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State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
September 21, 2016
Division I
1. Mason ◄TEAM
2. Magnificat ◄TEAM
3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAM
4. Pickerington North
5. Dublin Coffman ◄TEAM
6. Upper Arlington ◄TEAM
7. North Canton Hoover
8. Olentangy Liberty ◄TEAM
9. Mount Notre Dame
10. Ursuline Academy ◄TEAM
Hon. Men.: Sycamore, Walsh Jesuit, Perrysburg, Springboro
Division II
1. Hathaway Brown ◄TEAM
2. Indian Hill ◄TEAM
3. Columbus Academy ◄TEAM
4. Orange
5. Laurel ◄TEAM
6. Columbus School For Girls ◄TEAM
7. Seven Hills
8. Chaminade-Julienne
9. Toledo Central Catholic
10. Summit Country Day
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WEDNESDAY,

Hathaway Brown Beats Canfield | Indian Hill Defeats Chaminade-Julienne

The season marches on and the OTCA Tournament Draw has been updated to reflect the most recent matches. There were 30 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Southwest - 10, Northeast - 5, and Northwest - 0. The close, 3-2 matches included: Watterson defeated Columbus Academy; Dublin Scioto beat Olentangy; New Albany defeated Olentangy Orange; Thomas Worthington beat Marysville; and Brush defeated Cleveland Heights. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Watterson
Watterson - Click to team page
Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Canfield’s Hannah Cianciola; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman beat Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Westlake's Emily Peeler; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated beat Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Milford's Amanda Reinhart; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones beat Dublin Scioto's Hrunya Ravindran; Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky defeated Canfield’s Sydney Cianciola; Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn beat Chaminade-Julienne's Brianna Douglas; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Westlake's Ashley Michelich; and Magnificat's Olivia Rondini beat Westlake's Demi Jhaveri. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Watterson. They are coached by Susan Weil. They are led by Claire Ghidotti, Haley Rague, and Gabby Kappel. They are Team Members.

In an attempt to better understand the Plain Dealer score-entering process, I entered Hathaway Brown's match last night against Canfield using their system. I also entered a previous match against Magnificat. Both appear on the Plain Dealer web site and last night's match appeared in today's Plain Dealer. As soon as I get comfortable with this system, I'll write up documentation. On the bright side, since all things are relative, it makes the OTZ score-entering process look rather easy to do. Hopefully we can get more tennis teams and players recognized by getting more scores into that newspaper.

Some Sectional Draws have still not been posted. Refer to Monday's entry for more information.

The top page of OTZ was reduced in size yesterday. This page should now load about twice as fast as before.

Today's matches include: Our Lady Of The Elms (A) versus North Canton Hoover; St Joseph Academy (H) versus Rocky River;  Magnificat (H) versus Green (Uniontown); and Columbus Academy (A) versus Wellington.

TUESDAY,

Columbus School for Grrls Beat Olentangy Liberty

After a long stretch of dry weather, a few matches were rained out yesterday. There were 15 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Southwest - 11, Central - 4, Northeast - 0, and Northwest - 0. In one of the closest matches this season, Columbus School for Girls defeated Olentangy Liberty, 3-2. CSG won 52 games to Liberty's 51, and there were two 3-setters. In other 3-2 matches, Fairfield beat Ross; Wellington defeated Jonathan Alder; DeSales beat Reynoldsburg; Sycamore defeated Turpin; Amelia beat Felicity; and Oak Hills defeated Taylor. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Columbus School For Girls
Columbus School For Girls - Click to team page
Among the top players, Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Sycamore’s Harsitha Kalaiarasan; Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn beat Lakota East’s Clare Holtmeier; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer; and Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch beat Lakota East’s Grace Silverberg. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Columbus School for Girls. They are coached by Sean Delaney. They are led by Marissa Madison, Ally Kennedy, and Grace Weiler. CSG is a Team Member.

The Sectional Draw information is coming in slower than anticipated. The Northwest District now has their draws posted. Southwest has most of theirs online. Hopefully more will be posted today. The draw information will be updated in yesterday's OTZ posting.

Today's matches include: Laurel (H) versus Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin; Magnificat (A) versus Westlake; and New Albany (H) versus Olentangy Orange.

MONDAY, (Last updated: 9/28 @ 7:45am)

Sectional Draws Available

The Sectional Draw information was first made available for the Central District on OTZ on Sunday night. The other draws will be posted as they become available throughout the day on Monday. Note that this entry will look incomplete and disjointed throughout most of the day as the draws are slowly accumulated. Fans and players care the most about who the top players are who are competing in singles and doubles so this entry will reflect that interest. Those players with OTZ Player Profiles are indicated in bolded, blue font. Click on a profile for additional information about the player.

OHSAA Sectional Draws
Central: Division 1 | Division 2
Northeast: Partial D1 D2 Draws
Northwest: All Draws
Southwest: All Draws | Dayton D1|D2
Southeast:

Central

Singles: The following top Central District D1 players are competing in singles: Cassie Alcala, Zoey Weil, Claire Ghidotti, Kathleen Jones, Emily Neal, Nethra Thenappan, Anna Reynolds, and Nicole Cardwell. In D2 the top two singles players are: Georgia Tuckerman and Marissa Madison. Central gets four spots for Division I and two spots for Division II.

Doubles: The #1 seeds in D1 are: Jerome's Neha Dudipala | Reagan Resor; Liberty's Alexis Steer | Cellini Ko; New Albany's Taylor Selby | Alexandra Vesikallio; and Upper Arlington's Ashley Weeks | Masha Manilchuk. In D2 the #1's are: Columbus Academy's Jacinta Crestanello | Sarah Wexner and Columbus School for Girls' Ally Kennedy | Grace Weiler.

Northeast

Singles: The following OTZ top Northeast District D1 players are competing in singles: Molly Sandberg, Anna Roggenburk, Alexandra Vesikallio, and Emma Peeler.

Doubles: The top contenders in D1 are: Magnificat's Molly Bauer | Ana Lopez; and Westlake's Demi Jhaveri | Ashley Michelich. In D2, Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky | Catherine Areklett; HB's Isabella Daverio | Rebecca Wolf; Elm's Stefanie Wyszkowski | Emily Axtell; Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky | Victoria Vasquez.

Southwest

Singles: The OTZ Top players competing in D1 singles are: Emily Thomas, Kelli Niehaus, Amanda Reinhart, Caitlin Fisher, Ananya Aggarwal, and Carley Sickinger. In D2 the top singles players are: Jillian Milano, Kelly Pleiman, and Amanda Showalter.

Doubles: The top contenders in D1 are: Mason's Amanda Huser | Isabel Cepeda; Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O`Connor | Ellie Foster; Mason's Nicole Reid | Sneha Kandi; and Springboro's Talbot | McGarvey. In D2 the #1's are: Chaminade-Julienne's Alexis Robinson | Olivia Boch.

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The "top" OhioTennisZone page includes a substantial amount of information going all of the way back to the end of last year's girls season. Unfortunately, it is now taking the top page too much time to load. To enable it to load faster, much of this page will be reduced tonight. If you want to check out last year's OTZ All-Ohio players, please do it now!

Tonight's matches include: Columbus School for Girls (H) versus Olentangy Liberty; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Dublin Jerome; Hathaway Brown (H) versus Massillon Jackson; Olentangy (H) versus Watterson; and St Joseph Academy (A) versus Beaumont. Since Dublin has become an interconnected web of roundabouts, hopefully it is possible for Dublin Jerome to get to Dublin Coffman, play their match, and return to their homes after the 200 mile round trip before Sectionals begin.

SUNDAY,

Sectional Draw Day | Magnificat Beats UA and Olentangy Liberty

Today is the day for the Sectional Draw. The OTZ Top Players / Watch Lists were updated to assist coaches with Sectional seeding. (See below.)

In tournament play, Mason won the Flight A group of the GCTCA and Indian Hill was second. In Flight B, Turpin was first and Loveland was second. Westerville Central won the Kim Shepherd Doubles Classic at Hilliard Davidson. Hilliard Davidson was the runner-run.

In dual match play, Magnificat defeated both Upper Arlington and Olentangy Liberty.

Shaker Heights
Top Players / Watch Lists - Click to view report
Among the top players, Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus defeated Mason's Ananya Aggarwal; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds and Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke; Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn defeated Mason's Amanda Huser; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer; Milford's Amanda Reinhart beat Summit Country Day's Kathryn Adam; and Magnificat's Olivia Rondini defeated Olentangy Liberty's Cecelia Ko.

Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Top Players and Watch Lists have been significantly updated in preparation for today's draws. New additions to the Top Players List are: Centennial's Zoey Weil, Milford's Amanda Reinhart, Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn, Olentangy's Kathleen Jones, Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal, Dubin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan, Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds, and Westlake's Emma Peeler. There are now 32 players on the Top Players List. The breakdowns by District are: Northeast - 12, Southwest - 12, Central - 7, and Northwest - 1. To view all of the lists in one report, click here.

The plan is to get the Central District Sectional draws online by 6:30pm. From a timing standpoint, the Southwest draws are normally second to come online, followed by the Northeast. The Northwest draws normally take a few days to be posted and the Southeast (which receives two spots for States) does not even bother to post theirs. If you are curious how the Central District Sectional draw process works, refer to the September 19th OTZ blog entry. As an additional resource for the Northeast Ohio coaches, please click here.

SATURDAY,

Sectional Draws Tomorrow | Laurel Beats Shaker Heights

The Sectional Draws are tomorrow. Not to underrate this experience, but there are few things in life that match the stress and the pressure associated with the Sectional Draws. Absolutely everything depends on it. Everything. This video carefully portrays the pressure that a coach could feel if he/she is unprepared for these draws.

Whetstone
Whetstone - Click to team page
There was just one lonely dual match reported. Laurel defeated Shaker Heights. There were also a few matches reported from the GCTCA Tournament.

Among the top players, Milford's Amanda Reinhart defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Mia Masterson and Laurel's Ria Desai beat Shaker Heights’ Lizzy Cole. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Whetstone. They are coached by Bucky Walters.

Magnificat invades central Ohio today to play Olentangy Liberty and Upper Arlington. After playing warm weather platform tennis, I'll see you at Liberty.

FRIDAY,

Magnificat Beats Hudson | Dublin Jerome Defeats Columbus Academy

The weather was perfect for the GCTCA Tournament in Mason. The tournament continues on Saturday.

There were 32 dual matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 20, Northeast - 7, Southwest - 4, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Big Walnut defeated Hilliard Darby; Teays Valley beat Hartley; Centerville defeated Beavercreek; Bloom-Carroll beat Newark; Grandview defeated Worthington Kilbourne; and Olentangy defeated Worthington Christian. Other prominent matches included: Magnificat defeated Hudson; Chaminade-Julienne beat Watterson; and Dublin Jerome defeated Columbus Academy. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Carolyn Haney
Ursuline Academy's Carolyn Haney - Click to team page
Among the top players, Hudson's Molly Sandberg defeated Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk; Mount Notre Dame’s Kelli Niehaus beat Sycamore’s Kalaiarasan; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman defeated Watterson's Claire Ghidotti; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal beat Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated defeated Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal beat Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman;  Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn defeated Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum; Mason's Amanda Huser beat Ursuline Academy's Gracie Estes; and Dublin Jerome's Erin Zhao defeated Columbus Academy's Himaja Reddy. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The sun was a bit too harsh to get great photos yesterday at the tournament, and by the time that it started to soften, I had to dash off for a meeting. There will be more photos posted later today.

The Player Profiles that have not yet been setup will be done today. If your daughter's profile is not posted, please submit a Feedback or send me an email.

There is just one match in the OTZ scheduling system today. Laurel (A) plays Shaker Heights.

THURSDAY,

GCTCA Tournament | Chaminade-Julienne Beats Upper Arlington

The Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Coaches' Classic Tennis Tournament is as big as its name and it takes place today and Saturday. This is a great tournament that combines teams of similar ability. It is a great way to get the players quality matches prior to the Sectional Draw, and it is also very helpful for coaches as they evaluate players for Sectional Draw seeding.

There were 31 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 13, Southwest - 13, Northeast - 4, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Lakota West defeated Lakota East; Westerville Central beat Dublin Scioto; Mason-B defeated Sycamore-B; Chaminade-Julienne beat Upper Arlington; Reynoldsburg defeated Westerville North; Mason beat Turpin; and Columbus Academy defeated Olentangy. Other significant matches included: Columbus School for Girls defeated Pickerington Central; Perrysburg beat Toledo St. Ursula Academy; and Dublin Jerome defeated New Albany. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Dublin Jerome
Dublin Jerome - Click to team page
Among the top players, Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman defeated Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat Mason's Ananya Aggarwal; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Avon's Julie Lorincz; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal beat New Albany’s Taylor Selby; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison beat Pickerington Central's Maddie Bechert; Milford's Amanda Reinhart defeated Loveland's Peyton Geers; Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell beat Dublin Scioto's Hrunya Ravindran; Perrysburg’s Emma Carter defeated Toledo St. Ursula Academy’s Gracie Almester; and Turpin's Savannah Allen beat Mason's Amanda Huser. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Dublin Jerome. They are coached by Ken Berlin. Jerome is led by Emily Neal, Reagan Resor, and Erin Zhao. They are Team Members.

Dual matches include: Magnificat (A) versus Hudson; Upper Arlington (H) versus Watterson; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Olentangy Orange; Hilliard Davidson (A) versus Pickerington Central; Our Lady Of The Elms (A) versus Avon; St Joseph Academy (A) versus Walsh Jesuit; and Norton (H) versus Copley.

See you at the GCTCA Coaches' Classic Tennis Tournament - Flight A group. If you want an action photo of your daughter, please send me an email or Feedback.

WEDNESDAY,

Hathaway Brown Beats Magnificat | Orange Defeats Laurel

The perfect weather is getting boring but not the tennis. Today's headline could be a paragraph with numerous OTZ Top Ten teams competing against each other. There were 38 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 18, Southwest - 14, Northeast - 5, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Teays Valley defeated Reynoldsburg; Clermont Northeastern beat Blanchester; Medina defeated St. Joseph Academy; Carroll beat Preble Shawnee; Northwest defeated Roger Bacon; Columbus Academy beat Columbus School for Girls; Ross defeated Monroe; and Hilliard Darby beat Grandview. In other prominent matches, Hathaway Brown defeated Magnificat; Orange beat Laurel; Ursuline Academy defeated St. Ursula Academy; and Indian Hill beat Olentangy Liberty. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
September 21, 2016
Division IDivision II
1. Mason ◄TEAMHathaway Brown ◄TEAM
2. Magnificat ◄TEAMIndian Hill ◄TEAM
3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAMColumbus Academy ◄TEAM
4. Pickerington NorthOrange
5. Dublin Coffman ◄TEAMLaurel ◄TEAM
6. Upper Arlington ◄TEAMColumbus School For Girls ◄TEAM
7. North Canton HooverSeven Hills
8. Olentangy Liberty ◄TEAMChaminade-Julienne
9. Mount Notre Dame Toledo Central Catholic
10. Ursuline Academy ◄TEAMSummit Country Day
Hon. Men.: Sycamore, Walsh Jesuit, Perrysburg, Springboro  
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership

With so many of the top teams playing, there were quite a few great match-ups. Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk; Orange's Alissa Nakamoto beat Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison beat Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman; Ursuline Academy's Ellie Foster defeated St. Ursula Academy’s Caroline Waddell; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov beat Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio; Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn defeated Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke; Orange’s Anjali Kashyap beat Laurel's Victoria Vasquez; and Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch defeated Magnificat's Olivia Rondini. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

There are always questions about how the OTZ Top Ten rankings are done. Because the Division I rankings (other than the Top 2) are especially confusing this season, another more sophisticated tool was introduced to assist me.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (A) versus Olentangy; Magnificat (H) versus Avon; Upper Arlington (A) versus Chaminade-Julienne; New Albany (H) versus Dublin Jerome; and Columbus School for Girls (H) versus Pickerington Central.

