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Hawks open conference season with pair of wins
Central Valley girls top El Capitan, Pacheco
Celest Lepe contributed at No. 4 singles while leading Central Valley past El Capitan and Pacheco in varsity girls tennis last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity girls tennis team won 10 of 12 matches on its way to a runner-up finish in the Western Athletic Conference standings last fall.

The Hawks opened the 2015 WAC season with back-to-back wins this past week.

Vanessa Monroy's and Amy Nguyen's 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Carrie Wee and Meghana Medini in No. 1 doubles action propelled Central Valley past El Capitan 5-4 on Sept. 8 in Merced.

"Their experience helped them win that match," Central Valley head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "They've played together the past couple of years. The most important thing is they didn't get flustered after losing the second set. They didn't lose focus. They stayed aggressive."

Teresa Diaz defeated Alex Gueorguieva 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 singles play.

Celest Lepe defeated Alaika Valera 6-2, 6-2 in No. 4 singles play.

Chelsea Flores defeated Eimine De La Cruz 6-3, 2-1 in No. 5 singles play. De La Cruz retired due to illness.

Claudia Martinez defeated Dana Villarama 6-0, 6-3 in No. 6 singles play.

Jadah Jackson lost 6-3, 6-4 to El Capitan's Eloisa Encenzo in No. 2 singles play.

Bryana Lopez lost 6-4, 6-2 to Vanna Barcellos in No. 3 singles play.

Trinity Avila and Nicole Munoz lost 6-1, 6-4 to Mica Bellussi and Angela Turner in No. 2 doubles play.

Maria Rojas and Aileen Brambila lost 6-1, 6-4 to Amanda Daraphet and Callie Neal in No. 3 doubles play.

"We knew it was going to be tough," Rodriguez said. "El Capitan has a lot of girls returning from last year. I thought it could have gone either way. It's a huge win for us even though we have a ton of matches left."

Central Valley beat Pacheco 8-1 on Thursday in Ceres.

Jackson defeated Mariah Moreno 6-1, 6-3 in No. 1 singles play.

Lepe defeated 6-4, 6-2 to Kayla Ayala in No. 4 singles play.

Flores defeated Chelsea Cano 6-1, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.

Martinez defeated Frances Jacobo 6-2, 6-1 in No. 6 singles play.

"We didn't play our best but we still got the win," Rodriguez said.