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Hawks qualify for postseason for third time in four years
Central Valleys Adriana Escobedo bested Pachecos Fernanda 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 singles play last week in Los Banos. The Hawks won the Western Athletic Conference match in in decisive fashion (8-1). - photo by DALE BUTLER/Courier file photo

Central Valley's varsity girls tennis program will be returning to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs after a one-year absence.

The Hawks secured their third postseason berth in four years with an 8-1 win over Pacheco in Western Athletic Conference play on Thursday in Los Banos.

"We're in the spot where I thought we'd be," Central Valley head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "We've already qualified for playoffs."

The third-place Hawks improved to 5-3 in the WAC standings.

The sixth-place Panthers dropped to 1-7 in conference play.

"This group hasn't experienced team playoffs before," Rodriguez said. "They haven't let it soak in yet. They're focused on the last two matches. I had to explain we'll be playing teams outside of our league, similar to what they did in girls soccer."

Central Valley beat overmatched Pacheco for the second time this season.

The Hawks won the first meeting, 9-0.

"It doesn't matter who the opponent is," Rodriguez said. "You have to play every match the same and take care of business."

The Hawks swept all six singles and two of three doubles matches in dominating the Panthers last week.

Gianna Arce defeated Francis Jacobo 6-2, 6-3 in No. 1 singles play.

Guadalupe Becerra defeated Chelsea Cano 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play.

Adriana Escobedo defeated Fernanda Aguayo 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 singles play.

Mixtly Vega defeated Jeanette Salinas 6-4, 6-4 in No. 4 singles play.

Elisabeth Valdez defeated Allyson Magana 6-0, 6-0 in No. 5 singles play.

Daniela Yepez defeated Daniella Mendoza 6-3, 6-0 in No. 6 singles play.

Lizbeth Martinez and Nayeli Castellanos defeated Daisy Aldama and Guadalupe Santoyo 6-1, 6-0 in No. 1 doubles play.

Jocelyn Rodriguez and Virginia Moore defeated Anarosa Velasquez and Xitaly Gomez 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) in No. 2 doubles play.

Vanessa Castro and Christina Hermenegildo lost 3-6, 6-3, 9-7 to Theresa Garcia and Alicia Anya in No. 3 doubles play.

Reigning WAC-champion Los Banos notched its 100th-straight conference victory with a 7-2 victory over visiting Central Valley on Oct. 10. "That's an impressive streak," coach Rodriguez said. "I don't think that will ever be broken. They always got good athletes. They're well-coached."

The Tigers won all six singles and one of three doubles matches versus the Hawks.

The Hawks secured their first-ever postseason berth in 2014.

Ceres High edged out Central Valley for the WAC's third-and-final playoff spot in 2016.

"When I first started here, there were seasons when we got zero wins or one win," Rodriguez said. "Now, we're in a position where we're getting to playoffs. It's a big turnaround."

Central Valley will close out the WAC regular season with matches against second-place Patterson (6-2) and fourth-place Ceres High (2-6) this week.