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TUESDAY,

Bishop Watterson Beats New Albany

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

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

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

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

MONDAY,

Graphs Tutorial | Top Players

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

Click to read the How-to for OTZ Graphs.

Graphs Tutorial
Graphs Tutorial - Click to read

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY,

Mason Beats New Albany and Olentangy Liberty

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

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

Ellie MacDowell
Liberty's Ellie MacDowell - Click to enlarge

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

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

SATURDAY,

Sycamore Defeats Olentangy Liberty | Coffman Beats CSG

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRIDAY,

Pickerington North Beats Pickerington Central

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

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY,

Mason Beats Indian Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY,

Magnificat Defeats Orange | Pickerington North Beats Dublin Coffman

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

Dublin Coffman
Olentangy - Click to team page

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY,

Dublin Jerome Defeats Watterson in OTCA Play

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

Dublin Coffman
Dublin Coffman - Click to team page

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY,

More Schedules Added | Top Players & Watch Lists Updated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY,

Olentangy Liberty Wins Watterson Invitational

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

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY,

Ursuline Academy Beats Dublin Coffman

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

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

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

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

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

FRIDAY,

Centerville Beats Lakota East

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

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

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY,

North Canton Hoover Defeats Olentangy Liberty

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

Perrysburg
Previous Day Match Results - Click to go to report

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY,

Wet Weather Continues | Magnificat Beats CSG

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

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

Perrysburg
Sycamore's Nathan Zhang - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

TUESDAY,

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

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

Perrysburg
Perrysburg - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

MONDAY,

Hathaway Brown Beats Mason

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY,

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRIDAY,

OTZ Pre-Season Division I Top Ten Teams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST

OTCA Tournament Draws Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, AUGUST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OHSAA match play begins on August 12.

THURSDAY,

Incoming Freshmen Girls

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

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

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

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

MONDAY,

OhioTennisZone All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team

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

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio
Boys Tennis Team

Division I - Singles


Nico
Mostardi
Kenston

Austin
Barr
Kenston

Division II - Singles


Noah
Connaughton
Badin


Nick
Williams
Seven Hills

Division I - Doubles


Gavin
Aten
Copley

Gustavo
Garcia
Copley

Division II - Doubles

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to these players.

THURSDAY, JUNE

Top OTZ Photos for Boys / Girls

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, JUNE

Midwest Qualifiers | More Photos

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

Sycamore
Ottawa Hills' Tyler Gargas - Click to enlarge

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

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

Northeast Ohio District Qualifier BG14, G16

Northeast Ohio District Qualifier B16, BG18

Northwest Ohio District Qualifier - All Age Groups

Ohio Valley G14

Ohio Valley G16

Ohio Valley G18

Ohio Valley B14

Ohio Valley B16

Ohio Valley B18

THURSDAY, JUNE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only coaches with five or more tiebreaks were included.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE

Videos of Championship Points

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

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

This video includes the final two points of the match.

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY, MAY

Final OTZ Top Ten Teams | USTA Fred Burns Award

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

Top Ten Teams
OTZ Top Ten Teams

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

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

Congratulations to both Sycamore and Cincinnati Country Day.

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, MAY

Sycamore - Division I | CCD Division II OTCA Champs

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

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

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

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

Cincinnati Country Day
Cincinnati Country Day - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, MAY

Another Successful States

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY, MAY

Day 2 of States - Starting at 8am

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

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

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

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

FRIDAY, MAY

Time Change for Saturday

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

Time for States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY, MAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY, MAY

OTZ States | OTCA Tournament Preview Video

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

 

New Albany Beats Upper Arlington for OTCA Final Four Spot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch for the OTZ State Preview video later today.

TUESDAY, MAY

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

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

Sycamore
OTZ State Draws - Click to go to draws

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, MAY

State Draw Day

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

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

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

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.

SUNDAY, MAY

Results from Seeding Round

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

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

Sycamore
Massillon Jackson - Click to go to videos

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

The #1 Seeds are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY, MAY

Seeding Rounds Today | Northeast District State Qualifiers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck in today's seeding round.

FRIDAY, MAY

State Qualifiers Set for Central and Southwest

The weather was cool and breezy at Central's Division I District Tournament, but it was great for both the fans and the players. Weather is expected to be warm and wet in Cincinnati next weekend.

The Central and Southwest District State Qualifiers are set. There are still a few more matches to determine the players from the Northwest and Northeast.

The Central Division I State Qualifiers are:

Singles: Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai, St. Charles' Sam Sullivan, and New Albany's Graeme Green.

Doubles: New Albany's Robert Cash and Joel (Nathan) Jose, Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter and Jack Hughes, St. Charles' Evan Yakubov and Jack Dabek, and Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel and Jordan Phelps.

St. Charles' Jack Dabek
St. Charles' Jack Dabek - Click to go to team page
The Central Division II State Qualifiers are:

Singles: Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti and Wellington's Connor Biernat.

Doubles: Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence and Hirsh Hede and Bexley's Shia Saar and Mark Nudelman.

The Southwest Division I State Qualifiers are:

Singles: St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus, Mason's Vishnu Srinath and Pranav Viswanathan, and Turpin's Grant Wendel.

Doubles: Sycamore's Alex Taylor and Noah Stern, Mason's Niraj Komatineni and Sean Reid, Sycamore's Alex Karev and Nathan Zhang, and St. Xavier's Peter Schulteis and Waqas Tanveer.

The Southwest Division II State Qualifiers are:

Singles: Indian Hill's Alex Warstler, Badin's Noah Connaughton, Miami Valley's Colton Morehart, and Cincinnati Coutnry Day's Kevin Yu.

Doubles: Cincinnai Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla and Shashank Reddy, Wyoming's Jay Klein and Chris Murray, Summit Country Day's Jared Hochwalt and Calvin Spanbauer, and Wyoming's Joseph Kelly and Nolan Morley.

Note that many of the State Qualifiers are OTZ members so just click on the players' names above to see their stats and other information. Cincinnati Country Day just became Team Members and their player links are also now included above.

Upper Arlington
Upper Arlington - Click to go to team page

Among the Top Players, Massillon Jackson’s Joey Thomas defeated Solon’s Vlad Rotnov; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Hartley's Collin Bender and Granville's John Purnode; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta and Dublin Jerome's Noah Schneider; Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski beat St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia and Highland's Isaac Hadler; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan defeated Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen and Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus beat Mason's Phillip Krayterman and Springboro's Jack Diehl; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Sycamore's Regis Liou and Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz; University School’s Paul Gota beat Brecksville’s Aaron Yeh; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Olentangy's Stu Brdicka and Worthington Kilbourne's Eric Wang; New Albany's Graeme Green beat Lancaster's Colten Clark and Hilliard Davidson’s Noah Elliott; Wellington's Connor Biernat defeated Bexley's Fynn Sieckmann and TJ Phelps; Mason's Pranav Viswanathan beat St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins; and Mason’s Vishnu Srinath defeated Turpin’s Ethan Caruso and Troy’s Shane Essick.

In front draw matches, Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta defeated Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru beat Pickerington North's Christian Keen; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated New Albany's Benjamin Yan; Lancaster's Colten Clark beat Upper Arlington's Jack Schadek; and St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins defeated Centerville's Josh Giambattista.

Today's featured team is Upper Arlington. They are coached by Amos Allison. They are Team Members.

Congratulations to all of the players who reached States. Don't forget to take your camera to the seeding round tomorrow! Please email the photo to me tomorrow afternoon.

THURSDAY, MAY

Sycamore and Cincinnati Country Day in OTCA Final Four

Much of the State begins District play today. This video should get everyone into the mood.

Two more teams are in the Final Four. Sycamore defeated Mason to get the spot in Division I, and Cincinnati Country Day defeated Indian Hill on Wednesday to get the Division II berth. Click to view the updated OTCA Draws.

The weather was cool and breezy for the Southwest Division II Districts yesterday. Let's hope that we do not get 85 degree temperatures at States because the boys are certainly not accustomed to hot weather.

Sycamore
Sycamore - Click to go to team page

Among the Top Players, Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler beat Chaminade-Julienne’s Carlos Estrada-Sanchez; Badin's Noah Connaughton defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; Sycamore's Alex Taylor beat Mason's Vishnu Srinath; Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated Mason's Pranav Viswanathan; and Sycamore's Regis Liou beat Mason's Phillip Krayterman. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Don't get your camera yet, but the State Qualifier photos need to be taken on Saturday prior to the seeding round.

Today's featured team is Sycamore. They are coached by Mike Teets. They are Team Members.

Here's a nice article about Ohio State's Chris Diaz. Diaz played for Bishop Watterson and was a three-time OHSAA state champion (once in doubles and twice in singles). The article was written by the Columbus Dispatch's Bill Rabinowitz.

I will be at the Central Division I Districts at the Hilliard Davidson wind tunnel today.

WEDNESDAY, MAY

New Albany Beats Columbus Academy

Play was sporadic yesterday with on/off showers. There were just four dual matches recorded. Districts began in Northeast Ohio but those scores were not included on the draw sheets as of this morning.

The matches included: New Albany defeated Columbus Academy; Big Walnut beat Watkins Memorial; Hilliard Davidson defeated Gahanna; and Pickerington North beat Dublin Scioto. Line-ups during this time of the year tend to be different than at the beginning of the season with some players getting rest prior to Districts and other players, who normally play singles, getting extra reps in doubles.

Olentangy Orange
Olentangy Orange - Click to go to team page

Among the Top Players, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated New Albany's Graeme Green; Pickerington North's Christian Keen beat Dublin Scioto's Joseph Hill; Big Walnut's Jared Deel defeated Watkins Memorial's Bryce Clear; New Albany's Noah Fox beat Columbus Academy's Michael Qi; and Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott defeated Gahanna's Daniel Schtein.

Today's featured team is Olentangy Orange. They are coached by Matthew Rutherford. They are Team Members.

I plan to go to the Southwest District Division II tournament in Centerville today if the rain clears up.

TUESDAY, MAY

Columbus Academy Secures OTCA Final Four | New Albany Beats St. Charles | CVCA Defeats Orange

As the season winds down, the stakes get higher for each match. There were six matches recorded from yesterday. The major OTCA Tournament matches included: Columbus Academy defeated Bexley; New Albany beat St. Charles; and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy defeated Orange. Columbus Academy secured an OTCA Final Four berth with that win. In other matches, Watkins Memorial defeated Centennial; Big Walnut beat DeSales; Westerville North defeated West, and Turpin beat Walnut Hills. Click to view the performance graphs using Previous Day Match Results.

The Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Tournament results are updated. Click to view OTCA Tourney results.

New Albany
New Albany - Click to go to team page

Among the Top Players, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Bexley's Fynn Sieckmann; New Albany's Robert Cash beat St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Walnut Hills' Torcado Vaz; St. Charles' Evan Yakubov beat New Albany's Nick Lampson; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence defeated Bexley's Shia Saar; and St. Charles Jack Dabek beat New Albany’s Benjamin Yan. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is New Albany. They are coached by Marc Thomas. They are Team Members.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill versus Cincinnati Country Day (OTCA Final) and Big Walnut (H) versus Watkins Memorial.

MONDAY, MAY

District Draws Online (All Available)

The Sectional draws cause great anxiety because every varsity player is affected. While the District draws affect less players, the prize is huge -- a possible trip to States.

District Draws
District Division I Division II
Central
Northeast
Northwest Singles - Doubles Singles - Doubles
Southwest Singles - Doubles Singles - Doubles

All of the draws are now available. Click on the links in the table to view them.

Each year, OhioTennisZone urges parents (or coaches or other friendly people) to take photos of the State Qualifiers from their District. In an effort to get more Districts onboard with the photos, this season's directions are posted earlier this year. These photos are posted on OhioTennisZone and they are used for the online OTZ State Draws. Click to view the State Qualifiers from Previous Years and the OTZ State Draws for the Girls from last fall.

Last year's excellent photo of the Southwest District Division I State Qualifiers was taken by Sycamore's Linda Stern.

The best time to take a photo of the Qualifiers is immediately before the District seeding round. Again, OTZ wants photos of the State Qualifiers from each District together as a group, not individually or with only members of their own team. (This means that boys from different teams need to be in the same photo.)

Southwest District 2015 Qualifiers
Southwest District 2015 Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Here are the 14 easy steps to keep in mind: 1) Tell the tournament director you are going to take a photo 30 minutes before you take the photo. The Central District directors have always been great about this, but your director may complain that it will upset the order of the universe by delaying the tournament by two minutes and 16 seconds. If that happens, ask him to be in the photo that you take of the coaches. 2) Tell the other parents to put down their coffee and get their cameras ready -- now. There is safety in numbers. 3) Ask the tournament director to have the players gather in front of the net of the closest court ten minutes before he begins his tournament announcements. 4) Use the highest resolution (.jpg) possible for your camera. 5) Ask the players to face toward the sun, but not directly facing it. 6) Have the players hold their racquets (preferably). 7) Tell the singles players to take a knee in the front row. 8) Ask the doubles players of each team to stand together and be close behind the singles players. 9) Have the players tilt their hats and visors back. If it is a sunny day, head coverings will cast a dark shadow over their eyes. 10) Take at least four photos -- someone different will blink in each photo. 11) Leave "room" at the bottom and top of the picture for names and a banner. 12) Take a quick photo of the coaches -- no kneeling is necessary. 13) Pick out the photo in which your son looks the best. 14) Email the photo to me using the highest resolution possible. The image needs to be at least 1 MB, but preferably more.

I tend to let the other parents get their photos first so that I can be assured that everyone is looking at me rather than at their mom or dad.

Even though some of the newest camera phones may no longer take hideously awful group photos, please use a real camera. Remember, individual photos are obtained from the group photos for the State Draw sheet, so a crystal clear, high resolution photo is necessary.

Another option -- hire a professional to come to the courts for 30 minutes. The photographer needs to understand that he has only one minute to take the photo. He would also have to provide immediate permission before it can be included online. (Dealing with some photographers has been painful this year and I will not use the photo if it takes me longer than a nanosecond to secure approvals.)

The plan is to include the names of the players in the photo before it is placed it on the website. I know many of the players but it would be helpful to include the names (with correct spellings). This is a time consuming process so it will need to be a good photo before I will commit the time to do it.

This will be one of your son's favorite photos 25 years from now. Good luck.

Today's big matches include: New Albany versus St. Charles, Centerville (H) versus Miami Valley; and Big Walnut (H) versus DeSales.

Disclosure: Just thinking about taking this photo before your son qualifies for State could change the future and jinx your son. Your son is likely doomed, if after reading this blog entry, you blurt out something like, "Honey, let's make sure that we put the camera in the car for the State Qualifier picture."

SUNDAY, MAY

Sectionals Are Done | Central District Draws Available

The temperatures were more conducive to platform tennis yesterday, but matches were played and the Sectionals are done. OhioTennisZone.com will link to the District Draws as soon as they are available. Earning a gold star for their over-achieving efforts, the Central District has already posted their Central District Draws.

UCLA's Dublin Coffman
Dublin Coffman - Click to go to team page

There were a large number of competitive matches yesterday. Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Bexley's TJ Phelps and Fynn Sieckmann; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Turpin's Ethan Caruso and Grant Wendel; Wellington's Connor Biernat defeated Hartley's Collin Bender and Granville's John Purnode; Sycamore's Regis Liou defeated Mason's Phillip Krayterman and Vishnu Srinath; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; and Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins.

For the first time, OTZ now has the photos of all of Ohio's top high school players. Those players who are OTZ members are automatically displayed. Sign-in to view all of the players. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Dublin Coffman. They are coached by Brett Hundertpfund. They are Team Members.

SATURDAY, MAY

Massillon Jackson Beats University School | Kenston Defeats Solon

There were two big dual matches yesterday. Kenston defeated Solon and Massillon Jackson defeated University School. Jackson and Kenston will meet in the Northeast District Finals.

Several Sectionals beat today's rain by finishing their Sectional semi-final and finals yesterday. Those scores are included online. If a score was not in the Plain Dealer, Dispatch, or Enquirer, OTZ will retrieve many of the Team Member and individual member scores from the draw sheets. To eliminate confusion on what has been entered, OTZ will wait until the completed Sectional draws sheets have been posted.

UCLA's Kyle McPhillips
UCLA's Kyle McPhillips - Click to go to enlarge

There were a large number of competitive matches yesterday. Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated University School's Paul Gota; Kenston's Nico Mostardi beat Solon's Vlad Rotnov and University School's Paul Gota; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Dublin Jerome's Noah Schneider and Ryan Worthen; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru beat Worthington Kilbourne's Eric Wang and Lancaster's Colten Clark; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated St. Charles' Sam Sullivan and Olentangy's Stu Brdicka; University School's Paul Gota beat Solon's Vlad Rotnov; New Albany's Graeme Green defeated Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte and New Albany's Benjamin Yan; Lancaster's Colten Clark beat Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta; Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Schadek; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka beat Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott; Solon's Vlad Rotnov defeated University School's Danny Godes; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan beat Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott; and Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta defeated Worthington Kilbourne's Eric Wang. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

The NCAA's are taking place at Ohio State this weekend. UCLA beat Notre Dame yesterday. UCLA's team includes Willoughby South's and Andrews-Osborne's Kyle McPhillips. McPhillips finished third at D1 States in 2008 playing for Willoughby South. Yesterday, she won her court two match against Notre Dame. UCLA will play against OSU's Women's team today at 4pm. The OSU Men's team plays today at 1pm.

Hopefully the weather will dry out enough for the Sectionals to finish.

FRIDAY, MAY

Central and Southwest Sectional Results

It has been a weird season, but yesterday was a good weird. Despite the predictions of rain, the Central District finished all six of their Sectionals yesterday and all of the results were included in the Columbus Dispatch this morning. Really. The Southwest's Mason D1 were posted in the Enquirer. The 298 matches from Central and the Southwest are now online. Look for the results on the team pages.

There were three dual matches recorded yesterday. Valley View defeated Edgewood; Edgewood defeated West Carrollton; and Kings defeated Milford.

Turpin
Dublin Jerome - Click to go to team page

Almost all of the Top Players were active yesterday, but most of the matches were one-sided. Some of the better matches included: Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Dublin Coffman's Pratheek Gandhodi; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan defeated Dublin Coffman's Alex Powell; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta defeated Lancaster's Braeden Kennedy; Kings' Nosek defeated Milford's Holden Owens. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Dublin Jerome. They are coached by Ken Berlin.

THURSDAY, MAY

Sycamore Beats St. Xavier | Mason Defeats Turpin | UA Beats Jerome

The rush is on as the Central District starts its Sectional play today. It will race to get as much tennis played as possible today before the rain arrives. The Northwest just had rain and the Northeast will get storms soon.

There were 10 dual matches recorded yesterday. Central had six and the Southwest played four. The close, 3-2 matches included: Madeira defeated Badin; Watkins Memorial beat Groveport; Grandview defeated Whetstone; Kings beat Walnut Hills; and Marysville defeated Westerville South. In other notable matches, Sycamore defeated St. Xavier; Upper Arlington beat Dublin Jerome; Mason defeated Turpin; and Columbus Academy beat Wellington. Click to view the performance graphs using Previous Day Match Results.

Click to view updated Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Tournament results. Don't forget to use the navigation links thoughout the document to quickly jump from District to District and Division to Division.

Sectional results played yesterday from the Cincinnati-area matches were included. Tomorrow's OTZ update will likely be delayed due to the large number of matches that need to be entered from the Central District.

Turpin
Turpin - Click to go to team page

Among the Top Players, Sycamore's Alex Taylor defeated St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Wellington's Connor Biernat; Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Turpin's Grant Wendel; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Pickerington Central's Chase Pratt; Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated St. Xavier's Joe Beischel; Upper Arlington’s Jack Hughes defeated Dublin Jerome’s Noah Schneider; Mason's Charlie MacKenzie defeated Turpin's Ethan Caruso; and Columbus Academy’s Austin Lawrence defeated Wellington’s Adam Sorrels. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Turpin. They are coached by Kate Rodgers.

WEDNESDAY, MAY

Indian Hill Defeats Seven Hills | Sectional Results

Parts of the state are expected to clear up today and hopefully more matches can be played. No matches were recorded from the Central District yesterday. Of the six matches recorded, there were five from the Southwest and one from the Northeast. They included: Kettering Fairmont defeated Chaminade-Julienne; New Richmond beat McNicholas; North Olmsted defeated Vermilion; Indian Hill beat Seven Hills; Elder defeated Fairfield; and Edgewood beat Middletown Madison.

Sectional results from the Southwest and Northeast Districts are included in today's update. The approach that OTZ uses is that any Sectional results listed in the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Cincinnati Enquirer are included on OTZ. If players are OTZ members, then OTZ looks up their Sectional results from the draw sheets. However, many times the draw sheets are not updated. If, after a few days, your OTZ member player results are not online, feel free to email them to OTZ using the correct format. That format is: Jones (Westerville East) def. Smith (Lakota North) 6-3, 6-3.

Olentangy
Olentangy - Click to go to team page

Among the Top Players, Indian Hill's Alex Warstler defeated Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams;
Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel beat Seven Hills' Curtis Sun;
Chaminade-Julienne's Carlos Estrada-Sanchez defeated Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz; and Mason's Phillip Krayterman defeated Sycamore's Rohan D`Souza. Most of the Sectional results involving the top players were one-sided.

A few new players were added to the Top Players / Watch Lists. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

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Today's featured team is Olentangy. They are coached by Jeff Luxenburger.

Matches scheduled for today include: St. Xavier versus Sycamore (OTCA); Upper Arlington (H) versus Dublin Jerome (OTCA); Beechcroft (H) versus Walnut Ridge; Hilliard Bradley (H) versus Pickerington Central; Reynoldsburg (H) versus Grandview; and Watkins Memorial (H) versus Groveport. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

TUESDAY, MAY

Sectionals to Begin in Northeast Ohio | Willoughby South Beats Brush

The weather map looked as if it would be a complete rainout yesterday. It was a nice job by the coaches to get 11 matches recorded. The Central and Northeast Districts both had four matches and the Southwest had three.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Willoughby South defeated Brush and Hartley beat Shekinah Christian. West Jefferson defeated Hamilton Township in a 4-1 thriller with three, 3-setters. Grove City beat Whetstone, 5-0, but it included two, 3-setters and two other close matches. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Wellington Tennis Team
Wellington - Click to go to team page

Among the Top Players, University School's Paul Gota defeated Archbishop Hoban’s Ben Sutter and University School’s Drew Krantz beat Archbishop Hoban’s Rich. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Bill Rabinowitz wrote a very nice article about Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo in today's Columbus Dispatch. The OSU Women's team is scheduled to host NCAA matches on May 13 and 14th. The OSU Men's team will also host an NCAA match on May 14.

Today's featured team is Wellington. They are coached by Tommy Haddow. They are Team Members.

Matches scheduled for today include: Upper Arlington versus Dublin Jerome; Pickerington North (A) versus Worthington Kilbourne; Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Chaminade-Julienne; Beechcroft (A) versus Jonathan Alder; and  Watterson (H) versus Hilliard Davidson. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedule. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

MONDAY, MAY

More OhioTennisZone.com Photos

Between the rain showers this week, there will be storms. Sectionals start on Tuesday in Northeast Ohio and they will continue throughout the week, or not.

Marysville's Brian Ash
Marysville's Brian Ash - Click to enlarge

There were 47 new photos just added to OTZ. Sign-in first and click on Most Recently Added Photos to see the most recently added photos. To purchase these photos, just click on Buy a Tennis Photo.

Drop kicking sports photojournalism to even greater heights, OTZ released "Do You Nose Who This Is?" on Twitter last night. Run don't walk to Twitter to participate (but it is already too late to participate in last night's contest). Anyone who acts under age twelve can participate. There are several more of these masterpiece photos and the plan is to do this on Sunday nights.

Matches that will like not happen today include: St Xavier (H) versus Sycamore; Upper Arlington (A) versus Bexley; Centerville (H) versus Lakota East; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Miami Valley; Olentangy (H) versus Dublin Jerome; and Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Olentangy Orange.

SUNDAY, MAY

St. Xavier Wins GCL

This will be a quick update to read so that you have more time to spend with your mother on Mother's Day activities. (It will also give you more time to clean your room, pickup your clothes, and take out the trash.)

St. Xavier won Cincinnati's Greater Catholic League Tournament with wins over Moeller, Elder, and La Salle. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

St. Xavier
St. Xavier - Click to go to team page
Coach Russ King rotated his line-ups and Andrew Niehaus, Cameron Geoppinger, and Peter Schulteis all had wins at first singles. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team absolutely has to be St. Xavier. Without them there would have been no material for an update. They are coached by Russ King. They are Team Members.

There will be more photos added later today.

Here's a nice article written about Ohio State recruit John McNally by Colette Lewis on TennisRecruiting.net. McNally will be joining the OSU team in the fall of 2017.

To all of the mothers: have a great Mother's Day! (To everyone else: go pick up your clothes.)

SATURDAY, MAY

Bexley Beats Wellington | Cincinnati Country Day Defeats Wyoming

Ohio finally got a nice weather day squeezed in between bad days. There were 15 matches recorded. The Central District had 10, the Southwest - 3, and the Northeast - 2.

The close, 3-2 matches included: North Olmsted defeated North Royalton; Olentangy Liberty beat Hilliard Davidson; Grove City defeated Lancaster; Cincinnati Country Day beat Wyoming; Olentangy Orange defeated Dublin Coffman; Big Walnut beat Westerville South; and Kings defeated Loveland. In other notables matches, Thomas Worthington defeated Watterson; Bexley beat Wellington; and Columbus Academy defeated Walsh Jesuit. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Olentangy Liberty
Olentangy Liberty - Click to go to team page
Matches among the Top Players included: Wellington's Connor Biernat defeated Bexley's Fynn Sieckmann; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated Wyoming's Adam Behrman; Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps defeated Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin; Thomas Worthington's Kai Britz defeated Watterson's Sam Parkinson; and Hilliard Davidson’s Noah Elliott defeated Olentangy Liberty’s Jay Thankappan. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Olentangy Liberty. They are coached by Andy Sinclair.

There is just one match in the system scheduled for today -- Centerville (T) versus Springboro.

FRIDAY, MAY

Kenston Beats Copley | Olentangy Defeats St. Charles

More rain. More interruptions. There were 28 matches recorded from throughout the state. Central was the big winner with 19 reported matches. The Southwest and Northeast had four, and the Northwest had one.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Marysville defeated Big Walnut; Olentangy beat St. Charles; Fisher Catholic defeated Circleville; Westerville North beat Lancaster; Pickerington Central defeated Westerville Central; Kenston beat Copley; Logan Elm defeated Miami Trace; Olentangy Liberty beat Hilliard Bradley; and Little Miami defeated Ross. In other notable matches, Pickerington North defeated Hilliard Davidson; Wyoming beat Anderson; New Albany defeated Olentangy Orange; Massillon Jackson beat Canfield; and Bexley defeated Watterson. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Bishop Ready
Bishop Ready - Click to go to team page
Matches among the Top Players included: Kenston's Nico Mostardi defeated Copley's Gavin Aten; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru defeated Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka beat St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; Bexley's Fynn Sieckmann defeated Watterson's Sam Parkinson; Lancaster's Colten Clark beat Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte; New Albany's Graeme Green defeated Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps; and Lancaster's Braeden Kennedy beat Westerville North's Reese Nguyen. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Bishop Ready. They are coached by Dan Skuce.

Matches tonight include: Bexley (H) versus Wellington; Olentangy Orange (A) versus Dublin Coffman; Thomas Worthington (H) versus Watterson; Big Walnut (H) versus Westerville South; Marysville (A) versus Upper Arlington; and Olentangy Liberty (A) versus Hilliard Davidson. OTZ will be at the Marysville versus Upper Arlington match.

THURSDAY, MAY

New OhioTennisZone.com Top Ten Teams Lists | Solon Beats Canfield

Rain disrupted play throughout the state. There were just seven matches recorded. For the first time this season, the Northeast District reported more scores than the others with four results. The Southwest had two and Central had one.

Matches included: Cleveland Heights defeated Chardon; Solon beat Canfield; Columbus Academy defeated Worthington Kilbourne; St. Xavier beat Walnut Hills; Massillon Jackson defeated Louisville; Northwest beat Winton Woods; and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy defeated Cuyahoga Falls. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Matches among the Top Players included: Solon's Vlad Rotnov defeated Canfield's Tim Cianciola and St. Xavier's Waqas Tanveer defeated Walnut Hills' Torcado Vaz. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

OTZ Top Ten
OTZ Top Ten - Click on links in right nav
It is time for new OTZ Top 10 Teams Lists. Looking first at Division I... Massillon Jackson and New Albany remain at the top, but then it gets more difficult. The three, big teams from Cincinnati - Sycamore, St. Xavier, and Mason - have had losses and big wins. This time, Sycamore gets the nod because they won the the GCTCAC tournament over St. Xavier and Mason. St. John's Jesuit is sixth after getting a nice win over Upper Arlington. In that match, SJJ did not have their court 1 player. UA had a 3-2 win over St. Charles, winning 59% of the games. Both St. Charles and University School had wins over Kenston.

In Division II, Cincinnati Country Day further strengthened their line-up by picking up a transfer player. Indian Hill goes from third to second after a close loss to St. Xavier. Indian Hill won 41% of its games against St. X while Columbus Academy won 27%. Wellington and Bexley both moved up after doing well against strong Division I teams. Wyoming had a win over Summit Country Day. Seven Hills' line-up is influx.

The links to each of the above teams are in the right navigation bar. Please refer to the Matrix Reports first before contacting OTZ about the rankings.

This is the time of year when the schedules that were entered at the beginning of the season are no longer accurate. More now than ever you need to check with a player or coach prior to traveling to one of these matches. Matches tonight include: Indian Hill (A) versus Walnut Hills; University (A) versus Copley; St John's Jesuit (H) versus Sylvania Northview; Bexley (A) versus Watterson; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Dublin Scioto; Dublin Jerome (A) versus Wellington; Lancaster (H) versus Westerville North; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Canfield; and St Charles (H) versus Olentangy.

WEDNESDAY, MAY

Mason Beats Cincinnati Country Day | Massillon Jackson Defeats Copley

Rain was intermittent and spotty in the Central District, including at the Bexley versus Wellington match that I attended. There were 35 matches recorded and the breakdown by District was Central - 15, Southwest - 14, and Northeast - 6.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Grove City defeated Groveport; Gahanna beat Dublin Scioto; River Valley defeated Jonathan Alder; Kettering Fairmont beat Beavercreek; DeSales defeated Ready; Westerville North beat Big Walnut; Fisher Catholic defeated Whitehall; Harrison beat La Salle; Badin defeated Carroll; Mason beat Cincinnati Country Day; and Edgewood defeated Fenwick. Other significant matches included: Solon defeated St. Ignatius; Columbus Academy defeated Dublin Coffman; Massillon Jackson defeated Copley; and Summit Country Day defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

St. Charles
Jonathan Alder - Click for team page

Matches among the Top Players included: Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas defeated Copley's Gavin Aten; Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Lancaster's Colten Clark; St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia defeated Solon's Vlad Rotnov; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Kings' Hunter Nosek; and Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla defeated Mason's Charlie MacKenzie. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Jonathan Alder. Their coach is Ryan Swinehart.

In college tennis action, both the Ohio State Men's and Women's teams will be hosting NCAA D1 matches. Xavier also reached the NCAA's this year. There is a article in today's Cincinnati Enquirer about Xavier's success. Xavier's team includes: Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti, New Albany's Cristina Di Lorenzo, and King's Amina Ismail. The article was written by the Enquirer's Shannon Russell. The photos in the links above were taken during Xavier's indoor match against OSU.

Matches tonight include: Columbus Academy (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne; Bexley (H) versus Thomas Worthington; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Lancaster; Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Olentangy Orange; St Xavier (A) versus Walnut Hills; and Mason (A) versus Turpin. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedule. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

TUESDAY, MAY

Mason Beats St. Xavier | Indian Hill Defeats Turpin

It was another big night for tennis with 37 matches recorded from state-wide play. There were 17 matches recorded from the Central and Southwest Districts. The Northeast had three.

The Sectional Draws are coming online more quickly than in the past. Note the table above that includes links to the Sectional draws and to the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association (OTCA) draws.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Mariemont defeated Anderson; La Salle beat McNicholas; Colerain defeated Loveland; Worthington Christian beat Marysville; Granville defeated Lancaster; Hilliard Davidson beat Hilliard Bradley; Mason defeated St. Xavier; Teays Valley beat Whitehall; Wellington defeated Dublin Coffman; and Ross beat Middletown Madison. Other notables matches included: Indian Hill defeated Turpin (with three, 3-setters); Wyoming beat Summit Country Day; Whetstone defeated West; and Seven Hills beat Springboro. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

St. Charles
Bishop Watterson - Click for team page

Matches among the Top Players included: Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus; Turpin's Grant Wendel beat Indian Hill's Alex Warstler; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Bexley's Fynn Sieckmann; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Olentangy Liberty's Jay Thankappan; Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams beat Springboro's Jack Diehl; Sycamore's Alex Taylor defeated Walnut Hills' Torcado Vaz;  Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin; Lancaster's Colton Clark defeated Granville's John Purnode; Worthington Christian’s Ben Kindberg beat Marysville’s Jevon Knox; Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated Walnut Hills' Samuel Musser; Mason's Sean Reid beat St. Xavier's Waqas Tanveer; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence defeated Bexley's Shia Saar; and Indian Hill’s Andrew Pregel beat Turpin’s Ethan Caruso. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Bishop Watterson. Watterson's coach is Will Thieman. They are Team Members.

Matches tonight include: Columbus Academy (A) versus Dublin Coffman; Dublin Jerome (A) versus New Albany; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Beavercreek; Mason (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; St Charles (A) versus Hilliard Davidson; Thomas Worthington (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne; and  Shekinah Christian (A) versus West Jefferson. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedule. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

MONDAY, MAY

OTCA Draws Updated | Mason Beats Springboro

More Sectional draws are starting to be added to the various district web sites. See the update below.

The Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association tournament continues to move forward. To keep up-to-date on the tournament on OhioTennisZone, click on OTCA Tournament Boys Draws above or the image below. Sign-in first to see all of the details. Note that those teams with Team Memberships are identified so that fans know they can see all of the information for each player. User Tip: Click on the navigational links (i.e. CEN NE NW SW) to quickly move from draw to draw.

There was one OTCA match played on Sunday. Mason defeated Springboro 5-0. Click to view the performance graph at Previous Day Match Results.

OTCA Draws
OTCA Draws - Click for draws

Matches among the Top Players included: Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Springboro's Jack Diehl and Mason's Sean Reid beat Springboro's Andrew Rhoden. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

There are quite a few great match-ups tonight. They include: Columbus Academy (A) versus New Albany; Mason (A) versus St. Xavier; Indian Hill (H) versus Turpin; Marysville (H) versus Worthington Christian; St Charles (H) versus Bexley; Hilliard Bradley (A) versus Hilliard Davidson; and Wellington (A) versus Dublin Coffman. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedule. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

SUNDAY EVENING, MAY

Sunday Night Special - The Draws

They're here. The Central District Sectional draws are now available for Division I and Division II. These will also be posted at the top of this page as the other draws become available. Note that the Division II draws were incomplete earlier this evening, but they now include both Sectional sites.

Some of the Southwest District draws are now online. Click to go to the Southwest web site.

The Northwest has posted several draws. Click to go to the Northwest web site.

Using history as a guide, Central District's draws are online first, followed by the Southwest, Northeast, and then the Northwest. The Southeast and East Districts do not care enough to put them online.

SUNDAY, MAY

St. John's Jesuit Beats Upper Arlington | St. Charles Defeats Solon & Kenston

Many matches and tournaments went inside yesterday to avoid the rain. Sycamore won the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches' Association Classic Flight A tournament and Cincinnati Country Day was second. There were four dual matches recorded. In the dual matches, St. John's Jesuit defeated Upper Arlington; St. Charles beat Solon and Kenston; and Westerville North defeated Westerville South. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

St. Charles
St. Charles - Click for Team Page

Matches among the Top Players included: Sycamore's Alex Taylor defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat St. John's Jesuit's Ryan Issa; Solon's Vlad Rotnov defeated St. Charles' Evan Yakubov; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan beat Solon's Luke Qin; St. John's Jesuit's Alan Fahoury defeated Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter; Cincinnati Country Day's Shashank Reddy beat Sycamore's Regis Liou; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Mason's Niraj Komatineni; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler beat Turpin's Grant Wendel; and Westerville South’s Jacob Kotik defeated Westerville North’s Daniel Mayotte. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is St. Charles. They are coached by Max Quinton. They are Team Members.

Click to read the article about the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic by the Enquirer's Mark Schmetzer.

More photos will be added soon. Check @OhioTennisZone on Twitter for photos from yesterday's Mid-State League Tournament.

The plan is to have the Central District Sectional Draw sheets online early in the evening. As the other draws come online, please send a Feedback or email.

SATURDAY, APRIL

Columbus Academy Beats St. John's Jesuit | Massillon Jackson Defeats Solon

Yesterday was a good day for tennis. Today looks soggy. There were 15 dual matches recorded from state-wide play. The Central District recorded 10 while the Southwest had three and the Northeast had 2. The Cincinnati area picked up where they left off on Thursday to continue with the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic Tournament.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Columbus Academy defeated St. John's Jesuit; Fairfield beat Badin; Gahanna defeated Hilliard Bradley; and Pickerington Central beat Westerville North. In other Top Ten action, Massillon Jackson defeated Solon. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Indian Hill
Indian Hill - Click for Team Page

Matches among the Top Players included: Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Solon's Vlad Rotnov; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu beat St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus; Sycamore's Alex Taylor defeated Indian Hill's Alex Warstler and Mason's Niraj Komatineni; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler beat Turpin's Grant Wendel; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated St. John's Jesuit's Ryan Issa; St Xavier-Louisville's Graff beat Centerville's Josh Giambattista; Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski defeated Solon's Luke Qin; Sycamore's Noah Stern beat Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Turpin's Andrej Novakovic; Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte beat Pickerington Central's Chase Pratt; Cincinnati Country Day's Shashank Reddy defeated St. Xavier's Peter Schulteis; and Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence beat St. John's Jesuit's Alan Fahoury. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Indian Hill. They are coached by Marc Young. They are Team Members.

The Sectional Draws take place at 2:00pm tomorrow. I always found the Sectional Draws to be one of the most stressful times of the year as everyone guessed who was playing singles and doubles. In the Central District, it was also a guess where each team would play. Feeling stressed yet? If not, you really should be.

Have any matches been omitted from OTZ? If you are a member, get those into OTZ asap.

I will be at the Mid-State League Tournament at Columbus Academy until the rain starts. St John's Jesuit (A) is at Upper Arlington and St Charles (A) goes north to play Solon and Kenston.

FRIDAY, APRIL

Upper Arlington Beats St. Charles | Bexley Defeats Dublin Coffman

There was some great tennis yesterday at the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic Tournament before the great storm arrived. Play will resume today. The scores from the Cincinnati tournament are in the team reports and in the player profiles.

There were 22 dual matches recorded from state-wide play. The Central District recorded 19 and the Northeast recorded three. The close, 3-2 matches included: Columbus Academy defeated Olentangy Orange; Hilliard Davidson beat Olentangy; Watterson defeated Westerville Central; Upper Arlington beat St. Charles; Jonathan Alder defeated Galion; and Teays Valley beat Fisher Catholic. Other notable matches included: Worthington Kilbourne defeated Hilliard Darby (with three 3-setters) and Bexley beat Dublin Coffman. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Bexley
Bexley - Click for Team Page

Matches among the Top Players included: St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Mason’s Phillip Krayterman; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated St. Charles' Evan Yakubov; New Albany's Joel Jose defeated Granville's John Purnode; Bexley's Shia Saar defeated Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin; Mason’s Sean Reid defeated St. Xavier’s Waqas Tanveer; Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen defeated Westerville South's Jacob Kotik; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta defeated Hilliard Darby's David Kim; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence defeated Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Schadek; and Bexley’s Fynn Sieckmann defeated Dublin Coffman’s Pratheek Gandhodi. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

The Cincinnati Enquirer continues to include feature articles in their main paper. Click to read this nice article about Indian Hill's Alex Warstler written by the Enquirer's Mark Schmetzer. Click to read the OhioTennisZone.com article about Warstler published on April 10.

Today's featured team is Bexley. They are coached by Mark Liefeld. They are Team Members.

In addition to the Cincinnati tournament, other matches include: Columbus Academy (H) versus St John's Jesuit; Centerville (A) versus St Xavier (Louisville, KY);  Marysville (H) versus Marion Harding; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Solon; and  Westerville North (A) versus Pickerington Central. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedule. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

THURSDAY, APRIL

St. Xavier Beats Indian Hill | Dublin Jerome Defeats Hilliard Davidson

There were 30 matches recorded from yesterday. The Central District recorded 17, followed by the Southwest with seven, and the Northeast with six. The close, 3-2 matches included: Pickerington North defeated Olentangy; Teays Valley beat Bloom-Carroll; Hartley defeated Reynoldsburg; Worthington Christian beat Watterson; Colerain defeated Fairfield; Dublin Scioto beat Pickerington Central; Dublin Jerome defeated Hilliard Davidson; Hamilton Township beat Fisher Catholic; Logan defeated Lancaster; and Village Academy beat Madison Christian. Other notable matches included: St. Xavier defeated Indian Hill; St. Ignatius beat Shaker Heights; and St. Charles defeated Olentangy Orange. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Worthington Christian
Worthington Christian - Click for Team Page

Matches among the Top Players included: St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Indian Hill's Alex Warstler; Sycamore's Alex Taylor beat Lakota East's Holden; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta; St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia beat Shaker Heights' Wilder Geier; St. Charles' Evan Yakubov defeated Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel; New Albany's Joel Jose beat Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin; Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen defeated Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru beat Pickerington Central's Chase Pratt; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder; Worthington Christian's Ben Kindberg beat Watterson's Ryan Mar; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated St. Xavier's Waqas Tanveer; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan beat Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps; Hilliard Davidson’s Chris Codogni defeated Noah Schneider; and St. Charles' Jack Dabek beat Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

The Team Membership and Individual Player Profiles should now all be setup. Please send a Feedback or email if yours is not.

Weather permitting, it is time for another road trip. I will be going down to the tournament with the world's longest name, the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic. To read more about the tournament, click to read Mark Schmetzer's article in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Today's featured team is Worthington Christian. They are coached by Justin Bays. They are Team Members.

The load time for the OTZ Home page is getting too slow. To increase the speed, the information from the end of last season will be deleted over the weekend. This information includes the OhioTennisZone All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team from last year. If you would like to read this information, just scroll down the page.

In addition to the Cincinnati tournament, there are numerous interesting matches. They include: St Charles (A) versus Upper Arlington; Columbus Academy (A) versus Olentangy Orange; Bexley (A) versus Dublin Coffman; Hilliard Davidson (A) versus Olentangy; Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Springboro; and  New Albany (H) versus Granville.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL

University School Defeats Kenston | Columbus Academy Beats Bexley

Yesterday's rainstorms were unpredictable and they led to numerous cancellations and rain-shortened matches. Turpin won the Eastern Cincinnati Tournament yesterday and Walnut Hills came in second.

There were 28 dual matches recorded. There were 13 results from the Central District, eight from Northeast, six from Southwest, and one from the Northwest. The close, 3-2 matches included: Westerville Central defeated Big Walnut; University School beat Kenston; Avon defeated North Olmsted; Hilliard Davidson beat Dublin Scioto; Stow defeated North Royalton. Other notable scores included: Columbus Academy beat Bexley; Hartley defeated DeSales; Worthington Kilbourne beat Olentangy Liberty; St. Johns Jesuit defeated Findlay; and St. Charles beat Watterson. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Kettering Fairmont
Kettering Fairmont - Click for Team Page
Many of the Top Players were active yesterday. They included: Kenston's Nico Mostardi defeated University School's Paul Gota; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus beat Elder's Bryce Wauligman; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Bexley's Shia Saar; Turpin's Grant Wendel beat Kings' Hunter Nosek; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru defeated Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter; St. Charles' Evan Yakubov beat Watterson's Chris Finissi; Hilliard Darby's David Kim defeated Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka beat Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta defeated Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do; St. John’s Jesuit Ryan Issa beat Findlay’s Ben Elbin. Those on court 2 included: Kenston's Austin Barr defeated University School's Drew Krantz; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni beat Dublin Scioto's Joseph Hill; and Bexley's Fynn Sieckmann defeated Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

All OTZ focus is devoted to getting solid, complete results prior to the Sectional Draws on Sunday and for completing Player Profiles for individual and team memberships. Coach members, please make sure that you review the End-of-Season (or Year-to-Date) Report to insure that all of your records are correct. This is a premium report, but you may click to view the report for St. Charles. Note that many coaches distribute this report to their teams as end-of-season momentos. This report is located under the Coaches tab.

Today's featured team is Kettering Fairmont. They are coached by Matthew Hughes. They are Team Members.

Tonight's matches include: St Xavier (A) versus Indian Hill; Centerville (A) versus Springboro; Dublin Coffman (H) versus New Albany; Mason (A) versus Oak Hills; Massillon Jackson (A) versus Perry (Massillon); St John's Jesuit (A) versus Sylvania Southview; Watterson (A) versus Worthington Christian. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedule. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

TUESDAY, APRIL

St. Xavier Beats Seven Hills | Moeller Defeats Anderson

There were 60 new photos added yesterday. These photos were taken during the time period between the beginning of the season to Saturday, April 23. Click to view the OTZ Top Ten Boys Photos. Sign-in first to view all of the Most Recently Added Photos. There is more information on photos below.

Top Photos
Sycamore's Nathan Zhang - Click to See Photos
There were 38 matches recorded from yesterday. There were 17 results from the Central District, 12 from the Southwest, and nine from the Northeast. The close, 3-2 matches included: Hilliard Darby defeated Pickerington North (with three 3-setters); Buckeye Valley beat Marysville (two 3-setters); Worthington Kilbourne defeated Olentangy (two 3-setters); Watkins Memorial beat Granville; Blanchester defeated Little Miami; Blanchester beat Little Miami; Fisher Catholic defeated West Jefferson; Batavia beat Western Brown; Grandview defeated Grove City; Kettering Fairmont beat Archbishop Alter; and Summit Country Day defeated Centerville-B. Other notable matches include: St. Xavier defeated Seven Hills; Olentangy Liberty beat Dublin Coffman; and Moeller defeated Anderson. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Among the top players, St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Seven Hills' Jacob Stavsky; University School’s Paul Gota beat St. Edward’s Aditha Jha; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta beat Olentangy's Stu Brdicka; Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter defeated Pickerington Central's Chase Pratt; and Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do beat Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

The Top Photos were chosen based on my preferences. These photos will typically include: great eye-on-ball concentration, great lighting, acceptable backgrounds (i.e. not port-o-johns), and a variety of strokes. Many of these photos will be replaced with other photos as the season progresses.

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Tonight is going to be a really big night for big matches. They include: Indian Hill (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; University (A) versus Kenston; Bexley (A) versus Columbus Academy; Hilliard Davidson (A) versus Dublin Scioto; Dublin Jerome (A) versus Olentangy Orange; St Charles (H) versus Watterson; St. John's Jesuit (H) versus Findlay; and Thomas Worthington (H) versus Wellington.

MONDAY, APRIL

OSU Undefeated in Big 10 | Turpin Beats Centerville

Ohio was back to perfect tennis weather yesterday. Many high school players and parents were once again at the Ohio State Men's match, watching Ohio State beat Illinois by the score of 4-0. Today's picture is of Watterson's Chris Diaz. Diaz was a D1 State Doubles Champion as a freshman, D1 State Doubles Runner-up as a sophomore; and D2 State Singles Champion in 2010 and 2011 (losing a total of six games in the tournament). (He red-shirted his first year at Ohio State.)

There was one high school match played - Turpin defeated Centerville. In that match Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Centerville's Josh Giambattista.

Teays Valley
Watterson|OSU's Chris Diaz - Click to Enlarge

The Top Players / Watch List have been reshuffled and new players have been added to each. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts. The Sectional draw is this weekend so these lists need to be as accurate as possible before Sunday.

There continues to be problems with the Cleveland area in that there are not as many scores being entered as in previous years. The Cleveland Plain Dealer score entering process has gotten more difficult but clearly some schools have figured it out. They include: Solon, University School, North Royalton, Brush, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, and others. Players, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and family friends want to see the results in the newspaper. Why are some coaches getting it done and others are not? Each of these scores should be considered an advertisement for that team (and for high school tennis overall). It used to be part of a coach's job to get these scores submitted.

OTZ Member coaches may submit their scores to OhioTennisZone for their entire team if any scores are omitted. To submit scores, please carefully use this format for a team entry:

4/24/2016
Turpin 3, Centerville 2
Singles: Wendel (T) def. Giambattista 6-1, 6-1; Novakovic (T) def. Valley 0-6, 6-2, 6-3; Caruso (T) def. Fullington 7-5, 6-4. Doubles: Kaskocsak-Dey (C) def. Muscatello-Lambert 6-2, 6-3; Holbrook-Murphy (C) def. Grossman-Borger 6-1, 6-3.

If a coach is not as engaged as he/she could be or if OTZ does not collect scores from your newspaper, parents may submit individual scores for their sons. Please use this format for an individual player:

4/26/2016
Westerville East 4, South Royalton 1
Court 2: Smith (SR) def. Jones 6-4, 2-6, 6-1

When not in "catch-up mode", please submit scores on the same day as the match is played.

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Matches tonight include: St Xavier (H) versus Seven Hills; Upper Arlington (H) versus New Albany;  Dublin Coffman (H) versus Olentangy; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Archbishop Alter; Worthington Christian (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne; and  Granville (A) versus Watkins Memorial.

SUNDAY, APRIL

New Albany Beats Mason | Sycamore Defeats St. John's Jesuit

It was a chilly start for the day, but the weather continued to improve throughout the day. OTZ went to New Albany to watch the New Albany versus Mason and the Mason versus Dublin Jerome matches. Even before stopping the car, it was clear that there were two heavy hitters practicing together - JJ Wolf and DJ Thomas. These two are among the top ranked juniors in the United States. Thomas is ranked 7th in the nation on TennisRecruiting.net as a sophomore and Wolf is ranked fourth as a junior.

Ohio State
Teays Valley
JJ Wolf | DJ Thomas - Click to Enlarge

There were six matches reported from yesterday. The matches included: New Albany defeated Mason; Wadsworth beat North Royalton; Pickerington North defeated West; Mason beat Dublin Jerome; Sycamore defeated St. Johns Jesuit; and Edgewood beat Carroll. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Among the Top Players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated Mason's Niraj Komatineni; Sycamore's Alex Taylor beat St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani; Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; New Albany's Joel Jose beat Mason's Charlie MacKenzie; Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated St. John’s Jesuit's Ryan Issa; and Mason's Sean Reid beat Dublin Jerome’s Noah Schneider. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

The Top Players Lists will be updated today. Photos from this season will also be added.

The Ohio State Mens team wraps up their regular season at noon today at the OSU outdoor courts.

SATURDAY, APRIL

St. John's Jesuit Beats Cincinnati Country Day | Olentangy Orange Defeats Worthington Kilbourne

The large crowd that attended the Ohio State Men's match versus Northwestern had a great time watching OSU dominate over a strong Northwestern team. The win gave OSU its eleventh straight Big Ten regular season title. The crowd consisted of past OSU champions (Peter Kobelt - 337 ATP ranking), high school teams and players, recruits (J.J. Wolf, John McNally, and Jacob Wareti), and a bunch of tennis enthusiasts. Northwestern had been undefeated in Big Ten play. The photos below are the OSU team with the Ohio players highlighted and the Teays Valley boys team.

Ohio State
Teays Valley
OSU Men / Teays Valley - Click to Enlarge
There were 13 matches reported from yesterday. The close, 3-2 matches included: West defeated Grove City; Olentangy Orange beat Worthington Kilbourne; and St. John's Jesuit defeated Cincinnati Country Day. Other notables matches included: Solon defeated Walsh Jesuit; Hawken beat Orange; and Centerville defeated Lexington. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Among the Top Players, Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu beat St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani; Solon’s Vlad Rotnov defeated Walsh Jesuit’s Ben Smith; Centerville's Josh Giambattista beat Lexington's Tommy Barkett; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru defeated Hilliard Darby's David Kim; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta beat Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel; Hawken’s Ryan Leizman defeated Orange’s Daniel Nwaozuzu; and Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter beat Marysville's Jevon Knox. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

There will be plenty of high school competition today. Lexington and Kettering Fairmont are hosting tourrnaments. OTZ will be at the Mason, Dublin Jerome, New Albany, and Hudson quad match at New Albany. St. John's Jesuit (A) will be traveling to Sycamore. In non-high school play, Walt Thieman's Upper Arlington Spring Open runs for the next two days. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

FRIDAY, APRIL

Aurora Beats Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

Even though playing conditions looked bad yesterday morning, numerous matches were still played. There were 19 matches recorded state-wide. Central had 13 and the Southwest and Northeast both had three.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Aurora defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; Hartley beat Madison Christian; Logan Elm defeated Bloom-Carroll; Elder beat Loveland; Gahanna defeated Granville; North Royalton beat Cuyahoga Falls. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Mason Tennis Team
Mason Tennis Team - Click to Enlarge

Among the Top Players, Wellington's Connor Biernat defeated Watterson's Ryan Mar and Bexley's Shia Saar defeated Grandview's Jay Huff. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Mason. They are coached by Mike Reid. They are Team Members.

Matched scheduled for today include: Massillon Jackson (A) versus St Xavier (Louisville, KY); Olentangy Liberty (A) versus Dublin Coffman; Centerville (A) versus Lexington; Marysville (A) versus Hilliard Davidson; Olentangy Orange (A) versus Worthington Kilbourne; St John's Jesuit (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; Mason (H) versus Seven Hills. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

The Ohio State Men's tennis team plays an extremely tough Northwestern team at 6pm.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL

Sycamore Beats Upper Arlington | Mason Defeats Indian Hill

Ohio finally gets relief from the perfect weather as the rain slowly moves in today. There were 47 matches recorded from yesterday. There were 20 played in the Central District, 19 in the Southwest, seven in the Northeast, and one in the Northwest.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Wellington defeated Olentangy Orange (with two 3-setters); Colerain beat Lakota West; Covington Catholic defeated Centerville (with three 3-setters); Logan Elm beat Logan; Mason defeated Indian Hill; Kings beat Lakota East; Reynoldsburg defeated Athens; Westerville South beat Fisher Catholic; Olentangy Liberty defeated Dublin Scioto; Marysville beat Kenton; Sycamore defeated Upper Arlington; and Central Crossing beat Franklin Heights (three 3-setters). Other notable wins included: Bexley defeated Olentangy; North Olmsted beat Olmsted Falls; and Hilliard Davidson defeated Hilliard Darby. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Wyoming Tennis Team
Wyoming Tennis Team - Click to Enlarge

Among the Top Players, Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Sycamore's Alex Taylor; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler beat Mason's Niraj Komatineni; Solon's Vlad Rotnov defeated Shaker Heights' Wilder Geier; Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru defeated Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do; Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen beat Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Bexley's Shia Saar; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel beat Mason's Charlie MacKenzie; and Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated Upper Arlington's Elliot Jones. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Wyoming. They are coached by Tony Brock. They are Team Members.

