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CV wins 10 of 12 matches while taking second
Hawks secure first playoff berth
Central Valleys Amy Nguyen (pictured above) and Samantha Sotomayor defeated Pattersons Kiara Rios and Valentina Delgado 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 doubles play on Friday in Ceres. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity girls tennis team put the finishing touches on a record-breaking season last Friday.

The host Hawks earned a series sweep of Patterson with a 6-3 victory and placed second in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

Central Valley will participate in the playoffs for the first time in program history. "It's very exciting," Hawks No. 1 singles player Emely Amaya said. "We've come a long way. I'm not surprised. I knew we were going to have a good team this year. I just feel like we have more confidence now. I'm really proud of our team."

Second-place Central Valley compiled a 10-2 record in WAC play.

Los Banos (12-0) and Ceres High (8-4) finished first and third, respectively.

Central Valley beat Ceres High twice by the identical score of 5-4.

Central Valley and Ceres High had a combined mark of 0-4 versus Los Banos.

"It's a little surprising," Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said while talking about his program's dominant run. "It happened because we got some girls that have been committed for more than one year. That's the best way to build a team. We have experience. It paid off in close matches. The girls didn't get flustered."

Central Valley won all three doubles and three of six singles matches against Patterson.

Chelsea Flores and Vanessa Monroy defeated Dora Cantu and Huma Aziz 6-2, 6-0 in No. 1 doubles play.

Amy Nguyen and Samantha Sotomayor defeated Kiara Rios and Valentina Delgado 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 doubles play.

Sorrayar Sounthala and Maria Rojas, Central Valley's No. 3 doubles team, collected a forfeit victory.

Amaya defeated Ashley Afalla in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.

"I never saw myself playing No. 1 singles and almost going undefeated," said Amaya, who compiled a near-perfect 11-1 record.

Celest Lepe defeated Antonia Perez 6-1, 6-2 in No. 4 singles play.

Princess Pe defeated Rebekah Miranda 6-1, 6-2 in No. 6 singles play.

Jadah Jackson lost 6-0, 6-0 to Avree Chairez in No. 2 singles play.

Teresa Diaz lost 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 to Catarina Borges in No. 3 singles play.

Evelyn Andrade lost 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 to Kitzia Gonzalez in No. 5 singles play.

Central Valley experienced several firsts in 2014, including qualifying for the postseason and compiling its best-ever record.

"I really don't know how many people know about our success," Rodriguez said. "Tennis is not a mainstream sport. It's a big accomplishment."

Central Valley will host Tri-County Conference No. 2 seed Pioneer on Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

"The girls are excited and ready to play," Rodriguez said. "We'll see what happens."