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Tigers defeat Hawks 6-3 in WAC play
CV boys drop to fifth in standings
Central Valley's Ruben Morales lost 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) to Los Banos' Quentin Barcellos in No. 1 singles play. - photo by Courier file photo

Central Valley’s varsity boys tennis team wrapped up the first half of the Western Athletic Conference season with a 6-3 loss at Los Banos on March 22.

“The guys are working hard and getting better,” Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez said. “They’re starting to play more aggressive.”

Central Valley (2-4) dropped to fifth in the WAC standings.

Los Banos (3-3) took over sole possession of fourth place.

“I expected us to be around .500,” Rodriguez said. “We got a lot of first-year players. Other teams are more consistent than us.”

Central Valley won two of six singles and one of three doubles matches versus Los Banos.

Henry Garcia defeated Jared Haug 6-2, 6-2 in No. 2 singles play.

Juan Zaragoza defeated Will Marchese 6-2, 6-4 in No. 3 singles play.

Ralph Afortunado and Alonzo Bustos defeated Andy Rios and Patrick Martinez 6-2, 7-5 in No. 2 doubles play.

Adrian Garcia and Daniel Garrido lost 6-1, 6-2 to Jorge Gutierrez and Max Bell in No. 1 doubles play.

Ivan Jimenez and Javier Palafox lost 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to Thomas King and Paul Reyes in No. 3 doubles play.

Ruben Morales lost 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) to Quentin Barcellos in No. 1 singles play.

Jesus Cuevas lost 6-3, 6-4 to Jake Gerstenberg in No. 4 singles play.

Rogelio Perez lost 6-2, 6-1 to Michael Butler in No. 5 singles play.

Roman Ortiz lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Giovanni Mevi in No. 6 singles play.

Manuel Lazcano, a transfer from Ceres High, will be eligible to play for the Hawks during the second half of the WAC season.

Lazcano will start at No. 2 singles.

“Everyone moves down to their normal spot in the lineup,” Rodriguez said. “It’s going to make us better.”