Swept by the same player the day before, Manteca senior Kurtis Ma got his revenge on Tuesday.
And it was his two-set victory that clinched the fifth team point the Buffaloes needed to complete an important season sweep of defending Valley Oak League champion Kimball. The Buffs ended up winning 8-1 to stay two matches behind first-place Central Catholic with two to go.
Ma, the VOL Tournament singles runner-up a year ago, was upset by Sahil Thakur 1-6, 1-6 on Monday — a make-up for a match originally scheduled for March 27. Ma won 6-4, 7-5 in the rematch.
Manteca (8-2) gutted out four three-set matches to claim the series opener but was far more sharp on Tuesday.
“It was a good win today,” Manteca coach Frank Fontana said. “After yesterday’s very-competitive match, to step up and have an 8-1 win and do it more dominating fashion, I can’t ask for much more.”
Only one match was decided in three sets. Manteca’s Julian Gosal took care of that 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 against Allen Vocal at No. 6 singles.
Solman Aniss blew out Lance Le 6-1, 6-0 in the matchup of 1s. No. 5 Kayson Neduvakkattu dispatched Guivanno Stagnero, 6-0, 6-2. Harshawn Singh held off Robert Danhouse 6-3, 7-6(3) at No. 4 singles.
Chance Mizuno provided the lone point for Kimball with his 6-3, 6-3 sweep of Nick Pio.
No. 1 doubles partners Kevin Lin and Ryan Foo ended the dual with a 7-6(3), 6-2 win. Ray Grewal/Kiersten Melan (6-1, 6-0) and Spencer Ogden/Jordan Navales (6-2, 6-2) also swept.
Manteca gets the rest of the week off but will use it to make up for practice time lost to poor weather conditions. The regular season ends with road matches April 16 and 18 at Oakdale and Central Catholic, respectively.
“This sets us up well having two wins against a solid program this week,” Fontana said. “It gives us a better chance at competing against the other two teams that are likely making the playoffs. It changes the dynamic going into those matches. I feel like we’ll be more excited and positive to face them.”
Los Banos 9, Lathrop 0
LATHROP — Los Banos dominated to remain in second place in the Western Athletic Conference.
Lathrop could only win three games in all, with one apiece coming from No. 1 singles Ritchie Blasé, Gurman Gill and Isaac Bermudez.