Matched scheduled for today include: St Xavier (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Olentangy Liberty; Olentangy (A) versus Worthington Kilbourne; and University (H) versus Solon. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL

Indian Hill Beats Seven Hills

On yet another perfect night for high school tennis, it was the biggest tennis night of the season with 52 results recorded. The Central District led the way with 27 matches, followed by Southwest with 17, and the Northeast with eight.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Worthington Christian defeated Granville; Fisher Catholic beat Circleville; Ross defeated Harrison; Westerville North beat Westerville Central; Bloom-Carroll defeated Hamilton Township; Walnut Hills beat Anderson; Edgewood defeated Talawanda; and Briggs beat Linden-McKinley. In other notables matches, one good hill was better than seven; Centerville defeated Kettering Fairmont; Dublin Jerome beat Dublin Scioto; Solon defeated Copley; Watterson beat DeSales; and Massillon Jackson defeated North Canton Hoover. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Anthony Kanam
Centerville's Josh Giambattista - Click to Enlarge

Among the Top Players, Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated North Canton Hoover's Bob Cross; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler beat Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams; Solon's Vlad Rotnov defeated Copley's Gavin Aten; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru defeated Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; Centerville's Josh Giambattista beat Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Granville's John Purnode; New Albany's Joel Jose beat Olentangy's Stu Brdicka; Thomas Worthington's Chris Chia defeated Marysville's Jevon Knox, and Watterson's Ryan Mar beat DeSales' Armando DiMichaelangelo. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

The Canton Repository's Jim Thomas wrote a nice article about Massillon Jackson. Note the mention about OhioTennisZone. Also note that this article is noted. Also note that Jim Thomas' Twitter handle is @JThomasREP because you know that you would like to follow him.

There are several "heavy weight" matches tonight. Matches include: Sycamore (A) versus Upper Arlington; Massillon Jackson (A) versus Kenston; Indian Hill (A) versus Mason; Hilliard Davidson (A) versus Hilliard Darby; Wellington (A) versus Olentangy Orange; and  Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Dublin Scioto. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

TUESDAY, APRIL

OTZ Top Players / Watch Lists Updated

It was yet another perfect tennis day. If this continues, San Diegans will move to Ohio for our great weather. There were 40 matches recorded from state-wide play. The Central District led the way with 18 matches, followed by Southwest with 14, and the Northeast with eight.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Watkins Memorial defeated Lancaster; Summit Country Day beat Anderson; Mason-B defeated Kings; Moeller beat Walnut Hills; and Badin defeated Northwest. Other notables matches included: Wellington defeated Pickerington North, Olentangy beat Pickerington Central; and St. Charles defeated Hilliard Davidson; Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Anthony Kanam
Top Players Lists - Click to Enlarge

Among the Top Players, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Granville's John Purnode; Hilliard Bradley’s Mitchell Thai beat Dublin Jerome’s Ryan Worthen; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan defeated Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott; Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Pickerington Central's Chase Pratt; Summit Country Day’s Calvin Spanbauer beat Anderson’s William Sultan; Kettering Fairmont’s Murad Nawaz defeated Lakota East’s Chris Holden; and Olentangy Liberty’s Jay Thankappan beat Watterson’s Ryan Mar.

The Top Players List and the Watch Lists have been updated. Again - all new players start out on the Watch Lists. Some will not be there for long. Click to view the Top Players Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Matches scheduled for today include: Centerville (A) versus Kettering Fairmont; Indian Hill (A) versus Seven Hills; Massillon Jackson (A) versus North Canton Hoover; Dublin Jerome (A) versus Dublin Scioto; and St John's Jesuit (H) versus Toledo Central Catholic. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

MONDAY, APRIL

Updated OTZ Top Ten Team Rankings

Spring breaks and poor weather caused the season to get off to a slow start. Now that most teams have several matches under their belts, it is time to re-examine the OTZ Top Ten Team Rankings.

The first step when creating the rankings is to find the "Rosetta Stone" teams who have played numerous other strong teams. For Division I, it is Massillon Jackson. They have played against the best teams in the state and those teams can now be compared, based on their performance against Massillon Jackson. St. Xavier has also played a large number of strong teams.

Matrix Report
Matrix Report for Jackson - Click to view report

The next step is to review the OTZ Matrix Report. This is a premium report, but for illustration purposes the report for Massillon Jackson is shown on the right. Note that the report contains: the scores, the percentage of games won, the division of each school, and the date of the match. Also note that this report is heavily "linked" so that it is possible to rapidly jump from team to team. Based on this information and the information for St. Xavier, the top five in D1 are: Massillon Jackson, New Albany, St. Xavier, Sycamore, and St. Charles. The next five are: Upper Arlington, Kenston, University School, St. John's Jesuit, and Mason. Note that New Albany beat St. Xavier in a close match on Friday.

OTZ Top Ten
OTZ Top Ten - Click on links in right nav
There is less information for Division II schools because many of the teams have not "traveled" as well as the D1 teams. Indian Hill is the best D2 "Rosetta Stone" school, but St. Xavier also helps decipher D2 since they have played Columbus Academy, Wellington, and Wyoming. On the top of the list for D2 is Cincinnati Country Day. They are followed by Columbus Academy, Indian Hill, Summit Country Day, and Seven Hills. The second five are: Wyoming, Wellington, Bexley, Hawken, and Ottawa Hills.

In some sports, the best teams "hide" from other strong teams until the end of the season. Thankfully, that's not the case in high school tennis. Team schedules are a great indicator of how strong teams are because the best teams seek out the other strong teams in order to get their players ready for post-season play.

As stated before, not all teams are at "full strength". Line-ups in April will not be the same as in May. The ranking lists largely reflect how strong the teams are now -- not as they are projected to be.

Feedback is somewhat tolerated, but please use the Matrix Report extensively first. Interested in using the report without paying? Do you pay for other services you receive? If you provide services to others (i.e. tennis pro, teacher, lawyer, doctor, electrician), do you get paid for your work? Stop being cheap and stop putting it off. Just sign-up. If you have a nice mom, note that an OTZ membership is a great early Mother's Day gift.

OTZ is still waaay behind but is finally getting even further behind more slowly. The priority list for the next few days is: update the Top Players Lists, provide access to those who have paid, get team photos online, setup Player Profiles, send a new ranking list to TennisRecruiting.net, and include action photos online. The Top Player Lists will start to change during the day today. Remember - all players start on the Watch List before progressing to the Top Players List. It is also difficult to assess players who have only played one or two matches. The Top Players List will include roughly 30 players before the end of the season.

There were two matches recorded from yesterday. Shaker Heights defeated Cleveland Heights and St Xavier-Louisville beat Cincinnati Country Day. Cleveland Heights' Fretes beat Shaker Heights' Wilder Geier and St. Xavier Louisville's Alex Wesbrooks defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu.

Westerville Central won the Raica Memorial Tournament hosted by Westerville South. Westerville North came in second.

Matches scheduled for today include: Dublin Jerome (H) versus Upper Arlington; Granville (A) versus Columbus Academy; Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Watterson; Wellington (H) versus Pickerington North; and Westerville North (H) versus DeSales.

SUNDAY, APRIL

Massillon Jackson Beats Upper Arlington and New Albany

Most of the state's heavyweight teams were in action yesterday. The Central District teams benefited from having the teams play in Columbus. There were 13 matches recorded -- eight in the Central District, four in the Southwest, and one in the Northwest.

The close, 3-2 matches included: New Albany defeated Kenston; Northwest beat McNicholas; Upper Arlington defeated Kenston; St. Xavier beat St. Charles; University School defeated Columbus Academy; and Cincinnati Country Day beat Walnut Hills. Other notables matches included: St. Xavier-Louisville defeated Sycamore; Massillon Jackson beat Upper Arlington; St. Xavier defeated Columbus Academy; Massillon Jackson beat New Albany; St. John's Jesuit defeated Ottawa Hills; and St. Xavier-Louisville beat Indian Hill. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

In tournament play, Hilliard Davidson won the Worthington Cup and Dublin Scioto was second.

Anthony Kanam
Jackson's Anthony Kanam - Click to Enlarge

Among the Top Players on court one singles: Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated New Albany's Robert Cash and Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus beat Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti and St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; Kenston's Nico Mostardi defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny and New Albany’s Robert Cash; St Xavier-Louisville's Drew Singerman beat Sycamore's Alex Taylor; St. Xavier-Louisville's Alex Wesbrooks defeated Indian Hill's Alex Warstler; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani beat Ottawa Hills' Tyler Gargas; University School's Paul Gota defeated Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti; and Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru beat Wellington's Connor Biernat.

The Top Players on playing court two singles included: Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski defeated Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter and New Albany's Joel Jose; Kenston's Austin Barr beat Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter and New Albany’s Joel Jose; St. Charles' Evan Yakubov defeated St. Xavier's Waqas Tanveer; University School's Drew Krantz beat Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence defeated St. Xavier's Waqas Tanveer; St Xavier-Louisville's Alex Wesbrooks beat Sycamore's Noah Stern; and St Xavier-Louisville's Drew Singerman defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel. On court three singles were Massillon Jackson's Anthony Kanam beat New Albany's Graeme Green and Upper Arlington's Jack Hughes; and St. Charles' Jack Dabek defeated St. Xavier's Peter Schulteis.

The Ohio State Women's Team plays today at noon at their outdoor facility.

SATURDAY, APRIL

New Albany Defeats St. Xavier | Kenston Beats Solon

Friday provided more matches than it typical does as teams continue to try to make up for the poor weather last week. There were 31 matches recorded. The Central District had 16, followed by the Southwest and Northeast with seven. The Northwest had one.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Dublin Jerome defeated Bexley; Dublin Scioto beat Hilliard Bradley; Badin defeated Mariemont; Kenston beat Solon; New Albany defeated St. Xavier; Sycamore-B beat Kings; Wellington defeated Olentangy Liberty; Whetstone beat Reynoldsburg; and Turpin defeated Lakota West; In another notable match, St. John's Jesuit defeated Perrysburg. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Francesca DiLorenzo
New Albany/OSU's Francesca DiLorenzo - Click to Enlarge

Among the Top Players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus; Kenston’s Nico Mostardi beat Solon’s Vlad Rotnov; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru; University School's Paul Gota beat Shaker Heights' Wilder Geier; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin; Bay's Adam Krueger beat Hawken's Ryan Leizman; Wellington's Connor Biernat defeated Olentangy Liberty's Jay Thankappan; and Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen beat Bexley's Shia Saar. Matches on court 2 include: Kenston's Austin Barr defeated Solon's Luke Qin and Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter defeated Dublin Coffman's Pratheek Gandhodi; and New Albany's Joel Jose defeated St. Xavier's Waqas Tanveer.

Make sure that you get to at least one of Ohio State's tennis matches. Both the women's and men's teams are incredible this year, and both have numerous Ohio players on their rosters. Today's featured picture is probably the best photo of the spring (so far). It is from yesterday's match against Illinois.

Many of the state's top teams are travelling today. Matches include: Columbus Academy (H) versus St. Xavier and University School; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Hudson; Indian Hill (H) versus St Xavier (Louisville, KY); Massillon Jackson (A) versus Upper Arlington and New Albany; New Albany (H) versus Kenston and Massillon Jackson; St. Charles (H) versus St. Xavier; St John's Jesuit (H) versus Ottawa Hills; University (A) versus Columbus Academy; Upper Arlington versus Massillon Jackson and Kenston. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

FRIDAY, APRIL

St. Charles Defeats Columbus Academy | St. John's Jesuits Beats St. Francis DeSales

It was yet another perfect night for tennis, and no, this comment is not getting old. There were 47 matches recorded from throughout the state. The Central District had 22, followed by the Southwest with 14, and the Northeast finally broke into double digits with 10. The Northwest had one.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Elder defeated Summit Country Day; Brecksville beat North Royalton; Lakota West defeated Fairfield; St. Charles beat Columbus Academy; and Granville defeated Teays Valley. Other notable matches included: St. John's Jesuit defeated St. Francis DeSales; Pickerington North beat Pickerington Central; University School defeated Erie Cathedral Prep; and Turpin beat Anderson. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Alex Heiden
Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden- Click to Enlarge

Among the Top Players, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; St. John’s Jesuit’s Rajeev Laungani beat St. Francis DeSales’ Gregory Leroux; University School’s Drew Krantz defeated Erie Cathedral Prep’s Joseph DeMarco; Elder’s Bryce Wauligman beat Summit Country Day’s Calvin Spanbauer; Dublin Jerome’s Ryan Worthen defeated Westerville North’s Daniel Mayotte; Centerville’s Josh Giambattista beat Beavercreek’s Brandon Chong; Bexley’s Shai Saar defeated Worthington Christian’s Ben Kindberg; and St. Charles' Evan Yakubov beat Columbus Academy's Drew Haffer. I'm a few days behind in getting Player Profiles setup.

The matches scheduled for tonight include: New Albany (H) versus St. Xavier; St John's Jesuit (A) versus Perrysburg; University (H) versus Shaker Heights; Hilliard Bradley (A) versus Olentangy Liberty; and Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Wilmington. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

THURSDAY, APRIL

Indian Hill Beats Summit Country Day | St. Xavier Beats Covington Catholic

It was another perfect night for tennis. More results than 40 were expected, but that was not the case. The Central District had 20, followed by the Southwest with 16, and the Northeast had only four.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Hartley defeated Groveport; Westerville Central beat Lancaster; Granville defeated Buckeye Valley; Edgewood beat Badin; Mayfield defeated Kenston; Sycamore-B beat Moeller; Hamilton Township defeated West Jefferson; Glen Este beat Bethel-Tate. Other notable matches included: St. Xavier defeated Covington Catholic; Indian Hill beat Summit Country Day; Olentangy Orange defeated Hilliard Davidson; and Lakewood beat Avon (with three 3-setters). Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Ohio Tennis News
Hilliard Davidson - Click to View Team Page

Among the Top Players: St. Xavier’s Andrew Niehaus defeated Covington’s Anthony Bosch; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat Olentangy's Stu Brdicka; Indian Hill’s Alex Warstler defeated Summit Country Day’s Jared Hochwalt; Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel beat Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan defeated Thomas Worthington's Chris Chia; New Albany's Robert Cash beat Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta; and Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni.

Today's featured team is Hilliard Davidson. They are coached by Steve DeDent. Hilliard Davidson is a Team Member.

The matches scheduled for tonight include: St John's Jesuit (H) versus St Francis DeSales; St Charles (H) versus Columbus Academy; Sycamore (H) versus Oak Hills; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Thomas Worthington; Indian Hill (H) versus Mariemont; and Pickerington Central (A) versus Pickerington North. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL

Sycamore Defeats Mason | Summit Country Day Beats Seven Hills

With 51 matches recorded, yesterday was the biggest match day of the season. Note that some teams are starting to play double-headers. The Central District had the most results with 25, followed by the Southwest with 17, the Northeast with eight, and the Northwest with one.

The close, 3-2 matches included: Watkins Memorial defeated Granville; Summit Country Day beat Seven Hills; Stow defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; Sycamore beat Mason; Talawanda defeated Northwest; Grandview beat West; and Archbishop Alter defeated Badin. Other notable matches included: Olentangy Orange defeated Olentangy; Indian Hill beat Wyoming; and University School defeated Hawken. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Beechcroft
Beechcroft - Click to View Team Page

The Top Players were busy. Sycamore's Alex Taylor defeated Mason's Niraj Komatineni; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler beat Wyoming's Chris Murray; University School's Paul Gota defeated Hawken's Ryan Leizman; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat Olentangy Liberty's Jay Thankappan; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru defeated Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte; Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel beat Olentangy's Stu Brdicka; Summit Country Day’s Calvin Spanbauer defeated Seven Hill’s Nicholas Williams; Marysville's Jevon Knox beat Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Wyoming's George Arenas;  Sycamore's Noah Stern beat Mason's Charlie MacKenzie; and University School's David Buchinsky defeated Hawken's Michael Lee.

Today's featured team is Beechcroft. They are coached by Daphne Hess.

The matches scheduled for tonight include: University (A) versus Massillon Jackson; Indian Hill (H) versus Summit Country Day; Bexley (H) versus Pickerington North; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Olentangy Orange; Granville (A) versus Worthington Kilbourne; and Mason (A) versus Lakota West.

TUESDAY, APRIL

Cincinnati Country Day Defeats Seven Hills | CVCA Beats STVM

Thankfully the weather is finally clearing because <obvious alert> boys tennis is really (really) far behind. Last year, the boys season had a miserable start and this year is now worse. There have been 152 matches recorded this year versus 209 during the same time period as last year.

There were only two matches recorded from yesterday. Cincinnati Country Day defeated Seven Hills, and in the battle against the initials, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat St. Vincent-St. Mary. Click to view the performance graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Ohio Tennis News
Ohio HS Tennis Articles - Click to View Team Page

Among the Top Players, Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams and Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla beat Jacob Stavsky.

As a new feature, OhioTennisZone is aggregating the tennis news from around the state into one report called Ohio HS Tennis News. Perhaps more than other sports, there is strong, state-wide interest in how other teams and players are performing. OhioTennisZone has had the results, photos, and analysis for years, but the news was scattered about on team pages. Now it is included in one spot. (Note that this report is positioned under the "Tennis Statistics / Info" navigational drop-down.)

The articles currently included are "season kick-off" articles, and OTZ tries to include as many of these as possible. As the season progresses, the number of new articles decreases until Sectional play begins.

Interested in providing OTZ with an article? The articles need to be "beefy" and they must include quotes from a coach and/or player. Since it takes OTZ time and effort to enter these, submitters will need to be OTZ Members. Not all articles submitted will be included.

Listing the upcoming matches has largely been a waste of time, but hopefully that will not be the case for the rest of this week. The matches scheduled include: Mason (H) versus Sycamore; Indian Hill (A) versus Wyoming; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Marysville; Dublin Scioto (A) versus Westerville North; Olentangy Liberty (A) versus Upper Arlington; St Xavier (A) versus Moeller; Pickerington North (H) versus Lancaster; Olentangy (A) versus Olentangy Orange. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

MONDAY, APRIL

OTZ Interview with Alex Warstler | Massillon Jackson Beats St. Charles

It is time for OhioTennisZone's fifth and final "pre-season" interview. This interview is with Indian Hill's Alex Warstler. Warstler is a Marquette recruit and a three-time state qualifier in singles. The conversation with Warstler took place on March 25.

Warstler got off to a later start in tennis than most high level players do. He started at age 12 partly because his family moved to Geneva, Switzerland for three years when Warstler was in elementary school. Warstler's father, Todd, had an assignment in Switzerland for Proctor and Gamble. Before he began focusing on tennis in seventh grade, Warstler played basketball, tennis, and soccer. As for the other members of his family, his mother, Deanne (Dunkle), played tennis for Centerville and for the University of Tennessee. Warstler also has two younger brothers. Ben is a junior in high school and Coleman is a seventh grader.

Alex Warstler
Indian Hill's Alex Warstler - Click to enlarge
Warstler is a math/science guy , and he has taken a rigorous course load at Indian Hill. He has taken seven AP classes, and as a freshman and sophomore, he took four advanced classes. Indian Hill has been on the Gerber Analytics' Top Academic Ohio High School Report for seven out of seven years, so he's ready for college. When asked about why he selected Marquette, he said, "I chose Marquette because the coaching staff is fantastic. Coach Rodecap is a great guy. They have the program that I wanted academically. I got into their six year physical therapy program, which I'm super excited about. Only 50 people get in out of 1,000 plus applicants… It was: the coaching staff, academic perspective, and the guys on the team... It was all those things combined. Plus it is a decent ways from home – it's not too far and it's not too close."

