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Cougars Stay Perfect With Pair of league Wins
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With a 5-2 win over Riverbank and a 7-0 sweep of Patterson, Escalon tennis players kept their perfect Trans-Valley League record intact, improving to 8-0 on the season.

They were hosts to Riverbank in Wednesday, April 13 action.

Grant Tower defeated David Unruh in boys number one singles play, 6-0, 6-4 while Tyson Lane battled at the number two slot and eventually fell, 2-6, 6-1, 4-6.

Breanne Cardoza topped Amber Nickels, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 and Brittany Rigg was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Leslie Thissen.

"Brittany has been having a great season," coach Dan Thompson said. "She just made quick work of her opponent."

In boys doubles, Riverbank's Julian Hernandez and Kevin Keo defeated Brandon Longstreth and Robert Stocks, 5-7, 4-6. Girls doubles players Staci Gentry and Coral Rocha of Escalon were 6-2, 7-5 winners over Gabby Zamora and Marlene Lizarraga, keeping their record spotless for the season.

"In mixed doubles, Rick Drewrey and Tiffany McGuire extended their unbeaten streak, they won 6-1, 6-3," said Thompson. "They had some pretty fun points, on the first service return, Rick sent a shot right down the middle and he hit it so hard, it almost knocked their guy over."

The pair topped Allison McHugh and Kyle Mitchell to give Escalon its 5-2 victory.

"That was a nice win for us," said Thompson. "Then we went to Patterson on Friday and we got a 7-0 sweep there."

Tower won by default, the number one Tiger player not able to take the court.

"He'd rather play but a win's a win," Thompson said.

Lane won in straight sets over his opponent and the coach said that helped his confidence, bouncing back after a couple of tough losses.

"He kind of got the monkey off his back," agreed Thompson.

Cardoza had the match of the day, upsetting a top player in the league in girls number one singles.

"It was a battle, Breanne lost the first set, 4-6, then she battled and the second went to a tiebreak, she won that 11-9," explained Thompson. "Then she won the third set, it was a huge victory for her and that was the match of the day, she gets all the headlines in this one."

Rigg took a three-set win in her match, getting off to a slow start before coming back for the victory.

Also winning were the boys doubles team of Longstreth and Stocks, girls doubles Gentry and Rocha and mixed doubles, Drewrey and McGuire.

"Staci and Coral had an easy win, they improve every time I watch," Thompson said.

The win over Patterson pushed the Cougars to an 8-0 mark in league play and Thompson said he's excited to see four of the spots still undefeated.

"Grant, Brittany, our mixed doubles and our girls doubles, all four of those spots haven't lost," he said.

The squad will be back in action Friday at Riverbank.