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WAC coaches recognize local tennis players
Central Valleys Teresa Diaz earned first-team all- Western Athletic Conference recognition while contributing at No. 1 singles this year. - photo by DALE BUTLER/Courier file photo

Central Valley's and Ceres High's varsity girls tennis programs had a combined 12 players recognized in a vote by the Western Athletic Conference's head coaches on Oct. 27 in Ceres.

"I'm not too surprised," said Hawks head coach Mike Rodriguez, whose team saw seven of its 12 starters earn praise for their effort.

Central Valley had the second-best team in the WAC (10-2).

Crosstown-rival Ceres High (6-6) finished in fourth place.

Five of the Bulldogs' starters were rewarded.

Hawk seniors Teresa Diaz and Jadah Jackson were both selected to the WAC First Team, along with Bulldog senior Stephanie Garcia.

Diaz compiled a respectable 6-6 record in No. 1 singles play.

"She probably could have won a few more matches," Rodriguez said. "But she played really well. She was pretty tough to beat when she played aggressive."

Jackson posted a 9-3 record at No. 2 singles.

"She was a lot more consistent this year," Rodriguez said.
Garcia had a 4-2 record in No. 3 singles play during Ceres High's six conference victories.

Central Valley's Vanessa Monroy (Sr.), Amy Nguyen (Sr.) and Claudia Martinez (Jr.), and Ceres High's Aleena Ahmed (Jr.) and Azia Brewster (Jr.) earned second-team all-conference accolades.

Monroy and Nguyen, Central Valley's senior No. 1 doubles tandem, won all 10 of their matches.

"They were pretty dominant all year," Rodriguez said. "Only two of their matches went three sets."

Martinez had a perfect 11-0 record at No. 6 singles.

"She took a year off and never played singles before this year," Rodriguez said. "For her to go undefeated is pretty impressive."

Ahmed and Brewster amassed a near-perfect 5-1 record while teaming up at No. 1 doubles in wins against Patterson, Livingston and Pacheco.

Central Valley's Chelsea Flores (Sr.) and Celest Lepe (Sr.), and Ceres High's Dominique Koeurn (Jr.) and Andria Esho (Jr.) were honorable-mention selections.

Lepe (10-1) and Flores (10-2) contributed at No. 4 and 5 singles, respectively.

Koeurn (1-5) and Esho (3-3) started at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively.