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The Top 7 Seniors
1. John Huang, University: Ranked No. 4 in the USTA's SoCal 18 and under seedings, John has serious game. Coach John Kessler simply describes John's game as "big time tennis." As importantly, Huang as the mental make up to match his game. The kid is tough and isn't going to back down. There's no doubt as to why he is the No. 1 player on the No. 1 team in the county.
2. Matt Siow, University: Matt is the second highest ranked senior in the county. Not much more needs to be said than that. He's headed to Princeton after this season, so we know he works just has hard in the classroom as he does on the court.He's built up his serve to make it a weapon this year, and he probably has the best net game of anyone of the team, which makes him probably the best all-around player on the county's top team.
3. Warren Hardie, Dana Hills: Warren is right there among the best in the county. He lost last year in the semifinals of Ojai, and his game is at a high-enough caliber, he could be among the few with a chance at winning it this year.
Warren is deadly from the baseline, and he doesn't give his opponents cheap points. Bring a lot of water, and be prepared to work hard against him.
4. Chris Freeman, Mater Dei: Chris has the weapons. He has the ability to boom serves and follow them up with thundering forehands. He's game has come along as he has learned to play smarter tennis. He is no longer going for the spectacular in every point, but rather playing the percentages and working more on setting points up to finish them off with his forehand.
5. Charlie Alvarado, Mater Dei: Charlie is the proverbial player who never gives up on anything. He can be a pain to play because of it. You know you are going to have to beat him, which means producing winners and playing a clean match.
Charlie used to be known more as a backboard who got everything back, but don't make that mistake this year.
He has added pop to his game, especially on his forehand and serve. And he gets around the court well.
6. Kevin Cox, Servite: Kevin has had the quietest success of anyone on this list, but he won't fly under the radar anymore. The Dartmouth-commit has beaten Freeman this season already, and is sure to battle for the Trinity League singles crown. Cox lost his first match of the season to Alvarado, and is 41-1 on the season.
7. Justin Thompson, Troy: Justin is the epitome of someone who shows up on the court with their lunchbox in hand. This kid grinds like no one else. He's a fighter and because of his ability to wear down opponents, often emerges victorious. Justin has an all-around game, and is as comfortable as anyone playing defense.