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CHS boys tennis improves record against CV to 21-0
Bulldogs unbeaten during first round of league play
Ceres Highs Erik Haro and Tony Heras defeated Central Valleys Adrian Gomez and Juan Jimenez 6-4, 6-4 in No. 2 doubles play on March 13. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity boys tennis team extended a pair of streaks this past week.

The host Bulldogs remained unbeaten against Western Athletic Conference competition after eking out a 5-4 win over Central Valley on March 13.

Ceres High also improved its head-to-head record versus the crosstown-rival Hawks to 21-0.

"I don't really think about streaks," Bulldogs head coach Brandon Moring said. "I'm trying to beat the team we're playing. Central Valley has a good team. It was a grueling match that could have gone either way."

First-place Ceres High posted a perfect 5-0 record during the first round of WAC play.

The fourth-place Hawks went 2-3.

The Bulldogs beat second-place Livingston 5-4 and third-place Los Banos 6-3.

"I put in a lot of time with this group," said Moring, whose team finished third in the 2016 conference standings. "Now, we're reaping the benefits. We just have more experience. That's so important. I'm proud of my guys. They never back down from anything. They're so supportive of each other."

The Bulldogs took three of six singles and two of three doubles matches from the upset-minded Hawks.

Nolan McCaig defeated former Ceres High player Manuel Lazcano 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.

Jorge Campos defeated Juan Zaragoza 6-1, 6-2 in No. 4 singles play.

Darren Polanes defeated Roman Ortiz 6-0, 7-5 in No. 6 singles play.

Juan Hernandez and Angelo Marino defeated Max Sanchez and Jesus Cuevas 6-4, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles play.

Tony Heras and Erik Haro defeated Adrian Gomez and Juan Jimenez 6-4, 6-4 in No. 2 doubles play.

Chris Padilla lost 6-0, 6-1 to Ruben Morales in No. 2 singles play.

Christian Pimentel lost 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Henry Garcia in No. 3 singles play.

Donnavin Koeurn lost 6-1, 6-4 to Rogelio Perez in No. 5 singles play.

Tarandeep Singh and Gurraj Purewal lost 6-1, 7-6 to Samson Gonzalez and Ralph Afortunado in No. 3 doubles play.

Hernandez and Marino secured the team victory.

"They work well together," Moring said. "Juan is an experienced player. He's confident. Angelo is super athletic. He's a football guy so he's aggressive."

The Bulldogs earned another hard-fought win.

"There are no easy matches," Moring said. "It seems like every match comes down to the wire. There have been some real nail-biters. I have a pretty resilient group. They're scrappy. They're fighters. They don't like to lose."

Ceres High will play a total of 15 conference matches this season.

"Obviously, the expectation is to win," Moring said. "If you think long-term-going undefeated-you're not preparing the way you should. If we continue to work hard every day, the results will take care of themselves."