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Central Valley finally tops crosstown-rival Ceres High

Central Valley finally tops crosstown-rival Ceres High

Ivan Jimenez and Central Valley’s varsity boys tennis team made history this past month against Ceres High. The Hawks collected their first win versus the Bulldogs in 24 meetings.


POSTED April 11, 2018 11:13 a.m.
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Central Valley's varsity boys tennis team made program history this past month by beating crosstown-rival Ceres High for the first time.

The Hawks posted a 7-2 road victory over the Bulldogs in Western Athletic Conference play on March 27.

Ceres High won the previous 23 meetings dating back to the 2006-07 school year.

The Bulldogs edged the Hawks twice by identical 5-4 scores last year.

"We always knew it was going to happen eventually," Central Valley head coach Mike Rodriguez said.

The Hawks won thanks to the Bulldogs' lack of numbers.

Ceres High, which competed with a three-person lineup, forfeited six of nine matches to Central Valley.

"I knew they were going to be short on guys," Rodriguez said. "I didn't know it would be like that. But we can't control how many players other teams have. We just show up and play."

Central Valley's Ivan Jimenez defeated Ceres High's Manuel Pimentel 6-0, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.

"He hit the ball well and was aggressive at the net," Rodriguez said. "He was able to get some easy points."

Luc Arce, Andy Souksavath and Rosendo Rojas won by forfeit at No. 4, 5 and 6 singles, respectively.

Alex Kishore and Jason Figueroa, Central Valley's No. 1 doubles team, won by forfeit.

Julian Sanchez and Gurtej Sangha, Central Valley's No. 2 doubles team, won by forfeit.

Belizario Ramirez and Alejandro Serrato, Central Valley's No. 3 doubles team, won by forfeit.

Hawk Juan Zaragoza lost 6-4, 6-2 to Bulldog Christian Pimentel in No. 1 singles play.

Central Valley's Adrian Gomez lost 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 to Ceres High's Angelo Marino in No. 2 singles play.

"Obviously, you want to play a team with max players," Rodriguez said. "But we'll take the win because we definitely need it."

Central Valley dropped to 2-3 in the WAC standings after losing back-to-back matches to Livingston in a two-day span.

"The kids played hard," Rodriguez said. "They're young. They're learning."

The visiting Hawks fell 9-0 to the Wolves on March 28.

Zaragoza lost 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 to Michael Leon in No. 1 singles play.

Gomez lost 6-1, 6-0, to Isias Cortes in No. 2 singles play.

Jimenez lost 6-0, 6-0 to Balpreet Chahal in No. 3 singles play.

Arce lost 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 to Luis Muniz-Garcia in No. 4 singles play.

Souksavath lost 6-2, 6-3 to San Kang in No. 5 singles play.

Rojas lost 6-3, 6-0 to Adrian Maldonado in No. 6 singles play.

Kishore and Figueroa lost 6-4, 6-2 to Harkavan Bassi and Navpreet Singh in No. 1 doubles play.

Sanchez and Sangha lost 6-0, 6-0 to Parwinder Uppal and Andrew Leon in No. 2 doubles play.

Belizario Ramirez and Alex Serrato lost 6-0, 6-0 to Harpreet Dosanjh and Harpreet Singh in No. 3 doubles play.

Central Valley lost 8-1 to Livingston on March 29 in Ceres.

Zaragoza defeated Leon 6-1, 7-5 in No. 1 singles play.
Gomez lost 6-0, 6-2 to Chahal in No. 2 singles play.

Jimenez lost 6-0, 6-1 to Muniz-Garcia in No. 3 singles play.

Souksavath lost 6-4, 6-0 to Kang in No. 4 singles play.

Kishore lost 6-1, 6-1 to Maldonado in No. 5 singles play.

Figueroa lost 6-4, 6-1 to Bassi in No. 6 singles play.

Sanchez and Sangha lost 6-0, 6-0 to Leon and Singh in No. 1 doubles play.

Ramirez and Serrato lost 6-0, 6-0 to Uppal and Dosanjh in No. 2 doubles play.

Central Valley lost its No. 3 doubles match by forfeit.

"Livingston is pretty good," Rodriguez said. "They have experience. They're deep, too."

The Hawks will compete against Patterson (today) and Pacheco (Thursday) on the road this week.

 

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