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Bulldogs claim second straight WAC crown
CHS boys also qualify for playoffs
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Ceres High School's varsity boys tennis team continued its dominance last week.

The Bulldogs improved to 23-1 on the year and 10-0 in the Western Athletic Conference following their 9-0 drubbing of host Los Banos on Wednesday.

Ceres High, which clinched its second straight WAC title and fourth consecutive postseason berth, won its program-best 17th match in a row.

"Hopefully, we do some damage in the playoffs," head coach Bryan Harden said. "That's really what we play for each year."

The Bulldogs shut out the Tigers despite competing shorthanded.

Rene Cortes (No. 5 singles), Jose Ortega (No. 6 singles) and Tim Lakomy (No. 1 doubles) did not play.

Ortega missed the contest because he had to work on a school project.

Cortes and Lakomy were sidelined for missing the practice leading up to the match due to illness.

Julio Ochoa defeated Los Banos' JT Barcellos 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 singles play.

Alick Liang defeated Clarke Monroe 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play.

Gurman Bains defeated Luke Sanchez 6-2, 7-5 in No. 3 singles play.

Chase Harden defeated Josh Carlucci 6-2, 7-5 in No. 4 singles play.

Jordan Mey defeated Elias Navarro 6-1, 6-1 in No. 5 singles play.

Jorge Ruiz defeated James Sams 6-0, 6-2 in No. 6 singles play.

Trevor Brazil and David Cisneros defeated Keith Turner and Tyler Cicairos 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in No. 1 doubles play.

Shane Kumar and Manny Jimenez defeated Angel Rios and Jacob Manrqiuez 6-0, 7-5 in No. 2 doubles play.

Heath Adrian and Dennis Phommalinh defeated Drew Lewis and Javier Moreno 6-0, 6-2 in No. 3 doubles play.

"We didn't play our best," coach Harden said while assessing his team's overall performance. "We weren't focused at all. I guess they can't always be perfect. Maybe I'm too hard on them."

Ceres High will close out the WAC season this week against Central Valley (Monday) and Patterson (Wednesday).