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CHS singles players shine at WAC tourney
McCaig & Co. turn in stellar performances
Bulldog junior Christian Pimentel won two of three matches en route to a top-four finish at the WAC singles tournament this past week at Livingston High School. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High varsity boys tennis star Nolan McCaig won his fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference singles championship this past week in Livingston.

Bulldog teammates Christian Pimentel and Jorge Campos turned in impressive performances as well.

"I'm extremely happy with how I did," Pimentel said. "I had a lot of fun. That's what's most important."

Christian won two of three matches en route to a top-four finish in the 14-person bracket.

Seeded fourth, Pimentel lost in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) to top-seeded McCaig in the semifinals on Wednesday.

"That's the first time I've played Nolan," Pimentel said. "Everyone knows how good he is. He's the best in the league. It was definitely an awesome experience competing against him. I wasn't nervous at all. I had nothing to lose. I tried my best."

Christian beat Manuel Lazcano of crosstown-rival Central Valley with relative ease, 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.

Pimentel avenged a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 loss suffered during the WAC regular season.

"I'm not surprised," Christian said. "I was super confident even though I lost the first match. I knew what to expect. I actually played harder this time around."

Pimentel bested Patterson's Chris Tapia 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round.

"I'm proud of the way I played and where I finished," Christian said. "I played my best."

Campos defeated Livingston's Diego Jimenez 6-1, 6-1 in the first round.

He lost 6-2, 6-1 to eventual runner-up Quentin Barcellos of Los Banos in the quarterfinals.

McCaig won all three of his matches.

He didn't drop a single game in dominating Barcellos, Pimentel and Los Banos' Jared Haug by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores.

"No one is at Nolan's level," Pimentel said. "He's the best of the best."