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May 7-12: Sectional Tournament
May 14-19: District Tournament
May 25-26: State Tournament
May 27: OTCA State Team Tournament
June 2: Season Ends

 

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October 30, 2017 - Final
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3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAM 0
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6. Pickerington North◄TEAM 1
7. Westlake◄TEAM 2
8. Upper Arlington◄TEAM 2
9. St. Ursula Acad.◄TEAM 0
10. Springboro 0
Division II
1. Hathaway Brown ◄TEAM 4
2. Indian Hill ◄TEAM 3
3. Col. Academy ◄TEAM 2
4. Laurel ◄TEAM 1
5. Toledo Central Catholic 3
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7. Lexington 2
8. Oakwood 1
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Top Fan Dog Contest
October 15, 2017
Contestants
Coco, Watterson -- 14 votes CHAMPION
Fergie, Upper Arlington -- 11 votes
Larry, Mason -- 5 votes
Dolce, New Albany - 4 votes
Brisket, Dublin Coffman - 1 vote
Logan, Hawken - Zero votes

 

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6/8/2017
Division I
1. University School◄TEAM 4
2. New Albany◄TEAM 2
3. Sycamore◄TEAM 3
4. Mason◄TEAM 3
5. St. Xavier◄TEAM 2
6. Upper Arlington◄TEAM 2
7. Solon◄TEAM 2
8. St. Ignatius 3
9. St. John's Jesuit◄TEAM 2
10. St. Charles◄TEAM 1
Other: Dublin Jerome
Division II
1. Bexley◄TEAM 1
2. Hawken◄TEAM 3
3. Cin. Country Day◄TEAM 2
4. Indian Hill◄TEAM 2
5. Wellington School◄TEAM 2
6. Col. Academy◄TEAM 1
7. Seven Hills 1
8. Miami Valley 1
9. Ottawa Hills 1
10. Wyoming◄TEAM 1
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY

College Tennis Matches Now Underway

The college indoor season has begun. For the complete list of Ohio high school players who are competing at a collegiate level, click on OTZ's College Tennis Report. This page includes the profile photos of OhioTennisZone.com members when they played high school tennis. It also includes links to each college tennis homepage. Please scroll down the page to see the college players who were not OTZ members.

OTZ College Report
OTZ's College Report - Click to enlarge

For information about Division I tennis, it is best to click on each school's web site. There was a great independent source of information, CollegeTennis-Today.com, but the author could not continue because of family conflicts.

To keep up-to-date on ongoing tennis commentary on Division 3 tennis, Division3tennis.com provides great insight. These guys are also humorous which makes it a bit more fun.

Several Ohio high school players are competing on the ITA Top 10 Teams in Division I. The ITA Top Ten Men's Teams include: JJ Wolf (Cincinnati Country Day - Ohio State), Alex Kobelt (New Albany - Ohio State), Joey Thomas (Massillon Jackson - Ohio State), and Jacob Wareti (Columbus Academy - Ohio State).

The ITA Top Ten Women Teams have Alle Sanford (Olentangy Orange - North Carolina).
OSU's Anna Sanford Butler's O'Neal
OSU's Sanford - Click to enlarge
Butler's O'Neal - Click to enlarge
OSU's Kobelt OSU's Wolf
OSU's Kobelt - Click to enlarge
OSU's Wolf - Click to enlarge

There are numerous Ohio players who are playing for the ITA Top 10 Teams in Division 3. The ITA Top Ten Men's Teams include these players: Patrick Wildman (CCD - Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, David Buchinsky (University School - Washington University in St. Louis), Deepak Indrakanti (Sycamore - Williams College), Alex Taylor (Sycamore - Williams College), Austin Barr (Kenston - Williams College), Luke Tsai (Mason - University of Chicago), and Cameron Raglin (Reynoldsburg - Amherst),

The ITA Top Ten D3 Women's Teams include these Ohio players: Alissa Nakamoto (Orange - Wesleyan), Ally Persky (Hathaway Brown - Washington University), Alexandra Cash (New Albany - Carnegie Mellon), and Jamie Vizelman (Mayfield - Carnegie Mellon).

The OhioTennisZone camera shutter has been clicking away at college matches and several of the better photos are listed above.

These matches make great team bonding trips, plus these matches provide high school players with insight on what skills they need to acquire to play at a collegiate level. Ohio State does not charge for admission and it is doubtful that there are admission fees for other schools. As always, if your team goes to a college tennis match and I am there, please let me know and I will take your team's photo.

If an Ohio high school player who is playing collegiately and he/she is not included in the OTZ report, please contact OTZ via Feedback.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY

USTA Midwest Level 1 Championships

A large number of the top Ohio players participated in the Midwest Level 1 Championships that took place throughout the Midwest last weekend. The top performers were: Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff (Champion - Girls 16), New Albany's Robert Cash (SF - B18), Mason's Eleanor Yu (Consolation Finals - G16), Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus (QF - G18), Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel (Consolation Finals - B18), and Mason's Jamie Kim (SF - G16).

Columbus Academy's Ratliff
Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff - Click to enlarge

Click to view the details for each tournaments.

Boys 16 - Racine, WI

Boys 18 - Notre Dame, IN

Girls 16 - Indianapolis, IN

Girls 18 - Midland, MI

In Ohioan versus Ohioan contests:

B16's: None. Wisconsin tournaments are lightly attended by Ohio players because Chicago acts as an enormous speed bump for those traveling to those tournaments.

B18's: New Albany's Robert Cash beat Saiprakash Goli and Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Canfield's Tim Cianciola.

G16's: Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff beat Mason's Jamie Kim, Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky defeated Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly, Sonya Macavei beat Magnificat's Olivia Rondini, Mason's Jamie Kim defeated Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov, Magnificat's Olivia Rondini beat St. Ursula Academy's Elizabeth Pendergast, Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen, Mason's Eleanor Yu beat Mason's Ananya Aggarwal, Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch beat Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway, and Mason's Sanjana Reddy defeated Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch.

G18's: Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu beat Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk, Morgan Coburn defeated Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch, Centennial's Zoey Weil beat Hathaway Brown's Rebecca Wolf, and Hathaway Brown's Rebecca Wolf defeated Sarah Robertson.

In the B14's, St. Charles' Reece Yakubov was a Finalist.

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MONDAY, JANUARY

USTA Winter Nationals Summary

Numerous Ohio players competed in the USTA Winter Nationals over Christmas break. These tournaments took place in Orlando for the BG16-18 and Tucson for BG12-14. Players with the best results included: Mason's Niraj Komatineni who reached the quarterfinals in the Boys 16's and Mason's Eleana Yu who reached the quarterfinals in the G16's. Yu is a seventh grader, and she is the sister of Kevin Yu (D2 State Champion in 2016).

Mason's Niraj Komatineni
Mason's Komatineni @Zoo - Click to enlarge

In notable matches that included Ohio player match-ups, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratlif beat Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov and Mason's Eleana Yu defeated Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch.

The tournament results for each Ohio player are available by clicking on the player links below. These links take users to how each player performed at the Winter Nationals (and other tournaments) rather than to their OTZ Player Profiles. Please be patient - it takes a few seconds to load each player's USTA results.

In Girls 16's: Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov, Mason's Jamie Kim, Hathaway Brown's Madeleine Lynch, Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu, and Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff.

In Girls 14's: Madeline Atway.

In Boy 16-18's: Mason's Saiprakash Goli, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur, Mason's Niraj Komatineni, and Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel.

Non-high school players: Nataly Kader, Sonya Macavei, and Eleana Yu.

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THURSDAY,

OTZ Top 2017 Photos

As another year comes to a close, it is time for the OhioTennisZone.com's Top 2017 Photos. These photos include matches from the OHSAA boys and girls high school seasons; Ohio State; Western & Southern Open; USTA Boys National Championship at Kalamazoo; and the Ohio Valley Tennis Association. There are also a few platform tennis photos sprinkled in from Cincinnati's Midwestern Platform tennis tournament that was held last January.

Top 2017 OTZ Photos - Click to enlarge

The photos involving high school players are available for purchase. This money will go toward more camera equipment that will hopefully enable me to get even better photos next year. (By including a dog photo in this collage, Mrs. OTZ is more likely to see the benefits of a new camera..)

The photos do scroll quickly. Use the pause button to stop the video to more clearly see the pictures and/or the names. For best results, use HD mode.

The advertisements in the video benefit Google (Youtube) and OneRepublic (the musicians). To remove the ads, click on the "x" in the right-hand corner.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER

Holiday Tournaments

There are some good tournaments to consider for those staying in Ohio over the holidays.

OSU's Joey Thomas
UA/Seattle's Kyra Jung - Click to enlarge
The best tournament for the higher skilled high school players is the 2017 USTA $7500 MIDWEST INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS at Elysium Indoor. It takes place from December 27-31. The entry deadline is Wednesday, December 20. (Contact Arnie Jones directly if you missed the date.) This tournament provides skilled players with a way to compare themselves with college-level players. It is a "money" tournament but there are ways to maintain eligibility for high school and college players who are fortunate to advance that far into the tournament.

The list of competitors has not yet been finalized, but players with familiar names competing in the Mens Open include: John McNally, Kevin Metka, Jordan Phelps, and Nick Sweeney. Women competing include: Olivia Rohrbacher, Kyra Jung, and Kathleen Jones.

Olympic Indoor is having a Single Day Showdown MW L5 tournament. It is a one day tournament and it will be held on December 23rd.

Elysium is also having a Boys 14, 16, 18 Pizza Compass Clash tournament and that is being held December 22-23.

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TUESDAY,

New OTZ Sponsor - The Players Club

Please welcome a new sponsor, The Players Club, to the OhioTennisZone.com web site. "We strongly support Ohio high school tennis and we are excited about our presence on OhioTennisZone. We have clinics that emphasize the skills necessary to succeed in high school, USTA tournament play, and college.", said Heath Elliott, General Manager of The Players Club. Elliott further added, "OTZ provides a great way for fans and college coaches to follow the progress of our players as they compete with their teams throughout the state."

The Players Club
The Players Club - Click to web site

The Players Club is in Hilliard just inside Columbus' 270 outer-belt. It features six plexicushion courts, new LED lighting, ample seating in a newly remodeled viewing area, and places to do homework. They have a variety of programs for players of different skills. They also have a stringing machine on-sight.

The Players Club tennis professionals who work with the junior players include: Keith Haigh, Doug Schoenly, Shaun Stamps (Upper Arlington's girls coach), Will Thieman (Upper Arlington's boys coach and Olentangy Liberty's girls coach), Denny English, Mike Meyers, Alison Baker, and Mike Haddow.

OTZ relies on a combination of sponsor and advertising support and high school team support to provide this web site to Ohio tennis fans. The Players Club is a very important addition to the web site, and their services should be considered if you and/or your sons and daughters wish to improve their tennis skills.

Dani SchoenlyNicole Reid
Dani Schoenly - Click to enlarge
Anna Marie Reynolds - Click to enlarge
Sean ReidAlexia Meyer
Mitchell Thai- Click to enlarge
Alexia Meyer - Click to enlarge

Click to access The Players Club Twitter handle and Facebook link. For more information about their services, contact The Players Club at 614-529-0030.

The Players Club also participates in the Bernard Master Junior Satellite Circuit.

To access The Players Clubs' links on OhioTennisZone, look for their link at the bottom of each OTZ web page and by the players who regularly train at the club. Any tournaments that are held at the club will also be included under OTZ's Upcoming Notable Matches and Tournaments in the right-side navigational bar.

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MONDAY,

ITF Tennis - Futures

For those wanting to watch great tennis this week, the International Tennis Federation is holding a Futures $25K event at the Ohio State Indoor Facility on Henderson Road. Admission is free.

OSU's Joey Thomas
OSU's Joey Thomas - Click to enlarge
The qualifiers took place on Saturday and Sunday. Players with Ohio ties who competed included: Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti, New Albany's Robert Cash, Cloverleaf's Jacob Dunbar, Brecksville's Chukwudumebi and Onyedikachukwu Smarty, Kenton's Nico Mostardi, and Riley Reist. Dunbar won two matches which gave him spot in the main draw. Thomas and Mostardi won their first round matches, but not their second.

Ohio players who were included in the main draw include: New Albany's Alex Kobelt, Cincinnati Country Day's JJ Wolf, Perrysburg's Jeffery Schorsch, and OSU's Kyle Seelig, Mikael Torpegaard, Martin Joyce, John McNally, and Hunter Callahan. Nico Mostardi received a main draw spot as a lucky loser.

Click ITF Tennis for the each day's results and order of play.

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WEDNESDAY,

OTZ Interview with Mason's Mike Reid

When it is time to reflect on the Girls 2017 tennis season, there is no better place to start than to have a conversation with Mason Coach Mike Reid. Mason is the Division I OTCA Champion for this year. Coach Reid has been the coach for the Mason boys teams since 2014 (three years) and with the Mason girls since 2011 (six years).

Mike Reid
Mason's Coach Mike Reid - Click to enlarge

For the Reid family, tennis is a family affair. All five kids either played or are playing high school tennis. Christine captained the Mason Varsity B team and she is a senior at South Carolina. Sean (OHSAA States - 2014, 2015, 2016) is a sophomore at Indiana University. Nicole (OHSAA States - 2016, 2017) is a senior at Mason. Kelly is a sophomore at Mason, and Danielle is a eighth grader, who has not yet signed with any high school program. In addition to tennis, the Reid kids also played basketball. Wife and mother of the Mason tennis dynasty is Anne-Marie. Anne-Marie is the main chef of the Mason concession stand and she was an accomplished player at North Carolina State (8th in career singles and 5th in career doubles). Coach Reid attended Michigan State but played for a small Michigan college (Alma) before transferring. Coach Reid and Anne-Marie met while working as assistant coaches at University of San Diego (where the high average temperature for this month ranges from 67 to 71 degrees). Coach Reid also has several Cincinnati Senior doubles titles in the Men's 35's and 45's. In his day job, Coach Reid is the president of Home Equity Solutions.

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Mason's Sean Reid - Click to enlarge
Nicole Reid - Click to enlarge

Mason might just be a pretty good team next year, too. Coach Reid will return all but one player (daughter, Nicole) from this year's championship team. Other than Nicole, his team included only freshmen and sophomores.

How does he approach having a wealth of team talent, "I try and do my best to let them all play - and play in important matches. That keeps everyone on their toes and makes practices more spirited" ... "I don't want anybody sitting around thinking that they might not ever be able to contribute." .. "We had nearly everybody play on the Final Four Sunday [during the OTCA Tournament]" ... "I sit out my top players quite often or put them in doubles to let someone else have an opportunity to play a good player at the top [of an opponent's line-up] ."

Mason's Kelly Reid
Kelly Reid - Click to enlarge
With the top players, there is commonly angst about whether a player should participate in high school tennis or pursue a USTA-only approach. Coach Reid's take on this is, "It depends on what team that you are on and how strong the other players are on your team. Sometimes people are so focused on college tennis and they forget that what is great about college tennis is the same thing that is great about high school tennis - the camaraderie, being on a team, and other people supporting you. So to give up four years of high school tennis to get better and play college tennis is sometimes short sighted. I can understand it if you can't get better within the confines of your team because the other players aren't strong enough or your schedule isn't strong enough, but I think you give up a lot in terms of fun that you can have. I don't think the kids have as much fun going to Midland [a common USTA tournament site] and staying at the Comfort Suites as they would have with their teammates. I like to sit back and watch a bunch of kids laughing and I think that is what it is all about."

Some of the things that the kids especially enjoy on the Mason team include their one-point and round-the-world ping pong tournaments. "I give out a champ ball, which is an old ball, and I use a Sharpie to write "champ and round-the-world" and the date. It is fairly inexpensive award to give out and the kids seem to get a kick out of collecting them. And sometimes at the end of the season you might find a senior that wins her first champ ball and they don't forget that experience. It's exhilarating."

As for some of his favorite features on OhioTennisZone, Coach Reid commented, "It's great if I play a team that I don't play very much to see who their players are" ... "and what line-ups they are using." ... "I love it when you have the draws for the state team tennis tournament and the State tournament at the top of the page." ... "I like the team rankings to see where everybody is at -- it helps so much with scheduling." .. "When you have the incoming players, that is really cool, too, because again, I get to see where the good players are going and hopefully plan accordingly so that I can make the best schedule that I can." .. "I just want to play the best competition we can - every time. That's my goal - to be in the most competitive matches we can be in for the whole season."

When asked about the difference between coaching boys and the girls. Coach Reid commented, "The weather is much better for the girls. It is so much more fun to have try-outs when it is nice out instead of when it is 28-35 degrees. The boys are a little more willing to mix it up and get at it right away. The girls are sometime a bit more conversational and friendly." ... "The guys are a little bit more aggressive. but I don't think I coach any differently. I think my girls are pretty aggressive. The way we play doubles in practice - if someone gets hit - it used to be a big deal when I first started coaching but now they just laugh it off and realize that it is part of the game." ... "I have fun with both of them. To me, it's just kind of the same thing."

The first day of boys season begins on March 5 and matches begin on March 23.

Coach Reid's Twitter handle is @mikereidtennis. The Mason team handle is @MasonMensTennis.

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FRIDAY,

PlatformTennisZone.com

Polar vortex? No problem. Tired of your beverages getting too warm while you play? No problem. Platform tennis is the cure for the winter blahs in Ohio. Perfect conditions are gray skies and temperatures between 20-45, which also perfectly describes Ohio winters. When some friends head south for the winter, my reaction is "why in the world would you ever do that during the middle of paddle season?".

PlatformTennisZone.com
PlatformTennisZone.com - Click to enlarge
From a platform tennis skills standpoint, Cincinnati probably leads the way, followed by Cleveland, and then by Columbus. Some of the bigger tennis names who are competing in platform include: Wil and Randy Lofgren (Cincinnati Princeton), Matt Allare (Cincinnati Kings), Brian Heil (DeSales), Denny English (Watterson), Alex Solove (Olentangy Liberty), Paul Ghidotti (Upper Arlington), and Todd Wojtkowski (Ursuline). Others include: Amy Heil (Watterson) and Nancy Budde.

Platform tennis is known as the "chess of racquet sports". While the young college tennis players certainly have incredible racquet skills, those skills have to be honed for platform tennis. (The key is to beat them when they first start playing paddle, remind them of this constantly, but never ever play them again..)

Those who play tennis during the winter in addition to platform tennis typically comment that playing both sports at the same time, helps them in both sports. That is what I have found to be the case.

OhioTennisZone fans will note that much of the software used for tennis gets double duty for the PlatformTennisZone.com web site. The main exceptions are that there are no top players identified and everything is "open" from a paywall perspective. Software specific to the platform tennis site includes a court reservation system used by Worthington Hills Country Club. I am also testing another method of entering scores on the platform tennis site which will likely be used for tennis this spring.

The league results for the Columbus Platform Tennis League are available here.

Players who subscribe to the Platform Tennis Magazine will also note that I take platform tennis photos. Several full page photos were used in last year's magazines. (Taking platform tennis photos in freezing temperatures is less fun than taking tennis photos.)

There will be no updates during the weekend. The new OTZ sponsor will be announced next week and the interview with Coach Mike Reid of Mason will be posted soon.

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THURSDAY,

Division III College Tennis Update

Players who have high academic aspirations and an interest in playing college tennis are often going the Division III route for college. Today's update includes Ohio players who are highly ranked in Oracle/ITA Division III tennis.

Mag's O'Malley in 2014
Mag's O'Malley in 2014 - Click to enlarge

In women's tennis, Magnificat's Lauren O'Malley is listed as #19 in the rankings while Orange's Anjali Kashyap is listed as 27th. O'Malley plays for John Carroll and Kashyap plays for Johns Hopkins. In women's doubles, Ally Persky of Hathaway Brown is listed.

In men's tennis, there are two Ohio players included in the rankings. Kenston's Austin Barr is eighth and Sycamore's Alex Taylor is listed as 23rd. Taylor is also listed as 11th in doubles. Both play for Williams.

The entire men's and women's Oracle/ITA ranking lists are here for Men and Women singles and Men's and Women's doubles.

There is a good D3 tennis blog that is aptly named, division3tennis.com. It regularly mentions Ohio players who are competing in Division III. In this article, there is a long paragraph on Denison. Denison had a great recruiting class that consisted of Solon's Vlad Rotnov, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai, and Ottawa Hills' Tyler Gargas. Click to read OTZ interviews with Rotnov and Thai from last year.

OTZ had an interview with Alex Taylor in May of 2016. Click to read the OTZ - Alex Taylor article.

There is still a bit more OTZ content coming your way. There will be an interview with Mason coach, Mike Reid, that will be released soon. OTZ will also soon announce a new advertiser / sponsor. (Yay!)

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WEDNESDAY,

The Balance (or lack there of)

How much? How little? One of the most common “complaints” voiced by OTZ customers is that there is too much information available for free on OTZ. It is difficult decision for any web site with quality content. How much should be free versus “behind the pay wall” is a big issue for any web site. If there is too much free information, customers are not incented to join. If there is not enough information, people may not come to the web site. Meanwhile, creating good content is not "free" for the provider to produce or to host. Getting the balance correct is very difficult to do.

