Central Valley’s girls tennis program had three doubles teams experience success at the Western Athletic Conference South Division Championships this past week in Modesto.
Virginia Moore and Edith Amaya topped Los Banos’ Kloe Cotta and Petrina Gilardi 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 for the championship on Wednesday at Johansen High School.
“I’m super excited for them,” said Hawks’ coach Mike Rodriguez.
“I’m really proud of both of us,” Moore said. “The key was trying our hardest to not get down on ourselves when we made mistakes. I understood how she played and what kind of support she needed. We had a good connection on the court.”
“We’ve known each other since elementary school,” she added. “We’re friends on a deeper level.”
Moore and Amaya defeated Central Valley teammates Harman Kaur and Jessica Saini 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals and Los Banos’ Vicki Paolini and Bianca Cruz 6-2,6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Moore and Amaya won the battle of the Hawks when they beat Kaur and Saini in straight sets.
“We tried not to coach them. We just let them play.”Hawks’ coach Mike Rodriguez
“We tried not to coach them,” Rodriguez said. “We just let them play.”
Moore won her second straight league doubles title.
Moore and Bandna Bhatti finished first overall at the 2019-20 Central California Conference Tournament.
Moore and Daniela Yepez won all 14 of their doubles matches during the 2018-19 CCC regular season.
“I’ve had amazing doubles partners,” Moore said. “They’ve always had my back and I’ve had theirs.”
Kaur and Saini opened the tournament with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Johansen’s Sitali Perucho and Evelyn Tamayo in the first round.
They beat Pacheco’s Jacqueline Vega Gomez and Ariannah Sanchez 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Sabina Dhillon and Manmeet Kaur reached the quarterfinals.
Dhillon and Kaur lost 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) to Cotta and Gilardi.
Dhillon and Kaur bested Pacheco’s Lucas and O’Brien 6-2, 6-4 in the first round.
Ceres High’s doubles teams of Jasmine Bahia and Victoria Rodriguez and Mahnoor Kahloon and Valerie Raya both lost in the opening round.