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Ochoa father, children fare well at Modesto Racket Club tournament
The Ochoa family, father Alfredo and his children Luis, Marifer and Julio, and fellow Cerean McKenzy Harden competed at the Modesto Racket Club Open Tournament, Aug. 11-12.

"It was a very good experience," Alfredo said. "It was enjoyable."

Luis, a 2010 Ceres High grad and Fresno City College sophomore, advanced to the finals in three different divisions. He played a total of eight matches.

Luis Ochoa lost 6-2, 4-6, 4-0 to Fresno City College teammate Brian Harpin in the finals of the Men's 4.5 Singles tourney.

Ochoa was forced to retire in the third set due to leg cramps.

Harden and Scott Gray, Luis' replacement, lost 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Meza and John Styer in the finals of the Mixed 4.5 Doubles event.

The Men's 4.5 Doubles championship match pitted Luis and Brian against Scott and Mike Erwin. Ochoa and Harpin suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss.

Alfredo Ochoa and Bulldog sophomore Julio Ochoa finished in third place. Alfredo and Julio lost 7-5, 6-4 to Luis and Brian in the semifinals.

"It's the first time I've teamed up with my son," Alfredo said. "He's improved a lot."

Marifer Ochoa, a junior at Ceres High, won the Ladies 4.5 Singles crown.

She defeated Bailey Phelps 6-3, 6-2 in the finals.

Harden (Ceres High/Class of 2010) and Cal State Stanislaus teammate Davina Meza topped Marifer Ochoa and Enochs' Vanessa Teves 6-1, 6-2 for the Ladies 4.5 Doubles championship.

"We're always trying to get the best results," Alfredo said. "We practice six days a week, two hours a day."

McKenzy and Luis won three and two league titles, respectively, during their prep careers with the Bulldogs.

Marifer took first at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in 2010.

Julio captured the WAC title his freshman year.

"At this point, I cannot teach them (my children) too much anymore," said Alfredo, a former baseball player who took up the sport of tennis after getting married. "They have a lot of knowledge. I just encourage them."