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CHS girls remain undefeated in league tennis
Ceres High School's varsity girls tennis team opened the second half of the Valley Oak League season with a hard-earned 4-1 win over host Sonora last Thursday.

"I couldn't be more proud of my girls," head coach Bryan Harden said. "They understood the importance of the match and did what they had to do."

McKenzy Harden, Angie Prak, Ryan Norton, Kaycee Creek, Rachel Stump and Christin Ornells all played a big role in the victory for first-place Ceres High, which improved to 9-0 in conference play.

"It's just a testament to how hard they've been working," coach Harden said.

The visiting Bulldogs won two of three singles matches and both doubles tilts against the Wildcats.

McKenzy secured a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 victory against Brielle Snyder in No. 1 singles play. The win extended Harden's VOL unbeaten streak to 89 matches. She posted a combined record of 64-0 the past two seasons.

Despite being slowed by the flu, Prak outlasted Brianna McCree 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 singles play.

Norton and Creek teamed up to beat Ariel Grande and Kailey Raines, 7-6, (7-4), 6-2, in No. 1 doubles play.

Rachel Stump and Christin Ornells topped Megan Holloway and Jade Mean, 6-1, 6-4, in No. 2 doubles play.

Karinna Magana lost 7-5, 6-1 to Kaylee Hamblin in No. 3 singles play.

McKenzy and her Ceres High teammates shined on the road.

"I'm not trying to over-dramatize it but Sonora's kind of a tough environment to play in because they always have a lot of fans and it's a higher altitude," coach Harden said.

Tournament results

The Bulldogs placed fourth in a field of 32 in the Division IV bracket of the California High School Classic, held Sept. 11-12, in the Fresno Area.

"The girls played some tough competition," coach Harden said. "It elevated their level of play."

McKenzy won all six of her matches.

Angie and Karinna both finished 5-1.

Ryan and Kaycee collected a pair of wins.

Rachel and Christin, and Kelly Gallagher and Jessica Vega, compiled identical 1-5 records.

"Everyone played hard, but our singles carried us," coach Harden said.

Ceres High won three times en route to a first-place finish in its quadrant on Friday, Sept. 11 at Central High School.

The Bulldogs beat East Bakersfield High School, Sacred Heart Prep Academy of San Francisco and Hanford West High School.