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Rivals CHS, CVHS battle in tennis
Wilson Liang and Brian Moreno provided the match-clinching victory in host Ceres High's 3-2 win over Central Valley in the Valley Oak League regular-season varsity boys tennis finale last Thursday.

Liang and Moreno defeated Antonio Cervantes and Heath Sousa 7-6 (4), 6-0 in No. 2 doubles play, rendering the outcome of Mike Hundal's and Anthony Macias' No. 1 singles contest meaningless to the final team result.

"It feels good," Liang said. "We didn't want to lose to them. They're our rival school."

"If we would have lost the tiebreaker, the second set would have been a lot tougher for us," Moreno said.

"That was one of the better matches they played this year," Bulldogs coach Brian de la Porte said. "They pulled out the tiebreaker, jumped out early in the second set and cruised from there."

Ceres High placed second in the VOL this year with an 11-3 record. Central Valley tied for fifth with Weston Ranch at 5-9. The Bulldogs beat the Hawks twice in 2008.

"We finished the season on a good note," de la Porte said. "Central Valley's not bad. They're a scrappy bunch."

Ceres High won both doubles matches and one of three singles matches during the second meeting.

Jose Cortes and Raul Massie defeated Jahiro Godinez and Tony Leon 6-1, 7-6 (2) in No. 1 doubles play. They avenged their earlier VOL season loss to Godinez and Leon.

"We were confident we were going to pull out a win this time," Cortes said. "We got our first serves in. We moved our feet more. We put everything away."

"They played really well," de la Porte said.

In the quickest match of the day, Aaron Salazar defeated Paul Sidhu 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.

"Aaron was consistent," de la Porte said. "He handled the wind a little bit better than Paul did today. Paul can be a tough player. He can give guys fits."

Hundal lost 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 to Central Valley's Anthony Macias.

Teammate Harmon Bains lost 6-4, 6-3 to Ricardo Leon at No. 3 singles.