Other schools that Warstler considered included: Xavier, Valparaiso, UNC Ashville, Belmont, and Davidson. It came down to Xavier and Marquette, but Xavier was too close to home and they did not offer the physical therapy program that Marquette provided. The physical therapy program is a six year program with a three year undergrad. Warstler's "senior year" will be his first year in physical therapy.

Warstler played primarily in the high-level tournaments during the summer, playing in the US National Clay Courts and multiple "Closed" tournaments. He amassed an 8-20 record in his USTA matches. He is a TennisRecruiting.net 3-star with a 441 national ranking. He is rated 10.57 by Universal Tennis Rating, and he is currently ranked ninth on OhioTennisZone.com's Top Players List. His USTA wins included: Kenton's Parker Banning and Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence. He had a win and a loss to St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus. He also had a loss to Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti in the Midwest Closed.

Hampered by an injury, Warstler was not able to play tennis tournaments two months prior to the boys' tennis season. He's ready to go now though. His weapons are his forehand and serve. His favorite shot is his inside-out forehand. He estimates his serve to be in the 100-105 mph range. The biggest thing that he has been working on recently is his movement. He gained three inches to 6'1" over the summer so he's been working on drills to improve his speed and agility.

When asked about his individual goals for this season, Warstler replied, "I've set my goals pretty high. I hope to be undefeated and to hopefully win States [in singles] this year." Warstler has a talented teammate with Andrew Pregel who will be a contending force in post-season play. Warstler expects Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti, Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu, and Seven Hills' Nick Williams to be other contenders.

His team goals are equally high. Warstler stated, "I think our team is fully capable of: beating CCD [Cincinnati Country Day] this year since they lost Asher [Hirsh], making it to the State team [Final Four] and maybe winning the State team title as well. That is definitely a goal of ours but it is going to take many steps to get there." He also expects Seven Hills to be strong this year in the Southwest and Columbus Academy will be strong in the Central District. Indian Hill lost only one senior to graduation last year.

Outside of tennis, Warstler has been working with Buddy-Up Tennis. "I do Buddy-Up which is a community service where you teach kids with Down's Syndrome how to play tennis…. I've done that since my freshman year. It is every other Saturday from 4:00 to 5:30 at Harper's Point. I absolutely love it. I've been with the same kids for four years now and I've seen drastic improvement in their motor skills, capabilities, and communications, so it's an enlightening experience."

In his non-tennis time, he is an Instagram and Snapchat user.

Massillon Jackson Beats St. Charles

In dual match play on Sunday, Massillon Jackson defeated St. Charles in a tightly contested match. Jackson won the three singles courts and St. Charles won the doubles.

Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas defeated St. Charles' Evan Yakubov; Jake Zalenski beat Sam Sullivan; and Anthony Kanam defeated Jack Dabek.

Tonight's matches include: Bexley (H) versus Lancaster; Centerville (A) versus Oakwood; Columbus Academy (A) versus Wellington; Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Watterson; Sycamore (A) versus Lakota East; and Marysville (A) versus Hilliard Davidson.

SUNDAY, APRIL

Massillon Jackson Beats Sycamore | St. Xavier Defeats Upper Arlington | Mother Nature Tortures Boys Tennis

Every match recorded yesterday was a headline match as the state's top teams played dual matches and tournaments. The closest match of the day was the Upper Arlington versus Indian Hill match where UA won 51% of the games to win the match 3-2. The other matches in order of competitiveness were: Massillon Jackson defeated Sycamore; Indian Hill defeated Wellington; St. Xavier defeated Upper Arlington; and St. Xavier defeated Lexington. St. John`s Jesuit won the St. Edward tournament and New Albany was the runner-up. Click to view all of the graphs at Previous Day Match Results. Note that line-ups used in April are different than the ones used in May.

The biggest losers of the day were us as Mother Nature slammed Ohio with yet another cold, snowy day. Toledo received almost eight inches of snow and Cleveland got four. Make sure you take a camera phone photo of the weather conditions so when a girls tennis parent complains about their 47.2 degree temperatures in October, you can share your high school tennis weather experiences.

St. John's Jesuits
St. John's Jesuit - Click to View Team Page

Among the Top Players, Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Sycamore's Alex Taylor; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus beat Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny and Lexington's Tommy Barkett; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Indian Hill's Alex Warstler; Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski beat Sycamore's Noah Stern; Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; and Massillon Jackson's Anthony Kanam beat Sycamore's Nathan Zhang.

Today's featured team is St. John's Jesuits. They are coached by JD Davis and they are OhioTennisZone.com Team Members.

Click to read Toledo Blade's Steve Junga nice article about the St. John's Jesuits team. There was a minor error in that it was OhioTennisZone.com's Pre-Season poll to which he is referring.

There is a rare Sunday dual match today. Massillon Jackson (A) plays St. Charles at Elysium Tennis.

SATURDAY, APRIL

Springboro Beats Kettering Fairmont | St. Xavier Defeats Wellington

A few days ago, a "heat map" was used to show online activity. Today's map is the opposite of a heat map. There will be very little tennis activity today as matches and tournaments are canceled from throughout the state due to the cold and snowy weather. Click to view the traffic cameras in Cleveland to get a better understanding of their weather conditions.

Weather
Weather - Click if You Dare
Several teams went on the road to play teams from across the state. Only seven matches were recorded and at least several of these were played indoors. In the most competitive match of the day, Springboro defeated Kettering Fairmont. This match included three 3-setters. In other matches, Avon Lake defeated Lakewood; Normandy beat Brush; St. Xavier defeated Wellington; Indian Hill beat Lexington; St. John's Jesuit defeated St. Edward; and Centerville beat Miamisburg. Click to view all of the graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Among the Top Players, St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Wellington's Connor Biernat; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler beat Lexington's Tommy Barkett; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani defeated Aditya Jha; and Springboro's Jack Diehl beat Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz.

Look for a reply to your email today. Today will be a catch-up day since the tournament that I had planned to attend was canceled.

Matches today include: Indian Hill (H) versus Upper Arlington; Indian Hill (H) versus University School; and Massillon Jackson (A) versus Sycamore. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

FRIDAY, APRIL

St. Xavier Beats Turpin | Talawanda Defeats Harrison

After the mild winter and the nice, first week of this year's boys season, it may have made some wonder if the boys might have caught a break with the weather this year. Not so much. So far this season, 138 dual matches have been recorded. Last year was worse with 124 matches during the same time period (due to the near constant rain). During 2014 and 2013, 273 and 262 were recorded, respectively. For those who would like to switch seasons with the girls, they played 381 dual matches during their first two weeks of the season last fall.

There were only four matches recorded from yesterday. The breakdowns by District were: Southwest - 3 and Central - 1. The matches included: Talawanda defeated Harrison; St. Xavier beat Turpin; Olentangy Orange defeated Big Walnut; and Sycamore beat Fairfield. Click to view all of the graphs at Previous Day Match Results.

Centerville
Centerville - Click to View Team Page

Among the Top Players, St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Turpin's Grant Wendel; Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel beat Big Walnut's Jared Deel; and St. Xavier's Waqas Tanveer defeated Turpin's Andrej Novakovic.

Today's featured team is Centerville. They are coached by Scott Long. Centerville is a Team Member. (The team photo will be updated as soon as one becomes available.)

Matches today include: Indian Hill (H) versus Wellington; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Springboro; Olentangy Orange (H) versus Gahanna; St John's Jesuit (A) versus St Edward; and Worthington Christian (H) versus Village Academy. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

THURSDAY, APRIL

Sycamore Beats Cincinnati Country Day | University School Defeats St. Ignatius

Rain disrupted play in some parts of the state and eliminated it altogether in others. There were 13 matches recorded, but three of those matches were from the previous day. The Southwest District had 10, Northeast - 2, and Central - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Berea defeated North Ridgeville; Elder beat Milford; Amelia defeated Norwood; University School beat St. Ignatius; and Walnut Hills defeated St. Xavier-B. In another notable match, Sycamore beat Cincinnati Country Day. Click to view all of the Previous Day Match Results.

Hilliard Darby
Hilliard Darby - Click to Enlarge

Among the Top Players, St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia defeated University School's Paul Gota and Indian Hill's Alex Warstler defeated Anderson's William Sultan. Several of the matches among the top players were suspended before completion due to the rain.

Today's featured team is Hilliard Darby. They are coached by Scott Nickel.

Matches today include: Centerville (H) versus Miamisburg; Big Walnut (A) versus Olentangy Orange; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Olentangy Liberty; Hilliard Davidson (A) versus Thomas Worthington; New Albany (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne; Indian Hill (A) versus Covington Catholic; and Watterson (H) versus Wellington. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL

Dublin Coffman Beats Hilliard Davidson | St. Xavier Defeats Wyoming

Yesterday was a monster day for high school tennis with 48 matches recorded. The Central and Southwest Districts both recorded 20 each. The Northeast District had seven and the Northwest had one. The close, 3-2 matches included (sorted by game winning percentage): Chaminade-Julienne defeated Badin; Goshen beat Norwood; Teays Valley defeated Hamilton Township (with three 3-setters); Briggs beat Walnut Ridge; Dublin Coffman defeated Hilliard Davidson; Canal Winchester beat Westerville South; Northwest defeated Ross; Olentangy Liberty beat Thomas Worthington; Mentor defeated Brush; Oak Hills beat Colerain; Bloom-Carroll defeated Circleville; St. Edward beat Medina; Hilliard Darby defeated Westerville North; and Harvey beat Eastlake North. Fenwick defeated McNicholas, 4-1, and it also included three, 3-setters. Click to view all of the Previous Day Match Results.

Westerville North
Westerville North - Click to View Team Page

As stated before, the Top Players lists are influx. Players who are already on the list will be included in this edition (and future editions) of this paragraph when matches are competitive. Players whose names are listed in this paragraph but who are not on the Top Players lists mean that the players are "on the OTZ radar". Players who are Team Members or individual members will include links to Player Profiles.

Among the Top Players, St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Wyoming's Chris Murray; Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte defeated Hilliard Darby's David Kim; Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter defeated Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin; Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do defeated Thomas Worthington's Kia Dritz; Bishop Fenwick's Page defeated McNicholas' JD Daly; Lancaster's Colten Clark defeated Pickerington Central's Chase Pratt; and St. Xavier's Waqas Tanveer defeated Wyoming's Joseph Kelly.

Today's featured team is Westerville North. They are coached by Rob Carlson and they are also OhioTennisZone Team Members. Check out @OhioTennisZone on Twitter to see two photos from yesterday's match between Westerville North and Hilliard Darby.

Matches today include:Sycamore (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Lakota East; Bexley (H) versus Dublin Jerome; Granville (A) versus Lancaster; Hilliard Davidson (A) versus Watterson; and Beechcroft (A) versus Northland. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

TUESDAY, APRIL

Olentangy Beats Hilliard Bradley | Thomas Worthington Defeats Pickerington North

Now that almost everyone is back from spring break, there is cold weather. The Cleveland area had just one match and the Central and Southwest Districts had nine each. The tightly contested matches included: Batavia defeated Western Brown; Thomas Worthington beat Pickerington North; Badin defeated Harrison; Olentangy beat Hilliard Bradley; Elder defeated Anderson; and Hilliard Darby beat Marysville. Click to view all of the Previous Day Match Results.

Heat Map
Activity Heatmap -

Among the Top Players, Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas defeated Lexington's Tommy Barkett and Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Olentangy's Stu Brdicka in three sets.

OhioTennisZone activity is off to a brisk start. The image to the right is the amount of activity per area. A small dot equals a small amount of interest, and big, dark blue dots equal substantial interest. The Columbus metro area leads the way in activity followed by Cleveland-Akron, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Detroit. Ohio has the most interest, followed by Michigan and Florida. The Team Reports that are drawing the most activity are: Columbus Academy, Sycamore, Massillon Jackson, Dublin Scioto, and Kenston. This information is provided by Google Analytics.

Plans to include a team photo today did not materialize because of a weather postponement.

Matches today include:St Xavier (A) versus Wyoming; St John's Jesuit (A) versus Lima Senior; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Hilliard Davidson; Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Piqua; New Albany (H) versus Olentangy Orange; Thomas Worthington (H) versus Upper Arlington; Worthington Christian (A) versus London; and Dublin Jerome (A) versus Hilliard Bradley. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

MONDAY, APRIL

Previous Day Match Results - Analyzing Tennis Matches

OhioTennisZone is a data-rich site and it can be difficult to make sense of it all. Bar charts are one way to analyze data quickly and OTZ uses them extensively.

How to Graphs
Explanation of Graphs - Click to view

One of the most valuable reports that OTZ creates is the Previous Day Match Results. This is a key report that OTZ uses to analyze the performance of teams and individual players. "Data people", such as tax and investment professionals, can take one look at the report and understand the logic behind it. Others need a bit more help.

OTZ created a "How to" document last fall that provides an explanation on how to read these graphs and it includes numerous examples of matches that indicate great coaching and great players. It also includes a few, real-life line-ups that many would consider "questionable" because the players might not have been playing in the correct order. For those of you who are mathematics or economic teachers, consider using the report as a way to explain the value of bar charts to your students. This may also generate more interest in your tennis team.

Click to read the OTZ How-to for Analyzing Graphs.

It is also worthwhile to emphasize that the goal of OTZ is to not keep readers online for an extended period of time and to generate "page views" but to quickly convey tennis information.

Matches today include: Massillon Jackson (H) versus Lexington; Marysville (H) versus Hilliard Darby; Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Wellington; Thomas Worthington (A) versus Pickerington North; and Westerville North (H) versus Westerville South. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

SUNDAY, APRIL

Kenston Beats Sycamore | Massillon Jackson Defeats St. John's Jesuit

Teams that might see each other again in the OTCA Final Four played yesterday. Kenston defeated Sycamore; Massillon Jackson beat St. John's Jesuit; and Sycamore defeated Copley. Elder also beat Oak Hills. What we do know is that the matches in late-May often turn out different than the ones in April. To view all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Rohith Koneru
Scioto's Rohith Koneru - Click to Enlarge

Many of the Top Players were in action yesterday. They included: Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas defeated St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani; Kenston's Nico Mostardi beat Sycamore's Alex Taylor; Copley's Gavin Aten defeated Sycamore's Alex Taylor; Kenston's Austin Barr beat Sycamore's Noah Stern; Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski defeated St. John's Jesuit's Ryan Issa; and Massillon Jackson's Anthony Kanam beat St. John's Jesuit's Alan Fahoury. Click to view the Top Players in Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts. Note that things are still being sorted out on who is playing this year, who is injured, etc. These lists will be updated next weekend.

It is also worthwhile to mention that there is more information shown for OTZ Members on the Top Players lists than for non-Members. Years ago, the thinking behind these lists was that the players who benefit from them would quickly become paying OTZ Members. Unfortunately, that has not always happened so the lists have changed so that OTZ Members receive more benefit from them as thanks for supporting this web site. The analogy that works the best is the "coffee house" analogy. There are people who actually go to coffee houses, occupy a chair, use their wi-fi, read their papers, and then not buy anything -- at all -- nothing. Neither coffee houses (nor web sites) can function when "customers" don't pay. Please click to sign-up. If you were an OTZ Member last year, please email OTZ if you wish to continue being a member.

Many of the Division 3 players are making their college choices. Yesterday, Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru selected Case Western. Koneru will be joining St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani and Massillon Jackson's Anthony Kanam. Other Ohio player's on Case's team include: University School's Robert Stroup, Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple, and Springboro's Phil Gruber. Contact OTZ if you have made your college decision to play and that information is not included online.

Matches on Monday include: Massillon Jackson (H) versus Lexington; Marysville (H) versus Hilliard Darby; Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Wellington; Thomas Worthington (A) versus Pickerington North; and Westerville North (H) versus Westerville South. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

SATURDAY, APRIL

Olentangy Beats Thomas Worthington | Kettering Fairmont Defeats Oakwood

Most of the powerhouse teams were off this past week with spring break. Today marks the first day when the OTZ State Top Ten Teams get into gear. Massillon Jackson plays St. John's Jesuit and Sycamore goes on the road to play Copley and Kenston.

Jacob Wareti
CA's Jacob Wareti - Click to Enlarge
There were nine matches played yesterday. The Central District recorded six matches and the Southwest had three. Olentangy Liberty defeated Thomas Worthington in a tightly contested match. Liberty won 53% of the games in this 3-2 match. In other close matches Bloom-Carroll defeated Beechcroft and Bowling Green beat Hamilton Township. Kettering Fairmont defeated Oakwood in another notable match. In OTCA play, Bexley defeated Granville. To view all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Among the top players, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Lancaster's Colten Clark. The list of the state's Top Players will be reviewed at the end of next week.

Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

FRIDAY, APRIL 1,

Behind the Scenes at OhioTennisZone.com

A constant question encountered by OhioTennisZone is "What does it take to create the tennis web site sensation of OhioTennisZone.com?" Now all OTZ fans will know. [Editor's note: Today's special feature was created by the OTZ data center team. While this team may lack social skills, they are Excel savants and they have proved to be the most reliable of OTZ's employees.]

Data Center
Data Center @ 4:23am - Click to enlarge

The data center is fully staffed by 5:00am each morning as tennis data is gathered, filtered, arranged, and rearranged from the previous day's matches from throughout Ohio. Barring unforeseen issues, the data updates are completed by 8:00ET each morning. This group continues to work until 2pm and then they return again in the evening to start processing scores from coaches. Did you know that OTZ provides 40-50% of central Ohio's high school tennis scores to the Columbus Dispatch?

The writers start looking over the data technicians' shoulders about a half hour before they finish their work so they can get a quick start on how to insightfully shape the previous day's results. This irritates the data team. Some of the writers spend an inordinate amount of time trying to come up with humorous comments which are then removed by the Grammar Police / Militia. The "written" portion of each day's update is typically finished by 9am. Alert OTZ readers know that more twisted humor is included on the web site first thing in the morning before the grown-ups and Grammar Police arrive.

OTZ Grammar Police
OTZ Grammar Police - Click to enlarge
The Grammar Police / Militia arrives at niner point zeero minutes after the data team completes their work to begin reviewing the efforts of the writers. This group is fully militarized and they occasionally show up early to taser the data workers to keep them alert. They look, for the proper use, of commas. They hate semi-colons; and exclamation marks!! They also clean-up any humor attempts by the writers. They are disliked more than they are feared.

Because they reportedly stay late into the evening, the graphics department shows up at 11:45am and they break for lunch at noon. In addition to insuring that OTZ is one of the most stylish, hip, and mobile-friendly sites on the Internet, they are charged with font experimentation and readibility. They went on-strike a few years ago to protest the use of numbers on the web site - declaring that happy faces be used to depict losses and happier faces be used for wins. They reluctantly returned to work after they realized that OTZ's high bandwidth connectivity offered far superior viewing for cat videos in comparison to the bandwidth in their trendy, Short North apartments. The Grammar Police has reported that they leave work a few seconds after the data department leaves at 2pm. They will be the last ones to use the zip-line.