TUESDAY,

Mason > Mount Notre Dame | Coffman > New Albany | Ursuline Academy > Springboro

Unlike during the boys season, the girls coaches are really hustling to get the OTCA matches finished. This is likely also a function of the girls coaches knowing that questionable weather is ahead and the boys coaches having to endure poor weather at the beginning of the season. The OTZ OTCA Draws are updated with the most recent results.

There were 24 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 11, Southwest - 8, Northeast -5, and Northwest - 0. The close, 3-2 matches included: Watkins Memorial defeated Big Walnut; Delaware Hayes beat Hartley; Summit Country Day defeated Wyoming; Marysville defeated Reynoldsburg; Thomas Worthington beat Wellington; Ursuline Academy defeated Springboro (OTCA); Dublin Coffman beat New Albany (OTCA); and Cloverleaf defeated Norton. In another OTCA semi-final match: Mason defeated Mount Notre Dame. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Our Lady Of The Elms
Our Lady Of The Elms - Click to team page
Among the top players, Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Whetstone's Atyana Adams; Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus beat Mason's Ananya Aggarwal; Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan defeated New Albany's Taylor Selby; Springboro’s Patel beat Ursuline Academy’s Lynn Ahrens; and Mason's Amanda Huser defeated Mount Notre Dame's Sabina Worthoff; Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Our Lady Of The Elms. They are coached by Walter Jacoby. They are Team Members. They are led by Stefanie Wyszkowski , Natalie Kirk, and Victoria Robinson. With the Plain Dealer having problems, more Northeast Ohio coaches are joining OTZ.

There were five new photos added to OTZ's Most Recently Added Photos area since Friday. [Half] expect this to be updated in a more timely manner going forward. You can prove to OhioTennisZone that you really, truly love your daughter by purchasing an OTZ photo of her. Use this photo to beat your friends in Facebook by posting a great OTZ digital photo of your daughter. To completely slam dunk your golf-parent friends, also include a link to her OTZ Player Profile from your Facebook posting.

The weather looks great in Mason on Thursday for the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic Tournament. See you there.

There are several bigger than huge matches tonight. Today's matches include: Hathaway Brown (H) versus Magnificat; Columbus Academy (H) versus Columbus School For Girls; Laurel (A) versus Orange; New Albany (H) versus Hilliard Davidson; Perrysburg (A) versus Sylvania Northview; and St Joseph Academy (A) versus Medina.

MONDAY,

Sectional Draw Week

This is the last week of matches before the Sectional Draw. It takes place on Sunday at 2pm - even for Northwest Ohio*. If you aren't feeling the pressure of the Sectional Draw yet, then you should be. Many diligent coaches are now carefully reviewing the OTZ online results to insure that everything is correct for their players. They are also researching other players who may be competing against their players for seeding positions.

If you are not familiar with the Sectional Draws, here is how the Central District Division I draw works:

During draw week:

At the meeting:

Season-to-DateNote that the Coaches' Season-to-Date report (see right) is the best way to review all of the matches to-date for each player. Sign-in to view.

* There were several draws when Northwest Ohio just did not feel like conducting their draws at the designated time as the rest of the State did. They did it after everyone else. The problem is that this could have given NW Ohio an advantage because they could find out which players were playing singles and doubles. For example, if some of the state's best players decided to play "doubles", then NW Ohio players could have chosen to play singles. The net effect is that OTZ could not post the Central District Sectional Draw information until after NW Ohio finished their draws. It was irritating and time-consuming, and it prevented everyone else from enjoying the "who is playing who" frenzy after the draws take place.

Also.. If you have not yet paid for your OTZ membership, please do so. I know and the NSA knows when you access the OTZ. Likewise, if you have paid and there is no Player Profile setup for your daughter, please let me know. I am in the final stages of getting these setup.

There are numerous good matches tonight. They include: Mason (H) versus Mount Notre Dame; Magnificat (A) versus Hudson; New Albany (A) versus Dublin Coffman; Our Lady Of The Elms (H) versus Green (Uniontown); St Joseph Academy (A) versus Avon; and Laurel (H) versus Hawken.

SUNDAY,

Magnificat - Lexington Champ | Jerome & Liberty Beat Ursuline Academy

Many conferences and teams were still able to finish their tournaments and dual matches yesterday, but several matches were moved indoors. In tournament and conference play, Magnificat won the eight team Lexington Invitational. Columbus Academy won the Mid-State League Ohio Tournament. Wellington won its own tournament.

There were two dual matches recorded. Olentangy Liberty and Dublin Jerome defeated Ursuline Academy. The Jerome versus Ursuline match included three, 3-setters. Click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Centerville
Centerville - Click to team page
Among the top players, Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal defeated Ursuline Academy's Ellie Foster; Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer beat Ursuline Academy's Rashmi Rege; and Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman defeated Worthington Christian's Julia Byers. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Centerville. They are coached by Scott Long.

The Lexington food was as great as normal. I had considered spelling out, not just OTZ, but OhioTennisZone.com with the donuts, but didn't. Instead, I just ate them.

SATURDAY,

North Canton Hoover Beats St. Joseph Academy

Today looks wet at the Lexington tournament but I'll see you there to get team photos and hopefully a few action photos. Of course, the food is as good as the tennis matches.

There were six matches recorded from state-wide play yesterday. They were: Centerville defeated Lexington; Fairfield beat Hamilton; North Canton Hoover defeated St. Joseph Academy; Mason beat Seven Hills; Dublin Jerome defeated Gahanna; Hathaway Brown beat Laurel; and Perrysburg defeated Maumee Valley Country Day. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Hilliard Darby
Hilliard Darby - Click to team page
Among the top players, Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Seven Hills’ Lauren Saggar; Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch beat Laurel's Amanda Shao; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal defeated Gahanna's Kristen Zink; Perrysburg’s Gemma Smith beat Maumee Country Valley’s Caesar; North Canton Hoover’s Hallie Hunt defeated St. Joseph Academy’s Hannah Schuette;  Centerville's Ashley Amiri beat Lexington’s Jordyn Traxler; Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky defeated Laurel's Katie Chen; and Hathaway Brown's Catherine Areklett beat Laurel's Abby Knetig. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Elysium Tennis is having a platform tennis introductory session tomorrow from 12:30-4:30. If you are curious about the sport, check out the link.

Enough is enough with the OTZ photo area. The "four images at a time" was waay too frustrating so changes were made to show ten photos at a time. These changes were made to the Most Recently Added Photos and to Top Girls Photos. There was an irritating, non-technical reason why only four photos were able to be seen at a time. Hopefully that issue will not resurface.

Today's featured team is Hilliard Darby. They are coached by Erika Little. They are Team Members.

FRIDAY,

Picture Day | Academy > UA | Mt. Notre Dame > Ursuline Academy

Since it is harder to stay focused at work / school on Friday's, OTZ readers have a reason to spend that unfocused time online on OhioTennisZone. Today is picture day. Read more below.

There were 35 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 16, Southwest - 13, Northeast - 5, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Columbus Academy defeated Upper Arlington (winning 51% of the games); Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat Kenston; St. Joseph Academy defeated Mayfield; Canal Winchester beat Hamilton Township; Jonathan Alder defeated Galion; Upper Arlington-B beat Worthington Christian (with four, 3-setters); Westerville North defeated Newark; Centennial beat Village Academy; Mother of Mercy defeated Seton; and Mount Notre Dame beat Ursuline Academy. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Avon
Top Photos - Click to view

Among the top players, Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus defeated Ursuline Academy's Ellie Foster; Centennial's Zoey Weil beat Village Academy’s Nicole Santoso; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Gahanna's Kristen Zink; Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds beat Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Irene Norman defeated Kenston's Camden Spencer; Clay's Madison Arquette beat Notre Dame Academy’s Yagzi; Lakota West’s Nicole Sturgeon defeated Sycamore Sarah Wittenbaum; Solon’s Maggie Yang beat Avon’s Julie Lorincz; Unioto's Sylvia Gray defeated Logan Elm’s Williard; and Thomas Worthington’s Sarina Xie beat Pickerington Central’s Maddie Bechert. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Hope you enjoy the 64 new photos that were just added this morning. Going forward, hopefully I can add more photos a bit sooner after the matches take place. It does take a huge amount of time to take and prepare these photos for viewing. As always, photo purchases are welcome. Very welcome. Please note that you may only view the photos on OhioTennisZone.com. Unless they have been purchased, they cannot be Tweeted, placed on Facebook Instagram, or TennisRecruiting.net, etc. The prices of these photos are very reasonable if you like your daughter (at least some of the time). You do need to become a member to view many of photos. Click to see how to Buy a Photo. Make your financial planner proud by taking advantage of the "more you buy - the more you save" pricing. Click to view OTZ's Most Recently Added Photos. Click to view OTZ's Top Girls Photos (so far) and the Top Boys Photos.

The OTZ Top Ten Team Rankings for Division I need to be adjusted with dynamite. Thankfully, I do feel comfortable with the top two teams.

Today's matches include: Columbus School for Girls (A) versus Reynoldsburg and
Perrysburg (A) versus Dublin Jerome.

THURSDAY,

Dublin Coffman Beats Olentangy Liberty | Pickerington North Defeats Watterson

The rain was somewhat disruptive last night depending on whether your match was under a rain cloud. There were 27 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 12, Southwest - 10, Northeast - 4, and Northwest - 1. The were a large number of close, 3-2 matches. They included: Hilliard Bradley defeated Pickerington Central; Hillsboro beat Blanchester; Westlake defeated Laurel; Dublin Coffman beat Olentangy Liberty; Mason-B defeated Springboro; Bexley beat Gahanna; Hamilton defeated Middletown; Pickerington North beat Watterson; Hamilton defeated Northwest; Perrysburg beat Ottawa Hills; Ross defeated Edgewood; Granville beat Worthington Kilbourne; Western Reserve Academy defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; and Hilliard Darby beat Marysville. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Wellington
Wellington - Click to team page

Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Watterson's Claire Ghidotti; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat Massillon Jackson's Emily Thomas; Westlake's Emily Peeler defeated Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan beat Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Irene Norman defeated Western Reserve Academy's Mackenzie Deeter; Dublin Jerome's Reagan Resor beat Hilliard Davidson’s Ally Woodyard; Ottawa Hills’ Libbey Rhegness defeated Perrysburg’s Emma Carter; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio beat Massillon Jackson's Lindsay Reese; Laurel's Victoria Vasquez defeated Westlake’s Michelich; Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke beat Dublin Coffman’s Katherine Wang;  and Perrysburg’s Gemma Smith defeated Ottawa Hill’s Rowan. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Wellington. They are coached by Rebecca Hinze. They are Team Members. They are led by Isabella Vegas and Neelu Paleti.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (H) versus Upper Arlington; Hathaway Brown (A) versus Laurel; Norton (A) versus Cloverleaf; Our Lady Of The Elms (H) versus Gilmour Academy; St Joseph Academy (A) versus Mayfield; and Wellington (H) versus Olentangy Orange.

WEDNESDAY,

Watterson Beats Columbus School for Girls | Magnificat Defeats Walsh Jesuit

It was another great night for tennis. There were 42 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 23, Southwest - 15, Northeast - 3, and Northwest - 1. There were not many close, 3-2 matches, but they included: Wyoming defeated Cincinnati Country Day; Miami Valley defeated Carroll; Hartley defeated DeSales; Teays Valley defeated Bloom-Carroll; Eastmoor Academy defeated Ready. Other prominent matches included: Watterson defeated Columbus School for Girls; Solon defeated Shaker Heights; and Magnificat defeated Walsh Jesuit. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Worthington Christian
Worthington Christian - Click to team page
Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Hilliard Davidson's Ally Woodyard;  Magnificat’s Alexandra Vesikallio beat Walsh Jesuit’s Paige Carmichael; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal defeated Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti beat Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison; Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell defeated Hilliard Darby's Sydney Bright; Princeton’s Ashley Thomas beat Sycamore’s Sarah Wittenbaum; and Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Walsh Jesuit’s Gabriella Costantini. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Worthington Christian. They are coached by Stefanie Mayotte.

I had to go out of town for a family emergency on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Somehow, that's put me about two weeks behind. I hope to respond to Feedbacks and emails today. On a positive note, it is now possible to update OTZ from the road.

Tonight's matches include: Dublin Jerome (A) versus Hilliard Davidson; Magnificat (A) versus Massillon Jackson; Perrysburg (H) versus Ottawa Hills; St Joseph Academy (A) versus North Canton Hoover; and Watterson (H) versus Pickerington North.

TUESDAY,

Pickerington North Beats Upper Arlington | Columbus Academy Defeats New Albany

It was another perfect weather tennis night. Things may get dicey tomorrow. There were 34 matches recorded from state-wide play, and there were also numerous close matches. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Southwest - 14, Northeast - 5, and Northwest - 0. The close, 3-2 matches included: Hamilton defeated Fenwick; Delaware Hayes beat Westerville North; West Geauga defeated Hawken; Ursuline Academy beat Turpin; Lakota East defeated St. Ursula Academy; Loveland beat Sycamore-B; Pickerington North defeated Upper Arlington; Western Brown beat Blanchester; Big Walnut defeated Marion Harding; and Milford beat McNicholas. In other prominent matches: Columbus Academy defeated New Albany; Seven Hills defeated Walnut Hills; and Sycamore defeated Chaminade-Julienne. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

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Pickerington North's Cassie Alcasa - Click to team page
Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Upper Arlington's Evelyn Holman; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat Ursuline Academy's Ellie Foster; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman defeated Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum; Walnut Hill’s Lilly O`Toole beat Seven Hills’ Lauren Saggar; Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan defeated Dublin Scioto’s Hrunya Ravindran;  Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell beat Olentangy's Kathleen Jones; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman defeated New Albany’s Taylor Selby; and Lakota East’s Clare Holtmeier beat St. Ursula Academy’s Caroline Waddell. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

As soon as I distributed the new OTZ Top Ten Teams Rankings, I just did not feel great about the 8th-Honorable Mention rankings in Division I. Again, part of the problem is that fewer coaches are reporting scores. Look for another list soon.

