Ceres High’s and Mountain House’s undefeated varsity girls tennis teams faced off in Western Athletic Conference play last week.
The Bulldogs fell to second-place in the WAC courtesy of their 7-2 loss to the host Mustangs on Wednesday.
“It’s always difficult when you play away,” coach Brandon Moring said. “It was a long drive. We left at 1:30 p.m. and didn’t play until 3:30 p.m. We play them again in another month.”
Ceres High dropped to 5-1 in the conference standings.
A newcomer to the WAC, Mountain House improved to 6-0.
The Bulldogs will need to win out to claim a share of the league title.
“It (losing) doesn’t really change anything. You prepare the same and refocus.”Coach Brandon Moring
“It (losing) doesn’t really change anything,” Moring said. “You prepare the same and refocus.”
Ceres High managed to win two of six singles matches versus Mountain House.
Shania Evans defeated Elyse Low 6-4, 6-1 in No. 1 singles play.
Vivian Moreno defeated Katharine Smith 6-4, 7-5 in No. 2 singles play.
Camille Vega lost 6-3, 6-4 to Saanvi Chilakapati in No. 3 singles play.
Tania Garfias lost 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 to Noor Manjal in No. 4 singles play.
Gurmenjit Bahia lost 6-2, 6-0 to Sana Patel in No. 5 singles play.
Morgan Bejaran lost 6-3, 6-2 to Kylie Decroos in No. 6 singles play.
The Mustangs swept all three doubles matches.
Jillian Jimenez and Christel Ontiveros lost 6-2, 6-4 to Crystal Chum and Tiffany Deng in No. 1 doubles play.
Jasmine Bahia and Monica Esparza lost 6-0, 6-0 to Iffy Ikechiuku and Kaitlyn Kim in No. 2 doubles play.
Elena Ochoa and Gurmannet Bahia lost 6-1, 6-1 to Udalyaa Bommudurai and Erin Su in No. 3 doubles play.
Mountain House dealt Ceres High its first loss of the season and took over sole possession of first place in the WAC standings.
“There wasn’t any pressure at all,” Moring said. “We were the ones that did the intimidating. The effort was phenomenal. My girls tried so hard.”
Dawgs 7, Tigers 2
Host Ceres High defeated reigning WAC champion Los Banos 7-2 on Sept. 17.
The Bulldogs won all three doubles and four of six singles matches in dominating the Tigers.
Jimenez and Ontiveros defeated Jeanette Morales and Elle Bachelder 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles play.
Esparza and Jasmine Bahia defeated Mia Cruz and Erin Vierra 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in No. 2 doubles play.
Ochoa and Gurmannet Bahia defeated Vicki Paolini and Brissa Flores 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in No. 3 doubles play.
Moreno defeated Ally Watkins 6-4, 6-4 in No. 2 singles play.
Vega defeated Laila Medina 6-0, 6-1 in No. 3 singles play.
Garfias defeated Petrina Gilardi 6-0, 6-1 in No. 4 singles play.
Bejaran defeated Jaylen Meza 6-0, 7-5 in No. 6 singles play.
Evans lost 6-4, 6-0 to Kierstyn Cotta in No. 1 singles play.
Gurmenjit Bahia lost 6-0, 6-0 to Trinity Meza in No. 5 singles play.