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Hawks shut out winless Panthers in boys' tennis
Central Valley to face crosstown-rival CHS
Central Valleys Ruben Morales defeated Pachecos Danny Espinoza 6-1, 6-1 in No. 4 singles play on Thursday in Ceres.

Central Valley High School's varsity boys tennis team remained focused on the task at hand while playing host to Pacheco last week.

The Hawks shut out the winless Panthers 9-0 in Western Athletic Conference play on Thursday in Ceres.

"Our goal is to get back to the playoffs," Central Valley head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "We treat every opponent the same no matter who it is. You never know what can happen."

Central Valley improved to 3-0 in the WAC standings.

Pacheco dropped to 0-3 in conference play.

The Hawks swept all six singles and both doubles matches while dominating the Panthers this past week.

Alexis Villa defeated Ismael Orozco 6-4, 6-2 in No. 1 singles play.

Villa erased a 4-1 deficit in the first set.

Edgar Castillo defeated Angel Lopez 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles play.

Eric Morales defeated Antonio Hipolito 6-4, 6-1 in No. 3 singles play.

Ruben Morales defeated Danny Espinoza 6-1, 6-1 in No. 4 singles play.

Jorge Bustos defeated Michael Ayala 6-0, 6-1 in No. 5 singles play.

Nimrat Chahal and Jesus Cuevas defeated Chris Barba and Brandon Guzman 6-1, 6-1 in No. 1 doubles play.

Julio Pena and Navjot Kanda defeated Flavio Orozco and Omar Silva 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 in No. 2 doubles play.

Larry Garcia and Roman Ortiz, Central Valley's No. 3 doubles team, won by forfeit.

Brandyn Weis was awarded a forfeit victory at No. 6 singles.

Central Valley has won 12 of its last 16 conference matches dating back to last spring.

The Hawks qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time, posted a 9-6 overall record and finished third in the Western Athletic Conference standings (9-4) in 2014.

"It shows the growth of our players," Rodriguez said. "We used to average two wins every season."

Central Valley will face crosstown-rival Ceres High on the road this Thursday at 3 p.m.

The defending WAC-champion Bulldogs have an all-time record of 16-0 versus the Hawks. "Our team was pretty good last year and they beat us pretty easily," Rodriguez said.