Manteca’s boys tennis team faced more than its crosstown rival Tuesday at East Union.
The Buffaloes battled through strong gusts for an 8-1 win that sets up a big match against Oakdale today at home.
“Tough conditions out here today,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “It can make play difficult to say the least, but we were able to get the job done. It is predicted to by like this tomorrow, so I would think it makes us even more ready to host Oakdale.
“The win today keeps use moving the right direction. We just need to maintain our focus on each and every point.”
Solman Aniss (6-0, 6-0), Kurtis Ma (6-0, 6-1) and Nick Pio (6-2, 6-0) made quick work of their opponents from the top if the singles ladder.
East Union’s Tarunjjit Singh made Harshawn Singh work hard for his 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win in the No. 4 singles match. Kayson Neduvakkattu won 6-0, 6-1, and Julian Gosal prevailed, 6-1, 6-2).
“Julian put in great effort in only his second singles match ever to get a well-deserved win,” Fontana said.
East Union earned its only point at No. 3 doubles, as Jesse Batres and Japreet Gill fended off Spencer Ogden and Jordan Navalaes, 7-6 (2), 7-5.
Manteca’s top tandem of Kevin Lin and Ryan Foo won, 6-3, 6-0. Ravpreet Grewal and Kiersten Melan contributed a 6-2, 6-1 win.
Ripon Christian 2, Tokay 1
RIPON — The Knights (3-0) tallied their first program win over the Tigers (2-2).
Madison DeGraaf went the distance in the chalked circle for the Knights, sprinkling five hits over the seven innings and striking out two, walking none.
Elizabeth Thomas (2 for 3) and DeGraaf each had an RBI for Ripon Christian. Mikaela Vander Molen doubled for the Knights and Morgan Van Elderen stole a base.
Millennium 17, Lathrop 3
LATHROP — Walks finally caught up with Lathrop (0-4), which issued 14 bases on balls while the Falcons (2-0) of Tracy tallied all of their runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Joselyn Hurtado (two doubles) was 2 for 3 for the Spartans and Briana Rose had an RBI. Aliana Fuentes added a double.
Lathrop 3, Chavez 0
LATHROP — Lathrop advanced its perfect record to 12-0 after crushing the visiting Titans (4-5) 25-15, 25-13, 25-8 in non-conference play.
Tyler Riggleman led the way with 15 kills and three aces. Gabriel Gutierrez added six kills and five aces. Adrian Corona and Gerald Tumaneng chipped in five and three kills, respectively. Rael Carmesis set 30 assists and served four aces.
Manteca 3, West 0
It was a hard-earned sweep for the Buffaloes, who improved to 3-1 with their 28-26, 25-25, 25-22 win over the visiting Wolf Pack (3-7) of Tracy.
Rovig Hombrebueno anchored the Manteca attack with 19 assists. Steven Aguilar picked up 15 digs, and Adrian Gonzalez connected for 19 kills.
Ripon 195, Hilmar 273
RIPON — Nico Ilardi managed to shoot 2-over 33 despite the windy conditions at Jack Tone Golf Course. Ripon improved to 2-0 in the Trans-Valley League.
Cade McCusker was the overall runner-up with a 39. Aidan Nillson came through for a 40 from the back group. Jacob Baird added a 41, and Gage Anderson a 43. Bryce Betschart paced Hilmar with a 45.
East Union 5, Escalon 4
Andrea Smith scored the walk-off run in the bottom of the sixth on a misplayed pop-up to shallow right field on Saturday.
Emily Mendoza pitched six innings with five strikeouts and Heighlee Mosher was 3 for 3 with a run.
Liberty Ranch 5, East Union 0
The Lancers loaded the bases in the second and fifth innings but couldn’t get the big hit they needed.
Savannah Wilkerson was 2 for 2 for East Union and Andrea Smith was 1 for 2.