Zoey Gerber
BUSTED: Zoey Louise Gerber - Click to enlarge
Newspapers continue to have a really tough time dealing with getting consumers to spend money on content. I attended an Ohio High School Sports Association media meeting a couple of years ago and one sportswriter shared that he once worked in an office of 19 sportswriters. Now he is the only one left. This newspaper also recently eliminated tennis box scores. Obviously coaches were not happy when the box scores were replaced with one or two sentence summaries (i.e. "Jones now has three straight wins on Court 1"), but the big question is how many of these coaches were paying subscribers to the newspaper?

In terms of popularity, OhioTennisZone does great. A Google search of “Ohio tennis” provides OhioTennisZone as the #1 page rank – even above the Ohio State University tennis teams and the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Now the challenge to convert that traffic to revenue.

There is also a big discrepancy in what people's perceptions are about how much revenue OTZ generates. It is not hard to do the math to get a rough approximation of the revenue by counting the number of OTZ Team Members multipled by $99. There is some sponsorship / advertising revenue but it is not much. Keep in mind, too, that OTZ is a 7 day a week, 10 hour a day job for six months of the year. That's about 80% of a teacher's year but without any of those health or pension benefits.

Ok. So what needs to be done?

People are gradually starting to understand that content costs money. Mrs. OTZ recently purchased a series of dog training videos for our nine month old, psycho-puppy, Zoey. Has it helped? Based on the photo above, you be the judge. The cost for this online service is $499/year. (Yeah, that's five OTZ Team Memberships...)

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TUESDAY,

Wrap up of USTA Level 1's

The Midwest Level 1 tournament concluded yesterday. Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff was the big winner - she is the G16 Champion. New Albany's Robert Cash was the finalist in the B18's. Mason's Jamie Kim finished third in the G16's.

Nicole Gillinov
Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov- Click to enlarge
Players who competed in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the back-draws included: Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov (G16), Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu (G16), Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway (G14), Mason's Saiprakash Goli (B18), and Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel (B18).

To see all of the results, click on the links below:

Elysium has its B18-G18 tournament this weekend. Click to sign-up. Serious players who have any interest in playing in college need to sign-up for the USTA $7500 Midwest Indoor at the end of December. Mark it on your calendars now. This tournament has college players and it is worthwhile to compare your skills with theirs. Many of the college players are just finishing their "final exams" so they are susceptible.. Elysium's tournaments (and those of other OTZ advertisers) are always included on this page's right-side navigational bar.

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MONDAY,

USTA Level 1's

OhioTennisZone normally does not delve into USTA matches but there were a number of significant matches over the weekend that included the top Ohio and Midwest players. These were States-level matches.

The semi-finals take place today and OTZ members who are still in the main draws include: New Albany's Robert Cash (B18), Mason's Jamie Kim (G16), and Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff (G16).

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Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen - Click to enlarge

OhioTennisZone members competing in the various age groups include:

G14's: Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway.

G16's: Mason's Ananya Aggarwal, Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky, Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen, Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov, Unioto's Sylvia Gray, Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch, Mason's Jamie Kim, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff, Mason's Sanjana Reddy, Magnificat's Olivia Rondini, Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang, and Hathaway Brown's Rebecca Wolf.

G18's: Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala, Hathaway Brown's Isabella Daverio, Turpin's Caitlin Fisher, Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch, Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch, Westlake's Emma Peeler, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk, Hawken's Stephanie Shulman, Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio, and Centennial's Zoey Weil.

B16's: Wellington's Trevor Ball and Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden.

B18's: Wellington's Connor Biernat, New Albany's Robert Cash, St. Charles' Jack Dabek, Mason's Saiprakash Goli, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur, New Albany's Nathan Jose, Mason's Niraj Komatineni, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel, and Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams.

It is interesting to see how many more girls are listed above in comparison to the boys.

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FRIDAY,

Ohio Players with Professional Rankings

There are a number of players with Ohio ties competing in the professional ranks. Some are full-time and others are still competing as amateurs.

OhioTennisZone.com
Ohio Players in the Pros (Sorted by Rank)

Updated on 11/03/2017

Player
Rank
Best Ranking
Lauren Davis
50
26 (5/22/17)
Nicole Gibbs
108
68 (7/25/16)
Blaz Rola
218
78 (1/5/15)
Francesca Di Lorenzo
336
289 (7/3/2017)
Peter Kobelt
484
332 (5/16/16)
JJ Wolf
666
666 (10/30/17)
Hunter Callahan
704
808 (6/26/17)
Mikael Torpegaard
745
313 (7/17/17)
Kennedy Shaffer
769
706 (7/17/17)
Alexandra Sanford
902
517 (10/17/16)
John McNally
935
938 (7/3/17)

The list includes those players who are in the top 900 (or so) in the world. This information is also updated occasionally on the College Players Report.

Please send a Feedback or email if there should be any additions to this list.

The player links go to ITFTennis.com.

OTZ has taken a back seat to PlatformTennisZone.com as I prepare for the season, which starts on Sunday, November 3. There will be no OTZ update on Saturday or Sunday.

If you ordered a photo and there is a definite date in which you need the photo, please let me know asap via Feedback. Click to see is how Magnificat used an OhioTennisZone.com photo in a school banner.

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THURSDAY,

College Tennis Commitments

The number of Ohio high school tennis players who have committed to colleges is starting to grow. The list below will be updated to reflect this.

OhioTennisZone.com
College Tennis Commitments (alphabetical by player)
Player High School / College
Connor Biernat Wellington / Skidmore
Stuart Brdicka Olentangy / Ashland
Claire Carruthers Clarksville / Shawnee State
Jaycee Carter New Boston/ Shawnee State
Vicki Chang Dublin Jerome / Carnegie Mellon
Ethan Caruso Turpin / Thomas More
Colten Clark Fairfield Christian Academy / Ashland
Jack Dabek St. Charles / Navy
Emma Deimling Medina / Binghamton
Shane Essick Troy / Findlay
Jacob Freeland Marietta / Shawnee State
Alexandra Garofoli Springboro / Lenoir-Rhyme
Gracey Hirsch Indian Hill / Penn State
Ashlyn Hubbard Preble Shawnee / Indiana East
Kathleen Jones Olentangy / Ohio State University
Lauren Longo Gilmour Academy / Cleveland State
Nate Meadors Dublin Jerome / Ohio Northern
Colton Morehart Miami Valley School / IUPUI
Gabriella O`Connor Ursuline Academy / Creighton
Jordan Phelps Olentangy Orange / Ashland
Andrew Pregel Indian Hill / Bryant
Maggie Riley Monroe / Shawnee State
Anna Roggenburk Magnificat / Xavier (2019)
Elijah Sadler Unknown / Earlham
Olivia Schrager Miami Valley / Ohio Northern
Alexis Steer Olentangy Liberty / Akron
Emily Thomas Princeton / Xavier
Alexandra Vesikallio Magnificat / Villanova
Kylie Wells Marysville / Shawnee State
Nick Williams Seven Hills / Michigan State
Sarah Wilke Turpin / Shawnee State

Last year, there were at least 21 girls and ten boys who committed. To see the complete list of Ohio players competing in college, click on College Players from Ohio or by using the drop-down above.

Please send a Feedback or email if you are aware of changes to this list.

This information was sourced by TennisRecruiting.net, OhioTennisZone, and @GCTAJuniors via Twitter.

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WEDNESDAY,

OhioTennisZone Usage during Girls Season

Usage of the OhioTennisZone.com continues to grow throughout the state and beyond. Today's entry looks at where the usage came from and what the readers liked to access on OTZ. Most of the information was gathered using Google Analytics and Twitter. The time frame was from August 1 to October 28.

Ohio Usage
Ohio OTZ Usage - Click to enlarge

Other than the top or home page, the most popular pages on OTZ were: Central District Team Lookup, Girls State Draws, OTCA Girls Draws, Southwest District Team Lookup, and Northeast Team Lookup.

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

In the metro areas, Columbus led the way, followed by Cleveland and Cincinnati. The area with the biggest growth was the Detroit, MI metro area. It grew from last year's 5.5% to 7.5% this year. The Northwest Ohio area continues to be a disappointment. The top eight metro areas are listed in the table below. See table below for more details.

OhioTennisZone.com
% Sessions in Top Metro Areas
Metro Areas % of Sessions
1. Columbus 36%
2. Cleveland-Akron 17%
3. Cincinnati 17%
4. Detroit, MI 7.5%
5. Toledo, OH 3.3%
6. Dayton, OH 2.5%
7. Philadelphia 1.2%
8. Chicago, IL 1.1%
The top five team pages viewed were: 1) Hathaway Brown, 2) Mason, 3) Magnificat, 4) Dublin Jerome, and 5) Olentangy Liberty. The next five were Columbus Academy, Pickerington North, Upper Arlington, Indian Hill, and Olentangy Orange. These were among the strongest teams in the state and there was state-wide interest in their performance.

All of the above teams are also OTZ Team Members.

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

Twitter remains a good way to reach the younger tennis fans. The top five OhioTennisZone.com Tweets were:

 
Top Five OhioTennisZone Tweets Sorted by Impressions
1 .@ZooTennis' Colette Lewis at the @USTABoys. Colette is this year's @USTAMidwest Fred Burns Media Award Winner #NatsZoo17 @TennisRecNet https://t.co/Ad8w4Q1Ll1
2 Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk wins the Ohio High School Division I Singles Championship @MagsHSAthletics @mags_tennis @USTAMidwest #OHSAA https://t.co/R7fijYlzhx
3 Ohio high school players and teams (Chillicothe, Indian Hill, Hawken) at the Western & Southern Open. @CincyTennis #OHSAA https://t.co/n5sozUjPp1
4 Ohio's Lauren Davis in match today at the Western & Southern Open. Davis was '08 #OHSAA State Champ @GALancerAD @CincyTennis #CincyTennis https://t.co/B4FyYKWHX8
5 Bishop Watterson is today's featured team on OhioTennisZone. Coached by Susan Weil. https://t.co/pT3LizxksN #OHSAA @BishopWatterson https://t.co/UvNjneTuQC

Note that the links above take readers to the OhioTennisZone Tweets.

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TUESDAY,

Incoming Freshmen and Their Schools

Fans and coaches like to see who the strong players are on the horizon. This is especially helpful for the coaches because it helps with scheduling. Using TennisRecruiting.net, OTZ identifies the players who are in the Top 500 in the nation. After those players are identified, it is time to figure out which schools they plan to attend. I need your help with this.

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Incoming Freshmen Girls (alphabetical)
Player / TRN City / School
Morgan Dobos * * * * * Copley
Bridget Estes * * Cincinnati
Ella Faessler * * * * Springboro
Brette Foutch * * Loveland
Ella Franz * * Delaware
Rylie Hanford * * * * * Chesterland
Grace Hartman * * Oakwood
Macy Hitchcock NR Eaton
Lynn Kader * * * * Mason
Nour Khayat * * Powell / Olentangy
Danielle Lebedev * * Mason
Sonya Macavei Blue Chip Loveland
Abby Nugent * * * * * Springboro
Gracie Pfieffer * * * * Mansfield / Lexington
Isha Rao * * * * Miamisburg
Audrey Smitek * * * Avon
Anna Tonkal * * * Mason
Yinuo Zhou * * * Athens
If you have inside knowledge of which school a player plans to attend, please submit a Feedback.

If the school is known for the player and if the school is an OTZ Team Member, player names have click-able links to their TennisRecruiting.net profiles.

There are going to be a few players on this list who have not yet decided which school they are going to attend. They likely want strong academics and a high school that recognizes and promotes their tennis program. Perhaps the best way to promote a tennis program is by being an OTZ Team Member. Even though team memberships cost less than a pair of good tennis shoes, some coaches do not understand the benefits of recognizing their players on OTZ. Incoming freshen should consider this as they shop for a high school.

For more information about academics, there is another Gerber Analytics' web site that provide a complete analysis of both private and public Ohio high schools. This web site used the data from the Ohio Graduation Test, which was eliminated, but the data is still relevant. Click to review Gerber Analytics Academic Data.

The TennisRecruiting.net star ratings are also included by all of the players.

Based on where some of these players are competing in tournaments, some are likely no longer living in Ohio.

For parents who see their daughter on this list, please contact OTZ if you have any questions about OhioTennisZone or high school tennis.

Had to go out of town yesterday.. Today will be a full day working on OhioTennisZone.com and photos.

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MONDAY,

Mason & Hathaway Brown Top the OTZ Team Rankings

Congratulations to the teams in the final OhioTennisZone Team Rankings. Special congrats to Mason and Hathaway Brown who finished in the number 1 positions.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams - Final Rankings
October 30, 2017
Division I Division II
1. Mason ◄TEAM 3 States Spots 1. Hathaway Brown ◄TEAM 4
2. Magnificat ◄TEAM 2 2. Indian Hill ◄TEAM 3
3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAM 0 3. Col. Academy ◄TEAM 2
4. Olentangy Liberty ◄TEAM 2 4. Laurel ◄TEAM 1
5. Ursuline Academy 1 5. Toledo Central Catholic 3
6. Pickerington North ◄TEAM 1 6. Summit Coun. Day ◄TEAM 1
7. Westlake ◄TEAM 2 7. Lexington 2
8. Upper Arlington ◄TEAM 2 8. Oakwood 1
9. St. Ursula Acad. ◄TEAM 0 9. Notre Dame-Cath. Latin 0
10. Springboro 1 10. Wellington ◄TEAM 0
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership so extensive OTZ information is available

How team members performed at States was also considered in the rankings. The rankings now include the number of spots that each team received for States. For example, Mason had two singles players and one doubles team at States for "3" spots. These numbers are shown in light gray.

Honorable mentions for Division I include: Notre Dame Academy, Perrysburg, Olentangy Orange, and Canfield.

Honorable mentions for Division II are: Poland Seminary, Columbus Schools for Girls, Archbishop Alter, Seven Hills, and Wyoming.

As stated before, the Division II teams do not "travel" as well as the Division I teams. It would be great to see more of these teams participate in quad dual matches with teams from other districts.

Tomorrow's update will include next year's incoming freshmen who should make an impact on their teams. OTZ will need assistance in identifying the high schools where these freshmen will attend.

The "Honor's" area of the Top Ohio Players have been updated to reflect those players who competed at States. The OTZ All-Ohio players are also noted. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

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SATURDAY,

No Update on Saturday or Sunday (unless this can be called an update)

There will be no update today (Saturday) or Sunday. This is the first break from the daily updates since the solar eclipse in August.

Arya Dudipala
Jerome's Arya Dudipala - Click to enlarge

In the "what a difference a week makes" category, it is now snowing in central Ohio. Let's all be thankful the weather was perfect last Friday through Monday for the State tournaments.

Rather than work on updates, time over the next two days will be spent on processing photo orders, recording payments received, following up on payments not received, going to the OSU game, and playing platform tennis.

In the meantime, click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Refer to the right-side navigation bar for Player Profiles.

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FRIDAY,

OhioTennisZone.com's All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team

Congratulations to the girls selected for the OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team.

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio
Girls Tennis Team - 2017

Division I - Singles


Kelli
Niehaus
Mount Notre Dame
 

Division II - Singles


Blessing
Nwaozuzu
Orange
   

Division I - Doubles

Division II - Doubles

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

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

The OTZ Top Players Lists have been updated. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. To see all of the players on one page, click on All Districts.

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

I am behind in processing picture requests. Ok. Way behind. I will start to address those requests this weekend. If you have an immediate need, please indicate that on the order.

 

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THURSDAY,

OTZ's Top Ten'ish Photos for the Girls 2017 Season

The OhioTennisZone.com's Top Ten Photos have been selected and are available for everyone to view by clicking on Top Ten Photos.

OTCA Tournament
OTCA Tournament - Click to enlarge

Great photos almost always require great competition between the players and the photos tend to be taken in groups when the sun is optimal. Four of the top photos were taken at States this year. Two were taken at a Pickerington North Quad match.

As mentioned earlier about the problems associated with getting good doubles photos, all but two were from singles matches.

It is obviously a subjective process to select these photos, but the criteria are:

The OTCA Tournament photos are now online at Most Recently Added Photos. Please sign-in to view.

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WEDNESDAY,

States Photos Now Online

There are 35 more photos now on OhioTennisZone. These photos are from States. To view them, please sign-in and then click on Most Recently Added Photos. Overall, I was pleased with the photos this year. The sun was too bright on Saturday, but many of the photos still worked out well even though it took far more time than normal to dial-in the camera settings.

Anna Roggenburk
Mag's Anna Roggenburk - Click to enlarge

The general rule-of-thumb is to tightly crop a photo unless it can be enhanced by showing a larger area. Many of the States photos would normally be cropped "tighter" but it was important to show more of the background to make it clear that the photo was taken at States.

Speaking of backgrounds, these photos of Anna Roggenburk and Maddie Lynch are the two best OTZ photos of the season. If the background of these photos had been a rusty fence with cars in the parking lot, then these photos become simply "good". The background is extremely important. This is one reason why it was very important that OTZ be able to shoot with more "freedom" at States. As many of you know, OTZ had been prohibited by the OHSAA from selling photos from States and from even posting more than four States photos on the same page of this web site. It was an absurd restriction that was finally resolved last spring before the boys season.

While photos are published to cover the sport of high school tennis, the other intent is to sell photos. Selling photos means that even more photos are taken of the player who purchase them and it also means that I can fractionally justify better camera gear. So. If you like photos, buy one (or two). These photos will likely be the best tennis photos that your daughter will ever have. (Collegiate photos are rarely as good as what are found on OTZ.)

Also think about how else you can use these photos. If tennis is really important to your daughter, it makes sense that one be used on your Christmas or holiday card. (Here's one of the OTZ's favorite Christmas cards.)

I generally posted what I thought was the best photo of a player from States. If you are interested in purchasing a photo, I can email you a pdf of non-enhanced photos to review. You do need to purchase at least one photo (and hopefully more) if I go expend this much effort. (One parent has already purchased three States photos so that's why there are multiple photos of one player.) It is also important to note that many of the photos posted were requested before States by parents who wanted to purchase them.

As mentioned before, it is 5 to 10x harder to get a good doubles photo than a good singles photo. The best time to take a doubles photo is when the player is returning a serve. This normally does not make for a great photo, but it is the most opportune time to take one. Of course, if the serve is on the other side of the returner, I cannot get a good photo. If the player is blocked by her teammate, I cannot get a good photo. When the position or brightness of the sun is considered, it gets far worse from there..

Photos from the OTCA Tournament will be posted soon.

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TUESDAY,

Videos of Championship Points

The videos of the championship points are now online. OTZ captured three of these video clips and thanks to Magnificat's Coach Chris Johnson, Anna Roggenburk's video clip is also available. For best results, use HD (High Definition) and expand to full screen mode.

Division I Singles:

Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala. Unfortunately, the video file used for this clip would not permit titles to be added. This clip is courtesy of Coach Chris Johnson.

Anna Roggenburk
Division 1 Doubles:

Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly and Maddie Atway defeated Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O`Connor and Nina Dhaliwal.

Maddie Atway | Dani Schoenly

Division II Singles:

Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov defeated Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff.

Nicole Gillinov

Division II Doubles:

Hathaway Brown's Megan Qiang and Isabella Godsick defeated Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky and Priya Khadilkar. The last two points are included.

Megan Qiang | Isabella Godsick

I have no interest in stringing this season out for days and weeks, because I have to quickly prepare PlatformTennisZone.com for the upcoming season. Still on the tennis agenda are: post photos online from States / OTCA tournament; update Top Players Lists; determine OhioTennisZone.com All-Ohio Team; update team rankings; gather photos that are not posted on OTZ for viewing for those who want to purchase photos; and invoice teams that have not yet paid OTZ.

There are actually still players/parents who are joining OTZ. This information resides online on OTZ for the entire year and many will find that it is helpful from a college recruiting standpoint to have their Player Profiles listed. Click to sign-up.

There have been a numerous people who have recently started following @OhioTennisZone on Twitter. That is the best way to stay current on Ohio high school player activities during the off-season. The OTZ web site will continue with occasional updates, but Twitter posts will continue year-round. OTZ currently has 596 followers and for every 100 new followers, OTZ staff members get a slice of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. Who will put the number of followers over the top? Note that this "100 new follower = cheesecake" policy will only be in effect until one million followers is reached..

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MONDAY,

Mason - Division I | Hathaway Brown - Division II State Champions

There were great contests right from the get-go as both state champions faced their toughest opponents in the first round of play.

Mason OTCA D1 Champs
Mason OTCA D1 Champs - Click to enlarge
Mason started bright and early with their match against the defending state champion, Magnificat. Mason won 2nd dubs, then 1st dubs, and then clinched the match on 1st singles, beating Magnificat 3-0. In the finals, Dublin Jerome struck first by winning on 1st dubs, but Mason battled back with a win on 2nd dubs, then 1st singles, and then they clinched the championship on 2nd singles.

Hathaway Brown played Indian Hill in their first match, winning on courts: 1st doubles, 1st singles, and then 3rd singles. In the finals, HB beat Columbus Academy. The order of finish in the finals was 2nd doubles, 2nd singles, with the clinch on 1st dubs.

Hathaway Brown OTCA D2 Champs
Hathaway Brown OTCA D2 Champs - Click to enlarge
While the road to the State championship was rather smooth for Hathaway Brown, things could have turned out differently for Mason. Mason spent much of their energy in the Magnificat match and dead legs from the long matches on Friday and Saturday certainly affected players. Jerome did not get anyone to States so they were fresh and ready to roll for the OTCA matches.

