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CHS boys participate in Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs
Ceres High School's varsity boys tennis team participated in the playoffs last week.

The second-seeded Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference lost 8-1 to Capital Valley Conference No. 3 seed Del Campo in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Tournament on Monday, May 2 in Ceres.

Three of the nine matches went three sets.

"I definitely think they were beatable," Ceres High head coach Bryan Harden said. "They were just a little better at each position than we were."

Ceres High posted a 9-4 record this year. The Bulldogs managed to finish behind undefeated Central Catholic in the WAC standings despite competing with a revamped lineup.

Ceres High freshman Alick Liang won his No. 2 singles match versus Del Campo. He beat Vincent Bartsch in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.

"I thought he played really well," Harden said. "He didn't show his inexperience. He stepped up his play. For the most part, he stayed focused."

The Bulldogs' No. 3 and 4 singles players and No. 2 doubles team lost tiebreakers.

Bobby Bahia lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to Jeff Harrison.

Matt Mey, a first-year player, lost 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) to Ulises De la Croix.

"Matt did pretty awesome," Harden said. "He never stopped battling. He put pressure on the other kid."

Nick Serratos and Esteban de la Torre lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Jason Foreman and Christian Fox in No. 1 doubles play.

Victor Cruz lost 6-2, 6-3 to Jacob Rivera in No. 5 singles play.

Justin Virk lost 6-2, 6-2 to Ben Connolly in No. 6 singles play.

Gurman Bains lost 6-2, 6-2 to Kyle Bakkie in No. 1 singles play.

Trevor Brazil and Victor Pimentel lost 6-3, 6-4 to Ryan Prete and Stephen Sleeper in No. 2 doubles play.Sergio Zepeda and David Cisneros lost 6-0, 6-2 to Daniel Norman and David Cook in No. 3 doubles play.

"It was a great experience for the kids," Harden said while assessing his team's overall performance. "They did their best. It just wasn't good enough."

Ceres High will be vying for its third straight postseason appearance in 2012.

The Bulldogs will lose multiple players to graduation, including Bahia, Mey, Cruz, Virk and Serratos.