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McCaig wins his third consecutive WAC singles title
CHS junior improves career league record to 45-0
Bulldog Nolan McCaig placed first at the Western Athletic Conference Singles Championships for the third year in a row. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

As expected, Ceres High varsity boys tennis star Nolan McCaig breezed to another Western Athletic Conference singles championship.

The junior won his third straight title, dominating Los Banos' Quentin Barcellos 6-0, 6-0 in the WAC finals on Thursday at Central Valley High School.

McCaig made quick work of Barcellos as the match lasted less than one hour.

"It feels pretty good to win it again," Nolan said. "I'm really proud of myself."

He beat Barcellos, Livingston's Christian Bracamontes (6-0, 6-1), Livingston's Angel Ramirez (6-0, 6-0) and El Capitan's Joseph Vance (6-1, 6-0).

"I was pretty confident going into the finals," McCaig said. "I just tried to stay focused and not mess around. I have an advantage because I play in tournaments outside of school."

Nolan has a combined record of 45-0 in WAC play over the past three seasons. He won all 16 of his conference matches this year.

"I keep practicing and it shows in my results," McCaig said.

Nolan also made history by becoming Ceres High's first-ever three-time conference champion.

Former Bulldog standouts/brothers Julio and Luis Ochoa won two league titles apiece.

Nolan defeated Julio 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 for the WAC crown last spring.

McCaig topped 2014 Ceres High grad Alick Liang 6-3, 6-4 in the conference finals during his freshman year.

Nolan plans to add to his WAC-title total in 2017.

"The way I've been playing, I'm really confident I can get the fourth one next year," McCaig said.

Central Valley's Ruben Morales and Manuel Lazcano both compiled identical 1-1 records while finishing in the top eight at the WAC singles tourney last week.

Morales beat Los Banos' Jared Haug 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 in the first round.

Morales lost 6-2, 6-0 to Bracamontes in the quarterfinals.

Lazcano beat Pacheco's Jose Lara 6-0, 6-1 in the first round.

He lost 6-3, 6-3 to Barcellos.

"I thought they played decent for their first time playing in the singles tournament," Central Valley head coach Mike Rodriguez said. "There was a lot of talent there."