OhioTennisZone.com
OTZ Headquarters - Click to enlarge
The photographers are dispatched in the afternoon to capture exciting action photos (which are largely free of any humorous facial contortions) . The photographers want new, expensive gear each year despite not selling many photos. They know they will eventually be replaced with smart-phone wielding mothers when (or if) these mothers figure out how to take their smart-phone cameras out of "selfie" mode. Until then, there will be an oversupply of photos shared on Facebook of mothers looking into cameras at high school tennis matches.

Nuclear armageddon? No problem. Direct asteroid hit? No sweat. The OTZ staff will zoom off using a five minute zip-line escape to a secure, off-site location that is backed up by twin, plutonium-powered CAT Series NextGEN generators. These daisy-chained beasts produce 1.21 gigawatts of power that will be utilized to short-wave-wi-fi the results to eager Ohio high school tennis fans. To evenly distribute the load on the zip line, the data center team gets first dibs, followed by the writers, photographers, Grammar Police, and then precisely two minutes later, the graphics department. The Grammar Police have been ordered to immediately sever the zip-line after they arrive at the location.

Happy holiday. Now for yesterday's results...

The high winds and rain hampered play thoughout Ohio. The Central and Southwest Districts both recorded three matches and the Northeast had one. Matches included: Westlake defeated Hudson; Lancaster beat Newark; Centerville defeated Chaminade-Julienne; and Granville beat Hamilton Township. To view all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Today's matches include: Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Oakwood; Granville (A) versus Bexley; Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Beechcroft; Wellington (H) versus Whetstone; and Hamilton Township (H) versus Bowling Green. Click to view the List of Upcoming Matches. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

THURSDAY, MARCH

Hilliard Darby Beats Hilliard Bradley | Medina Defeats North Olmsted

The wind would have bothered many players, but there were 14 matches recorded from yesterday. Today looks as if it could be a damp day for everyone. The Southwest and Central District recorded six each and there were two matches from the the Northeast. The most contested matches included: Hilliard Darby defeated Hilliard Bradley; Felicity beat Batavia; Medina beat North Olmsted; and Worthington Kilbourne defeated Dublin Scioto. To view all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Bloom-Carroll
Bloom-Carroll - Click to go to Team Report

Among the top players, Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru defeated Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta and Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Hilliard Darby's David Kim.

Bloom-Carroll is today's featured team. They are coached by Rick Roland.

In general tennis news... Pickleball is a fun sport, but seeing tennis courts possibly replaced by pickleball courts is troubling. Click to read this article by the Cincinnati Enquirer's Marika Lee.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (A) versus Dublin Jerome; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Upper Arlington; Centerville (A) versus Chaminade-Julienne; Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Beechcroft; Canal Winchester (A) versus Dublin Scioto; and Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Thomas Worthington. Click to view the List of Upcoming Schedules. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH

Jerome Beats Worthington Kilbourne | Kings Defeats Anderson

It was a perfect night for tennis. Ponder that for a moment -- this is the boys tennis season and it's March. There were 17 match results from last night. The Southwest District led the way with nine; followed by Central with seven, and the Northeast with one. The most contested matches included: Dublin Coffman defeated Chillicothe (no individual scores provided); Blanchester beat Felicity; Hilliard Darby defeated Wellington; and Troy beat Kettering Fairmont. Other notable matches included: Dublin Jerome defeated Worthington Kilbourne; North Royalton beat Strongsville; Columbus Academy defeated Dublin Scioto; and Kings beat Anderson. To view all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Among the top players, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru; Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Hilliard Darby's David Kim; and Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen defeated Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta.

Columbus Academy
Columbus Academy - Click to go to Team Report

Columbus Academy is today's featured team. They are coached by Jeff Warstler. Columbus Academy is a Team Member so each of the varsity players receive Player Profiles and OhioTennisZone access. They are ranked second in OTZ's Pre-Season Top Ten Teams in Division II. Click to sign-up as a Team Member.

The Cincinnati.com duo of Scott Springer/Nick Robbe wrote numerous "season kickoff" articles for several Cincinnati-area schools. Links to these articles are included in the team reports (i.e. Indian Hill).

Enquirer reporter, Mark Schmetzer, reported on several of the top teams in the Cincinnati area. Click to read the article. To see where these teams are ranked in the OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten Team lists, look in the right navigation bar.

Today's matches include: Dublin Coffman (H) versus Olentangy Orange; Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Pickerington Central; Dublin Scioto (A) versus Worthington Kilbourne; Granville (H) versus Pickerington North; Pickerington North (A) versus Granville; and Watkins Memorial (A) versus Whitehall. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

TUESDAY, MARCH

New Richmond Starts Season with Two Wins

It's time for tennis results! There were three matches played yesterday from the Southwest District and one from Central. New Richmond starts out with the best record of the season by defeating both Blanchester and Amelia. In the other two matches, Colerain defeated Harrison and Logan defeated Logan Elm.

Marysville
Marysville - Click to go to Team Report

This is also the first day that OhioTennisZone has shifted to the 2015-2016 results. Except for the seven schools listed above, all of the other schools will have blank data. That will quickly change as teams return from spring break.

Marysville is the first team to be recognized this season. They are coached by Brian Ash. Marysville is a Team Member so each of the varsity players receive Player Profiles and OhioTennisZone access. Click to sign-up.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (H) versus Dublin Scioto; Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Logan; Dublin Jerome (A) versus Worthington Kilbourne; Hilliard Darby (H) versus Wellington; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Troy; Logan Elm (A) versus Unioto; Mount Vernon (A) versus Coshocton; Newark (A) versus Zanesville; Pickerington Central (A) versus Thomas Worthington; Pleasant (H) versus Shekinah Christian; River Valley (A) versus Kenton. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

MONDAY, MARCH

OTZ Top Players Lists

The OhioTennisZone Top Players / Watch List has been updated to exclude last year's graduates. The order is the same as it was at the end of last year. These lists will quickly change as teams sort out their line-ups and matches begin. The good news is that many of the top players play very competitive schedules at the beginning of the season so good comparisons should be possible soon.

Top Players from Central
Top Players from Central - Click to view
The number of Players on the Top Players List is expected to total 30 by the end of the season. Currently, the list includes 17 because 13 of the 30 players graduated. The number of players on the Watch Lists varies, but it contained 22 players at the end of last year. The Watch List now includes 13 players. Players of all abilities start out on the Watch List before they are ranked - even Francesca [no last name required] did.

Should your player be included on one of these lists? Have your coach contact OTZ. Coaches' input is always welcome -- not so much from aunts, uncles, etc., etc. (Players have been known to disappear from almost-ready-to-be-published Watch Lists after a suggestion appears via Feedback.) The goal is to have the Top Players Lists and the Watch Lists in great shape before the Sectional Draws take place on May 1st so there is no need for stress at the beginning of the season. While OTZ's lists are about high school performance, OTZ does subscribe to TennisRecruiting.net and Universal Tennis Rating to monitor USTA matches.

Does it help to become an OTZ Member? Not really. If a player is deserving, it might make it happen a tiny bit earlier in the season because ongoing review is necessary to maintain the Player Profiles. However, do not become an OTZ member if that is your angle; instead, become an OTZ member to show you are a smart and wonderful reader.

What happens if your player is really good, but OTZ has no information about him. Nothing happens. OTZ subscribes to and includes results from the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Columbus Dispatch. OTZ also accepts scores from member coaches and member parents for their specific player. If you live outside of the Columbus / Cleveland / Cincinnati "media footprint" and you want the results of your player to be on OTZ, subscribe.

There are currently lists for each of the four districts - Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. Click to view All of the players in one list. Note that the Northwest District is "on the bubble" for being excluded since there are only two players on the list from that area of the state.

Note that OTZ does and will process scores "after the fact" but this is a painful process for OTZ. Please get your scores in on the same evening as the match. This is also one reason why the price of an OTZ membership will increase throughout the season. If a player wants to join at the end of the season and immediately needs to have late scores entered, the membership price will be higher.

Match play starts out slow this week, but it will quickly pick up. Click on List of Upcoming Matches to see which contests are coming up. Please always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

SATURDAY, MARCH 26

No Matches Played -- Good Friday

The boys season typically has its starts and stops due to the weather and the timing of spring breaks. Many schools tie their spring breaks with Easter, and Easter can occur between March 22 and April 25. The last time Easter was this early in the season was in 2008 when it occurred on March 23. Last year, Easter was April 5. While the season will start off at a slower pace this year, there will not be a "spring break" interruption later.

Chris Finissi
Watterson's Chris Finissi- Click to enlarge
There are no matches listed on the schedule for today, but just in case, the Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch, and Cleveland Plain Dealer will still be checked tomorrow for any scores.

Today's picture of Chris Finissi was taken at a Bishop Watterson practice held on March 16.

Any questions? Please send a Feedback.

FRIDAY,

OTZ Interview with Rajeev Laungani

It is time for OhioTennisZone’s fourth pre-season interview. This interview is with St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani. Laungani is a Case Western Reserve recruit and a two-time state qualifier in doubles.

Joey Thomas
SJJ's Rajeev Laungani - Click to enlarge
Coach Jim (JD) Davis insures that St. John's Jesuit (SJJ) faces other strong teams by traveling throughout the state. Laungani stated, "It's hard to get competition in the city [Toledo] as Cincy, Columbus, and Cleveland teams can do, so it's good that we get that exposure before States to see what how the other teams look." Laungani also really enjoys the camaraderie that the team experiences on their van rides throughout the state. SJJ will be traveling three out of the four weekends in April, and SJJ has done this for Laungani's tenure with the team.

Laungani is a math/science guy and he has taken 10 AP classes at St. John's Jesuit. He will be ready for college. St. John's Jesuit (click for academic information) is another high-achieving high school and it has been listed on the Gerber Analytics' Top Academic Ohio High School list six out of the last eight years.

Other colleges that Laungani considered included: Johns Hopkins, Boston University, and University of Toledo. He visited both Johns Hopkins and Toledo. He selected Case Western because "It was not too far and not too close. ... I also really wanted to study engineering and Case is one of the best for that. And then [there is] the coach, Coach Todd [Wojtkowski]. I've only heard good things about him with improving players and improving his program. So, it's a combination of academics, closeness to home, and coaching."

His father's name is Raj and his mother, Bina. His brother, Dev, is a sophomore on this year's team. Laungani played travel soccer up until 7th grade and basketball until 6th or 7th grade. He would have liked to concentrate on tennis earlier but his dad encouraged him to stay with soccer an additional two years for the footwork benefits.

Laungani is a TennisRecruiting.net 3-star and he is ranked 368th among all U.S. seniors. He has a Universal Tennis Rating of 10.96. These results should place Laungani in a great position to contribute in Case's lineup next year. He was not as active in the most recent non-high school season as in previous years as he prepared for college, and his ranking suffered as a result. His USTA record was 8-11 over the last 12 months. His best TennisRecruiting.net National Ranking was 194th in 2014. Even though he was not as active in the summer, he will be ready for the high school season.

Laungani's weapon of choice is his forehand. He also prides himself in his movement. His favorite shot is his "forehand on the run." His current goal is to improve his serve consistency. The serve is currently in the 110 mph range.

When asked about his goals, Laungani's replied, "My first goal is for the team to win a State title, because I saw that happen right before I came in [at St. John's Jesuit] in 2011. I really want that for our team because it is so cool and I've seen Sycamore do it for the last two years. I know a lot of guys on the Sycamore team and seeing them have that emotion after winning just makes me want it that much more for our team." SJJ lost Kevin Brown (playing at Denison) and Trevor Majdalani (playing at Findlay) due to graduation but he expects last year's freshmen class to make solid contributions as sophomores.

His goal in individual play is to win States but he acknowledged that the competition will tough. Other players Laungani expects to have to deal with in D1 singles include: Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas, Sycamore's Alex Taylor, Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny, and Kenston's Nico Mostardi and Austin Barr.

Outside of tennis, Laungani likes to hang out with friends and watch sporting events. Laungani is regrettably a _ichigan fan. He uses Twitter and his handle is @rajeev_laung.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22

Many Team Schedules Now Online

Interested in going to a high school tennis match soon? Over 800 matches were added to team schedules yesterday. The sources for this schedule data included information entered by the coaches; schedule information added by OTZ on behalf of the coaches; and schedules retrieved from ThisWeekNews.com.

Change ScheduleCoaches who are OTZ members may add or change the schedule information on their own or they may email it to OhioTennisZone to be included online. Just sign-in and then click on the Coaches tab above to access the tools to Create and Modify Your Schedule.

There are numerous benefits of providing this information online. If your team needs more matches, it gives potential opponents an opportunity to reach out to you. It gives OTZ an opportunity to promote your upcoming matches. It gives fans an opportunity to schedule and come to your match.

So far, there is just one match scheduled for this week. Olentangy Orange plays a home match against Watterson on Friday.

Any questions? Please send a Feedback.

FRIDAY,

OTZ Interview with Joey Thomas

OhioTennisZone's third pre-season interview is with defending OHSAA Division I Singles champion, Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas.

Thomas is an Ohio State recruit and he is Ohio's highest ranked high school player on TennisRecruiting.net (5-star and 37th ranked among all U.S. seniors), Universal Tennis Rating (rating of 12.86), and he will start out as #1 on OhioTennisZone.com's Top Players List.

Joey Thomas
Jackson's Joey Thomas - Click to enlarge
He comes from a big family where he is one of seven children. Thomas credits his speed to his father, David, who ran track, played tennis and basketball, and swam. Mr. Thomas also played college tennis for Walsh. His mother is Jennifer. All of his brothers and sisters are also tennis players. Starting with his oldest sibling and sister, Ashley reached States as a senior in 2008, then Louie (States as a junior in 2009), Kelsey (States as a senior in 2011), Maria (Districts as a senior in 2014), Emily (photo) (States as a sophomore in 2015), and Danny (who has not yet reached States, but hey, no pressure). Louie Thomas (photo) is also the coach of the Massillon Jackson team.

Thomas played travel basketball, travel baseball, and he swam before concentrating on tennis in the sixth or seventh grade. He started playing tennis around four or five years old. He still enjoys playing basketball with friends.

When asked about his individual goals, Thomas, of course, wants to win the State title again but he added that "I really want to try to focus on really getting ahead in all my matches this year and not falling behind. I sometimes do that where I start out pretty slow." He also added that he wants to work on "staying focused on every single point, getting ahead quickly, staying with that lead, and finishing matches off before they go three sets. I want to be able to not just beat a kid but really take them down easily, so that's my main goal to get to a different level."

While Thomas has high aspirations for his individual play, he was even more determined about his goals for the team. "I really want the state team title this year. That is my main goal this year out of everything. Seeing how hard our team has worked. We play all year and everybody works so hard and everybody is so dedicated. And, we've all grown up together. There are teams out there who haven't known each other for their whole lives. It's just an unbelievable feeling when you look at your team and you've known them since we've been about four years old." This core group includes Anthony Kanam, Jake Zalenski, Mitch Sloan, and of course, his brother, Danny. He's also played different sports (i.e. travel basketball and baseball) with this same group.

Joey Thomas
Jackson's Joey Thomas - Click to enlarge
Thomas' final three choices for college were Ohio State, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and he visited each of these schools. He selected Ohio State because he "thought it would be the best fit." He really wanted the challenge that Ohio State presented. "It's the best tennis. I'd get an amazing education. It's two hours from home." He added that "the challenge of playing with such good players and having an awesome coach – there is nothing more that I can ask for." At this point, he is unsure if he will red-shirt, but he'll have a better understanding of where he stands once he gets to Ohio State. Right now, he is leaning toward red-shirting.

Academically, Thomas plans to major in business (perhaps finance) at Ohio State and he has already been admitted into OSU's Max M. Fisher College of Business. He also plans to go to law school. At Massillon Jackson, he took two AP classes - AP Calculus and AP Psychology. According to the Gerber Analytics Ohio Graduation Test results (2013-14), Jackson is yet another high performing Ohio high school.

When it comes to his tennis game, he views his speed and footwork as weapons. He's comfortable hitting from both wings, and his favorite shot is his inside-out forehand. Most recently, he has been working on his serve's speed and location and his return of serves. When he really connects with his serve, it is in the 115 mph range.

In his down time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing basketball, and watching sports. He rarely uses social media and he does not use Twitter.

During last year's high school season, he was 28-2 with losses to Kenston's Austin Barr and Nathan Griffin (now at Notre Dame). In the past 12 months of USTA play, his record is 42-11 with wins over Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai, Kenston's Austin Barr, and Sycamore's Noah Stern. He also had a loss against Kenston's Nico Mostardi. The Mostardi loss forced him to re-examine his mental approach to his game. He now stays positive during matches and he is forward-looking rather than dwelling about points he has lost. Has his new approach worked? So far. Since the Mostardi loss, he has won 21 straight matches against tough competition.

THURSDAY, MARCH 17

Columbus City League - GCTA Grant Recipient

While many schools in Ohio started playing tennis last week, the Columbus City League schools have been playing since mid-January. This is thanks to a grant provided by the Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA).

Columbus City League
Columbus City League Clinic- Click to enlarge

Both boys and girls attended these clinics. The number of players ranged from 18 (on snow days) to 30 during the program's eight week duration. Schools participating included: Beechcroft (boys and girls), Centennial (boys and girls), Eastmoor Academy (boys), Northland (boys), Whetstone (boys and girls), and West (boys and girls). Click on the picture above to view the players in more detail.

Olentangy Tennis Team
Whetstone's Winfield Slocum - Click to enlarge
This year's program was led by Karen Eldredge. Eldredge (shown on the far left in the picture above) is a tennis enthusiast and mother to a Whetstone / Columbus Metro graduate. Prior to Eldredge, the program was started five years ago by GCTA board member, Jim Scowden.

The sessions took place at Olympic Indoor. Olympic pro, Steven Ryuse, set up the drills (or stations), and Ryuse, the coaches, and other volunteers fed balls to the players. A popular addition to this year's program was that Eldredge awarded tennis-related prizes to players who won various drills (i.e. hitting cones with serves). Whetstone's Winfield Slocum (shown above) wore one of these "prizes" yesterday when practicing at Whetstone Park.

The GCTA provides grants to many deserving recipients. This grant totaled $1,740. For more information about grants, click on GCTA.net.

Please let OhioTennisZone know if other Ohio cities offer similar programs. For more information about Columbus' program, contact OTZ via Feedback to get connected to the best GCTA contact.

FRIDAY,

OTZ Interview with Alex Taylor

OhioTennisZone's second interview is with Sycamore's Alex Taylor. He is the defending Division I doubles champion.

