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Hawks drop conference opener, 5-4, to Livingston
Central Valley High School's varsity girls tennis team opened the Western Athletic Conference season with a 5-4 loss to Livingston on Sept. 1 in Ceres.

The Hawks and Wolves played for three hours.

"It was pretty evenly matched," Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "We both had a lot of beginners out there."

Livingston's Ayde Cruz and Maria Castro secured the team victory following a 90-minute battle against Central Valley's Virdiana Gomez and Marcela Sanchez. Cruz and Castro won the No. 2 doubles showdown in three sets, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-4.

"They (Virdiana and Marcela) were disappointed," Rodriguez said. "They wanted to win. They played hard. They know they could have done better. They're still learning."

Central Valley won three singles matches and one doubles versus Livingston.

Jasmine Martinez defeated Noelyne Ponce 6-0, 6-3 in No. 1 singles play despite being slowed by an injury.

"She didn't want to go a third set because her knee was bothering her," Rodriguez said. "She just battled through it. She played well. She won her first set pretty easily."

Julie Avila defeated Aidalee Torres 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in No. 3 singles play.

Emely Amaya defeated Marisol Naranjo 6-1, 6-4 in No. 5 singles play.

Alexandria Martinez and Deja Jackson defeated Yajaira Barragan and Venes Maldanado 6-4, 7-5 in No. 1 doubles play.

Crystal Guzman lost 6-1, 6-1 to Kimberly Lopez in No. 2 singles play.

Elizabeth Mejia lost 6-1, 6-3 to Silvia Pulido in No. 4 singles play.

Dominique Germann lost 6-1, 6-1 to Karina Cruz in No. 6 singles play.

Veronica Duarte and Isabel Sandoval lost 6-4, 6-3 to Roxana Lomeli and Marbella Moscoro in No. 3 doubles play.

Central Valley beat Livingston twice while tying for fourth-place in the WAC standings last season.

The Hawks will play host to the Patterson Tigers this Thursday at 3 p.m.