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Champions of the court
Bulldogs earn 8th consecutive CCC title with win over Pride
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Abby Naranjo stays focused on the ball during her doubles match-up against Pitman on Thursday afternoon. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Journal

Turlock High edged out cross-town rival Pitman High on its home court Thursday afternoon, 6-3, in the Bulldogs' second consecutive undefeated championship season. With the win, Turlock claimed its 8th consecutive Central California Conference title—7th outright—and secured three spots in the upcoming CCC Singles Tournament.


“I've been quite fortunate I have girls that work hard,” Turlock head coach Linda Bejaran said. “It's been a great year. I've just really enjoyed working with these girls.”


Turlock won all but one of its singles matches against Pitman while the Pride won two of the day's three doubles matches. All singles matches were won in straight sets and all doubles matches went the full three sets.


“It was a great match,” Bejaran said.


Of the Bulldogs' six wins, senior Lauren Carlson's held a little more weight than the rest as it marked the end of a three-year singles careers in which she's compiled a record of 29-1.


“It's very impressive,” Bejaran said.


Turlock's next step of the season lies in Atwater on Tuesday as its top three singles players— Mila Johns, Carlson and Courtnie Chan—prepare for the CCC Singles Tournament. Pitman will also be present at Tuesday's tournament with Sahemi Castorena and Barbara Beasley set to compete in singles play.


The CCC Doubles Tournament will take place on Thursday. Pitman will be represented by Yen Luu and Elizabeth Nickerson while Turlock's teams have yet to be decided.