Matches tonight include: Magnificat (H) versus Walsh Jesuit; Columbus Academy (H) versus Bexley; Columbus School for Girls (A) versus Watterson; Granville (A) versus Worthington Christian; Laurel (A) versus Westlake; Our Lady Of The Elms (H) versus Hathaway Brown; Perrysburg (H) versus Bowling Green; and Norton (A) versus Field.

MONDAY,

OTZ Top Ten Teams | Magnificat Beats Notre Dame Academy

It has been almost a month since the last OTZ Top Ten Teams ranking. Another ranking list is posted today. There are four schools which are significantly stronger than the rest. They are: Hathaway Brown, Mason, Magnificat, and Indian Hill, and Hathaway Brown is an order of magnitude better than the other three. While it is clear who the leaders are in Division I in the Northeast and Southwest, it is completely unclear who the leader is in the Central District. It is a toss-up between Dublin Jerome, Pickerington North, Dublin Coffman, and Upper Arlington. Pickerington North plays UA tonight.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
September 12, 2016
Division IDivision II
1. Mason ◄TEAMHathaway Brown ◄TEAM
2. Magnificat ◄TEAMIndian Hill ◄TEAM
3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAMColumbus Academy ◄TEAM
4. Ursuline Academy ◄TEAMOrange
5. Pickerington NorthLaurel ◄TEAM
6. Dublin Coffman ◄TEAMColumbus School For Girls ◄TEAM
7. Upper Arlington ◄TEAMSeven Hills
8. SycamoreChaminade-Julienne
9. St. Joseph Academy Toledo Central Catholic
10. Walsh JesuitSummit Country Day
Hon. Men.: North Canton Hoover, Olentangy Liberty ◄TEAM, Perrysburg, Springboro  
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership
The Matrix Report is the best way to compare team performance. It is a premium report so sign-in first to view. Note that it is also important to see what line-ups were used in key matches. Also note that many schools in the Northeast are no longer reporting scores so it is difficult to make comparisons this year.

There were two matches reported yesterday which took place on Saturday. Magnificat defeated Notre Dame Academy and Toledo St. Ursula Academy. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Among the top players, Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Notre Dame Academy's Bella Yajzi and Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat St. Ursula Academy’s Gracie Almester. Click to view the Top Players and Watch Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Tonight's matches include: Upper Arlington (H) versus Pickerington North; St Joseph Academy (H) versus Magnificat; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Dublin Scioto; Columbus Academy (A) versus New Albany; Norton (H) versus Crestwood; Watterson (H) versus Wellington; and Worthington Christian (H) versus Bloom-Carroll.

SUNDAY,

Hathaway Brown > Dublin Jerome > Hudson

When there wasn't torrential rain, there was tennis. There were four dual match results and one tournament entered for yesterday. They were (in order of competitiveness): Laurel defeated Gilmour Academy; Dublin Jerome beat Hudson;   Walsh Jesuit defeated Perrysburg; and Hathaway Brown beat Dublin Jerome.   Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Gahanna won the Reynoldsburg Doubles Tournament. Watkins Memorial was second.

Sarina Xie
Thomas Worthington - Click for team page
Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov and Hudson's Molly Sandberg defeated Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal; Gilmour Academy's Claudia Althans defeated Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch beat Dublin Jerome's Erin Zhao; and Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen defeated Laurel's Victoria Vasquez. Click to view the Top Players and Watch Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Thomas Worthington. They are coached by Andrew Sinclair.

Watch for updated OTZ Top Ten Teams lists tonight (which likely means tomorrow).

SATURDAY,

Mason Beats Sycamore

The Mason versus Archbishop Moeller [had incorrectly stated Colerain earlier] football game was postponed because of a bomb threat, but the tennis match between Mason and Sycamore was played at Sycamore. There were seven matches recorded from state-wide play. They were (in order of competitiveness): Willoughby South defeated Brush; Olentangy Liberty beat OlentangyMason defeated Sycamore; Magnificat beat Solon;  Seven Hills defeated Tippecanoe; DeSales beat Ready; and Mariemont defeated Northwest. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Sarina Xie
Thomas Worthington's Xie - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Ananya Aggarwal defeated Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum; Anna Roggenburk beat Solon's Maggie Yang; Kathleen Jones defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer; and Alexandra Vesikallio beat Solon's Alexis Ratner. Click to view the Top Players and Watch Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Matches today include: Magnificat versus Notre Dame Academy and St. Ursula Academy; and Perrysburg versus Walsh Jesuit.

FRIDAY,

Dublin Coffman Beats Upper Arlington | CCD Defeats SCD

Rain hampered play in parts of the state. There were 36 matches recorded state-wide and the breakdowns by Districts were: Central - 18, Southwest - 16, Northeast - 1, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: CCD defeated SCD in the battle of the acronyms; Goshen beat Little Miami; St. Ursula Academy-B defeated Anderson; Dublin Coffman beat Upper Arlington; Eastmoor Academy defeated Hamilton Township; Turpin beat Seven Hills; and Central Crossing defeated Westland. There were several internal suburb squabbles: Hilliard Bradley defeated Hilliard Darby; Dublin Jerome defeated Dublin Scioto; Thomas Worthington defeated Worthington Kilbourne; and Westerville Central defeated Westerville South. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

Hilliard Davidson
Hilliard Davidson - Click to go to team page
Among the top players, Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Princeton’s Ashley Thomas; Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan beat Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal defeated Dublin Scioto's Hrunya Ravindran; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat Seven Hills' Lauren Saggar; Summit Country Day’s Kathyrn Adam defeated Cincinnati Country Day’s Mia Masterson; Pickerington Central’s Maddie Bechert beat Gahanna’s Kristen Zink; and Dublin Coffman’s Katherine Wang defeated Upper Arlington’s Upper Arlington's Evelyn Holman.

Today's featured team is Hilliard Davidson. They are coached by Steve DeDent. They are led by Grace Wilson and Ally Woodyard. Hilliard Davidson is a Team Member.

The bigger than huge match tonight is Mason versus Sycamore in the OTCA Tournament. Other matches include: Laurel (A) versus Gilmour Academy and Magnificat (H) versus Solon.

THURSDAY,

Dublin Coffman Beats Chaminade-Julienne | Jerome Defeats Pick Central

It was another busy night, plus we are now starting to see some engagement from the Cleveland-area coaches. Maybe the tennis players (and their parents, aunt, uncles, and grandparents) like seeing their names in the newspaper just like the football players after all? There were 43 matches recorded from state-wide play. The Southwest District led the way with 21 matches. Central was second with 16, the Northeast had 5, and the Northwest - 1.

Dual Tennis Matches Reported (Girls)
District 2014 (full year) 2016 (partial year) % of 2014
Central 457 224 49%
Northeast 351 70 20%
Southwest 372 204 55%

Looking at the number of dual matches reported from a more historical perspective (see table to the right), Northeast Ohio is waaay off the pace from 2014. Central has typically led the way in the number of scores reported via the Columbus Dispatch and the Cincinnati Enquirer's Southwest scores were second. Now the Southwest is growing because more schools from the Dayton area are reporting scores directly into OTZ. Based on 2014 scores, Ohio girls tennis is roughly half way done with the season, but Northeast Ohio has only reported 20% of its scores. C'mon Northeast coaches, you can do it, and the kids and parents expect and deserve to see their names in the Plain Dealer.

The close, 3-2 matches included: St. Ursula Academy defeated Sycamore; Blanchester beat Western Brown; Turpin defeated Miamisburg; Whetstone beat Grove City; Olentangy Orange defeated Watterson; Anderson beat Seton; Dublin Coffman defeated Chaminade-Julienne; Geneva beat Hawken; Cincinnati Country Day defeated McNicholas; and Walnut Hills beat Lakota West. In OTCA matches, Dublin Jerome defeated Pickerington Central and Ursuline Academy beat Beavercreek. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

Mason
Mason Tennis - Click to go to team page
Among the Top Players, Carroll's Jillian Milano defeated Seven Hills' Lauren Saggar; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Oak Hills' Sydney Jones; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman defeated Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Miamisburg's Carly Sickinger; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal defeated Pickerington Central's Maddie Bechert; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Hilliard Bradley's Kristina Slyh; Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer defeated Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated Olentangy Orange's Kortney Reed; Archbishop Alter's Amanda Showalter defeated Centerville's Ashley Amiri; and Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn defeated Wyoming's Anya Kirsch, and St. Ursula Academy's Caroline Waddell beat Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum. Click to view the Top Players and Watch Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Mason. They are coached by Mike Reid. They are led by Ananya Aggarwal and Amanda Huser. Mason is a Team Member.

There are some good match-ups tonight. In the "Which Columbus-area suburb is better in every way?" contest, it's Dublin Coffman (A) versus Upper Arlington. In the battle between Olentangy's, Olentangy Original  (A) plays Olentangy Liberty. The Worthington's play in Thomas Worthington (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne. Other matches include: New Albany (H) versus Columbus Academy; Norton (A) versus Field; Perrysburg (A) versus Anthony Wayne; and Reynoldsburg (H) versus Lancaster.

WEDNESDAY,

Indian Hill Beats Sycamore | Laurel Defeats Hudson

Just when we thought that the hot weather was over... There were 46 matches recorded from state-wide play. The Central District led the way with 23 matches, followed by Southwest with 14, Northeast with seven, and Northwest with two. Not that I'm happy about this, but there are now more Northeast scores coming via the OTZ Coach score input system for viewing on OhioTennisZone than what is in the Plain Dealer. The good news is that coaches now have an alternative to recognize their teams and players, but the bad news is that these scores are not viewed by a wider (but perhaps less interested) audience. (Many coaches have shunned the Plain Dealer because their score entry system is difficult to use.) The OTZ coach input system provides the Columbus Dispatch with about half of their scores. If anyone knows anyone at the Plain Dealer, OTZ is open to assisting them as well.

Laurel
Laurel Tennis - Click to go to team page
The close, 3-2 matches included: Parma defeated John Marshall; Brush beat Madison; Laurel defeated Hudson; Mount Notre Dame beat Seven Hills; New Richmond defeated Taylor; Whetstone beat DeSales; Dublin Scioto defeated Hilliard Bradley; Gahanna beat Lancaster; Olentangy Orange defeated Olentangy; and Bexley beat Wellington. In other significant matches, Indian Hill defeated Sycamore and Magnificat beat Western Reserve Academy. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

Among the Top Players, Hudson's Molly Sandberg defeated Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; Mount Notre Dame’s Kelli Niehaus beat Seven Hills’ Lauren Saggar; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch beat Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Western Reserve Academy's Mackenzie Deeter; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones beat Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer; Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer defeated Westerville Central’s Nicole Cardwell; Milford's Amanda Reinhart beat Mason-B's Prachi Lele; Indian Hill’s Morgan Coburn defeated Sycamore’s Harsitha Kalaiarasan; and Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat Western Reserve Academy’s Alicia Ma.

Today's featured team is Laurel. They are coached by Walt Oden. They are led by Rachel Buchinsky and Victoria Vasquez. Laurel is a Team Member.

Tonight's matches include: Perrysburg (H) versus Notre Dame Academy; Watterson (A) versus Olentangy Orange; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus DeSales; Laurel (A) versus Poland Seminary; and Columbus Academy (A) versus Granville.

TUESDAY,

OhioTennisZone College Report

The OTZ College Report has been updated to include the new college freshmen. This report lists the Ohio players who competed in Ohio high school tennis and are now playing collegiately. Click away to follow their college careers.

OTZ College Report
College Report - Click to view
There were 17 freshmen added to the report this year and they are the second largest class. Sophomores have the most players with 26, followed by the juniors with 15 and seniors with 11.

New Albany High School has the largest number of players competing in college with eight, followed by Sycamore and Upper Arlington with five. Dublin Jerome, Mason, and St. John's Jesuit have four each.

The colleges with the most players are: Ohio State with six, Case Western and Denison with five, and Xavier with three.

There are 36 women and 33 men competing.

All of the players in the report now include their high school tennis Player Profile photos. There are also many players with OTZ action photos. Just sign-in first and then click on the camera graphic to view them.

Readers will also notice the Elysium Tennis and Olympic Indoor logos beside numerous players. Elysium and Olympic are both valued OhioTennisZone sponsors/advertisers and these logos indicate where these college players received their training as juniors. If you are a regular reader of this web site and your son or daughter is considering tennis, please always check with these clubs first. They support high school tennis via this web site.

If you are located in central Ohio, OhioTennisZone created a "Consumer Reports"-like club comparison to help readers review each club's attributes. These attributes are based on the needs of high school / junior players.

Most of the college players from Ohio were OhioTennisZone.com individual or team members. Those who were not, are not included in this report. If this report does not include your college player and you were/are a subscriber to OhioTennisZone, please submit a Feedback.

After following these kids throughout their high school years, it is fun to follow their progress in college. This report will make it easier to do so.

Now that Labor Day has passed, the girls tennis season can finally get really serious. Matches tonight include: Laurel (A) versus Hudson; DeSales (A) versus Whetstone; Olentangy Liberty (A) versus Westerville Central; Perrysburg (H) versus Springfield (Holland); Wellington (H) versus Bexley; Norton (A) versus Woodridge; and Columbus School for Girls (H) versus Granville.

SUNDAY,

US Open Juniors

There were no Ohio high school school tennis matches reported from yesterday, but there is still plenty of tennis action taking place in New York City for the US Open. There are four US Open Junior players from Ohio. They are: John and Caty McNally (Cincinnati), JJ Wolf (previously from Cincinnati Country Day), and Alexandra Sanford (previously from Olentangy Orange). John McNally is seeded 10th and Sanford is seeded 16th. Northeast Ohio's Dalayna Hewitt was beaten in a 3-setter in the final round of the Qualifiers.

Grandview Heights 2012
JJ Wolf - Click to enlarge

TennisRecruiting.net uses a forecasting model to predict the chance of a player reaching the next round. Click to view how the Ohio Boys and Girls will perform. (For Girls, click on Girls' Singles tab.)

To follow the action online, click to view the Boys and Girls US Open Junior draws.

Now that many of the colleges have updated their web sites, it is time for OTZ to update the College page. This is a difficult page to update because many schools completely change their web sites each year. Since it is so time-consuming, OTZ only includes those players who were paying OTZ members while they were in high school. Contact OTZ via Feedback if your player is not included on this page.

Is there a match that your daughter or team has played that is not included online on OTZ? Today and tomorrow are great catch-up days for OTZ. This is also a perfect opportunity for coaches to try OTZ's score reporting tool.

OTZ is unaware of any matches or tournaments scheduled for today.

