Girls singles: Junior Leigh Oehrig, freshmen Rita Hung and Clara Wang

Girls doubles: Juniors Rachel Hall and Jess Dietz, sophomore Christina Le

Scouting report: After combining to win 25 matches over the past two seasons, the Gladiator boys are in position for another strong campaign with Hung and Eisenberg leading a deep group. A bumper crop of incoming freshmen — led by Wang and Byron Hung's younger sister, Rita — have the Gladiator girls set to repeat the success of 2010, when they won 13 matches. Oehrig and Le both got experience with singles play last season.

Hammond


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Coach: Omri Kagan, first season

Boys: 1-16; Girls: 8-9

Boys singles: Seniors Minhwan Kim, Jeremy Green and Bo Mitchell

Boys doubles: Senior Gaurav Luthria

Girls singles: Senior Alison Curry and sophomore Katie Cheuvront

Girls doubles: Junior Robyn Jasper and sophomore Sherri Green

Scouting report: It's been a lean couple of years for the Golden Bear boys, who have just eight conquests in the past three seasons. But with Kim and Green both returning as experienced starters, an improvement could be in order this season. Mitchell could elevate to the No. 2 singles spot at some point, or join Luthria at the top doubles spot. The Hammond girls will have to rebound from the graduation of county champion Corinne Zahlis, along with the top doubles team of Olivia Plazak and Tarin Gentile. Curry did get some valuable singles experience last year.

Howard

Coach: Chip Boling, fifth season

Boys: 14-3; Girls: 9-8

Boys singles: Senior Seth Hoesman and junior Andrew Pagan

Boys doubles: Senior Kyle Shope and sophomores Cameron Proctor and Max Balter

Girls singles: Sophomore Emma Hoesman and senior Arielle Kazlow

Girls doubles: Juniors Michelle Hwang and Maddie Schroeder

Scouting report: The buzz around the tennis team at Howard has led to the highest turnout at tryouts in his five-year tenure, said Boling. While the girls will have to deal with the graduation of four of their top players, the boys return most of their talent from last year's breakout season. Seth Hoesman, whose younger sister will lead a youthful girls team, and Pagan are two of the best individuals in the league, but Shope, Proctor and Balter are all good enough to challenge them for their spots. That depth has the Lions thinking county title.

Long Reach