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Ceres Highs boys tennis program keeps raising bar with each victory
Bulldogs close in on fourth straight conference title
Ceres Highs Manuel Lozcano (pictured serving) and Alex Torres defeated Pattersons Antonio Villareal and Carlos Ortega 6-0, 6-1 in No. 3 doubles play this past week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School has an elite varsity boys tennis program.

The Bulldogs improved to 21-0 on the year and 10-0 in the Western Athletic Conference standings following Thursday's 8-1 victory over visiting Patterson.

Ceres High's closing in on its fourth straight WAC title.

The Bulldogs are two wins away from annexing their third consecutive perfect season in conference play.

Ceres High has won 40 straight league matches dating back to the 2012 season.

"It's fulfilling," Bulldogs star singles player Julio Ochoa said. "Sometimes our teachers make comments. But tennis isn't a major sport people focus on."

Ochoa defeated Julian Ramirez 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 singles play.

Nolan McCaig defeated Francisco Legarde 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles play.

Chase Harden defeated Dylan Holland 6-1, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.

Rene Cortes defeated Chris Carlson 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.

Jose Ortega defeated Matt Valverde 6-3, 6-3 in No. 5 singles play.

Juan Jimenez and Dennis Phommalinh defeated Gerardo Ortiz and German Ortiz 6-1, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles play.

Jorge Ruiz and Julian Rodriguez defeated Steven Halseth and Simran Bains 6-4, 6-3 in No. 2 doubles play.

Manuel Lozcano and Alex Torres defeated Antonio Villareal and Carlos Ortega 6-0, 6-1 in No. 3 doubles play.

"Every match is an opportunity to get better and learn," Ochoa said.

Ochoa, Harden, Cortes, Ortega, Jimenez, Phommalinh, Ruiz and Rodriguez are fourth-year varsity players.

Julio and Chase have been standouts every season.

Ceres High's compiled a 100-5 overall record since 2012.

"I hope it continues," Ochoa said while talking about the Bulldogs' run of dominance. "We've worked hard. We have to stay focused and not get too cocky."

Ceres High will close out the WAC regular season this week with matches against Central Valley (April 21) and Livingston (April 23).