SATURDAY,

Olentangy Liberty Beats Westerville North

Activity was light yesterday now that high school football is in full gear. Matches yesterday included: St. Ursula Academy-B defeated Taylor; Mason-B beat Walnut Hills; Olentangy Liberty defeated Westerville North; Mount Notre Dame beat Seton; and Medina defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

Grandview Heights 2012
Westerville North - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus defeated Seton’s Schaelle and Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke beat Westerville North’s Hailee Sens. Click to view the Top Players and Watch Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Westerville North. They are coached by Robert Carlson.

An Alliance, Ohio engineering firm, Morgan Kinetic Structures, designed the US Open stadium roof. Click to read this Wall Street Journal article about the roof and their design engineer, Mark Sharamitaro.

OTZ is unaware of any dual matches or tournaments scheduled for today.

FRIDAY,

Mason Beats Sycamore | Price for OTZ Going-up

It was a beautiful night for tennis. There were 39 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 19, Southwest - 14, Northeast - 5, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Bexley defeated Worthington Christian; Fairfield beat Oak Hills; Watkins Memorial defeated Granville; Mason-B beat Sycamore-B; St. Joseph Academy defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; McNicholas beat Badin; Willoughby South defeated Beaumont; and Harrison beat Edgewood. In league play, Mason defeated Sycamore.

Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report. Note that the detailed, box scores in this report goes back behind the paywall today. To continue reading it, join OTZ.

Grandview Heights 2012
Hilliard Davidson's Grace Wilson - Click to enlarge
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Among the top players, Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum; Laurel’s Rachel Buchinsky beat Western Reserve Academy’s MacKenzie Deeter; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison defeated Wellington's Isabella Vegas; Ursuline Academy's Ellie Foster beat St. Ursula Academy’s Caroline Waddell; Dublin Scioto’s Ravindran defeated Thomas Worthington’s Sarina Xie; Springboro’s Patel beat Turpin’s Caitlin Fisher; and Mason's Sanjana Reddy defeated Sycamore’s Harsitha Kalaiarasan. Click to view the Top Players and Watch Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

It looks like it will be a quiet tennis night with the upcoming holiday weekend.

THURSDAY,

Updated OTZ News Page | Perrysburg Beats Toledo St. Ursula

Rain impacted numerous matches yesterday. Only 18 matches were recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 8, Southwest - 7, Northeast - 2, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Canal Winchester beat Grandview; Centerville defeated Troy; New Richmond beat Goshen; and Perrysburg defeated Toledo St. Ursula Academy. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

OTZ Articles
OhioTennisZone Articles - Click for news

Among the top players, Toledo St. Ursula Academy’s Gracie Almester defeated Perrysburg’s Emma Carter; Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn beat Summit Country Day’s Caroline Bristow; Centerville's Ashley Amiri defeated Troy’s Hannah Essick; Toledo St. Ursula Academy’s beat Perrysburg’s Gemma Smith; and Hilliard Davidson's Grace Wilson defeated Hilliard Bradley’s Sydney Bright. Click to view the Top Players and Watch Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

OhioTennisZone looks for tennis season "kick-off" articles from around the state to link to from OTZ. These articles provide a quick overview of how teams are expected to do and typically include quotes from coaches. These articles are now included in "team pages" and they are also accumulated in the Ohio High School Tennis Articles page. Also included on this page is the popular, Behind the Scenes at OhioTennisZone.com, written in early April, and OTZ interviews with several of the top senior boys from last season. (OTZ is still trying to decide if it is sufficiently "caught up" to write articles about the top senior Ohio girls.)

Matches tonight include: Wellington (H) versus Columbus School For Girls; Norton (H) versus Ravenna; Bexley (A) versus Worthington Christian;  Laurel (A) versus Western Reserve Academy; Perrysburg (A) versus Sylvania Southview; and Thomas Worthington (H) versus Dublin Scioto.

WEDNESDAY,

Seven Hills Beats Summit Country Day

Yesterday was the biggest match day of the season with 50 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by district was: Southwest - 24, Central - 22, Northeast - 4, and Northwest - nada. The close, 3-2 matches included: Centerville defeated Bellbrook; Norton beat Cloverleaf; Watkins Memorial defeated Whetstone; Goshen beat Clermont Northeastern; Anderson defeated Milford; Bloom-Carroll beat Hamilton Township; and Seton defeated Mother of Mercy. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

Bloom-Carroll
Bloom-Carroll - Click for team page

Among the top players, Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus defeated Ursuline Academy's Ellie Foster; Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar defeated Norton's Spencer Clark; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman beat Granville's Eleanor Male; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie; Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer beat Westerville South's Chloe Myers; Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds defeated Hilliard Davidson's Ally Woodyard; Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell beat Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer; Summit Country Day’s Kathryn Adam beat Seven Hills’ Lauren Saggar; Bellbrook’s Andrea Szep defeated Centerville Ashley Amiri; and Walnut Hills’ Lilly O’Toole beat Loveland’s Peyton Geers. Click to view the Top Players and Watch Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Bloom-Carroll. They are coached by Rick Rowland.

Matches tonight include: Columbus Academy (H) versus Dublin Coffman; Canal Winchester (A) versus Grandview; DeSales (H) versus Buckeye Valley; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Hilliard Darby; Pickerington Central (H) versus Watterson; Laurel (H) versus Archbishop Hoban; Norton (A) versus Wadsworth; and Perrysburg (H) versus St. Ursula Academy.

TUESDAY,

Bishop Watterson Beats New Albany

Yesterday was a slower tennis day as teams ramp up for more play during the week. Thee were 26 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 14, Southwest - 9, Northeast - 3; and Northwest -0. The close, 3-2 matches included: Sycamore-B defeated Summit Country Day; Mason-B beat Mount Notre Dame; Delaware Hayes defeated Mount Vernon; Pickerington Central beat Dublin Scioto; Watterson defeated New Albany; Northwest beat Deer Park; and Madeira defeated Badin. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

St. Francis DeSales
St. Francis DeSales - Click for team page
Among the top players, Milford's Amanda Reinhart defeated Seven Hills’ Lauren Sagger; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal beat Hilliard Bradley's Kristina Slyh; Louisville’s Kayla Pukys defeated St. Joseph Academy’s Hannah Schuette; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti beat New Albany's Taylor Selby; Laurel’s Rachel Buchinsky defeated Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s Kate Lee; and Pickerington Central’s Maddie Bechert beat Dublin Scioto’s Hrunya Ravindran. Click to view the Top Players and Watch Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Columbus' St. Francis DeSales. They are coached by Tom Snyder.

Matches tonight include: Columbus School for Girls (H) versus DeSales; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Upper Arlington; Pickerington North (A) versus Thomas Worthington; and Norton (H) versus Cloverleaf.

MONDAY,

Graphs Tutorial | Top Players

Graphs graphs graphs Graphs GRAPHS. Graphs are good. OTZ likes graphs. There are always new OTZ readers coming on board so it is worthwhile to dig out an old(er) document that provides insight on how to best understand the Previous Day Match Results report and graphs within the team reports. Coaches will find it helpful to size up opposing teams, and parents can use the document to better understand why their daughter is playing on a specific court. The challenge for OTZ is when a player on court two is being considered for the Top Players / Watch list, but the player on court 1 is not.. If you think a team is not playing their line-up in the correct order, always feel free to submit a Feedback to share your thoughts.

Click to read the How-to for OTZ Graphs.

Graphs Tutorial
Graphs Tutorial - Click to read

Several players were added to the Top Players list. They are: Mason's Ananya Aggarwal, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov, Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch, and Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala. Again, this is a gradual process. Players gradually move up and down a few spots on these lists each week. Some players are on their way up and others are starting to descend. Unfortunately, girls who play courts 2 and 3 are at a disadvantage to the court 1 players on these lists because they do not get as many competitive matches with other high level players. Click to view the Top Players and Watch Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

It is also important to note that there is limited amount of information on some players because their coaches do not take the time to submit their results into the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Some teams always get their results into that paper, others do not. If you have any questions, contact your coach and/or your athletic director.

There are several conference changes that need to be made. In fact, since it is Monday, then that means that the Ohio Capital Conference has changed the divisions of its various teams.. One system on which OTZ relies, the OHSAA School Directory is out of commission as they incorporate their new ArbiterLIVE system. It is not a good time of the year to not have the School Directory available.

Matches tonight include: Watterson (H) versus New Albany; Bexley (H) versus Olentangy; Big Walnut (A) versus Worthington Christian; DeSales (A) versus Central Crossing; Norton (H) versus Southeast; Ready (H) versus Jonathan Alder; Wellington (A) versus Hartley; and Whetstone (H) versus Hilliard Darby.

For those who really like graphs and education analysis, the Gerber Analytics is the only web site in the solar system where readers can analyze private and public school academy performance based on the Ohio Graduation Test results. Click to read more about your school, the Top Academic Schools in the State (top ranked school - St. Charles Preparatory), and a Comparison of the Largest Metro School Districts (Cincinnati is best - by far - thanks to Walnut Hills). Note that this information was not updated last year because the state did not release the data in a timely manner. Questions? Submit a Feedback.

SUNDAY,

Mason Beats New Albany and Olentangy Liberty

There were several great dual matchups yesterday and numerous tournaments. In tournament play, Hathaway Brown won the Canfield Doubles Tournament, Columbus Academy won the Chaminade-Julienne Invite, and Whetstone won the Grandview Tournament.

In the dual matches, OTZ #8 Sycamore defeated OTZ #7 Dublin Coffman; Turpin beat Walnut Hills; OTZ #9 Perrysburg defeated Lexington; and OTZ #1 Mason beat New Albany and OTZ #6 Olentangy Liberty. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

Ellie MacDowell
Liberty's Ellie MacDowell - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer; Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan beat Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum; Lexington's Sylvia Goldsmith defeated Perrysburg's Emma Carter; Mason's Amanda Huser beat Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke; and Perrysburg's Gemma Smith defeated Lexington’s Mueller. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Conditions were great for taking photos yesterday at New Albany. There are several things on the to-do list and posting more photos online is one of them.

SATURDAY,

Sycamore Defeats Olentangy Liberty | Coffman Beats CSG

The stormy weather in southwest Ohio was a problem for many football teams but several tennis teams were able to complete their matches. Today's weather could be severe in northern Ohio, but the weather looks ok for the Canfield Doubles Tournament.

In one of the closest matches recorded, Sycamore defeated Olentangy Liberty, 3-2, in a match that included four, 3-setters. Sycamore is eighth and Liberty is sixth on the OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten. Other matches included: Oak Hills beat Springfield; Dublin Coffman defeated Columbus School for Girls; Goshen beat Norwood; Wyoming defeated St. Ursula Academy-B; and Norton beat Crestwood. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

It is still premature to update the OTZ Top Ten teams lists (see right navigation bar) because several teams have not yet played competitive matches.

JJ Wolf
JJ Wolf - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan defeated Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison; Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer beat Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum; and Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke defeated Sycamore’s Harsitha Kalaiarasan. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Two Cincinnati juniors, John McNally (see photo) and JJ Wolf, are in the main draw of the US Open Doubles Tournament. They obtained this honor by winning the USTA B18 National Championships doubles tournament in Kalamazoo. JJ Wolf played high school tennis for Cincinnati Country Day his freshman year prior to moving on to high-level national and international tournaments. Click to read this Cincinnati Enquirer article by Adam Turer. The above OTZ photos were taken in Kalamazoo.

I will be at the New Albany versus Mason and Olentangy Liberty versus Mason matches today at the New Albany courts. The New Albany and Columbus School for Girls courts are the best Columbus-area courts to take photos. Contact me if you are interested in getting a picture of your daughter. Other matches today include: Dublin Coffman (H) versus Sycamore and Perrysburg (H) versus Lexington.

FRIDAY,

Pickerington North Beats Pickerington Central

It was another brutally hot day yesterday. Out of the 38 matches recorded from statewide play, there were very few really competitive matches. The close, 3-2 matches included: Grandview defeated Hartley; Granville beat Bloom-Carroll; Pickerington North defeated Pickerington Central; Our Lady of the Elms beat Hawken; and Ross defeated Harrison. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

Bishop Ready
Bishop Ready Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Carroll's Jillian Milano defeated Archbishop Alter's Amanda Showalter; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch beat Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole; Mason’s Ananya Aggarwal defeated Lakota East’s Clare Holtmeier; Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer beat Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer; Gilmour Academy’s Claudia Althans defeated Laurel’s Rachel Buchinsky; Seven Hill’s Lauren Saggar beat Cincinnati Country Day’s Mia Masterson; and Columbus Academy’s Georgia Tuckerman defeated Worthington Christian’s Amanda Mayotte. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. The Top Players can share all of their match results with others (i.e. fans, college coaches, and relatives) by becoming OhioTennisZone members. Click to Sign-up.

Today's featured team of the day is Bishop Ready. Their coach is Dan Skuce.

The OTCA Draws are constantly being updated. Submit a Feedback if a recent match is not included.

Friday night football begins in earnest tonight so that starts to reduce the number of Friday night matches since many of the kids enjoy going to the games. Tonight's matches include: Columbus School for Girls (H) versus Dublin Coffman and Olentangy Liberty versus Sycamore.

THURSDAY,

Mason Beats Indian Hill

There were numerous exciting matches throughout the state. The headliner was OTZ D1 #1 Mason beating OTZ D2 #2 Indian Hill by the score of 3-2. That match included three 3-setters. In Columbus Academy's 3-2 win over Olentangy Orange, there were four 3-setters. Other 3-2 contests included: Mount Vernon defeated Reynoldsburg; Jonathan Alder beat Hilliard Darby; Walnut Hills defeated Princeton; Green beat Solon; Ross defeated Taylor; Teays Valley beat Newark; Bloom-Carroll defeated Grandview; Talawanda beat Hamilton; and Northwest defeated Finneytown. In another prominent match, Pickerington North defeated Columbus School for Girls. Overall, there were 40 matches recorded and the breakdown by District was: Southwest - 16, Central - 14, and Northeast - 6. As for Northwest Ohio, Marco? Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

Among the top players, Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Indian Hill’s Gracey Hirsch; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison; Princeton's Emily Thomas defeated Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman beat Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer; Milford's Amanda Reinhart defeated Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole; Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus beat Miamisburg's Carly Sickinger; Solon’s Maggie Yang defeated Green’s Maria Zivick; St. Joseph Academy’s Hannah Schuette beat Strongsville’s Paige Meyers; Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn defeated Mason's Amanda Huser; and Indian Hill’s Haley Hirsch beat Mason’s Sanjana Reddy. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Weird stuff happens on the Grandstand Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center (home of W&S Open). During the "spin for serve" ritual between Carroll's Jillian Milano and McNicholas' Kay Daly at Districts last fall, the racquet spun and then landed on its side. Of course, I was bathing in the grease of a great Mr. McNasty sandwich so I had my camera safely tucked away. Just as I thought about grabbing the camera (about 10 second later), the racquet fell flat. Last Thursday, something equally strange happened. I'm taking photos of Angelic Kerber and I get a good photo of Kerber which I post on Twitter. See below.

Then, about a day later, Tennis.com posts a photo that is almost identical mine, but cropped differently. See Tweet.

My first thought was that someone stole my photo, photoshopped the background, and cropped it differently. (There is $10,000 fine to take a copyrighted photo). As I looked closely at the photo (mainly the arm band), I noticed differences which would have been difficult for anyone to "photoshop". What happened? The Tennis.com photographer and I must have been in the photo blind together and shot the photo at virtually the same instant. My photo of Kerber with the same cropping as Tennis.com is shown on the right. Not sure what the odds would be of this happening again, but I am going to spend more time on the grandstand court...

Speaking of photos, you do not have to be a pro and play in the Western & Southern Open to get an OTZ photo. Pro-level tennis photography is just a click away. If you like your daughter (most of the time) and she likes tennis, it only makes sense that you get a great photo of her playing tennis. Of course, you could hire and spend a gazillion dollars to get the photographer who takes your daughter's senior photos to come to the tennis courts, but it would be far better to spend three quarters of a gazillion dollars to get a photographer who does this all of the time at some of the nation's most prestigious tennis venues, including the USTA Boys National Championship, NCAA D1 tournaments, NCAA D3 National Championships, Pro Challenger Series, and of course, the Western & Southern Open. Just send a Feedback to request that I take your daughter's photo.

It is rivalry night with Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Olentangy Orange; Pickerington North (H) versus Pickerington Central; and Westerville North (A) versus Westerville Central. Who will win in tennis and who has the nicest uniforms and parents?

WEDNESDAY,

Magnificat Defeats Orange | Pickerington North Beats Dublin Coffman

It was a busy night for tennis. The most matches of the season were played with 41 recorded from statewide play. The breakdown by District was Central - 21, Southwest - 15, and Northeast - 5. The close, 3-2 matches included: Turpin defeated Loveland; Jonathan Alder beat Marion Harding; Miamisburg defeated Centerville; Pickerington North beat Dublin Coffman; Granville defeated DeSales; Summit Country Day beat Cincinnati Country Day; and Magnificat defeated Orange. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

Dublin Coffman
Olentangy - Click to team page

Among the top players, Orange's Alissa Nakamoto defeated Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones beat Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds; Orange's Alissa Nakamoto defeated Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones beat Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan; Miamisburg's Carley Sickinger beat Centerville's Ashley Amiri; Seven Hills’ Lauren Saggar defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Anna Abunku; and Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat Oranges’ Anjali Kashyap. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Olentangy. They are coached by Jeff Luxenburger. They are led by junior, Kathleen Jones.

Matches tonight include: Pickerington North (H) versus Columbus School For Girls; Columbus Academy (A) versus Olentangy Orange; Watkins Memorial (H) versus Canal Winchester; Westerville North (A) versus Ready; Bexley (H) versus Granville; and Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Grandview.

OTZ will be at the Westerville North versus Ready match. If you would like an OTZ action photo of your daughter from that match, please submit a Feedback.

TUESDAY,

Dublin Jerome Defeats Watterson in OTCA Play

There was more nice weather yesterday. There were 30 matches recorded and the breakdown by District was: Central - 14, Southwest - 13, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Lancaster defeated Watkins Memorial; Taylor beat Hamilton; Chardon defeated Willoughby South; Dublin Scioto beat Wellington; Granville defeated Big Walnut; Logan Elm beat Chillicothe; and Dublin Jerome defeated Watterson. The Lancaster match included two 3-setters, and Lancaster won 56 games while Watkins Memorial won 55 games - so yes - it was a close match. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

Dublin Coffman
Dublin Coffman - Click to team page

Among the top players, Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch defeated Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Mount Notre Dame’s Kelli Niehaus beat Milford’s Amanda Reinhardt; Mason's Amanda Huser defeated St. Ursula Academy's Caroline Waddell; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti beat Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Hilliard Davidson's Grace Wilson; and Ursuline Academy's Ellie Foster beat Centerville's Ashley Amiri. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Dublin Coffman. They are coached by Brett Hundertpfund. Hundertpfund is a Lexington high school tennis grad and a lethal badmitten player. Coffman's top two singles players are Nethra Thenappan and Katherine Wang. Dublin Coffman is an OTZ Team Member.

The Cincinnati Enquirer and the Columbus Dispatch's ThisWeekNews have prepared season kickoff articles on dozens of teams. Links to those articles will be available later today.

OhioTennisZone encountered system slowdowns yesterday. I spent quite a bit of time on the telephone with GoDaddy last night to try and figure out what the problem was. Please submit a Feedback if you encounter issues.

Matches tonight include: Pickerington North (H) versus Dublin Coffman; Worthington Christian (H) versus Grandview; Dublin Jerome (A) versus Thomas Worthington; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Olentangy Orange; Westerville North (H) versus Marysville; and DeSales (A) versus Granville.

MONDAY,

More Schedules Added | Top Players & Watch Lists Updated

The fall weather is slowly starting to arrive. Hopefully this week will be full of happy sunshine and less humidity.

Francesca Di Lorenzo
OSU's Francesca Di Lorenzo - Click to enlarge

There was one more tournament reported from the weekend. Massillon Jackson won the St. Joseph Academy Invitational. Hudson was second.

The Top Players and Watch Lists were updated yesterday. This is a s-l-o-w process -- by design. The goal is to have the players where they should be on the lists by the time the Sectional draws take place on September 25 at 2pm. There were a few players added to the Watch Lists but no new players were added to the Top Players List. Note that many teams have not yet even played a match. A new ranking list will be sent to TennisRecruiting.net in about another week. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

There are likely a few players who would be positioned differently on these lists if more high school results were included for them. OTZ already pays for subscriptions to three newspapers (Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Cincinnati Enquirer) for results and it works out well if your coach submits results to one of these newspapers. Schools outside of the coverage of these newspapers may still submit results via their coaches if the coach becomes an OTZ Coach Member. In some cases, OTZ also permits parents to submit scores for their daughters. Click to sign-up.

For those who are not weeks behind with homework yet, it might be time to find a new way to procrastinate. Twitter will be able to help. OhioTennisZone is online on Twitter with the handle of @OhioTennisZone. There is no "over tweeting" with point by point updates of first set tiebreaks. I probably average two a day during the season and 2-3 a week during the off-season. Readers will find a few more photos, announcements, and the popular, "Do You Nose Who This Is?", game. This is where OTZ takes a completely worthless and unusable photo and tries to garner some residual value from it. The guys liked this game -- still unsure about the girls. The OTZ Fan Dog contest is coming as well. By "Following" @OhioTennisZone, the tweets will come to you automatically. You do have to get your parents' approval before you get on Twitter. It's the law. (Many parents are also @OhioTennisZone Followers -- thanks kids, for helping them get online.)

There were approximately 450 scheduled matches entered over the weekend. Schedules are added by coaches and by OhioTennisZone. Some are also gathered from ThisWeekNews. Tonight's matches include: Watterson (H) versus Thomas Worthington; Granville (H) versus Big Walnut; and Upper Arlington (H) versus Hilliard Bradley.

After a great summer competing in professional matches, New Albany's and Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo was granted a qualifier spot in the US Open. Di Lorenzo will be a sophomore at Ohio State. The above picture was taken at the Lexington ITF.

Coaches are to watch/read the OHSAA Tennis Coaches Online Rules Meeting by Tuesday, August 23 at 11:59pm. I watched it and it is well-done. It takes about 25 minutes. Don't have time? There is no choice. There is a $50 late fee.

SUNDAY,

Olentangy Liberty Wins Watterson Invitational

After a long week of rain in much of Ohio, it appears that things will finally start to dry out. The Western & Southern Open has had 6.5 inches of rain since last Saturday, but forecasts call for a 0% chance of rain in Cincinnati today.

Olentangy Liberty
Olentangy Liberty - Click to enlarge
Yesterday was largely a tournament day. Olentangy Liberty won the Bishop Watterson Invitational. There was a 3-way tie for second with Columbus Schools for Girls, Columbus Academy, and Dublin Coffman. Watkins Memorial led the way in the Licking County Championships and Granville was runner-up. Turpin won the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational and Walnut Hills as runner-up. Walsh Jesuit won the Pickerington Central Double Invitational with Ursuline Academy finishing second. Logon Elm won its own invitational and Athens was the runner-up.

In dual match contests, Oak Hills defeated Seton and Lancaster beat Whetstone. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results report.

Among the top players, Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison, Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman, and Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan to win Flight A of the Watterson Invite. Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole to finish first in the CCD tournament. In other matches, Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan defeated Watterson's Claire Ghidotti and New Albany’s Taylor Selby; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer, and was leading New Albany’s Taylor Selby before the rain out. The Top Players and Watch Lists will be updated later today (honest).

Today's featured team is Olentangy Liberty. They are coached by Will Thieman. Liberty's top two singles players are Alexis Steer and Sidney Reineke. Liberty is an OhioTennisZone.com Team Member.

SATURDAY,

Ursuline Academy Beats Dublin Coffman

With the Watterson Invitational starting in a few minutes, this is a quick update. There were 12 matches recorded from yesterday. The close, 3-2 matches included: St. Joseph Academy defeated Avon Lake; Ursuline Academy beat Dublin Coffman; and Watterson defeated Notre Dame Academy. In OTCA Tournament play, Sycamore defeated Loveland and Olentangy beat Grove City. Click to view the improved Previous Day Match Results report.

Garbine Muguruza
At the W&S Open - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan defeated Ursuline Academy's Ellie Foster; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti beat Notre Dame Academy's Bella Yajzi; St. Joseph’s Hannah Schuette defeated Avon Lake’s Hope Wilhelm; and Pickerington Central’s Maddie Bechert beat St. Ursula Academy’s Almsester. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Top Players and Watch Lists will be updated later today.

Watterson and Pickerington Central both have tournaments today. Dual matches include: Watkins Memorial (T) versus Granville and Whetstone (A) versus Lancaster.

FRIDAY,

Centerville Beats Lakota East

A late day storm brought more rain to the Western & Southern Open, but most Cincinnati-area matches had already completed. For those counting, the Lindner Family Tennis Center has received 5.88 inches since Saturday. Let's hope the State Girls tournament has better weather.

Last night was the first big night of matches with 35 matches recorded from state-wide play. The number of matches by District were: Southwest - 19, Central - 12, and the Northeast - 4. The close, 3-2 matches included: Thomas Worthington defeated Hilliard Bradley; Taylor beat Harrison; Centerville defeated Lakota East; Wellington beat Worthington Christian; St. Joseph Academy defeated Shaker Heights; Winton Woods beat Northwest; and Princeton defeated Wyoming. Click to view the amazingly improved Previous Day Match Results report.

Western & Southern Open
At the W&S Open Family Fun Area - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Milford's Amanda Reinhart defeated Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds beat Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan; Centerville's Ashley Amiri beat Lakota East’s Claire Holtmeier; Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie defeated Hilliard Bradley’s Kristina Slyh; Unioto’s Sylvia Gray beat Gray Logan Elm's Jessica Willard; St. Joseph Academy’s Schuette defeated Shaker Heights’ Katrina Cassell; and Worthington Christian’s Julie Byers beat Wellington’s Isabella Vegas.

There have been a few questions about the Top Players and Watch Lists. There are normally about 30 ranked players on the Top Players List by the end of the season. Currently there are only 21 players on the list. The number of players on the unranked Watch Lists vary. Both lists are the same as they were at the end of last year, minus the seniors and players who chose not to play this year. I like to see who is playing on which court before I make many changes to the lists. Players who see their names appear in the "previous paragraph" means they have been duly noticed. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Matches tonight include: Perrysburg (T) versus Pickerington Central; Watkins Memorial (T) versus Granville; and Whetstone (A) versus Lancaster.

THURSDAY,

North Canton Hoover Defeats Olentangy Liberty

Thursday was finally a better weather day and 18 matches were recorded. There were five OTZ Top Ten teams in action. The close, 3-2 matches included: North Canton Hoover defeated Olentangy Liberty; Walnut Hills beat St. Ursula Academy; Lakota East defeated Loveland; Badin beat Madison; Sycamore defeated Miamisburg; and Gahanna beat Hilliard Darby. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results for the details. (More about this report below.)

Perrysburg
Previous Day Match Results - Click to go to report

There were numerous matches among the top players. They included: Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Olentangy's Kathleen Jones; Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer beat North Canton Hoover’s Alessa Koinoglou; Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds defeated Lexington's Sylvia Goldsmith; Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell beat Pickerington Central's Maddie Bechert; Miamisburg's Carley Sickinger defeated Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum; Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole beat St. Ursula Academy's Caroline Waddell; and North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt defeated Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

A primary goal of OTZ is to quickly convey tennis information - not generate a large number page views. This is counter to most websites which want their users to mindlessly click page after page (after page) to acquire small pieces of information. For the past two seasons, OTZ has used a modified version of the Previous Day Match Results report to quickly summarize the previous day's matches. This enhanced version is now available to OTZ subscribers. This report allows readers to see the detailed, team match results of all of the reported matches in the state - on one page. Using the North Canton Hoover versus Olentangy Liberty match as an example, readers can quickly review the bar-chart graphic and then see detailed line-ups that each coach used. The big take-a-way from that match is that Alessa Koinoglou and Hallie Hunt are a solid 1-2, and that Hoover has strong doubles teams. Click on the pictures to zoom-in. While this report is for OTZ subscribers, it will be open for everyone to view over the next few days. Also note that numerous day's matches are available. Click to sign-up to OhioTennisZone.com

Updated schedules are slowly coming online. Matches tonight include: Watkins Memorial (A) versus Hartley and Worthington Christian (A) versus Wellington.

WEDNESDAY,

Wet Weather Continues | Magnificat Beats CSG

This weather is really starting to look like the boys season. The problem is that the boys expect this type of weather at the beginning of the season and they schedule accordingly. The girls, however, use this part of their calendar to schedule numerous matches before school starts. There were just a handful of recorded matches yesterday. Granville defeated Canal Winchester; Magnificat beat Columbus School for Girls; Perrysburg defeated Clay; and Hudson beat Lexington. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results for the details.

OhioTennisZone purchases subscriptions to three different newspapers to obtain scores: the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Columbus Dispatch. To-date, there have been no (nada) scores reported by the Plain Dealer. Are Cleveland-area coaches not reporting scores, has the Plain Dealer stopped including tennis scores, or has the weather been too awful to play? Please enter a Feedback if you know the answer. Every single score is an advertisement for Ohio High School Girls Tennis so it is a big deal to get these results into the newspaper. While OTZ would rather get these scores from the newspapers, submit a Feedback to learn how to get scores directly into OhioTennisZone.com.

