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Dawgs survive scare
Central Valley High School's varsity girls tennis team has never beaten Ceres High.

The Hawks nearly ended years of frustration against their crosstown rival on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The Bulldogs prevailed 5-4 and topped Central Valley for the 11th straight time.

"We survived," Ceres High head coach Bryan Harden.

"It's a good confidence booster," Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "We'll try to do better next time."

Host Central Valley won two of three doubles matches versus the Bulldogs.

The Hawks compiled a 2-4 record at singles.

Deja Jackson and Ali Martinez defeated Kim Ochoa and Lizzy Magana 6-2, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles.

"The match was over pretty quickly," Rodriguez said. "Deja and Ali have chemistry from basketball. They're athletic and quick. They're really competitive."

Virdiana Gomez and Marcela Sanchez defeated Ceres High No. 3 doubles team Navneet Grewal and Manmeet Dhami in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

"They're used to playing close matches," Rodriguez said. "They work well together."

Julie Avila defeated Karin Kainth 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in No. 4 singles play.

"That's a big win for her," Rodriguez said. "She just kept her composure and battled back."

Avila and Kainth battled for two-and-a-half hours.

"It was my longest game of the season," Julie said. "I just got more comfortable with her strokes and how she hit the ball."

Dominique Germann defeated Navneet Kaur 6-0, 6-1 in No. 6 singles play.

"It was pretty impressive," Rodriguez said while talking about Germann's performance.

Crystal Guzman lost 6-0, 6-0 to Marifer Ochoa in No. 1 singles play.

Jasmine Martinez lost 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) to Kaylee Donovan in No. 2 singles play.

Martinez continues to be slowed by a knee injury sustained last spring.

"It would be nice to see how better she'd be if she was healthy," Rodriguez said.

Elizabeth Mejia lost 6-4, 6-2 to Christin Ornells in No. 3 singles play.

Emely Amaya lost 6-3, 6-2 to Viridiana Arroyo in No. 5 singles play.

Veronica Duarte and Alyssa Washburn lost 6-2, 7-5 to Manpreet Bahia and Alexis Cummings in No. 2 doubles play.

"Central Valley was real competitive," Harden said. "You got to tip your hat to them. Their girls played hard."