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Sierra drops heartbreaker in Oakdale
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OAKDALE – For the first hour of play Wednesday in Oakdale, nothing seemed to go right for the Sierra High tennis team.

But after a bumpy first round, the T’Wolves turned it on and collected a number of impressive wins. In the end though, Sierra came up short, 7-8.

Ann McFerran dropped her first match 1-6, but rallied for 7-5 and 6-0 wins.

Vannida Nguyen fell in the first round as well, 0-6, but beat Oakdale’s No. 1 and 3, 6-3.

Natalie Ray came up short in the three-seed match, 5-7.

“You go into the match knowing that Oakdale is strong,” Sierra head coach Arabella Whitlock said. “But you look at our talent, and you know that if everyone does their job, we can walk away with the win. For a while, it was looking grim, but we were able to turn it around.”

Stephanie Vanni and Jena Anderson were able to make a statement, picking up a 10-6 win over Oakdale’s No. 1. Both doubles tandems were undefeated headed into the match.

Vanni and Anderson won 10-1 against Oakdale’s No. 2

Kayla Erion and Maryann Baker fell 4-10, 2-10.

“Stephanie and Jena stayed undefeated, which was one of our goals this year,” Whitlock said. “I’m proud of the girls. They have to travel to every game, and even practicing is a challenge. They’ve done a great job.

“They have the talent and the ability, but what is going to push them to the next level is passion.”

Sierra 233, Weston Ranch 356

Amanda Orr and Heather Schmitz turned in outstanding performances for the T’Wolves Wednesday, both carding a 44 at Manteca Park.

Ashley Kiesel had a 46, Alicia Kmiec a 48, and Allison Smith a 50.

Emily Medeiros paced the Cougars with a 60.

— Brandon Petersen