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Bulldogs lose in opening round of playoffs
Ceres High School's varsity girls tennis team lost by the slimmest of margins last week in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

The Bulldogs, the Western Athletic Conference's No. 3 seed, fell 5-4 to Metro League runner-up Rosemont on Monday, Oct. 1.

Ceres High struggled in the playoffs the previous three seasons, losing 8-1, 7-2 and 9-0.

"I expected us to be competitive because we got a good draw," Bulldogs head coach Bryan Harden said.

Five of the nine matches were decided in three sets. Ceres High finished 2-3 in tiebreakers.

"We should have won," Harden said. "It's a tough loss to swallow. We just couldn't close out."

Visiting Ceres won three singles matches.

Marifer Ochoa defeated Danielle Roybal 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.

Kaylee Donovan defeated Channel Rich 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in No. 2 singles play.

Christin Ornells defeated Lina Nguyen 6-0, 6-3 in No. 6 singles play.

Kelly Gallagher lost 6-0, 6-3 to Nina Patrick in No. 3 singles play.

Kaycee Creek lost 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 to Bailey Rich in No. 4 singles play.

Ashley Thiner lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Lynette Rheault in No. 5 singles play.

The Bulldogs won one of three doubles matches.

Karin Kainth and Kim Ochoa defeated Gabby Martinez and Alina Pobeveshnik 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in No. 3 doubles play.

Myranda Price and Viridiana Arroyo lost 6-1, 6-1 to Jenna Rutherdak and Mariana Curdoglo in No. 1 doubles play.

Kassandra Carrillo and Ashton Frampton lost 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Lachelle Manulo and Amina Robinson in No. 2 doubles play. Manulo and Robinson gave Rosemont a 5-3 lead in team scoring.

Ceres High compiled a 9-5 overall record and finished third in the WAC standings (8-4) this season.

"We really had a good year," Harden said. "It's a pleasant surprise. The girls played tough."

The Bulldogs will try to secure their fifth straight postseason berth in 2011.