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Ochoa enjoys another productive tennis season with Ceres High's girls
Ceres High varsity girls tennis standout Marifer Ochoa finished in the top eight at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Individual Championships earlier this month in Roseville.

"Overall, I'm very happy with Marifer's season," Bulldogs head coach Bryan Harden said. "She was one of the top players in the area. She made it to the league finals for the third straight year and won a match at sections."

Ochoa compiled a 1-1 record at the section tournament, which was staged Nov. 1-2 at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club.

She lost 6-4, 6-0 to third-seeded Sydney Komlenic of Rio Americano in the quarterfinals.

Marifer squandered a 4-3 lead in the opening set.

Ochoa dropped the second set via shutout.

"It was definitely a match Marifer should have been in until the end," Harden said. "The opportunity was there. She couldn't seize it. She never regained her focus after losing the first set. The other girl was a really solid player."

Marifer beat Vanden's Emily Lewis 6-2, 6-1 in the first round.

Ochoa won 17 of 21 matches this year.

She finished second at the Western Athletic Conference Singles Championships for the second straight season.

She captured the WAC crown her freshman year.