Central Valley's and Livingston's varsity girls tennis teams battled for three-plus hours this past Thursday in Ceres.
The Hawks prevailed, 5-4, thanks in large part to the play of No. 5 singles player Celest Lepe and No. 1 doubles tandem Chelsea Flores and Princess Pe.
Emely Amaya (No. 1 singles), Naomi Torres (No. 2 singles) and Teresa Diaz (No. 4 singles) were also victorious against the Wolves.
Central Valley improved to 2-1 on the year and kept its perfect record intact in the Western Athletic Conference (2-0).
"The girls got to realize they have to bring their best effort every day," Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "The league is so competitive. I don't think any of the matches are going to be blowouts."
Lepe topped Maggie Mendoza in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
"She wasn't feeling too well," Rodriguez said. "She didn't let that dictate the result of the match. She wore the other girl out. Celest plays other sports. She's got really good conditioning."
Flores and Pe edged Jenny Garcia and Christine Gallardo, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2).
The win gave the Hawks an insurmountable 5-3 lead.
"They started playing much better once they found their rhythm in the second set," Rodriguez said. "They got a little more focused."
Amaya defeated Karina Ramos in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
Torres defeated Elisa Armenta, 6-1, 6-2.
Diaz defeated Cynthia Frias, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Jadah Jackson lost in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, to Livingston's Jasdeep Bassi in No. 3 singles play.
Evelyn Andrade lost 6-2, 6-2 to Taranpreet Kaur in No. 6 singles play.
Vanessa Monroy and Amy Nguyen lost 6-3, 6-4 to Avneet Uppal and Amalia Barragan in No. 2 doubles play.
Samantha Sotomayor and Sorrayar Sounthala lost 4-6, 7-5, 10-4 to Naomi Toledo and Angelica Martinez in No. 3 doubles play.