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CV tennis girls stage respectable turnaround
Central Valley High School's varsity girls tennis team won its fifth match of the Western Athletic Conference season last week.

The Hawks had a combined record of 13-57 in the Valley Oak League from 2005-09.

"I didn't know what to expect coming into the year because we're in a new league," head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "I'm pretty satisfied with the progress they've made. It's nice to get some wins."

Central Valley shut out first-year Pacheco 9-0 on Monday, Oct. 11 in Ceres.

The Hawks won the first meeting, 7-2, in Los Banos.

"The girls came in more focused this time," Rodriguez said. "They took care of business against a program that's just starting."

Lizette Covarrubias defeated Kristen Palmer 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 singles play.

Jasmine Martinez defeated Shondi Zuspan 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 singles play.

Victoria Ochoa defeated Bianey Gaxiola 6-3, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.

Elizabeth Amaya defeated Jocelyn Reyes 6-0, 6-2 in No. 4 singles play.

Crystal Guzman defeated Marlena Santos 6-2, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.

Jessica Berndt defeated Sherlene Castro 6-4, 6-3 in No. 6 singles play.

Julie Avila and Dominique Germann defeated Adriana Madrigal and Jacqueline Carranza 6-2, 6-4 in No. 1 doubles play.

Krystal Ramirez and Jennifer Quezada defeated Janet Gonzalez and Zoe Cuevas 6-2, 6-4 in No. 2 doubles play.

Kiara Bucio and Viridiana Gomez defeated Zeny Rosales and Lorena Franco 6-1, 6-4 in No. 3 doubles play.

Central Valley (5-5) closes the WAC season with matches against top-ranked Los Banos (Oct. 18) and third-place Ceres High (Oct. 20).

"I'm having lots of fun," said Ochoa, a first-year member. "We're more competitive this year because we have more athletes. Most of us play multiple sports."