Absegami (5-12) will play for the future after losing four varsity players, including No. 1 singles player Brianna Nguyen to an injury. Sophomore Alyssa Brady will step up and fill the No. 1 spot, while junior Laura Nastasi and senior Blair Cournoyer also return to the singles ladder. Freshman Cassidy Calimer is the Braves' top newcomer.
Atlantic City (0-16) will reshape from the bottom up. The Vikings have no returning players from last year's team. The entire lineup is made up of former junior-varsity players and freshmen. Juniors Jordan Weisen, Kristen Parantin and Mary Glass are the top three singles players. The rest of the lineup is made up of freshmen and sophomores, but coach Jack Sorensen said his team is enthusiastic.
Egg Harbor Township (7-10) is expected to make an impact despite having an inexperienced doubles lineup. Juniors Maria Ibarra and Christine Pao return from last year's doubles teams and can provide leadership. Sophomore Katie Garthaus moves up from No. 3 to No. 1 singles to replace honorable-mention Press All-Star Jenn Swentkowski, who graduated.
Millville (22-7) made a late run all the way to the South Jersey Group IV final last year before losing to Cherry Hill East. The division champs will rebuild, coach Tom DeCou said. Senior Erin Chard, who went 22-10 at third singles last season, will replace first-team Press All-Star Amanda Hickman at first singles. Sisters Noelle Brecht, a senior, and sophomore Harmony Brecht will play second and third singles, respectively.
Vineland (18-8) will rebuild after losing five players to graduation, including first-team Press All-Star and all-time school wins leader Blake Pescatore. Coach Harry Silverstein said he hopes strong doubles play will get the Fighting Clan to a .500 record. Senior Brianna Ciancaglini and sophomore Neerjah Thakur played doubles last year and will move to singles.
Hammonton (2-17) coach Casey McCullough is nearing the 100-win mark, with 94 between the girls and boys programs, and and could hit the milestone in the first month. The Blue Devils will adjust to new positions, except senior Taylor Peyton, who will play singles again. Senior Morgan Mitchell moves up from first doubles to the top singles spot, and junior Sam Carty will play No. 3. Freshman Claire Odgen won a spot at first doubles with senior Nicolette Norton. Juniors Heather Visco and Hannah Knapp will play second doubles.
Mainland Regional (13-4) is young and inexperienced but has a solid doubles lineup that could provide points. Junior Nicole Fahringer struggled at the No. 1 spot last season but has improved significantly. Lily Glassberg jumps from second doubles to second singles and former JV player Elise Nachtigall will play No. 3. Junior Haley Krachman will play first doubles again, with new partner sophomore Rachel Rha. The Mustangs won the conference and South Jersey Group IV title in 2010.
Oakcrest (10-12-1), the darkhorse for the conference race, will rely heavily on its singles lineup. Second-team Press All-Star Connie Capone is at first singles for the third straight season. Juniors Summer Conover and Erin DeSandro will play second and third singles, respectively. Senior Kristina Nguyen and freshman Aubrey Hawn are expected to contribute at doubles.
Ocean City (17-2) will have to adjust to new positions as it prepares to defend its conference crown. Junior Gabby DuBruille, who earned 13 victories in her debut at first singles last year, will hold down the top spot again. Junior Leah Kornberg and senior Lauren Loggi, first-team Press All-Stars at doubles last year, will play No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Senior Eva Nusbaum is the only experienced doubles player on the roster, but 2011 Press Coach of the Year Samantha Newgas said her team will still contend at a high level.
Bridgeton (1-19) has the potential for 10 or more wins if it can stay healthy, but depth is an issue. Juniors Denise Juarez, Ruby Nava, Andrea Mendez, Tanija Johnson, Shakia Singleton and Tyrusha Wallop have chemistry from playing as a group last year. Juarez, Nava and Mendez will play singles, while sophomore Anna Perez joins the doubles ladder.
Buena Regional (11-9) placed second in the division last season behind Middle Township, but the Chiefs will be strong again with five seniors and three returning starters. Senior Jesse Houston returns to the No. 1 spot for the second straight year. Former second doubles teammates Kate Albertson and Ana Nicolo, both seniors, will play second singles and first doubles, respectively. Senior Deanna Brown moves up from JV to play third singles.
Lower Cape May Regional (6-13) will be led by new coach Gina Fittipaldi after Greg Douglass, who had 250 coaching wins, retired from the girls team. The Caper Tigers are senior-laden, including Olivia Zeitler and Lindsey Harner returning to first and second singles, respectively. Karli Abbatiello will play third singles and Vikki Ferrante will lead the doubles teams.
