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Tennis Team Advances In Mixed Doubles Play
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Competing in the Trans Valley League singles on Friday, Riverbank tennis players David Unruh, Antonio Vigil and Amber Nickels all won honorable mention in the All-League team.

Antonio Vigil and Nickels also won a mixed doubles championship against a Livingston pair on Saturday to advance to the sections, which will be at Oak Park in Stockton starting at 9 a.m. today, May 11.

In the doubles finals, Vigil and Nickels won 6-0, 3-6, 6-0.

"Vigil was making good overhead shots and great volleys. He's so fast he gets to everything. And Amber was serving hard and fast," said Edwards.

Vigil and Nickels generally are kept occupied playing singles for RHS but have been practicing their doubles play on Saturday mornings at Modesto Junior College.

Recalling Friday's singles matches at the TVL Tournament, Edwards said Unruh drew his first match against Tower and was easily overpowered. Vigil won his first match, but then came up against and lost to Bo Finnegan of Hughson, who also made the All League team.

"Nickels won her first match, then faced Kristina Yarborough of Patterson. Nickels gave her a tough match. Nickels lost, 4-7 and won, 7-5, but could not clinch the third set."

Leslie Thissen played an Escalon girl and lost 1-6, 0-6. The Bruin boys Kevin Keo and Julian Hernandez played and lost to the eventual league winners from Ripon in a mediocre match.

Riverbank could not field girls doubles pair because Allyson McHugh had injured her wrist. In mixed doubles, Gabby Zamora and Colton Huggins lost "but did some good things," said Edwards.

In more doubles on the Saturday, Thissen and Marlene Lizarraga defeated Ripon then lost to the eventual league champions.

'They gave it their best. But they were playing too far back from the net," said Edwards.

In boys doubles, Keo and Huggins won their first round against Ripon Christian, and lost their second to the league champions.

In a previous league match against Patterson, Riverbank lost by 4-3.

"The boys won and the girls lost. This is the sixth match we've lost, 4-3. We ended the league season at 4-8," said Edwards.

Against Patterson, Vigil won 6-1, 7-6 (8-6), Keo won 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, Nickels lost 0-6, 4-6 and Lizarraga lost 2-6, 3-6.

In doubles, Julian Perez and Kyle Mitchell won, 7-6, (8-6) 6-4; Zamora and McHugh lost, 3-6, (6-7), 7-9; and Unruh and Thissen lost ,5-7, 6-4, 5-7.