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2017 Spring Valley Boys Tennis Capsule

SPRING VALLEY

League: Class 4A Sunset

Head coach: Robert Bloom, 14th season

2016 record: 4-8 (4-8 Southwest, fifth)

Returning lettermen: Four

Top athletes: Vangeli Zimmerman (Jr.), Kyle Moser (Sr.), Jared Patterson (Sr.), Gerardo Mendoza, Illan Gonazlez

Outlook: Zimmerman, who played No. 2 singles last year and won better than 80 percent of his matches, likely will be the team’s top player this year. He leads a group of four returning lettermen for the Grizzlies.

“He has a 50/50 chance of making the state tournament,” Bloom said. “He’s a very strong mental player. He grew a couple of inches in the last six months, which might help.”

Moser was part of a successful No. 1 doubles team last year that was the No. 5 seed in the Sunset Region tournament.

The Grizzlies narrowly missed out on a postseason berth as a team but are hoping their leadership this season helps them get into the playoffs.

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