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CHS boys tennis team shuts out Del Campo 9-0 in first-round playoff clash
Ceres Highs Trevor Brazil, pictured above, and Tim Lakomy defeated Del Campos Zack Boudreau and Joey Spinali 6-0, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles play last week in the opening-round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II playoffs. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity boys tennis team added to its program-record win total and ended a three-year streak of being bounced from the first round of the playoffs.

The top-seeded Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference notched their 20th straight victory, a 9-0 shutout of Capital Valley Conference No. 3 seed Del Campo on Tuesday, April 30 in Ceres.

"I didn't know what to expect," Ceres High head coach Bryan Harden said. "We don't see teams from there. I hope it's a good sign. It's a confidence booster. We're not done yet. We have a legitimate shot at winning a section title."

Ceres High, which successfully defended its Western Athletic Conference with a perfect 12-0 this past month, improved to 28-1 on the year.

The Bulldogs went 20-2 and placed first in league play (11-1) a season ago.

Ceres High has won 48 of 51 matches since 2012.

"It's a gaudy number," said Harden, whose team extended its streak of consecutive playoff appearances to four years this season. "But my kids work so hard. This is the best team we've ever had without question. We're on a mission."

"We did pretty good last year," said Julio Ochoa, Ceres High's No. 1 singles player. "I was expecting the same this season. We did better. We've been practicing harder."
Ceres High swept all six singles and three doubles matches versus Del Campo.

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

Alick Liang defeated Aram Housseini 6-2, 6-0 in No. 2 singles play.

Gurman Bains defeated Joe Borkovich 6-2, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.

Chase Harden defeated Ali Dedic 6-0, 6-1 in No. 4 singles play.

Rene Cortes defeated Brandon Casey 6-0, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.

Jordan Mey defeated Lucas Nguyen 6-4, 6-1 in No. 6 singles play.

Trevor Brazil and Tim Lakomy defeated Zack Boudreau and Joey Spinali 6-0, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles play.

Manny Jimenez and Shane Kumar defeated Joe Scherschlight and Brett Allred 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 doubles play.

Heath Adrian and Dennis Phommalinh defeated Austin Smith and Carlos Fotu 6-0 6-4 in No. 3 doubles play.

Ceres High has participated in the postseason six times in the last seven years.

The Bulldogs advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

"We've had a great season," coach Harden said. "I'm really proud of the guys. They deserve everything that comes to us."

"It feels pretty good to make history," Ochoa added. "We're having so much fun."