Ceres High School's varsity girls tennis team didn't have to travel far for its first-round postseason match.
The third-seeded Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference squared off against Valley Oak League champion Central Catholic in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs on Nov. 3 at Modesto's Del Rio Country Club.
Ceres High suffered a 6-3 loss.
"As a coach, I'm proud of how my girls performed," Bulldogs leader Jack Jacques said. "They went in there with a lot of enthusiasm."
Ceres High compiled a 9-5 overall record and finished in third place in the WAC standings (8-4).
"Competition isn't a bad thing," Jacques said. "I just hope they realize it's a big deal to make playoffs. It's the kind of thing you get to talk about when you're older."
The Bulldogs used a different lineup versus Central Catholic as No. 3 singles player Janet Jimenez missed the contest for an unspecified reason.
"Everybody had to play up a spot," Jacques said. "But I don't think it would have changed the outcome with Janet there. We knew what we were going up against. Central Catholic has a good program."
Juliana Rosas defeated Central Catholic's Rosella Rangel 6-2, 7-5 in No. 5 singles play.
Stephanie Garcia and Geneba Revuelta defeated Alyssa McPhee and Lauren Aja 6-2, 4-6, 10-3 in No. 2 doubles play.
Chelsea Heras and Jalani Blankenship defeated Sarah Gemperle and Annie Kraft 6-0, 6-2 in No. 3 doubles play.
Angelica Slater lost 6-0, 6-1 to Central Catholic's Payton Kelley in No. 1 singles play.
Gabriella Blandino lost 6-0, 6-1 to Amie Ardis in No. 2 singles play.
Bianca DeAnda lost 6-0, 6-0 to Emma Withrow in No. 3 singles play.
Justine Vega lost 6-2, 6-2 to Faith Masellis in No. 4 singles play.
Jolyce Vega lost 6-3, 7-5 to Marissa Lopes in No. 6 singles play.
Dominique Koeurn and Andria Esho lost 6-3, 6-4 to Brigid Crowley and Gianna DiGiovanni in No.1 doubles play.
"I thought the girls played well even though we lost," Jacques said. "They were competitive. No disrespect to their program, but I thought they were going to be better."
Ceres High will lose six of its 12 starters to graduation, including Slater, Blandino, Jimenez, Revuelta, Justine Vega and Jolyce Vega.
"We're going to miss our seniors," Jacques said. "It's been fun to coach them for two seasons. They're a bunch of great girls. I'm looking forward to getting some athletic freshmen in and starting all over again. I'm a highly-competitive person. We have to change the mindset."