Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Girls Tennis State Tournament Preview

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Girls Tennis State Tournament Preview

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The first round begins Thursday, with the higher-seeded teams hosting each match. The semifinals start Oct. 14, and the finals will be Oct. 18. Here is a section by section breakdown:

North 1, Group 1

Top seed: Kinnelon

Local schools (with seeding): Kinnelon (1), Leonia (3), Cresskill (4), Emerson (6), Park Ridge (7), Glen Rock (8), Pompton Lakes (9), New Milford (10), Waldwick (11), Hawthorne (12), Midland Park (13), Pequannock (14), Boonton (16).

The lowdown: After beating Kinnelon then Mountain Lakes (both 4- 1) last year to win this section, Leonia lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to Shore in the group final. The Lions might have taken a step back on the doubles courts this fall, but still have the superb singles trio of Liya Davidov, Kate Lieber and Bianka Lieber and could take the crown again.

North 1, Group 2

Top seed: Montville

Local schools: Tenafly (2), NV/Demarest (3), Mahwah (4), Ramapo (5), Ramsey (6), Pascack Hills (9), River Dell (12), Dwight Morrow (13), Lakeland (14), West Milford (16).

The lowdown: Put the names of the top three seeds in a hat -- Montville, NV/Demarest and Tenafly -- and pick one. That's how much of a toss-up this is. Tenafly and NV/Demarest have traded 3-2 victories, and Tenafly and Montville both lost narrow 3-2 decisions to NV/Old Tappan.

North 1, Group 3

Top seed: Northern Highlands

Local schools: Northern Highlands (1), Indian Hills (2), NV/Old Tappan (3), Fair Lawn (4), Wayne Hills (6), Bergenfield (8), Wayne Valley (11), Pascack Valley (13), Teaneck (14).

The lowdown: Northern Highlands is North Jersey's best team, and has earned sectional championships the past two seasons and three of the past four. The recently crowned Bergen County large-school champs are a shoe-in to take this section. The Highlanders have a rock-solid lineup, and their ledger already includes 5-0 wins over the second and third seeds -- Indian Hills and NV/Old Tappan.

North 1, Group 4

Top seed: Ridgewood

Local schools: Ridgewood (1), Bergen Tech (4), Hackensack (9), Clifton (10), Passaic Tech (11), Passaic (16). …

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