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CHS netters extend unbeaten streak in conference play to 40 matches
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Julio Ochoa and Ceres Highs varsity boys tennis team defeated Los Banos and El Capitan in Western Athletic Conference play.

A powerhouse in the Stanislaus District, Ceres High's varsity boys tennis team upped its unbeaten streak in Western Athletic Conference play to 40 matches.

The Bulldogs' dominance in league play dates back to the 2012 season.

"We got to continue to perform if we want to reach our first goal, which is to win league," said Ceres High head coach Bryan Harden, whose team is closing in on its fourth consecutive WAC crown. "The hardest thing is keeping the kids focused, driven and hungry."

The Bulldogs (19-0, 9-0) topped Los Banos and El Capitan in recent weeks.

Ceres High nearly posted a shutout in defeating host Los Banos 8-1 on April 2.

Nolan McCaig defeated Luke Sanchez 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.

Julio Ochoa defeated Steve Georgiou 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles play.

Chase Harden defeated Jack Gerstenberg 6-1, 6-1 in No. 3 singles play.

Rene Cortes defeated Thomas King 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.

Jose Ortega defeated Loggan Pimentel 6-4, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.

Jorge Ruiz and Julian Rodriguez defeated Kelvin Chemparathy and Jorge Gutierrez 6-2, 6-1 in No. 1 doubles play.

Juan Jimenez and Alex Torres defeated Thomas Lemos and Rikki Hall 6-1, 6-3 in No. 2 doubles play.

Charles Lo and Chris Padilla defeated Giovanni Mevi and Michael Butler 6-3, 6-2 in No. 3 doubles play.

Bruno de la Torre lost 6-4, 6-4 to Jared Haug in No. 6 singles play.

Host Ceres High eased past El Capitan 9-0 on March 31.

McCaig defeated Ger Chang 6-1, 6-1 in No. 1 singles play.

Ochoa defeated Lee Vang 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play.

Harden defeated Brennan Garcia 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 singles play.

Cortes defeated Oliver Calos 6-1, 6-1 in No. 4 singles play.

Ortega defeated Joseph Vance 6-2, 6-3 in No. 5 singles play.

Bruno de la Torre defeated Toumong Xiong 6-1, 6-7 (9-11), 10-3 in No. 6 singles play.

Jimenez and Dennis Phommalinh defeated Marcus DaCosta and Baylor Browning 6-2, 6-1 in No. 1 doubles play.

Ruiz and Rodriguez defeated Kevin Lee and Bryce Boggs 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 doubles play.

Torres and Manuel Lozcano defeated Ying Yang and Nick Moore 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 doubles play.

Ceres High's final three WAC matches are against Patterson (April 16), Central Valley (April 21) and Livingston (April 23).

"The break came at a good time," Bryan Harden said. "The boys are feeling the effects of a long season. We've played a lot of matches. We were losing a little bit of our focus."

Ceres High will in all likelihood need to beat crosstown-rival Central Valley to annex its third straight perfect season in WAC play.

"It's going to come down to the very last match," coach Harden said. "I'm not surprised. I thought they'd be our biggest competition in league. It's nice to see both teams do well."

The Bulldogs have amassed a 98-5 overall record since 2012. "I don't want to spend time thinking about that stuff," coach Harden said. "It's not really smart if you look ahead. We just want to attack what's in front of us. Every match poses something different. I give a consistent message to my kids. Work hard and play hard."