Veteran Moorestown coach Bill Kingston, whose teams won T of C titles in 1992 and 1994, says this year's Haddonfield team "may be in a class of their own."
Haddonfield traditionally has strong teams under Holman that feature balance and depth. The Bulldogs have won 16 state titles, and many of them were achieved through strong play at the back end of the lineup - at No. 3 singles and at both doubles.
What makes this Haddonfield team so special is that the Bulldogs are strong through the lineup. No. 1 singles Taylor Ng, a sophomore, is among the best players in the state, and seniors Meghan Burns and Spencer Ng are standout singles players as well.
The Bulldogs' doubles teams are as strong as usual, if not stronger. Theodoris and Catherine Senopoulos reached the finals of the state doubles tournament last season. Senior Taylor Noll and junior Rebecca Senopoulos, Catherine's twin, went 36-4 and arguably were the best No. 2 doubles team in the state.
All those players are back. Haddonfield also has an influx of talented freshmen.
In some ways, the Bulldogs' biggest challenge could be maintaining their focus and competitive edge in the season after the perfect season.
"Last year was a great experience, but we can't think about that too much," Burns said. "This is a new season, and we have to approach it with that mentality."
Spencer Ng, who along with Theodoris has 107 career victories, believes the Bulldogs can use 2009 as a springboard for a better 2010.
"The attitude is we're building on last year," Spencer Ng said.
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