With temperatures approaching 100 degrees, the Calexico High tennis team edged Central Union High 10-8 in El Centro on Wednesday and pulled within a victory of clinching the Imperial Valley League championship.
The Bulldogs were led by the solid play of No. 1 singles player Chris Cota. Calexico's top player stopped Central's No. 1 Eddie Figueroa 7-6, No. 2 John Harmon 6-0 and No. 3 Alex Lopez 6-0.
The Bulldogs No. 2, Samuel Garcia, won twice 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 as did No. 3 Miguel Cota 5-7, 6-0, 6-1.
"It was great." said Calexico coach David Gastelum. "It was a really tough match and we won the important sets."
He said with the 8-2 IVL record, the Bulldogs are only a victory from clinching the league championship.
In doubles, the Spartans fared a little better, but the Bulldogs still won when they needed to with Calexico's No. 3 pair of Anthony Castellanos/Juan Gallardo topping Central's No. 2 Ricky Montero/Tony Avila 6-4 to preserve the victory.