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Bulldog teammates claim WAC doubles championship
Harden captures second straight title
Chase Harden (pictured left) and Rene Cortes, and Bulldog teammates Dennis Phommalinh and Manny Jimenez faced off in the finals of the WAC Doubles Championships. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High varsity boys tennis standout Chase Harden just missed out on securing a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section Individual Division-II Championships.

Harden compiled a 2-2 record on his way to a fourth-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Singles Championships on April 29 in Ceres.

"I wanted to win the other day," said Chase, who lost 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) to El Capitan's Ger Chang during the third-place match. "This is a good substitute. I'm just happy to win. It feels really good."

Chase captured his second straight WAC doubles title.

Harden teamed up with Julio Ochoa in 2014.

He partnered with fellow Bulldog senior Rene Cortes this year.

"I knew we could make it to the finals and win," Harden said.

Harden and Cortes defeated Ceres High's Manny Jimenez and Dennis Phommalinh 6-0, 6-0 in the finals.

"It's always hard playing against your own teammates," Chase said. "The set points don't give the match justice. We had a lot of close games. It was a really good match."

Harden and Cortes defeated El Capitan's Ying Yang and Oliver Calos 6-3, 6-0 in the semifinals.

Harden and Cortes defeated Central Valley's Jorge Bustos and Eric Morales 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

Harden and Cortes defeated Pacheco's Omar Silva and Flavio Orozco 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round.

"We played really well together," Cortes said. "We were clicking. We were feeding off each other's energy."

Jimenez and Phommalinh bested Patterson's Julian Ramirez and Francisco Lagarde 3-6, 6-4, (4) in the semifinals.

Jimenez and Phommalinh bested Livingston's Diego Jimenez and Emmanuel Jimenez 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

Jimenez and Phommalinh bested El Capitan's Toumong Xiong and Joseph Vance 6-3, 7-5 in the opening round.

Ceres High's Jorge Ruiz and Julian Rodriguez lost 6-3, 7-5 to Los Banos' Luke Sanchez and Steve Georgiou in the first round.