Perrysburg
Sycamore's Nathan Zhang - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison; Perrysburg’s Emma Carter beat Clay's Madison Arquette; Granville’s Eleanor Male defeated Canal Winchester’s Callie Tate; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat Columbus School for Girls' Stephanie Presper; and Perrysburg's Gemma Smith defeated Clay’s Gallaher. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Western & Southern Open is the best value in the nation for professional tennis. The high quality of tennis and the low price is just outstanding. One person I spoke with yesterday said that he would rather come to the W&S Open from his home in Phoenix rather than go to Indian Wells (which is only four hours away for him). However, if you are planning to go to the tournament, please be very aware that the parking lot conditions are poor. Most of the parking is on a golf course (or what was a golf course) and it is very muddy. To get in front of the traffic, I ran out of there during the 3:45pm storm while everyone else was bunkered undercover so that my vehicle would have better footing. Plan on delays and park on high(er) ground. At some point, I would think they would have to bus people over from Kings Island. [1:19pm - Shuttles are now available from Kings Island to the Western & Southern Open.]

Updated schedules are slowly coming online. Matches tonight include: Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Central Crossing; Perrysburg (H) versus Maumee Valley Country Day; and Whetstone (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne.

TUESDAY,

Magnificat & Hathaway Brown Beat Ursuline Academy | Mason Defeats Notre Dame Academy

The weather continues to be wet and muggy. There were only 13 matches recorded from yesterday. The closest, 3-2 contests included: Big Walnut defeated Marysville; Newark beat Hamilton Township; Harrison defeated Hamilton; and Thomas Worthington beat Grove City. Matches among the state's best teams included: Magnificat defeated Ursuline Academy; Mason beat Notre Dame Academy; and Hathaway Brown defeated Ursuline Academy. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results for the details.

Perrysburg
Perrysburg - Click to enlarge

Among yesterday's top players, Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch defeated Ursuline Academy's Ellie Foster; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat Ursuline Academy's Ellie Foster; Mason’s Amanda Huser defeated Toledo Notre Dame’s Bella Yajzi; Perrysburg’s Emma Carter beat Findlay’s Savannah Hosey; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Ursuline Academy's Gracie Estes; Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky beat Ursuline Academy's Gracie Estes; and Hathaway Brown's Catherine Areklett defeated Ursuline Academy's Rashmi Rege.

The Top Players lists have been updated to some degree. The players from last season have been removed but no new players have yet been added. As always, all new players start on the Watch List. Again, coach input on these lists is great. I will even accept input from parents / players who are not related to that player, but other than that, I'm good. Click to view the Top Players Lists from Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Perrysburg. They are coached by Julie Weider.

Updated schedules are slowly coming online. Matches tonight include: Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Circleville; Perrysburg (H) versus Clay (Oregon); Watkins Memorial (H) versus Wellington; and
Worthington Christian (A) versus London.

MONDAY,

Hathaway Brown Beats Mason

The two best teams in the state, OTZ D2 #1 Hathaway Brown and OTZ D1 #1 Mason, competed in a rare Sunday match yesterday. Hathaway Brown went back to Cleveland with a 5-0 win. The match was played indoors at the Court Yard Sportsplex in West Chester. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results for the details.

Daria Gavrilova
Daria Gavrilova at W&S Open- Click to enlarge

Among yesterday's top players, Hathaway Brown's top-three line-up of Lauren Gillinov, Nicole Gillinov, and Maddie Lynch defeated Mason's Ananya Aggarwal, Amanda Huser, and Sanjana Reddy, respectively.

Yesterday's match is another great reason to like Ohio high school tennis. The best teams go after each other at the beginning of the season. The best coaches don't hide and avoid phone calls, and they don't use the Ohio State Men's Basketball method of padding their schedule with weak, early-season opponents. After what I saw yesterday, both Hathaway Brown and Mason would beat OSU's opponents - in basketball.

Yesterday's high school day at Western & Southern Open was soggy. Today's photo of Daria Gavrilova was taken later in the day after the sun finally appeared for an extended period of time. There are always numerous high school players who volunteer as ballboys/girls. Click to view this photo of Charles Norman, who is an incoming freshman at northeast Ohio's University School.

SUNDAY,

Hathaway Brown & Watkins Memorial Win Dubs Tournaments | Magnificat Beats Sycamore

Despite the impending rain, many teams were able to finish their matches and tournaments. Hathaway Brown won the Columbus School for Girls Doubles Tournament and Watkins Memorial won the Warrior Doubles Classic. There were four dual matches recorded. Loveland defeated Bellbrook; Oak Hills beat Seton; and Mariemont defeated Harrison. In a match between two teams in the OTZ Top Ten, Magnificat defeated Sycamore. Click to view the Previous Day Match Results.

Grandview Heights 2012
Hathaway Brown - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum; Magnificat’s Alexandra Vesikallio beat Sycamore’s Harsitha Kalaiarasan; and Magnificat’s Olivia Rondini defeated Sycamore’s Kaitlyn Jiang. Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky and Catherine Areklett and Watkins Memorial's Kelli Wright and Madi Burris were Flight A Champions of their respective tournaments. The OTZ Top Players lists are still in work-in-progress mode. They should be updated tonight.

The plan for today is (was?) to go to the Hathaway Brown versus Mason match and then go to the Western & Southern Open High School Day. It is uncertain if the weather will cooperate. More of a concern is parking on the grass at the W&S. If you go, make sure that you park on high ground.

SATURDAY,

OTZ Post Pre-Season Division II Top Ten Teams | Hathaway Brown Beats Olentangy Liberty

And away we go... Matches got underway in hot and humid conditions yesterday. There were 15 matches recorded. The close, 3-2 matches included: Marion Harding defeated Marysville; Hilliard Davidson beat Hilliard Bradley; and Worthington Christian defeated DeSales. In a match between Ohio’s top teams, OTZ D2 #1 Hathaway Brown defeated OTZ D1 #6 Olentangy Liberty.

Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer; Centerville's Ashley Amiri beat Butler’s Madison Peyton; Hilliard Davidson’s Grace Wilson defeated Hilliard Bradley's Kristina Slyh; Worthington Christian’s Julie Byers beat DeSales’ Emily Garrick; Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky defeated Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke; and Hathaway Brown’s Rebecca Wolf beat Olentangy Liberty’s Cellini Ko. The Top Players’ List are still influx and they include last year’s graduates.

Since the season has already started, it is time to list the OTZ Post Pre-Season State Top Ten Girls Teams for Division II. Hathaway Brown is head and shoulders (and a pony tail) above the rest of the state but let's play out the season anyway just to see what happens.

OhioTennisZone.com
Pre-Season State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
August 13, 2016
Division II
1. Hathaway Brown ◄TEAM
2. Indian Hill ◄TEAM
3. Columbus Academy ◄TEAM
4. Orange
5. Chaminade-Julienne
6. Columbus School For Girls◄TEAM
7.Toledo Central Catholic
8. Seven Hills
9. Laurel
10. Summit Country Day
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership
Hathaway Brown returns everyone from their State Championship team from last year and they pick up a strong freshman. Those returning include: 2x State Singles Champion Lauren Gillinov and 2x State Doubles Finalists Ally Persky and Catherine Areklett. Also back are Isabella Daverio, Maddie Lynch, Franny Murray, Megan Qiang, and Rebecca Wolf. Nicole Gillinov will be joining the team as a freshman. Just when it couldn't get any worse for the rest of the state, Elle, OTZ's #1 Tennis Fan Dog is also back. Is it time to switch to a fan cat? Would they win that, too?

Indian Hill is number two. Returning to the team are: Gracey Hirsch, Julia Yingling (who was injured last year), Amalia Guzman, and Sarah and Nina Price. Incoming freshmen include Morgan Coburn and Saskia Gobonya. State Doubles Champions, Caroline Anderson and Meredith Breda, graduated.

At number three, Columbus Academy returns most of their key contributors from last year including: Georgia Tuckerman, Janelle Ghanem, Maddie Tuckerman, Lexis Hughes, Sarah Wexner, Jacinta Crestanello, and Deeksha Bathini. They lost Makela Hughes to graduation.

Orange is number four. Returning players include: Alissa Nakamoto, Anjali Kashyap, and Marcela Mack. Incoming freshman Blessing Nwaozuzu should also be a contributor.

Chaminade-Julienne has a senior-laden team with strong players at number five. They include: Kelly Pleiman, Brianna Douglas, Olivia Boch, and Olivia Hoff.

Columbus School For Girls comes in at number six and they are going to put pressure on Columbus Academy this year in the Central District. They return their core team from last year, including: Marissa Madison, Ally Kennedy, Ella Fronk, Grace Weiler, Rosie Gliatis, Stephanie Presper, and Ayla Kazemi.

At number seven is Toledo Central Catholic. They are going to be a force in the Northwest District (and beyond). They return Maverick Delp, Sophia Spinazze, and Katherine Mattimoe. They pickup incoming freshman Ava McQuillin.

Seven Hills returns an experienced group of players at number eight. Laney and Lauren Saggar return and so do Natalie Choo and Piper Spooner. They lost Nicole Tiao to graduation.

Laurel is back in the top ten at number nine with another Buchinsky. Rachel Buchinsky and Victoria Vasquez will join the team as incoming freshman. They lost Ellen Hata to graduation.

Summit Country Day is number ten. They return Kathryn Adams, Amy Poffenberger, Amalia Nichifor, and Caroline Bristow.

Please send OTZ a Feedback or an email if you are aware of roster changes. Were any teams left-out of the discussion? If so, please state your case in a Feedback message.

FRIDAY,

OTZ Pre-Season Division I Top Ten Teams

It is time (actually past time) for the OTZ Pre-Season Division I Top Ten Teams list. The list was delayed this year as players waited to determine if they were playing high school tennis. Last year, OTZ predicted both the D1 and D2 champions, but the D1 list is more difficult to determine this year. There are two teams that really stand out -- Mason and Magnificat. It is a toss up for many of the other teams, especially in the Central District. Please send OTZ a Feedback or an email if you are aware of roster changes.

OhioTennisZone.com
Pre-Season State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
August 12, 2016
Division I
1. Mason ◄TEAM
2. Magnificat ◄TEAM
3. Ursuline Academy ◄TEAM
4. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAM
5. Upper Arlington ◄TEAM
6. Olentangy Liberty ◄TEAM
7. Dublin Coffman ◄TEAM
8. Sycamore
9. Perrysburg
10. Green
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership
The number one OTZ pre-season team is Mason. Mason returns a veteran squad of Amanda Huser, Lizzy Kong, Nicole Reid, Sneha Kandi, and Isabel Cepeda. Mason also picks up three strong freshmen players: Ananya Aqqarwal, Emma Kruse, and Sanjana Reddy.

Magnificat is number two. They return Alexandra Vesikallio, Anna Roggenburk, Molly Bauer, Nikita Zuber, and Emily Pallaki. They lost last year's #3 player, Tess Moran, to graduation. Magnificat picks up freshman Olivia Rondini.

At number three, Ursuline Academy returns most of their key contributors from last year including: Gabriella O`Connor, Ellie Foster, Kiran Desai, Gracie Estes, Carolyn Haney, and Ellie Foster. They lost Jenny Duma to graduation.

Dublin Jerome was last year's State Team Champion. This year, they start at number four. They lost the number one player in the Central District, Ellee Bullock, to graduation, as well as Stephanie George and Courtney Go. They return Emily Neal, Erin Zhao, Charlotte Berman, Neha Dudipala, and Natalia Gomez. They will pick up freshman Reagan Resor. Junior Vicki Chang is not playing this year.

Upper Arlington comes in at number five. Anna Reynolds, Ashley Weeks, Claire Combs, Evelyn Holman, Masha Manilchuk, and Nicole Holman are returning. Kyra Jung and Paige Kompa will not return to the team this year. Olivia Kompa, and her sister, Paige, were State Doubles Champions last year. Olivia Kompa graduated.

At number six is Olentangy Liberty. Liberty returns Alexis Steer, Sidney Reineke, Cecelia Ko, and Makayla Schaefer. Liberty lost Alexia Meyer, Anna Delaney, and Lizzie Radkiewicz to graduation.

This could be a breakout year for Dublin Coffman at number seven. They return an experience squad of Nethra Thenappan, Nari Johnson, Victoria Fan, Skylar Moore, Maria Sadek, Meredith Ainsworth. Coffman lost Ashley Tan and Jessica Flynn to graduation.

At number eight, Sycamore lost Alexandra Abele and Maggie Skwara to graduation. Abele was last year's State Singles Finalist. Returning players include: Katlyn Jiang, Sarah Wittenbaum, and Helen Sotropa.

Perrysburg is ninth and they replace Toledo Notre Dame Academy as the dominent D1 team in the Northwest District. Perrysburg returns all of its varsity players including Belen Balibrea, Nora Abdul-Aziz, Gemma Smith, Caitlyn Schankula, and Emma Carter.

The final Top Ten team is Green. They are double Zivicked, returning Anne and Maria Zivick. Also returning are Mackenzie Cavalier, Emily Capeta, and Sophie Kestner.

Were any teams left-out of the discussion? If so, please state your case in a Feedback message.

TUESDAY, AUGUST

OTCA Tournament Draws Now Available

The Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association tournament draws are now listed on OhioTennisZone.com. Click to view the OTZ OTCA Draws. The advantages to the OTZ draws are: it is very easy to navigate from District to District using the navigational links; links to many of the teams are provided; there are photos of many teams; and those teams which are OTZ Team Members are identified.

OTCA Draws
OTCA Draws - Click to proceed
The goal for this season is to keep the OTZ draws updated, and yes, you can help. Please send a Feedback after your match (win or lose) and provide the score. It's so easy, even parents can do it. (If you know my email address (for Scott Gerber), that also works.)

This year, there are 132 teams participating in the tournament out of the nearly 400 teams in high school tennis. Last year, there were 134 teams. The breakdown of the number of teams per District are: Central - 22, Northeast - 46, Northwest - 27, and Southwest - 37. In the fascinating but unfortunate category, Southeast / East Ohio got three spots for States last spring, but only one team (Marietta) is participating in this season's OTCA tournament.

Hopefully coaches will adhere to the "Play By" dates. During the boys season, some teams waited until the last week of the season to finish their OTCA matches. For players who competed in States and the OTCA tournament, that led to a grueling week of tennis. The OTCA Final Four Tournament will take place after States on Sunday, October 23.

The link to the tournament will remain at the top of this page throughout the season.

MONDAY, AUGUST

Welcome to the OHSAA Girls High School Season | USTA National Championships

The season officially starts today as teams from around the state start their practices and tryouts.

This is an awkward time of the year for OhioTennisZone because the site includes information on the 2016 graduates and no new results. From an analysis standpoint, it is worthwhile to include the graduates a few more days to better understand how they affected last year's teams. The graduates will be removed soon after the the Pre-Season OTZ Top Ten Teams are listed.

Zoey Weil
Centennial's Zoey Weil - Click to enlarge
Speaking of the top teams... Some players are still on the fence on whether they are playing high school tennis. A few of these players will determine if their teams are good or great. Please. Just. Decide. Already.

