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Tennis players Drop Match With Familiar 4-3 Score
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Tennis losses by a 4-3 score are becoming too frequent for the Bruins liking.

Riverbank High School players lost again with a score of 4-3, to Livingston in the only match they managed to fit in between the patches of rain that occurred throughout the week.

Coach Bruce Edwards cancelled Friday's home match against Patterson ahead of time because it looked like more rain was coming, and it did.

"They were very good in the singles. They won them all," Edwards said of the Livingston players. "While we cleaned up in the doubles."

In singles play, David Unruh lost, 4-6, 0-6; Antony Vigil, 2-6, 1-6; Amber Nickels, 4-6, 6-7(7); and Leslie Thissen, 2-6, 1-6.

In doubles, Julian Hernandez and Kevin Keo won, 6-3, 6-0; Gabby Zamora and Marlene Lizarraga, 6-1, 6-0; and Allyson McHugh; and Kyle Mitchell ,6-0, 6-2.

Nickels looked like she would win the number one girls singles, but finally fell to a veteran player, Edwards noted.

"Amber was up by 6-4. She had match point within her grasp six times. But she could not put it away, while the other girl was a veteran and dug deeper."

Edwards counted the number of games in that match to find that both girls won 54 games each, but the Livingston player won the tiebreaker.

"We're not great and we're not weak as a team, but we're very young," he said. "I was hoping for a 50/50 season and we're holding to that."

Keo partnered Hernandez in the boys doubles because Colton Huggins' wrist was hurting, and Keo played very smoothly, he added.

Today, the Bruins are set to play a makeup game at Escalon, then on Thursday they will play an away ga,e again against Hughson.