Saturday Apr 28 2012
Hillmen offer friendly fire
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
Meyer tops Fraguglia in all-Placer final while Colfax girls take doubles crown
Blair Meyer humbly wore the ?No. 2? label all season for the Placer High tennis team. On Friday, he was finally crowned No. 1, though he wasn?t able to complete relish his victory at the Pioneer Valley League Championships at Auburn Racquet Club. Meyer knocked off his good buddy Steven Fraguglia 6-4, 6-2 in an all-Placer championship match. ?I liked playing Steven because it was just fun tennis,? Meyer said. ?But I don?t really like beating him. The bad part of it was one of us was going to win, and one was going to lose.? Fraguglia was the top seed in the tournament after playing No. 1 for the Hillmen all season. But Meyer put together a superb effort at just the right time, crashing the net and forcing Fraguglia into tough shots. ?If you beat Steven, you?ve played some big-time tennis,? Placer coach Tom Isaac said. ?It was a major slug-fest. They?re both great players and they have great attitudes. Afterwards they were still best buddies and you don?t always see that.? Meyer was a PVL and section champion in doubles last year, but raised his game to contend with Fraguglia in singles this spring. Fraguglia got the better of him more often than not in practice, but Meyer said Friday he was feeling up to the challenge. ?I felt like I was in a really good place mentally,? Meyer said. ?I didn?t get frustrated mentally when I missed shots. I definitely had the match of my life. It?s always been really close between us, but I definitely thought he was better.? Both players advanced to Thursday?s Sac-Joaquin Section Singles Championships at Oak Park in Stockton. Placer?s Tine Hummel, an exchange student from Germany, cruised to the PVL girls singles title. She topped her opponent from Lincoln 6-0, 6-2 in Friday?s final. In boys doubles, Brendan Axelbaum and Andrew Carducci slumped in the second set, but bounced back for a 6-0, 4-6, 6-0 win in the final. In girls doubles, Colfax?s young pairing of Justine Henson and Aspen Fairchild rallied to defeat Bear River?s Kristen Malo and Shelby Carrow 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 to take the title for the Falcons. Placer was back on top in mixed doubles as Kyle Fontes and Lindsey Holden held off Colfax?s Rachel Fischer and Chris Harshman. In the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Tournament, Colfax will face Riverbank on the road Monday while Placer has a first-round bye.