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A learning year for CV girls tennis team
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Sabina Dhillon won her No. 6 singles match during Central Valley’s 7-2 loss to El Capitan on Thursday. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley’s varsity girls tennis team suffered a 7-2 loss while battling El Capitan on Thursday in Ceres.

The Hawks dropped three of the nine matches in three sets.

“It’s been the story of our season,” head coach Mike Rodriguez said. “A lot of close matches but just aren’t able to win them. It’s inconsistent play. It shows in the scores. They have to compete a little harder.”

Seventh-place Central Valley fell to 1-8 in the Central California Conference.

Fifth-place El Capitan improved to 4-4 in the CCC standings.

Sabina Dhillon, and Edith Amaya and Jessica Saini picked up victories for the Hawks.

Dhillon defeated Manbhavni Kaur 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in No. 6 singles play.

 “She knows how to win close matches,” Rodriguez said. “She’s used to being in that position.”

Amaya and Saini defeated Yareth Cruz and Hemani Sharma 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in No. 1 doubles play.

“The hit the ball much better compared to Tuesday’s match,” Rodriguez said. “That was their first time playing together.”

Bandna Bhatti lost 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 to Riddhi Parikh in No. 1 singles play.

Virginia Moore lost 6-4, 6-3 to Lauren Leonardo in No. 2 singles play.

Christina Hermenegildo lost 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 to Serenna Malhi in No. 3 singles play.

Sadie Porras lost 6-3, 6-4 to Shiwani Lata in No. 4 singles play.

Cassandra Leon lost 6-3, 6-0 to Kayla Ochoa in No. 5 singles play.

Malina Keomuangchanh and Alicia Sanchez lost 6-0, 7-5 to Tiffany Crowley and Ella Ruiz in No. 2 doubles play.

Harman Kaur and Manmeet Kaur lost 2-6, 6-4, 10-6 to Berenice Gonzalez-Ruiz and Raveena Dosanjh in No. 3 doubles play.

Buhach Colony rolled to a 7-2 win over Central Valley on Sept. 24 in Atwater.

The Thunder edged the Hawks 5-4 earlier this season.

“We played them tougher the first time,” Rodriguez said. “We had two match points at No. 2 doubles and ended up losing.”

Central Valley lost all three doubles and four of six singles matches during the rematch.

Moore defeated Vanessa Hicks 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in No. 2 singles play.

Leon defeated Priscilla Bridges 6-1, 6-2 in No. 5 singles play.

Bhatti lost 6-1, 6-2 to Savun Emanivong in No. 1 singles play.

Hermenegildo lost 6-0, 6-3 to Leah Chapman in No. 3 singles play.

Porras lost 6-3, 6-2 to Leigh Ballesil in No. 4 singles play.

Dhillon lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to Kylie Craig in No. 6 singles play.

Saini and Amaya lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to Kylie Richards and Stephanie Ramos in No. 1 doubles play.

Sanchez and Natalia Rubio lost 6-2, 6-2 to Kassandra Sarmiento and Jadie Garcia in No. 2 doubles play.

Keomuangchanh and Manmeet Kaur lost 6-2, 7-5 to Anahy Cisneros and Katie Garcia in No. 3 doubles play.

“We got a lot of girls that have never played before,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a learning year.”