For the third place, Magnificat defeated Notre Dame Academy and Indian Hill beat Toledo Central Catholic.

To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

The weather was absolutely perfect yesterday - as normal..

Among the top players, Mason's Jamie Kim defeated Magnificat’s Anna Roggenburk and Dublin Jerome's Vicki Chang; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov beat Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Toledo Central Catholic's Ava McQuillin; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal beat Dublin Jerome's Arya Dudipala; and Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch defeated Toledo Central Catholic's Ava McQuillin. Many of the matches did not finish, but to see the scores of the courts that were leading, click on Same Day Match Results. (Sign-in first.)

Mason Wins OTCA Mason Celebrates
Mason Celebrates - Click to enlarge
HB Celebrates - Click to enlarge

The final District scorecard was:

Northeast - two state singles champions, one state doubles champion, and one state team championship.

Southwest - one state team championship.

Central - one state doubles championship and one OTZ Top Fan Dog Champion.

Celebration photos are always fun but it takes planning and luck to get a good one. The best photo is not of the initial embrace of a doubles team but as a few players rush the court. It happens quickly - normally within 10-15 seconds. After that, the players form a big, happy blob but without the ability to see faces. The Mason photo worked out well, but not for the Hathaway Brown. Just as I started snapping photos and without knowing what I was doing, CA's Coach Haddow turned and walked directly into the HB celebration photo. That's something that I'll remember for next season..

The entire OTZ staff was on hand yesterday at the OTCA championships. OTZ wife, Kathy, is in charge of saying "no" to to my requests to purchase unnecessary camera equipment. Zoey, the psycho puppy, is in charge of quality control and to insure that I promptly reply to emails.

There were two newspaper articles written on yesterday's championships. Click to read ThisWeekSports article by Jarrod Ulrey and Frank DiRenna and the Cincinnati Enquirer article by Scott Springer.

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SUNDAY,

More Perfect Weather & More Great Tennis

It was a great day of tennis at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Weather conditions were optimal for the players and fans yesterday as the OHSAA tournament wrapped up at 3:30pm.

Anna Roggenburk Atway-Schoenly
Mag's Roggenburk - Click to enlarge
OLIB's Atway-Schoenly
Nicole Gillinov Qiang - Godsick
HB's Gillinov - Click to enlarge
HB's Qiang-Godsick - Click to enlarge

The Division I champions are Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk and Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway - Dani Schoenly.

The Division II champions are Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov and HB's Isabella Godsick - Megan Qiang.

The Northeast District continued their dominance by winning three of the four championships. The Central District got one. Many of these players will be contending for another championship next year because the champions consisted of two freshmen, two sophomores, and two juniors.

It is hard to say that there were upsets yesterday because all of the players and teams are so strong at this level, but the doubles championships by Olentangy Liberty (Maddie Atway - Dani Schoenly) and Hathaway Brown (Isabella Godsick - Megan Qiang) were a bit of a surprise.

The OTZ Top Players Lists have not been updated for a couple of weeks but they will be updated tomorrow. Just as there have been in previous years, there will be approximately 30 players included on the Top Players list. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Yesterday's results are all databased by player but to quickly see the results from yesterday, please click on the following link.

ohiotenniszone.com/draws

There were two newspaper articles written on yesterday's championships. Click to read the Columbus Dispatch article by Dave Purpura and the Cincinnati Enquirer article by Scott Springer.

Check out Twitter @OhioTennisZone for several pictures from yesterday's championships.

There is one more big day of tennis with the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association tournament taking place today at the Reynoldsburg Summit Station location. In fact, I should have left 20 minutes ago..

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SATURDAY,

Perfect Weather - Great Tennis

Yesterday, the weather was as good as it gets for a late October day (or for any day during the entire year in Ohio).. The State semis begin at 9am this morning at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. To follow the action, click on:

ohiotenniszone.com/draws

Blessing Nwaozuzu
Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu - Click to enlarge
Players who are in the Final Four for each event are:

Division I Singles: Anna Roggenburk (Magnificat), Zoey Weil (Centennial), Cassie Alcala (Pickerington North), and Ananya Aggarwal (Mason).

Division I Doubles: Alexandra Vesikallio - Olivia Rondini (Magnificat), Gabriella O`Connor - Nina Dhaliwal (Ursuline Academy), Maddie Atway - Dani Schoenly (Olentangy Liberty), and Demi Jhaveri - Ashley Michelich (Westlake).

Division II Singles: Maddie Lynch (Hathaway Brown), Sydni Ratliff (Columbus Academy), and Nicole Gillinov (Hathaway Brown), and Elizabeth Fahrmeier (Summit Country Day).

Division II Doubles: Gracey Hirsch - Hayley Hirsch (Indian Hill), Isabella Godsick - Megan Qiang (Hathaway Brown), Rachel Buchinsky - Priya Khadilkar (Laurel), and Isabella Daverio - Rebecca Wolf (Hathaway Brown).

Creating those four previous paragraphs was easy because it was largely a cut and paste exercise from the OTZ hypothetical seeding released on Monday. There were three differences. There were two singles seeds who had to play each other in the second round and in that match Centenniel's Zoey Weil beat Mason's Jamie Kim in three sets. Two seeded doubles teams played each other. Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky - Priya Khadilkar beat Toledo Central Catholic's Maverick Delp - Sophia Spinazze. Unseeded Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier also beat Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu to earn a spot in the semis.

If you love numbers, here are a few more. The number of semifinalist spots by District are: Central - 4, Northeast - 8, Northwest - 0, and Southwest - 4. There are five freshmen, seven sophomores, nine juniors, and three seniors in the semis.

It is interesting how every single player left in the draw is an OhioTennisZone member. What's up with that? Could it be good luck to be an OTZ team or individual member? Well, yes, it is but your performance may vary. Of course, this also means that fans can view all of the high school results for all of the players competing today.

Taking photos and trying to keep the online draws updated yesterday turned out to be a tough task. I didn't even have time to go to McNasty's, which is the main, unstated reason why I go to States.. It was also more time consuming than normal to take photos because of the extremely bright sun. The best photo conditions are when the sun is shielded with a few clouds, but that wasn't the case yesterday. It also meant that I could largely only shoot from one side of the court, but hey, it's better than rain.

In other media, Scott Springer of the Cincinnati Enquirer provided this video interview about the Cincinnati-area players at States. Jarrod Ulrey of ThisWeekSports.com wrote this article about the Columbus-area players.

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FRIDAY,

It's Time for States

This is it.. States begin at 9am this morning at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

To keep up with the action on the courts, refer to this link:

ohiotenniszone.com/draws

OTZ Draws
OTZ Draws - Click to enlarge
There will be numerous good singles matches in the first round. Matches that will be of special interest include:

Almost anything can happen in doubles but the OTZ seeds should get through to the second round.

There were two good articles written about States. Click to read the article written by the Columbus Dispatch's Steve Blackledge. Here's another from Steve Junga of the Toledo Blade.

McNasty's will be serving their great food again at States. The lines will likely be long so please plan accordingly. If fact, please wait until you see me in line before you head over to the bus. If you want to dazzle your friends with knowledge, you can tell them that the McNasty-mobile was at one time a portable mammogram bus.

* Ok. This isn't really the school name, but it should be because Olentangy is a valued OTZ Team Member..

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THURSDAY,

Tomorrow | Photos from Districts

States are tomorrow. Tomorrow's update will be brief as I zoom down to Mason from Columbus.

The OTZ Enhanced Online Draws have been updated. They now include the court assignments for the first round of singles matches. The page also includes the new Lindner Family Tennis Center map with the new court numbers in the right navigation bar. Again, Center Court, Grandstand, Courts 16, and 17 will not be in use because of construction. Note that the map can be enlarged by clicking on it. The scores and court assignments will be updated throughout the day, but not in real-time. Note that there is an update date/time in the upper left hand corner of the draws so that you can monitor it for changes. For smart-phone users, enter this page into your browser now.

ohiotenniszone.com/draws

Vlad Rotnov
JFK's Kaytlin Marlatt - Click to enlarge
It is always difficult to get grandparents and those with limited mobility to the courts. Having all of the matches on the north end of the complex will be helpful this year.

Stringer extraordinaire, Alann Leinwohl, will be at States on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (I understand that there are open courts today on which to practice.) See Alann if you have any last minute stringing needs. (Guys are notorious for showing up at States with broken racquet strings - the girls - not so much.)

The Most Recently Added Photos area has been updated to include photos from Districts.

My photo dance card is getting full. Click to see who is currently requesting photos. Contact me if I've missed your request or if you want for me to take a photo of your extremely special daughter at this special event that you'll remember forever (if you get a photo). If you request that I take a photo, purchases are expected unless I just can't get a good photo of your daughter.

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WEDNESDAY,

OTZ States/OTCA Preview Video

There are several notable items today. The OTZ Video was completed this morning. This video recognizes the participants at States and the OTCA Tournament. In OTCA Tournament play, Mason defeated Ursuline Academy and Toledo Central Catholic beat Lexington to earn the last two Final Four spots. Congratulations to these teams.

These videos keep getting more challenging as more and more photos are added each year. This year there are about 90 action photos included. These photos include those players competing at States and the OTCA Team Tournament. There are also group photos that include the State Qualifiers from each District and the OTCA Final Four teams. Most of the photos were taken during the 2017 season.

For those trying to understand the flow of the video, it starts with the photos of the OTZ State seeds in singles and doubles, the players sorted by District and their District seeding, the State Qualifier group photos, and the OTCA Teams intermingled with players who are competing in the OTCA tournament (but not States). Each photo is shown for just a bit over a second so be quick on the pause button if you want to see the names. There are also a few videos intermingled with the photos. Even though I continue to fine-tune my approach, sorry in advance for any players who were missed. Even though it is months in the making, it cannot be finalized until all of the Final Four teams are determined (which occurred last night). To do these things well, it requires viewing with "fresh eyes" but that's not possible with tight timeframes. The videos also cannot be edited after they are released otherwise the links would not work (i.e. Twitter).

The selection of summer and fall music was rather poor for videos this season (Ed Sheeran songs are not conducive to sports videos.), so retro-music was selected. My apologies if you start seeing your parents dance around the house. (Unfortunately, that's something that you can't un-see.) For the best effect, crank up the music if you are at work. This is also a great way to let everyone know in the building (or office complex) that your daughter is playing at States.

Feel free to watch the video with advertisements or click to remove them. OTZ does not benefit from the ads but they do benefit the artists who create the music. From my perspective, this is a fair trade. I want to work with the best music. (Recall the 2014 OTZ video.)

The video looks better in High Definition and full screen mode. Click the little gear thingy to select the screen resolution (1080p) and the square thingy to make the video show in fullscreen.

All of the photos are available for sale. Still like taking OTZ photos rather than buying them? C'mon, you know it's wrong to do that..

For those trying to reach me via any form of communication, sorry. I've been in the bunker - working first with the States draws and then creating this video.

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TUESDAY,

Magnificat in Final Four

Magnificat beat North Canton Hoover last night for a Final Four spot in Division I. Tonight, Mason plays Ursuline Academy and Lexington competes against Toledo Central Catholic for the final Final Four spots, finally.

The Enhanced OTZ OHSAA Draws are online. These draws include photos of OTZ Members and their results from the season. Sign-in to view the action photos and profile photos of non-OTZ Members. No other high school sport offers this level of recognition in their draws. Even NCAA D1 tennis events do not offer this level of support.

State Qualifiers State Qualifiers
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State Qualifiers State Qualifiers
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The Northeast District State Qualifiers are included in the pictures on the right. The Northeast District has players that finish at different times and that makes it difficult to get all of their players together. Click to enlarge the photos. Please contact OTZ asap if there are any misspellings.

As many already know, it is never (ever) acceptable to use an OhioTennisZone photo in any capacity (i.e. senior photo collages, holiday cards, Twitter, Facebook) unless it has been purchased from OhioTennisZone. It is amazingly time consuming to take and process these photos and the equipment necessary to take them is expensive. Many players will soon be getting senior photos. Think about how much it costs for senior photos versus what OTZ charges for great, professional-level photos of your daughter enjoying her favorite sport. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but which photo will your daughter proudly be showing her daughters? (Please pause here for appropriate pondering.)

OTZ receives media/photo credentials for the Western & Southern Open, NCAA tennis tournaments, and USTA National Boys (Kalamazoo). Click to view OTZ's Top 2016 photos.

When the OTCA Tournament matches are completed, I will be able to start in earnest on the OTZ States Preview Video/Slideshow. Just to get in the mood, here are the videos for the 2016, 2015, and 2014 seasons. (Ok. The 2014 video/slideshow was lame but some of the girls competing in that video will be in the 2017 video/slideshow.)

State Tournament newspaper articles are being published. Click to view the article by the Enquirer's Scott Springer. It features the Hirsch sisters who are the top OTZ D2 seeds in doubles.

Remember.. Always. Pay. For. Photos.

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MONDAY,

It's States Week!

The biggest week of the Ohio high school tennis season is finally here as players make plans to go to Lindner Family Tennis Center for the OHSAA State Tournament and to Reynoldsburg for the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Tournament. The State Qualifiers are set (but still unknown for some Districts) and the OTCA Tournament Final Four teams will hopefully be finalized today.

The OHSAA only "seeds" the players strictly based on their performance in the District seeding rounds. If all Districts had the same skill levels, that method would be valid. Of course, that's not the case. If OTZ were to seed the players, the seeding would be as follows:

Southwest D1
Southwest District - Division I - Click to enlarge
Division I Singles: Anna Roggenburk (Magnificat), Zoey Weil (Centennial), Cassie Alcala (Pickerington North), and Jamie Kim (Mason).

Division I Doubles: Alexandra Vesikallio - Olivia Rondini (Magnificat), Gabriella O`Connor - Nina Dhaliwal (Ursuline Academy), Maddie Atway - Dani Schoenly (Olentangy Liberty), and Demi Jhaveri - Ashley Michelich (Westlake).

Division II Singles: Maddie Lynch (Hathaway Brown), Blessing Nwaozuzu (Orange), Sydni Ratliff (Columbus Academy), and Nicole Gillinov (Hathaway Brown).

Division II Doubles: Gracey Hirsch - Hayley Hirsch (Indian Hill), Maverick Delp - Sophia Spinazze (Toledo Central Catholic), Isabella Godsick - Megan Qiang (Hathaway Brown), and Rachel Buchinsky - Priya Khadilkar (Laurel).

While many people say that the "State Champion" wins regardless of the seeding, that's not the case. There have been numerous situations where the "Champion" did not win because he/she has faced much tougher competition in the earlier rounds. This is a highly compressed tournament and the singles players do not have adequate time to recover from long matches, especially in inclement weather. The professional-sized area around the courts at the Western & Southern site only make this situation worse. The order of play for Saturday should be Singles semis, Doubles semis (start one hour after the Singles start), Doubles finals (with only these matches "on" court), and then the Singles finals. This would extend the tournament by a couple of hours or so, but it would give fans more matches to watch and it would give the singles players much needed rest. Schedules could adjust if rain is in the forecast.

Central District State Qualifiers
Central District - Division II - Click to enlarge
Many thanks to Matt Sexton for taking the photos of the Southwest District State qualifiers and to Mike McGee for taking photos of the Northeast players. Please alert OTZ if any of the player names are misspelled.

As some of you may know, OTZ was prohibited from selling photos from States. Only an exclusive provider and newspapers were permitted to sell photos. Of course, that made little sense because OTZ provides more high school tennis coverage than any other entity. Thankfully the exclusive arrangement has ended and OTZ can now sell photos. If you want a photo of your player, please contact me asap via Feedback or email. I'll be working off of a first come/first serve basis.

In previous years, OTZ has given 5x7 photos to OTZ member players at States, but that practice was stopped during the boys season last spring. It was a time consuming process to distribute all of the photos and I am now using that time to take photos and to keep the State draws updated. Contact me if you would like a high-resolution digital image.

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SUNDAY,

Congratulations to the State Qualifiers

It was a great weather week of tennis - now if we can have just one more... All of the players have been determined for States. Special thanks to the Central, Northeast, and the Southwest Districts for getting their results up quickly so that their players can be recognized. The Central, Northeast, and Southwest District players and parents notice these efforts and they greatly appreciate it. The singles and doubles players from each District in seed order are listed below. The players from the Northwest and East/Southeast District will be posted when those results become available.

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Central District - Division I - Click to enlarge

Central District

D1: Cassie Alcala (Pickerington North), Zoey Weil (Centennial), Claire Ghidotti (Watterson), and Kathleen Jones (Olentangy).

Maddie Atway - Dani Schoenly(Olentangy Liberty), Ella Hazelbaker - Noah Mizer (Upper Arlington), Alexis Steer - Cellini Ko (Olentangy Liberty), and Evelyn Holman - Wendy Shi (Upper Arlington).

D2: Sydni Ratliff (Columbus Academy) and Georgia Tuckerman - Himaja Reddy (Columbus Academy). Central has just one (1) States spot in Division II.

Northeast District

Central District State Qualifiers
Central District - Division II - Click to enlarge
D1: Anna Roggenburk (Magnificat), Emma Peeler (Westlake), Sarah Robertson (Rocky River), Mia Zivkovic (Brecksville), Angelica Ross (Riverside), and Emily Hadler (Highland).

Alexandra Vesikallio - Olivia Rondini (Magnificat), Demi Jhaveri - Ashley Michelich (Westlake), Maria Zivick - Anne Zivick (Green), Emily Thomas - Megan Reese (Massillon Jackson), Hannah Kassaie - Caitlyn Hsu (Mayfield), and Maggie Yang - Alexis Ratner (Solon).

D2: Maddie Lynch (Hathaway Brown), Blessing Nwaozuzu (Orange), Marisa Ricciardi (Poland Seminary), Irene Norman (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy), and Nicole Gillinov (Hathaway Brown).

Isabella Godsick - Megan Qiang (Hathaway Brown), Rachel Buchinsky - Priya Khadilkar (Laurel), Isabella Daverio - Rebecca Wolf (Hathaway Brown), Stefanie Wyszkowski - Natalie Kirk (Our Lady of the Elms), and Kaytlin Marlatt - Lauren Kraker (Warren John F Kennedy).

Southwest District

D1: Jamie Kim (Mason), Ananya Aggarwal (Mason), Kelli Niehaus (Mount Notre Dame), and Caitlin Fisher (Turpin).

Gabriella O`Connor - Nina Dhaliwal (Ursuline Academy), Anke Patel - Reka Patel (Springboro), Harsitha Kalaiarasan - Helen Sotropa (Sycamore), Nicole Reid - Sanjana Reddy (Mason)

D2: Elizabeth Fahrmeier (Summit Country Day), Lily McCloskey (Oakwood), Samantha Pregel (Indian Hill), and Madi Porter (Madison).

Gracey Hirsch - Hayley Hirsch (Indian Hill), Emily Mayer - Peyton Osha (Wyoming), Julia Yingling - Nina Price (Indian Hill), and Jillian Blatt - Natalie Choo (Seven Hills).

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

In the OTZ Top Fan Dog race, either voters are not as motivated this year or there will be a late-day rush. Voting ends at 6pm sharp. As with the major US elections, dogs and dead people can vote - no cats though. The vote totals and quick access to their Twitter links are in the right navigation bar. Currently (noon on Sunday) the voting is Coco (14), Fergie (11), Larry (5), Dolce (4), Brisket (1), and Logan (not a single vote - just one "like").

Had some family issues that led to an ER visit at 6am. Everyone is fine but it caused a super-late OTZ update.

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SATURDAY,

Quarter-Final District Results Online

It was another great day for tennis as Division II of the Northeast District determined most of its State Qualifiers. This is the first year that the Northeast gets five spots for States after Central lost one of their two spots last season. The NE last spot will be determined today.

HB's Maddie Lynch
HB's Maddie Lynch - Click to enlarge

Northeast District

Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch defeated Ursuline's Vy Hoang and Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen; Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu beat Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Kaitlyn Beebe and Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov; Poland Seminary's Marissa Ricciardi defeated Canton South's Destiny Winans and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin's Sofia DiCillo; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Irene Norman beat Lake Ridge Academy's Ally Cui and Chagrin Falls' Adelaide Doman.

Hathaway Brown Nicole Gillinov and Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen are slated to meet for the last qualifying spot in singles.

Unfortunately, Greta Cywinska of Hathaway Brown suffered a knee injury during her singles match and she will not be available to play in the OTCA tournament. Thankfully, the Northeast has a trainer onsite for injuries. The Central District does not.

Northwest District

Perrysburg's Emma Carter defeated Notre Dame Academy's Emily Kelly and Norwalk's Megan Berry; Clay’s Mady Arquette beat Lima Shawnee’s Aria Patel and St. Ursula Academy’s Libby Barrow; Perrysburg's Sydney Onest defeated Toledo St. Ursula Academy's Grace Almester and Clay's Tori Gallaher; Lexington's Sylvia Goldsmith beat Columbian's Marie Brodman and Lima Central Catholic's Olivia Kesner; and Toledo Central Catholic's Ava McQuillin defeated Bath's Charis Barnes and Lexington's Katie Voltz.

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

In the all important OTZ Top Fan Dog Contest, the rankings are Watterson's Coco, Mason's Larry, Upper Arlington's Fergie, New Albany's Dolce, Dublin Coffman's Brisket, and Hawken's Logan. Voting ends on Sunday at 6pm. You do not have to live in Ohio to vote. You do not even have to live in reality to vote.

