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More success for Dawgs?
Ceres High School's varsity boys tennis team secured its second straight postseason berth last year.

The Bulldogs will try to sustain their success in 2012.

"I'd be really disappointed if we didn't make it to playoffs," head coach Bryan Harden said. "We have enough talent but we're really young."

Ceres High's starting lineup features two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.

Julio Ochoa (Fr.), Alick Liang (So.), Gurman Bains (Jr.), Chase Harden (Fr.), Jordan Mey (So.) and Victor Pimentel (Sr.) will play No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles, respectively, for the Bulldogs.

Trevor Brazil (Jr.) and Esteban de la Torre (Sr.), Sergio Zepeda (Jr.) and David Cisneros (Jr.), and Heath Adrian (So.) and Shane Kumar (So.) make up Ceres High's No. 1, 2 and 3 doubles teams.

Liang, Bains, Mey, Pimentel, Brazil, de la Torre, Zepeda, Cisneros, Adrian and Kumar are returning players.

Julio's and Chase's older siblings starred in tennis at Ceres High.

Luis Ochoa won back-to-back Valley Oak League singles titles (2010, 2009).

Marifer Ochoa captured the WAC crown (2010) as a freshman.

McKenzy Harden, a current member of the Cal State Stanislaus women's tennis team, claimed three VOL championships. "The talent's there," Bryan said while talking about Ceres High's freshman duo.

The Bulldogs placed second in the WAC standings (9-3) last season.

"Our goal every year is to win league," Harden said. "Obviously, we want to make the playoffs and extend our season. Hopefully, we have a good year."

Ceres High will try to dethrone WAC-powerhouse Central Catholic. The Raiders won all of their league matches in 2011.

Livingston and Los Banos tied for third (7-5).

Patterson (5-7), Central Valley (2-10) and Pacheco (0-12) placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

The top three teams in conference play advance to the postseason.

"Central Catholic won't be as strong as they were last year but that doesn't mean they're not going to be good," Harden said. "There's a lot of good teams. It's a real competitive league."