The USTA National Championships begin at the end of the week for the boys and the girls. It is an enormous honor to get into these tournaments. It is an even bigger honor to win the tournament because the 18's champions get a spot in the US Open main draw and in the US Open Juniors. The 16's champions receive a spot in the US Open Juniors tournament.

The Boys Championship, commonly referred to as the 'Zoo because it is held each year in Kalamazoo, Michigan, includes several Ohio players. The B18 players are: John McNally, Jeffrey (JJ) Wolf, Joey Thomas (Massillon Jackson), Nico Mostardi (Kenston), and Austin Barr (Kenston). Danny (DJ) Thomas, Robert Cash (New Albany), and Niraj Komatineni (Mason) are playing in the B16's. To follow their progress, click on ustaboys.com.

The Girls Championships don't have a cool name, but it is in San Diego. Players from Ohio in the G18's include: Alexandra Sanford, Emily Dunbar (Orange), Lauren Gillinov (Hathaway Brown), Molly Sandberg (Hudson), Dalayna Hewitt, and Caty McNally. The G16 girls include: Carly Cohen, Maddie Lynch (Hathaway Brown), Anna Roggenburk (Magnificat), Peyton Stearns, and Zoey Weil (Centennial). Click on www.ustagirlsnationals.com to follow the action.

OHSAA match play begins on August 12.

THURSDAY,

Incoming Freshmen Girls

The beginning of the girls tennis season is just a little more than one month away. As OTZ prepares to create its pre-season team rankings, it is necessary to know where the top incoming freshmen players will be going to school. Any help is appreciated with updating the list below. Please click on Feedback or send me an email. It is also likely that at least one of these players (i.e. Caty McNally) will not be playing high school tennis. There may be others.

Incoming Freshmen City Expected High School
Cassie Alcala Pickerington Pickerington North
Ananya Aqqarwal Mason Mason
Rachel Buchinsky Solon Laurel
Morgan Coburn Cincinnati Indian Hill
Carly Cohen Pepper Pike Gilmour Academy
Marie Discini Marietta Parkersburg Catholic (WV)
Nicole Gillinov Moreland Hills Hathaway Brown
Saskia Gobonya Cincinnati Indian Hill
Sylvia Gray Greenfield Unioto
Emma Kruse Mason Mason
Ava McQuillin Waterville Toledo Central Catholic
Blessing Nwaozuzu Woodmere Orange
Sanjana Reddy Mason Mason
Reagan Resor Dublin Dublin Jerome
Olivia Rondini Euclid Magnificat
Angelica Ross Painesville Riverside
Victoria Vasquez Strongsville Laurel
Maggie Yang Solon Solon
This list was largely obtained from TennisRecruiting.net and it includes those players who are in the top 500 in the United States. TR.net shows these players as incoming freshmen, but that may / may not be accurate.

If there are other players who should be considered, please submit a Feedback.

For those living in the central Ohio area, there are two tournaments in which you may want to consider playing. The Denison University Open will begin on July 11 and the Wellington Open will begin on July 18. Please click on the above links to register.

MONDAY,

OhioTennisZone All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team

Congratulations to the OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team for 2016. This is the fourth year for this list.

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio
Boys Tennis Team

Division I - Singles


Nico
Mostardi
Kenston

Austin
Barr
Kenston

Division II - Singles


Noah
Connaughton
Badin


Nick
Williams
Seven Hills

Division I - Doubles


Gavin
Aten
Copley

Gustavo
Garcia
Copley

Division II - Doubles

The OTZ All-Ohio team list is different than others because it is a combination of how players performed at States and how well they played during the entire year. It also includes players who would have likely played at States had Districts been re-seeded.

The number of players included on this list will vary from year to year. This year's group of players was very strong and that is evident by the number of seniors who will be playing collegiately this fall. Last year, there were eight players on the OTZ list for Division I, and this year there are ten. Last year, there were four players listed for Division II, and this year there are six.

The OTCA/OHSAA All-Ohio list is certainly an extremely high honor, but in my opinion, it is a bit too mechanical in how it is done. If a player reaches the semi-finals, he is on the first team, and quarter finalists are on the second team. If a player gets an unfavorable draw in the first round, then he might not receive any recognition.

The yellow-PP means that a player has a Player Profile. Click on the name to view the player's high school results.

The OTZ Top Players / Watch Lists were also updated to include additional players.

Congratulations to these players.

THURSDAY, JUNE

Top OTZ Photos for Boys / Girls

It is now easy to view the Top OTZ Photos from previous seasons. Click to view this season's top boys photos and for the 2015 and 2014 seasons. Click to do the same for the girls 2015 and 2014 seasons. To go directly to the photos, click on the navigation bar above.

JJ Wolf
JJ Wolf in 2014 - Click to enlarge
To have a great photo, the following are necessary: just the right amount of sun, strong competition, great players, and a great background. I am not as enthused about the Boys 2016 photos as I have been about the photos from previous seasons. It seemed as if it was always too cloudy or too sunny when the better teams met. The Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Classic was rained out early. It was also rainy during the Central District seeding rounds. Obviously the competition during States was great, but most of my time was spent updating the draws.

Probably my favorite high school photo is of Cincinnati Country Day's JJ Wolf at States in 2014. It had all of the elements with a great venue and background, great eye-on-ball, and great action.

Francesca DiLorenzo
OSU's Francesca DiLorenzo - Click to enlarge
My favorite photo of the season was of Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo. It had perhaps a bit too harsh of sun but everything else was great.

The girls season is far better than the boys for taking photos. The sun is less severe and there is far less rain. The more colorful outfits also make the photos more interesting. This 2013 photo of New Albany's and Denison's Carol Vitellas is a great example of how an October sun helps.

The All-OhioTennisZone.com boys players will be in the next update.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE

Midwest Qualifiers | More Photos

Photos for the remainder of the season are now online. The Top Boys Photos will be reviewed later today. Click to view the State Qualifier photos. Sign-in first and then click to view the Most Recently Added photos.

Sycamore
Ottawa Hills' Tyler Gargas - Click to enlarge

The Midwest Qualifiers are underway (or coming up) for the various USTA Districts. These tournaments will provide States-quality match-ups and in some cases, matches between upcoming teammates. Those players who qualify will go to the Midwest Closed in Indianapolis (BG 16-18) and in Okemos (BG 12-14).

The USTA Districts are self-explanatory for the Northeast and Northwest. The Ohio Valley is unique, not only because it covers a large area in Ohio, but also because it include portions of West Virginia and Kentucky. The Ohio Valley also includes the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton metro areas.

Northeast Ohio District Qualifier BG14, G16

Northeast Ohio District Qualifier B16, BG18

Northwest Ohio District Qualifier - All Age Groups

Ohio Valley G14

Ohio Valley G16

Ohio Valley G18

Ohio Valley B14

Ohio Valley B16

Ohio Valley B18

THURSDAY, JUNE

State's Top Tennis Coaches (Based on 3-Set Match Performance)

There are many ways to identify the State's best coaches. The criteria could include: won / lost records; improvement of players during the season; records against teams of similar ability; ability to schedule quality matches for the players; number of players with great academic results; number of players reaching Sectionals / Districts / States; number of college players from the school; etc. One non-subjective way to evaluate coaches is to see how well their players performed in three-set matches.

School
Coach
District
Wins
Losses
Total
%
Central District            
HartleyHeath GoolsbyC71888%
Olentangy LibertyAndrew SinclairC72978%
New AlbanyMarc ThomasC62875%
Watkins MemorialShawn WalterC62875%
West JeffersonBob HunterC62875%
Buckeye ValleyLaura PappaC52771%
Thomas Worthington Bernie Sleshi C731070%
Worthington KilbourneSteve MetzmaierC731070%
CentennialBarbara StevensonC42667%
Dublin SciotoMike WrigleyC42667%
Pickerington CentralKelli RingsC42667%
Fisher CatholicRobert RoushC741164%
WattersonWill ThiemanC32560%
Northeast District            
LakewoodChristopher JohnsonNE41580%
Massillon JacksonLouis ThomasNE731070%
HawkenBrian SmallwoodNE42667%
CopleyMark UllmanNE32560%
Northwest District            
St. John's Jesuit Jim DavisNW851362%
Southeast District            
Logan ElmTony ClouseSE505100%
Southwest District            
MariemontLane MertenSW51683%
BataviaJon NauSW41580%
Cincinnati Country DayMatt DektasSW1241675%
NorthwestLauri BeyerSW931275%
St. XavierRuss KingSW1141573%
SycamoreMike TeetsSW731070%
Archbishop MoellerAlex ThompsonSW42667%
ElderGlenn WauligmanSW42667%
KingsRex CabreraSW32560%

Why three-set matches? The reasons include: the competition is of similar ability; three-setters take place near the end of the match when the coach is not occupied with all five matches (hopefully); and the coach has had time to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the opponents and advise his or her players on the best strategy.

Congratulations to the coaches included in the table. Each has a 60% or better winning percentage in three-set matches.

Being on this list every once in awhile is probably better than never being on it, but again, it is just one of many different ways of looking at the season. Personally, if I were on this list, I would sprint to my AD's office and use it as definitive evidence of my great coaching ability; otherwise, it might not come up in our next conversation. Note that the list is sorted by District. Also be aware that the records may be incomplete for some teams.

Tiebreaks made up 11.8% of all matches. The 2.4% of the matches that were decided by super-tiebreakers were not included.

Only coaches with five or more tiebreaks were included.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE

Videos of Championship Points

The videos are now online of the championship points of the Division I singles and doubles and the Division II singles. Unfortunately, it has always been difficult to be in the right place at the right time to get videos of all four championship points - even when the tournament is at Elysium. As always, please view in HD mode for the clearest viewing.

Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas defeated Kenston's Nico Mostardi 6-3, 6-4.

This video includes the final two points of the match.

Copley's Gavin Aten-Gustavo Garcia beat Sycamore's Alex Taylor-Noah Stern.

Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated Wellington's Connor Biernat 6-2, 6-3.

These videos may also be expanded to full-screen viewing by clicking on the [ ] -like symbol in the lower right hand corner. Just ask a grandchild who is over four years old if you have any additional technical questions.

Thanks for the many comments via Twitter about the USTA Midwest Fred Burns award.

TUESDAY, MAY

Final OTZ Top Ten Teams | USTA Fred Burns Award

It will take a few days to wrap up the season. Today's update includes the OTZ Final Top Ten Teams and the USTA Fred Burns Award.

Top Ten Teams
OTZ Top Ten Teams

The final OTZ Top Ten Teams ranking is listed to the right. A few changes were warranted after the OTCA Team Tournament on Sunday and States on Friday and Saturday. In Division I, Sycamore jumps from third to first and Massillon Jackson and New Albany both drop a spot. St. Charles maintained their eighth placed ranking after they defeated University School in doubles at States.

In Division II, Hawken moved up from fifth to fourth after their strong performance against Ottawa Hills and Cincinnati Country Day at the OTCA tournament.

Congratulations to both Sycamore and Cincinnati Country Day.

One OTZ goal for the season was to get all of the Top Ten Teams in the State as Team Members. OTZ greatly appreciates that 15 of the Top 10 in each division are now Team Members. Please consider including a membership in next year's budget.

Fred Burns Award
USTA Fred Burns Award- Click to go to USTA

There was some great news received from the USTA Midwest office recently. I was very pleased to receive the Fred Burns award for 2016. This award recognizes media that contributes the most toward promoting tennis. This annual award has been in existence for almost 40 years and Ohio residents (or media firms) have received it eight other times. Click to read more about the award.

The Columbus Dispatch's Bill Rabinowitz wrote a nice article about Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard's loss to UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald in the National Championship match. For those of us trying to watch the match via streaming, it was frustrating. The NCAA provided streaming video but they aired the men's and women's championship matches at the same time via the same link. The NCAA bounced back and forth between the matches with its coverage. The logical approach was to provide two streams and to allow fans to choose the match that they wanted to watch. The unpublicized alternative was watching the streamingtennis.com/tulsa stream, but it lacked audio. It is difficult to understand how the NCAA could do such a poor job with these NCAA Division I Championship matches.

More to come over the next few days include: videos of championship points at States, photos from the end of the season, and top coaches.

MONDAY, MAY

Sycamore - Division I | CCD Division II OTCA Champs

The combination of great tennis, a boisterous crowd, and great weather led to one of most memorable OTCA championships.

Sycamore
Sycamore - Click to enlarge
Sycamore rerepeated as the Division I Champion by beating New Albany in the semi's and Massillon Jackson in the finals. The Division II crown was another three-peat winner with Cincinnati Country Day defeating Columbus Academy and Hawken in the semi's and finals, respectively.

New Albany defeated St. John's Jesuit, and Columbus Academy beat Ottawa Hills for the third place medals.

For the full results, click to view (large file). Click to view the performance graphs via Previous Day Match Results.

Cincinnati Country Day
Cincinnati Country Day - Click to enlarge

The picture of Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas accurately portrayed the day. There was great tennis in the foreground with a loud, energetic crowd in the background. While all schools brought a few people to this Sunday tournament, Sycamore took it to a completely different level. Their fans were relentless in cheering for their team. Sure there were Sycamore parents and grandparents there, but so were members of the girls team and recent alumni. Miss a shot? No problemo. Sycamore players still got supportive cheers. This was more like a college match than a high school match and that's due to several of the alumni now playing on their college teams. These fans included: Alex Wittenbaum (Marian University) and Nakul Narendran (Johns Hopkins).

Sycamore
Jackson's Joey Thomas - Click to enlarge
The other teams in the state are going to have to step it up and get their sleepy fans out of bed on Sunday morning or Sycamore is going to continue with this huge advantage. Congratulations to Sycamore coach, Mike Teets, for generating this level of interest and participation. Did you know that just one college guy can make more noise than 314,159 grandparents? (Your performance may vary.)

Among the top players, Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated St. John’s Jesuit’s Rajeev Laungani and Sycamore's Alex Taylor; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Ottawa Hills' Tyler Gargas and he got a revenge victory over Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski; Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla beat Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence; and Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski defeated St. John’s Jesuit's Ryan Issa. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

It was another well-run tournament with Chris Johnson as the tournament director and Emily Witt as his able assistant. Johnson is the coach at Lakewood and Magnificat. Witt played for Magnificat and is currently playing for Bowling Green. The last match finished at 4:30pm.

There was one article in a major newspaper. Click to read this article by the Cincinnati Enquirer's Adam Turer.

SUNDAY, MAY

Another Successful States

After a season heavily impacted by rain, it only made sense that there would be rain during the OHSAA championships. There was. Despite the downpour, Warren County Sports Commission's platoon of workers yielding squeegees and blowers had players back in action after one and a half hours.

Joey Thomas Aten and Garcia
CCD Champs OHSAA Rain
Click to enlarge
The competition in the semi's and finals were as great as the facility. Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas defeated St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus and Kenston's Nico Mostardi to claim back-to-back Division I singles championships.
Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti and Wellington's Connor Biernat to become the Division II singles champion.