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FRIDAY,

District Results for Central and Southwest

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

Seven Hills' Jillian Blatt
7 Hills' Jillian Blatt - Click to enlarge

Central District:

Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Dublin Scioto's Nicole Santoso and Granville's Eleanor Male; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Olentangy Liberty's Lexie Brengartner and Marietta's Coil; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Dublin Jerome's Jiaqi Liu and Lancaster's Hope Rooker; and Watterson's Claire Ghidotti beat Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie and Dublin Scioto's Ashley Lambillotte.

Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Wellington's Olmstead and Columbus Academy's Lauren Motta and Wellington's Akua Antwi-Woods beat Worthington Christian's Amanda Mayotte and Wellington's Isabella Vegas.

Southwest District:

Mason's Jamie Kim defeated Wayne's Sidney Bailey and Miamisburg's Mikenzie Hindenlang; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal beat Springboro's Ally Garofoli and St. Ursula Academy's Kellie Hannan; Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus defeated Centerville's Ariel Alappatt and Fairfield's Sarah Radcliffe; and Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat Butler's Xia Lin and Beavercreek's Julia Bays.

Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Tippecanoe's Dakota Schroeder and Oakwood's Natalie Connelly; Oakwood's Lily McCloskey beat Seven Hills' Neda Tehrani and Indian Hill's Jessica Budde; Indian Hill's Samantha Pregel defeated Seven Hills' Annika Alper and Chaminade-Julienne's Lanie Sorg; and Madison’s Madi Porter beat Preble Shawnee’s Ashlyn Hubbard and Cincinnati Country Day’s Abby Blum.

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

Start looking for your camera because OTZ is going to post the group photos of the State Qualifiers again this year. It's best to take this photo immediately before the Distict seeding round. It needs to be a good, high-resolution photo because OTZ will retrieve some of the individual photos for use in the OTZ State Draws. OTZ will add the names of the State Qualifiers so please provide those as well. Make sure that the doubles teammates stand together. Click State Qualifier photos to view all of the previous qualifiers. If you scroll down far enough, you'll find the two, non-dog, OTZ children - Kyle in 2009 and Lauren in 2011.

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THURSDAY,

Indian Hill and Columbus Academy in D2 OTCA Final Four

Districts start today for much of the State. This means that after today, many of the State Qualifiers will be decided.

Liberty's Maddie Atway
Liberty's Maddie Atway - Click to enlarge
Two more OTCA Final Four spots were determined yesterday when Indian Hill defeated Summit Country Day and Columbus Academy beat Wellington (no scores reported). To view the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. Click to view the updated OTCA Tournament Draws.

I will be leaving shortly to attend the Southwest Districts at the ATP site. Both Division I and Division II will be playing so it is an ideal place to watch players and to take photos.

In the OTZ Top Fan Dog contest, Coco leads the pack with 11 votes, followed by Fergie (10), and Dolce and Larry (both with 4). Neither Brisket nor Logan have a single, tiny, little vote.

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WEDNESDAY,

Jerome & NDA in Final Four | OTZ Top Fan Dog Voting

Two teams have booked their tickets to the OTCA Final Four in Reynoldsburg. Dublin Jerome defeated Olentangy Liberty and Notre Dame Academy beat Perrysburg. In the semi-final round, Magnificat defeated Canfield and Ursuline Academy beat St. Ursula Academy. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Watterson's Coco Upper Arlington's Fergie
Watterson's Coco - Click to enlarge
Upper Arl.'s Fergie - Click to enlarge
Hawken's Logan New Albany's Dolce
Hawken's Logan- Click to enlarge
New Albany's Dolce - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Canfield's Anna Kan; Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O'Connor beat St. Ursula Academy's Elizabeth Pendergast; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Canfield's Sydney Cianciola; and Dublin Jerome's Vicki Chang beat Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway.

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

There are four more doggies being introduced for the OhioTennisZone.com Top Fan Dog Contest. They are:

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

Fergie [Holman] - Fergie has a disposition very similar to Coco which may be an indication that dogs simply don't like the OTZ staff. Fergie seems to like the OTZ devil dog, Zoey, so that's a plus. Fergie is an Upper Arlington fan.

Logan [Leizman] - Logan is the new dog on the block. He is still technically a puppy which enables him to misbehave more than older doggies. He is shown in this photo with his only toy - a dried Maple leaf. If Logan wins, he hopes to get another bigger, dried leaf. Logan is with Hawken.

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

It was great seeing the 2016 OTZ Fan Dog Champion, Charlie Gomez, last night at the Dublin Jerome versus Olentangy Liberty match. Charlie went into seclusion last year following her last second victory over Charlotte. As a result, she did not receive the OTZ Official Pat on the Head for winning last year's championship. In an impromptu ceremony last night, she was bestowed this honor.

The voting will begin this afternoon after the photos have been tweeted. Each "Retweet" is a vote. While "Likes" are nice, they mean nothing in terms of the vote. Votes will be tallied and presented in the right-side navigation bar. Note how last year's dogs are presented along with the vote totals. The voting will end on Sunday (10/15) at 6pm ET.

Today's matches include: Summit Country Day (A) versus Indian Hill and Columbus Academy versus Wellington.

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TUESDAY,

OTZ Fan Dog Contest | OTCA Matches

By all accounts, the Northeast District had a pretty good tennis season last year. They won D1 and D2 Singles at States. They won D1 and D2 Doubles at States. They won the D1 and D2 OTCA Team competition. But then, their hopes and dreams came crashing down as OTZ Fan Dog Championship was ripped from their paws in the last hour of voting.

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Of course, there were allegations. First, they claimed that Indiana may have hacked the vote. Then they claimed that the popular vote should be replaced with a vote per region. They also questioned Dublin Jerome's late surge in votes. In the end, Magnificat's Charlotte simply got beat by Dublin Jerome's Charlie.

But.. It's another year and another contest. OTZ is still accepting contestants, but two will be introduced today. The first is Dublin Coffman's Brisket.

Brisket is a dog's dog's dog. When you tell him to sit, he'll go find a mountain, scale it, and then sit on the summit. The Dublin Coffman team members are his mascots. Voting for Brisket is like liking bacon. Brisket's human is Coach Brett Hundertpfund.

Mason's Larry is suave. Larry is funny. Larry also has a serious side and that was evident as he warded off an evil (perhaps redundant) Magnificat fan during their Mason match. (Click for photo.) Thanks to a high tensile strength cable used as his leash, the awkward moment simply passed. If Larry is unable to fullfil his year long committment of excellence, his sister, Lulu, will assume his duties. Larry has two sisters on the Mason team, Emma and Annie Kruse.

Watch for more doggies to be introduced tomorrow.

Coffman's Brisket Mason's Larry
Coffman's Brisket - Click to enlarge
Mason's Larry - Click to enlarge

There were two big OTCA Tournament yesterday. Indian Hill defeated Chaminade-Julienne and Laurel beat Poland Seminary. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch defeated Chaminade-Julienne's Olivia Boch; Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky beat Poland Seminary's Marissa Ricciardi; and Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch defeated Chaminade-Julienne's Lanie Sorg.

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

Today's OTCA matches include: OTZ #3 Dublin Jerome versus OTZ #4 Olentangy Liberty and OTZ #5 Ursuline Academy versus OTZ #6 St. Ursula Academy. I will be at the Jerome vs. Liberty match, but it needs to get wrapped up quickly because I have a platform tennis match.

OTZ plans for Districts are to attend: Southwest District on Thursday, Northeast on Friday, and Central on Saturday. Contact me asap if you want me to take a photo of your daughter for purchase.

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MONDAY,

District Draws

District draws are now available for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts. Special kudos to the District Managers for getting this information out quickly.

St. Ursula Academy
St. Ursula Academy - Click to team page
The draws have not been reviewed in detail, but it does appear that the strongest players in the Southwest District have a good opportunity to get to States. It is always nerve racking to see how the Cincinnati, Mason, and Dayton Sectional players matchup. The worst combination is when a #1 from Cincinnati has to play a #2 from Mason, or vice versa. This did not occur in any of the draws.

The OhioTennisZone Fan Dog competition will be starting soon. Get your entries into OTZ asap. If little children run away from your dog in horror, then your dog just might not be OTZ Fan Dog material. A doggy picture is required. Voting will take place using Twitter.

Sectional results are still being added.

Today's featured team is St. Ursula Academy. They are coached by Jason Woods. They are Team Members. They are led by Elizabeth Pendergast, Bella Kirby, and Kellie Hannan.

Today's matches include: Dublin Jerome (A) versus Watterson and St. Ursula Academy (A) versus Ursuline Academy. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

Sectionals Completed | Central District D1 Draws

Sectional data is now online for the Central District, ATP Sectional, and Mason Sectional. It is going to take some time, but I will be monitoring the other Sectional draws that have results and begin to enter that information.

The Central District Draws are now available for Division I. Click to view the Central District Division I Draws.

Centennial's Zoey Weil
Centennial's Zoey Weil - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala and Watterson's Claire Ghidotti; Mason's Jamie Kim beat Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus and teammate, Ananya Aggarwal; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated teammate, Alexandria Graham; Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus beat Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Seven Hills' Annika Alper and Madison's Madison Porter; and Olentangy's Kathleen Jones beat Watterson's Claire Ghidotti.

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

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SATURDAY,

Central District Sectional Results

The Sectionals got off to a slow start in the Central District. Play was delayed until noon at the Upper Arlington site due to rain, and then the overcast skies prevented the courts from drying.

Mifflin
Mifflin - Click to team page
All of the Central District results, except for Reynoldsburg's, are now online. Reynoldsburg was unable to finish because of darkness.

Kudos to the Columbus Dispatch for getting these scores into the newspaper as they also juggled football scores. There were no scores in the Enquirer or Plain Dealer.

Just as a reminder, results provided by the Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Cleveland Plain Dealer will be entered first. Results provided by coaches will be entered soon after. Results for OTZ members that are not included in the newspapers will eventually be entered after their Sectionals are completely finished and after the draws sheets are updated online. Note that OTZ will focus on significant matches rather than all of the matches. One-sided (i.e. 0, 0) wins/losses will likely not be included.

Today's featured team is Mifflin. They are coached by Kim Randall.

I got up bright and early to get the 200+ sectional matches entered so that I could go to the Reynoldsburg site this morning. That site has all of Central Ohio's top Division I singles players. Actually, it wasn't even remotely "bright" when I got up..

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FRIDAY,

Hopefully Better Weather Today | Photo Friday

Yesterday's Sectionals were a rain-out for the Central and Southwest Districts. Amazingly, it had been 20 straight days since Columbus had received rain.

There were three dual matches recorded. Lake Catholic defeated Cleveland Heights; Seton beat McAuley; and Wyoming defeated Finneytown. To view results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Lily McCloskey
Oakwood's Lily McCloskey - Click to enlarge

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

There were 29 more photos added last night. Click to view Most Recently Added Photos.

Viewers may notice that the photos taken indoors at the Dayton Five Seasons facility look a bit different than those taken outdoors. Indoor lighting is always much (much) worse than outdoor light, even on extremely cloudy days. Weak lighting gives photographers two bad choices - shoot at a slower shutter speed or add camera "noise" to the image. Using a slower shutter speed adds blurriness, especially to the ball. More camera noise makes the photos look grainy. Yesterday, I used a technique that "smoothed" the graininess out of the photos. The effect of this is more obvious on the players' faces. Again, it is always a balancing act, but more expensive gear enables photographers to shoot "faster" in lower light with less graininess..

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THURSDAY,

Central District Sectionals Delayed Until Tomorrow

Sectionals were to begin today for most of the state, but rain has postponed the Sectional Tournament for the Central District and the ATP D2 site until tomorrow. The Southwest Centerville D2 Sectional has been moved indoors to Five Seasons on Clyo Road and I will be leaving soon for that sectional. No status updates have been received from the other Districts. Always double check everything with your coach.

Sectional results are online from yesterday's ATP Division I in the Southwest District.

Watterson
Watterson - Click to team page
There were 11 dual matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 6 and Southwest - 4. The close, 3-2 matches included: Lexington defeated Watterson; New Albany beat Pickerington North; Hilliard Davidson defeated Gahanna; Seven Hills beat Cincinnati Country Day; and Clinton-Massie defeated Western Brown. In OTCA play, Notre Dame Academy defeated Ashland. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Lexington's Sylvia Goldsmith defeated Watterson's Claire Ghidotti; Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook beat New Albany's Emma Waite; and Ashland’s Jenna McBridge defeated Notre Dame Academy's Bella Yajzi. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Watterson. They are coached by Susan Weil. They are Team Members. They are led by Claire Ghidotti; Jenna Mar, and Paige Parker.

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WEDNESDAY,

Dublin Jerome Beats Columbus Academy | Liberty Defeats Orange

There were several yuge matches in OTCA and dual match play yesterday. In the OTCA, Olentangy Liberty defeated Olentangy Orange and Perrysburg beat Toledo St. Ursula Academy. Both teams are in their respective finals. In dual match play, the #3's in D1 and D2 squared off. Dublin Jerome defeated Columbus Academy.

There were 20 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 13, Southwest - 6, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Hilliard Bradley defeated Grove City; Sycamore beat Turpin; Whetstone defeated Thomas Worthington; DeSales beat Worthington Kilbourne; Oak Hills defeated Mother of Mercy; and Watkins Memorial beat Worthington Christian. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

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Liberty's Lexie Brengartner - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Watterson's Claire Ghidotti; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff beat Dublin Jerome's Arya Dudipala; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch defeated Loveland's Hope Geers; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat Sycamore's Harsitha Kalaiarasan; Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway defeated Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer; and Perrysburg's Emma Carter beat Toledo St. Ursula Academy's Grace Almester.

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

Please remember that OTZ will post the results from the Sectionals that are included in the newspapers. If your school's results are not included in one of the three major newspapers, I will accept results that are emailed to me in the following format:

Activity will be light tonight as many teams prepare for Sectionals tomorrow. Today's matches include: Watterson (H) versus Lexington; Delaware Hayes (H) versus Marysville; and Watkins Memorial (H) versus Teays Valley. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Mason Beats Springboro | Columbus Academy Defeats Upper Arlington

Conditions were ideal again last night as teams wrap up their dual match seasons with senior nights. There were 24 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15 and Southwest - 9. The close, 3-2 matches included: Mother of Mercy defeated Harrison; Walnut Hills beat Sycamore-B; Gahanna defeated Westerville Central; West Clermont beat Northwest; and Pickerington Central defeated Granville. In other prominent matches, Mason defeated Springboro (OTCA Match); St. Ursula Academy beat Sycamore; Columbus Academy defeated Upper Arlington; Seven Hills beat Summit Country Day; and Chaminade-Julienne defeated Centerville. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Archbishop Alter
Archbishop Alter - Click to team page
Among the top players, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Upper Arlington's Goldberg; Mason's Jamie Kim beat Springboro's Alexandra Garofoli; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Seven Hills' Jillian Blatt; St. Ursula Academy's Elizabeth Pendergast defeated Sycamore's Harsitha Kalaiarasan; and Chaminade-Julienne’s Olivia Boch beat Centerville’s Ariel Alappatt. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Archbishop Alter. They are coached by Charlie Painter. They are Team Members. They are led by Emily Pojman, Rachel Hawley, and Ashley Vosler.

Today's matches include: Dublin Jerome (A) versus Columbus Academy; Archbishop Alter (A) versus Archbishop McNicholas; St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Springboro; and  Indian Hill (H) versus Loveland. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

New OTZ Rankings | Elysium's Paddle Fest

It is Sectional Week. Play begins today in the Northeast District at Harvard Park in Canton and play will continue on Wednesday and Saturday. Because of the large number of schools playing in the Northeast District, it takes three days to finish their Sectionals. Canton has 19 teams in its D1 Sectional while Central's largest D1 locations (Pickerington Central and Reynoldsburg) have 13 teams playing.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
October 2, 2017
Division I Division II
1. Magnificat ◄TEAM1. Hathaway Brown ◄TEAM
2. Mason◄TEAM2. Indian Hill ◄TEAM
3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAM3. Col. Academy ◄TEAM
4. Olentangy Liberty◄TEAM4. Laurel ◄TEAM
5. Ursuline Academy◄TEAM5. Toledo Central Catholic
6. St. Ursula Academy◄TEAM6. Summit Coun. Day ◄TEAM
7. Pickerington North◄TEAM7. Lexington
8. Olentangy Orange◄TEAM8. Notre Dame-Cath. Latin
9. Upper Arlington◄TEAM9. Oakwood
10. Westlake◄TEAM10. Wellington ◄TEAM
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership so extensive OTZ information is available

The most recent OTZ D1 rankings are listed to the right. Please keep in mind that the approach that OTZ uses to rank teams is as if they were using their best line-ups in their most important matches. This approach reduces the volatility in the rankings when there are occasional upsets. If teams are not playing their best line-ups due to injuries, this approach becomes a bit tricky.

Broken down by Districts, the Central has five teams in the Top Ten. The Northeast has two and the Southwest has three. D1 teams deserving honorable mention include: Perrysburg (NE District), Notre Dame Academy (NE), Springboro (SW), and Canfield (NE). As mentioned in the past, it is difficult to rank teams that do not travel and who do not play teams that travel.

Teams that are serious about tennis either travel or they invite out-of-town teams to their locations to play. From a logistical standpoint, it is easier for Central teams to invite teams from other Districts to make the trip to Columbus to participate in weekend, combo-dual matches.

Division II is always more difficult to rank because these teams travel even less than Division I teams. Broken down by District, Central has two schools; Northeast has three, Northwest has two, and the Southwest has three. D2 teams on the honorable mention list include: Columbus School for Girls, Wyoming, Poland Seminary, and Archbishop Alter.

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Elysium's Paddle Fest - Click to enlarge

The weather conditions were perfect yesterday for Elysium Tennis' Paddle Fest. This event introduces players to platform tennis. It included free play, clinics, and an exhibition. The event was free to players of all ages and skill levels.

Columbus is preparing for its platform tennis league. There will be 4.0 and 3.0-3.5 divisions this year. Click on PlatformTennisZone.com in a few days for more information. (PlatformTennisZone.com is another Gerber Analytics, LLC web site.)

Today's high school tennis matches include: Columbus Academy (A) versus Upper Arlington; Columbus School For Girls (A) versus Olentangy Liberty; St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Sycamore; and Summit Country Day (H) versus Seven Hills. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

Report Changes | Twitter @OhioTennisZone

It was a great tennis day but no matches were reported as teams hunkered down to focus on this coming week's Sectional matches. Rather than enter new match results, OTZ added matches from older contests and made report changes.

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Mason's Team Report - Click to enlarge

Reports are always being enhanced and that was the case yesterday. The team reports now include a change to primarily assist with rankings. The change, circled in red in the image on the right, now includes the Game Winning Percentage of each contest. While this information is included in the Matrix reports, it is helpful to include it beside the team line-ups. Mason is used as an example because it is a "Rosetta Stone" team that helps determine the rankings of other teams. With this information, it is clearer why some teams are ranked the way in which they are and others are not ranked, especially when comparing the line-ups. OTZ Members must sign-in to view this information.

OhioTennisZone uses Twitter during the tennis seasons to promote teams and players. Twitter is also used during the off-season to keep fans abreast of any major changes. It was always a dream that someday, somehow OhioTennisZone would acquire as many followers as a moderately popular teenage girl. Now after three years of effort, this dream appears to be achievable. How can you help? You can follow OhioTennisZone. Note that Twitter can (and will) lead to procrastination of homework, yard-work, and/or snow removal. Always ask your most lenient parent, who has absolutely no idea what you are talking about, for permission before you sign-up. (For example, if you asked a parent about getting a tattoo, then that's the parent to ask.) Here's a goal that everyone can get behind as OTZ strives for 600 followers.

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SATURDAY,

Mason Wins GMC

It was a quiet tennis day. Matches were Laurel defeated Highland and Rocky River beat St. Joseph Academy. To view the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

In tournament play, Mason won the Greater Miami Conference (GMC) tourney. Jamie Kim was selected as Player of the Year and Coach Mike Reid is Coach of the Year.

Hilliard Davidson
Hilliard Davidson - Click to team page
Among the top players, Mason's Jamie Kim defeated Sycamore's Harsitha Kalairasan; Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky beat Highland's Emily Hadler; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Lakota East's Grace Silverberg; and Mason's Sanjana Reddy beat Lakota East's Megan Hoke. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Hilliard Davidson. They are coached by Steve DeDent. They are Team Members. They are led by Grace Wilson, Josie Paazig, and Emma Wood.

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FRIDAY,

Jerome > Pick. North | Wellington > CSG | Photo Phriday

There were more great matches yesterday as two finalists were determined in OTCA Tournament matches. Dublin Jerome defeated Pickerington North and Wellington beat Columbus School for Girls. Click to view the OTCA Tournament Draws.

