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Hawks finish fourth in league play
CV boys fall short of playoffs
Central Valleys Manuel Lazcano rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Ceres Highs Christian Pimentel in No. 2 singles play on April 12. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity boys tennis team wrapped up the Western Athletic Conference regular season earlier this month.

The Hawks lost 6-3 to the crosstown-rival Bulldogs on April 12.

Ceres High improved its all-time record versus Central Valley to 23-0.

The Bulldogs beat the Hawks three times this season.

"We've been able to be more competitive with them the last few years," Central Valley head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "We're closing the gap. "It (beating Ceres High) is bound to happen eventually. We'll see what happens next year."

Central Valley won two of six singles and one of three doubles matches during the third meeting.

"It wasn't as close as the other two matches," Rodriguez said. "The kids went in confident. We just lacked consistency in our play."

Hawk Manuel Lazcano defeated Bulldog Christian Pimentel 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in No. 2 singles play.

Henry Garcia defeated Chris Padilla 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 in No. 3 singles play.

Ruben Morales lost 6-2, 6-0 to Nolan McCaig in No. 1 singles play.

Juan Zaragoza lost 6-4, 6-2 to Jorge Campos in No. 4 singles play.

Roman Ortiz lost 7-5, 6-2 to Donnavin Koeurn in No. 5 singles play.

Rogelio Perez lost 6-4, 6-1 to Darren Polanes in No. 6 singles play.

Central Valley's Ralph Afortunado and Alonzo Bustos defeated Angelo Marino and Erik Haro 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 doubles play.

Max Sanchez and Jesus Cuevas lost 6-4, 6-3 to Juan Hernandez and Will Rodriguez in No. 1 doubles play.

Adrian Gomez and Ivan Jimenez lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-4) to Gurraj Purewal and Tarandeep Singh in No. 3 doubles play.

"I would have liked to have seen our singles players play a little more aggressive," coach Rodriguez said.

Central Valley compiled a 7-8 record en route to a fourth-place finish in the WAC standings.

Ceres High (14-1) won the conference title.

The Hawks lost 5-4 four times this season, including twice to both Ceres High and second-place Livingston (13-2).

"I'm not totally disappointed with our record," Rodriguez said. "We lost a lot of close matches. We just needed to make a few more plays."

Third-place Los Banos (8-7) edged out Central Valley for the WAC's third playoff spot.

The Hawks missed the postseason for the second year in a row.

Central Valley qualified for the playoffs in 2015 and 2014.

"Our main goals are to compete for a league title and get back to playoffs," Rodriguez said. "Next year will be different."

The Hawks will lose six of 12 starters to graduation, including Morales, Lazcano, Garcia, Ortiz, Afortunado and Cuevas.