NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 –
From River City High School
A doubleheader sweep of visiting El Dorado and a win at Union Mine wrapped up the Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) championship for the River City tennis team last week. It’s the team’s 16th league title in the past 17 years and the 18th overall in Raider tennis history.
River City blanked El Dorado 9-0 in the first match of the doubleheader and then polished off the Cougars with an 8-1 win. Jai London won both of her #1 girls singles matches and Michael Lee earned a pair of victories at #2 boys singles. At the top boys singles position, Terry Vang and Edward Xu each won once, while Cindy Oseguera and Sarah Yang did likewise at #2 girls singles. In boys doubles, Vang teamed with Zoi Saetern for a win at #1, Matthew Tagupa and Amran Khan won the opener at #2, and Muradan Chhay paired with Ben Gerelkhuu to take the #2 nightcap. In the girls doubles matches, Mary Neverov won twice at #1, once with Sarah Yang and once with Lily He, and Avneet Singh and Lina Vang took the first #2 contest while Mariana Contreras and Katie Bowman took the second. Christine Maltez won a pair of mixed doubles matches, one with Phillip Dinh and one with Saetern.
At Union Mine, the Raiders were victorious 7-2, capping off a perfect 12 win, no loss SVC slate, and finishing the regular season 19 and 1 overall. London and Oseguera earned straight-set wins in girls singles, as did Lee at #2 boys. Xu and Saetern (#1 boys), Khan and Tagupa (#2 boys), Neverov and Yang (#1 girls), and Singh and Lina Vang (#2 girls) earned doubles wins for the visitors.
At week’s end, the focus shifted to the SVC singles and doubles tournament and there were all-Raider finals in both girls and mixed doubles. Top-seeded Yang and Oseguera defeated the third-seeded Maltez and Neverov in the tourney’s championship, 6-4,6-2, while the the sibling duo of Lina and Terry Vang outlasted teammates Singh and Lee to take the mixed crown, 3-6,6-2,6-2. All eight players now advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III tournament later this week at Stockton’s Oak Park.
As a team, RC has a first round bye in the Section team playoffs and will play the winner of Denair vs. Marysville in the round of 16. A Raider victory will mean another home contest at 4pm on Monday, May 7th in the quarterfinal round.
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