Perfect Placer: Carducci, Hillmen go 10-0 in PVL tennis

By: Journal sports staff
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Seventy-eight straight.

That’s how many consecutive Pioneer Valley League matches the Placer High tennis team has won after topping Lincoln Monday and Foothill Tuesday. Both decisions were 8-1 in favor of the PVL champion Hillmen (10-0).

On Monday, Placer swept all four girls matches with Clare McInerney (6-1, 6-0) and Jessi Fry (6-1, 6-4) winning in singles and Lindsay Holden and Kirstin Schauble (6-2, 6-0) and Ana De Miguel Valdez and Camila Polinsky (6-2, 6-3) taking doubles matches.

On the boys side, Andrew Carducci (7-5, 7-5) earned a singles win, while Andrew Dahlin and Kyle Fontes (6-2, 6-0) and Brennan Entz and Kyle Hedden (6-2, 7-5) were victorious in doubles. James James and Tani Thomsen (6-0, 6-0) rolled in mixed doubles play.

On Tuesday, Carducci’s perfect season was in danger after dropping the first set 6-0, but he rallied back to take a 0-6, 7-5, 6-1 decision.

“He was frustrated,” coach Tom Issac said. “It was crazy. All of the sudden he decides he wants to win.”

And that he did.

Placer’s other victories Tuesday came from James and Robert Kuklica (6-1, 6-2), Kevin Lee and Erik Laxo (1-6, 6-2, 10-3), McInerney (6-1, 6-0), Schauble (6-1, 6-1), Fry and Thomsen (6-0, 6-0), Valdez and Polinsky (6-1, 6-1) and Jenna Graden and Michael Nunez (6-1, 3-6, 10-5).

Despite Placer’s perfect record on the year, Isaac said it didn’t come easy.

“It was a very challenging season,” he said. “We had five kids in varsity that played in jazz band and missed three matches. I had a concussion for two months, Fry and Fontes had knee injuries, and add Carducci’s situation — it was not an easy year.”

Team playoffs start next week. Isaac expects Placer to get a bye Monday and then host a playoff Tuesday.

“We’re the team to beat,” he said.