Alex Taylor
Sycamore's Alex Taylor - Click to enlarge
When asked about his goals for this season, Taylor stated, "Our goals consist of [winning] the GMC championship and the state title. We are going for everything." When asked about individual goals, Taylor said, "We'd love to win both singles and doubles, but I will most likely be playing singles. Nothing is set in stone yet, but that is most likely what I will be doing."

Winning the singles title means out-gunning Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas, Kenston's Austin Barr, Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny, Kenston's Nico Mostardi, and St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani. Taylor also added that there are many others who could also be tough for him to beat. In team competition, his main concerns are Massillon Jackson, St. John's Jesuit, Kenston, Mason, and Upper Arlington.

To view Taylor's D1 Doubles Championship point with partner Nakul Narendran against Copley's Gavin Aten and Carlos Martinez, click the video to the right. In the video, he is serving the ball to Aten.

Taylor has played tennis since he "could hold a racquet - since 3-4 years old." He also dabbled in soccer until the 6th or 7th grade. His older sister, Olivia, also played tennis. She is currently at medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Taylor's father name is Chuck and his mother is Meicheng.

His club in Cincinnati is Harpers' Point. Others playing at the club include Caty and John McNally, Sycamore's Alexa Abele, Mason's Niraj Komatineni, and King's Hunter Nosak and Alex MacNeal. His pro is Lynn McNally, who is Caty and John's mother.

Even though the college mascot is a purple cow, there were actually other reasons why Taylor selected Williams College. Taylor stated, "I was considering a lot of the schools up there including Amherst and Middlebury. I was [also] looking at John Hopkins, but Williams was just pretty much a perfect fit in terms of campus size. The people were so close-knit and so nice and the academics are the best you can get. It was amazing." Taylor is a math / science guy and he likes physics and computer science. He plans to major in computer science, but he also liked Williams because he thought it would help make him a "well-rounded individual." It also did not hurt that there is another kid from Sycamore named Deepak (no last name necessary) who attends Williams. Taylor said that Deepak really enjoys the university and respects its academics. Taylor also mentioned that the Williams campus reminded him of where he grew up near Yellow Springs, Ohio, which he really liked. He considered playing Division I tennis but the academics were the most important consideration for him.

Taylor has been blessed with good-hand eye coordination and has been working on his consistency. He believes that he can come through with a good shot when it is crunch time. He has also worked on his conditioning in the off-season. When it is time for an OTZ action photo this spring, Taylor has chosen his "backhand" stroke.

He is buckling down on his studies after getting off to a slow start in high school academics. Taylor has a "stacked course load." There is no time for senioritis because he is taking five AP classes including: AP Physics; AP Statistics; AP Calculus; AP English, Literature and Composition, and AP Government. He is also taking Advanced Topics in Computer Science. While he is very proud of himself for "digging himself out of a hole" that he created during his freshman and sophomore year, his warning to freshmen and sophomores is "don't create that hole." Taylor will be ready for college thanks to Sycamore's strong academic tradition. Click to view Gerber Analytics' Ohio Graduation Test analysis for Sycamore.

Taylor had stellar results in last year's high school season. He did not actually have a won-loss record because he did not have any losses. He won all of his 25 singles and 11 doubles matches. Since last year's States, he has gone 13-8 in USTA play. He is a TennisRecruiting.net 4-star and he has a UTR of 12.40. His USTA results include wins over St. Charles' Evan Yakubov, Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski, and Gahanna's Cameron Raglin (now at Amherst). He has had losses to Jackson's Joey Thomas and Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch (now at Illinois).

When he's not playing tennis or studying, he likes playing his guitar and ukulele, and hanging out with friends. He uses Twitter and social media, but "less than the average teenager." His Twitter handle is @Ataysian.

There is no report on whether the Williams Purple Cows instill fear in vegan or lactose intolerant opponents, but there are a couple of kids from Sycamore who might.

THURSDAY,

Ohio High School Tennis Players in Collegiate Matches

The Ohio State Women's Team played against the teams from University of Dayton and University of Cincinnati yesterday. When possible, OTZ stops by the OSU courts to take photos of ex-Ohio high school players.

Lauren Bellinger Kenston's Mandy Marchant
Portsmouth's Ali Miller Sandy Niehaus

Lauren Bellinger is now with the University of Cincinnati. She played for Dublin Jerome. She was the D1 State doubles champion in 2011 with her partner, Sarah Stein. Bellinger and Miller teamed up to beat OSU at first doubles yesterday.

Mandy Marchant is a Kenston graduate. She played on court 5 for Dayton yesterday. Marchant was a State qualifier in doubles in all four years of high school (2009 - 2012).

Portsmouth's Ali Miller played in the OHSAA finals in 2013. She was a 4x State qualifier. She is now playing court one singles and doubles for Cincinnati.

Sandy Niehaus was a Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame graduate before coming to Ohio State. She was the D1 State singles champion in 2010 and she reached the State finals in 2011 and 2012. Her brother, Andrew, currently plays for St. Xavier, and her sister, Kelli, plays for Mount Notre Dame.

WEDNESDAY,

OTCA Tournament Draws Now Online

The OTCA draws were completed during the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Meetings / Clinics on February 28. OhioTennisZone has OTZ-ized these draws to include team photos and easy access to results and photos. Fans may also quickly move from district to district using the navigational links in the upper right hand corner of each draw.

OTCA Draws
OTCA Draws - Click to go to the draws
The number of tournament participants is down almost 13% from last year. This year, 129 teams are participating, and last year, there were 148.  The breakdowns by District are:  Central – 28 (29); Northeast – 36 (48); Northwest – 30 (29); and Southwest – 35 (42).  Last year's numbers are in parentheses.  It is unclear why there is less interest this season. With approximately 400 teams participating in OHSAA tennis, this means that 32% of the teams play in the OTCA tournament. There were 134 girls teams who participated in the fall.

The link to the draws will remain at the top of this page all season. When an OTCA match is played, please submit a Feedback to share the results with the rest of the fans.

TUESDAY,

OTZ Pre-Season Division II Top Ten Teams

The OTZ Division II Top Ten Teams list is more difficult to create because there is less information about many of the teams. Nevertheless, it is listed below.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten D2
Boys Tennis Teams
Pre-Season
Division II
1. Cincinnati Country Day
2. Columbus Academy ◄TEAM
3. Indian Hill ◄TEAM
4. Seven Hills
5. Wellington School ◄TEAM
6. Bexley
7. Hawken
8. Granville
9. Miami Valley School
10. Ottawa Hills
Note that there is additional detail for players with high-lighted links. The "Team" graphic now identifies those teams with "Team Memberships". All of their players have Player Profiles (or soon will have). Special thanks to OTZ's highly creative and talented graphics department for coming up with this clever "Team" image to replace the "wiggly" blue star. More of the Top Ten teams are expected to acquire team memberships soon.

Cincinnati Country Day leads the list again this season, but their road to the championship will be bumpier this year. CCD graduated Asher Hirsch (now at Illinois), but they return Kevin Yu, Vishaal Nalagatla, and Shahell Mitra. They also pick up Shashank Reddy.

Columbus Academy returns Ohio State recruit, Jacob Wareti. (Refer to the February 24 OTZ interview below.) Other returning players include Austin Lawrence, Eric Min, and Hirsh Hede. Lawrence just won the Elysium Compass Draw Tournament this past weekend. Columbus Academy also picks up Drew Haffer.

Other schools have strong 1-2 punch players but not as much depth as Cincinnati Country Day and Columbus Academy, and they certainly do not have as much depth as the Division I teams. Again, note that University School moved to Division I.

OTZ likes Indian Hill as the third Top Ten team. Marquette recruit, Alex Warstler, returns and so does Andrew Pregel. Other contributors include Durham Colohan and Rohit Musti.

Seven Hills picks up sophomore, Nicholas Williams, who was injured last year. Jacob Stavsky also returns. Seven Hills lost their State doubles team, Henry Chavez and Arjun Dheenan to graduation.

Columbus' Wellington School returns state qualifier, Connor Biernat, on court one. Kolapo Dairo is back and so is his brother, Temidayo. Nick Sweeney graduated and he is playing for Haverford.

Bexley is going to have one of their stronger teams this season. Returning players include: Shia Saar, Mark Nudelman, Cody Rawlings, and Josh Meyer. Fynn Sieckmann, a foreign exchange student, will also be a strong contributor.

Hawken should be the top team from the Northeast District. Ryan Leizman returns and so does Michael Lee and Josef Horwath.

Junior John Purnode returns to Granville. Other contributors include: Duncan Penland, Jack Bain, and Matthew Jardell.

The next two teams have very limited information available but both should be strong in their District.

Miami Valley is the ninth pick.

Ottawa Hills returns Tyler Gargas, who played doubles at States with his brother, Matt. Do schools with "Hill" or "Hills" in their school name enable their tennis players to perform at a higher level? We will all find out soon.

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

MONDAY,

It's Here

Wait no longer - the boys high school tennis season has officially started. This is the first day of coaching and match play will begin on March 25. Other important tennis dates to include on refrigerator calendars are: April 11 - Non-interscholastic competition no longer permitted; May 1 - Sectional Tournament draw date; May 9-14 - Sectional Tournament; May 16-21 - District Tournament; May 27-28 - States; and May 29 - Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Tournament.

This year's official season kick-off video (/ slideshow) includes may of the players who have competed at States over the last two years. Feel free to crank up the volume at your work or school to help those around you understand that it is now tennis season. It features the music by Columbus' own twenty one pilots. It is far more fun to use popular music, but as a condition of using it, YouTube includes its own ads. That advertising revenue is shared with the artists rather than with OhioTennisZone. Feel free to share this video with your friends via Twitter. For those who are not avid followers of the girls tennis season, click to see their OTZ 2015 season wrap-up video.

This is the awkward time of the year for the web site because it includes players who have graduated, and it has results from the 2014-15 season. There are two reasons for doing this. Fans like to see how teams are affected by graduates, and the older results "fill out" the web site until the new results arrive. Note that there is no need for coaches to remove the 2015 graduates because that information will automatically be removed by OTZ soon.

Pricing will be a bit different this season. In previous years, there was a higher price ($27.95) to enable fans to see the boys information, and the girls' upcoming 2016 season. Now anyone who is a boys season subscriber may see that information. The $19.95 individual price moves to $20.95 - for now. But... that price will increase throughout the season. Other than simply punishing procrastinators, there is a reason for this. As the season progresses it requires more time to add players because their previous results have to be reviewed and often altered for Player Profiles. This is an amazingly time consuming process and the timing often occurs when it is the busiest time of the season. The early birds benefit from having their information online sooner and by paying a lower price. Click to Sign-up.

Jillian Milano
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Team Memberships will remain $99 for the season. For those considering purchasing an individual membership, please double check with your coach to insure that he/she is not purchasing a team membership. For generous business-people parents, there is a way to get your team a Team Membership and advertise on OhioTennisZone.com. Click to see the right-hand navigation bar on the Carroll team page for an example. It is an insanely good deal. To request more information, provide your information via Feedback.

The links between TennisRecruiting.net link and OhioTennisZone will continue this season. Those links have proved to be a popular way to share high school results along with USTA match information.

The next OTZ player interview going online will be of Alex Taylor. The interview with Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti was posted on February 24. OTZ plans to interview five seniors this season.

FRIDAY,

OTZ Pre-Season Division I Top Ten Teams [Revised]

The boys tennis season starts on March 7 so it really is time to get engaged. It is also time for the OTZ Pre-Season Division I Top Ten Teams list. OTZ was two for two for the girls season, picking both Dublin Jerome and Hathaway Brown as the winners for D1 and D2, respectively. OTZ was also two for two for last year's boys season picking both Sycamore and Cincinnati Country Day. This season, it's tougher.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten D1
Boys Tennis Teams
Pre-Season
- 3/1/2016
Division I
1. Massillon Jackson ◄TEAM
2. Sycamore ◄TEAM
3. Upper Arlington ◄TEAM
4. New Albany
5. Kenston
6. University School
7. St. Charles ◄TEAM
8. Mason ◄TEAM
9. St. Xavier
10.St. John's Jesuit ◄TEAM
Other Olentangy Orange, Dublin Jerome
Please refer to the table to the right for the OTZ Top Ten. There is additional detail for players with high-lighted links. Teams with the blue-stars to the right of their names are "Team Members" and information is available for all of their players (or soon will be).

Massillon Jackson leads the list. They have a very strong one, two, three punch with OSU recruit, Joey Thomas (State Singles Champion), Jake Zalenski (State Doubles Fourth Place and Kenyon recruit), and Anthony Kanam (State Doubles Fourth Place and Case Western recruit). They also have reasonable depth in doubles with Wesley Piekarski, Danny Thomas, and Mitch Sloan. They lost Mark Dickerhoof to graduation.

Sycamore was a relatively easy choice last year to lead the list, but they lost Deepak Indrakanti (State Singles Runner-up and now at Williams), State Doubles Champion Nakul Narendran (now at John Hopkins), Alex Wittenbaum (now at Marian), and Aditya Venkitarama to graduation. They still have Alex Taylor (State Doubles Champ and Williams recruit), Noah Stern (2x State Doubles Qualifier), Regis Liou, Nathan Zhang, and incoming freshman, Alex Karev. Sycamore has a ridiculous amount of depth, but Jackson's top three singles might nullify that depth.

Now things get more complicated. Upper Arlington gets the nod with their strong core of singles and doubles players. They return: Jack Zelezny, Eric Hunter, Jack Hughes, and Alex Hulka. They lost Tyler Holsopple (now at Case Western), Will Lahrmann, and Anthony Yang to graduation.

On paper, New Albany could win it all, but incoming freshmen can be a wildcard. New Albany returns Graeme Green, Noah Fox, and Harrison Lippy. They also get two highly rated freshmen, Robert Cash and Joel Jose. Graduates include OSU's Alex Kobelt, Loyola's C.J. Cash, and Nick Blair.

Unbeknown to OhioTennisZone until the OTCA Clinic, Kenston picked up Nico Mostardi from Avon during the off season. This gives Kenston a powerful 1, 2, 3 with Austin Barr, Mostardi, and Parker Banning. This is also a team that could win it all.

University School would have been a favorite to win Division II, but they are now in Division I. They return Paul Gota, Tyler and Drew Kranz, and David Buchinsky. Rob Stroup graduated and he is now playing for Case Western.

St. Charles has one of their strongest teams in years. Their team includes: Evan Yakubov, Sam Sullivan, Jack Dabek, and Vinh Thai. St. Charles lost just one player to graduation, Connor Yakubov (Emory golf).

Mason lost Nadim Boulos to graduation, but they have really good depth. Experienced players returning include: Sean Reid, Charlie MacKenzie, Charlie Yu, Vishnu Srinath, Philip Krayterman, and Shashank Singuri. They pick up freshman, Niraj Komatineni.

St. Xavier returns two time State qualifier, Andrew Niehaus. Other players returning include: Peter Schulteis, Waqas Tanveer, and Neil Bostick.

St. John's Jesuit has finally run out of Brown's. Both Kevin and Ryan are now playing for Denison. Trevor Majdalani is playing for Findlay. Rajeev Laungani returns on court one and so do Ryan Issa and Alan Fahoury.

Others: Olentangy Orange has a very strong singles line-up of Jonathan Zhuravel and Jordan Phelps. They also return Malcom Low. Dublin Jerome has a strong 1, 2 with Ryan Worthen and Noah Schneider.

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

WEDNESDAY,

OTZ Interview: Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti

OhioTennisZone.com has long had match results, photos, and analysis. It is time for something new. OTZ will be interviewing the top Ohio senior boys before the season begins, and the first interview is with Jacob Wareti of Columbus Academy.

Schottenstein/Wareti
State Dubs Champs in 2013: Schottenstein / Wareti - Click to enlarge

Wareti teamed up with Abram Schottenstein as a freshman to get a state championship in D2 dubs, and his goals for this year will not surprise tennis fans. When asked, Wareti stated his goals for this year are, "Win an individual and a team state championship but take it one match at a time." That's no surprise given that Columbus Academy has been the runner-up in the State Team Championship three times during Wareti's tenure and he finished as a runner-up to Mason Dragos in last year's singles finals. It will not be an easy task with other strong contenders in D2 singles. They include: Wellington's Connor Biernat, Indian Hill's Alex Warstler and Andrew Pregel, Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu, and Seven Hill's Nick Williams. Other strong D2 teams include: Cincinnati Country Day and Indian Hill.

GCTA Award
GCTA Award Winners for 2015 - Click to enlarge

When asked how long he has been playing tennis, Wareti replied, "The first time that I ever picked up a racquet was when I was probably around six or seven [years old] but I didn't take it seriously until I was nine or ten." Wareti's parents played some tennis, but his official start was when his brother, Matt, found the racquets and they decided to go out and play. Wareti also played basketball in a rec league but he stopped after eighth grade so that he could concentrate on tennis. Wareti's older brother, Matt, is a 2012 Bexley graduate and he reached States in doubles in 2009 and singles in 2012, where he finished fourth. Both Jacob and Matt have received the Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA) Junior Boy Player of the Year Awards.

GCTA Award
Wareti at States in 2015 - Click to enlarge

Wareti prides himself in his all court game. He relies on his consistency and his serve. His serve has been clocked in the 115 to 120 mph range. When asked which tennis stroke he wanted in an OTZ picture this season, it was not a clear cut decision, but he settled with "backhand."

Wareti will play collegiately for Ohio State. He chose OSU over Xavier, Valparaiso, and Michigan State after visiting each school. He liked OSU for several reasons including: it has strong academics in his major; he likes the guys on the team, and it is close to home. There is a good possibility that he will red-shirt his freshman year just as many other Ohio players have.

He is math-science guy rather than liberal arts, and he hopes to go into health sciences at Ohio State. Wareti would like a vocation in the medical field when he graduates and that could mean that he takes a pre-med, rehabilitation, or physical therapy track at OSU. Wareti took eight AP courses while at Columbus Academy and he is currently taking his favorite course, AP Chemistry. Wareti will certainly be ready for college after attending Columbus Academy. During the 2013-14 school year, Columbus Academy ranked seventh in Ohio on the Gerber Analytics, LLC analysis of those schools taking the Ohio Graduation Test (above link goes to Gerber Analytics).

Wareti uses OhioTennisZone and TennisRecruiting.net to follow the sport. He was also familiar with Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). Wareti is currently a four-star in TennisRecruiting.net system and he has an 11.48 UTR. Universal Tennis Rating is a rather new service that rates all active players on the same scale regardless of their age and gender. Wareti's rating compares favorably with the other state contenders listed above. Tennis players are accustomed to playing in clinics with players of different ages and genders. Since UTR lists ratings for Francesca Di Lorenzo of 11.98 and Alle Sanford with 11.54, Wareti agreed that matches with either Di Lorenzo or Sanford would be close matches.