There were 27 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 16, Southwest - 9, and Northeast - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Teays Valley defeated Reynoldsburg; Thomas Worthington beat Gahanna; Westerville Central defeated Hilliard Davidson; Oakwood beat Chaminade-Julienne; Walnut Hills defeated Seven Hills; and Indian Hill beat Ursuline Academy. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

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Academy's Georgia Tuckerman - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Dublin Jerome's Vicki Chang; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff beat New Albany's Makena Romagnano; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch defeated Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal; Dublin Jerome's Arya Dudipala beat Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook; Walnut Hills' Makensie Long defeated Seven Hills' Neda Tehrani; and Wellington's Akua Antwi-Woods beat Columbus School for Girls' Rosie Gliatis. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Photo shooting conditions have been so-so recently with either too much sun or too dense of clouds. Conditions were great for the Columbus Academy at Watterson and Olentangy Orange at Upper Arlington matches. Since the last big photo day, there have been 47 photos added. Click to view the Most Recently Added Photos.

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THURSDAY,

Laurel Defeats NDCL | Turpin Beats Ursuline Academy

We finally get a break from the heat today. There were 28 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Southwest - 9, and Northeast - 4. The close, 3-2 matches included: Mariemont defeated Kings; Pickerington Central beat Olentangy; Turpin defeated Ursuline Academy (with three, 3-setters); Columbus Academy beat Watterson; Revere defeated Our Lady Of The Elms; and Laurel beat Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. In other significant matches, Summit Country Day defeated Walnut Hills and Indian Hill beat Wyoming. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Poland Seminary
Poland Seminary - Click to team page
Among the top players, Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Ursuline Academy's Dhaliwal; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti beat Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman; Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky defeated Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin's Sofia DiCillo; Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer beat Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie; and Summit Country Day's Amy Poffenberger defeated Walnut Hills' Makensie Long.

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

Today's featured team is Poland Seminary. They are coached by Jimmie Leslie. They are led by Marissa Ricciardi, Lauren Pepperney, and Olivia Rosenberg.

Tomorrow will be Foto Phriday.

Most of the Sectional Draws are now online. To view them, click on the links in the green Sectional Tournament Draws box at the top of the page.

Today's matches include: Columbus School For Girls (H) versus Wellington; Dublin Jerome (A) versus Pickerington North; New Albany (A) versus Columbus Academy; Ursuline Academy (A) versus Indian Hill; and Walnut Hills (H) versus Seven Hills. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

St. Ursula Academy Beats Ursuline Academy

It was yet another big match night with many close matches. There were 27 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Southwest - 7, Northeast - 4, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: St. Ursula Academy defeated Ursuline Academy; Our Lady Of The Elms beat Hudson (with three 3-setters); Hilliard Bradley defeated Hilliard Davidson; Dublin Scioto beat Wellington; Pickerington North defeated Olentangy Orange; Big Walnut beat Worthington Christian (with three 3-setters); and Canal Winchester defeated Granville. It was originally thought that the SU vs. UA match was an OTCA match, but that was not the case. They will play in the OTCA match on October 10. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Caroline Sproule
Orange's Caroline Sproule - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Dublin Coffman's Clair Feit; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated New Albany's Makena Romagnano; Dublin Jerome's Vicki Chang defeated Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie; St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby defeated Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal; and Notre Dame Academy's Bella Yajzi defeated Ottawa Hills' Bhatt. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (A) versus Watterson; Dublin Jerome (H) versus New Albany; Summit Country Day (A) versus Walnut Hills; and Westlake (H) versus Walsh Jesuit. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Magnificat Defeats Westlake | Olentangy Orange Beats Upper Arlington

Now things get really interesting.. There were several matches that were bigger than huge last night. Even though UA had a slight advantage in games (60 to 59), Olentangy Orange defeated Upper Arlington in a great 3-2 match. This OTCA match was decided by a three and a half hour third singles match. In other big matches, Magnificat defeated Westlake (3-2) in the OTCA tournament and Mason beat Indian Hill. Click to view the OTCA Draws. (Also note the new update date and time under the header.)

There were 27 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 13, Southwest - 10, and Northeast - 4. Other close, 3-2 matches included: Blanchester defeated Felicity and Canal Winchester beat Bloom-Carroll. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Olentangy Orange
Olentangy Orange - Click to team page
Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Westlake's Emma Peeler; Mason's Jamie Kim beat Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Columbus School for Girls' Rosie Gliatis; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal beat Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Westlake's Sophia Ricaurte; St. Ursula Academy's Elizabeth Pendergast beat Walnut Hills' Makensie Long; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Avon Lake's Brianna Tomko beat St. Joseph Academy's Julie Lorincz; Mason's Sanjana Reddy defeated Indian Hill's Samantha Pregel; and Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer beat Upper Arlington's Ella Hazelbaker. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Olentangy Orange. They are coached by Susan Storrer. They are Team Members. They are led by Erin Storrer, Caroline Sproule, and Kortney Reed.

Today's matches include: Archbishop Alter (A) versus Oakwood;  Magnificat (H) versus Laurel; Olentangy Orange (A) versus Pickerington North; and St. Joseph Academy (A) versus Walsh Jesuit. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

Central District Draw Process

The way in which the Central District Division I draw is performed is the best in the state and the most effective way to insure that the best players from that District reach the State Tournament. It may be difficult to replicate this approach in the Northeast or Northwest, but it could and should be done in the Southwest District where there are huge skill disparities at the various Sectional sites, especially at Troy.

The beauty of the Central approach is that it gives coaches the choice of where they want to compete for Sectionals. There are four sites from which to choose. There are numerous reasons why a coach may want to go to a specific site. They include:

Here's how the Central District does their draw. There are photos accompanying several of these steps. Please click on the images to enlarge them.

Here are the steps of the Central District Division I draw process.

1) Coaches submit their won/lost records electronically for the other coaches to review. They also provide their line-ups for the Sectionals (which are not viewable by the other coaches).

Vlad Rotnov
Coach Vote - Click to enlarge

2) Coaches vote for the best teams electronically. The highest vote is a 50, followed by 48, 47, etc. This season, Dublin Jerome was voted the best, followed by Olentangy Liberty, Olentangy Orange, and Upper Arlington. Coaches cannot vote for their own team.

Some coaches base their votes primarily on won/lost records while others consider who the teams played.

Note that only a portion of the votes are included in this photo.

3) All of the coaches meet at the same location at a Gahanna school. Most coaches live in the Central Ohio area, but one coach traveled 75 miles from Athens to attend. Another coach traveled from Marietta (111 miles).

Sectionals Top Players
Singles / Doubles? - Click to enlarge

4) Prior to selecting their locations, coaches request information about team line-ups to determine if the top players will be competing in singles or doubles. OTZ receives this line-up information early and distributes "top player" information immediately prior to the meeting to speed up this process. Some coaches also likely talk to each other prior to the Sectional draw process to determine how players are being slotted.

As you review the rest of today's blog entry, focus on Claire Ghidotti, Zoey Weil, Kathleen Jones, and Cassie Alcala. These players are considered the top singles players in the Central District.

Sectionals Top Players
Site Selection - Click to enlarge

5) The site sponsors automatically received their location, which in this case was Hilliard Bradley, Pickerington Central, Reynoldsburg, and Upper Arlington. Since Dublin Jerome finished first in the vote, they received the first location pick, and they selected Hilliard Bradley. Olentangy Liberty then selected Upper Arlington; Olentangy Orange chose Reynoldsburg; and Upper Arlington was already pre-determined by being a hosting site.

The two coaches at the white board are Reynoldsburg's site manager, Steve Hoffman, and Grandview's Kathy Kinnard, who is the Central District Division I Tournament Manager.

Sectionals Top Players
Strategy Time.. - Click to enlarge

6) Now the strategy kicks-in. After Pickerington North's Brian Hoff (with Cassie Alcala) selected Reynoldsburg, that placed more pressure on all of the coaches with top singles players to select that site. They did this so that their players would not have to face each other again until *after* they qualified for States. This is a "states or bust" approach for these top players. Informed OTZ readers already know how this will play out.. Olentangy's coach, Jeff Luxenburger, chose Reynoldsburg for Kathleen Jones. Watterson coach, Susan Weil, selected Reynoldsburg for Claire Ghidotti, and Centennial's Barb Stevenson selected the same site for Zoey Weil. Had the coaches not this, these top players may have had to face each other during a qualifying round in Districts.

Coaches who want their singles players to experience the honor of competing at Districts would select a different site. Again, this is the beauty of this Sectional draw approach because it optimizes what's best for the players.

Sectionals Top Players
Final Locations - Click to enlarge
7) This photo shows the final choices of all schools. Westland had the last choice because they were ranked last, but the Whitehall coach did not show up at the Sectional draw, so their school received the last spot.

8) After the sites are determined, the coaches go to their designated rooms to determine seeds and to select each "line" on the draw sheet. I assist Steve Hoffman as a typist for the Reynoldsburg site.

9) The Central District provides as much information as it can on the draw sheets to benefit the players. Note how the grades are included. This is a big help to college coaches who often do not know this information. The draw sheets were posted on OhioTennisZone at 5pm on Sunday.

It always takes a bit of luck to reach States, but it should never be like winning the lottery. High school tennis has so few States' spots that we need to use these spots wisely for the most deserving players. Otherwise we are doing a disservice to our sport and to the players.

There are times in the Southwest District when a team's third singles players reaches States but not the teams' first or second singles player because the third singles players has a draw which is much easier than the other two. How is this good for the sport?

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Today's matches include: Columbus School For Girls (H) versus Columbus Academy; Indian Hill (A) versus Mason; Laurel (H) versus Hawken; Summit Country Day (H) versus Turpin; and Olentangy Orange (A) versus Upper Arlington. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY EVENING,

Central District Draws Available

The draws are now online for the Central District as of 5pm on Sunday. Click to view Division I and/or Division II. These links include the singles and doubles draws for the six sectionals.

Click to view the Southwest District Division II Singles and Doubles draws for the ATP (Cincinnati) site. These draws were posted by Matt Sexton.

The draws will soon be posted above under the OTCA Draws.

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SUNDAY,

Pickerington North Beats Mount Notre Dame

Yesterday's hot temperatures might be a welcome memory by the time that States arrive. There were five matches recorded from state-wide play. They included: Magnificat defeated Villa Maria Academy (from Pennsylvania); Pickerington North beat Mount Notre Dame; Summit Country Day defeated Miami Valley; and Lakota East beat Lakota West. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Cassie Alcala
Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Villa Maria Academy's Sarah DeMarco; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala  beat Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Wellington's Akua Antwi-Woods and Worthington Christian's Amanda Mayotte; and Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier beat Miami Valley's Olivia Schrager. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

It's Sectional Draw day. Meetings start today at 2:00pm - even in Northwest Ohio.

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SATURDAY,

Wellington Defeats Bexley | Green Beats Our Lady of the Elms

As expected, yesterday was a quiet tennis day. There were just two matches recorded. They were Green defeated Our Lady Of The Elms and Wellington defeated Bexley. To view the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Gracey Hirsch with Scott Springer
Gracey Hirsch with Scott Springer - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Green's Maria Zivick defeated Our Lady Of The Elms' Armstrong and Wellington's Akua Antwi-Woods beat Bexley's Haley Wilson.Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Cincinnati Enquirer's Scott Springer interviewed Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch and Mason's Jamie Kim, Sanjana Reddy, and Coach Mike Reid at the Cincinnati Tennis Coaches' Classic. Click to read and watch his interviews.

There were numerous Ohio State players participating in the ATP Columbus Challenger this week at the Ohio State Indoor Varsity courts. Click to view the Qualifier Singles draw, Main Draw Singles, and Main Draw Doubles. OSU/Ohio high school players who participated included: Joey Thomas, Jacob Wareti, Alex Kobelt, and Peter Kobelt.

Today, Summit Country Day (H) plays Miami Valley.

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FRIDAY,

Olentangy Liberty Beats Pickerington North

Ouch. It is always interesting to compare the number of dual matches from this year versus last year. It is not good news though. Even though our weather has been favorable, the number of matches reported is 20% lower this year. The percentage decreases by District are: Central - (14%), Southwest - (19%), Northeast - (24%), and Northwest - (51%). It is not clear what the reasons are but it is likely a combination of fewer matches being played, coaches not reporting scores, and the newspapers not posting scores. Whatever it is - it's not good for high school tennis. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer on a Friday.

UA's Gabriella O'Connor
UA's Gabriella O'Connor - Click to enlarge
There were 36 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Southwest - 18, Northeast - 2, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: DeSales defeated Whetstone; Goshen beta Clinton-Massie; Hilliard Darby defeated Big Walnut; Olentangy Liberty beat Pickerington North; Watterson defeated Dublin Coffman; Lancaster beat Granville; Lakota East defeated Bellbrook; Central Crossing beat Ready; Northwest defeated Little Miami; Poland Seminary beat Howland; Summit Country Day defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; and Olentangy beat Worthington Christian.To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti beat Dublin Coffman's Clair Feit; Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly defeated Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook; and Dublin Jerome's Reagan Resor beat Hilliard Davidson's Emma Wood. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's matches include: Our Lady Of The Elms (A) versus Western Reserve Academy and
St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Wyoming. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

St. Ursula Academy Beats Mount Notre Dame | Springboro Defeats Sycamore

There are more and more closely contested matches as teams square up in OTCA matches. Click to view the updated OTCA Draws.

There were 33 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Southwest - 15, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Colerain defeated Ross; Hilliard Darby defeated Marysville; Bloom-Carroll beat Teays Valley; Springboro defeated Sycamore (OTCA match); Wyoming beat Mariemont; Middletown defeated Princeton; Chaminade-Julienne defeated Badin; and Summit Country Day beat Cincinnati Country Day. In other notable matches, St. Ursula Academy defeated Mount Notre Dame; Canfield beat Poland Seminary; Olentangy Liberty defeated Dublin Coffman; and Magnificat beat Walsh Jesuit. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. Readers must now sign-in to view the Line-up View.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy - Click to team page
In tournament play, Turpin won the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) tournament. Loveland was second.

Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Walsh Jesuit's Gabi Costantini; Mason's Jamie Kim beat Beavercreek's Julia Bays; Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus defeated St. Ursula Academy's Elizabeth Elizabeth Pendergast; Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway beat Dublin Coffman's Claire Feit; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Priya Chopra; Springboro's Anke Patel beat Sycamore's Harsitha Kalaiarasan; Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer defeated Dublin Scioto's Ashley Lambillotte; and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Irene Norman beat Stow's Heid.

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

Today's featured team is Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. They are coached by David Ramey. They are Team Members. They are led by Irene Norman, Kaitlyn Beebe, and Lauren Yee.

Today's matches include: Archbishop Alter (A) versus Chaminade-Julienne; St. Joseph Academy (A) versus Magnificat; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Watterson; and DeSales (A) versus Whetstone; Westlake (H) versus Rocky River. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

Ursuline Academy Beats Mount Notre Dame

The rain (or the threat of) caused a few cancellations last night. There were 17 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 4, Southwest - 10, Northeast - 2, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: St. Joseph Academy defeated Medina (with three, 3-setters) and Summit Country Day beat Cincinnati Country Day. Other notable matches included: Ursuline Academy defeated Mount Notre Dame and Indian Hill beat Oakwood (OTCA). To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Perrysburg
Perrysburg - Click to team page
Among the top players, Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O'Connor defeated Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch beat Oakwood's McCloskey; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Priya Chopra; St. Joseph Academy's Julie Lorincz beat Medina's Elizabeth Stuart; and Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal defeated Mount Notre Dame's Caroline Gott. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Perrysburg. They are coached by Julie Weider. Team members include Caitlyn Schankula and Gemma Smith.

Team photos from the Lexington Invite are now online for Canfield, Centerville, Laurel, North Canton Hoover, Perrysburg, Shaker Heights, Solon, Toledo Central Catholic, and Toledo St. Ursula Academy.

Today's matches include: Magnificat (A) versus Walsh Jesuit; St. Ursula Academy (A) versus Mount Notre Dame; St. Joseph Academy (H) versus Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin; and Bloom-Carroll (A) versus DeSales. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Indian Hill Defeats Lakota East

It was a good start to the week with 32 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 17, Southwest - 11, Northeast - 3, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Oak Hills defeated St. Ursula Academy-B; Walnut Hills beat Wyoming; Middletown defeated Hamilton; Thomas Worthington beat Hilliard Bradley; and Talawanda defeated Ross. OTCA matches included: Upper Arlington defeated Watterson (OTCA) and Perrysburg beat Clay. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. Click to view the OTCA Tournament draws.

Olentangy
Olentangy - Click to team page

Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Dublin Coffman's Claire Feit; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Olentangy's Kathleen Jones; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch defeated Lakota East's Megan Hoke; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated Upper Arlington's Ella Hazelbaker; Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu defeated Poland Seminary's Marissa Ricciardi; Perrysburg's Emma Carter defeated Clay's Madison Arquette; and Walnut Hills' Makensie Long defeated Wyoming's Peyton Osha.

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

Today's featured team is Olentangy. They are coached by Jeff Luxenburger. They are Team Members. They are led by Kathleen Jones, Priyanka Agochiya, and Vidya Puttagunta.

Today's matches include: Olentangy Liberty (A) versus Pickerington North; Summit Country Day (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; Dublin Jerome (A) versus Olentangy Orange; Olentangy (A) versus Hilliard Davidson; and Wellington (H) versus Bexley. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

Sectional Draw Week

The all important Sectional Draw takes place this Sunday (even for the Northwest District). Yesterday afternoon and evening was devoted to adding old scores and updating the OTZ Top Player Lists. Adding the older scores and tournament results takes a phenomenal amount of time, but everything to my knowledge is now up-to-date. If a score it not included, please resubmit it using the correct format.

Season-to-Date Report
Mason's Season-to-Date Report - Click to enlarge

It is important for coaches to be well-prepared for the Sectional Draw and the best way to do this is to bring along the Season-to-Date report. This report includes all of the results for each player. To work correctly, this report requires that player names be spelled correctly. OTZ checks the names as the data is added each morning for every Coach Member's team. (This is as much fun as it sounds..) This report also makes a great end-of-year momento for each player.

This report is accessible under the Coaches Tab above. Please sign-in first.

More players have been added to both the Top Players and Watch Lists. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The plan was to include more photos today, but entering the score results took more time than expected. Again, if the tournament scores are entered in the newspapers (or their web sites), then it should be on OhioTennisZone.com. If it was not in the newspaper, then it will still be accepted if it is in this format: S.McCoy (Olentangy Green) def. Smith (Westerville East) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) versus Lakota East; Columbus Academy (H) versus Olentangy; and Walnut Hills (A) versus Wyoming. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

Mason Wins Cincy Coaches's Classic | Magnificat Wins Lex Invite

There were numerous tournaments completed yesterday under clear skies. Mason won the Cincinnati Tennis Coaches' Classic; Magnificat won the Lexington Invitational; Logan Elm won the Grandview Invitational; and Wellington won the Wellington Cup.

There were two dual matches recorded. Hathaway Brown defeated Olentangy Liberty and Whetstone beat Centennial.

Solon's Maggie Yang
Solon's Maggie Yang - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Toledo Central Catholic's Ava McQuillin and Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov beat Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway; Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Whetstone's Alia Coy-Smith; Mason's Jamie Kim beat Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch defeated Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly; Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch beat Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal; Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky defeated Lexington's Sylvia Goldsmith and Walsh Jesuit's Megan Hissong; and Mason's Ananya Aggarwal beat Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch and St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby.

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

It was nice seeing everyone at the Lexington Invitational yesterday. There will be a few more photos posted today from Lexington and the Coaches' Classic. The photos will not be quite up-to-par. It is difficult to get good indoor photos at Lexington and the dense clouds at Mason made it difficult to get good photos at the Coaches' Classic.

Today will be catch-up day on the scores. There are a few more tournament scores that need to be entered and dual match scores that were submitted late.

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SATURDAY,

Magnificat Beats Olentangy Liberty

It was a quiet evening for tennis, except at Magnificat. OTZ #1 Magnificat defeated #5 Olentangy Liberty, 4-1. In other matches, St. Ursula Academy defeated Bellbrook in the OTCA Tournament (no individual scores reported) and Reynoldsburg beat Westerville South. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Turpin
Turpin - Click to team page
To beat Magnificat, teams have to figure out how to beat their top three singles players and that is a tough task. Last night, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk, Alexandra Vesikallio, and Olivia Rondini defeated Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway, Alexis Steer; and Dani Schoenly, respectively. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Turpin. They are coached by Gail Maundrell. They are led by Caitlin Fisher and Savannah Allen.

I will be at the Lexington Invite this morning to take team and action photos. This is a good tournament to see teams that I normally do not have an opportunity to watch. The great food at this tournament also makes it a diet destroyer..

In dual match play today, it's Hathaway Brown (H) versus Olentangy Liberty and Our Lady Of The Elms (T) versus Cuyahoga Falls. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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FRIDAY,

Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches' Classic Underway

The Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches' Classic began yesterday under cloudy skies. After one minor rain delay about half-way through Friday's matches at the Mason location, steady rain forced play to end. Play will resume on Saturday at 8am. Results from the Flight A and Flight G matches are in today's OTZ update.

