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McCaig will lead Ceres High boys tennis team
Already considered Ceres Highs all-time greatest boys tennis player, Nolan McCaig will look to add to his resume this spring. The three-time WAC singles champion has yet to win a Sac-Joaquin Section title as an individual. He placed second in 2015 and 2014. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Nolan McCaig has accomplished just about everything while starring on Ceres High's varsity boys tennis team.

He placed first at the Western Athletic Conference Singles Championships his junior, sophomore and freshman years.

He's been voted WAC Most Valuable Player three times.

McCaig's teams have excelled as well, winning the 2015 Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III championship and claiming back-to-back WAC titles (2015, 2014).

"I wouldn't say there's added pressure," Nolan said. "It's fun to be able to represent our school and be successful at it. My plan is to win sections for the first time as an individual and help my team win league. Nothing is going to stop us."

McCaig has a career record of 81-4 with Ceres High.

He's won all 45 of his conference matches.

Nolan was runner-up at the section finals in 2015 and 2014.

He advanced to the semifinals in 2016.

"When I came in as a freshman, I didn't know what to expect," McCaig said. "I was just hoping for the best. Playing in tournaments outside of school and learning from my mistakes has been a huge advantage. It's helped me become a better high-school player."

Already considered Ceres High's all-time greatest boys tennis player, McCaig will try to help the Bulldogs maintain their tradition of excellence in team competition this spring.

Christopher Padilla (Jr.), Christian Pimentel (Jr.), Jorge Campos (Sr.), Donnavin Koeurn (Jr.), Darren Polanes (Jr.), Angelo Marino (Jr.), Tony Heras (Jr.), Erik Haro (Jr.), Tarandeep Singh (Jr.), Manuel Pimentel (Fr.), Jonathan Oregon (Jr.) and Gurraj Purewal (Jr.) will also contribute.

Juan Hernandez (Jr.), Caden Hoback (Jr.), Brandon Lopez (Fr.), Brandon Rodriguez (Jr.) and Angel Vega (Jr.) round out Ceres High's 18-person roster.

The Bulldogs will be vying for their eighth straight playoff appearance.

Ceres High placed third in the WAC standings (8-4) a season ago.

"We're capable of winning league based on our talent," McCaig said. "Practice is where it begins. We need to give it our all. We have to keep the same mindset, never get down and push ourselves."