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By Casey Christie / The Californian
BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
If Stockdale wants to avenge its Central Section Division I girls tennis championship loss to Clovis-Buchanan, the Mustangs will have to go back on the road.
The section commissioners gave Buchanan the No. 1 seed Monday, followed by No. 2 Stockdale, No. 3 Clovis East and No. 4 Clovis West.
Girls tennis playoffs
First-round matchups Thursday
BYES: No. 1 Buchanan, No. 2 Stockdale, No. 3 Clovis East and No. 4 Clovis West
No. 12 Bakersfield at No. 5 Bullard
No. 11 Liberty at No. 6 Clovis
No. 10 Redwood at No. 7 Garces
No. 9 Clovis North at No. 8 Memorial
BYES: No. 1 Sanger, No. 2 Monache, No. 3 El Diamante and No. 4 Frontier
No. 12 Tulare Western at No. 5 Edison
No. 11 Tehachapi at No. 6 Golden West
No. 10 Tulare Union at No. 7 Central
No. 9 Mount Whitney at No. 8 Immanuel
Div. III (quarterfinals Oct. 30)
BYES: No. 1 BCHS (to semifinals)
No. 7 Madera Southat No. 2 Sunnyside
No. 6 Ridgeview at No. 3 Highland
No. 5 Hoover at No. 4 Yosemite
BYES: No. 1 Selma, No. 2 Liberty-Madera Ranchos, No. 3 Taft, No. 4 Wasco, No. 5 Strathmore, No. 6 Independence
No. 10 Delano at No. 7 Mira Monte
No. 9 Kerman at No. 8 Dinuba
Division V (quarterfinals Oct. 30)
No. 8 Fowler at No. 1 Corcoran
No. 7 Dos Palos at No. 2 Coalinga
No. 6 Firebaugh at No. 3 Sierra Pacific
No. 5 CVC at No. 4 Roosevelt
The Bears and Mustangs split regular-season meetings; Stockdale won the first, a best-of-nine match that mirrors the playoff format, and Buchanan the second, a Lewis Cup tilt with just six matches played two weeks ago.
Stockdale beat Clovis East in the teams' only meeting; the Timberwolves split with Buchanan.
Fresno-Bullard is seeded fifth, followed by No. 6 Clovis, No. 7 Garces, No. 8 Fresno-Memorial, No. 9 Clovis North, No. 10 Visalia-Redwood, No. 11 Liberty and No. 12 Bakersfield.
The first round is played Thursday, with quarterfinals Oct. 30, semifinals Nov. 6 and finals Nov. 13.
Bakersfield Christian, which has won seven section titles in a row, is the top seed in Division III. The Eagles have a bye until the semifinals. No. 6 Ridgeview will play at No. 3 Highland in the D-III quarterfinals next week.
Frontier is seeded No. 4 in Division II, behind Sanger, Porterville-Monache and Visalia-El Diamante. Tehachapi is No. 11.
Defending champion Taft is seeded No. 3 and Wasco No. 4 in Division IV, behind top seeds Selma and Liberty-Madera Ranchos. Independence is No. 6 and Mira Monte, the South Yosemite League champion, is No. 7 and hosts No. 10 Delano on Thursday.
The individual tennis championships will be seeded Monday. The South Area tournament will follow on Nov. 1-2 at Garces, and the individual section finals are scheduled for Nov. 8-9 at Wasco.