Four-time defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Paul VI Catholic brings back nine seniors, including Anita Sager, who moves to No. 1 singles. . . . Holy Cross should contend in the WCAC as freshman Maria Fucillo joins sister Angela Fucillo as the Tartans' top singles players. Maria Fucillo is No. 2 in the USTA Mid-Atlantic Region 16-and-under rankings. . . . St. John's has its top singles player, sophomore Gabrielle Duncan, back along with senior Alana Sanders. The pair advanced to the No. 1 doubles final at last year's WCAC tournament. . . . Seven-time WCAC champion O'Connell adds depth with freshmen Margaret Lagos and Kate Culhane and senior Mary Owusu. . . .

Montgomery County's Division I is expected to be competitive, with Churchill, Whitman and Walter Johnson leading the way. Whitman's deep lineup includes senior Kate Gordon, junior Kourtney Dolan and sophomore Jessica Kalhenberg. . . . Rockville added Bethesda-Chevy Chase junior transfer Natalie Faure to a mix that includes junior Martha Vlahakis. . . .

Blake put together its best record in school history last fall and is poised for a strong run in Division III behind sophomores Carmen Jackman, Sarah Monshmeir and Anjalee Martin. . . .

Teams in the Independent School League's AA and A divisions will look to young talent after several top players graduated. Georgetown Visitation sophomore Courtney Casey returns as the third-ranked player in MATA 16-and-under and the ISL A's defending No. 1 singles champion. . . . Stone Ridge lost its top three singles players but found solid replacements in tournament players Agnes Sibilski and Lorne McManigle, both juniors . . . Potomac School sophomores Yazmine Atefi and Carolyn Feigert will lead the Panthers in singles.

-- Judith Evans