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State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
October 24, 2016
Division I
1. Magnificat - 3 State Spots ◄TEAM OTCA
2. Mason - 2 State Spots ◄TEAM OTCA
3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAM OTCA
4. Pickerington North - 1
5. Olentangy Liberty - 1 ◄TEAM
6. Dublin Coffman ◄TEAM
7. Upper Arlington - 2 ◄TEAM
8. Walsh Jesuit - 2
9. Ursuline Academy - 1 ◄TEAM
10. Mount Notre Dame - 1
Hon. Men.: Sycamore - 1, North Canton Hoover - 1, Perrysburg OTCA - 2, Springboro
Division II
1. Hathaway Brown - 7 State Spots ◄TEAM OTCA
2. Indian Hill - 4 ◄TEAM OTCA
3. Orange - 1
4. Toledo Central Catholic - 2 OTCA
5. Columbus School For Girls - 2 ◄TEAM OTCA
6. Columbus Academy - 2 ◄TEAM
7. Laurel ◄TEAM
8. Chaminade-Julienne - 1
9. Seven Hills - 2
10. Lexington - 2
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October 16, 2016
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Charlie, Dublin Jerome - 56 Re-Tweets CHAMPION
Charlotte, Magnificat - 53
Maverick, Hathaway Brown - 19
Coco, Watterson - 17
Brisket, Dublin Coffman - 14
Dolce, New Albany - 8
Gus, Watterson - 3

 

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THURSDAY,

ATP Challenger at OSU Indoor Courts

Another ATP Challenger is underway at Ohio State's Indoor Courts and it features past, current, and future Ohio State Men players. This morning's matches include John McNally (#979) and Peter Kobelt (#425) playing against Henri Laaksonen (#139) and Mitchell Krueger (#219), respectively.

Hudson's Sandberg Cianciola Sisters
Taylor Fritz - Click to enlarge
John McNally - Click to enlarge

Other prominent U.S. players in the tournament include: Taylor Fritz (#77), Stefan Kozlov (#145), and Tennys Sandgren (#228).

For all of the information, including Order of Play (OOP). Click ATP Challenger Tour.

To make it easier for readers to follow OTZ Twitter postings, they are now included in the right-side navigation bar until the Boys Season begins.

WEDNESDAY,

103 More OTZ Photos

There were 103 photos added last night from the Central Districts, Northeast Districts, States, and the OTCA tournament. Sign-in and then click to view at Most Recently Added Photos. OhioTennisZone.com now hosts over 230 photos from the Ohio High School Girls Tennis Season. I think it is a safe bet that OTZ now has more high school tennis photos than all Ohio newspapers combined.

Hayley Hirsch
Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch - Click to enlarge

These photos have all been "databased". What this means to you is that you can go to a Team Page and view all of the photos for that team or you can go to a Player Profile for an individual player and view all of the photos for that player. It is a huge time saver and these Team Reports include photos from previous years.

All of the photos, except from States, can be purchased but I am awaiting word from the OHSAA on whether the OTZ States photos can also be sold. The OHSAA did not have their exclusive photographer taking action photos at States so OTZ is the only "States" solution for many. We'll see if the OHSAA will allow parents, players, schools, and grandparents to buy these OTZ photo memories or if they will continue to prohibit these sales.

As stated in an earlier post, the OHSAA regulates that OTZ cannot have more than four States photos on the same web page. Why not recognize five kids playing at States on the same web page? Or possibly maybe even six? This short video explains what would almost certainly happen.

I hope to completely wrap up the girls tennis season within another week. Check back every other day or so for another blog entry.

FRIDAY,

Incoming Players: Boys & Girls | OTZ Top Coaches List (or lack thereof)

Fans and coaches like to see which players are on the horizon. This is especially helpful for the coaches because it helps with scheduling. For the boys this should not be a difficult task because many of these boys are already in high school. The girls list is always in flux until after the season starts. Both of these lists were obtained using TennisRecruiting.net.

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Freshmen Boys (alphabetical)
Player City / School
Trevor Ball Westerville
Arjun Brahmbhatt Westlake / St. Ignatius
Osuke Fujita Dublin
Saiprakash Goli Cincinnati
Ronit Hiryur West Chester
Charles Joranko Shaker Heights / University School
Matthew McGee Oregon
Charles Norman Aurora / University School
Anish Patel Dublin / Dublin Jerome
Chukwudumebi Smarty Broadview Heights

The boys list is too easy to do this year because it is too short. These lists normally include 15-20 players who are in the nation's top 500, but if this criterium was applied to the boys this year, it would only contain six kids. Instead, the top 10 boys in Ohio are listed. This list is alphabetized.

With numerous strong players already returning, University School may be the team to beat in Division I boys this season.

The 14 players on the girls list are in the TennisRecruiting.net's Top 500 players. Again, this list is very much in flux and it may not contain all of the incoming freshmen players since many girls start school early. If you are aware of other skilled players who are going to be freshmen this year, please submit a Feedback.

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Incoming Freshmen Girls (alphabetical)
Player City / School
Madeline Atway Powell / Olentangy Liberty
Shaira Busnawi Avon
Nina Dhaliwal West Chester
Elizabeth Fahrmeier Cincinnati / Ursuline Academy or SCD
Ella Hazelbaker Columbus
Nataly Kader Mason
Hannah Kassaie Highland Heights
Jamie Kim Mason
Bella Kirby Cincinnati / St. Ursula Academy
Annie Kruse Mason
Elizabeth Pendergast Cincinnati
Sydni Ratliff Columbus Academy or Gahanna
Danielle Schoenly Powell
Soniya Yalamanchili Centerville

Incoming players, who are likely to be OhioTennisZone.com members because their teams are OTZ Team Members, have their links to TennisRecruiting.net included.

As for other matters, the OhioTennisZone.com list of Top Coaches will not be created this season. The main criterium used for this list was third set player performance with the idea being that coaches could significantly impact three set matches. 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. The new (great) continuous coaching rule now largely enables the best coaches to coach throughout a match.

Photos are still being processed.

THURSDAY,

OhioTennisZone.com's All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team

Congratulations to this year's OhioTennisZone.com's All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team. This year's recipients are certainly a worthy group of players with several of the seniors going to D1 college tennis programs.

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio
Girls Tennis Team

Division I - Singles


Molly
Sandberg
Hudson

Kelli
Niehaus
Mt. Notre Dame

Emily
Thomas
Princeton
   

Division II - Singles


Emily
Dunbar
Cloverleaf
   

Division I - Doubles


Hannah
Cianciola
Canfield

Sydney
Cianciola
Canfield

Division II - Doubles


Claudia
Althans
Gilmour Academy

The OTZ list is a bit different than the OTCA All-Ohio team. The OTZ looks at a player's entire season and has included worthy players in the past who did not qualify for States because of unfortunate District draws. OTZ also believes that the OTCA list is too mechanical in its approach by granting honors only based on the round in which the player reached at States.

Note that players with the yellow PP tennis balls next to their names have Player Profiles and that more information is available for them by clicking on their names. Click to sign-up to get your own Player Profile.

At some point, OTZ may consider adding players to an Honorable Mention list. There are two players who would have achieved this honor this season.

Today is photo processing day for Districts, States, and the OTCA tournament. Watch for those photos beginning tomorrow.

OTZ will soon list next year's top upcoming freshmen. The purpose of this list is to not only recognize the players but to also help coaches understand which teams should be included in their schedules next fall.