Wareti's record last year was 25-3, with two regular season losses (Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino and Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti). In the post-season, he was defeated in the state final by Lexington's Mason Dragos. Wareti's USTA record (according to TennisRecruting.net) over the last 12 months is 35-25. Recent wins over Ohio players include: Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino, Solon's Vlad Rotnov, and Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski. He has had recent losses against Kenton's Austin Barr and University School's Paul Gota. When he is not studying or playing tennis, he enjoys being with friends and family and watching sports and NetFlix. His Twitter handle is @jacobwereready. Click to view his TennisRecruiting.net and OhioTennisZone.com profiles.

THURSDAY,

Ohio High School Athletic Association News

OhioTennisZone attends many of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) meetings and the most recent one was held on January 21. While tennis is certainly the main interest for OTZ, it is worthwhile to understand what else is going on with the other Ohio high school sports.

OHSAA Tennis Tournament Attendance and Revenue
Season
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
Girls                  
Attendance
1,275
1,164
1,172
1,100
1,206
1,101
1,302
1,321
1,232
Profit (Loss)
($9,155)
($10,330)
($8,699)
($5,967)
($2,845)
($5,388)
($4,146)
($4,146)
($2,181)
Boys                  
Attendance  
1,359
1,475
1,621
1,090
1,078
1,141
1,273
1,278
Profit (Loss)  
($9,029)
($6,479)
$794
($5,478)
($2,373)
($5,674)
($1,947)
($5,094)
Like many of the OHSAA state tournaments, tennis loses money for the OHSAA. The state tennis tournament is largely attended only by parents, grandparents, and siblings, and this keeps the attendance numbers lower than what many of the other sports experience. The most profitable sports for the OHSAA are Football, Boys Basketball ($758,026 profit in 2015), and Wrestling ($170,230 profit in 2015). Other non-profitable sports include Golf (loss of $23,816 in 2015) and Swimming | Diving ($12,704 loss in 2015).

The 2015 Girls State Tournament edged a bit closer to break-even during the girls tournament last fall because the location change to the Lindner Family Tennis Center lowered expenses. The lack of rain also enabled the tournament to avoid paying indoor court time fees. Attendance and profit (loss) numbers are included in the above chart.

To break even, only 275 more fans needed to attend the girls tournament. When considering that Cincinnati (Mason) is a hotbed of tennis, given its long time support of the Western & Southern Tennis Tournament, that should not be an issue. To get more fans, one major change needs to be considered. If you have ever attended an OHSAA basketball game, you know that a large number of "casual fans" with no affiliation to any team attend the tournaments in droves. There are also casual high school tennis fans, and a common question from them is "When are the finals?". Unfortunately, no one knows. Ohio high school tennis needs to stretch out the Saturday semi-finals and finals by doing what what most tennis events do. The OHSAA needs to guarantee that the finals do not occur before a specific time (i.e. 2pm). For many, the current approach has the feel of a "race to finish the event". Casual fans want to see as much tennis as possible from players who will likely be playing collegiate tennis. Let's help make that happen.

The OHSAA 2016 Boys Tennis Manual for Coaches is now available. It highlights the continuous coaching rule that was introduced with great success during the girls season. One of the long time objections to this new rule was that the coaches who did not know very much about tennis did not want it. They felt that it would give better coaches a greater advantage. Please ponder that for a moment as we consider what is best for the players.

State coaches of the year were Matthew Dektas of Cincinnati Country Day for the boys, and for the girls, Julie Mitchell of Orange (Pepper Pike).

Another interesting piece of information - the OHSAA is the third largest state athletic association in the country with 832 school members. Ohio falls behind just California and Texas. About half (~400) of Ohio's high schools offer tennis as a sport.

Here is a bonus piece of information for those who made it this far in the article. The boys attendance was largest in 2010 with 1,621 fans present. During that state tournament, the Central District had six of the eight teams/players in the finals. They were: D1 Singles champion (Kevin Metka), both D1 doubles teams (New Albany and Upper Arlington), D2 Singles Champion (Chris Diaz), and both D2 doubles teams (both Columbus Academy teams).

SUNDAY,

College Tennis Underway

The Ohio State Women's program got off to a strong start against Bowling Green and Xavier on Saturday. As in previous year's, OhioTennisZone was there to take photos of Ohio high school players who are now competing in college. There were numerous Ohio players who were competing on all three teams.

Francesca and Cristina Di Lorenzo Xavier's Amina Ismail
Xavier's Cristina Di Lorenzo OSU's Andrea Ballinger
OSU's Francesca Di Lorenzo BGSU's Emily Witt
Xavier's Lauren Ghidotti OSU's Anna Sanford
OSU's Niki Flower BGSU's Drew Fillis
Click to enlarge

Click to enlarge the photos. These photos will also eventually be included under the various high school team pages.

These pictures were posted on Twitter under @OhioTennisZone. Those who are not Twitter users are missing out on a significant amount of tennis coverage by a wide variety of sources.

The photo which included both Francesca and Cristina Di Lorenzo was the most heavily viewed Twitter image. The four photos on the first two rows are in order of their Twitter views. These images were reTweeted by their respective high schools.

WEDNESDAY,

Incoming Freshmen Boys Expected to Make Impact

There are eleven freshmen expected to contribute to their varsity teams this year. This year's list of eleven players is lower than last year's 14, but the quality is high. The top players based on TennisRecruiting.net's rankings are included on the right.

Top Ohio HS Freshmen Tennis Players - Updated 1/6/2016
Freshmen City High School
Erik Buetow Bay Village Lutheran West
Robert Cash New Albany New Albany
Joel Jose New Albany New Albany
Alex Karev Cincinnati Sycamore
Niraj Komatineni Mason Mason
Thomas Liu Solon Solon
Murad Nawaz Kettering Kettering Fairmont
Shashank Reddy Cincinnati Cincinnati Country Day
Grant Smith Centerville  
Pranav Viswanathan Mason Mason
Chester Wickwire Canfield  

New Albany receives a strong infusion of players with the addition of Robert Cash and Nathan Jose. They have both earned TennisRecruiting.net's "four stars".

Other four star players include: Niraj Komatineni, Shashank Reddy (Cincinnati Country Day), and Chester Wickwire.

At this point, it is not clear which boys will be playing high school tennis. Those who are not, will be removed from the list. If you are aware of which high school the boys will be playing, please send a Feedback message.

To get your racquet tuned up, tennis racquet stringer extraordinaire, Alann Leinwohl, is available for stringing racquets for players who live in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas. Alann can be reached at ableinwohl@hotmail.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

Shopping != Fun

Shopping is no fun. Wrapping presents is less fun. OhioTennisZone offers a solution.

Save a great memory of your player's high school career by purchasing an OhioTennisZone photo. OTZ has over 450 photos online from the 2015 season (and even more from 2014), and there may be one online of your favorite player. OTZ looks for unique angles that best portrays each player and this will certainly be one of your families' favorite photos 15 years from now. Purchase an action-packed digital photo, a 5x7 print, or take advantage of the super-special digital photo and a 5x7 print combo. It can also be used now to jazz up a TennisRecruiting.net profile to help your player stand out! (Digital images can still be sent before Christmas, but you will likely get your prints after Christmas.) Click on Buy a Tennis Photo for more info.

Janelle Ghanem
Columbus Academy's Janelle Ghanem - Click to enlarge
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While everyone would like to think that a new racquet-matching outfit (or a new outfit-matching racquet) will improve your play, it is probably time to admit that you might just benefit from a tennis lesson. Check out these OTZ sponsors for a lesson if you live in the central Ohio area:

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Elysium also offers platform tennis lessons, but if you regularly play against me, it is suggested that you get a stunning new outfit.

There is tennis to watch, and tennis to play before the boys high school season starts on March 7. Serious high school players need to sign-up for the USTA $7,500 Midwest Indoor Holiday Tournament that runs from December 26-30. This is an opportunity to compare your player's skills to groggy college tennis players who just finished their finals. Also note the various tournaments listed in the right navigation bar.

The OSU Women start on January 16 in a match against Xavier and Bowling Green. These matches will include 12 Ohio high school players. The OSU Men kick-off their season against Xavier and Dayton on January 20. There are six Ohio high school players on their rosters.

See you on the courts soon and have a great Holiday Season.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1

Photo Time

All of the photos from the 2015 girls season are now online. This includes over 200 photos from dual matches, tournaments, Sectionals, Districts, States, and the OTCA semi's and finals. The Top Girls Photos have also been revised.

Abby Toerner
Turpin's Abby Toerner - Click to enlargeBuy OTZ Photo

This marks the first girls season with the new Nikon camera. This camera has made it easier to focus and it also provides a better blend of colors. To get great photos, it still largely depends on the intensity of the Sun and its location in the sky. Another key component in great photos is the ability of the players. Having two strong players competing against each other provides the best opportunity to get long rallies with players exerting themselves to reach balls.

The photo that I consider the best of the girls season is of Turpin's Abby Toerner. This photo was taken at the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches' Classic in mid-September. I like this photo for several reasons. It was taken later in the day when the Sun was lower in the sky so the Sun was not as harsh. It has an interesting angle which means that I was likely sitting either on the ground or my super-deluxe milk-crate. The color is brilliant and Toerner has great eye-on-ball vision. It would have been nicer to have a solid background, but it is not too distracting. Click to view the rest of the Top Girls Photos.

Click to view all of the Most Recently Added Photos. (Make sure that you sign-in first.)

Most of this season's photos are for sale, except for those taken at States. Those that are for sale have a "Buy Photo" logo beside them. Boys photos are also available for purchase. Click to view the Top Boys Photos.

These photos are great to include in Christmas or holiday cards or use as gifts. Buy a digital photo or a 5x7 print.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19,

College Choices for Ohio Players

There have been 20 Ohio seniors who have indicated their choices to play college tennis. Note that this list will be modified over time as more players make their decisions. The update date will change accordingly. Much of the information was gathered from TennisRecruiting.net.

Ohio HS Tennis Recruits - Updated 1/14/2016
Player High School College
Alexandra Abele Sycamore Davidson
Natalie Allen Chaminade-Jullienne Dayton
Brianna Brdicka Olentangy Ashland
Meredith Breda Indian Hill DePauw
Ellee Bullock Dublin Jerome Utah State
Mikaela Hindenlang Miamisburg Findlay
Anthony Kanam Massillon Jackson Case Western
Madeleine McDonald Hartley Rhodes College
Alexia Meyer Olentangy Liberty Missouri State
Nico Mostardi Avon Cleveland State
Andrew Niehaus St. Xavier Northern Kentucky
Lizzie Radkiewicz Olentangy Liberty Baldwin Wallace
Madison Riley South Point Morehead State
Alexandra Sanford Olentangy Orange North Carolina
Alex Taylor Sycamore Williams
Joseph Thomas Massillon Jackson Ohio State
Jacob Wareti Columbus Academy Ohio State
Alex Warstler Indian Hill Marquette
Jake Zalenski Massillon Jackson Kenyon

Look for more players to join Division III teams in the coming months.

To add a player to this list, please submit a Feedback.

Click to view Ohio players who are currently competing in college.

 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER

OhioTennisZone Seasonal Activity

OTZ spends a great deal of time evaluating high school tennis and tennis players, but it is also worthwhile to turn the lens around and look at OhioTennisZone. Today's commentary reviews: this season's activity versus last year's; the amount of activity by District (and state); and the Top Ten most viewed pages. What is being measured is the number of Google Analytics' User Sessions. The User Sessions equate to when any reader comes to the web site. Many sites also look at page views, but OTZ largely does not. The goal of OTZ is not to maximize page views by forcing users to jump from page to page, but to provide information in a clear and concise manner to minimize page views.

Usage by Day
OTZ Daily Activity - Jul 30-Oct 28, 2015 - Click to enlarge

In comparison to last year's girls season, activity increased by 26%. The biggest usage day of the year was on States Saturday and it eclipsed last year's high (also on States Saturday) by 48%. This was likely due to the popular online State draws which were started last year, but largely not promoted.

OTZ - Top Ten Viewed Pages
1. OhioTennisZone.com Top/Commentary Page
2. Central Ohio Team Lookup
3. Northeast Ohio Team Lookup
4. Online State Draws
5. Dublin Jerome Team Page
6. Olentangy Liberty Team Page
7. Most Recently Added Photos
8. Generic Team Lookup
9. Southwest Ohio Team Lookup
10. Hathaway Brown Team Page
On average, readers spend about four minutes each time they come to the web site and they look at 4.2 pages. The big readership days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The worst day is Saturday.

Moving on to even greater detail, the Top Ten pages on OhioTennisZone are listed in the table to the right. In addition to the three team pages listed in the Top Ten, Upper Arlington, Dublin Coffman, Olentangy Orange, New Albany, Magnificat, Sycamore, and North Canton Hoover make up the rest of the top ten team pages. All but two of these schools have Team Memberships.

Desktop usage remains the primary way in which readers access the site with 48% of the usage. That is followed by mobile with 41% and tablet with 11%.

Map of Usage
Heat Map of Activity - Jul 30-Oct 28, 2015

There are two graphs to show state-wide activity. The first graph is a "heat" map that shows where the usage occurred. The bigger and more frequent dots indicated greater usage. As the map suggests the Central District has the greatest activity. OTZ started coverage in the Central District, then went to the Southwest District, and finally to the Northeast. Usage in the Northwest District is low and in the Southeast/East Districts usage is negligible. While OTZ subscribes to the Columbus Dispatch (Central District), Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati), and Plain Dealer (Cleveland), OTZ requires other areas of the state (i.e. Dayton, Toledo, Akron, Canton) to submit scores. There are no coaches or parents in the Southeast or East Districts who provide scores.

The next graph is a bar chart that breaks down usage by District. Again, this bar chart reinforces what is in the heat map, but it provides more clarity.

Map of Usage
Usage by District - Jul 30-Oct 28, 2015 - Click to enlarge

Some of the abbreviations may be confusing so to elaborate - the Central District drove 46.2% of all sessions. The Northeast District was second with 20.6% of the usage, and the Southwest District was third with 19.0%. Now things get interesting. The Northwest District is lower than it should be. Usage would likely increase if OTZ were to subscribe to yet another newspaper (Toledo Blade or Findlay Courier) and spend another 100 hours to enter the results, but I cannot do that. Here's the really fascinating thing - Southeast Michigan has almost the same amount of activity/interest in Ohio high school tennis as Northwest Ohio has. While Northwest Ohio is not doing well, the Southeast/East Districts are far worse. There is barely any interest in Ohio tennis in those portions of Ohio. Southeast/East does a bit better than Northern Kentucky, but worse than Western Pennsylvania and Northern Illinois. While the population of the Southeast/East is lower than these other areas, population alone does not explain the lack of interest. Comparing the Southeast District cities of Athens, Marietta, and Portsmouth with Lancaster (Central), there is no comparison in terms of online activity/interest.

Prior to 2009, the OHSAA Districts of Central, Southeast, and East shared either three or four Division II spots for States each year. After 2010, Southeast and East combined and were given two States spots of their own. This is what caused the confusing and unfair five #1 and five #2 seeding problems with the State Draws. Southeast and East always have a high quality player or two, especially in girls tennis, but they lack the depth that the other Districts have. Spots for States are far too rare and precious to allocate them in this manner. These two Districts need to be recombined with Central and let all of these players battle it out for the honor of going to States.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER

Review of This Year's Classes | Next Year's Incoming Freshmen

It seems really early to do this, but it is always worthwhile to look forward. In the table below are the potential incoming freshmen for next year's girls season. Normally this list is accumulated during July, but this starts the process of getting these players on the OTZ radar screen.

Class # of Players at States # of State Champions
Freshmen
13
1
Sophomores
17
1
Juniors
35
1
Seniors
31
3

Before we look at the next year's freshmen, let's quickly look at how all of this year's classes did. The table to the right shows the number of players who reached States from each class. The junior class led the way in numbers, but the seniors had the most State champions. This data was also reviewed in the oldie, but goodie analysis that I performed back in 2008. If you have never seen this document or if you have not looked at recently, check it out.

This year's top freshmen who were identified in the OTZ posting on July 30th had a great year. The players who competed at States from that list include: Hathaway Brown's Isabella Daverio, Turpin's Caitlin Fisher, Upper Arlington's Paige Kompa (State Doubles Champion), Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch, Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus (State Singles 4th Place), and Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk. Freshmen who participated at States who were not included in that posting include: Westlake's Emily Peeler, Lexington's Sylvia Goldsmith, Perrysburg's Gemma Smith, Sycamore's Helen Sotropa, Toledo Central Catholic's Maverick Delp, Hathaway Brown's Rebecca Wolf, and Poland Seminary's Audrey Schweers.

8th Grade Players City Expected High School
Cassie Alcala Pickerington  
Ananya Aqqarwal Mason  
Rachel Buchinsky Solon  
Morgan Coburn Cincinnati  
Carly Cohen Pepper Pike  
Marie Discini Marietta  
Nicole Gillinov Moreland Hills Hathaway Brown
Sylvia Gray Greenfield  
Emma Kruse Mason  
Caty McNally Cincinnati  
Blessing Nwaozuzu Woodmere  
Sanjana Reddy Mason  
Reagan Resor Dublin  
Olivia Rondini Euclid  
Angelica Ross Painesville  
Payton Stearns Mason Ursuline Academy

Next year's freshman class will be another talented group of players. Most of these players reside in the Southwest and Northeast districts. It is unknown which girls will bypass high school tennis, but it is certainly doubtful that Caty McNally will be playing high school tennis since she has already played in the US Open Juniors.

If you are aware of where these girls will be playing high school tennis, please send a Feedback message. Those who are not playing high school tennis will be removed from the list.

Any of these parents/players who would like to join OhioTennisZone may do so now and it will apply to the Girls 2016 season. Click to sign-up.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

OhioTennisZone.com -- All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team

The OhioTennisZone All-Ohio Team was finalized this morning. Congratulations to these players.

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team

Division I - Singles

Emily
Thomas
Princeton

Molly
Sandberg
Walsh Jesuit

Kelli
Niehaus
Mt. Notre Dame
   
Division II - Singles

Emily
Dunbar
Cloverleaf

Claudia
Althans
Gilmour Academy

Kelly
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The OTZ list is done differently than the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association (OTCA) list. The OTCA list is rather mechanical in how it is done, where players who reach a certain round at States receive first team All-State, etc. While the OTZ list certainly emphasizes how a player performs at States, it also takes into consideration the performance of the player during the season. Since States is unseeded (in the traditional sense), a bad draw should not exempt a player from All-State status. For example, Princeton's Emily Thomas made the OTZ All-Ohio Team last year even though she got beat in the first round by Massillon Jackson's Tessa Hill. In fact, OTZ has included a player who did not even reach States because he received a poor draw at Districts (Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti).

The number of players included on the OTZ All-Ohio list will vary from year to year.

The OTZ Top Players Lists and Watch Lists were updated yesterday. There may be a few minor tweaks remaining, but this is largely finished for the season. These results will be going to TennisRecruiting.net today to be included on their web site.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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