Sierra’s girls tennis team picked up hard-earned wins up and down its lineup to knock off visiting Oakdale 8-1 on Thursday. The Timberwolves improved to 3-1 in the Valley Oak League.
Four of the individual matches went to third sets, with Sierra taking three of them. At No. 1 singles, Caitlin Morrow races away from Payton Avila, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0.
Victoria Zellner (6-3, 6-2), Tanya Sharma (6-4, 6-2), Brisa Gonzalez (6-0, 6-1), Sidney Pham (6-2, 6-3) and Maryn Peterson (6-2, 6-3) swept their singles matches for the T-wolves.
All three doubles contests went the distance. The battle of the 1s went to Amber Garza and Simran Dosanjh, 3-6, 6-1, 10-1. The second tandem of Grace Langenfeld and Navleen Dosanjh prevailed, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Oakdale’s Alexia Montano and Sarah Arnke edged Alessia Monetti and Jaden Alton 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 in the No. 3 match.
Kimball 5, East Union 4
This VOL marathon in Tracy had five matches decided in 10-point, third-set tiebreakers.
Grinding out wins for East Union were No. 1 singles player Trinity Pacheco (4-6, 6-1, 10-3), No. 5 Mariana Perez (2-6, 8-6, 11-9), No. 2 doubles Miranda Renter/Jalyssa Molina (6-0, 6-2) and No. 3 doubles Amaiya Guyton/Samantha Edley (6-3, 2-6, 10-2).
Others competing for the Lancers: Celeste Guerro (4-6, 6-2, 7-10), Alayna Bottoms (7-9, 2-6), Priscilla Padilla (3-6, 4-6), Valentine Dierickx (5-7, 7-5, 6-10) and Nedjivia Cornejo/Leannie Rodriguez (3-6, 3-6).
Grace Davis 7, Lathrop 2
The No. 4 singles match at Manteca Regional Tennis Center lasted 3 hours, 20 minutes. Lathrop’s Isabel Paniagua took the heartbreaking 7-6 (9), 0-6, 6-7 (1) loss to Ava Wear in the Western Athletic Conference dual match.
Madillyn Romero held off Aspen Kelly 6-4, 7-5 to claim the No. 3 singles match for Lathrop. No. 5 Justice Pacheco Seward outlasted Yarely Lopez 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 for Lathrop’s other point.
The host Spartans had chances to get additional points at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles but came up short in third sets. Ruby Chavez was defeated by Sariyah Heidelberg-King 6-3, 0-6, 3-6. Meanwhile, Janelle Lat and Keziah Boateng came up short 7-5, 0-6, 7-6 (3) against Yarisbel Ramos and Jennifer Hinojosa. The No. 2 and 3 doubles contests were hard-earned sweeps for Grace Davis.
Western Athletic Conference Meet 1
Lathrop’s varsity challenged Los Banos but came up short 27-28 in the WAC opener held at O’Neill Forebay in Merced County.
Beyer’s Yelena Ordonez won the race in 21 minutes, 50.80 seconds. Lathrop’s Taimane Lowery (24:05.89), Veronica Rodriguez (25:44.62) and Neftali Soto Aguilar (26:06.86) placed 6-7-8. Stephanie Andrade Salcedo and Lucianna Valdez placed 11th and 14th, respectively.
The Spartans’ varsity boys finished fifth out of eight in the team standings with 120 points. Beyer dominated en route to a first-place finish with 35 points, and Gerardo Ramirez Martinez of Grace Davis was the individual winner in 17:22.25. Nathan Puck (20:10.03) and Jesus Sanchez (20:33.68) paced Lathrop in 19th and 20th, respectively.
Jarren Holloway highlighted Lathrop at the lower levels, taking fourth in frosh-soph boys. The team took fourth out of five teams. Lathrop’s frosh-soph girls was fifth out of sixth and spearheaded by 11th-place Belen Baca.
Ripon 182, Sonora 251
The Indians (7-0) won handily in their third Valley Foothill League North Division match in as many days.
Low medalist Gabbi Ilardi finished with an even-par 36 at Teleli Golf Club. Runner-up Katie Martin scored a 42, while fellow Indians Ana DiGiulio and Ana Fisher contributed a 50 and 54, respectively.
Ella Walken led host Sonora with a 51.