Middle Township (13-8) is eager to defend its division title from last season despite losing second-team Press All-Star Megan Tice to graduation. The Panthers clinched the title late in the season with a win over Buena. Sophomore Taylor Schad moves from No. 3 to No. 1 singles, and junior Jen Ney makes the unusual jump from second doubles to No. 2 singles. Senior Hayley Bramble will play No. 3, while senior Brooke Pearson is the only returning doubles player.
Pleasantville (1-18) will look to build on its first win in nine years, over Bridgeton late last season. Seniors Lorna Miller and Julia Monroe earned three and four wins, respectively, last year and will play first and second singles. Freshmen Ashley and Leslie Deleon make up the first doubles team, and freshman Flor Woodard won the third singles spot. Freshmen Racqul Wydner and Asia Alexander will play second doubles.
Cedar Creek (13-12) is an underdog, but with the entire squad back the Pirates could surprise some teams. Senior Linsey Gabris holds down the No. 1 spot for a third year, with junior Mikila Stefanski and senior Alli Hare at second and third. Juniors Cristina Pirri and Jess Danks will play first doubles again. Seniors McKenzie Goddard and Lindsey Grams also will play doubles.
Holy Spirit (19-1), which won its seventh straight conference title, may experience some growing pains to start the season. The Spartans lost five players to graduation. Madison Gallagher, Emery Gewirtz and Kerin Maguire return and will play singles in that order. Gallagher was 18-4 at third singles last year, while Maguire and Gewirtz combined for a 16-2 record at second doubles. Standout basketball player Valerie Garofalo will play doubles.
Our Lady of Mercy Academy (14-6-1) had the second winning season in its four-year history last year. The Villagers will be strong again at both singles and doubles. Two-time second-team Press All-Star Bridget Dandrea, a senior, is capable of making a run at the league singles title with defending champion Adrienne Kaye from Holy Spirit playing at Tusculum College. Junior Claire Stimson also returns, along with seniors Tina DiCicco and Gianna Vozzi.
Sacred Heart (19-4) was the conference runner-up and could make another run with five players back. Patrice Basada, Abby Bencie and Katie O'Rourke will provide senior leadership. Junior Amanda Goff had a strong year at second singles and is a player to watch for the league singles title. Junior Lauren Cavallo also returns.
Wildwood Catholic (2-12) graduated five starters but has some young talent that could make up for the loss. Sophomores Tara McBride, Mel Sheehan and Shannon Birdsell will play doubles. Senior Kelly Gillin-Schwartz and junior Rita Marino will play in the singles ladder this year. The Crusaders hope they can improve as the season goes on.
Lacey Township (16-3) moves back into A South with conference realignment after two years in B South. The co-champs of B South will have to play tough in order to beat division favorites Toms River North and Jackson Memorial. Coach Charlie Reider said the Lions, who won the A South in 2007, are fundamentally sound. Senior Kelsey Cornelius and junior Carly Ragan are the only returning starters.
Southern Regional(5-12) has a decent nucleus of returning starters and is expected to be in the middle of the pack in division play. Coach Howie Madsen hopes his doubles teams can jell early to add some depth. Senior Patty Terhune returns at first singles. Senior Faye Guadalupe is contending for a singles spot, while junior Rylea Hager and senior Casi Callahan are battling for spots on the first doubles team.
Barnegat (19-5) was neck-and-neck with Lacey in the division race last year, and a 4-1 win late in the season made them co-champs. Former junior-varsity coach Rick Blasi takes over as Sue Rogers steps down. First-team Press All-Star Anna Prestera will play first singles again and could set the school's career wins record. Colleen Anderson and Marlena Brazill, doubles teammates last season, move up to second and third singles. Despite a lack of varsity match experience at doubles, the Bengals are loaded with senior leadership down the rest of the ladder.
Pinelands Regional (3-12) returns a balanced lineup with seniors Emily Delbury and Amanda Anderson back at the top two singles spots. Junior Julia Driscoll and Jamie Cohalan will play doubles again, while junior Caitlyn Gobel makes the leap from second doubles to third singles. The Panthers, who last won the division in 2008, are optimistic this year.
Cumberland Regional (10-8) will bring depth to its new division, moving from the Royal. Freshman Megan Maloney will lead the team at No. 1 singles, followed by senior Shannon Maloney and junior Zoe Taylor. Karen Johnson and Melanie Mayhew play first doubles, while Bianca Birney and Shaylynn Halter play second doubles.
Wildwood (0-12) will experience a learning year with little match play from No. 3 singles down. Junior Samantha Rogers returns to first singles, while junior Melissa Kutas is back at No. 2.
Kelly Ashe, 609-272-7210