Ceres High School's varsity boys tennis team enjoyed a positive start to the second half of the Western Athletic Conference season.
The third-place Bulldogs won three matches and improved to 7-2 in the WAC standings.
Nolan McCaig, Christopher Padilla, Donnavin Koeurn, Bruno de la Torre, Jorge Campos, Aiden Moore and Will Rodriguez helped lead Ceres High past visiting Los Banos, 6-3, on Thursday.
McCaig defeated Jared Haug 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.
Padilla defeated Will Marchese 6-1, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.
Koeurn defeated Jack Gerstenberg 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in No. 4 singles play.
Bruno de la Torre defeated Giovanni Mevi 6-2, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.
Campos defeated Michael Butler 6-0, 6-0 in No. 6 singles play.
Moore and Rodriguez defeated Patrick Martinez and Kyle Jackson 6-1, 7-5 in No. 2 doubles play.
Christian Pimentel lost 6-2, 6-4 to Los Banos' Quentin Barcellos in No. 2 singles play.
Charles Lo and Juan Hernandez lost 6-2, 6-2 to Max Bell and Jorge Gutierrez in No. 1 doubles play.
Tony Heras and Angelo Marino lost 6-3, 6-3 to Andy Rios and Paul Reyes in No. 3 doubles play.
Ceres High swept all three doubles matches during its 6-3 win over El Capitan on April 5 in Merced.
Lo and Hernandez defeated Jesse Alvarez and Calvin Hu 6-1, 6-2 in No. 1 doubles play.
Ozzie Carrillo and Adrian Covarrubias defeated Ethan Silvera and Jesus Rodriguez 6-4, 7-5 in No. 2 doubles play.
Moore and Rodriguez, Ceres High's No. 3 doubles team, won by forfeit.
The Bulldogs and Gauchos split the six singles matches.
McCaig defeated Lee Yang 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.
Koeurn defeated Ying Yang 6-1, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.
Campos won by forfeit at No. 6 singles.
Pimentel lost 6-3, 6-2 to Oliver Calos in No. 2 singles play.
Padilla lost 6-1, 6-2 to Joseph Vance in No. 3 singles play.
Bruno de la Torre lost 6-0, 6-0 to Brennan Garcia in No. 4 singles play.
Host Ceres High shut out Pacheco 9-0 on March 24.
McCaig defeated Michael Farias 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.
Pimentel defeated Michael Ayala 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles play.
Bruno de la Torre defeated Jose Lara 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 singles play.
Koeurn defeated Israel Romero 6-0, 6-2 in No. 4 singles play.
Campos defeated Carlos Robledo 6-0, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.
Carrillo defeated Pablo Ortiz 6-1, 6-0 in No. 6 singles play.
Lo and Hernandez defeated Gerardo Hipilito and Fernando Vazquez 6-0, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles play.
Moore and Covarrubias defeated Jacob Alvarez-Alaba and Antonio Zamora 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 doubles play.
Rodriguez and Marino, Ceres High's No. 3 doubles team, won by forfeit.
Crosstown-rival Central Valley dropped to 2-6 in the WAC standings after losing 8-1 at first-place Patterson on April 5.
The Hawks lost 9-0 to the Tigers earlier this season.
"We did better than last time," Central Valley head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "We didn't get shut out."
Max Sanchez and Javier Palafox prevented the shutout by defeating Patterson's Estefan Cadena and Samuel Garcia 6-1, 6-4 in No. 2 doubles play.
"They were a little more consistent than the other team," Rodriguez said. "Max played aggressive at the net. Javier was able to get the ball back. That was the difference."
Adrian Gomez and Ivan Jimenez lost 6-1, 6-1 to Antonio Villareal and German Ortiz in No. 1 doubles play.
Ralph Afortunado and Alonzo Bustos lost 6-2, 6-2 to Santi Zuleta and Daniel Valverde in No. 2 doubles play.
Ruben Morales lost 6-2, 6-3 to Julian Ramirez in No. 1 singles play.
Juan Zaragoza lost 6-0, 6-3 to Francisco Lagarde in No. 2 singles play.
Henry Garcia lost 6-2, 6-1 to Michael Cosio in No. 3 singles play.
Rogelio Perez lost 6-1, 6-0 to Chris Tapia in No. 4 singles play.
Roman Ortiz lost 7-6, 6-0 to Gerardo Ortiz in No. 5 singles play.
Daniel Garrido lost 6-1, 6-0 to Lolyn Tejada in No. 6 singles play.
"Patterson has quite a few players returning from last year," Rodriguez said. "They're definitely more experienced than some of the other teams out there."
Fifth-place Central Valley will host El Capitan on Thursday.
Ceres High will play at Patterson tomorrow.
The Bulldogs placed first in the WAC the past four years.
"Patterson is in the driver's seat right now," Rodriguez when asked if Ceres High would continue its run of dominance in league play.