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Central Valley girls earn split, improve to 1-1 in conference
Central Valley High School's varsity girls tennis team won just two matches during Western Athletic Conference play last year.

The Hawks secured a split and evened their 2012 WAC record at 1-1 this past week.

"It's nice to get an early win," head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "We played a lot of close matches last year and didn't pull out many victories."

Central Valley edged Patterson 5-4 on Thursday in Ceres.

Elizabeth Mejia accounted for the match-clinching victory.

"We had a good practice yesterday," Rodriguez said.

Mejia rallied for a 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-2 win over Patterson's Kendal Norfleet at No. 2 singles.

Elizabeth and Kendal battled for 90 minutes.

Mejia squandered a 4-1 lead in the first set.

"She surprised me," Rodriguez said. "She didn't fold under pressure."

Hawk teammates Crystal Guzman, Jasmine Martinez, Deja Jackson, Ali Martinez, Karla Delgado and Gabriela Romo also contributed.

Guzman defeated Kelby Norfleet 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 singles play.

Jasmine Martinez defeated Elena Rodriguez 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-4 in No. 3 singles play.

Jasmine missed part of last season with a knee injury.

"It's going to take her a few more matches to find her groove," Rodriguez said. "She'll get better as the season goes on."

Ali and Deja defeated Lauren Cabonce and Victoria Poden 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 doubles play.

Karla and Gabriela defeated Franchesca Olvera and Britnei Murray 6-3, 6-3 in No. 3 doubles play.

Julie Avila lost 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 to Nzuzi Mahungu in No. 4 singles play.

Emely Amaya lost 6-2, 6-4 to Chanda Noynola in No. 5 singles play.

Ana Arellano lost 6-3, 6-0 to Jennifer Camberos in No. 6 singles play.

Virdiana Gomez and Marcela Sanchez lost 7-5, 6-2 to Sandy Luo and Avree Chaivez in No. 2 doubles play.

LB 9, CV 0

Central Valley suffered a 9-0 loss at Los Banos on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Guzman lost 6-1, 6-0 to Alexis Barcellos at No. 1 singles.

Mejia lost 6-1, 6-0 to Christina Soares at No. 2 singles.

Jasmine Martinez lost 6-0, 6-0 to Nicole Marchese at No. 3 singles.

Julie Avila lost 6-0, 6-0 to Tiffany Liu at No. 4 singles.

Amaya lost 6-3, 6-2 to Jacqueline Arretche at No. 5 singles.

Arellano lost 6-2, 6-1 to Elena Erreca at No. 6 singles.

Jackson and Ali Martinez lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Monique Arretche and Bianca Soares at No. 1 doubles.

Gomez and Sanchez lost 6-1, 6-2 to Kelly Younce and Amanda Marchese at No. 2 doubles.

Delgado and Romo lost 6-3, 6-3 to Marelee Garcia and Ashlee Gardner at No. 3 doubles.