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Ceres High netters improve to 6-3 in league play
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Ceres High School's varsity boys tennis team had its five-match winning streak snapped at undefeated Central Catholic on Monday, April 4. The Bulldogs lost by shutout, 9-0.

Second-place Ceres High got back on track on Wednesday, beating Los Banos 6-3 in Western Athletic Conference play.

The Bulldogs lost 6-3 to the Tigers earlier this season. Ceres High defended its home court last week.

"We weren't mentally tough last time," Bulldogs head coach Bryan Harden said. "That was the difference. I feel fortunate we got through today's match. It was competitive across the board."

Ceres High moved to 6-3 in the league standings.

Fourth-place Los Banos dropped to 4-5 in conference play.

"Winning breeds so many good things," Harden said. "The kids are excited about coming to practice and playing matches. I didn't think we had enough talent to do as well as we have. But they've worked hard for it."

Gurman Bains defeated Piero Pereda 7-5, 6-4 in No. 1 singles play.

Matt Mey defeated Clarke Monroe 6-1, 6-4 in No. 4 singles play.

Victor Cruz defeated Joey Rodriguez 6-7 (7-9), 7-5, 6-3 in No. 5 singles play.

Justin Virk defeated Jorge Flores 6-1, 6-1 in No. 6 singles play.

Nick Serratos and Esteban de la Torre defeated Danny Branvold and Jorge Lovato 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles play.

Victor Pimentel and Trevor Brazil defeated Josh Bettencourt and Rodolfo Morales 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) in No. 2 doubles play.

Alick Liang lost 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to Cory Purser in No. 2 singles play.

Bobby Bahia lost 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) to JT Barcellos in No. 3 singles play.

Sergio Zepeda and David Cisneros lost 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 to Patrick Davis and Ronnie Donaldson in No. 3 doubles play.

Ceres High's roster features multiple newcomers. Starters Luis Ochoa, Harman Bains, Wilson Liang and Raul Massie were lost to graduation.

The 2011 Bulldogs are excelling despite a lack of experience. Ceres High could return to the postseason for the second year in a row.

"The boys are improving dramatically each week," Harden said. "If they continue to work hard, we're going to make playoffs."