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Casey Christie / The Californian

During doubles play Saturday in Bakersfield, Stockdale High's Karen Lu returns the ball against the number one Buchanan doubles team. Her partner is Cara Kemp.

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.

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.