Chagrin Valley Today's Tony Lange was at States and wrote this article. It includes OTZ photos.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY,

Videos of Championship Points

It is time for the OHSAA championship point videos. Somehow the points were spaced in such a way that OTZ was able to capture all four championship points on video this season. I'm not sure if that has ever happened. In three of the four matches, the point prior to the championship point was also captured. For best results, use HD (High Definition) and expand to full screen mode.

Division I Singles:

Hudson's Molly Sandberg defeated Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk.

Division 1 Doubles:

Canfield's Hannah and Sydney Cianciola defeated Green's Maria and Anne Zivick.

Division II Singles:

Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated her sister, Nicole.

Division II Doubles:

Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky and Catherine Areklett defeated Gilmour Academy's Claudia Althans and Carly Cohen.

TUESDAY,

OhioTennisZone.com Usage Issue

Usage of the OhioTennisZone.com continues to grow thoughout the state and beyond. Today's entry looks at where the usage came from and what the readers liked to access on OTZ. Most of the information was gathered using Google Analytics and Twitter. The time frame was from August 7 to October 24.

Ohio Usage
Ohio OTZ Usage - Click to enlarge

As you would expect, Ohio generated the most usage. Michigan was second. (Click to view the Michigan usage map.) Within Ohio, the Central District usage remained the strongest area, followed by the Northeast, and the Southwest. Those areas of the state where there are fewer dots mean that there is little interest in Ohio high school tennis. (See usage map.)

In the metro areas, Columbus led the way, followed by Cleveland and Cincinnati. After that, things get interesting. The Detroit, MI area, which includes Ann Arbor, has more OTZ usage than the Toledo area, even though there are obviously no Ohio tennis players residing in Michigan. I keep wondering... What's not happening in Northwest Ohio? The Northwest Ohio coaches and indoor clubs need to step it up for the betterment of Ohio High School Tennis. The top nine metro areas are listed in the table below.

The top six team pages viewed were: 1) Magnificat, 2) Dublin Jerome, 3) Hathaway Brown, 4) Olentangy Liberty, and 5-tie) Indian Hill and Pickerington North. These were among the strongest teams in the state and there was state-wide interest in their performance.

OhioTennisZone.com
% Sessions in Top Metro Areas
Metro Areas % of Sessions
1. Columbus 37%
2. Cleveland-Akron 20%
3. Cincinnati 17%
4. Detroit, MI 4.4%
5. Toledo, OH 3.3%
6. Dayton, OH 2.5%
7. Boston, MA 1.7%
8. Youngstown, OH 1.3%
9. Chicago, IL 1.2%

The top five Player Profiles viewed were (in alphabetized order): Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala, Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk, Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio, and Centennial's Zoey Weil. These Player Profiles remain the perfect way for fans and college coaches to follow players' high school match activity. The wise tennis parents understand that these Profiles are the most cost effective ways to promote their players during (and after) the high school season. When you think about it, a Player Profile is less than the cost of a tennis clinic.

The top five OhioTennisZone.com Tweets were: 1) Re-tweet to vote for Magnificat's Charlotte as OhioTennisZone.com's #1 Tennis Fan Dog. 2) #OHSAA Sectional Draw information is now available. Click on OhioTennisZone.com for the Central District. 3) Re-tweet to vote for Dublin Jerome's Charlie as OhioTennisZone.com's #1 Tennis Fan Dog. 4) OhioTennisZone.com's Pre-Season Top 10 Tennis Team Rankings for D1; and 5) Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison at the Bishop Watterson Invitational. Note that the links take readers to the OhioTennisZone Tweets.

In the "Why did I run for senior class president a zillion years ago?" category, I'm heavily involved with my Miami Trace high school reunion this weekend so I have had to pivot from high school tennis. I get to go back into tennis later today.

MONDAY,

OTCA Championships - Magnificat Wins D1 | Hathaway Brown Gets D2

At the beginning of the season, there were four teams that were heads and pony tails above the others, and that proved to be the case on Sunday. Hathaway Brown was expected to win and they did, but Indian Hill has a terrific team that returns its top three singles players. Even though OTZ had Mason above Magnificat all season in the rankings, Magnificat's victory yesterday was not at all unexpected after their showing on Friday and Saturday at States. Magnificat returns its top three singles players and Mason loses three valuable seniors, but Mason is expected to re-load.

Magnificat
Magnificat - Click to team page
Hathaway Brown
Hathaway Brown - Click to team page

In the battle for the third places, Dublin Jerome defeated Perrysburg in Division I. In Division II, Toledo Central Catholic beat Columbus School for Girls. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. (This report was "opened up" so that everyone can view it, but the report looks odd because no teams finished all of their courts.)

Many of the matches involving the top players did not finish to completion, but those that did include: Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat Mason's Ananya Aggarwal and Perrysburg's Carter; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Mason's Amanda Huser; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal beat Perrysburg's Carter; and Magnificat's Olivia Rondini defeated Mason's Sanjana Reddy. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

For those D2 tennis mothers who have quietly approached me hoping that Hathaway Brown will some day have an opportunity to play Division I teams in the post-season, the OHSAA does perform another head count this year. At the last count, HB was at 292 girls and the current cut-off point is 307. Both of those numbers will likely change this year.

OhioTennisZone.com
Keys to District High School Tennis Success
Event Northeast Result
OTZ Fan Dog
OHSAA D1 Singles
OHSAA D2 Singles
OHSAA D1 Doubles
OHSAA D2 Doubles
OTCA D1 Team
OTCA D2 Team

Ok. Fine. The Northeast District won absolutely everything in tennis over the weekend. But... While the Northeast did get it done on the courts, they failed miserably in the OTZ Fan Dog contest getting only a second and a third place. This year's winner, Dublin Jerome's Charlie, humbly stayed home yesterday rather than run a victory lap around the other doggies. Charlie's youngest sister graduates this year so Charlie will not be a repeat. The Southwest did not have an entry this year, but Mason introduced Larry yesterday who looks to be an immediate front-runner. For the parents who are not yet on Twitter to vote, you might have just time enough time before next season's voting begins to figure it out.

Photos will be processed soon so that you can have a memorable keepsake of your favorite daughter. Please consider purchasing a bunch of them.

If the Northeast does celebrate with fireworks, let's hope they stay away from that river..

SUNDAY,

Northeast District Wins Everything

Yesterday was a big day for the Northeast District and their dominance may continue for one more day at the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Tournament in Reynoldsburg. The Northeast captured every championship and the runner-ups were also Northeast players. To make things even more dire for the rest of the state, all but one of these Northeast players (Gilmour Academy's Claudia Althans) will be back next year. Should the rest of the state just punt and just play pickleball* instead? Probably not, because these things tend to run in cycles. Still though, next year looks great for the Northeast.

Hudson's Sandberg Cianciola Sisters
Hudson's Sandberg - Click to enlarge
Canfield's Cianciola's - Click to enlarge
Lauren Gillinov Persky / Areklett
HB's Lauren Gillinov - Click to enlarge
HB's Persky | Areklett - Click to enlarge
Turpin's Fisher Gilmour's Althans
Turpin's Fisher - Click to enlarge
Gilmour's Althans - Click to enlarge

The four State Championship matches were as follows; Hudson's Molly Sandberg defeated Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk for the Division I singles crown. Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov became a 3x State Singles Champion in D2 by beating her sister, Nicole; Canfield’s Hannah and Sydney Cianciola defeated Green’s Maria and Anne Zivick for the Division I championship; and Hathaway Brown’s Ally Persky and Catherine Areklett beat Gilmour Academy’s Claudia Althans and Carly Cohen for the D2 Dubs Championship.

