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CV girls win pair of matches
Central Valleys girls tennis program is enjoying its most productive season to date this year thanks in large part to its depth. Celest Lepe, pictured, plays singles for the Hawks. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity girls tennis team suffered its first loss in Western Athletic Conference play at defending-champion Los Banos on Sept. 30.

The second-place Hawks improved to 5-1 in the league standings this past week after edging El Capitan and dominating Pacheco.

"I'm pretty happy we were able to bounce back," head coach Mike Rodriguez said.

Central Valley also boosted its playoff hopes.

"We're trying not to look too far ahead," Rodriguez said. "We've never been in this position before. I'm just trying to keep them focused."

Emely Amaya, Jadah Jackson, Teresa Diaz, Princess Pe, Chelsea Flores, Vanessa Monroy, Amy Nguyen and Samantha Sotomayor lifted Central Valley to a 6-3 win over El Capitan on Thursday in Merced.

Amaya defeated Eloisa Encenzo 6-1, 6-2 in No. 1 singles play.

Jackson defeated Eimine De La Cruz 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in No. 2 singles play.

Diaz defeated Alaika Valera 6-1, 6-1 in No. 4 singles play.

Pe defeated Carrie Wee 6-1, 6-0 in No. 6 singles play.

Flores and Monroy defeated Vanna Barcellos and Eleanor Nelson 7-6 (10-8), 6-2 in No. 1 doubles play.

Nguyen and Sotomayor defeated Amanda Daraphet and Angela Turner 7-6 (13-11), 6-3 in No. 2 doubles play.

Naomi Torres lost 6-3, 7-5 to El Capitan's Alex Gueorguieva in No. 2 singles play.

Evelyn Andrade lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Dana Villarama in No. 5 singles play.

Sorrayar Sounthala and Maria Rojas lost 6-2, 7-5 to Callie Neal and Mica Bellusci in No. 3 doubles play.

Central Valley nearly shut out Pacheco as it coasted to an 8-1 victory on Oct. 7 in Ceres.

Amaya defeated Irian Islas 6-0, 6-3 in No. 1 singles play.

Jackson defeated Perla Jimenez 6-2, 6-3 in No. 3 singles play.

Diaz defeated Mariah Moreno 6-4, 6-2 in 4 singles play.

Celest Lepe defeated Ruth Ramirez 6-4, 6-1 in No. 5 singles play.

Andrade defeated Kayla Ayala 6-4, 6-3 in No. 6 singles play.

Flores and Pe defeated Leilani Cano and Maria Martinez 6-4, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles play.

Nguyen and Monroy defeated Chelsea Cano and Elizabeth De la Cruz 6-2, 6-3 in No. 2 doubles play.

Sotomayor and Sounthala defeated Mia Arrey and Frances Jacobo 6-3, 6-4 in No. 3 doubles play.

"El Capitan has a pretty solid team," Rodriguez said.

Central Valley will play host to crosstown-rival Ceres High this Thursday at 3 p.m.

The Hawks won the first meeting, 5-4.