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Rain Delays Tennis Play
Bundled up but all smiles were members of the girls tennis team at the singles and doubles tournament in Manteca. From left, Danika Brown, Carley Newbill, Haley Takaki, Tayla Barry, Breanna Morgan, Kendall Kiley, and Tay Talamentes. Photo Contributed

Finishing the regular season with an 11-3 record, tied for second place in the Valley Oak League, Oakdale’s Lady Mustangs tennis team went to compete in the 2016 VOL singles and doubles tournament this past week. The singles traveled to Manteca on Tuesday, Oct. 25. There the undefeated Tay Talamentes took first place. Talamentes has yet to lose in VOL action this season, and she and the Lady Mustangs hosted Patterson in team tourney play on Tuesday, Nov. 1 after The Leader went to press.

Oakdale’s doubles were scheduled to compete in the doubles tournament at Manteca on Thursday, but rain washed out the competition until Saturday afternoon. The rain forced Oakdale’s number one doubles teams of Taryn Lane and Shannen Yang to forfeit the set. Oakdale’s other teams failed to advance to the second round of the tournament in the soggy conditions.

Six seniors suited up for OHS including Danika Brown, who played three years of varsity. Carley Newbill has played all four years on the varsity team. Haley Takaki played two years on the varsity team. Maddie Brewer has served two years on the varsity team. Kendall Kiley is a two year varsity starter and Taryn Lane has been on varsity for two years.

“Our team as a group is one of the strongest that I’ve had. I told them all they have to do is to be better than the girl you play,” Coach Judy Vejar said. “During the season, we won 11 matches 9-0 or 8-1, so that tells you that most girls only lost three matches all year.”