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Coach dries tennis court before Placer wipes Lincoln away

By: Journal sports staff
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Tom Isaac didn’t get the message in time.

The Placer High tennis coach already had his Hillmen on the bus en route to Lincoln Thursday before he even found out that the Zebras’ courts were wet and that Lincoln was trying to cancel the match.    

So instead of turning the bus around once Placer got to Lincoln and heard the news, Isaac decided to dry the courts himself with a four-foot squeegee.

Forty-five minutes later, Placer (4-0) was on its way to its 72nd Pioneer Valley League victory, earning a 9-0 sweep of Lincoln.

In doubles action on the girls side, Clare McInerney and Kirstin Schauble earned a 6-0, 6-0 win.

“They won the section two years ago in doubles,” Isaac said of his No. 1 girls team. “They won all of the points today but four in the match. They were trying to get a golden set. They played very strong today. In my estimation they are the best girls doubles team in the section.”

In singles action, No. 1 Lindsay Holden scored a 6-4, 6-2 win and Jessi Fry triumphed 6-0, 6-0.

“Jessi had a great performance today,” Isaac said. “She probably earned herself a job playing singles for the rest of the year. She played very good.”

Ana De Miguel and Camilla Polinsky won in No. 2 doubles, 6-4, 6-3.

On the boys side, Andrew Carducci was victorious 6-2, 6-4 in No. 1 singles action and Brendan Axelbaum topped his opponent 6-3, 6-0.

Boys doubles teams of Robert Kuklica and Troy Potter (6-1, 6-0) and Kyle Fontes and Andrew Dahlin (6-3, 2-6, 16-4) earned victories.

In mixed doubles, James James and Tani Thomsen beat Lincoln 6-2, 6-0.

Placer returns to the court Friday when it hosts Golden Sierra Friday in a nonleague scrimmage.