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Sports - May 4, 2007

Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley take home tennis titles

Wolves' Bryan Cox is No. 1 in EBAL boys singles

by Rachel McMurdie

Making victory look easy, San Ramon Valley High School tennis player Bryan Cox defeated California's Allen Xu to win the East Bay Athletic League singles tennis title, last Friday at Crow Canyon Country Club.

With the win, Cox earned an automatic bid to next week's North Coast Section singles tournament at James Logan High School.

No. 1 seeded Cox earned his victory over No. 2 Xu in two sets, 6-3, 6-3. Cox and Xu battled on serve through the first three games of their match. But Cox, capitalizing on Xu's wide forehand shot in game four, converted a break point and held the advantage.

His refocused effort came after an uncertain semifinal. In a three-set match, Cox dropped the first set against Amador Valley's Aswin Kolady, 4-6. But Cox rebounded to win the next two sets, 6-2, 6-3.

Earlier in the day, Monte Vista's No. 1 doubles team Greg Ray and Shane Swinnerton capped their undefeated league season with a doubles championship title. The duo needed a win at Monday's doubles qualifier at Crow Canyon to earn a berth to this week's NCS doubles tournament, also at James Logan. Playing against teammates Friday, Ray and Swinnerton defeated Trevor Sipos and Jon Kui, 6-2, 6-0.

Softball

San Ramon Valley girls fell to Granada 0-3 during softball league play last Thursday. But the Wolves (4-3) still rank just above the Matadors (3-4) in league standings with five games to go.

Monte Vista, in a five game slump, fell to Foothill 0-9 in league play last Thursday.

Baseball

San Ramon Valley boys split baseball games against Amador Valley (2-6 EBAL) last week. After winning game 1 with a score of 5-1, the Wolves (11-7, 4-2 EBAL) had no answer to Amador Valley's runs and lost, 0-9.

The Mustangs, tied with the Wolves in league standings, also split their two-game series this week against Foothill. On Wednesday, Monte Vista (11-7, 3-3 EBAL) came out the overwhelming victors of a 14-1 game. But the Falcons found their footing in game two last Friday, and won 6-4.

Girls lacrosse

Mustang goalie Kjersten Nordmeyer fended off 15 Amador Valley shots keeping Monte Vista girls lacrosse on top in their 15-9 win over Amador Valley (4-2 EBAL). Jillian Bush lead Monte Vista scoring with four goals. Megan Canales and Christina Corsa added another three goals each. Liz Azevedo, playing as an attacker, scored two goals and one assist for the Mustangs (12-3, 5-3 EBAL).

Boys lacrosse

The Wolves cruised to an 18-0 victory over the Livermore Cowboys in league boys lacrosse play last Friday, improving their record to 12-4, 8-0 EBAL. Brett Vergara led San Ramon Valley, scoring five goals en route to the team's win. Patrick Sorensin added another three goals. Wolves defense did most of the work to keep the Cowboys out of scoring range, but when they penetrated, goalkeeper Patrick Lancaster was there. He picked up two saves during the game.

Monte Vista boys took a decisive 13-3 victory over Amador Valley, last Friday. Mustang midfielder Bret Oliveira led the Wolves with four points. Teammates Bryson Woodbury and Zakk Souza each contributed three. The Mustangs improved their record to 13-3, 8-1 EBAL. Earlier in the week, the Mustangs held Cal to three points in a 9-3 victory.

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