SU's Elizabeth Pendergast
St. Ursula's Elizabeth Pendergast - Click to enlarge
There were 18 dual matches recorded from state-wide play. The Central District had 15 and the Northeast had three. The close, 3-2 matches included: Reynoldsburg defeated Big Walnut; Geneva beat Lake Catholic; Hilliard Bradley defeated Gahanna; and Bloom-Carroll beat Circleville. Other notable matches included: Columbus Academy defeated Bexley; Poland Seminary beat Ursuline; and Olentangy Orange defeated Watterson. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Mason's Jamie Kim defeated Lakota East's Clare Holtmeier; Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O'Connor defeated Springboro's Anke Patel; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch defeated St. Ursula Academy's Elizabeth Pendergast; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Sycamore's Harsitha Kalaiarasan; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Springboro's Reka Patel; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman defeated Bexley's Haley Wilson; Poland Seminary's Marissa Ricciardi defeated Ursuline's Lexie Tsudis; Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch defeated Lakota East's Grace Silverberg; Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal defeated Sycamore's Kaitlyn Jiang; and Indian Hill's Samantha Pregel defeated Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's matches include: Magnificat (H) versus Olentangy Liberty; Reynoldsburg (H) versus Westerville South; and St. Ursula Academy (A) versus Bellbrook. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

OTZ College Player Report

The OTZ College Report has been updated with this year's college freshmen and it has been substantially redesigned. To refresh your memory on how the players did in high school, the report now contains links to OTZ members' senior Player Profiles. It also includes links to OTZ Action Photos for almost all of the players. Also new to the report is that players who were not OTZ members are included at the bottom of the report along with their college choices. Sponsors are a crucial element of OTZ and Elysium and Olympic are greatly valued for their monetary support. This report identifies the players who played at those two clubs. (It would also be great to see other clubs jump on board.) This report is very time consuming to create but hopefully it will be appreciated by tennis fans and coaches. There are 117 players in this report. Send a Feedback for those players who were missed.

OTZ College Report
OTZ College Report - Click to report
There were 14 matches recorded from state-wide play and Northeast District led the way with eight entries. The Central District had three while the Southwest and Northwest had two and one, respectively. The Central and Southwest Districts were impacted by rain. The close, 3-2 matches included: Madison defeated Lake Catholic; Laurel beat Mayfield; and Our Lady Of The Elms defeated Twinsburg. In other notable matches, Summit Country Day defeated Wyoming and Hawken beat Chagrin Falls. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Westlake's Emma Peeler defeated Lakewood's Figueredo; Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky beat Mayfield's Hannah Kassaie; and Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Wyoming's Peyton Osha. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

As a super duper bonus feature, the OTZ College Report now also includes Ohio-based players who are now competing in professional tennis tournaments. This information is in the right-side navigation bar and it includes: the player, his/her professional ranking, and the player's highest ranking / date of that ranking. This is not an all-inclusive report but the plan is to identify players ranked in the top 900 or so. This report will be updated occasionally but readers can click on the links to see any current information about the players.

The Cincinnati Coaches' Classic begins today and ends on Saturday. Other than Districts and States, this is my favorite tournament of the season. The tournament is grouped by teams of similar ability and it is a terrific opportunity to watch great matches and take photos. I will be at the Mason site today. Please tell me if you want to purchase an OTZ photo of your daughter. Today's dual matches include: Dublin Jerome (H) versus Olentangy; Thomas Worthington (A) versus Whetstone; and  Watterson (H) versus Olentangy Orange. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

Dublin Jerome Beat Dublin Coffman | Academy Defeated Wellington

The rain from Irma affected matches in the Southwest District some in Central. There were 17 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 12, Southwest - 2, Northeast - 2, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches were Lake Catholic defeated Sts. John & Paul and New Albany beat Big Walnut. In other significant matches, Solon defeated St. Joseph Academy; Columbus Academy beat Wellington; and Dublin Jerome defeated Dublin Coffman in the SpaghettiO Challenge. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

DeSales
DeSales - Click to team page
Among the top players, Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman defeated Wellington's Akua Antwi-Woods; Dublin Jerome's Vicki Chang defeated Dublin Coffman's Lalasa Nagireddy; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated DeSales' Alex Foos; and Solon's Amanda Weiskind defeated St. Joseph Academy's Bridget FitzGerald. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is DeSales. They are coached by Tom Snyder. They are led by Alex Foos and Izzy Arbona.

Today's matches include: Archbishop Alter (A) versus Bellbrook;  Columbus Academy (H) versus Olentangy Orange; New Albany (A) versus Hilliard Davidson; Ursuline Academy (A) versus St. Ursula Academy; Summit Country Day (H) versus Wyoming; and Laurel (H) versus Mayfield. There are numerous great matches planned for this evening. Click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

OTZ Division II Rankings | Olentangy Liberty Beats Pick. Central

The OTZ Division 2 Pre-Season Rankings were in serious need of an update. Because many of these teams do not travel well, it is difficult to determine the teams that make up the lower rankings. To make things even worse, some teams also do not play competition that travels so it is difficult to make comparisons. Other schools in contention included: Wyoming, Poland Seminary, and Archbishop Alter. Click to see the rationale for the OTZ August Pre-Season D2 Rankings. To vote for your Top Ten Teams, click Vote.

OhioTennisZone.com
Division II - State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
September 12, 2017
Division II
1. Hathaway Brown◄TEAM
2. Indian Hill◄TEAM
3. Columbus Academy◄TEAM
4. Laurel ◄TEAM
5. Toledo Central Catholic
6. Lexington
7. Col. Schools for Girls◄TEAM
8. Summit Country Day◄TEAM
9. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin
10. Oakwood
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership
There were not as many matches played yesterday as expected , and the next three days will bring questionable weather as Ohio deals with the remnants of Hurricane Irma. There were 20 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Southwest - 3, and Northeast - 2. There were a large number of close, 3-2 matches. They included: Grove City defeated Watkins Memorial; New Albany beat Dublin Coffman; Upper Arlington-B defeated Worthington Christian; Reynoldsburg beat Canal Winchester; Delaware Hayes defeated Westerville North; Teays Valley beat Hartley; Central Crossing defeated Grandview; Logan Elm beat Bloom-Carroll; and Olentangy defeated Watterson. In the OTCA tournament, Olentangy Liberty defeated Pickerington Central. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Watterson's Claire Ghidotti; Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway beat Pickerington Central's Margaret Gordon; and Dublin Coffman's Lalasa Nagireddy defeated New Albany's Makena Romagnano. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Tonight’s matches will include the SpaghettiO Challenge where Dublin Jerome (H) plays Dublin Coffman. Since Dublin consists of over 3.5 zillion traffic circles, the main part of the Challenge is to see if the teams can get to the match in enough time to play it before the weekend starts. Other matches include: St. Joseph Academy (A) versus Solon; St. Ursula Academy (A) versus Mount Notre Dame; Wellington (A) versus Columbus Academy; Columbus School For Girls (H) versus Pickerington North; Laurel (H) versus Gilmour Academy; and Summit Country Day (H) versus Seven Hills. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

Updated OTZ Top Ten Teams for D1 | Photo Monday

The OTZ Top Ten Teams for Division I were updated this morning. This is the first update since the pre-season rankings were listed on August 9. Some teams have still not played many competitive matches but this weekend helped in that regard. Click to view the rationale for the August 9th OTZ Pre-Season Rankings. Key players who did not end up playing high school tennis are identified with a strike-through.

OhioTennisZone.com
Division I - State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
September 11, 2017
Division I
1. Magnificat ◄TEAM
2. Mason◄TEAM
3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAM
4. Ursuline Academy◄TEAM
5. Olentangy Liberty◄TEAM
6. Pickerington North◄TEAM
7. Upper Arlington◄TEAM
8. St. Ursula Academy◄TEAM
9. Perrysburg
10. Westlake◄TEAM
The OTZ Girls Matrix Reports and the various team reports were the primary methods used to evaluate teams. While team wins/losses matter, the OTZ Ranking lists are all about evaluating how teams perform when their line-ups are at full-strength. Other teams which are "in the mix" include: Olentangy Orange, Pickerington Central, Notre Dame Academy, and Springboro.

Having that summer cold last week cut down on the number of photos taken. There were 17 new photos added yesterday to the Most Recently Added Photos area. They were from the Pickerington North's dual match invite on Saturday and the Upper Arlington versus Marysville match from September 5. Despite the super-bright sun, the Pickerington North photos turned out better than expected and two were added to the OTZ Top Photos list.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (A) versus Mount Notre Dame; Hathaway Brown (H) versus Mayfield; Watterson (H) versus Olentangy; Dublin Coffman (A) versus New Albany; St. Joseph Academy (H) versus Bay. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

Mason Beats Dublin Jerome and Pickerington North

It was a good travel day for teams looking for great competition. Pickerington North hosted Mason, Ursuline Academy, and Dublin Jerome. At that event, Mason defeated Dublin Jerome and Pickerington North; Dublin Jerome beat Ursuline Academy; and Pickerington North defeated Ursuline Academy. It was an ACT day so a few key players were missing from line-ups. In other matches, Magnificat defeated Notre Dame Academy and Toledo St. Ursula Academy.

In tournament play, Watkins Memorial won the Reynoldsburg Doubles Tournament. DeSales was second.

To view all of the dual results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

UA's Nini Dhaliwal
UA's Nini Dhaliwal - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Toledo St. Ursula Academy's Elizabeth Barrow and Notre Dame Academy's Bella Yajzi; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Mason’s Jamie Kim and Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal; Mason's Jamie Kim defeated Dublin Jerome's Arya Dudipala; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal beat Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang and Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook; Westlake's Emma Peeler defeated Solon's Maggie Yang; Dublin Jerome's Vicki Chang beat Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal; and Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky defeated Chagrin Falls' Adelaide Doman.

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

Today, I will be working on the photos from the Pickerington North dual-match-ups. Even though the sun was severely harsh, I still got a few good photos. (I was not happy with the team photos though.) All photos should be ready to roll for Photo Monday.

There were only two highlights from last night's OSU versus Oklahoma football game. The excellent 1974 OSU football team was recognized on the field and Elysium Tennis tournament extraordinaire, Arnie Jones, was one of the captains on that team. The OSU men's and women's team were also recognized on the field. In other OSU tennis news, Francesca Di Lorenzo won the ITA American Collegiate Invitational at the US Open.

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SATURDAY,

Perrysburg Beats Walsh Jesuit | SJA Defeats Shaker Heights

There were not many matches scheduled for yesterday, but it is suspected that a few match results did not get included in the newspapers. The two matches recorded were St. Joseph Academy defeated Shaker Heights and Perrysburg beat Walsh Jesuit. To view the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Marysville's Anne Grimm
Marysville's Anne Grimm - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, St. Joseph Academy's Julie Lorincz defeated Shaker Heights' Katrina Cassell and Walsh Jesuit's Gabi Costantini defeated Perrysburg's Emma Carter.

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

Today's matches include: Magnificat (H) versus St Ursula Academy (Toledo) and Notre Dame Academy; Mason (A) versus Dublin Jerome and Pickerington North; Ursuline Academy (A) versus Dublin Jerome and  Pickerington North. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

I'm finally finished with the cold/flu so I will be going over to Pickerington North to get team and action photos.

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FRIDAY,

Hathaway Brown Beats Magnificat

There were big marquis match-ups last night. They included Hathaway Brown defeated Magnificat; Columbus School for Girls beat Watterson; and Upper Arlington defeated Dublin Coffman. Overall, there were 43 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 20, Southwest - 18, Northeast - 4, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Mariemont defeated Cincinnati Country Day; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Seven Hills; Marysville defeated Hilliard Davidson; Bexley beat Worthington Christian; Blanchester defeated Clermont Northeastern; Ross beat Little Miami; Colerain defeated Hamilton; and Jonathan Alder beat Kenton Ridge. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Notre Dame Academy
Notre Dame Academy - Click to team page

Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov; Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch beat Alexandra Vesikallio; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated Columbus School for Girls' Rosie Gliatis; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones beat Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway, Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer defeated Westerville North's Gabrielle Cochran; Dublin Coffman's Lalasa Nagireddy beat Upper Arlington's Ella Hazelbaker; and Hathaway Brown's Megan Qiang defeated Magnificat's Olivia Rondini.

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

Today's featured team is Notre Dame Academy. They are coached by Kim Pacella. They are led by Bella Yajzi and Ciera Patton.

I'm still on the mend (hopefully). I had hoped to take photos last night, but my cough (and fever) did not cooperate. I am keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) versus St. Ursula Academy;  St. Joseph Academy (H) versus Shaker Heights; Laurel (H) versus Chagrin Falls;  Loveland (A) versus Milford;  Our Lady Of The Elms (A) versus Revere; and Reynoldsburg (H) versus Teays Valley. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

Magnificat Beats Lexington | Turpin Beats MND

Rain curtailed a few matches but there were a large number of close contests among the top teams. There were 40 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 20, Southwest - 17, Northeast - 3, and Northwest - none. The close, 3-2 matches included: Lancaster defeated Granville; Bexley beat Hilliard Bradley; Big Walnut defeated Hilliard Davidson; Fenwick beat Ross; Blanchester defeated Batavia; Hartley beat Delaware Hayes; Anderson defeated Seton; Bellbrook beat Beavercreek; Logan Elm defeated Unioto; and Badin beat Talawanda. In other notable matches, Turpin defeated Mount Notre Dame; Mason beat Springboro; Columbus Academy defeated Dublin Coffman; Ursuline Academy beat Summit Country Day; and Magnificat defeated Lexington. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Columbus Academy
Columbus Academy - Click to team page
Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Lexington's Sylvia Goldsmith; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff beat Dublin Coffman's Lalasa Nagireddy; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus; Mason's Sanjana Reddy beat Springboro's Anke Patel; Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal defeated Summit Country Day's Amy Poffenberger; and Unioto's Sylvia Gray beat Logan Elm's Shelby Ward.

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

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

In Junior US Open competition, Ohio's Danny (DJ) Thomas and Dalayna Hewitt reached the third round of play.

Today's matches include: Hathaway Brown (A) versus Magnificat; Columbus School For Girls (H) versus Watterson; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (H) versus Chagrin Falls; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Upper Arlington; and Worthington Christian (H) versus Bexley. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

Mason Beats Sycamore

Ohio tennis had quantity and quality yesterday with 44 matches recorded and numerous great contests. The breakdown by District was: Central - 23, Southwest - 16, Northeast - 4, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Hilliard Bradley defeated Dublin Scioto; Lake Catholic beat Fairview; Bellbrook defeated Chaminade-Julienne (with three, 3-setters); Lancaster beat Gahanna; Mother of Mercy defeated McAuley; Oak Hills beat Fairfield; and Thomas Worthington defeated Hilliard Darby. In other significant matches, Mason defeated Sycamore; Ursuline Academy defeated Mount Notre Dame; Columbus School for Girls defeated Bexley; St. Ursula Academy defeated Seven Hills; and Indian Hill defeated Summit Country Day. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Marysville
Marysville - Click to team page
Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Hudson's Laura Nijhuis; Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus beat Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O'Connor; Mason's Jamie Kim defeated Sycamore's Harsitha Kalaiarasan; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch beat Summit Country Day's Amy Poffenberger; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer; St. Ursula Academy's Elizabeth Pendergast beat Seven Hills' Neda Tehrani; Columbus School For Girls' Rosie Gliatis defeated Bexley's Wilson; and Mason's Sanjana Reddy beat Sycamore's Kaitlyn Jiang. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Marysville. They are coached by Bill Romane. They are led by Anne Grimm and Grace Larruiz.

I now have a summer cold. It is winning 6-0, 5-0 at the bottom of the ninth inning, and somehow this makes sense to me. There were numerous older matches reported yesterday. It will take a day or two to work through these.

Today's matches include: Mason (H) versus Springboro; St. Joseph Academy (A) versus Massillon Jackson; Summit Country Day (H) versus Ursuline Academy; Magnificat (H) versus Lexington; Archbishop Alter (A) versus Centerville; and Columbus Academy (H) versus Dublin Coffman. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

OTZ Top Player Reports

Many teams jump into intense competition at the beginning of the season while others start the season slowly. Even though many players have still not yet been fully tested, the Top Players Reports have been adjusted to include incoming freshmen. Many of these freshmen will gradually move up in the rankings in the coming weeks.

OTZ Top Players
OTZ Top Players - Click to report
While OTZ does refer to TennisRecruiting.net and UTR, the OTZ lists are primarily focused on high school match performance. Those players who thrive in a team setting and who have strong coaching will likely finish higher than their computer rankings.

There are currently 17 players on the Top Players List and this list will grow to 30-35 players by the end of the season. The number of players on the Watch List varies each season. The Top Player List is ranked and the Watch List is sorted alphabetically. Information for players who are OTZ members (via individual or Team Memberships) is shown. Sign-in is necessary to view the results for non-OTZ member players.

Coaches are always welcome to make comments to OTZ about who should and should not be on the lists but no help is necessary from parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and friends of friends. If there is a bias, it is toward upperclassmen. (Ok. There is a bias for upperclassmen, especially at this point in the season.) Please note that there have been system hiccups in the past and players have disappeared from the lists. Please always feel free to contact OTZ if you suspect a system problem.

It is difficult to accurately access players who compete on deep teams unless they have an opportunity to play against strong competition. Also note that a close loss against a strong opponent means more than ten, 6-0, 6-0 wins against weak competitors.

There are likely a few matches that have not been included on OTZ. OTZ will accept those matches from OTZ member coaches and/or players who are members.

The goal is to have these lists in good shape before the Sectional draws and the draws take place on Sunday, September 24 (even for Northwest Ohio**).

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

In Junior US Open play, Ohio's Danny Thomas, Caty McNally, and Dalayna Hewitt all successfully reached the second round.

Today's matches include: Hathaway Brown (H) versus Walsh Jesuit; Magnificat (A) versus Hudson; Mason (H) versus Sycamore; St. Joseph Academy (A) versus Orange; St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Seven Hills; and Summit Country Day (A) versus Indian Hill. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

** There is always a dig on Northwest Ohio whenever the Sectional Draws are mention. This is an OTZ law.. Hardcore tennis fans may remember that there were several draws when Northwest Ohio coaches just did not feel like having their Sectional Draws on the same day as everyone else in Ohio. This caused a ripple effect so that other coaches throughout Ohio did not want to release their draws to the players and fans because they felt that it would give NW Ohio an advantage of knowing who was playing singles or doubles in their districts. It was a complete mess that required that I spend dozens of wasted hours programming work-a-rounds due to Northwest Ohio's total disregard of OHSAA rules.

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MONDAY,

Photo Monday | Previous Day Match Results

The Labor Day Holiday is great. It feels as if it has been a month since the last high school match was played. With extra time to catch-up, the OTZ photo area is now up-to-date. It includes photos from the Watterson Invitational tournament, Grove City versus Lancaster, DeSales versus Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington versus Hilliard Davidson, and Dublin Scioto versus Thomas Worthington matches. All of these photos are for sale, plus there are others that are not included online.

Previous Day Match Report
Previous Day Match Report - Click to enlarge
The OTZ Top Ten Photos for 2017 is including more photos, and soon, the photos that are currently posted will hopefully be replaced by better ones. Click to view these photos and the Top Girls photos for 2016, 2015, and 2014. Click to view the Top Photos for the Boys for 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014.

One of the fastest ways to fill up your brain with high school tennis information is to read the Previous Day's Match Results. Portions of this report are premium but it is open to everyone now for a limited time. See the image to the right to better understand the report features. Note how the report can be used to determine teams' strengths at their various court positions.

There are three Ohio juniors participating in the Junior US Open. They are Danny (DJ) Thomas of Reynoldsburg (central Ohio), Dalayna Hewitt of Pepper Pike (northeast Ohio), and Caty McNally of Cincinnati. Thomas won his first round match. Neither Hewitt nor McNally have played.

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SUNDAY,

The Columbus Challenger | Buddy Up Tennis

One of the biggest secrets in tennis is The Columbus Challenger. This is a pro circuit event that is held at the Ohio State indoor courts. Last year's event included several pros who competed at this year's US Open. Numerous past and present Ohio State players normally also participate. Winners receive ATP points and a portion of the $75K purse.

Tennys Sandgren
Sangren at Last Year's Event - Click to team page

Qualifying for the event takes place September 16-17 beginning at 10am. Main draw matches take place September 18-20 beginning at 10am; September 21-22 beginning at 11am; semi's on September 23 at 11am; and finals on September 24 at noon.

The event is free to attend.

As part of the event, Columbus' own Buddy Up Tennis will be the beneficiary of the tournament. Buddy Up Tennis was started in Columbus and has since gone nationwide. It is a tennis fitness program for individuals with Down syndrome. A special session that includes food, autographs, and other giveaways will be held on Friday, September 22, after the matches.

OTZ member and Indian Hill grad, Alex Warstler, volunteered for Buddy Up Tennis while in high school. Click to read about Warstler's Buddy up Tennis experience in his OTZ interview on April 11, 2016.

There were no high school matches reported yesterday.

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SATURDAY,

OTCA Tournament Draws

The Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Tournament marches on. The top teams were finally seeded a couple of years ago so that thankfully reduced occurrences of the best teams getting eliminated from the tournament early in the season. To view all of the draws, click on OTCA Draws. Note that this link remains at the top of the page during the season. The OTZ favored teams in D1 are Magnificat, Mason, Olentangy Liberty, and Notre Dame Academy. In D2, it's Hathaway Brown, Indian Hill, Columbus Academy, and Toledo Central Catholic.

OTCA Draws
OTCA Draws - Click for draws
The rain and high school football teamed up to prevent any match play yesterday.

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

The plan is to be completely caught up by the end of the weekend on adding older match results, creating Player Profiles, updating the OTZ Top Ten Teams, adding new players to the OTZ Top Players lists, and processing photos. I even plan to write code to prepare for the upcoming Central Ohio Platform Tennis Association league. Clearly I am delusional before I drink coffee..

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FRIDAY,

Vote for Top Ten Teams | Ursuline Academy Beats St. Ursula Academy

It is now becoming somewhat apparent that the OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten Team ranking will need to change before the end of the season. For those telling OTZ to check out this team, or that team (which is often your team), this is your time to shine. You can now share your innermost Top Ten Team ranking thoughts with OTZ and the rest of the high school tennis world by clicking on Vote for Top Ten Teams. OTZ is about to update the rankings and your suggestions might be helpful. Really. Please do not include your team's B, C, JV, middle school, elementary, kindergarten, and prenatal teams (exageration alert) in the rankings. That's what the boys do and it is irritating.

It was the biggest score night of the season with 45 results entered from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 21, Southwest - 17, and Northeast - 7. The close, 3-2 matches included: Logan Elm defeated Teays Valley; Archbishop Hoban beat Our Lady Of The Elms; Elyria Catholic defeated Lake Catholic; Mother of Mercy beat McAuley; and Summit Country Day defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. In other significant matches, Ursuline Academy defeated St. Ursula Academy; Seven Hills defeated Cincinnati Country Day; and Wellington defeated Worthington Christian. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

OTZ Top Ten Team Vote
OTZ Team Vote - Click to vote

Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Lancaster's Hope Rooker; Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O`Connor beat St. Ursula Academy's Elizabeth Pendergast; Westlake's Emma Peeler defeated Midview's Kierstyn Yates; Perrysburg's Emma Carter beat Sylvania Southview's Alexandria Mann; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Kennedy Puryear; Seven Hills’ Neda Tehrani beat Cincinnati Country Day’s Mia Masteron; Our Lady Of The Elms' Stefanie Wyszkowski defeated Archbishop Hoban's Emily Day; Wellington's Akua Antwi-Woods beat Worthington Christian's Amanda Mayotte; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Walnut Hills' Makensie Long; and Ursuline Academy’s Nina Dhaliwal beat St. Ursula Academy’s Bella Kirby.

Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. Watch for these players to be adjusted this weekend.

I'm still crunching on adding Player Profiles and posting scores that were entered later.

Please email your team photo to OTZ for inclusion online (if you are an OTZ Member). If it is a professional photo, make sure that you have the photographer's approval to have it included on OTZ

Today's matches include St. Ursula Academy (A) versus Seton and Ursuline Academy (A) versus Mother Of Mercy.

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THURSDAY,

Olentangy Liberty Beats Columbus Academy | Indian Hill Defeats Turpin

It was a busy tennis night with numerous good, competitive contests. There were 31 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Southwest - 12, Northeast - 3, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Blanchester defeated Felicity; Gahanna beat Granville; Monroe defeated Talawanda; Mount Notre Dame beat Walnut Hills; Ross defeated Edgewood; Mariemont beat Badin; and Jonathan Alder defeated Pleasant. In other significant matches, Indian Hill defeated Turpin (with three, 3-setters); Olentangy Liberty beat Columbus Academy; Perrysburg defeated Toledo St. Ursula Academy; and Sycamore beat Bellbrook. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Walnut Hills
Walnut Hills - Click to team page

Among the top players, Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones beat New Albany's Makena Romagnano; Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway defeated Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman; Sycamore’s Harsitha Kalaiarasan beat Bellbrook’s Andrea Szep;  Perrysburg's Emma Carter defeated Toledo St. Ursula Academy's Gracie Almester; Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly beat Columbus Academy's Himaja Reddy; Walnut Hills' Makensie Long defeated Mount Notre Dame's Caroline Gott; and Hilliard Davidson's Grace Wilson beat Hilliard Darby's Kelsie Huss.

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

Today's featured team is Walnut Hills. They are coached by Marc Young. They are Team Members. They are led by Makensie Long, Jalyn Hall, and Olivia Reblando.

Today's matches include: Ursuline Academy (H) versus St. Ursula Academy; Hathaway Brown (A) versus Gilmour Academy; Walnut Hills (A) versus Turpin; Worthington Christian (H) versus Wellington; and Thomas Worthington (A) versus Dublin Scioto. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

Centerville Beats Bellbrook

There was more spotty rain throughout Ohio which led to fewer matches than normal. There were 24 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 18, Northeast - 1, and Southwest - 5. The close, 3-2 matches included: Centerville defeated Bellbrook; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat Beachwood; Mother of Mercy defeated Seton; and Western Brown beat Blanchester. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Grove City
Grove City - Click to team page

Among the top players, Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Bloom-Carroll's Stephanie Graham; Mason's Jamie Kim beat Lakota East's Claire Holtmeier; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Gahanna's Chen; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal beat Lakota East's Grace Silverberg; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated Wellington's Akua Woods; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones beat Westerville North's Gabrielle Cochran; and Upper Arlington’s Ella Hazelbaker defeated Hilliard Davidson’s Emma Wood.

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

Today's featured team is Grove City. They are coached by Dan Witteman. They are led by Nicole Walsh and Sierra Massey.

The OTZ plan is to catch-up during the Labor Day weekend.

Today's matches include: Hathaway Brown (H) versus North Canton Hoover; Columbus Academy (A) versus Olentangy Liberty; Indian Hill (H) versus Turpin; Walnut Hills (H) versus Mount Notre Dame; and New Albany (A) versus Olentangy. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Indian Hill Beats Sycamore

Rain dampened play in a few areas, but there were 22 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 11, Northeast - 3, and Southwest - 8. The close, 3-2 matches included: Westerville Central defeated Big Walnut; Athens beat Lancaster; Olentangy Orange defeated Pickerington Central; Reynoldsburg beat DeSales; and Beavercreek defeated Archbishop Alter. In other significant matches, Dublin Coffman defeated Columbus School for Girls; Indian Hill beat Sycamore; Turpin defeated Seven Hills (with two, 3-setters); and St. Ursula Academy beat Mount Notre Dame. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Dublin Coffman
Dublin Coffman - Click to team page
Among the top players, Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch defeated Sycamore's Kaitlyn Jiang; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti beat Thomas Worthington's Sarina Sarina Xie; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Seven Hills' Neda Tehrani; Unioto's Sylvia Gray beat Logan Elm's Shelby Ward; Dublin Coffman's Lalasa Nagireddy defeated Columbus School for Girls' Rosie Gliatis; Pickerington Central's Margaret Gordon beat Olentangy Orange's Caroline Sproule; Beavercreek’s Julia Bays defeated Archbishop Alter’s Emily Pojman; and Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch beat Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum.

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

Today's featured team is Dublin Coffman. They are coached by Brett Hundertpfund. They are Team Members. They are led by Lalasa Nagireddy, Clair Feit, and Hannah Qin.

Today's matches include: Westlake (H) versus Laurel; Ursuline Academy (A) versus Mount Notre Dame; Summit Country Day (H) versus Cincinnati Country Day; and Upper Arlington (H) versus Hilliard Davidson. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

It's. Photo. Monday.

It has taken awhile, but the Most Recently Added Photos area was finally updated over the weekend. The area includes 60 new photos from the girls season as well as matches from the Western & Southern Open, the USTA Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo, and the USTA OVTA G16 qualifier. Readers will need to sign-in to view all of the photos except for those from the Western & Southern Open and a few photos from Kalamazoo.

Larry, Annie, & Lulu Kruse
Mason's Larry, Annie, Lulu - Click to enlarge

There is still catch-up work to do but the photos from the girls season are current up to August 16. There are photos from Big Walnut versus Delaware Hayes; the Columbus School for Girls Doubles Tournament; Mason versus Hathaway Brown; Mason versus Magnificat; and Mason versus Indian Hill. The reason why Mason is included so often is because they have an excellent concession stand and because I would stop by Mason either before or after going to the Western & Southern Open.

While the Most Recently Added Photos area is the best way to view all of the most recent photos, also note that these photos are included in each team report and under individual player's Player Profiles. (This is another nice feature of OhioTennisZone.)

The tendency is to include one photo, and in some cases two, of the same player during the same season. If I didn't get a really good photo of a player during early season matches, I will wait and hopefully take and post a better photo later. Thanks to capitalism, for those who have a history of purchasing photos, I will also take more photos of that player in the future. Note that if a reader purchases a photo, I will also share photos that were not included online to encourage even more purchases. Your financial planner will giggle with excitement to know that the OTZ pricing is setup such that the more photos you buy, the more money you save. (This discount also applies to the entire season's purchases.)

The Top Ten Girls photos for 2017 is a work in progress but fans can at least see the early stages. This list will change throughout the season. The photo that currently leads the list includes Larry Kruse, who is an early favorite to win the OTZ Fan Dog Contest. (Note that all three enthusiastically smiled for their OTZ photo.) It is expected that Larry's presence in the contest will discourage others from even participating because of their dog's sub-Larry appearance and personality.

As you might guess, it is relatively easy to take photos of the professional players in comparison to high school players for the following reasons: great eye-on-ball, great backgrounds (i.e. not Upper Arlington); great body coiling prior to the shot; strong muscularity; explosiveness after the shot; great spacing between the player and ball; photographer access to great angles (thanks to a W&S Open Media Credential); many strokes per point; great lunging and creative shots; great tennis fashions, lack of visors and hats; and, perhaps the most important, optimal pony tail lengths.

Today's matches include: Dublin Coffman (H) versus Columbus School For Girls; Indian Hill (A) versus Sycamore; Archbishop Alter (H) versus Beavercreek; Columbus School For Girls (A) versus Dublin Coffman; St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Mount Notre Dame; and  Summit Country Day (A) versus Loveland. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

Perrysburg Beats Lexington

It was another great day for tennis. There were also quite a few tournaments but not many tournament results were posted. Magnificat won the Canfield Doubles Tournament, beating both Hathaway Brown and Upper Arlington. Lancaster won the Teays Valley tournament. In dual match play, Perrysburg defeated Lexington and Warren John F Kennedy beat Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. To view the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Lexington
Lexington - Click to team page
Among the top players, Lexington's Sylvia Goldsmith defeated Perrysburg's Emma Carter and Warren JFK’s Kaytlin Marlatt beat Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Irene Norman. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Lexington. They are coached by Ron Schaub. They are led by Sylvia Goldsmith, Madison Mueller, and Hayliegh Tucker.

There was a nice article about Gilmour Academy's Lauren Davis by Dennis Manoloff in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer. Davis will be competing in the US Open. Click to read.

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SATURDAY,

Mason Beats St. Ursula Academy

High school football started last night (as if you needed OTZ to tell you that) so there was a big reduction in the number of tennis matches played. There were only four matches recorded. They were: Mason defeated St. Ursula Academy; Sycamore beat Lakota East; Bellbrook defeated Centerville; and Hilliard Bradley beat Reynoldsburg. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

The Bellbrook and Bradley matches were both Ohio Tennis Coaches Association tournament matches. To view updated draws, click on OTCA Draws. Send me a feedback or email if your result is not included.

Bloom-Carroll
Bloom-Carroll - Click to team page

Among the top players, Mason's Jamie Kim defeated St. Ursula Academy's Elizabeth Pendergast; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal beat St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby; Bellbrook’s Andrea Szep defeated Centerville’s Ariel Alappatt; and Sycamore’s Harsitha Kalaiarasan beat Lakota East’s Clare Holtmeier.

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

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

Some schools are getting far behind in reporting scores. It takes me much longer to enter late scores than when the scores are reported on the same day in which the matches are played. Please catch-up this weekend. Your players appreciate being recognized.

There are several big tournaments today. They include: Canfield Doubles, Olentangy, and Reynoldsburg.

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FRIDAY,

Pick. Central Beats Pick. North | TCC Defeats NDA

With the 75 degree temperatures and sunny skies, it was a miserable weather day to play platform tennis. As for tennis, it was just about as nice a day that players could have. There were 39 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 19, Southwest - 14, Northeast - 5, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Pickerington Central defeated Pickerington North; Massillon Perry beat Our Lady Of The Elms; Toledo Central Catholic defeated Notre Dame Academy; Grandview beat Whitehall; Ross defeated Harrison; and Jonathan Alder beat Northwestern. In other significant matches, Olentangy Liberty defeated Olentangy Orange and Dublin Coffman defeated Hilliard Davidson. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Lancaster
Lancaster - Click to team page
Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Pickerington Central's Margaret Gordon; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Loveland's Anna Svitkovich; Mayfield’s Hannah Kassaie defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Irene Norman; Olentangy Liberty’s Maddie Atway defeated Olentangy Orange’s Erin Storrer; Toledo Central Catholic's Ava McQuillin defeated Notre Dame Academy's Bella Yajzi; and Massillon Perry’s Kasey Pukys defeated Our Lady Of The Elms' Stefanie Wyszkowski.

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

Today's featured team is Lancaster. They are coached by Gary Elick. They are led by Hope Rooker and Sydney Bird.

With that other fall sport beginning tonight, there are fewer tennis matches scheduled. Today's matches include: Mason (H) versus St. Ursula Academy; Our Lady Of The Elms (A) versus Solon; and Westlake (A) versus Hudson.. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

St. Joseph Academy Beats Strongsville

Thanks to the great weather there were 34 matches recorded from state-wide play yesterday. The breakdown by District was: Central - 14, Southwest - 16, Northeast - 5, and Northwest - nada. The close, 3-2 matches included: Chardon defeated Lake Catholic; Blanchester beat East Clinton; Hamilton Township defeated Central Crossing; St. Joseph Academy beat Strongsville; Harrison defeated McAuley; Wyoming beat Seven Hills; and Thomas Worthington defeated Bexley. Other noteworthy matches included: Olentangy Orange defeated New Albany; St. Ursula Academy beat Loveland; and Indian Hill defeated Walnut Hills. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Hathaway Brown
Hathaway Brown - Click to team page
Among the top players, Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch defeated Walnut Hills' Makensie Long; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman beat Worthington Christian's Amanda Mayotte; Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie defeated Bexley's Haley Wilson; Olentangy Orange’s Erin Storrer beat New Albany’s Makena Romanagno; and St. Ursula Academy’s Elizabeth Pendergast defeated Loveland’s Anna Svitkovich. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Hathaway Brown. They are coached by Greg Aten. They are Team Members. They are led by Nicole Gillinov, Maddie Lynch, and Megan Qiang.

OTZ reviews newspapers for tennis articles, and there are now numerous high school tennis articles for this season. These articles are included in each team report and on the Ohio High School Tennis Articles page. If you discover a good article and you are an OTZ Member, please forward it. Note that the article needs to be more than simply a summary of the box scores. Please scroll down the page for the most recent articles.

Today's matches include: Hathaway Brown (A) versus Westlake; Magnificat (A) versus Gilmour Academy; and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (H) versus Mayfield. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

Ursuline Academy Beats Notre Dame Academy | SCD Defeats 7Hills

Rain hampered play in the Central District, but apparently not in all areas of the state. There were 14 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 2, Northeast - 1, and Southwest - 11. The close, 3-2 matches were St. Joseph Academy defeated Our Lady Of The Elms and Wyoming beat Lakota West. Other significant matches were Ursuline Academy defeated Notre Dame Academy and Summit Country Day beat Seven Hills. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Indian Hill
Indian Hill - Click to team page
Among the top players, Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O'Connor defeated Notre Dame Academy's Bella Yazji; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch beat Mariemont's Yaitova Spiegel; Summit Country Day’s Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Seven Hills’ Neda Tehrani; and Our Lady Of The Elms' Stefanie Wyszkowski beat St. Joseph Academy's Melissa Martin.

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

Today's featured team is Indian Hill. They are coached by Gary Samuels. They are led by Gracey Hirsch, Hayley Hirsch, and Julia Yingling. They are Team Members.

Numerous team photos and Team Memberships will be setup today. Please get your team photo into OTZ as soon as you can. For those using professional photographers, always make sure that you first have the photographer's approval to use it on OhioTennisZone.com. OTZ will happily include the name of the professional photographer on the photo if requested.

Today's matches include: St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Loveland; St. Joseph Academy (A) versus Strongsville; Lake Catholic (H) versus Chardon; and Worthington Christian (A) versus Columbus Academy. The Columbus City Schools are back in session so more matches should be played this week. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Pickerington Central Beats New Albany

The solar eclipse apparently did not hamper tennis matches in Ohio. There were 21 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 11, Southwest - 8, and Northeast - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Wyoming defeated Lakota West; Archbishop Alter beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Beavercreek defeated Loveland; Pickerington Central beat New Albany; DeSales defeated Hamilton Township; and Bloom-Carroll beat Central Crossing. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Solar Eclipse
Eclipse @Goodletsville, TN - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Irene Norman defeated North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt;  Dublin Jerome's Vicki Chang beat Lancaster's Hope Rooker; Sycamore's Harsitha Kalaiarasan defeated Miamisburg's Mikenzie Hindenlang; and Pickerington Central's Margaret Gordon beat New Albany's Emma Waite. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The solar eclipse was really good, but it could have been better. The skies were about 80% clear but a wispy cloud found its way between us and the sun during totality so it was difficult to determine when totality "started". I was also assured that the motel parking lot lights were on a timer, but they were not. That meant that the extremely bright parking lot lights at our dicey motel went on during totality -- so much for the complete darkness. Finally, the 6.5 hour trip from north of Nashville to Columbus took 11 hours with us arriving home at 2:30am. Regardless of the shortcomings, we are very fortunate that we could make the trip and I am still very, very glad that we went. I would love to go to the next one. If you ever want to go to solar eclipse, please let me know and I'll offer you some advice. One plus... I got a great t-shirt that I bought from a street vendor who lives in Cleveland..

With the Western & Southern Open and the eclipse in my rear view mirrors, I can finally go full blast into the tennis season. It will still seem weird not to go to Cincinnati this week. I was there (or passing through Cincinnati) during six of the last nine days. Very curious... Does anyone know why all of the Lindner Family Tennis Center lights were on full blast at ~12:30am last night?

Today's matches include: Summit Country Day (A) versus Seven Hills; Loveland (H) versus Kings; Magnificat (A) versus Western Reserve Academy;  Olentangy (H) versus Upper Arlington;  St. Ursula Academy (A) versus Seton; and St. Joseph Academy (H) versus Our Lady Of The Elms.

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SUNDAY,

Columbus Academy Wins Watterson Invite

Early showers delayed the Watterson Invite until 10:30 but the weather was ideal for the rest of the event, which Columbus Academy won. In other tournaments, Logan Elm won their tournament and Ursuline Academy won the Pickerington Central Doubles tournament. In dual matches, Worthington Christian defeated Westerville Central; Hilliard Darby beat Whetstone; and Oak Hills defeated Seton. To view all of the dual match results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Sydni Ratliff
Academy's Sydni Ratliff - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway, Notre Dame  Academy's Yajzi, and Watterson's Claire Ghidotti to win #1 singles at the tournament. In other matches, Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated Olentangy's Kathleen Jones; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman defeated Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly; Kathleen Jones beat Columbus School for Girls' Rosie Gliatis.

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

Each and every time there is a nearby, total solar eclipse at the beginning of the work week, OhioTennisZone upper management allows the staff to take an unpaid vacation day to attend the event. There will be no update tomorrow morning.

Matches scheduled for Monday include: Magnificat (H) versus Rocky River; St. Joseph Academy (A) versus Strongsville; St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Sycamore; Loveland (H) versus Beavercreek; Lake Catholic (H) versus Madison; Westerville North (A) versus Big Walnut; and Worthington Christian (H) versus Jonathan Alder.

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SATURDAY,

Hathaway Brown Beats Pickerington North

The weather was ideal for tennis yesterday. There were eight matches recorded from state-wide play. Only the Central District teams reported scores. The close, 3-2 matches included: Worthington Christian defeated Westerville Central; Ursuline Academy beat Dublin Coffman; Whetstone defeated Hartley; and Pickerington Central beat Toledo St. Ursula Academy. Other significant matches included: Hathaway Brown defeated Pickerington North and Notre Dame Academy beat Watterson. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Camila Giorgi
Camila Giorgi @W&S Open - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov defeated Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala; Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch beat Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated Notre Dame Academy's Bella Yajzi; Upper Arlington’s Ella Hazelbaker beat Chaminade-Julienne’s Olivia Boch; Ursuline Academy’s Nina Dhaliwal defeated Dublin Coffman’s Lalasa Nagireddy; and Pickerington Central’s Margaret Gordon beat Toledo St. Ursula Academy’s Gracie Almester. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Bishop Watterson has its eight-team tournament today, and OTZ will be in attendance. (An early tourney start time to beat the rain led to this short update today.) Cincinnati Country Day will also have a tournament that includes Summit Country Day, Cincinnati Country Day, Turpin, Walnut Hills, and Anderson.

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FRIDAY,

Rain <> Tennis

Rain wiped out most of the matches throughout Ohio, including the Western & Southern Open. There were only four matches recorded from state-wide play. They were: Mariemont defeated Oak Hills; St. Joseph Academy beat Beaumont; Valley View defeated Middletown; and Pickerington Central beat Groveport. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Mason
Mason - Click to team page
Among the top players, Pickerington Central's Margaret Gordon defeated Groveport's Raaya Cummings and St. Joseph Academy's Bridget FitzGerald beat Beaumont's Sydney Smith. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Mason. They are coached by Mike Reid. They are Team Members. They are led by Jamie Kim, Ananya Aggarwal, and Sanjana Reddy.

I am taking one more day to go to the Western & Southern Open. Look for me and I'll take your photo.

