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McCaig vying for section tennis title
Ceres High senior Nolan McCaig won his fourth straight WAC championship this past month in Livingston. McCaig will compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II Individual Tournament next week in Roseville. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High varsity boys tennis standout Nolan McCaig will compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-II singles tournament for the fourth year in a row next week.

"I've been working my whole high-school career to get the section title," McCaig said. "I'll work endlessly until I get it. I don't feel any added pressure. I believe whenever I'm on the court, I can beat anyone I play."

Nolan placed second his sophomore and freshman years.

He advanced to the semifinals as a junior.

"There's always a lot of good talent there," McCaig said. "I go into every match confident. I really don't care who I play."

Coby McCaig, Nolan's younger brother and the top singles player at Modesto High, captured the Division-I section title in 2016.

"It would be pretty cool if we both won this year," Nolan said.

Already considered Ceres High's all-time greatest player, McCaig accomplished a first in program history by capturing his fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference singles title on April 27 in Livingston.

Nolan won all three of his matches in dominant fashion.

He didn't drop a single game in beating Los Banos' Quentin Barcellos, Ceres High's Christian Pimentel and Los Banos' Jared Haug by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores.

McCaig defeated Barcellos 6-0, 6-0 in the conference finals for the second year in a row.

Nolan posted a perfect 63-0 record versus WAC competition from 2014-17.

He had an unblemished 18-0 mark this year.

McCaig stands alone as Ceres High's most successful boys tennis player.

Former Bulldog teammate Julio Ochoa captured three WAC crowns, including two singles and one doubles.

Julio's older brother Luis won a pair of league championships.

Nolan edged Julio 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 for his second straight conference crown in 2015.

McCaig defeated Ceres High's Alick Liang 6-3, 6-4 for the 2014 title.

Nolan will continue his tennis career at Midwestern State University in Texas. He signed a national letter of intent with the Mustangs on April 13. The ceremony was staged on campus inside Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The section tournament will be staged, May 15-16, at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville.