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Tennis Boys Split Weeks VOL Matches
Frankie Dutra serves up the ball during this home tennis match against Sierra. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Four hard fought battles on the court resulted in a pair of wins for the Oakdale Mustangs boys tennis program this week. Oakdale started the week on a strong note with home wins over East Union and Sierra. However, the Mustangs dropped their final two games, with a road loss to Sierra and a home loss to Central Catholic.

On Monday, April 9 the boys hosted East Union and earned an 8-1 victory over the Lancers. In the win Liam Peters, Ludvig Westberg, C.J. Toledo, Shivam Mistry and Teo Diaz all won in straight sets in singles action. Oakdale’s doubles teams all won in straight sets as well. The teams of Matt Kjeldgaard/Chris Frye, Aaron Lowe/Brady Noel and Gustavo Gutierrez/Zach Nielson were all victorious at home.

The following day Oakdale hosted Sierra where four of the six singles won their matches. Frankie Dutra regrouped from the previous day and won his match 6-1, 6-4. Westberg, Toledo and Diaz also won their matches. Doubles action had the Mustangs winners in two of the three matches. The teams of Lowe/Noel and Gutierrez/Nielson were winners for Oakdale.

Oakdale hit the road on Wednesday afternoon to take on the Timberwolves in Sierra and the outcome was much different. The Timberwolves flipped the script from Tuesday and handed Oakdale a 6-3 loss. Two singles from Oakdale returned home winners as Westberg and Diaz each won in straight sets.

“I feel very confident in my tennis abilities right now,” said Westberg, who won his third straight match of the week.

The team of Kjeldgaard and Frye won their match in three sets to earn the lone win of the day in doubles for Oakdale.

The boys wrapped up their busy week with a 6-3 home loss to the Raiders. Westberg completed the week with a 4-0 record after defeating John Dunn in straight sets.

“Tennis is competitive and I am a competitive person,” Westberg, an exchange student from Sweden, said. “I enjoy playing it and this year has been great.”

Mistry also won his match by surviving in three sets. The team of Gutierrez and Nielson were the only doubles team to post a win for Oakdale on the day.