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Tennis Girls Split Matches In VOL Action
Oakdales Makenzie Brown battled to a dramatic 6-4, 6-1 victory on Thursday, Sept. 28. The Lady Mustang tennis team defeated Weston Ranch to stop a three game losing streak. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

On Thursday, Sept. 28 the Oakdale girls tennis team snapped its three game skid with an 8-1 home win over Weston Ranch. Prior to that victory the girls had dropped three straight Valley Oak League matches, including a 9-0 road loss on Tuesday, Sept. 26 to Manteca.

“It was a tough stretch of games for us. Those teams are really good and it was a challenge for us,” said head coach Judy Vejar.

During that stretch they lost to Sierra, Central Catholic and Manteca.

In singles action against Weston Ranch, everyone got back into the win column as Lijan Bacud did not give up a single point to Karman Basra in a battle of the two number ones. Bacud won in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Tayla Barry made short work of Jesmeen Kaur 6-0, 6-1. Makenzie Brown earned a hard fought victory over Carly Burks 6-4, 6-1. Tavin Barry defeated Justice Still 6-0, 6-3; Breanna Morgan earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Elaine Pasqueal; and Kendra Branch defeated Angele Rivera 6-0, 6-2 in singles action.

Oakdale took two of three matches in doubles over the visiting Cougars. The team of Shannen Yang and Carlie Rariden won 6-4, 6-2 and Megan Pierson and Allison Koelmans also won 6-1, 6-0. The team of Paige Morgan and Savannah Gustafson fell 6-3, 2-6, 11-13.

The girls traveled to Tracy on Tuesday, Oct. 3 to take on Kimball. The match was held following The Leader press time. Oakdale will be on the road against East Union on Thursday, Oct. 5 with a scheduled time of 3:30 p.m. The team returns home on Tuesday, Oct. 10 against Lathrop; that match is also scheduled for 3:30 p.m.