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Winless Cougars show claws vs. EU
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The Weston Ranch girls tennis team played its most competitive match of the season in a 5-4 loss to East Union on Thursday.

The winless Cougars (0-6) put a scare into the Lancers by winning two of the three doubles matches.

Mary Vang and April Vang swept the No. 1 doubles match, 6-4, 6-4. Jaskirat Kaur and Alyssa Ryan were even better in the No. 2 slot, winning 6-1, 6-4.

“This was our closest match yet,” Weston Ranch coach Julia Bylow said, “but we still need more production from our singles players.”

East Union won four of the six singles matches and then solidified the Valley Oak League victory with a point from its No. 3 doubles team, Vanessa Hamilton and Matharin Lee.

Still, Bylow praised the play of No. 1 singles player Kazoua Vang, whose rapid improvement saw her reach the winner’s circle on Thursday.

Vang won 6-1, 6-4.

“(She) is playing great right now,” Bylow said. “We are very proud of how she is improving each match.”

Manteca 8, Kimball 1

The Buffaloes received very little resistance in a rout of Kimball. Manteca earned all of its points via straight-sets victories and swept the doubles competition.

The teams of Alondra Avila and Kaitlyn Hoyer, Koryn Menasco and Stefania Mercado and Rubal Dehaland Gladis Sandoval lost just five total games.

Lizzie Tolbert anchored the Buffaloes’ singles ladder, defeating Kylie Moxley 6-1, 7-6 (7-1). Julia Saling, Allison Rachels, Fechi Nkwocha and Katie Inderbitzin also notched wins.

Sierra 7, Lathrop 2

Annie Banks, Simran Thind, Claire Banks, Kelly Bacon and Shelby Owensby earned singles victories for the Timberwolves.

The doubles teams of Monique Angel-Katarina Malabanan and Ravneet Dhillon-Alyssa Patterson rounded out Sierra’s scoring.

Lathrop received points from No. 4 singles player Angela Alegado and the second-seeded doubles team of Hannah Byrd and Eden Baca.