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Bulldogs bound for playoffs
Ceres High's varsity boys tennis team defeated host Patterson 6-3 in Western Athletic Conference play last Wednesday.

The win assures the second-place Bulldogs (7-3) a playoff berth. The top three teams qualify. Ceres High's final two league matches are against Livingston (April 18) and Central Valley (Wednesday).

"The kids are working hard," Bulldogs head coach Bryan Harden said. "They seem to be getting better every match, which is a good thing."

Alick Liang defeated John Minton 6-3, 6-4 in No. 1 singles play.

Bobby Bahia defeated Victor Jimenez 7-5, 6-4 in No. 3 singles play.

"He's playing a lot better now," Harden said. "He's really improved his mindset."

Matt Mey defeated James Shugan 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in No. 4 singles play.

He lost in three sets to Shugan earlier this year.

Mey battled back from a 5-2 deficit in the second set during the rematch.

"I just think Matt wanted it more," Harden said. "He kept fighting and fighting."

Justin Virk won by forfeit at No. 6 singles.

Trevor Brazil and Victor Pimentel defeated Uriah Smith and John Brouse 6-2, 6-4 in No. 2 doubles play.

Sergio Zepeda and David Cisneros won by forfeit at No. 3 doubles.

The Bulldogs have won five of their last six matches.

Ceres High, which lost multiple starters to graduation, will participate in the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Hawks 2-6 in league

Central Valley High School's varsity tennis team blanked shorthanded Pacheco 9-0 on Monday, April 11 in Ceres.

Just three of the scheduled nine matches were contested due to the Panthers' thin roster.

Favian Rojas beat Rolando Velazquez 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 singles play.

Cristian Villa beat Jose Belmontes 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles play.

Larry Hernandez beat Miguel Zamora 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 singles play.

Visiting Pacheco forfeited matches at No. 4, 5 and 6 singles and No. 1, 2 and 3 doubles.

The Hawks (2-6) will close the WAC season at Ceres High on Wednesday. The crosstown contest will begin at 3 p.m.