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Hawks sweep crosstown-rival Dawgs, place third in WAC
Elisabeth Valdez and Central Valleys varsity girls tennis team shut out crosstown-rival Ceres High 9-0 in Western Athletic Conference play last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity girls tennis team earned a Western Athletic Conference series sweep of crosstown-rival Ceres High last week.

The Hawks won both meetings this year by identical 9-0 scores.

Host Central Valley closed out the WAC regular season on Oct. 19 by shutting out crosstown-rival Ceres High on Senior Day.

"Those matches are always fun to win," Hawks' head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "We're just fortunate to have more experience than them."

Central Valley (6-4), Ceres High (3-7), Livingston (2-8) and Pacheco (1-9) placed third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the WAC standings.

Los Banos (10-0) successfully defended its conference title.

Patterson (8-2) had the second-best team in the WAC.

The top three teams qualified for the postseason.

"We're happy to get back to playoffs," Rodriguez said. "I figured we would because of our experience."

Central Valley swept all six singles and three doubles matches while besting Ceres High last week.

Guadalupe Becerra defeated Vivian Moreno 6-2, 6-0 in No. 1 singles play.

Gianna Arce defeated Harmen Bahia 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 singles play.

Adriana Escobedo defeated Camille Vega 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in No. 3 singles play.
Suinana Dhillon defeated Tania Garfias 6-2, 6-1 in No. 4 singles play.

Mixtly Vega defeated Ariel Coria 6-3, 6-3 in No. 5 singles play.

Elisabeth Valdez defeated Kayla Sierras 7-6 (7-0), 6-0 in No. 6 singles play.

Daniela Yepez and Nayeli Castellanos defeated Morgan Bejaran and Gurmen Bahia 6-1, 6-1 in No. 1 doubles play.

Jocelyn Rodriguez and Virginia Moore defeated Jillian Jimenez and Monica Esparza 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 doubles play.

Lizbeth Martinez and Christina Hermenegildo defeated Christel Ontiveros and Elena Ochoa 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 doubles play.

Escobedo, Castellanos and fellow senior Pamela Martinez were recognized before the Central Valley-Ceres High match.

They received goodie baskets filled with candy, chips and Jamba Juice gift cards.

"We've only had a couple teams get to the playoffs," Mike Rodriguez said. "It's nice they get to be a part of one. We get to send them out on a high note."

Escobedo joined Central Valley's varsity girls tennis team when she was in the ninth grade.

"She showed a lot of improvement over the course of four years," Rodriguez said.

Castellanos and Martinez both suited up for the Hawks for two seasons.

Nayeli compiled a perfect 9-0 record while teaming up with Yepez at No. 1 doubles this year.

"She's a lot better player this season," coach Rodriguez said. "She figured out how to play, strategy-wise. She was a lot more aggressive at the net."

Central Valley will participate in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the third time in four years.

The Bulldogs edged out the Hawks for the WAC's third-and-final postseason spot in 2016.

"We just missed out on the playoffs last season," Rodriguez said. "It's nice to get there this year. We took care of business like we were supposed to."