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Hillmen finish unbeaten in PVL – again

By: Journal sports staff
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Three Placer High singles players and two doubles tandems finished the regular season with unbeaten records on Tuesday. So, for that matter, did the Hillmen as a team — for the third straight year. Placer capped its third 12-0 season in as many years in the Pioneer Valley League with a 7-2 victory over Bear River. The PVL championship marked the 19th consecutive league title for the Hillmen, who will be shooting for their third straight Sac-Joaquin Section team crown when the playoffs begin next week. Seniors Andy Riggs, Dan Fraguglia and Amelia Arnold all finished the regular season undefeated in singles play. In doubles, the boys pairings of juniors Cameron McAllister and Dan Ragusano and senior Marco Barela and sophomore Brad Ray also posted 12-0 marks on the season. Riggs beat Bear River’s Shawndar Johal in straight 6-0 sets to cap his perfect campaign. Arnold topped the Bruins’ Lindsey Harter in straight 6-4 sets, and Fraguglia topped Max Monroe 6-0, 6-3. McAllister and Ragusano downed Bear River’s Greg Ateren and Steve Decker in straight 6-0 sets. Barela and Ray defeated Daniel Miller 6-2, 6-1. Placer’s Tori Winters came up short in her bid for a perfect regular season. The senior fell to the Bruins’ Emily Jacinto in straight 6-2 sets to finish 11-1. The Hillmen swept the girls doubles matches. Junior Amy Vongroningon and senior Melissa Stolle teamed up to beat Chelsea Conley and Emily Gerber in the No. 1 match. Senior Bailey Bill and freshman Ali Dunaway dispatched the Bear River duo of Ali Bergman and Lauren Welz 6-1, 6-3. Bear River’s Shelby Carrol and Conner Phillips won the mixed doubles match, topping Hillmen senior Erin Babic and sophomore Phillip Schoenhoff 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. The PVL’s singles tournament will take place Thursday at the Auburn Racquet Club. The club will also host the PVL doubles tournament on Friday. Colfax 8, Mesa Verde 1 at Colfax — Senior Josh Parker and junior Laura Zajac each won No. 1 singles matches as the Falcons clinched third place in the PVL. Parker won in straight 6-1 sets for Colfax (6-6 PVL, 12-7 overall), while Zajac won 6-1, 6-2. Senior Rachel Fritz won the No. 2 girls singles match 6-1, 6-3. Seniors Brett Brien and Kevin McCollum won the No. 1 singles match in straight 6-2 sets. The No. 2 doubles team of freshmen Derek Ikeda and Kyle Borges won as well. In girls doubles, juniors Erin Katsura and Carissa Millanes won in straight 6-4 sets, while seniors Katie Jenkins and Kirsten Kelly won 6-2, 6-1. Freshman Eric Graves and sophomore Jessica Sanchez won the mixed doubles match 6-3, 6-2.