The Menlo School boys' tennis team will open defense of its Central Coast Section title when the top-seeded Knights host either Mountain View or St. Francis on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Menlo (21-0) was the easy choice for the No. 1 seed during Monday's section seeding meeting. The Knights have won 10 section crowns and will be gunning for only the third perfect season in program history over the next few weeks.
In his 16th season as head coach, Menlo's Bill Shine will bring a 372-41 record with the Knights into this year's playoffs. In the past three seasons, his teams have compiled a record of 82-3.
Challenging that supremacy will be four other local teams that will open postseason play on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
Menlo-Atherton (19-2), the PAL Bay Division champ, will host Leigh (9-5), Palo Alto (12-8) will host Harker (11-6) and Gunn (6-12) will visit Sacred Heart Prep (11-9). The Titans and Gators met on April 13 with Gunn winning at Cubberley Community Center, 4-3.
The other top seeds include No. 2 Bellarmine (17-4), No. 3 Monta Vista (16-1) and No. 4 Mitty (14-6).
Menlo likely will host No. 8 Los Altos on Monday in the quarterfinals and Mitty in the semifinals on May 9. The championship match will be May 11 at Courtside Club in Los Gatos and should match Menlo against either Bellarmine or Monta Vista.
The playoffs will have a different look this season as an earlier CCS ruling switched the format from the normal four singles and three doubles to three singles and three doubles, with individuals and teams playing one set in a round-robin format.
The CCS single and doubles tournament will get under way May 14 at Imperial Courts in Aptos. Menlo School freshman Victor Pham will compete in singles while local doubles teams include William Boyd and Michael Hoffman of Menlo, Matt Giordano and Zeke Brown of Menlo-Atherton and Gunn's tandem of Clifton Wolak and Roy Peleg.
2012 CCS TEAM TENNIS PLAYOFFS
First round (Wednesday)
All matches at 2:30 p.m.
Leigh (9-5) at Menlo-Atherton (19-2)
Crystal Springs (12-5) at Leland (14-4)
Piedmont Hills (14-4) vs. Monterey (17-3) at Pebble Beach Club
Harker (11-6) at Palo Alto (12-8)
Los Gatos (13-6) at Carlmont (10-6)
Cupertino (13-8) at Aragon (12-7)
Gunn (6-12) at Sacred Heart Prep (11-9)
Mountain View (12-5) vs. St. Francis (12-8) at Cuesta Park
Second round (Friday)
All matches at 2:30 p.m.
Leigh or Menlo-Atherton at No. 6 Saratoga (13-6)
Leland-Crystal Springs winner at No. 3 Monta Vista (16-1)
Piedmont Hills-Monterey winner vs. No. 7 Serra (15-3) at Canada College
Palo Alto-Harker winner vs. No. 2 Bellarmine (17-4) at Decathlon Club
Los Gatos-Carlmont winner at No. 5 R.L. Stevenson (11-1)
Cupertino-Aragon winner vs. No. 4 Mitty (14-6) at Santa Clara University
Gunn-Sacred Heart Prep winner at No. 8 Los Altos (13-5)
Mountain View-St. Francis winner at No. 1 Menlo School (21-0)
Monday, May 7
At highest seed site
Wednesday, May 9
Friday, May 11
At Courtside Club, 12:30 p.m.