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The Times' Rankings

September 10, 2002

A preseason look at the Top 10 girls' tennis teams in the Southland:

1. Corona del Mar (SS-Division I)

Brittany Reitz has graduated, leaving Anne Yelsey, ranked No. 21 nationally in girls' 18 division, as undisputed No. 1 player for Sea Kings, who move up after winning last two Division IV titles.

2. Palm Desert (SS-Division II)

Senior Robyn Baker and freshmen Hillary Collins and Brittany Blalock are in the top 25 in Southern California for their age groups, and the team has seven players among the top 100.

3. Calabasas (SS-Division I)

Took a hit when Monica Wiesener decided not to play, but Celia Durkin, Erin Everly, Amanda Fink and Kristen McVitty will share top spot as Coyotes get challenged in new league and division.

4. Dana Hills (SS-Division I)

Kady Pooler should vie for Southern Section singles title and the Division I runner-up can only benefit from the addition of freshman Sarah Fansler, the No. 1 player in Southern California girls' 16s.

5. Beverly Hills (SS-Division I)

Riza Zalameda's decision to return for her junior season and the return of senior Irina Shef from a shoulder injury that sidelined her most of last season is huge for last year's Division III champion.

6. Troy (SS-Division II)

Singles lineup of Serena Fermin, Clare Fermin and freshman Cosmina Ciobanu, the SCTA girls' 16 sectional champion, is good enough to carry the defending Division II champion.

7. Peninsula (SS-Division I)

Alex Jurewitz and Macall Harkins return, but the Panthers may be hard-pressed to win their fifth consecutive Division I title.

8. Campbell Hall (SS-Division III)

Division V semifinalist last year is young but experienced.

9. Woodbridge (SS-Division I)

Division III runner-up will rely on senior Elizabeth Exon, sophomores Ashley Williams and Samantha Reeve, and the doubles team of seniors Lindsay Rye and Heather Hustedt.

10. Capistrano Valley (SS-Division I)

Depth and experience from last year's Division I semifinal team remains.

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