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Prep girls tennis preview

first_img South Hills has a new coach and only two seniors returning from last season’s third-place team. Shaina Yang and Mika Matsumoto appear solid, and the Huskies always seem to find a way to make the playoffs. MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Wilson was 18-0 in the regular season last year before dropping a second-round playoff match and is an overwhelming choice to repeat in 2005. The Wildcats appear to be much stronger this fall with four returning doubles players. Seniors Sarori Hanamure and Synthia Okihara will battle fellow co-captains Rachel Tsao and Amanda Yang for the No. 1 spot. The Wildcats will have three sophomores playing singles — returners Marsha Owen and Sylvia Tang and transfer Janette Tang (no relation). Janette Tang moved into the district over the summer and will move into the starting line-up as soon as CIF-SS paper work is completed. Bonita will be solid again and the likely No. 2 team. The Bearcats will be led by returning seniors Allyson Shores and Jenna Myers. Shores will be the top singles player for the Bearcats and Myers will be part of the No. 1 doubles team. MONTVIEW LEAGUE Gladstone has won seven consecutive league titles, but 2005 will be a rebuilding year for the Gladiators. They return only four players from last season. “Sierra Vista has the top two singles players,” Gladiators coach Rick Brodbeck said. “That will give them a pretty big start. I think our doubles teams can keep us in any match, but we just aren’t as strong as last year.” Senior Gabriela Oleta is the only returning singles player and will play No. 1 for the Gladiators. The Gladiators swept the top three places in doubles at the league individual championships last season, but only the No. 3 team returns intact. Seniors Vanessa Ortiz and Anel Rivera will move up as the top doubles team. Junior Stephanie Perez was part of the league championship doubles team but has a new partner, junior Jessica Cabrera, who moves up from the junior varsity. Brodbeck feels this team could challenge for the No. 1 spot before the end of the season. Sierra Vista looks like it could finally dethrone the Gladiators. The Dons return their top two singles players — senior and defending league champion Vanessa Acosta and junior Denise Garcia. Junior doubles specialist Sprinna Tran also returns to give the Dons a solid core to build upon. The third playoff spot from the league appears to be wide open, with La Puente and Azusa looking like the strongest of the rest. Junior Captain Margarita Ramos will lead La Puente and could be one of the top players in the league if she can find more consistency. “We don’t have any seniors,” Warriors coach Mike Lorenz said. “We will have four juniors and six sophomores, but they don’t have much experience.” SIERRA LEAGUE Diamond Bar looks poised to repeat as league champion with St. Lucy’s and Ayala having the best chance to unseat the Brahmas. Chino Hills lost five players from 2004 and will again have to play all of its matches on the road. New courts are under construction and the tennis team will also face a rebuilding year. Senior Jeanne Pahati and sophomore Aubrey Greenler will be the Huskies’ top two singles players. They return the No. 1 doubles team of senior Joycelyn Mason and Amanda Bremser, and this pair could provide some upsets. Glendora will be led by three senior co-captains — Jenna Hama, Jaywon Park and Chantel Pevey. “These are just great kids,” Tartans coach Kelly Reed said. “The three musketeers are the guttiest players around.” St. Lucy’s returns three members of last year’s team and coach Juanita Bunkers faces her biggest challenge in years in an effort to keep the Regents at the top of this tough league. Senior Trisha Kinsman was a member of 2004’s No. 1 doubles team and might find herself paired with an incoming freshman. Junior Erica de la Merced returns and will also be looking for a new partner. Junior Theresa Nafis was the Regents’ No. 3 singles player and probably will move to the top spot in 2005. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Defending champion Northview graduated most of its standouts from 2004 and the league title looks like it is up for grabs with four or five teams capable of climbing to the top. The Vikings return sophomore Natasha Evans, who showed signs of brilliance as a freshman but also showed the inconsistency that comes with being young. Evans finished third at the league individual championships last year and is one of the preseason favorites to move to the top in 2005. Senior Tiffany Leung played doubles last year for the Vikings, a team that had three strong singles players. “Tiffany could end up as our No. 1 singles,” Vikings coach Connie Barnett said. “We’ll just see who is most comfortable at that position.” Covina returns two doubles teams and a pair of singles players who could help the Colts improve on their second-place tie in 2004. Senior Meg Tiango and junior Jackie Nguyen are the returning singles players and will be joined by a promising freshman in Benja Pokpongkiat to give the Colts a solid trio. Senior Wendy Ojeda and junior Melissa Salas formed the number No. 1 doubles team last year and should be one of the preseason favorites to win the league’s individual doubles title. Senior Grace Liao and junior Kim Sarcos were the No. 3 double team last year and will move up a spot this fall. Senior Becky Perelle also returns and coach Mike Dole will experiment to see who teams with her on the No. 3 doubles unit. — John Honell 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Coach Tony Goossens also has high hopes for some incoming freshmen who will try to keep the Mustangs atop the league standings. Rowland was the runner-up in 2004 but its No. 1 singles player transferred. The Raiders will rely on its doubles teams until singles can be sorted out. Junior Grace Hoang looks like she will be one of the Raiders’ top two singles players. Co-captains Stephanie Yu and Joanne Lee, both seniors, will be make up the No. 1 doubles team, with seniors Sophia Tai and Patricia Lou playing at No. 2. “This team reminds me of my first team,” Raiders coach Mason Sabbagh said. “This is the hardest-working team I’ve ever had. I’m just proud of their dedication and effort.” The Mustangs return 2004 Tribune Player of the Year, senior Crystal Kim, at No. 1 singles. She is considered the top player in the league. The Mustangs also return their top doubles team, senior Jaclyn Lim and junior Patty Durongwong. Junior Megan Corpus will be the No. 2 singles player. center_img Walnut seeking to make another run at a Division IV title Walnut High School reached the CIF-Southern Section Division IV girls tennis finals last year and has the potential to return this fall. last_img read more