Weston Ranch 0
The first-place Buffaloes (9-0, 11-1) made quick work of visiting Weston Ranch in a tune-up before their much-anticipated rematch with Sierra.
Manteca fired on all cylinders from top to bottom of its ladder, losing only nine games. Taylor Corona (6-1, 6-0), Koryn Menasco (6-1, 6-1), Julia Tang (6-0, 6-0), Stephanie Mercado (6-1, 6-1), Gladis Sandoval (6-0, 6-1) and Makenna Condit (6-0, 6-0)
Manteca was just as dominant in doubles, with Rav Dhillon/Navina Mann (6-0, 6-0), Julianne Eavenson/Noeli Mercado (6-2, 6-0) and Monica Lozano/Prerna Singh (6-1, 6-0) winning in straight sets.
East Union 5, Lathrop 4
LATHROP — The Lancers (2-7) edged out Lathrop for their second win of the season, getting key three-set victories from Natalie Karim (7-6, 3-6, 6-2) and Cynthia Civil (2-6, 6-3, 6-0) in the process.
Fuko Inoue (6-1, 6-0) won decisively in the No. 1 singles match, as did Marylyn Civil (6-0, 6-0) at No. 6 and Hailey Gosney/Nicole Meza (6-1, 6-0) at No. 2 doubles.
Lathrop’s team points were well-earned. Eden Baca (1-6, 6-2, 6-0) ran the table after dropping the first set in the third singles match. Bernice Vilches/Erica Garlit (6-3, 6-4) and Leslie Barraza/Anandeep Dhaliwal (7-6, 2-6, 10-5) prevailed in competitive doubles matches. No. 4 singles Beatrice Vilches (6-2, 6-0) rounded out scoring for the Spartans.
Central Catholic 2
MODESTO — Sierra (8-1) avoided a potential upset by sweeping the well-matched doubles contests.
Alejandra Pacheco/Krista Harris (6-3, 6-3), Alyssa Patterson/Louisa Hunter (7-5, 6-2) and Natlie Rootsaert/Xochitl Torres (7-5, 6-4) staved off the opposition. Kaitlyn Rausa (6-3, 6-4), Claire Banks (6-0, 6-0), Nadia Petrovic (6-2, 6-1) and Sydney Huynh (6-0, 6-3) cruised to singles wins.
Kimball 265, Manteca 288
Manteca completed a 7-7 finish in the VOL at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Haighley Kissee led the Buffaloes with a 53 and was followed by Sierra Martinez (56), Brianna Pease (57), Taylor Reed (61) and Bella Gonzales (61). Kimball’s Sophie Whiate was low medalist with a 48.
SONORA — Medalist Laura Williams shot 4-over 39 at Phoenix Lake Golf Course and Ripon improved to 8-0 in the Valley Foothill League North Division.
Williams finished eight shots better than runner-up Alex Gonzales (47). Claire Wever (48) and Myra Toledo (51) capped scoring for the Indians. Jamie Hyder led Summerville with a 49.