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CHS girls tennis squad qualifies for playoffs for 5th straight year
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Ceres High School's varsity girls tennis team participated in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II playoffs for the fifth year in a row.

The third-seeded Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference lost 6-3 to Metropolitan Conference runner-up Kennedy High on Monday, Oct. 31.

"It was very competitive," Ceres High head coach Bryan Harden said. "We weren't outclassed. Their team was a little deeper than we were."

The visiting Bulldogs won three of six singles matches.

Marifer Ochoa defeated Tesa Winters 7-5, 6-2 in No. 1 singles play.

Christin Ornells defeated Arica Ng 7-5, 6-3 in No. 3 singles play.

Viridiana Arroyo defeated Alyssa Guerrero 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in No. 6 singles play.

Kaylee Donovan lost 6-2, 6-4 to Jina Zhu in No. 2 singles play.

Karin Kainth lost 6-4, 6-2 to to Mandy Chen in No. 4 singles play.

Navneet Grewal lost 6-1, 6-1 to Elyse Ching in No. 5 singles play.

"It was 3-all after singles," Harden said. "My doubles didn't play their best tennis."

The Bulldogs dropped all three doubles matches.

Kim Ochoa and Lizzy Magana lost 6-1, 6-4 to Jeanette Liang and Alice Yu in No. 1 doubles play.

Manpreet Bahia and Alexis Cummings lost 6-1, 6-1 to Michelle Lin and Anstonia Ma in No. 2 doubles play.

Manmeet Dhami and Navneet Kaur lost 6-0, 6-0 to Tori Lee and Shannon Lee in No. 3 doubles play.

Ceres High managed to compile a 12-5 overall record and extend its streak of consecutive playoff appearances despite competing with a revamped roster.

The Bulldogs' starting lineup consisted of four veterans and eight newcomers by season's end.

"The girls were terrific this year considering the circumstances," Harden said. "We came on strong at the end when we needed to. We made great strides. We just lacked experience in the playoffs. That's what hurt us."

Ceres High will have high expectations for the 2012 season.

The Bulldogs return nine of 12 starters.