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Dana Hills' Courtney Swift is part of what might be the top singles trio in the county. The Dolphins start the season ranked No. 2 in the county.

Girls tennis preview: O.C. top 10

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OCVarsity’s girls tennis preseason top 10:

O.C. TOP 10

1. Corona del Mar: The Sea Kings boast arguably the best one-two singles punch in the county in Danielle Willson and Jasie Dunk, capable of garnering six point each time out. With an experienced doubles lineup to boot, CdM will be a major player in the Division 1 championship race.

2. Dana Hills: The Dolphins welcome back a trio of singles players – Courtney Swift, Emilia Gorczyca and Tatum Phillips – that rivals any core in Orange County. The Dolphins are the favorites in the South Coast League and have the talent to make another CIF team semifinal.

3. University: No matter who they graduate, the Trojans reload and are always a threat to win their league and make a deep playoff push. This year shouldn’t be much different.

4. Northwood: The Timberwolves edged out University last fall as the No. 2 representative out of the Pacific Coast League. Can they match last season’s success behind Kerisa Lin and a talented supporting cast?

5. San Clemente: Lindsay Hung and Sami Neilson are proven winners at the No. 1 and 2 singles slots. Add talented freshman Jenna Yeam into the mix, and the Tritons will give Dana Hills a serious push for the South Coast League crown. With four new double starters in the lineup, any production in pairs play will make San Clemente that much more dangerous.

6. Newport Harbor: The Sailors graduated six players from a team that went 21-2 a season ago. The five returners are all talented, but how will the youngsters perform in their first varsity campaign?

7. Santa Margarita: The Eagles split the Trinity League title with JSerra last season, finishing atop the standings for a 10th consecutive season. Senior Katie Chang is back this year, and she will look to grab an outright league championship.

8. Villa Park: Losing the reigning county player of the year, Constance Branstine, will hurt, but the Spartans were much more than one player a season ago. With another year under her belt, junior Soly Colling should slide nicely into the No. 1 singles slot and develop into one of the top individuals in the county.

9. Troy: The Freeway League’s top team continues trending upwards. Kaylee Kang, Julianna Sabile and Anna Tifrea are all ranked starters, and all three players are underclassmen. The future is bright.

10. Valencia: The Tigers make the jump from Division 3 to Division 1 after cruising to a CIF championship last fall. Emilee Duong has the skill to beat any singles player in the area, but how will the rest of the lineup stack up?

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