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CHS girls tennis team improves all-time record versus CV to 13-0
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Central Valley High School's varsity girls tennis team expected to make history against crosstown-rival Ceres High last week.

The slightly-favored Hawks were dealt a surprising 6-3 loss.

Central Valley beat Patterson, a team the Bulldogs lost to earlier this season.

Ceres High moved its all-time record versus the Hawks to 13-0.

"Everybody was nervous before the match," Bulldog top singles player Marifer Ochoa said. "There was more pressure on us because we've always beat them. Once we started, we got into a zone and did our best. Every year, it gets harder. They've been getting a lot better."

The Bulldogs improved to 3-2 in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Hawks dropped to 3-3.

Ceres High beat Central Valley on the strength of its singles play.

Ochoa defeated Crystal Guzman 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

Kaylee Donovan defeated Elizabeth Mejia 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 in No. 2 singles play.

Manpreet Bahia defeated Jasmine Martinez 6-2, 6-3 in No. 3 singles play.

Karin Kainth defeated Julie Avila 6-2, 6-4 in No. 4 singles play.

Lizzy Magana defeated Emely Amaya 6-3, 6-2 in No. 5 singles play.

Kim Ochoa defeated Ana Arellano 6-1, 6-2 in No. 6 singles play.

Kim's straight-set victory gave the Bulldogs an insurmountable 5-0 lead.

"It's surprising," Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "I expected us to do a lot better. We've been playing well all year."

Said Bulldogs head coach Bryan Harden: "My girls were a little more focused today."

Ceres High dropped all three doubles matches.

Bianca Deanda and Gabby Blandino lost 6-1, 6-0 to Deja Jackson and Ali Martinez in No. 1 doubles play.

Justine Vega and Jolyce Vega lost 6-2, 6-3 to Virdiana Gomez and Marcela Sanchez in No. 2 doubles.

Angelica Slater and Laura Cahill lost 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 to Karla Delgado and Gabriela Romo in No. 3 doubles play.

"It's a long season," Rodriguez said. "We'll get another shot."

Said Marifer: "We want to keep the streak going."

Added Harden: "Until they beat us, they have all of the pressure."