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A successful start
The Ceres High School varsity girls tennis team enjoyed a successful start to the 2011 season.

The Bulldogs collected wins against non-league opponents Downey and Oakdale last week.

"We beat our old rivals," head coach Bryan Harden said.

Ceres High defeated visiting Downey 8-1 on Friday.

The Bulldogs won five of six singles and all three doubles matches.

"I was very pleasantly surprised at how well everybody played because it was our first match of the year," Harden said. "The girls were really nervous. I know we're going to get much better."

Marifer Ochoa, the defending Western Athletic Conference singles champion, beat Leandra Johnson 6-4, 6-1 in No. 1 singles play.

Christin Ornells beat Kelly Chea by injury default in No. 3 singles play. Ornells won the first set, 6-3. A sore back forced Chea to retire in the second set.

Kassandra Carrillo beat Stephanie Vershay 7-5, 6-2 in No. 4 singles play.

Karin Kainth beat Raj Sandhu 6-4, 6-1 in No. 5 singles play.

Viridiana Arroyo beat Hannah Howels 6-2, 6-2 in No. 6 singles play.

Kim Ochoa and Lizzy Magana beat Samantha Logan and Savanah Downey 6-3, 6-2 in No. 1 doubles play.

Manpreet Bahia and Alexis Cummings beat Emily Davis and Windy Kastner 6-1, 6-2 in No. 2 doubles play.

Cousins Navmeet Grewal and Manmeet Dhami beat Christina Clawson and Allison Tisbe 6-2, 6-1 in No. 3 doubles play.

Kaylee Donovan lost 6-0, 6-4 to Lyndsay Dunn in No. 2 singles play.

The Bulldogs posted a 6-3 victory over Oakdale on Saturday in Ceres.

"It was a competitive match," Harden said.

Marifer Ochoa defeated Christine Kim 6-0, 6-2 in No. 1 singles play.

Ornells defeated Nicole Armstrong 6-4, 6-3 in No. 3 singles play.

Carrillo defeated Ali Martinez 6-1, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.

Kainth defeated Nicole Dickens 6-2, 6-4 in No. 5 singles play.

Ceres High won by default at No. 6 singles.

Bahia and Arroyo defeated Alyssia Rergen and Francesca Orvis 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in No. 2 doubles play.

"They played some really good tennis after the first set," Harden said. "They picked up the pace."

Magana and Kim Ochoa lost 6-2, 6-3 to Laurie Baxter and Katie Odom in No. 1 doubles play.

Grewal and Dhami lost 6-4, 6-4 to Taylor Davis and Carly Rodgers in No. 3 doubles play.

Donovan lost 6-1, 6-4 to Cali Benson in No. 2 singles play.

Ceres High will play host to Pitman today and at WAC-rival Pacheco on Thursday. Both matches will begin at 3 p.m.