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CHS netters unbeaten in WAC play
Bulldogs improve to 7-0
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Ceres High School's varsity boys tennis team kept its perfect record in Western Athletic Conference play intact last week.

The Bulldogs won their 14th consecutive match, improved to 20-1 on the year and remained atop the WAC standings after defeating Central Catholic 8-1 on Wednesday in Modesto.

"A lot of time you play down to your competition," Ceres High head coach Bryan Harden said. "The biggest thing is keeping them motivated. Everybody has to get better."

The Bulldogs, 7-0 in conference play as of Sunday, handled the Raiders despite competing shorthanded.

Sergio Zepeda, a member of Ceres High's No. 1 doubles team, suffered a season-ending injury over the weekend when he broke his collarbone snowboarding.

"Sergio texted me," Harden stated. "He said he had some bad news. I thought he was joking. I spent all Monday trying to figure out what to do. I knew we'd win the match. I got depth. That's the beauty of this year."

Ceres High won all six singles and two of three doubles matches versus Central Catholic.

Julio Ochoa defeated Garrett Ardis 6-1, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.

Alick Liang defeated Daniel Bocks 6-2, 6-2 in No. 2 singles play.

Gurman Bains defeated Justin Chavez 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 in No. 3 singles play.

Chase Harden defeated Connor Garcia 6-4, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.

Rene Cortes defeated Chris Huber 6-0, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.

Jose Ortega defeated Brendan Bedolla 7-5, 6-1 in No. 6 singles play.

Manny Jimenez and Shane Kumar defeated Joseph Minato and Michael Stewart 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in No. 2 doubles play.

Heath Adrian and Tim Lakomy defeated John Forester and Tony Shen 6-2, 6-0 in No. 3 doubles play.

Trevor Brazil and Dennis Phommalinh lost 3-6, 6-2, 2-6 to John Stokman and Brian Andrews in No. 1 doubles play. Phommalinh filled in for Zepeda.

Ceres High equaled last year's program-record victory total of 20.

The Bulldogs have a 14-match, league-winning streak that dates back to last season.

"Any time you do something, you want to make a name for yourself," coach Harden said. "It's pretty amazing."