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Ceres netters face tough foe in Vanden
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Solano County Athletic Conference champion Vanden defeated the second-place Ceres High girls tennis team of the Valley Oak League 9-0 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II team playoffs on Nov. 5 at Millennium Sports Club Rancho Solano.

The Bulldogs (12-4) dropped six singles and three doubles matches to the Vikings (17-4).

"We didn't get blown off the court," Ceres coach Bryan Harden said. "We at least competed with them, which is nice. There was definitely a couple of matches that we could have won."

Sophomore McKenzy Harden lost 6-0, 6-4 to senior Ariel Lewis at No. 1 singles. Lewis went on to claim the section's individual championship.

"She played her really tough, especially in the second set," Bryan said. "She was really pushing her. She was right there. It was a fun match to watch."

Four of the six games in the first set went deuce with no-ad scoring.

"Ariel won all of the big points," Harden said. "That was the difference."

Logan Harden lost 6-0, 6-4 to Kristen Hood at No. 2 singles. The match appeared headed to a third and decisive set.

"She was up 4-1 in the second set," Bryan said.

Angie Prak lost 6-1, 6-4 to Monica Erkeneff at No. 3 singles.

Christina Villavong lost 6-2, 6-3 to Roni-Jo Panganiban at No. 4 singles.

Sydney Featherstone lost 6-2, 6-2 to Gabriella Ponce at No. 5 singles.

Venus Lopez lost 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6 singles.

Natalie Flores and Tiffany Ornells, Stephanie Padilla and Sandy Prak, and Jessica Vega and Carina Magana dropped their respective doubles matches to Janice Jackson and Shakara L. Jones, Janalee Selfaison and Priya Ranganwon, and Nitasha Patel and Kim Penamora. Flores and Ornells lost 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to Jackson and Jones.

Individual Playoffs

Eighth-seeded McKenzy Harden fell 6-1, 6-0 in a rematch with No. 1 Ariel Lewis in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Singles Tournament on Nov. 8 at Cortez Swim and Tennis Club in Yuba City.

"The score doesn't indicate how well she played," coach Harden said. "She just couldn't win the big points. Ariel did."

McKenzy topped Jackie Ruiz of Christian Brothers High School 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 in the first round. She overcame a 2-0 deficit in the opening set.

Harden finished the season with a 34-2 record. She won all 32 of her league matches.

"Her only two losses were to the best player in the section," Bryan said.