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Diaz fourth at WAC singles tournament
CV player advances to semifinals of 16-person tourney
Teresa Diaz placed fourth in a field of 16 at the Western Athletic Conference Singles Championships on Oct. 28 in Ceres. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity girls tennis team could have had two representatives in the finals of the Western Athletic Conference Singles Championships this past month.

Unseeded for the 16-person tournament, Hawk Teresa Diaz won two of four matches en route to a fourth-place finish.

"She (Diaz) performed very well," Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "She was aggressive. She played hard. She was consistent the whole day. She did a great job."

Diaz lost 6-3, 6-0 to eventual WAC-champion Shirley Liu of Los Banos in the semifinals on Oct. 28 at CV.

Diaz defeated Patterson's Ashley Alfalla 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) in the quarterfinals and edged fourth-seeded Angelica Slater of Ceres High 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 6-0 in the first round.

"Angelica didn't play poorly," Bulldogs head coach Jack Jacques said. "Teresa hit a lot of winners."

Los Banos' Melanie Silva topped Diaz 6-1, 6-3 for third place.

Central Valley's Jadah Jackson lost 6-0, 6-4 to Liu in the opening round.

"Jadah didn't give up," Rodriguez said. "The second set was competitive."

Ceres High's Juliana Rosas lost in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, to Alfalla.

Rosas won the first set in dominant fashion before Alfalla rallied for the victory.

"Juliana played a good match," Jacques said. "It was very competitive. She could have won. Ashley played the bigger points a little better."

Liu topped second-seeded Emely Amaya of Central Valley 6-4, 6-2 for the WAC crown on Thursday.