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Pride tennis serves Turlock first loss

Pitman remains number one in CCC; Bulldogs in close second

POSTED March 23, 2012 11:04 p.m.

Turlock (5-1 CCC) and Pitman High (6-0 CCC) met on the tennis court Wednesday with undefeated league records. Only one team could walk away from the cross town matchup with an unblemished record and bragging rights. After six singles matches and three doubles matches, the Pride prevailed with a convincing 7-2 victory, sweeping the singles competitions and taking one doubles match.

Pitman’s top three singles players, Michael Davis, Mike Lazar, and Marcos Boutros, each shut out their opponents; winning their matches 6-0. Luis Velasquez and Turlock’s Efrain Ochoa played the closest singles match of the day, going 4-6, 6-2, and finally 6-0 in the tie breaker for a Velasquez victory. Although the final score indicates that the Pride dominated Turlock, the truth is the Bulldogs were without their top three singles players.

“It would have been a much tougher match if they had been there,” Pitman’s head coach Jeff Hayes said. “I’m kind of glad that we didn’t get to see their full lineup because now we have something to look forward to and keep a fire in our bellies.”

The Bulldog teams of Jonathon Lopez and Brandon Purdy and Ricardo Lopez and Jake Guevarra notched Turlock’s only victories of the day after two tie breakers in doubles competition. Pitman’s Julio Loza and Jesse Inacio were the sole doubles victors for Pitman.

The win gives the Pride an excellent shot at earning yet another CCC championship and has the team looking forward to their final meeting with Turlock.

“If things progress the way they’ve begun so far, I can see us taking the title,” Hayes said.

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