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Tennis Boys Split Two League Matches
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Oakdale’s doubles teams went unbeaten this week. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

The Oakdale High School boys tennis team played two matches this past week, going 1-1 in the Valley Oak League contests.

Oakdale traveled to Manteca to take on the Buffaloes on Wednesday, March 13 and nearly won the match but fell just short. The Mustangs responded with a 7-2 home win over Sierra the following day.

In the road contest the Mustangs doubles teams made a strong statement by winning all three matches. Shivan Mistry and Teo Diaz won a thriller 6-3, 4-6 (7-3) over Kevin Lin and Ryan Foo. The team of Chris Frye and Max Moore defeated Ravpreet Grewal and Kiersten Melan in straight sets 7-5, 6-1. Wrapping up the doubles’ day was Gil Alburo and Aiden Rodrigues defeating Spencer Ogden and Jordan Navales 6-3, 6-1.

However, Oakdale’s singles struggled against the Buffaloes as the team went 1-5. Earning the lone singles win for the Mustangs on the day was Jimmy Homer as he beat Julian Gosal 6-2, 6-1. Frankie Dutra battled in a three-set match against Kurtis Ma coming up short 6-2, 7-6, (7-3). Liam Peters, Caleb Poling, and Zach Nielson all lost in straight sets.

On Thursday afternoon the boys bounced back in a big way. In singles action Peters defeated Quinn Banks 6-3, 6-3. Mark Chavez defeated George Montross 6-0, 6-2. Nielson defeated Jason Gill 6-3, 7-5. Homer capped off his week with his second victory in two days as he knocked off David Martin in straight sets.

It was a perfect day for the doubles team as Mistry and Diaz won 6-3, 6-4 over Ben Perez and Milton Yamomo. Frye and Moore defeated David Vera and Justin Lacdau 6-3, 6-4. Alburo and Rodrigues won 7-5, 6-4 over Aaron Crawford and Juan Ponce 7-5, 6-4.

“We had a very good week, we almost beat Manteca but came up short,” said head coach Grant Miller. “All that hard work these young men are putting in is paying off. It is really amazing to watch them scrap and claw all they can. We’ve got a lot of heart on this squad.”