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CV secures fifth league win
The members of Central Valley High School's varsity boys tennis team were in a jovial mood before their contest with Valley Oak League rival Weston Ranch was over on Thursday in Ceres.

The Hawks had already assured themselves of victory by winning three of the first four matches.

Anthony Macias' three-set marathon loss to Luis Colato in No. 1 singles play had no effect on the eventual outcome as Central Valley prevailed 3-2.

"I gave them a good lecture after we lost to Sonora on Tuesday," Hawks' head coach Roland Calagos said. "They were lethargic. They looked a lot different today."

"We didn't think we were going to win today," said Jahiro Godinez, who makes up half of the Hawks' No. 1 doubles team. "They've beaten us in the past before. But we've learned from our last games. We practiced on our weaknesses."

"Miracles do happen," joked Ricardo Leon, Central Valley's No. 3 singles player. "I'm wearing my lucky boxers today."

The win upped Central Valley's VOL record to 5-7.

The Hawks have beaten East Union twice, and Weston Ranch, Sonora and Sierra once.

Central Valley posted a 2-12 record last year and finished 0-14 during its inaugural 2006 season.

"I wasn't sure about what was going to happen this year," Godinez said. "But we practiced during the summer. We've improved so much."

"I'm trying to win coach of the year," Calagos joked.

Central Valley won two of three singles matches and both doubles matches against Weston Ranch.

Paul Sidhu defeated Samson Chua 6-2, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play.

Ricardo Leon defeated Steven Ho 6-0, 6-3 in No. 3 singles play.

"I just kept the ball in play and let him make mistakes," he said.

Jahiro Godinez and Tony Leon defeated Alex Tran and Will Durrell 7-5, 6-4 in No. 1 doubles play.

Antonio Cervantes and Heath Sousa fell 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to Jef Benigno and Satinder Singh in No. 2 doubles play.

Macias fell 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Colato.

The Hawks want to conclude their VOL regular season with a victory over crosstown rival Ceres High this Thursday. The second-place and playoff-bound Bulldogs lost 3-2 to Weston Ranch on April 3.

"It gives us more confidence," Godinez said.

Asked if his team would pull off the upset, Calagos said: "It could happen."