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Ceres High girls win by slim margin
Ceres High School's varsity girls tennis team edged out Oakdale 5-4 on Aug. 25.

The Bulldogs won by the same score versus visiting Sierra last Tuesday.

"We didn't play our best tennis, but we squeaked by again," Ceres High head coach Bryan Harden said.

The Bulldogs improved to 2-1 in non-conference play.

Ceres High won four of six singles and one of three doubles matches versus the Timberwolves.

The Vega twins locked up the team victory for the Bulldogs.

Jolyce and Justine defeated Sierra's Kelsey Wells and Megan Carbiener 6-2, 6-2 in No. 2 doubles play.

"It was a really good win for them," Harden said. "They were solid all the way through. They won the big points. Every match, they're learning."

Marifer Ochoa defeated Sierra's Vannida Nguyen 6-4, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.

Kiran Kainth defeated Maddie Banks 6-3, 6-2 in No. 4 singles play.

Lizzy Magana defeated Annie Banks 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 in No. 5 singles play.

Kim Ochoa defeated Rosie Reynolds 6-1, 6-2 in No. 6 singles play.

Gregori 7, Central Valley 1

Central Valley High School's varsity girls tennis team dropped its non-conference opener 7-1 to Gregori on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in Ceres.

"Overall, they did a pretty good job," Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "The effort was there. They just got to work on being a little more offensive-minded."

Deja Jackson and Ali Martinez, Central Valley's No. 1 doubles team, prevented the shutout.

Jackson and Martinez won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.

Deja and Ali fell one win shy of garnering all-league honors in 2011.

"I don't expect them to lose many matches this year," Rodriguez said. "They're pretty experienced."

Ana Arellano exceeded her coach's expectations while making her debut at No. 6 singles.

Arellano lost in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

"That was a big surprise," Rodriguez said. "She was on the team last year but didn't play in any matches. She's a pretty good athlete."

Central Valley's Crystal Guzman lost 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.

Jasmine Martinez lost 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play.

Elizabeth Mejia lost 6-2, 6-1 in No. 3 singles play.

Julie Avila lost 6-3, 6-2 in No. 4 singles play.

Gabriela Romo lost 6-4, 6-3 in No. 5 singles play.

Delgado and Jadah Jackson suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss while teaming up at No. 3 doubles.

Virdiana Gomez and Marcela Sanchez competed at No. 2 doubles.

The match ended in a draw.

"There was a mixup on the scoring," Rodriguez said.