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Dawgs finish second in league standings, qualify for playoffs
Ceres High School's varsity boys tennis team did it again.

The Bulldogs beat Central Valley 8-1 on Wednesday and upped their all-time record against their crosstown counterpart to 10-0.

"Hopefully, it continues," Ceres High head coach Bryan Harden said.

The Bulldogs placed second in the Western Athletic Conference standings (9-3) and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

Central Valley took sixth (2-10) in league play.

Central Catholic (12-0) won the WAC title.

Livingston and Los Banos tied for third (7-5).

First-year Pacheco lost all 12 of its matches.

"I knew we'd compete but certainly didn't expect to finish this high," Harden said. "The boys really improved throughout the season."

Ceres High rolled past Central Valley twice this year.

"That's always a fun match for the kids because they're friends," Harden said. "I have several kids that went to Central Valley."

Gurman Bains defeated Favian Rojas 6-3, 6-4 in No. 1 singles play during the second meeting.

Alick Liang defeated Chan Chau 6-2, 6-2 in No. 2 singles play.

Bobby Bahia defeated Christian Villa 6-3, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.

Matt Mey defeated Larry Hernandez 6-2, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.

Victor Cruz defeated Max Perez 6-4, 6-3 in No. 5 singles play.

Justin Virk defeated Samuel Martinez 6-2, 6-4 in No. 6 singles play.

Nick Serratos and Esteban de la Torre defeated Gerardo Cazares and Rohit Kumar 6-1, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles play.

Trevor Brazil and Victor Pimentel defeated Alex Sanchez and Eddie Perales 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 doubles play.

Heath Adrian and Eric Bejaran lost 6-1, 7-5 to Oscar Ornelas and Alexis Zigala in No. 3 doubles play.

Ceres High will participate in the playoffs for the second year in a row.

The Bulldogs endured a 1-2 start to the 2011 season.

Ceres High won eight of its final nine matches.

"We started slow but came on strong," Harden said.