I did not get quite as many photos as I wanted to yesterday because my focus on Saturday is to always get videos of the championship points. I was four out of four on that. More photos will be posted online soon but the shadows were bad on several of the courts.

Alert readers will notice that several photos that recognize Ohio's great female tennis athletes have been blocked from viewing on this web page. That is because there is an OHSAA rule that prohibits more than four State photos from appearing on a single web page. OTZ's stated goal is "Recognizing those who play and coach high school tennis" so unfortunately this OHSAA rule gets in the way. Readers may still see the photo by clicking on it, but it is an unsightly, clunky, awkward approach, and many readers will not jump through this hoop. When considering that high school tennis gets very little coverage from other forms of media, this is a rule that should have been changed years ago. While this rule is selectively enforced by the OHSAA, it is enforced against OhioTennisZone.com.

There have been a few questions about purchasing OTZ States photos, but I have not been able to do that in the past because the OHSAA has an exclusive relationship with another vendor. Unfortunately, that vendor did not come to the tennis tournament. Stay tuned..

The OTCA Tournament begins at 9am for Division 2 in Reynoldsburg. Division I will follow. I'm late. See you there.

* Pickleball, no. Platform tennis? Well, yeah.

SATURDAY,

Northeast Ohio Dominates at States

Following the old adage, "sharing is for others", Northeast Ohio dominated the number of semi-final State spots for Saturday. They have 12, followed by Southwest with three, Central with one, and Southeast/East and Northwest with none. To make NE's dominance even more convincing, they won all of their quarterfinal matches in two sets except for one that was against another Northeast team (in the night match).

OHSAA Under Lights
North Canton Hoover - Click to enlarge
The day's weather did not start out well but the rain ended about 8:15am and play started at approximately 11:20am. The grounds crew did a great job preparing the courts to play. It was cold, windy, and cloudy for most of the day.

The last match of the day was the first OHSAA tennis match played under the lights. That match wrapped up at about 7pm with North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt - Alessa Koinoglou beating Walsh Jesuit's Caroline Dickinson - Megan Hissong.

The OhioTennisZone.com/draws worked out well and were enjoyed by the fans. It has taken a long time to accomplish this, but OTZ now includes the photos of all of the State participants. If there are any names associated with the wrong pictures, please let me know or legally change the name of your daughter to match the photo (preferred). Draw usage hit an all time high and exceeded a previous boys' season high by 11%.

There are three sister combos remaining in doubles and two sisters competing in singles.

In today's newspapers, the Columbus Dispatch prepared this article. Even though Northeast Ohio had an ok kinda day, there was no article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Final Four in each draw are:

D1 Singles:
Centennial's Zoey Weil, Hudson's Molly Sandberg, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk, and Turpin's Caitlin Fisher.

D2 Singles:
Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman, Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar, Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov and Nicole Gillinov.

Kelly Pleiman Megan Hissong
CJ's Pleiman - Click to enlarge
Walsh's Hissong - Click to enlarge
D1 Doubles:
Canfield's Hannah and Sydney Cianciola, Green's Maria and Anne Zivick, Magnificat's Ana Lopez - Molly Bauer, and North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt - Alessa Koinoglou.

D2 Doubles:
Gilmour Academy's Claudia Althans - Carly Cohen, Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky - Catherine Areklett, Indian Hill's Gracey and Hayley Hirsch, and Orange's Michelle Tokman - Anjali Kashyap.

Best of luck today to my favorite players! (Based on the latest internet technologies, this sentence only appears when you are reading it..)

FRIDAY,

Good Luck at States

This will be a quick update as I prepare to leave for States. Look for @OhioTennisZone on Twitter or the OHSAA web site for any weather-related updates. The weather is expected to clear.

Remember to use: ohiotenniszone.com/draws

Magnificat
Magnificat - Click to team page

Today's featured team is Magnificat. They are coached by Christopher Johnson. They are led by: Anna Roggenburk, Alexandra Vesikallio, Olivia Rondini, Ana Lopez, and Molly Bauer. They are Team Members.

There were three newspaper that included articles about States. Click to read the article about the Central District by Columbus Dispatch's Steve Blackledge. Here's an article about the Northwest District from Matt Thompson of the Toledo Blade. Canton Repository's Joe Scalzo prepared this article for the Canton-area teams. The Cleveland Plain Dealer normally prepares a nice, states preview article, but there is no sign of it yet.

If you recall from the OTZ coverage on the Western & Southern, the grass parking lots at the Lindner Family Tennis Center can be a problem if there is too much rain. There was an absurd amount of rain (7 inches) during the W&S, and we have had no where near that amount over the last two days, but still be careful where you park.

Best of luck to everyone at States.

THURSDAY,

Tomorrow

It is time for the OTZ State / OTCA Tournament Preview video. Hope everyone enjoys it and shares it with friends and family. The video/slideshow includes almost 80 OTZ action photos of the players competing in the State and OTCA tournaments. For best results, view the video in full screen, high definition (HD) mode. If you are in a quiet office environment, crank up the volume so that your co-workers will be encouraged to stop by and watch it.

Rather than jinx the State tournament by stating that the rain is expected to end by tonight, nothing about the weather will be mentioned.

Dual match play rarely takes place between Districts and States but Dublin Jerome and Columbus School for Girls wanted to stay sharp for Sunday's matches. Jerome won the match 5-0. Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal,  Erin Zhao, and Jiaqi Liu defeated Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison, Stephanie Presper, and Rosie Gliatis, respectively.

Click to view the OTZ Boys State Preview video from last season. In this video, Mrs. OTZ has an exciting cameo appearance.

OTZ does not benefit monetarily from the ads included in either video. The ads are used by Google to repay the musical artists.

Content from earlier in the season will be temporally removed later today. This will allow the top OTZ page to load faster while everyone is viewing it via their mobile devices at States.

WEDNESDAY,

Two More Days

It appears that we are finally going to return to fall weather. We were very fortunate with the weather for Sectionals and Districts and hopefully that will continue to be the case all of the way through the OTCA Tournament on Sunday.

Central D2 Qualifiers
Central D2 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Northeast D2 Qualifiers
Northeast D2 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Southwest D1 Qualifiers
Southwest D1 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Southwest D2 Qualifiers
Southwest D2 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Things are happening fast and furious behind the scenes at OTZ. It was a late night, but the OTZ States / OTCA Preview Video is almost ready to roll. After a bit more tweaking, it should be ready later tonight or tomorrow morning. The purpose of this video is to recognize our athletes who play Ohio High School Girls Tennis. I am not aware of other entity that does anything like this to promote high school tennis in their state. Please share it with classmates, friends, and family. I think you'll agree that the music choice for the video was "spot-on".

The OTZ State Draws now include the first round court assignment for the singles players. The Lindner Family Tennis Center is a big place and this should aid in getting the older fans and relatives to the courts in plenty of time. You'll notice that the court assignments do not go smoothly from "top to bottom" with the draws, and the reason for this is because the OHSAA wants to enable coaches who have more than one player in the draw to see them.

Special thanks to Lisa Gillinov and Mike Reid who provided photos of the State Qualfiers. Lisa provided the photo of the D2 Northeast Qualifiers and Mike took the photos of the Southwest D1 and D2 qualifiers. For those of you who are OTZ members, please look for me at States. You get a complementary 5x7 photo courtesy of OhioTennisZone.com.

TUESDAY,

Magnificat Beats Walsh Jesuit | OTZ Online Draws Available

Magnificat secured the OTCA final Final Four spot by finally defeating Walsh Jesuit 5-0 yesterday. The OTZ OTCA Draws are updated to reflect this. This year in the OTCA tournament, the Central District teams will first play the Southwest and the Northwest District teams will play the Northeast teams. If the teams simply cooperate with the OTZ Top Ten Teams list, this means that the final matches, Mason versus Magnificat and Hathaway Brown versus Indian Hill, will be for the championships. The Division 2 matches will go onto the courts first.

OTZ Online Draws:

OTZ Draws
OTZ Online Draws - Click to team page
OhioTennisZone.com offers enhanced online state draws which include player photos, links to the Player Profiles, and soon, the upcoming court assignments. It is safe to say that these draws provide more recognition to Ohio high school tennis players than any other high school sport has for its players (in Ohio or anywhere else in the solar system). These draws will be updated throughout the day on Friday / Saturday. For quick access, remember: ohiotenniszone.com/draws

Make sure that you setup your smartphone prior to the tournament and that you share this link with other family members and friends. It is also helpful to save your password in your smartphone so that you can easily check out the action photos for many of the players (as indicated by the "camera" graphic).

Also note that a very readable and enlargeable site map is included in the right navigational bar. You will not even need your reading glasses to view it.

OTZ Draw Analysis:

Even though this tournament should be seeded. The draws are reasonable when considering how strong the competition is this year. The analysis follows:

Division I Singles: In the first quarter, Centennial's Zoey Weil should get to the semi-finals. It is disappointing that either Hudson's Molly Sandberg or Princeton's Emily Thomas will not make it to Saturday. They are slated to play each other in the second round. Last year, they had a very competitive match in the semi-finals. In the third quarter, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala and Turpin's Caitlyn Fisher will face each other in the first round. This would have made a great second round match. The fourth quarter is really competitive. Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk and Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell face off in the first round and the winner will likely face Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus.

Division I Doubles: In the first quarter, Mason's Isabel Cepeda - Amanda Huser and Magnificat's Molly Bauer - Ana Lopez are headed for a showdown. The Green Zivick sisters should win in the second quarter. The third quarter is a complete guess. The fourth quarter is really tough with Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O`Connor - Ellie Foster duo and Canfield's Cianciola sisters.

Division II Singles: Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar should get to Saturday in the first quarter. Carroll's Jillian Milano and Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov should face each other in the second quarter. The third quarter is the toughest of the four with Perkin's Olivia Rohrbacher potentially colliding with Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov in the second round. In the fourth quarter, it is disappointing to see that Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman will face Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch in the first round.

Division II Doubles: The key to this draw is to avoid all Northeast Ohio teams. The non-NE teams that could interfere with an all NE semi-final are: the Indian Hill Hirsch sisters and Toledo Central Catholic's Maverick Delp and Sophia Spinazze.

MONDAY,

Awaiting State Draws | Updated OTZ State Rankings

We are now officially in "draw watch" mode. [Draws now available - Click here.] The draws are expected first thing this morning, but there are a few moving parts, such as when the OHSAA received the District results. Last year, the Southeast/East did not complete their Districts in time so that delayed things. For diehard tennis fans, it is always fun to print out the draws immediately after they are released just to see how much they change in subsequent releases. Hopefully there will be no re-do's this year.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
October 17, 2016
Division IDivision II
1. Mason - 2 State Spots ◄TEAM OTCA Hathaway Brown - 5 State Spots ◄TEAM OTCA
2. Magnificat - 3 ◄TEAM OTCA Indian Hill - 4 ◄TEAM OTCA
3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAM OTCAOrange - 1
4. Pickerington North - 1Columbus School For Girls - 2 ◄TEAM OTCA
5. Olentangy Liberty - 1 ◄TEAMColumbus Academy - 2 ◄TEAM
6. Dublin Coffman ◄TEAMLaurel ◄TEAM
7. Upper Arlington - 2 ◄TEAMChaminade-Julienne - 1
8. Walsh Jesuit - 2Seven Hills - 2
9. Ursuline Academy - 1 ◄TEAM Toledo Central Catholic - 2 OTCA
10. Mount Notre Dame - 1Lexington - 2
Hon. Men.: Sycamore - 1, North Canton Hoover - 1, Perrysburg - 2, Springboro Archbishop Alter
◄TEAM - Those teams with Team Memberships display all of the results for their players.

Another updated OTZ State Ranking is now available. The number of spots that each team received for States and the OTCA Final Four participants are also provided. Magnificat plays Walsh Jesuit for the Northeast OTCA Final Four spot tonight.

Note that Hathaway Brown qualified all seven of their players for States in Division II. This is rare but it also happened with the Columbus Academy boys team in 2009. The OHSAA then yanked two of the four State spots from the Central/Southeast/East District combination in Division II and gave the Southeast/East their own designated spots the next season. (It is unknown if there was a correlation.) This caused the Division II draws to be nonsensical because you simply cannot have five #1 and five #2 seeds. Since there are substantial differences in talent from district to district, these draws only make matters worse. This year, everyone will want to avoid players from the Northeast and the Southwest. So... Players who deserve to be in the State Final Four matches on Saturday will not be because of the way in which the draws are done. The top four to six players / teams in Division II should be seeded.

SUNDAY,

Dublin Jerome's Charlie Wins the OTZ #1 Tennis Fan Dog Contest

Look down at your feet and remember, because this is where you were when you first heard that Dublin Jerome' Charlie won the OhioTennisZone.com's #1 Top Fan Dog Award for 2016. This is epic victory.

Dublin Jerome's Charlie
Dublin Jerome's Charlie - Click to enlarge
Charlie started out with a huge lead early in the week but was overcome on the last day by Magnificat's Charlotte. Then it happened. Just as Cleveland was crushed by "The Catch" in the 1954 World Series, "The Shot" by Jordan in the 1989 NBA Playoffs, "The Fumble" in the 1988 AFC Championship game, and "The Drive" in the 1987 AFC Championship, there is now "The Re-tweet" during the OTZ #1 Tennis Fan Dog contest. The re-tweets came piling in - probably from Russia - for friendly fluffy little Charlie who cujo'd The Championship from the Cleveland-area's Charlotte in the final 45 minutes.

In fact, OTZ had spent considerable mental resources cleverly writing how Magnificat's Charlotte came from behind to beat Charlie on the last day. Thankfully, unlike the Chicago Tribune when it had incorrectly announced that Dewey had won the presidency in 1948, OTZ thoughtfully waited until all of the results were carefully counted.

On the bright side, Magnificat's Charlotte handed Hathaway Brown's Maverick, their cross-town rival, a devastating defeat that will tarnish what was probably going to be an ok tennis season for them.

OTZ would like to commend all the dogs, their owners, and their teams for good sportsmanship because without good sportsmanship, there wouldn't be good sportsmanship.

There were 170 re-tweets in this contest which far exceeds the 68 from last year's contest when Hathaway Brown's Elle won. The final tally was: Dublin Jerome's Charlie - 56, Magnificat's Charlotte - 53, Hathaway Brown's Maverick - 19, Watterson's Coco - 17, Dublin Coffman's Brisket - 14, New Albany's Dolce - 8, and Watterson's Gus - 3.

The number of Twitter impressions generated from the Charlotte tweet was the second highest OTZ tweet of all time.

As an unbiased media official, OTZ did not cast a vote in the contest. Not to give anyone any ideas for next year's contest but OTZ was also not bribed in any manner. Hello? Marco? Sound check. Do you hear me now?

Congratulations to all contestants who participated - even Gus.

SUNDAY,

District Seeding Rounds Completed

The weather continued to be perfect for yet another day as the District seeding rounds were played throughout the state. The full district results are online on OTZ for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. A few more results will be added later today for the players residing in the Northwest and Southeast who are OTZ members.

Central District Qualifiers
Central District State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge

Central:
Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell and Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke; Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell defeated Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke; and Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison beat Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman.

Northwest:
Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar and teammate and little sister, Nicole Gillinov; Hudson's Molly Sandberg beat Massillon Jackson's Emily Thomas and Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Westlake's Emily Peeler; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov beat Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch; and Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar defeated Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch.

Southwest:
Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus defeated Turpin's Caitlin Fisher and Princeton's Emily Thomas; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman beat Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn and Carroll's Jillian Milano; Carroll's Jillian Milano defeated Indian Hill's Saskia Gobonya; and Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn beat Indian Hill's Saskia Gobonya.

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

In the OTZ #1 Top Fan Dog Contest, Dublin Jerome's Charlie is holding onto a precarious lead over Magnificat's Charlotte. The winner will be named at 6pm today.

SATURDAY,

Northeast Districts Results

It was a perfect weather day in Akron yesterday for the Northeast Division II Districts. While the Central District had a bevy of three-set matches, many of the NE D2 matches were rather one-sided. All parts of the state will have the District seeding rounds today.

Michelle Tokman
Orange's Michelle Tokman - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top Northeast Ohio players include:

Division I:
Hudson's Molly Sandberg defeated Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat Solon's Alexis Ratner; Westlake's Emma Peeler defeated Louisville's Kayla Pukys; and Massillon Jackson's Emily Thomas beat defeated Solon's Maggie Yang.

Division II:
Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Chagrin Falls' Ali Mazzola and Ursuline’s Lexi Tsudis; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov beat Geneva's Varckette and Lakeview's Laura Garvin; Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar defeated Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu; and Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch beat Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin's Sofia DiCillo.

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

The Northeast District does a really nice job of recognizing their District players. Reaching the Districts is a big deal and it is nice to see this level of recognition for the kids.

Wait.. What? Dublin Jerome had the OTZ #1 Top Fan Dog contest all wrapped up and now Magnificat's Charlotte is not only close to Jerome's Charlie but has blown past Hathaway Brown's Maverick. This was not what was supposed to happen. Of course, this is why the Fan Dogs suit up and compete rather than by going with what the experts think will happen. The Cleveland-area has been starved for major sports championships and now they are on the precipice of their second championship in the same year. The OTZ / OHSFDA (Ohio High School Fan Dog Association) champion will be awarded at 6pm ET on Sunday. Still haven't received the $500 Fan Dog entry fee from everyone yet. Please get it into me by 5:55pm.

I will be at the Central District seeding round today. In fact, today's entry will be tweaked later today because I'm dashing off to these matches now.

Ok. I was kidding about the entry fee - unless you've already written the check.

FRIDAY,

District Results

This will be a really quick update today since I have to get on the road early to get to the Northeast D2 Districts in Akron. All of the results for the Central District and some of the results for the Southwest are online. OTZ will review the online draws for the other Districts and will get many of those results online.

Erin Storrer
Orange's Erin Storrer - Click to enlarge

Central District:

Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Dublin Jerome's Jiaqi Liu and Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie and Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal; Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell defeated Upper Arlington's Wendy Shi and Watterson's Claire Ghidotti; Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke beat Dublin Jerome’s Erin Zhao and Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman defeated Jonathan Alder's Holland and Wellington's Isabella Vegas; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison beat Columbus Academy's Himaja Reddy and Bexley's Haley Wilson; Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds defeated Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti beat Olentangy's Kathleen Jones; and Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan defeated Westerville Central’s Alexandria Shaw.

Southwest District:

Princeton's Emily Thomas defeated Milford's Amanda Reinhart; Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus beat Miamisburg's Carley Sickinger; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Springboro's Ally Garofoli; Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole beat Springboro's Anke Patel; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman defeated Madison's Maddie Porter; Carroll's Jillian Milano beat Summit Country Day's Kathryn Adam; Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn defeated Archbishop Alter's Amanda Showalter; and Indian Hill's Saskia Gobonya beat Chaminade-Julienne's Brianna Douglas.

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

As for the OTZ #1 Top Fan Dog Contest, Dublin Jerome's Charlie now has a slim lead over Magnificat's Charlotte for the #1 spot. Watterson's Coco is making a strong move upward. Again sorry, quick update today. The totals were updated in the right navigational bar.

THURSDAY,

Districts | Hathaway Brown Beats Orange in OTCA

It's time for Districts. Not that you are Under Pressure or anything but this is for a spot at States.

Hathaway Brown earned the OTCA Northeast D2 Final Four berth yesterday by beating Orange 3-0. Magnificat plays Walsh Jesuit on Monday.

Columbus Academy
Columbus Academy - Click to team page
The OTZ Top Players were rearranged yesterday. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Columbus Academy. They are coached by Tommy Haddow. They are led by Georgia Tuckerman and Himaja Reddy. They are Team Members.

It's now Day 2 in the OTZ #1 Top Fan Dog Contest. Dublin Jerome's still leads the field with Charlie. In a valiant attempt at redemption, Jerome apparently created a web site to justify their pronunciation of Celtics. Seriously though - nice try - really. When it appeared that Hathaway Brown's tennis season was going off the rails, the HB peeps came out to support Maverick. They will still probably end up as the first loser behind Jerome. Magnificat's Charlotte is doing well but they are still in a familiar place - behind Hathaway Brown. Even though Charlotte would most likely rip a bacon cheeseburger out of your hand along with a couple of fingers, she really does look nice in her photo. The Ohio High School Athletic Association has even included Charlotte's adorable photo in their OHSAA Top Tweet area. Brisket went from "no where" to fourth as his people came through late in the day yesterday. Even though OTZ still does not allow betting on high school tennis, the smart money is on Brisket to come through when (if) that GIF file starts getting circulated. New Albany's Dolce is sweet but she needs a bit more Cujo in her step if she is going to end up in the top half. Watterson's decision to field both Gus and Coco may have backfired because it has essentially split the votes between both contestants. Had just one of the doggies entered the contest, it would have still been last, but it wouldn't have been last by that far. The apparent cat lovers in the Southwest and Northwest Districts don't have a dog in this fight so it will be interesting to see for whom they cast their votes. Refer to the right navigational bar for the number of re-tweets.

Good luck at Districts. Hope you get that States spot.

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WEDNESDAY,

Dublin Jerome Beats Olentangy Liberty

Dublin Jerome secured the Central Final Four Division I berth by defeating Olentangy Liberty 3-1 yesterday. In another prominent match, Pickerington North beat New Albany. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Solon
NE D2 2015 State Qualifiers - Click to team page

Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated New Albany's Elizabeth Hancock; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal beat Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke;  Dublin Jerome's Erin Zhao defeated Olentangy Liberty's Makayla Schaefer; and Pickerington North’s Rhyan Cook beat New Albany’s Emma Waite. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Start looking for your camera because OTZ is going to post the group photos of the State Qualifiers again this year. It's best to take this photo immediately before the Distict seeding round. It needs to be a good, high-resolution photo because OTZ will retrieve some of the individual photos for use in the OTZ State Draws. OTZ will add the names of the State Qualifiers so please provide those as well. Make sure that the doubles teammates stand together. Click State Qualifier photos to view all of the previous qualifiers. If you scroll down far enough, you'll find the two, simply adorable OTZ children.

The OTZ Tennis Fan Dog contest is underway. As is sometimes the case, those who lack skills in one area, excel in another. While Dublin Jerome does not have the foggiest idea how to pronounce Celtics, they do know how to use Twitter. Their Charlie leads decisively with 26 re-tweets. New Albany's Dolce Di Lorenzo is a sweet second with six. Hathaway Brown was expected to have a good tennis season, but it's not turning out that way now. HB's Maverick is getting destroyed by his crosstown rival, Magnificat's Charlotte, by the score of five to zero. Poor little Brisket does a great job of playing dead, but the little guy may not recover this time when he realizes that he has no re-tweets - not even a like. Watterson's Gus' self esteem was already destroyed after wearing the "cone of shame" so he is probably unfazed after receiving his single "like". Watterson's Coco has nothing to bark about but she is doing slightly better than Gus with one re-tweet. Don't retreat yet because it's not too late to re-tweet. [Ok - that was awful.] Voting will go on for a few days.

TUESDAY,

Magnificat Beats North Canton Hoover | Hathaway Brown Defeats Laurel

The weather continues to hold as the season winds down. While the main emphasis now is finishing the OTCA Tournament, there are still a few teams keeping their teams sharp for the district tournament. There were eight matches recorded from state-wide play. The matches included: Magnificat defeated North Canton Hoover in an OTCA semifinal; Hathaway Brown beat Laurel in an OTCA semifinal; Dublin Coffman defeated Columbus Academy; Dublin Coffman beat Columbus Academy; Columbus School for Girls defeated Olentangy Liberty; Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin beat St. Joseph Academy; and Springboro defeated Carroll. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Magnificat's Charlotte Dublin Coffman's Brisket
Magnificat's Charlotte - Click to enlarge
Coffman's Brisket - Click to enlarge
Watterson's Gus Hathaway Brown's Maverick
Watterson's Gus - Click to enlarge
H. Brown's Maverick - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Laurel's Amanda Shao; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat North Canton Hoover's Alyssa Koinoglou; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison defeated Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke;  Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman beat Dublin Coffman's Katherine Wang;  Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Whetstone's Arielle Swinehart; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio beat North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt; and Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov defeated Laurel's Katie Chen. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The OTZ Top Fan dog contest begins tonight on Twitter. Below are the rest of the contestants:

BrisketCharlotte [Bauer] - Charlotte is this political season's real October surprise. If her pedigree is to be believed, she is slated for big things in the official doggy circles. Special credit to Magnificat for presenting Charlotte in the most appealing manner to OTZ fans. Still though - is her head tilt too perfect? Was wire used?

Brisket [Hunderpfund] - Brisket is a dog's dog. He scales mountains. He does great tricks. (See animated GIF to the right.) He represents Dublin Coffman. [Today's fun fact - the GIF image format was developed by CompuServe and it is pronounced JIF.]

Gus [Ghidotti] - Is the lone contestant from last year. Last year, Gus attempted to win the sympathy vote by wearing a "cone of shame". That didn't work. Special credit to Gus though for helping to personally train numerous OSU veterinarian students on surgical techniques. He is the second Bishop Watterson entry. [More fun facts - Gus is pronounced with a hard "G" sound and Celtic is pronounced with an "s" sound..]

Maverick [Persky] - Hathaway Brown has dominated on the tennis courts this season. Will they win the OTZ Top Fan Dog contest, too? Hathaway Brown won the award last year with its entry, Elle. Will Maverick allow HB to repeat?

The Cincinnati Enquirer posted an article written by Mark Schmetzer about the Southwest's upcoming district tournament.

The Central District will determine its OTCA D1 Final Four team today when Dublin Jerome faces Olentangy Liberty.

MONDAY,

District Draws | OTZ Top Fan Dog Contest

Today is Draw Day, and it started yesterday with the Northeast District releasing its draws first. Central released its Division I draws late last night. Watch for more draws to be posted soon. [Update @11:15: All of the draws are now available above.]

This will be a busy week. Normally OTZ travels to the Southwest draw on Thursday, Central on Friday, and Central again on Saturday. Central switched its District tournament to Thursday so the travel schedule is now: Central on Thursday, Northeast District on Friday, and Central again on Saturday.

Watterson's Coco
Watterson's Coco - Click to enlarge
Watterson's Coco
Jerome's Charlie - Click to enlarge
New Albany's Dolce
New Albany's Dolce - Click to enlarge
The entries to the OTZ Top Fan Dog contest is now officially closed with the last second entry of Magnificat's Charlotte during last night's Presidential debate. The voting will begin on Tuesday night. The televised debate among the dogs was canceled. As a valued member of the media, OTZ will provide largely made-up introductions about each of the candidates over the next two days. Today, please meet Coco, Charlie, and Dolce.

Coco [Weil] - Coco comes close but always stays an arms length away from every single one of the OTZ employees. While you can't criticize her intelligence on this, it blatantly violates the "man's best friend" law. Bacon may help. She not only barks to support her teammates -- she also just barks. She is one of the two Watterson contestants.

Charlie [Gomez] - Charlie appears to get along with other dogs despite only barking in French. Charlie represents Dublin Jerome. Charlie is the only one who can pronounce "Celtics" correctly.

Dolce [I think you can figure this out] - Dolce means "sweet" in Italian. That's not only a nice name, but it also now means that OTZ and its fan base now knows one Italian word. Dolce Di Lorenzo is a New Albany fan. For the correct pronunciation, click here.

The voting will occur via Twitter. OTZ will Tweet each of the contestants on Tuesday night. The dog who receives the most re-tweets wins. For those kids who are not yet on Twitter, please get your most lenient and unaware parent's approval before you sign up. Twitter can be time-consuming. For parents who have yet to sign-up for Twitter, it is probably too late. You won't figure it out until December (of 2017). Voting will take place over several days.

The list of the doggies in the right navigational bar are currently in alphabetical order, but this will change to "vote rank" once the voting begins. May the best dog win.

SUNDAY, - UPDATE: 11:50PM

District Draws

The Northeast wins the "First District to Release Its Draws" contest. Click "NE" above to access the draws. (These are on the same web page as the Sectional draws.)

The Central District D1 draws are here.

 

Ready for Districts

The Sectionals were completed in cooler and breezy conditions yesterday. Now it is time for the highly anticipated District draws. These draws will be linked to in the table above as they become available. The Central District draws are typically available first thing on Monday morning.

Sarah Jonesco
Watterson's Sarah Jonesco - Click to enlarge

The best players were all engaged in good matches. Of the matches that were included in the newspapers, Princeton's Emily Thomas defeated St. Ursula Academy's Caroline Waddell and Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus; Centennial's Zoey Weil beat Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook and Cassie Alcala; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman defeated Archbishop Alter's Amanda Showalter and Carroll's Jillian Milano; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal beat teammate, Jiaqi Liu, and Olentangy's Kathleen Jones; Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell defeated Big Walnut's Macie Kercsmar and Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke; Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds beat Thomas Worthington’s Sarina Xie and Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison defeated teammate, Rosie Gliatis, and Wellington's Isabella Vegas; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman beat teammates, Deeksha Bathini and Himaja Reddy; Miamisburg’s Carley Sickinger defeated Springboro’s Reka Patel; Cincinnati Country Day’s Mia Masterson beat Cincinnati Christian Hills Academy’s Anna Abunku; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook; Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan beat Upper Arlington's Wendy Shi; and Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Dublin Jerome's Erin Zhao.

