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Ceres Highs Ochoa, Harden team up to win WAC doubles title
Julio, Chase dominate conference competition
Chase Harden returns a serve versus Pacheco in the opening round of the WAC doubles tourney. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Seeded first, Ceres High's Julio Ochoa and Chase Harden turned in a near-perfect performance while capturing the Western Athletic Conference varsity boys doubles tennis tournament title on May 2 at Modesto's Del Rio Golf and Country Club.

Ochoa and Harden won all four of their matches. Julio and Chase dropped just three games.

"That's pretty exceptional," Bulldogs coach Bryan Harden said. "That probably some kind of record I imagine."

Ochoa and Harden defeated Central Catholic's second-seeded doubles tandem of Chris Huber and Conor Fenton 6-0, 6-2 in the finals.

Ochoa and Harden defeated Central Catholic's third-seeded doubles team of Connor Garcia and Daniel Bocks 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals.

Ochoa and Harden defeated Patterson's Francisco Lagarde and Dylan Halland 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

Ochoa and Harden defeated Pacheco's Jose Chavez and Chris Barba 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round.

"They've played doubles together before during the summer," coach Harden said. "They're good friends. They have a great rapport."

Ceres High won the doubles title last year.

Julio and Chase followed in the footsteps of Alick Liang and former Bulldog Gurman Bains.

Liang and Bains captured the WAC doubles title in 2013.

"I think it's great we were able to accomplish that again," Bryan Harden said. "It's a big deal. They (Julio and Chase) weren't giddy. They expected to win."

Julio's captured doubles and singles titles during his prep tennis career.

"I would seriously doubt that's happened before," Bryan Harden said.

Ochoa placed first at the WAC singles championships the previous two seasons.

Slowed by a sore shoulder, Ochoa opted to compete in the doubles tourney this season.

He wanted to make sure he was healthy for playoffs.

"I didn't tell him what to do," coach Harden said. "That was his decision."

Ceres High's Shane Kumar and Juan Jimenez posted a 1-1 record en route to a top-eight finish at the 2014 WAC doubles tournament.

Kumar and Jimenez lost 7-5, 6-4 to Fenton and Huber in the quarterfinals.

Shane and Manny defeated Pacheco's Juan Baez and Antonio Hipolito 6-4, 6-3 in the first round.

"I know what they're capable of," coach Harden said. "They just didn't play their best tennis."

Ceres High's Dennis Phommalinh and Jordan Mey lost 6-4, 6-2 to Legarde and Halland in the opening round.

"They couldn't find a rhythm," Bryan Harden said.

Central Valley's Alexis Zigala and Alexis Villa compiled a 1-1 record.

Zigala and Villa fell to Garcia and Bocks in the quarterfinals.

Zigala and Villa defeated Livingston's Angel Ramirez and Enrique Medina in the first round.

Central Valley's Eric Morales and Gerardo Rivas lost to Fenton and Huber.