On the doubles side Calexico got four points.
"I still think we were in it until the very end. The final score just came down to a few key matches," said Gastelum. "Our main goal for this season was to win league and defend our title and we did that. Today was kind of sad because I know we could've won this match. But oh well, there's always next year."
In singles, the Bulldogs' No. 1, Joseph Alvarez, fell 2-6 to Hilltop's No. 1, Danny Barbosa, No. 2 Alexis Ayala, and No. 3, Chris Dickie.
Jesus Vio, No. 2 for Calexico, lost 0-6 to Barbosa, 3-6 to Ayala and 2-6 to Dickie.
Things went a lot easier for Cota as he shut out Barbosa and Ayala 6-0 and downed Dickie 6-3.
"Overall I think looking back, changing our lineup was the difference. We would've had a better chance if we would've stayed with our original lineup," said Cota. "But it was a decision the whole team agreed on."
On the doubles side, another Cota found success as Miguel Cota, and teammate Juan Gallardo picked up two victories, downing Hilltop's No. 2 pair of Aaron Guzman and Alejandro Hinojosa and No. 3 squad of Danny Barrajas and Freddy Barrajas both 6-4, but fell 3-6 to the No. 1 duo of Tony Porras and Juan Jimenez.
Also picking up points for the Bulldogs was the No. 2 squad of Anthony Castellanos and Samuel Garcia, which defeated Porras/Jimenez 6-2 and Barrajas/Barrajas 6-4 but lost to Guzman/Hinojosa 5-7.
Andre Barros and Steve Rivera, the No. 1 duo for Calexico, fell 4-6 to Porras/Jimenez, 3-6 to Guzman/Hinojosa and 2-6 to Barrajas/Barrajas.
Said Lancers coach Kim Butler: "We really weren't sure of what they had, so that was hard to prepare for. But overall I was very happy with how our team played. It was close and could've gone either way, but I think the play of our doubles was what did it for us."
Calexico finished the year as IVL champion with a 10-2 league mark and a 12-3record overall.
Central 11, St. Augustine 7
SAN DIEGO — The Central Union High tennis team was victorious in its CIF San Diego Section first-round contest over St. Augustine, winning 11-7 here Tuesday.
Leading Central were its doubles teams, which accounted for seven points.
Ricky Montero and Sam Kim, the No. 1 duo for the Spartans, picked up three set wins, as did the No. 2 duo of Peter Barthelme and Leo Alvarado.
Karim Chee and Octavio Cortez, the No. 3 duo for Central, picked up the other point.
On the singles side, the Spartans' No. 1 player, Eddie Figueroa, won all three of his sets. Tony Avila, No. 2 for Central, had one victory and No. 3 player Jon Harmon was swept in his three sets.
The Spartans next play at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas at 3 today.