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Netters Fall Short In Trio Of League Matches
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Riverbank High netters lost tennis matches to Patterson and Ripon, both by a 4-3 score, and yielded to Escalon 6-1 in the week's final game.

They were close matches," said Riverbank coach Bruce Edwards of the contests. "Our number one girl Amber Nickels looked strong against both Patterson and Escalon but ended up losing both matches. The team is young. We've got to build. Trouble is other schools will have some very strong teams next year."

One bright spot against Escalon was freshman Kevin Keo's win in his second boys singles match

The boys' doubles against Escalon was close. After losing the first set 4-6, David Unruh and Kyle Mitchell won the second set 7-6 but lost the tiebreaker 6-8.

"Kyle had the flu and was not feeling well but the game still went to three sets," said Edwards. "But we can't deny it. Escalon is 10-0 in league and a very good team."

In the Escalon match, Antonio Vigil lost 1-6, 0-6; Keo won 6-1, 6-3, Nickels lost 4-6, 4-6 and Allyson McHugh lost 1-6, 0-6. In doubles, Unruh and Mitchell lost 6-4, 6-7, 6-8, Gabby Zamora and Marlene Lizarraga lost 1-6, 6-3, 1-6 and Colton Huggins and Leslie Thissen lost 2-6, 4-6.

The Bruins defeated Ripon 4-3 last time, only to lose by the same verdict on this occasion, and the Patterson match could have gone either way, Edwards noted.

Against Patterson, Unruh won 6-2, 6-2; Vigil won 6-2, 6-0; Nickels lost in straight sets and Thissen lost 4-6, 3-6. In doubles, Keo and Julian Hernandez won 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, Lizarraga and Zamora lost 0-6, 2-6 and McHugh and Mitchell lost 1-6, 1-6.

Against Ripon, Vigil lost 2-6, 2-6; Unruh lost 6-3, 4-6, 3-6; Nickels won 6-1, 6-1 and McHugh won 6-1, 6-0. In doubles, Hernandez and Keo lost 4-6, 5-7; Zamora and Lizarraga lost 4-6, 1-6 and Thissen and Huggins won 6-4, 6-4.

With the end of the season coming up fast, Riverbank will play only Ripon Christian this week on April 27, in a change of schedule. That will leave only Livingston on April 29 and Patterson on May 3 before the league meet on May 6.

"We won't be going to the playoffs as a team this year but may have some individual entrants," said Edwards.