GIRLS TENNIS / Players to Watch

* Jennifer Bailey, Capistrano Valley, singles, Jr.

* Eva Baudenbacher, Corona del Mar, singles, Sr.

* Natalie Braverman, Newport Harbor, singles, Fr.

* Kristen Case, Newport Harbor, doubles, Jr.

* Melissa Esmero, Mater Dei, singles, Jr.

* Megan Hawkins, Newport Harbor, singles, Fr.

* Adrianna Hockicko, Woodbridge, singles, Jr.

* Danielle Hustedt, Woodbridge, singles, Sr.

* Susanna Lingman, Woodbridge, singles, So.

* Ashley Maddocks, Laguna Beach, singles, Fr.

* Leigh Ann Merryman, Capistrano Valley, singles, Jr.

* Kim Nguyen, Saddleback, singles, So.

* Jessica Prause, Laguna Hills, singles, Sr.

* Kate Romm, Dana Hills, singles, Jr.

* Kelly Scanlan, Brea Olinda, singles, Jr.

* Tara Siddiqui, Los Alamitos, singles, Fr.

* Veronica Sommer, Los Amigos, singles, Jr.

* Courtney Tenerelli, Corona del Mar, doubles, Sr.

* Nadia Vaughan, Corona del Mar, singles, Jr.

League Favorites

Century: Villa Park; Empire: El Dorado; Freeway: Sunny Hills; Garden Grove: Garden Grove; Golden West: Rosary; Olympic: Brethren Christian; Orange: Brea Olinda; Pacific Coast: Laguna Beach; Sea View: Corona del Mar; South Coast: Mater Dei; Sunset: Los Alamitos.

Key Dates

Oct. 2-3, Rancho Mirage Championships; Nov. 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 23, Southern Section team championships; Nov. 21, Dec. 3-4, Southern Section individuals.

1997 Final Poll

1. Corona del Mar; 2. Dana Hills; 3. Woodbridge; 4. Villa Park; 5. Newport Harbor; 6. Los Alamitos; 7. Mater Dei; 8. University; 9. Troy; 10. Esperanza.


The rankings would have had a different look if more top players were competing for their high school teams. Corona del Mar's Caylan Leslie, Villa Park's Arpi Kojian, Dana Hills' Amber Tantee and University's Etel Bugescu have decided to spend more time with their private coaches rather than play for their school. Brittany Reitz would have been a nice addition to Corona del Mar's team, but she has chosen to be home-schooled. . . . Corona del Mar Coach Tim Mang lost Leslie and Reitz, but gained foreign exchange student Eva Baudenbacher of Switzerland and sophomore Neeta Lal, who previously attended a tennis academy on the East Coast. Baudenbacher's brother, Beat played for Mang three years ago. Eva, a top-70 player in Switzerland, will probably play No. 2 singles behind Nadia Vaughan. Lal will probably play No. 2 doubles with Jenny Meyer. . . . The regionalized playoff system has been scrapped after two years. However, divisions will still be enrollment-based.

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