It is time to make a few changes to the OTZ Top Players and Watchlists. Watch for a few changes in another day or so. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Photos taken at the Reynoldsburg Sectional will be posted later today at the Most Recently Added Photos area.

SATURDAY,

Sectional Seeding Rounds

Sectionals will continue with the seeding round today under cooler and breezy weather conditions. These matches will help determine the draws for Districts next week.

The Sectional Draws are now included at the top of this page. Some Sectionals update their draws as they go while others do not. These draws will be replaced with the District draws as soon as they become available.

Pickerington North
Pickerington North - Click to team page

The Centerville Sectional results were included in the Cincinnati Enquirer today and those scores are now online.

Among the top players, Sprinboro's Reka Patel defeated Bellbrook's Abigail Schultz; Lakota West's Nicole Sturgeon beat Sadhvi Venkatramani; and Miamisburg's Carley Sickinger defeated Lakota East's Schrad. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Pickerington North. They are coached by Brian Hoff. They are led by Cassie Alcala and Rhyan Cook.

When it is breezy at our house, that means the conditions are close to unplayable at Hilliard Davidson. When it's windy at our house... Uh oh - It's windy. I'll be going to Reynoldsburg this morning for a D1 Sectional where Cassie Alcala and Centennial's Zoey Weil are both playing.

FRIDAY,

Sectional Results Available

The bad news is that the Sectional results from the newspapers are now online, far earlier than expected. Why bad? Unlike as in previous years, the Dispatch did not include the early round matches in the newspaper today. While that saved OTZ several hours of data input, it would have been better for high school tennis to have all of the results included. It is another sign of the times. The Dayton Daily News eliminated box scores this season and the Plain Dealer has only a fraction of the scores that they used to have. Of the three papers to which OTZ subscribes, the Columbus Dispatch remains the best with its box score coverage. The Cincinnati Enquirer does the best job in providing news coverage to high school tennis (but the Columbus Dispatch's ThisWeekNews papers provide solid local coverage). Update @ 11:30am: The Dispatch eventually posted the results online. Now I'm going back into the update process to include these results. This is less much fun than it sounds. Update @ 4:30pm: The Central District Sectional results are now online.

Courtney Pea
Eastmoor's Courtney Pea - Click to enlarge

If paying coaches would like to have all of their teams' results online, please use the format as described yesterday and send only those results that are not currently online. Sending matches that are already online will create duplicate scores.

There were not many competitive early-round matches yesterday. A few to note include: Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Watterson's Gabby Kappel; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat New Albany's Emma Waite; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated New Albany's Alexandra Vitellas; Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds beat Whetstone's Arielle Swinehart; Dublin Jerome's Jiaqi Liu defeated Dublin Scioto's Hrunya Ravindran; Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie beat Dublin Coffman's Maria Sadek; Unioto's Sylvia Gray defeated Wheelersburg's Sommer; and Columbus School For Girls' Rosie Gliatis beat Worthington Christian's Amanda Mayotte. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Another reason why Sectionals are fun is because every team gets to participate. While OTZ attends far (far, far) more matches than any other media source, I still do not get to see that many teams play. More photos will be added today of players from teams that I normally do not get to watch.

THURSDAY,

CSG Beats Columbus Academy for OTCA Final Four | Liberty Defeats Coffman

Overture, curtains, lights. This is it. It is time for the Sectionals for most of the state. We are going to have a perfect weather day with a gentle breeze of less than 50mph at Central District's Hilliard Davidson. Best of luck to everyone

There were a combination of important dual matches and Sectional tournament matches yesterday. The dual matches included: Columbus School for Girls defeated Columbus Academy to earn the Central D2 OTCA berth; Olentangy Liberty beat Dublin Coffman in the Central D1 semifinal; Indian Hill defeated Springboro; and Olentangy beat Watterson. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Mariemont
Mariemont - Click to team page
Among the top players, Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison defeated Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman; Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer beat Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Watterson's Claire Ghidotti; and Columbus Academy's Himaja Reddy beat Columbus School for Girls' Stephanie Presper. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Mariemont. They are coached by Doug Spreen. They are led by Grace Haffner.

Tomorrow is the biggest day of the year for entering scores into the OTZ system. Normally the goal is to get the data portion of the update done by 8:00am and the verbal portion done by 9:00am. Tomorrow the goal is to eventually finish the update at some point tomorrow eventually at some point, hopefully. Because of the massive number of results, there are two ways in which the results will be recorded in OhioTennisZone. One - the results appear in the Dispatch, Enquirer, or Plain Dealer. Two - a paying OTZ coach member or a paying parent member provides OTZ with the results in exactly the following format. Note the specific locations of the dashes, parentheses, spaces, and periods.

S.Williams-V.Williams (Westerville East) def. Sharapova-Davis (Northern South) 6-4, 6-2

Kerber (West Germany) def. Potter (Hogwarts) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Best of luck to everyone (especially the paying OTZ members).

WEDNESDAY,

Mason in OTCA Final Four | Perrysburg Beats Notre Dame Academy

Twas the day before Sectionals for most of the State. Northeast Ohio started their Sectionals yesterday, and everyone else begins tomorrow. There were 17 dual matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 8, Southwest - 7, Northeast - 1, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Summit Country Day defeated Milford; Harrison beat Little Miami; Ross defeated Madison; Mount Vernon beat Westerville North; Delaware Hayes defeated River Valley; and Olentangy beat Hilliard Davidson. In other notable matches, Mason defeated Ursuline Academy to earn the Southwest District D1 Final Four berth; Perrysburg defeated Notre Dame Academy; Columbus School for Girls beat New Albany; Upper Arlington defeated Watterson; and Indian Hill beat Mount Notre Dame. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Upper Arlington
Upper Arlington - Click to team page
Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Dublin Scioto's Hrunya Ravindran; Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn beat Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison defeated New Albany's Elizabeth Hancock; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal beat Ursuline Academy's Lynn Ahrens; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Hilliard Davidson's Ally Woodyard; Perrysburg's Emma Carter beat Notre Dame Academy’s Bella Yazji; Walnut Hill’s Lilly O’Toole defeated Sycamore's Harsitha Kalaiarasan; and Mason's Amanda Huser beat Ursuline Academy's Rashmi Rege. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Upper Arlington. They are coached by Shaun Stamps. They are led by Anna Marie Reynolds, Evelyn Holman, and Ashley Weeks. They are Team Members.

OTZ will include the Sectional results from the Dispatch, Plain Dealer, and Enquirer, plus any Sectional results that paying coaches and parents provide.

The OTZ Fan Dog contest will start very soon. OTZ is awaiting one more entry from a team that amazingly thinks it has a chance to win. To view the six dogs that are currently in the contest, please refer to the right navigation bar.

Today's matches include: Dublin Coffman versus Olentangy Liberty (OTCA Semi); Columbus School For Girls (A) versus Columbus Academy (OTCA Final); Columbus Academy (H) versus Pickerington Central; and Wellington (A) versus Worthington Kilbourne.

