Former doubles partners Kayson Neduvakkattu and Ravpreet Grewal got to end their tennis careers at Manteca High the same way they started it.
The two seniors have been atop the Buffaloes' ladder as singles players in their final season, but on Thursday they reunited as a doubles team and won handily, 6-1, 6-0 at Escalon. Manteca won all five matches that took place and also swept seven matches against Ripon in its home finale Tuesday.
Manteca coach Frank Fontana gave a nod to his seniors who were denied the opportunity to defend the team's 2019 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title the past two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As the season progressed we got better and better,” Fontana said. “The decision to play occurred quickly and we ended successfully. I feel for the seniors Kayson, Ravpreet, Ryan (Foo) and Jordan (Navales). They missed out on last season but did get a successful senior year.
“Those four guys were part of the last section title that we played when we were sophomores, so the will have that great memory. They will be missed but that have continued our tradition of excellence.
Foo played at No. 1 singles Thursday winning, 6-3, 6-0. Emiliano Hurtado (6-4, 6-0) Luke Sampson (6-4, 6-4) and Kaven Neduvakkattu (6-2, 6-1) were the other victors.
In Tuesday's match against Ripon, Kayson Neduvkkattu (6-1, 7-5), Grewal (6-1, 6-1), Foo (6-1, 6-0), Hurtado (6-0, 6-0), Kaven Neduvakkattu (6-1, 6-1) and Sampson (6-2, 6-1) earned the wins. Navales was paired with Joseph Nguyen in doubles, and they prevailed, 6-1, 6-0.
Ripon Christian 5, East Union 2
The host Lancers' two points were hard-earned by No. 1 singles player Matthew Trinidad and No. 3 Daniel Ngo.
Trinidad edged past Kalvin Gerdes 6-3, 2-6, 11-9, while Ngo held off Isaac Buwalda, 7-5, 2-6, 10-7.
Ripon Christian's Braden Van Groningen defeated Kelton D'Souza at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 7-5. No. 4. Justin Hofman outlasted Matthew Mendoza 6-4, 7-5; No. 5 Luke Schoolland swept Tristan Santos 6-3, 6-1; and No. 6 Sam Roos dispatched Dominic Ochoa, 6-3, 7-5.
Dylan Koolhaas and Lukas Van Groningen took the lone doubles match 6-3, 6-1 against Landon Wolfe and Benjamin Potter.
Escalon 11, Weston Ranch 1
Escalon avenged its season-opening loss at Weston Ranch with a lopsided win.
Weston Ranch was struck out 11 times and held two just two hits from Steven Bustamante and Rogelio Ruvalcaba. Escalon took advantage of 15 walks, three hit batters and two errors.
“We're young and we'll take our lumps, but we gotta get better at competing on a regular basis,” Weston Ranch coach David Hager said. “When you play selfish and lazy baseball, it will always be reflected in the box score.”
Oakdale 86, Sierra 75
The host Mustangs were able to break away from a 58-58 tie in the final three events, getting first-place points in two of them.
Jennifer Graves led Sierra with wins in the 100-yard butterfly and 200 freestyle relay and a runner-up in the 100 breaststroke. Lauren Ellis won the 500 free. Emilee Holmes took second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free.
Oakdale 117, Sierra 49
Jordan Shinn picked up the Timberwolves lone win, as he held off three Oakdale sprinters in the 50 free. He also took second in the 100 free. Zach Van Zwaluenburg placed second in the 200 free and third in the 100 free. Moises Alvardo was the 100 back runner-up and third-place finisher in the 200 individual medley.