The Central Section high school girls tennis championships begin Thursday with Clovis North, Corcoran and Central Valley Christian among those looking to repeat as champions.
Clovis North, 10-0 in the Tri-River Athletic Conference, earned the top seed and received a bye in the Division I playoffs. Last season, the Broncos defeated Buchanan 5-4 for the D-I title.
Corcoran rolled to a 6-3 victory over Wasco for the D-IV championship, its first since 2013. That precipitated a move up to D-III, where Corcoran received the top seed after finishing the regular season 16-0 and going 14-0 in the East Sequoia League.
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Central Valley Christian beat Firebaugh 5-4 for the D-V title last season. Now the Cavaliers, who finished 18-3 and 13-0 in the Central Sequoia League, move to D-IV and are the top seed.
Other top seeds for 2017 are Redwood (D-II) and Dos Palos (D-V).
Bakersfield Christian was the 2016 champ in D-II, but this year it’s seeded No. 7 in D-I. Bakersfield Christian has won 12 straight section championships, a run that began in D-V.
Immanuel won the D-III title a year ago but is seeded No. 9 in D-II this season.
The section individual tournament starts with area meets Oct. 27-28. The section seeding meeting is Oct. 30 and the final four rounds of individual play are Nov. 3-4.
Central Section team playoffs
Thursday first-round matches, 4 p.m.
No. 9 Clovis East at No. 8 Bullard
No. 10 Memorial at No. 7 Bakersfield Christian
Byes: No. 1 Clovis North, No. 2 Buchanan, No. 3 Stockdale, No. 4 Clovis West, No. 5 Garces
No. 9 Immanuel at No. 8 El Diamante
No. 12 Ridgeview at No. 5 Monache
No. 13 Edison at No. 4 Centennial
No. 11 Frontier at No. 6 Reedley
No. 10 Golden West at No. 7 Central
Byes: No. 1 Redwood, No. 2 Sanger, No. 3 Bakersfield
No. 9 Sunnyside at No. 8 Liberty-Madera Ranchos
No. 12 Tulare Western at No. 5 Lemoore
No. 13 Wasco at No. 4 North
No. 11 Madera at No. 6 Yosemite
No. 10 Porterville at No. 7 Selma
Byes: No. 1 Corcoran, No. 2 Independence, No. 3 West
No. 5 Coalinga at No. 4 Woodlake
No. 6 Highland at No. 3 Taft
No. 7 Strathmore at No. 2 Kerman
Bye: No. 1 Central Valley Christian
No. 9 Kingsburg at No. 8 Granite Hills
No. 12 Desert at No. 5 Arvin
No. 13 Caruthers at No. 4 Fresno
No. 11 Mira Monte at No. 6 Fresno Christian
No. 10 Orange Cove at No. 7 Fowler
Byes: No. 1 Dos Palos, No. 2, Firebaugh, No. 3 Kern Valley