TUESDAY,

Indian Hill in OTCA Final Four | Dublin Jerome Beats Pickerington North

The tennis was as great as the weather. While the quantity of matches is declining, the quality is increasing. There were 17 matches recorded from state-wide play and half were 3-2 matches. The breakdown by District was: Central - 10, Southwest - 5, Northeast - 2, and Northwest - 0. The close, 3-2 matches included: St. Ursula Academy defeated Turpin; East Clinton beat Blanchester; Watkins Memorial defeated Thomas Worthington; Olmsted Falls beat Parma; Oak Hills defeated Mother of Mercy; Dublin Jerome beat Pickerington North; Hilliard Bradley defeated Lancaster; Worthington Christian beat Hartley; and Central Crossing defeated Ready. Other notable matches included: Indian Hill defeated Seven Hills to earn a spot in the OTZ Final Four and Whetstone beat Eastmoor Academy to win the Columbus City League Championship. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Watkins Memorial
Watkins Memorial - Click to team page
Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman beat Centerville's Nadja Marin; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated St. Ursula Academy's Caroline Waddell; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch beat Seven Hills' Alana Saggar; Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie defeated Watkins Memorial's Kelli Wright; and Pickerington North’s Rhyan Cook beat Dublin Jerome's Erin Zhao. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Watkins Memorial. They are coached by Shawn Walter.

Today's matches include: Mason (A) versus Ursuline Academy; Columbus School for Girls (A) versus New Albany; St Joseph Academy (A) versus Hawken; Watkins Memorial (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne; Worthington Christian (H) versus Thomas Worthington; DeSales (H) versus Eastmoor Academy; and Westerville North (H) versus Mount Vernon.

MONDAY,

Lexington Wins Ohio Cardinal Conference Tournament | Start of Sectionals

Thankfully the weather has improved because this is a huge week for Ohio high school tennis. Teams need to finish Sectionals and catch-up on (or finish) OTCA Tournament play. Much of the state begins Sectionals on Thursday but Northeast Ohio will get an early start by playing some of their Sectionals on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lexington
Lexington - Click to team page

Lexington won the Ohio Cardinal Conference tournament. This is their 15th consecutive year of winning this tournament.

The OTCA released its first State Poll. The order for Division I is: 1. Mason, 2. Magnificat, 3. Dublin Jerome, 4. Pickerington North, 5. Dublin Coffman, 6. Upper Arlington, 7. Ursuline Academy, 8. Olentangy Liberty, 9. North Canton Hoover, and 10. Perrysburg. For Division II, the order is: 1. Hathaway Brown, 2. Indian Hill, 3. Orange, 4. Columbus Academy , 5. Seven Hills, 6. Laurel, 7. Chaminade-Julienne, 8. Toledo Central Catholic, 9. Archbishop Alter, and 10. Columbus School For Girls. The OTZ Ranking is listed in the left navigation bar.

Today's featured team is Lexington. They are coached by Ron Schwab.

The OTZ Fan Dog contest is almost ready to roll. The current contestants are listed in the right navigation bar. If you think your dog is worthy, email a picture to OTZ along with a sentence or two of your dog's greatest attributes (or simply make something up).

OhioTennisZone finally updated the Ohio Capital Conference league information with the correct teams. Normally by the time that it's updated on OhioTennisZone, that means that it is time for the conference to switch the schools around again.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) versus Seven Hills; Dublin Jerome (H) versus Pickerington North; St Joseph Academy (A) versus Avon; Thomas Worthington (H) versus Watkins Memorial; Grove City (H) versus Grandview; Hartley (A) versus Worthington Christian; DeSales (A) versus Dublin Scioto; and Lancaster (H) versus Hilliard Bradley.

SUNDAY,

Mason Wins the Greater Miami Conference Tournament

It looks like the low pressure weather system that has been swirling frequent precipitation on Ohio is finally moving east. Hopefully we'll have a good weather week for Sectionals because it is extremely difficult to move the large number of first round matches indoors.

Himaja Reddy
Col. Academy's Himaja Reddy - Click to enlarge
There were only two matches recorded from state-wide play. St. Ursula Academy defeated Walnut Hills and Watkins Memorial beat DeSales.

In tournament play, Mason won the Greater Metro Conference Tournament and Sycamore was the runner-up.

Among the top players, Princeton's Emily Thomas defeated Mason's Ananya Aggarwal; Mason's Amanda Huser beat Lakota East's Paige Silverberg; Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole defeated St. Ursula Academy's Caroline Waddell; and Mason's Sanjana Reddy eat Sycamore's Kaitlyn Jiang. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

SATURDAY,

OTZ Fan Dog Contest

Since there were no match results reported from yesterday, it's time to get serious about the OTZ Fan Dog Contest. Numerous coaches and players have touted the unique ways in which their dog is special so it's time to gather the contestants and get the voting underway. Please email the best photo of your doggy and include a sentence or two about their finest furry attributes.

Shaker Heights
Hathaway Brown's - Click to enlarge
Even though they were all somewhat good dogs, last year's winner was Hathaway Brown's Elle. Olentangy Liberty's Noah was second, followed by Watterson's Gus and Upper Arlington's Fergy.

Here's a bonus picture of Gus doing his Gus impersonation.

Most of the voting will be done via Twitter. Based on the number of contestants, there may need to be direct match-ups between dogs rather than a fun, fluffy, free-for-all vote. It is also uncertain if there might need to be an OTZ Electorial College to insure that the correct contestant wins. As an esteemed member of the media, you can count on OTZ to provide nonunbiased coverage of the contest.

I understand that there are a few "cat people" who would like more attention paid to their pets. If you would like to have a Fan Cat Contest, that's great! All you need to do is to create your own web site.

For those who want to enter, please get those photos into OTZ by Monday at midnight.

Hopefully there will be a few matches and tournaments today. Those that are played will likely need to take place indoors.

FRIDAY,

Turpin Beats Summit Country Day

Several districts played their matches earlier than required for the OTCA Tournament. After this rather dismal week, they can be happy they did. There were only six matches recorded from state-wide play. There were five matches played in the Southwest District and one in Central. The close, 3-2 matches were: Grandview defeated Central Crossing and Turpin beat Summit Country Day. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

New Albany
New Albany - Click to team page
Among the top players, Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Summit Country Day's Kathryn Adam and Mariemont's Grace Haffner defeated Finneytown's Rochelle Parsons. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is New Albany. They are coached by Marc Thomas. They are led by Taylor Selby, Christina Vitellas , and Valentina DiLorenzo. They are Team Members.

There is just one match scheduled for today - Columbus Academy (H) versus Columbus School For Girls.

 

THURSDAY,

Picture Day

It was almost a state-wide rainout so rather than look at scores today, check out the 33 new photos that were added to the Most Recently Added Photos area. The OTZ's Top Ten Girls Photos were also revised. Login first to view all of the photos.

Emily Neal
Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal - Click to enlarge

The teams reporting scores included: Laurel defeated Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin; Seton beat Taylor; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy defeated Hawken; Chardon beat Harvey; Wyoming defeated Deer Park; and Washington CH beat Unioto. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky defeated Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin's Sofia DiCillo; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Irene Norman beat Hawken’s Savannah Harper; Unioto's Sylvia Gray defeated Washington CH’s Hall; and Laurel's Victoria Vasquez beat Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin's Mary Mahaffee. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

I am way behind on the photo orders. I'll get caught-up soonish.

Today's matches include: Columbus School for Girls (A) versus Bexley; Hathaway Brown (A) versus Hawken; Laurel (A) versus Bay; New Albany (H) versus Watterson; Worthington Christian (A) versus Westerville North, and Our Lady Of The Elms (A) versus Woodridge.

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 | Christina Vitellas; 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.

Notice

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.

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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.

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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.

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).

Sycamore
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.

 

 

 

 

 

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