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Hawks win crosstown tennis matchup
Aaliyah Jauregui
Aaliyah Jauregui helped lead Central Valley’s girls tennis team to an 8-1 win over crosstown-rival Ceres High on Aug. 31. Jauregui prevailed 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley’s girls tennis team made the two-mile van drive to crosstown-rival Ceres High on Aug. 31.

The visiting Hawks topped the Bulldogs 8-1 in non-conference play.

“It’s a match both schools look forward to,” Central Valley head coach Nimrat Chahal said. “It went as expected. Our girls were excited to play. They didn’t need extra motivation.”

The Hawks swept all three doubles and won five of six singles matches versus the Bulldogs.

“I felt confident we were going to win watching the matches,” Chahal said.

Central Valley’s Lliria Lira prevailed 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.

Mikalynne Tapia prevailed 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.

Aleena Higle prevailed 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

Aaliyah Jauregui prevailed 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.

Jasleen Kaur prevailed 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.

Valerie Espinoza lost 7-5, 7-5 at No. 6 singles.

Central Valley’s Harkirian Sandhu and Elia Hernandez prevailed 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles.

Roxana Orozco and Valeria Sanchez prevailed 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles

Brooke Matusich and Agam Sandhu prevailed 6-2, 7-5 at No. 3 doubles.

“The final score doesn’t show it,” Chahal said. “Some of the matches were competitive. It’s not like it was a one-sided match. Credit to them. They played tough. It was good practice for both teams.”

Central Valley and Ceres High will compete in the same league in 2024.

The Hawks are relocating from the Central California Conference to the Western Athletic Conference as part of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s realignment plan.

Central Valley posted a 5-9 record en route to a fifth-place finish during the 2022 CCC regular season.

Ceres High compiled a 1-13 record while tying for last place with Grace Davis in the WAC standings.

“It will be nice next year when we get to play them twice in league,” Chahal said.

Diana Sanchez
Ceres High’s Diana Sanchez started at No. 4 singles against Central Valley. - photo by DALE BUTLER/Ceres Courier