Manuel Lazcano made his debut with Central Valley High School’s varsity boys tennis team this past week.
Lazcano, formerly of Ceres High, won both of his singles matches.
Manuel helped lead the Bulldogs to their first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section title, fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference crown and sixth straight postseason berth while contributing at doubles last spring. Ceres High won all 27 of its matches.
“He gives us some much-needed experience,” Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. “He can help out the younger guys. He’s definitely more advanced compared to them. He has a championship pedigree.”
Lazcano and Central Valley shut out El Capitan 9-0 on Thursday in Ceres.
Manuel defeated Joseph Vance 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 10-5 in No. 2 singles play.
“That was an impressive victory,” Rodriguez said. “It was a tough match. Compared to last year, he’s hitting the ball a lot better. He’s got a variety of shots.”
Ruben Morales defeated Oliver Calos 6-3, 6-4 in No. 1 singles play.
Henry Garcia defeated Ying Yang 6-2, 6-0 in No. 3 singles play.
Juan Zaragoza defeated Calvin Hu 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.
Jesus Cuevas defeated Ethan Silvera 6-1, 5-3 in No. 5 singles play.
Rogelio Perez won by forfeit at No. 6 singles.
Roman Ortiz and Ralph Afortunado won by forfeit at No. 1 doubles.
Daniel Garrido and Ivan Jimenez won by forfeit at No. 2 doubles.
Javier Palafox and Adrian Gomez won by forfeit at No. 3 doubles.
Central Valley handled Pacheco 8-1 on April 12.
Morales defeated Michael Farias 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.
Lazcano defeated Michael Ayala 6-0, 6-2 in No. 2 singles play.
Garcia defeated Jacob Alvarez-Alba 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 singles play.
Zaragoza defeated Carlos Robledo 6-1, 6-1 in No. 4 singles play.
Cuevas defeated Oscar Amador 6-1, 6-1 in No. 5 singles play.
Perez won by forfeit at No. 6 singles.
Ortiz and Afortunado won by forfeit at No. 1 doubles.
Garrido and Jimenez won by forfeit at No. 2 doubles.
Samson Gonzalez and Miguel Rojas lost 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in No. 3 doubles play.
Fifth-place Central Valley improved to 4-6 in the WAC standings.
“We’re right where I expected us to be,” Rodriguez said. “We have a chance to finish 6-6 if we win our last two matches. We’ll be stronger next year.”