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CV duo competes at section tourney
Flores, Martinez enjoy memorable playoff run
Central Valleys Chelsea Flores (pictured left) and Claudia Martinez compiled a 3-2 record while teaming up in doubles play during the postseason. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's Chelsea Flores and Claudia Martinez partnered at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II Doubles Tournament earlier this month in Roseville.

"I thought they did pretty well considering it was their first time going there," Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "They played hard. I don't think they felt any pressure because it was a new experience for them."

Flores and Martinez lost 6-2, 6-0 to River City's Carlie Blevins and Jessie Olsen in the first round on Nov. 5 at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.

"We knew it was going to be tough," Rodriguez said. "At that level, you have to be really consistent. The level of competition is better. You can't make mistakes. River City did a better job capitalizing on points at the net."

Flores and Martinez made history by becoming the first female duo from Central Valley to qualify for the section's doubles tournament.

"It's a great accomplishment," Rodriguez said.

Flores and Martinez advanced to the section tourney following their runner-up finish at the Western Athletic Conference Doubles Tournament

Chelsea and Claudia compiled a 3-1 record.

Flores and Martinez lost 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to Pacheco's Aimee Wheeler and Mariah Moreno in the finals.

They beat Patterson's Catalina Borges and Kitzia Gonzales 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 10-9 in the semifinals.

Flores and Martinez won their quarterfinal matchup, 6-3, 6-0, versus Los Banos' Adri Moreno and Kiara Azevedo.

Flores and Martinez opened the tournament with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Livingston's Avneet Uppal and Amalia Barragan.

Chelsea and Claudia played No. 5 and 6 singles, respectively, during the regular season. "It was surprising just because they haven't played together before," Rodriguez said while talking about Flores' and Martinez's postseason run together. "They complemented each other well."