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Hawks hope to improve in 2012
Central Valley High School's varsity boys tennis team has yet to experience a breakthrough season.

The Hawks placed fifth in the Western Athletic Conference standings (2-10) last year.

Central Valley finished last in the Valley Oak League (0-14) in 2010.

The 2012 Hawks will strive for improvement.

"The goal is to get better and build for next year," head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "It would be nice to win some matches."

Central Valley's roster features 32 players. Rodriguez is trying to develop talent for the future.

"We've never had a turnout like this for guys tennis," he said. "We had to scramble the last few years to make a team."

The Hawks' starting lineup consists of Chan Chau (Sr.), Alex Hernandez (Jr.), Samuel Martinez (Jr.), Alex Sanchez (Sr.), Alexis Zigala (So.) and Alexis Villa (So.) at singles, and Eddy Perales (Sr.) and Eric Robles (Sr.), David Saucedo (So.) and Jorge Bustos (Fr.), and Edgar Castillo (Fr.) and Gian Alvarez (Jr.) at doubles.

Chau, Martinez, Sanchez, Zigala and Perales are returners.

Hernandez, Villa, Robles, Saucedo, Bustos, Castillo and Alvarez are newcomers.

"The top two positions are set," Rodriguez said. "After that, it's up for grabs. We got a lot of beginners out here but a lot of potential. We're going to try to be competitive."

The top three teams in the WAC qualify for the playoffs.

Central Catholic (12-0), Ceres High (9-3) and Livingston (7-5) advanced last season.

Livingston and Los Banos tied for third in conference play.

Patterson (5-7) and Pacheco placed fourth and last, respectively.

"The first half of the season, we'll get some experience," Rodriguez said. "We're going to struggle. The second half, we'll see how good we really are."