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CVs Martinez, Becerra win WAC doubles crown
Central Valleys Lupita Becerra (pictured left) and Claudia Martinez won all four of their matches en route to a first-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference Varsity Girls Tennis Doubles Tournament on Thursday in Livingston. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Claudia Martinez and Lupita Becerra accomplished a first for Central Valley's varsity girls tennis team this past week.

Martinez and Becerra captured the Western Athletic Conference Doubles Tournament championship on Thursday at Livingston High School.

"It validates all of the hard work," Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "I'm proud of them."

Seeded third, Martinez and Becerra won all four of their matches.

"I didn't outshine her," Martinez said. "She's didn't outshine me. We played as a team. We communicated well on the court. We were patient."

Claudia and Lupita defeated Los Banos' Taylor Torongo and Adriana Moreno 6-4, 6-1 in the finals.

Martinez and Becerra topped Los Banos' Haley Ballez and Kiara Azevedo in the semifinals, Patterson's Ryann Basulto and Marissa Tellas in the quarterfinals and Pacheco's Chelsea Cano and Selena Salinas in the first round.

"We executed our game plan," Martinez said. "We both know how to play the lob game and volley. We've practically mastered it. We can rally forever."

Martinez and Chelsea Flores finished in second place at the 2015 WAC Doubles Tournament.

"For them (Claudia and Lupita) to win it this year, it was pretty awesome," Rodriguez said. "They put together a pretty dominant performance. I'm not surprised. I thought with their style of play, they could get to the finals. Both of them utilize the lob ball in their game. It throws off other girls. I don't think most teams practice against players that use it."

Martinez and Becerra, and Torongo and Moreno advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II Doubles Tournament.

"Our goal was to make it to sections," Martinez said. "It didn't matter if we took first or second (at WAC finals). Winning it was the cherry on top."

Central Valley's Gianna Arce and Sue Dhillon lost to Pacheco's Mariah Moreno and Esmeralda Ramirez in the first round.

Ceres High's Andria Esho and Dominique Koeurn advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Doubles Tournament.

Esho and Koeurn compiled a 2-1 record.

"I'm happy with how they did," Bulldogs head coach Jack Lackey said. "They lobbed and were active at the net. They kept the ball in play. They played with a good amount of variety."

Esho and Koeurn were beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Torongo and Moreno.

"They lost to the top seed," Lackey said. "It was a close match."

Andria and Dominique defeated Pacheco's Moreno and Ramirez in the quarterfinals and Los Banos' Brooklyn Garcia and Chloe Emerson in the first round.

Azia Brewster and Sarah Cuevas lost to Los Banos' Ballez and Azevedo in the opening round.