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Becerra, Valdez compete at Divisionals
CV tandem falls in opening round
Guadalupe Becerra (pictured) and Elisabeth Valdez represented Central Valleys varsity girls tennis team at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II Doubles Championships earlier this month in Roseville. Becerra and Valdez lost 6-2, 6-4 to River Citys Lauren Dela Rosa and Kari Tran in the opening round. - photo by DALE BUTLER/Courier file photo

Central Valley varsity girls tennis standout Guadalupe Beccera competed at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II Doubles Championships for the second consecutive season.

Becerra teamed up with fellow junior Elisabeth Valdez at this year's tournament.

"It's the second time on the girls' side we've had a player go to back-to-back sections," Hawks' head coach Mike Rodriguez said.

Guadalupe and Elisabeth compiled an 0-1 record.
"They got a favorable draw," Rodriguez said. "They just couldn't put a complete match together. They made too many mistakes. You can't do that against quality competition."

Becerra and Valdez lost 6-2, 6-4 to River City's Lauren Dela Rosa and Kari Tran in the opening round at the Johnson Ranch Racquet Club on Nov. 3 in Roseville.

"They played better during the second set," Rodriguez said. "They slowed the match down."

Dela Rosa and Tran lost 6-1, 3-1 to McClatchy's top-seeded tandem of Taylor Ishida and Natalie in the quarterfinals.

Dela Rosa and Tran retired in the second set due to injury
Ishida and Wong went on to claim the doubles title.

Becerra partnered with Valdez for the first time at the 2017 WAC Doubles Championships.

Guadalupe and Elisabeth won two of three matches en route to a runner-up finish.

"They had good chemistry," Rodriguez said. "They're pretty good friends."

Becerra teamed up with two-time section participant Claudia Martinez while finishing in first place at the WAC Championships in 2016.

Guadalupe and Claudia lost 6-1, 6-1 to Rio Americano's second-seeded duo of Amy Langlois and Claire Chally in the first round at the section tournament.

Becerra will make program history if she advances to sections for the third year in a row in 2018.

"She's got a good chance," Rodriguez said. "We got to see what the new league looks like next year. I'd like to see her get there as a singles player."