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Contending in the PVL

Zebras off to 2-1 start in league play
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Lincoln High's co-ed tennis team is making some noise in the Pioneer Valley League. The Zebras, under the direction of new head coach Tim Allen, are 2-1 in PVL matches and the only loss was 5-4 to Bear River on March 13. Lincoln will host a very tough Colfax squad at 3 p.m. today. Colfax was dominant last year and beat Lincoln 9-0 in both league matches. Colfax beat Bear River 5-4 so it should be a really tight match, Allen said. The Zebras beat Whitney 6-3 on March 11 and El Dorado 6-3 on March 6 for the two PVL wins. Last year Lincoln lost to El Dorado twice and was beat 7-2 by Bear River. We are much improved, Allen said. Lincoln also topped visiting Golden Sierra 6-3 in a non-league match Tuesday. For co-ed scoring there are two singles and two doubles matches each for both boys and girls and then one mixed doubles match. Lincoln's Jeremy Orteza, ranked No. 1 for the boys, and teammate Jessica Ho, the No. 1 girl, both won against Golden Sierra. Greg Hill (No. 2 boys) remained unbeaten in league as did Lincoln's No. 1 (Philip Bohm, Kevin Bellido) and No. 2 (PJ Elbakri, Rolando Desantiago) doubles' tandems for the boys. My guys are playing really well, Allen said. Bohm (Germany) is one of three foreign exchange students on the team who is new to Lincoln this year. The others are Jara Vandermeer (Netherlands, doubles) and Milja Djurin (Serbia, mixed doubles). Ho, a freshman, has been a star for the girls. I didn't even know who she was when she came out for conditioning. She hadn't come out to meet me, Allen said. And she is really solid and has gotten better since the season began. Ho is 1-2 in league so far. She has played some of the best girls in the league and is competing as a freshman, Allen said.