The Division I Doubles Champions were Copley’s Gavin Aten and Gustovo Garcia. They defeated Mason’s Sean Reid-Niraj Komatineni in the semi’s and Sycamore’s Noah Stern-Alex Taylor in the finals. Cincinnati Country Day’s team of Vishaal Nalagatla-Shashank Reddy beat Ottawa Hill’s Tyler Gargas-Ryan Simon and Columbus Academy’s Hirsh Hede-Austin Lawrence for the Division II Doubles Championship.

This is another quick update as I prepare to leave for Reynoldsburg for the OTCA Team Championships. Interested in purchasing a picture of your son while he is playing at the OTCA? Please let me know when you see me. I'll be wearing the same OhioTennisZone shirt as I have worn at States. (It has has been laundered.)

SATURDAY, MAY

Day 2 of States - Starting at 8am

Players not only faced tough competition yesterday, but their other opponent was The Heat. While I was worried that players would encounter cramps during the championship singles matches, there were players cramping in the first round matches. Let's hope that today is better. By starting at 8am, the players will at least get some relief from the heat and sun.

Warstler Tweet
Paul Gota - Click to go to Player Profile
I need to leave for Mason so please refer to the OTZ State draws for the results. The draws will be updated again during the day at ohiotenniszone.com/draws

The Columbus Dispatch's Jarrod Ulrey prepared articles for two newspapers. Click to read Ulrey's articles in the Columbus Dispatch and Toledo Blade.

Scott Springer of the Cincinnati Enquirer also wrote an article. Please click to read.

FRIDAY, MAY

Time Change for Saturday

States will begin at 8:00am rather than 9:00am tomorrow (Saturday). Hopefully this will enable the tournament to be completed at the Lindner Family Tennis Center before the rainy weather begins. It will also be helpful from a heat perspective.

Time for States

Just a quick update today because I need to get on the road.

The State Draws are ready to roll. The draws include the first round court assignments to help the grandparents get to where they need to go. The goal with these draws is to recognize the players and to enable fans to watch all of the players they came to see. It is also easy to remember - ohiotenniszone.com/draws

Warstler Tweet
Alex Warstler Tweet - Click to go to Twitter
If you are a Twitter user, you saw quite a few @OhioTennisZone tweets last night. This is an experiment in recognizing players. This year, only OTZ member seniors were tweeted. If these Tweets are reTweeted around schools and communities, it will be considered again for next season.

The Columbus Dispatch's Brian Inglis wrote a nice article about the Central Ohio State participants. Click to read.

Tennis stringer extraordinaire, Alann Leinwohl, will be at States for the "You need what? I thought that you had all of your racquets strung." stringing jobs.

Stay hydrated today so we don't have cramping tomorrow. No one wants a repeat of States from 2014 and 2013 when the finals were heavily impacted from cramping.

Look for me for your State Qualifier photo if: 1) your district submitted a State Qualifier photo, and 2) you are an OTZ member.

THURSDAY, MAY

One More Day till States | Updated OTZ Top Ten Teams Lists

The weather is starting to shape up and hopefully the first rounds of States can be played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center tomorrow.

Central D1 State Qualifiers
Central D1 - Click to enlarge
The OTZ Top Ten Teams lists are updated. The OTZ lists vary from the OTCA Coaches Poll and the justification for the OTZ lists are stated below. Note that spots for States were a major consideration. The number of States spots is listed beside each school.

In Division I, Upper Arlington moves up substantially after their close lost to New Albany. UA got a player off of injured reserve recently and they are playing well. There is a major disconnect in the OTCA poll with St. Charles. St. Charles had the closest match of any Ohio team against Massillon Jackson, and SC beat Kenston 5-0. To further fine-tune the team rankings, there will be several good match-ups at States. University School's Drew Krantz-Tyler Krantz will play against St. Charles' Evan Yakubov-Jack Dabek in the first round. Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter-Jack Hughes will face St. John's Jesuit's Ryan Issa-Alan Fahoury.

States Articles from around the State
School/District Article Reporter
Upper Arlington ThisWeek's Dave Purpura
St. John's Jesuit | Ottawa Hills Toledo Blade's Steve Junga
Columbus Academy Boys tennis squad striving for state success ThisWeek's Frank DiRenna
St. Charles St. Charles - State up next for three tennis players ThisWeek's Scott Hennen
New Albany Boys tennis team sending three to state ThisWeek's Dave Purpura
Bexley Saar, Nudelman qualify for state ThisWeek's Scott Gerfen
Hilliard Bradley Bradley's Thai wins district singles title ThisWeek's Scott Hennen

In Division II, Hawken moves up several places after securing three spots for States. Seven Hills moves down after not qualifying anyone (partly due to poor draws). It will be interesting to see how well Ottawa Hills does at States after doing well last season. Bexley would have had at least one more spot if the Central District had more than a four total spots for States. Columbus Academy's doubles team of Hirsh Hede-Austin Lawrence play against Hawken's #1 team of Michael Lee-Josef Horwath in the "How can a #1 versus #2 seed match-up take place in the first round?" match. That match might be considered the semi-finals.

There are numerous States-related articles and they are listed in the table above. As always, make sure that you thank these reporters for their coverage of high school tennis. Note that several articles include player interview videos.

The State online draws have been updated to include the "in case of rain" locations. Even though I would love to watch several of these key match-ups, I will likely be wherever the "headquarters" is. Thankfully, the weather forecast is starting to clear.

Note that the OTZ States and OTCA Tournament Preview Video was released yesterday afternoon.

TUESDAY, MAY

OTZ States | OTCA Tournament Preview Video

Yeah, it really is time to get excited about States. Crank'r up and watch in high-def. The ads do not provide revenue to OhioTennisZone, but they do support the Youtube-approved use of the music. Feel free to watch the ads or you may turn them off by clicking in the upper-right hand corner of the ad.

 

New Albany Beats Upper Arlington for OTCA Final Four Spot

Finally, the final Final Four berth was claimed by New Albany in a great match yesterday. New Albany defeated Upper Arlington, 3-2, in a nail-biter. New Albany won 52% of the games and there were two 3-setters.

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Central D2 / Southwest D1 - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash clinched the win for New Albany by beating Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. In the other singles matches, New Albany's Joel Jose defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Hughes and New Albany's Graeme Green beat Upper Arlington's Josh Cole. Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter - Alex Hulka and Jack Schadek - Elliot Jones won on first and second dubs, respectively.

Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

A few State Qualifier photos were provided to OTZ. Thanks to Sycamore's Linda Stern and Wellington's Tommy Haddow for today's photos. Each player who is an OTZ member will receive a 5x7 of his District's State Qualifiers, so look for me at States.

The East/Southeast District combo finished their Districts to determine their third place teams.

Do not forget to take your camera to States. The viewing at the Lindner Family Tennis Center is excellent and perfect for taking action tennis photos. Have a question about the best camera angle? Just ask me when you see me walking around at States.

There is a good article written by Bill Rabinowitz about Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard in today's Columbus Dispatch. Click to read.

Watch for the OTZ State Preview video later today.

TUESDAY, MAY

St. John's Jesuit, Massillon Jackson, and Ottawa Hills in OTCA Final Four

Three more spots were claimed in the OTCA Final Four yesterday. Massillon Jackson defeated Kenston; Ottawa Hills beat Lexington; and St. John`s Jesuit defeated Perrysburg. There is one more big match tonight. New Albany plays Upper Arlington at UA. For the full draw, click OTCA Tournament Draws.

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OTZ State Draws - Click to go to draws

The popular OTZ State Draw is now online. Make sure that you save "ohiotenniszone.com/draws" on your smartphone so that you can follow the action at the tournament. To my knowledge, there is no other sport in any state that provides this level of recognition and information to enhance the tournament experience, than what this draw sheet does for Ohio high school tennis players and fans. The current plan is to include the Court Assignments to make it easier for fans to find matches rather than trudging back and forth to tournament headquarters. Also note that the site map in the right navigational bar can be enlarged for easier viewing. More player photos will be added soon. Sign-in first to view photos of the non-OTZ members.

The State draws are still not completely finalized. East / Southeast District thought that they had two spots for States rather than three so they had to play another match to determine third place. Hope no one made other plans for this weekend. Players from around the state are doing whatever they possibly can to earn one of these precious States spots, and the East / Southeast District combo gets a spot they do not even know they had. Yes, it is way past time for East / Southeast to be recombined with Central, Northeast, and Southwest, as it was prior to 2009.

States Articles from around the State
School/District Article Reporter
Turpin Enquirer's Nick Robbe
Cincinnati Country Day Enquirer's Nick Robbe
Indian Hill Indian Hill sends 6 to district tennis, Warstler to state Enquirer's Scott Springer
Sycamore Sycamore prepares for state tourney swings Enquirer's Scott Springer

Among the Top Players, Ottawa Hills' Tyler Gargas defeated Lexington's Christian Zupan and Kenston's Austin Barr defeated Massillon Jackson's Wesley Piekarski.

It is time for States-related articles. Forward any articles via email. Thanks to @GCTAJuniors for tweeting these articles.

MONDAY, MAY

State Draw Day

Click to view the OhioTennisZone.com State Draws. [4:36pm]

Districts should be completed at this point, but there have been no updates on the Southeast District website on how their district competition went. Hopefully the State draws will be released this morning. OhioTennisZone.com will again release its own enhanced draws. These draws include player photos and links to Player Profiles for OTZ members. To view the photos of those players who are not OTZ members, please sign-in first. This draw is especially handy for serious tennis fans and for college recruiters.

For a decade, the OHSAA draws were not random, especially for Division I. The OHSAA pitted Southwest's #1 and #2 seeded players and doubles teams against Central's #1 and #2's in the second round. This meant that two players/teams from historically strong Districts would never play on Saturday, and it did not have to be that way. For a trip down memory lane and for your daily dose of barcharts, click to read an OTZ document from 2008. (Actually, this in-depth document was written before there was an OTZ website).

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Northeast D2 State Qualifiers- Click to go to videos
Of course, the draws for Division II are always problematic because draws should never have five #1 and five #2 seeds. Ohio needs to return to four Districts rather than five. The teams from the Southeast and East should be recombined with the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts as it was prior to 2009.

Unfortunately, the best player in the state does not always become State Champion because of inadequate rest time between matches and because of poor draws. No other sport (high school, college, or professional) requres back-to-back matches in such a short time frame. When Player A faces a much tougher opponent and plays a three set match while his future opponent finishes in one hour in a 6-3, 6-3 match, Player A is at a major disadvantage. This is a very unfair situation especially in hot weather.

What Ohio really needs to do is to seed the top four to six singles players. This year, Division I is especially strong and OTZ would seed the following players: Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas and Jake Zalenski, Kenston's Nico Mostardi, St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus, Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny, and Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai. In Division II, the seeds would include: Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti, Indian Hill's Alex Warstler, and Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu.

Among the Top Players, there was just one match from yesterday. Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny for the #1 seed from Central. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

The first photo of State Qualifiers is of the Northeast Division II players. Special thanks to Jule Cross for providing the photo.

Tonight's matches to get into the OTCA Final Four include: Massillon Jackson versus Kenston and Ottawa Hills versus Lexington.

SUNDAY, MAY

Results from Seeding Round

It was a state-wide wash-out as matches were moved indoors to finish the seeding rounds. The results are not complete online but they will be updated as information is posted. The majority of the results are included online for the Central, Northeast, and the Southwest Districts.

It was a long day at the Central Districts with Division II starting at 9:00am and the Division I matches finishing at 7:00pm. There is still one more Central match to play. The finals between Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny and Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai will be played today at 1:30pm.

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Massillon Jackson - Click to go to videos

Among the Top Players, Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Kenston’s Nico Mostardi and teammate, Jake Zalenski; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus beat Mason's Vishnu Srinath and Turpin's Grant Wendel; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated New Albany's Graeme Green; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Wellington's Connor Biernat; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler defeated Badin's Noah Connaughton and Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Cloverleaf's Austin Hanna beat Norton’s Justin Csepe and Hawken's Ryan Leizman; Badin's Noah Connaughton defeated Miami Valley's Colton Morehart; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu beat Miami Valley's Colton Morehart; Hawken's Ryan Leizman defeated Bay's Adam Krueger; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; Kenston's Nico Mostardi defeated University School's Paul Gota; Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski beat University School's Paul Gota; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan defeated New Albany's Graeme Green; St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia beat Solon's Vlad Rotnov; and Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Mason's Pranav Viswanathan.

The #1 Seeds are:

Central: D1 - Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai and New Albany's Robert Cash - Joel Jose. D2 - Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti and Bexley's Shia Saar - Mark Nudelman.

Northeast: D1 - Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas and Copley's Gaven Aten - Gustavo Garcia. D2 - Cloverleaf's Austin Hanna and Hawken's Michael Lee - Josef Horwath.

Northwest: D1 - St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani and Ryan Issa - Alan Fahoury. D2 - Ada's Zachary Beaschler and Ottawa Hills' Tyler Gargas - Ryan Simon.

Southwest: D1 - St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus and Sycamore's Alex Taylor - Noah Stern. D2 - Indian Hill's Alex Warstler and Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla - Shashank Reddy.

Today's featured team is Massillon Jackson. They are coached by Louie Thomas. They are Team Members.

Yesterday went from a catch-up day to a fall-further-behind day. For those of you waiting for me to do something for you, today should be better.

SATURDAY, MAY

Seeding Rounds Today | Northeast District State Qualifiers

While many players have already reached their goals of going to States, today is the important day for those boys who want to win States. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and these matches can take place today.

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Girls / Boys State Videos - Click to go to videos
The spots for the Final Four are quickly filling. The teams that have already secured a berth to Columbus are listed in the table in the right navigation bar. For the full draw, click OTCA Tournament Draws.

The Northeast Division II State Qualifiers have been determined. They are:

Singles: Hawken's Ryan Leizman, Bay's Adam Krueger, Cloverleaf's Austin Hanna, and Norton's Justin Csepe.

Doubles: Hawken's Michael Lee and Josef Horvath, Youngstown Ursuline's Luke Tsudis and Luke Arfaras, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin's Charles Forbes and Mark Beebe, and Hawken's Maddox McGrae and Devesh Modi.

OTZ is creating a video again this season to recognize the boys playing at States and in the OTCA Final Four. The plan is to release this before States. Click to view the video for the girls last fall and for the boys 2015 video from last spring.

Among the Top Players from District play, St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani defeated Findlay's Fumi Kondo and St. Frances DeSales' Greg Leroux and Hawken's Ryan Leizman beat Beachwood's Barak Spector and Norwayne's Dillon Early.

The Ohio State Men's team won in a extremely close match against Texas yesterday. Click to read the article from the Columbus Dispatch.

Good luck in today's seeding round.

 

 

 

 

 

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