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Hawks shut out Bulldogs in tennis
Jelanie Esguerra
Jelanie Esguerra contributed at No. 4 singles during the Ceres High girls tennis team’s 9-0 loss to crosstown-rival Central Valley on Aug. 24. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High School once dominated its girls tennis rivalry against Central Valley, winning 15 straight matches from 2006-2013.

The Hawks have held the upper hand versus the Bulldogs since snapping a 15-match losing streak eight years ago.

Central Valley has won 13 of its last 14 matches against Ceres High.

The Hawks improved their all-time record versus the Bulldogs to 13-16 with a 9-0 road victory in non-conference play on Aug. 24.

Central Valley topped Ceres High twice by identical scores of 9-0 last year.

“It’s hard to get something going if you have a new coach every year,” Hawks’ head coach Mike Rodriguez said. “He (Ceres High leader Brandon Moring) has done a good job when he coached before. If he sticks around, they’ll do really well.”

The Hawks swept all six singles and three doubles matches during the 29th crosstown matchup.

“They did some good things out there,” Rodriguez said while assessing Ceres High’s performance. “We just had more experience than them. They have a bunch of new players. They’re pretty much out there learning how to play. That’s what it came down to.”

Hawk Jessica Saini defeated Bulldog Gurmannet Bahia 6-0, 6-7 (3-7), 10-3 in No. 1 singles play.

Harman Kaur defeated Victoria Ochoa 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play.

Malina Keomuangchanh defeated Valerie Raya 6-1, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play.

Angelica Medrano Fregoso defeated Jelaine Esguerra 6-0, 6-0 in No. 4 singles play.

Alika Victorino defeated Kenzy Gallardo 6-0, 6-2 in No. 5 singles play.

Kaitlyn Teng defeated Payton Ogden 6-2, 3-2 (retired) in No. 6 singles play.

Lesly Rivas and Navreet Pattar defeated Melissa Villegas and Alexa Sandoval 6-1, 6-0 in No. 1 doubles play.

Leslie Bobadilla and Rinah Dulay defeated Yasmin Pinedo and Isabella Gutierrez 6-2, 7-5 in No. 2 doubles play. 

Samantha Perez Mendez and Alondra Robles defeated Gurleen Kaur and Jasmeenjot Kaur 6-3, 6-2 in No. 3 doubles play.

Alondra Robles
Central Valley’s Alondra Robles (above) and Samantha Perez Mendez defeated Ceres High’s Gurleen Kaur and Jasmeenjit Kaur 6-3, 6-2 in No. 3 doubles play. - photo by Dale Butler