MANTECA — Mostafa Aniss needed a wake-up call prior to his final set Tuesday, and Frank Fontana was there to provide it.
"He was too busy watching other matches (in his second set)," said Manteca's coach, noting his No. 1 singles player won the first set 6-0, but lost the second 0-6. "His brother (Yassen) was in a tight match. I told (Mostafa) to wake up. In the third set he turned it on and finished the guy. It wasn't even close."
Mostafa rallied to win the third set 6-2, leading Manteca to an 18-1 win over Pioneer of Woodland to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II tennis playoffs. Manteca (27-2) visits Rio Americano of Sacramento in today's quarterfinal.
The Buffaloes swept the three doubles matches in straight sets, and won the first five singles matches — with Mostafa the only player to lose even one set.
DIVISION I — The Central California Conference went 2-0 in the first round, as the top-seed Pitman Pride routed St. Mary's 8-1 and the runner-up Turlock Bulldogs upset West of Tracy 5-4. Pitman visits Jesuit of Carmichael and Turlock is at Davis of Yolo in today's quarterfinals.
RIVERBANK 4, ORESTIMBA 3, at Newman — Tanner Morris and Gwendolin Marks won the singles matches for the host Warriors (12-5), but the Bruins (15-3) won four of the fives doubles matches for the Division III win. Riverbank visits Mother Lode League champ Bret Harte in Monday's quarterfinal.
RIPON 5, HUGHSON 0, at Ripon — Ranae McFadden scored four goals and the No. 2 small-school Indians (19-4-1, 14-1 Trans-Valley League) clinched their crown by blanking the Huskies (13-4-1, 10-2-3), who advance to the Division V playoffs as the league's No. 2 seed. Ripon hosts Mother Lode League No. 3 Calaveras on Tuesday, while Hughson visits Western Athletic Conference champ Central Catholic. Ripon goalkeeper Morgan Torres-Unger had six saves in Tuesday's shutout.
MODESTO CHR. 2, ESCALON 1, at Salida — With three minutes remaining and a playoff berth at stake, Sierra Licata split the defense and fired in a goal from the top of the penalty box to lift the Crusaders (13-7-2, 8-5-2 TVL) over the Cougars (7-9-2, 7-7-1) to secure the league's No. 3 berth. MC visits Mother Lode League champ Linden on Tuesday.
LE GRAND 4, WATERFORD 0, at Le Grand — Denise Lopez scored all four goals, including two unassisted scores in the first half, and the goalie tandem of Nora Zaragoza and Jessica Bautista was flawless as the Bulldogs (10-2-3 Southern League) celebrated their title with a win over the Wildcats (1-13-1). Le Grand hosts a Division VI playoff opener Tuesday.
MARIPOSA 3, TURLOCK CHR. 2, at Turlock — Denise Buskeness had a hat trick as the Grizzlies (15-9-1, 9-5-1 SL) topped the Eagles (15-9-1, 9-5-1).
DENAIR 3, DELHI 2, at Denair — Jessi Cole scored twice as the Coyotes (11-2-4, 9-2-4 SL) tuned up for next week's playoff opener with a win.
BIG VALLEY CHR. 4, BUCKINGHAM 2, at Modesto — Christina Hosford collected a ball after it bounced out of a crowd in front of the goal, and booted it in with 4 minutes left to seal the Lions' (4-10-3, 2-6-2 Sacramento Metro) win. "She was in the right spot at the right time," Big Valley coach Ed Lino said.
TURLOCK CHR. WINS, at Ione — The Eagles won their fourth consecutive section title as sophomore Bodie Warda overcame a four-putt on the first hole to earn co-medalist honors with a 1-over 71 at the Division VI Tournament at Castle Oaks Golf Club. TC advances to the Masters Tournament on Tuesday at its home course, Stevinson Ranch.
Warda had five birdies to help bring his score down. He was driving long and straight off the tee, coach Jeff Cederlind said, crucial on a course known for its thick rough and difficult bunkers.
"After my first hole, I wrote on a piece of paper that I could get two birdies on the front nine and I'd be back to even," Warda said. "I didn't try to make it all back in one hole. I just worked on keeping my drives straight and setting up good putts."
TC won by 12 strokes with a five-player score of 416, including an 82 from Kathleen Rojas — who beat all but a handful of boys in the tournament — and a 77 by Andre Navarro. Its three good scores were crucial to its win.