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Ceres High doubles teams advance
•Moreno, Garfias reach semifinals at WAC tennis tournament
Jillian Jimenez, Tania Garfias, Camille Vega and Vivian Moreno represented Ceres High’s varsity girls tennis team at the Western Athletic Conference Doubles Championships last week in Modesto. Moreno and Garfias advanced to the semifinals. Vega and Jimenez reached the quarterfinals. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High’s Vivian Moreno and Tania Garfias made a deep run while teaming up at the Western Athletic Conference Varsity Girls Tennis Doubles Championships this past week in Modesto.

Moreno and Garfias lost 6-3, 6-1 to Mountain House’s Saanvi Chilalkapati and Sana Patel in the semifinals on Thursday at Beyer High School.

Chilalkapati and Patel were beaten 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-5 by Los Banos’ Trinity Meza and Sarah White in the finals.

“I knew they’d play well together. They both have a similar mentality. They’re competitive girls that want to win. They’re fighters.”
Bulldogs’ coach Brandon Moring

“I knew they’d play well together,” Bulldogs’ head coach Brandon Moring said. “They both have a similar mentality. They’re competitive girls that want to win. They’re fighters.”

Vivian and Tania defeated Beyer’s Sarah Diryawush and Alexis Luna 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

Moreno and Garfias defeated Johansen’s Esli Ibanez and Evelyn Tamayo 6-1, 6-2 in opening round.

Bulldog teammates Camille Vega and Jillian Jimenez advanced to the quarterfinals.

Vega and Jimenez lost 6-2, 6-2 to Los Banos’ White and Meza.

Camille and Jillian defeated Grace Davis’ Manveer Bahia and Kishi Kieng 6-0, 6-2 in the first round.

“They worked well together,” Moring said. 

CCC doubles tournament

CCC doubles tournament

Unbeaten through their first 18 matches, Central Valley’s top varsity girls tennis doubles tandem of Daniela Yepez and Virginia Moore sought to continue their run of dominance at the Central California Conference Championships last week.

“I thought they were good enough to get to the finals,” head coach Mike Rodriguez said. “They were confident. They trusted their abilities.”

Yepez and Moore lost 6-4, 6-3 to Merced’s third-seeded duo of Ano Chuma and Kate Colvin in the opening round on Oct. 23 at Merced High School.

Chuma and Colvin played No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, for the Bears during the regular season.

“Overall, it was a good effort,” Rodriguez said. “It was definitely a step up in competition. They played them tough. They had a chance to win. They just didn’t win the big points.”

Yepez, a senior, and Moore, a sophomore, compiled a program-best 18-1 record this year.

They won all 14 of their matches during the CCC regular season.

Daniela and Virginia went 4-0 against preseason competition.

“That’s the most wins we’ve had by a doubles team,” Rodriguez said.

Central Valley seniors Sunaina Dhillon and Elisabeth Valdez lost 6-4, 6-1 to Atwater’s Allison Warnock and Marissa Orozco in the opening round of the CCC doubles tournament.

Dhillon and Valdez started at No. 3 and 5 singles, respectively, in the regular season.

Warnock and Orozco contributed at No. 3 and 4 singles.

“Obviously, they didn’t get the result they wanted,” Rodriguez said. “They played hard. It was a competitive first set.”