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McCaig wins MVP tennis award for third time
Ceres High junior Nolan McCaig was voted Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player for the third straight year. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High varsity boys tennis star Nolan McCaig has been named Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player for the third consecutive season as voted on by the league's head coaches.

Bulldog Donnavin Koeurn earned second-team, all-WAC honors.

"Those two players rose to the occasion and got the job done," Ceres High first-year head coach Brandon Moring said.

McCaig compiled a perfect 12-0 record during the WAC regular season.

"He has a tremendous work ethic," Moring said. "He's really humble."

Nolan has a combined record of 45-0 in conference play over the past three seasons.

He's won three straight WAC singles titles.

"In my opinion, he's going to go down as Ceres High's best male tennis player," Moring said. "His numbers and people he's been able to beat speak for themselves. He still has another year left. What separates Nolan from other kids is he makes everybody around him better. He's a team player."

Koeurn won all 12 of his matches.

The sophomore split playing time at No. 4, 5 and 6 singles.

Donnavin was a reserve player his freshman year.

"It was real surprising," Moring said. "He was on the team last year but never got to play. He was going to do track and field this season right up until I was named head coach. He's a great athlete. He made our team better. We could always count on him. His record was phenomenal. I'm really proud of his accomplishments."

Central Valley junior Ruben Morales was named to the WAC First Team.

Morales posted a 4-8 record while playing No. 1 singles for the Hawks.

"He's one of the top players in league," Central Valley head coach Mike Rodriguez said.

Morales contributed at No. 4 singles in 2015.

Ruben played doubles his freshman year.

"His overall understanding of how to play has gotten better," Rodriguez said.

Ceres High (8-4) and Central Valley (4-8) placed third and fifth, respectively, in the WAC standings.