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CHS tennis teammates face off in finals
McKenzy Harden and Angie Prak played major roles in leading Ceres High's varsity girls tennis program to its second consecutive Valley Oak League championship during the regular season.

The two undefeated seniors faced off in the finals of the conference singles tournament on Thursday at Oakdale High School.

Harden won the all-Bulldog showdown, 6-0, 6-2.

Both players admitted having trouble staying focused because they're such good friends. The Ceres High Perpetual Motion Dance and Powder Puff Flag Football teammates smiled and laughed during the course of the match. They even shared Wheat Thins between sets. There was no tension.

"If I would have lost, I would have been disappointed," McKenzy said. "But I would have been happy for Angie."

Harden posted her third straight perfect season in league play. She won her final 97 matches, including 33 this year. Her last loss came in the championship match of the 2006 VOL finals.

"It's amazing," Harden said while talking about her unbeaten streak run. "I don't know how to explain it."

Prak fought off two match points before losing the second set. Angie knew she'd face an uphill battle against Harden. She just wanted to avoid being shut out.

"I won two games," Angie said. "I can tell people that."

Prak compiled an impressive 32-1 record in 2009. She finished 20-9 a season ago.

The Bulldog duo combined to win 65 of 66 league matches this year. They represented Ceres High in the VOL finals.

"It doesn't get any better than that," Bulldogs head coach Bryan Harden said. "I'm proud of them."

"We made history," Prak said. "It was so fun."

Added McKenzy: "It was a great experience."