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San Clemente, which features Michael Bott, starts the season ranked No. 7 in the county.

Boys tennis preview: O.C. top 10

STAFF WRITER

The Register’s season-opening O.C. top 10 for boys tennis.

O.C. TOP 10

1. University: The Trojans are the team to beat in the county. They have already notched wins over Division 1 powers Harvard-Westlake and Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates. With Josh Piatos, Garrett Kurtz and solid players throughout its lineup, University should stay atop the loaded Pacific Coast League and make a lengthy postseason run.

2. Corona del Mar: The Bjorn Hoffmann-Pedro Fernandez del Valle one-two punch atop the singles lineup is tops in the county. The key for the Sea Kings, who missed the playoffs in 2015, will be the play of their doubles tandems.

3. Beckman: Seven of nine starters return from a team that played its way to the Division 1 semifinals last year. Axel Stern and Joshua Yoo – the team’s top two singles players – won 71 and 64 matches, respectively, a season ago.

4. Los Alamitos: The defending CIF-SS Division 1 champs graduated a trio of All-County talents, but Riley Smith could be the county’s player of the year. The Griffins will need results from others if it hopes to make a push later this season.

5. Marina: The Vikings opened the season with good showings in losses to Beckman, 9-9, and Corona del Mar, 11-7. Max Cancilla and Brendan Baar are solid as the team’s top two singles players. Marina will start as many as six seniors in its lineup.

6. Woodbridge: The Warriors have already topped last season’s win total (3). If Coach Ryan Sabado’s squad continues to play at this level, it will be interesting to see how it fares in the Pacific Coast League.

7. San Clemente: The Tritons welcome back a talented pair of singles players in Michael Bott and Jay Yeam. San Clemente has posted a perfect record in the South Coast League each of the last three seasons.

8. Fountain Valley: The Barons will be in the Sunset League race alongside Los Alamitos and Marina. Fountain Valley’s next three matches are all against Pacific Coast League squads – Corona del Mar, Irvine and University.

9. Huntington Beach: The Oilers opened up the year with impressive wins over Mater Dei and Northwood. They will have an opportunity to solidify their place in the top 10 when they play Woodbridge on Tuesday and San Clemente on Thursday.

10. Northwood: Kevin Wong is back after finishing third in the Pacific Coast League last season. Northwood takes on a pair of defending CIF-SS champs this week in Santa Margarita and Valencia.

BOYS TENNIS PREVIEW

Contact the writer: kconnolly@ocregister.com


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