Carducci wins again; Placer tennis does too

By: Journal sports staff
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Placer coach Tom Isaac says Center is the best co-ed team his Hillmen have played in seven years.

“They were undefeated,” he said. “But they’re no longer undefeated.”

Placer improved to 3-0 Wednesday with a 7-2 victory over visiting Center in a Pioneer Valley League match.

The win gave Placer its 71st straight PVL win.

In No. 1 singles play on the boys side Andrew Carducci continued his well-documented comeback with a 6-3, 6-2 win.

“He’s absolutely amazing,” Isaac said. “He’s doing really well, playing against good, solid players. It gives you goose bumps to watch him play.”

And how much better would Carducci be if he was playing without a patch covering one eye?

“Oh my gosh, I don’t even want to think about,” Isaac said. “He’s playing better than last year than when he had two eyes. He’s playing the best every school has to offer. There’s probably a couple of guys in the section who are a little bit better than him. But right now he’s beating all of the undefeated guys.”

In No. 2 singles, Brendan Axelbaum (6-0, 6-2) also scored a win. In boys doubles, teams of Kyle Fontes and Andrew Dahlin (6-1, 6-2) and Robert Kuklica and Troy Potter (6-2, 6-0) triumphed.

Placer swept the girls doubles, with teams of Clare McInerney and Kirstin Schauble (6-3, 6-0) and Ana De Miguel and Camilla Polinsky (7-6, 7-2, 6-3).

In mixed doubles, Placer’s James James and Tani Thomsen (6-3, 6-1) tallied the final victory.

Placer plays at Lincoln Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and hosts Golden Sierra Friday at 3:30 p.m.