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Sierra serves past Hawks
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Sierra High had little trouble snatching its eighth win in Valley Oak League play when it rolled by the Central Valley Hawks 5-0 Thursday at East Union High.

The Timberwolves (8-3 VOL) got another solid effort from their unbeaten No. 1 doubles team of Jena Anderson and Steph Vanni, who won 6-0, 6-0 as did Sierra’s No. 2 doubles team of Kayla Erion and Maryann Baker.

Singles play was led by Vannida Nguyen’s 6-0, 6-1 efforts, followed by Ann McFerran’s come-from-behind win 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Winning the match was almost expected for the Timberwolves, yet finishing off programs like Central Valley will be key for the squad’s postseason hopes.

“We’re a stronger team than them,” head coach Arabella Whitlock said. “We are going to go in and do well, but there are still some things that I see we need to work on and we’re going to have to fix those things to get by teams like Ceres and Oakdale.

“Even in a great match like (today), I still see those same mistakes and same battles.”

Sonora 4, East Union 1
The Lady Lancers tennis team was only able to manage a single victory during their VOL contest in Sonora Thursday. East Union got its only victory from No. 1 doubles tandem  Klasey Kachalkin and Shalane Jackson who made out with a 6-1, 6-4 victory.

Ciara Jones and Kim Paulson fell 0-6, 4-6 in doubles play, while Lancer No.1 singles player Megan McClearly lost 1-6, 1-6, Ashley Duenas fell 1-6, 2-6 and Jocylin Meza lost 1-6, 1-6.

“The girls battled really well,” head coach Julia Bylow said. “I was proud of our No. 1 doubles for pulling out another win.

“It was an interesting trip, we enjoyed ourselves.”

East Union’s VOL mark dropped to 5-8 on the season.

Oakdale 4, Manteca 1
Manteca’s Hillary Coleman was the only member of the squad to earn a victory in the Buffaloes home loss to Oakdale High Thursday. Coleman outlasted a determined Oakdale No. 3 6-2, (9-7) in a tiebreaker win. Teammates Jasmine Sandhu lost 2-6, 1-6, and Lexi Ziakas went down 1-6, 0-6. No. 1 doubles team Allison Tolman and Amy Kaur dropped a close match 4-6, 1-6, while teammates Valerie Monarrez and Airenne Curry teamed up in a 3-6, 4-6 loss.

The Buffaloes ( 3-9 VOL) will try and get back on track with a trip to Ceres to take on the Central Valley Hawks Tuesday.

Sierra 249, Oakdale 387
The Timberwolves put together an impressive team-effort, beating Oakdale by over 100 strokes on the Mustangs’ home course. Oakdale Golf and Country Club played like Sierra’s home digs as Ashley Kiesel’s round of 45 lead the team to its twelfth victory in Valley Oak League play.

Amanda Orr finished the nine-hole round with a 46, Alicia Kmiec turned in a 51, while teammates Heather Schmidt (52) and Allison Smith (55) rounded out the Sierra scoring.

Manteca 268, Sonora 275
The Buffaloes made good on their trip up the hill as the squad earned a huge Valley Oak League win over the Sonora Wildcats on their home course.

“Despite our top three girls shooting a little higher than usual,” Manteca head coach Greg Conway said, “we were able to pull out the victory.”

Manteca got solid efforts from Micaela Dias and Melissa Bond to help distance themselves from Sonora, getting rounds of 54 and 56 from the pair, respectively.

Kaylee Joaquin finished with medalist honors with a 50, while teammate Danielle Roberts shot a 51. Chandler Rose penciled in a 57 to close out Manteca’s scoring.