Placer tennis expects to win another PVL title

Coed Hillmen team has never lost a PVL match
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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For the seventh straight year, the Placer High School coed tennis team is looking to go undefeated in Pioneer Valley League play. 
“If we don’t,” said coach Tom Isaac, “it will be a huge upset.”
Since 2007, the Hillmen have an impressive 68-match winning streak in league action.  Last year, Placer earned 9-0 sweeps in six of its 10 contests. Its smallest margin of victory was a 7-2 win over Lincoln. 
“We’ve had one 6-3 match in years,” Isaac said, referring to a victory over Bear River in 2010. “We’ve dominated people.”
With junior Kyle Fontes as his No. 1 player in boys and probable girls No. 1 Lindsay Holden, a senior captain, Isaac expects much of the season this year. 
About 40 tennis players are currently practicing every day on the Hill in preparation for the upcoming PVL season. 
Under Isaac, who was recently named the 2012 USPTA Northern California High School Coach of the Year, the Hillmen have won three out of the last five Sac-Joaquin Section titles in Div. III and are seeking a three-peat this year.
This year’s tennis squad features around 40 players, with a fairly even mix of boys and girls. 
Other boys expected to play big roles in singles include Andrew Dahlin, Brennan Entz and Andrew Carducci, who is returning to the court after suffering serious injuries in a September vehicle rollover on Interstate 80. 
Carducci is currently adjusting to playing with a patch on his right eye to avoid having double vision. 
“He’s been out there just about every day for I don’t know how many months,” Isaac said of Carducci. “When he first came back he couldn’t even hit balls. He’s one of the most talented players I’ve had in a long time. We didn’t expect him to play this year.”
Isaac said he’s still sorting out which player will be his No. 2 in boys singles. 
While the girls side for singles is fluid, Isaac will eventually have two boys singles, two girls singles, two boys doubles teams, two girls doubles and a mixed doubles team. 
Placer, currently playing in scrimmages where scores are not officially kept, opens its PVL campaign on March 19 when Center comes to Auburn. 

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