Today's matches include: Watterson (H) versus Notre Dame Academy and Worthington Christian (A) versus Westerville Central.

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THURSDAY,

Mason Beats Indian Hill

The scores are starting to roll in again as the Cincinnati Enquirer comes back up to full steam. There were 22 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 8 and Southwest - 13. Matches between the higher-ranked teams included: #2 Mason defeated #2 (D2) Indian Hill; #5 Pickerington North beat Olentangy; and #9 St. Ursula Academy defeated Turpin. The close, 3-2 matches included: Badin defeated Fairfield; Lakota West defeated Mount Notre Dame; and Jonathan Alder defeated Delaware Hayes. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Magnificat
Magnificat - Click to team page
Among the top players, Mason’s Jamie Kim defeated Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Olentangy's Kathleen Jones; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; St. Ursula Academy’s Elizabeth Pendergast beat Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Olentangy Orange’s Erin Storrer beat Columbus School for Girls’ Rosie Gliatis; and Upper Arlington’s Ella Hazelbaker defeated Lexington’s Sylvia Goldsmith. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Magnificat. They are coached by Christopher Johnson. They are led by Anna Roggenburk, Alexandra Vesikallio, and Olivia Rondini. Magnificat is a valued OTZ Team Member. Doesn't the Magnificat team page look nice with all of the players listed as compared with your non-OTZ Team Member page?

To learn how your team can be a valued OTZ Team Member versus a dramatically less valued, non-team member, contact OTZ. Also note that OTZ offers super-smart, business professionals with a way in which they can advertise on OTZ while getting their team a Team Membership. Note the Zuber-Gardner advertisements on the Magnificat, Hathaway Brown, and University School team pages.

Today, I am in the OTZ bunker updating rosters for other Team Members and processing high school and Western & Southern Open photos.

Today's matches include: Olentangy (A) versus Dublin Coffman; St. Joseph Academy (H) versus Beaumont; and St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Mount Notre Dame.

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WEDNESDAY,

DJ Thomas in US Open Main Draw | Di Lorenzo and Wolf in US Open Qualifiers

Ohio continues to develop high level junior players who are going on to play on an international stage. Danny (DJ) Thomas of Reynoldsburg earned a main draw US Open spot in doubles by winning the USTA Boys 18 National Doubles Championship in Kalamazoo. Cincinnati Country Day's and Ohio State's JJ Wolf reached the singles finals in Kalamazoo and was given a US Open Qualifier spot. New Albany's and Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo has played in numerous ITFs over the summer, and she also earned a US Open Qualifier spot. It should also be noted that on Sunday, Cincinnati's John McNally was given a Western & Southern Open Qualifier spot where he lost in a close, three set match with Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic. Tipsarevic is currently ranked #69 in the world. Best of luck to these players in their upcoming matches.

DJ Thomas
DJ Thomas @Kalamazoo - Click to enlarge
There were 15 matches recorded from state-wide play yesterday. With both the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cleveland Plain Dealer having issues, the number of scores reported were below what they should have been. The breakdown by District was: Central -  12 and Southwest - 3. Notable matches included: Springboro defeated Sycamore; North Canton Hoover beat Columbus School for Girls; and Worthington Christian defeated Granville. The close, 3-2 matches included: Big Walnut defeated Mount Vernon; Grove City beat Westerville Central; Watterson defeated Chaminade-Julienne; Newark beat Bloom-Carroll; and Canal Winchester defeated Hamilton Township. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

OSU's Francesca Di LorenzoWolf at Kalamazoo
Di Lorenzo @OSU | Wolf @Kalamazoo - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated Chaminade-Julienne's Olivia Boch; North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt beat Columbus School for Girls' Rosie Gliatis; Worthington Christian’s Amanda Mayotte defeated Granville’s Eleanor Male; and Springboro’s Anke Patel beat Sycamore's Harsitha Kalaiarasan. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's matches include: Loveland (A) versus Springboro; St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Turpin; Summit Country Day (A) versus Anderson; and Mason (H) versus Indian Hill.

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TUESDAY,

#1 Magnificat Beats #2 Mason and #2 (D2) Indian Hill

The powerhouse tennis schools continue to use their "pre-school" days to schedule great matches. Even though we are already 96 hours into the season, the OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten Rankings are still perfect. As long as everyone does their part and simply cooperates by winning (or losing) accordingly, the OTZ Rankings will not have to change this year. Please. Do your part.

There were 16 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 8, Southwest - 7, and Northeast - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Magnificat defeated Mason; West Clermont beat Western Brown; Whetstone defeated Hamilton Township; and Gahanna beat Marysville. In other significant matches, Columbus Academy defeated North Canton Hoover and Magnificat beat Indian Hill. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Lauren Davis
Gilmour Academy's Lauren Davis - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Mason's Ananya Aggarwal and Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff beat North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Mason's Sanjana Reddy and Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman beat North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini defeated Mason's Megan Li; and Magnificat's Nikita Zuber beat Indian Hill's Saskia Gobonya. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

After two days of taking photos at the Western & Southern Open and Mason High School, I am back in Columbus today to catch up on photos and other "beginning of the season" tasks. Today's photo is of Gilmour Academy's Lauren Davis. Davis was the OHSAA State Division II singles champion in 2008. She is now ranked 34th in the world and fifth in the United States. Check out the @OhioTennisZone Twitter page for more photos.

Today's matches include: Summit Country Day (A) versus Anderson; Delaware Hayes (H) versus Jonathan Alder; Loveland (A) versus Springboro; and Reynoldsburg (H) versus Watkins Memorial.

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MONDAY,

Cincinnati Hosts High School and Professional Tennis

Yesterday was a beautiful day for high school and professional tennis in Cincinnati. The high school matches included the state's top teams. Those matches included: Hathaway Brown defeated Mason; Magnificat beat Sycamore; Olentangy Liberty defeated Sycamore; and Mason beat Olentangy Liberty. Not all teams were at full strength. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Chillicothe
Chillicothe - Click to team page

Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov defeated Mason's Ananya Aggarwal;  Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch beat Mason's Sanjana Reddy; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway; Mason's Sanjana Reddy beat Olentangy Liberty's Danielle Schoenley; Magnificat's Nikita Zuber defeated Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini beat Sycamore's Kaitlyn Jiang; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Sycamore's Harsitha Kalaiarasan; Sycamore's Sarah Wittenbaum beat Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Chillicothe. They are coached by Janet Disbennett. This photo was taken at the Western & Southern Open.

Other photos taken at the Western & Southern include players from Hawken and Indian Hill. I will be at the Western & Southern Open again today so look for me if you want me to take your photo.

Today's matches include: Loveland (H) versus Wilmington; St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Turpin; Watkins Memorial (A) versus Hilliard Bradley; Mason (H) versus Magnificat; and Indian Hill (H) versus Magnificat.

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SUNDAY,

Hathaway Brown Wins CSG Dubs Tournament

It is good when the OTZ update goes quickly, but not so good when there were matches played but the scores are not reported in the newspapers. The Columbus Dispatch is off to its normal stellar start, but the Cincinnati Enquirer is running a day behind. The late scores will eventually be entered on OTZ, but they cannot be summarized in the OTZ daily update. OTZ coach members may always enter the scores on the OTZ system or email their results to OTZ to prevent delays.

In tournament play, Hathaway Brown won the Columbus School for Girls Doubles Tournament yesterday. Olentangy won the Delaware Invitational.

Delaware's Renae Haferman
Delaware Hayes' Ranae Haferman - Click to team page

In the only score reported to the Columbus Dispatch, Teays Valley defeated Logan.

To view the dual match results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

OTZ was at the CSG tournament and new team photos are now online for Bexley, Columbus Schools for Girls, Dublin Coffman, Hathaway Brown, Lexington, Pickerington Central, Watterson, and Wellington.

In today's matches, Mason and Ursuline Academy are playing Hathaway Brown.

I will be at the Mason versus HB match. From there, I'll go to the Western & Southern Open. Look for me to take your team photo.

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SATURDAY,

And Away We Go.. | Loveland Beats Mount Notre Dame

The season started under sunny skies yesterday. There were a handful of matches recorded. Loveland defeated Mount Notre Dame; Big Walnut beat Delaware Hayes; Whetstone defeated Worthington Kilbourne; DeSales beat Central Crossing; and Grove City defeated Hamilton Township.

Delaware Hayes
Delaware Hayes - Click to team page
It normally takes a day or two for the newspapers to get in gear so if there were other matches played yesterday, hopefully the results will be in tomorrow's papers.

To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

There were no OTZ top players competing yesterday, but that will not be the case today. There are numerous high-level matches taking place. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Delaware Hayes. They are coached by Dianna Hibinger.

OTZ will be at the Columbus School for Girls Doubles tournament which begins at 8:15am. (Ouch.. I need to hurry..)

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FRIDAY,

Ready to Roll for 2017-18 Season

There are numerous behind the scenes tasks that are done during this time of the year. There are normally a few hiccups that occur during this process, but hopefully there won't be any indigestion.

Drew Haffer
Report Updates - Click to enlarge

Some of the changes include: recent graduates have been removed from the player rosters; dates have been change on the reports; and graduates were removed from the Top Player Reports.

The player rankings on the Top Players Reports carry-on from last season. The only difference is that players are now ranked "higher" because last year's grads were removed. There are currently 18 players ranked and that list will grow to approximately 30-35 players by the end of the season. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The 2016-2017 data will largely go away from most of the reports when the first update occurs tomorrow morning. Much of this data will still be shown in the Player Profile reports.

Most online schedules have not yet been updated, but today's matches include: Delaware Hayes (A) versus Big Walnut and Loveland (H) versus Mount Notre Dame.

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THURSDAY,

OhioTennisZone's Division II Pre-Season Top Ten Teams

The OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten Ranking for Division I was posted yesterday. Now it is Division II's turn. Note that it is more difficult to identify the Top Ten Division II teams because there is less information available. Many of these teams also do not "travel well" so it is difficult to compare them with others outside of their area. This list will likely change significantly during the season.

Think you know better than OhioTennisZone? Really? Well, that's just plain crazy talk.. You may vote for your own Top Ten Teams by clicking on the cleverly named link, Vote for Your Top Ten Teams. You need to be an OTZ member to vote, but all good, responsible fans are members so that likely doesn't matter.

Division II

OhioTennisZone.com
Pre-Season State Top Ten
DII Girls Tennis Teams
August 10, 2017
Division II
1. Hathaway Brown◄TEAM
2. Indian Hill◄TEAM
3. Columbus Academy◄TEAM
4. Laurel ◄TEAM
5. Col. Schools for Girls◄TEAM
6. Toledo Central Catholic
7. Lexington
8. Summit Country Day◄TEAM
9. Cuy. Valley Chr. Aca. ◄TEAM
10. Worthington Christian
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership
Last year's champion, Hathaway Brown leads the way again this year. Those players returning include: Nicole Gillinov, Maddie Lynch, Isabella Daverio, and Rebecca Wolf. Other contributing players include: Megan Qiang, Isabella Godsick, and Stephanie Zhou. Lost to graduation were Lauren Gillinov, Ally Persky, and Catherine Areklett.

Indian Hill gave Hathaway Brown a close battle in the OTCA Tournament last year. Returning players include: Gracey Hirsch, Hayley Hirsch, Saskia Gobonya, and Julia Yingling. Morgan Coburn is not expected to return. Lost to graduation were Amalia Guzman and Sarah Price.

Columbus Academy returns a strong team and they will be adding, Sydni Ratliff, who is the highest TRN-ranked freshman in Ohio. Returning for the Vikings are: Georgia Tuckerman, Himaja Reddy, and Maddie Tuckerman. CA lost Jacinta Crestanello and Sarah Wexner to graduation.

Laurel returns everyone from last year. They are led by Rachel Buchinsky, Victoria Vasquez, Ria Desai. Other contributors include Priya Khadilkar and Amanda Shao.

Columbus School for Girls returns Stephanie Presper, Rosie Gliatis, Grace Weiler, Helen Hoag, and Savannah Halley. Players lost to graduation were Marissa Madison and Ally Kennedy. CSG represented the Central District in the OTCA's last year.

Toledo Central Catholic returns Ava McQuillin, Maverick Delp, and Sophia Spinazze. All three played at States last year. TCC also represented NW Ohio in the OTCA.

Lexington returns Sylvia Goldsmith, Madison Mueller, and Hayliegh Tucker. They finished second last year to Toledo Central Catholic in the Northwest District.

Summit Country Day picks up freshman Elizabeth Fahrmeier. Fahrmeier is a 4-Star on TennisRecruiting.net. Kathryn Adam and Amy Poffenberger also return.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy gets most of their core team back. Returning players include: Irene Norman, Kaitlyn Beebe, Lauren Lee, and Alexis Polidoro. They lost Baily McCollum to graduation.

Worthington Christian returns their top three singles players from their 10 / 5 team. They are Julia Byers, Amanda Mayotte, and Isabelle Nguyen.

It is more difficult to determine the best girls teams versus the boys because it is not always clear on which team the girls will be playing. Contact OTZ via Feedback or email if the players are not linked to the correct team.

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WEDNESDAY,

OhioTennisZone's Pre-Season Top Ten Teams for Division I

Yes, it is time to identify the best high school tennis teams in Ohio. Last year, Hathaway Brown was the run-a-way favorite to conquer the entire world and nearby solar systems. All teams had their fingers crossed that Hathaway Brown would move to D1 (if you were a D2 team) or stay in D2 (if you were a D1 team), but they will be staying in D2 for another two years. Competition for the D1 and D2 top spots should be more intense this season.

Division I will be covered today and Division II's OTZ Top Ten will be posted tomorrow.

Division I

OhioTennisZone.com
Pre-Season State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
August 9, 2017
Division I
1. Magnificat ◄TEAM
2. Mason◄TEAM
3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAM
4. Ursuline Academy◄TEAM
5. Pickerington North
6. Olentangy Liberty◄TEAM
7. Upper Arlington◄TEAM
8. Perrysburg
9. St. Ursula Academy
10. Mount Notre Dame
Last year's champion, Magnificat gets their 1-2-3 singles players back from last year's team and they will start the season as #1. They are led by Anna Roggenburk, Alexandra Vesikallio, and Olivia Rondini. Other contributing players include Nikita Zuber and Emily Pallaki. Lost to graduation were Ana Lopez, Molly Bauer, and Brynn Downing.

Mason was very strong last year but they lost several of their best players to graduation. Not to worry - they added two of the best freshmen players in the nation. Returning from last year are: Ananya Aggarwal, Sanjana Reddy, Nicole Reid, and Emma Kruse. Mason picks up Jamie Kim and Nataly Kader. As incoming freshmen, they are ranked 44th and 65th in the nation, respectively. Lost to graduation were: Amanda Huser (Cincinnati), Lizzy Kong, and Isabel Cepeda.

Dublin Jerome was #3 last year and they start out at the same spot this year. Vicki Chang returns to the team this year as she joins Reagan Resor, Jiaqi Liu, Neha Dudipala, and Erin Zhao. They also pick up Katherine Wang from Dublin Coffman and freshman Arya Dudipala. They lost Butler recruit, Emily Neal, to graduation as well as Natalia Gomez and Charlotte Berman. Gomez's sister, Charlie, won the OTZ fan dog contest last year, beating Magnificat's Charlotte in the last hour of the contest, so there is an opening for another doggy to take over the championship role.

Ursuline Academy returns a deep team of Gabriella O`Connor, Gracie Estes, Carolyn Haney, Lynn Ahrens, and Hana Eid. They pick up freshman Nina Dhaliwal. They lost Ellie Foster to graduation.

Pickerington North returns their strong top three players. They are Cassie Alcala, Rhyan Cook, and Kim Nguyen. They lost Shivani Kothari and Carmen Moesle to graduation.

Olentangy Liberty will have a strong 1-2-3 punch this year with Alexis Steer returning and with the addition of two freshmen. As freshmen, Madeline Atway is ranked 57th in the country and Danielle Schoenly is 228th. Cellini Ko is also returning. Sidney Reineke graduated.

Upper Arlington is always going to be in the mix. They return Paige Kompa, Masha Manilchuk, and Evelyn Holman. They pick up Ella Hazelbaker. They lost Anna Reynolds, Ashley Weeks, and Nicole Holman to graduation.

Perrysburg returns Emma Carter, Caitlyn Schankula, and Gemma Smith from last year's OTCA Final Four Team. They pick up freshman Sydney Onest.

St. Ursula Academy returns Lucy Aberg, Gabby Gockerman, and Taylor Kunci from last year's team. They pick up highly ranked Bella Kirby and Elizabeth Pendergast. They lost Caroline Waddell to graduation.

Mount Notre Dame is #10. Returning are Kelli Niehaus, Caroline Gott, and Maddy Klug. They lost Sabina Worthoff to graduation.

It is more difficult to determine the best girls teams versus the boys because it is not always clear on which team the girls will be playing. Contact OTZ via Feedback or email if the players are not linked to the correct team.

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THURSDAY,

USTA National Championships

Numerous Ohio players will be participating in the B16-18 and G16-18 USTA National Championships. The boys championships will be in Kalamazoo, MI and the girls will be competing in San Diego. Many of these players competed in Ohio high school tennis while others chose to compete only in high-level ITF's.

Dalayna Hewitt
Dalayna Hewitt - Click to enlarge

Ohio boys should play a dominate role in the B18's. TennisRecruiting.net has ranked all of the players in the draw and four Ohio players are in the TRN top ten. They are: John McNally, JJ Wolf, and Danny (DJ) Thomas. University School's Paul Gota will also be competing in the B18's.

There are two players in the top eleven In the G18's. They are Caty McNally and Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford. Other Ohio players are: Dalayna Hewitt, Peyton Sterns, Orange's Emily Dunbar, and Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio.

In the Boys 16's, New Albany's Robert Cash and Nathan Jose, Mason's Saiprakash Goli and Niraj Komatineni, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur, and Chester Wickwire will be competing.

In the Girl's 16's, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov and Maddie Lynch, Centennial's Zoey Weil, Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu, and Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen will be competing.

Elizabeth Fahrmeier
Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier - Click to enlarge
To follow the boys, click on National Championships B16-18 and USTABoys.com. The girls results will be at National Championships G16-18 and USTAGirlsNationals.com. To see TennisRecruiting.net's ratings of all of the players, click TRN Ratings. (This information is in a Google spreadsheet document.)

OTZ largely does not cover the G14 Championships unless it is known that the girls are playing high school tennis this year. These girls include: Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway, Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier, and Mason's Nataly Kader. These matches will be played in Rome, Georgia. Click to view information about the USTA Girls 14 National Championships.

OhioTennisZone plans to attend a portion of the USTA Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo to watch and to take photos.

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WEDNESDAY,

OhioTennisZone's OTCA Draws

The OhioTennisZone.com Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Tournament draws are now online. A link to these draws will remain at the top of the OTZ home page for the entire season.

OTCA Draws
OTZ OTCA Draw - Click to Go to Draw
These draws are identical to the OTCA draws, but many fans prefer the OTZ draws because they are easier to navigate and because they provide information about many of the teams.

Please keep OhioTennisZone up-to-date with any results during the season by emailing, texting, Tweeting, mind-melding, or Morse-coding them to OTZ on the same night as the match takes place.

The OTZ Pre-Season Top 10 Team list will be introduced next week. If you would like to vote for your own Top 10 (and to potentially influence the OTZ selection) you will also have an opportunity to do so next week.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST

Start of the Girls Tennis Season

Today marks the beginning of the OHSAA Girls Tennis Season. Welcome. Thanks for coming.

Today's posting includes a variety of items. It provides: the key dates for the season; OTZ member information; OTZ Top 10 team update; why Top 10 teams are expected to be OTZ Team Members; and why graduates are still included on team rosters. Just fwiw, there will be just three OTZ updates this week. The pace of the updates will ramp-up next week.

The key dates for the season are included in the table.

OhioTennisZone.com
Girls Tennis Calendar - 2017
Activity Date
First Day of Coaching Tues., Aug. 1
USTA Midwest Level 3 - Grand Rapids, MI Aug. 5-7
Regular Season Begins Fri., Aug. 11
Western & Southern Open - High School Day Sun., Aug. 13
Non-Interscholastic Date Mon., Sept. 4
Sectional Tournament Draw Date Sun., Sept. 24
Sectional Tournament Oct. 2-7
District Tournament Oct. 9-14
State Tournament Oct. 20-21
OTCA State Team Tournament Sun., Oct. 22

If you are currently an OTZ Member, there is no need to sign-up again. Please mail or PayPal your payment to OhioTennisZone.com.

OTZ will soon post its Pre-Season Top 10 Team lists after it is clear where players are going to school and which girls are playing high school tennis. Regular fans (just like you) will be able to vote for your Top 10 next week.

I am asking that the OTZ Top 10 teams become OTZ Team Members. OhioTennisZone provides the teams in the Top 10 with a great deal of recognition and coverage. This recognition is very helpful because many middle school kids follow OTZ, and they want to be a part of a winning tennis program. It is a complete no-brainer for private schools to be team members because tuition dollars are involved, but it also makes sense for public schools, too. Consider an OTZ Team Membership as the cheapest and most effective advertisement that you can buy, plus it is focused on the absolute perfect audience for your program. If a Top 10 Team is not a team member, only OTZ members will be able to view that team's information.

Note that graduates are still included on rosters. Many fans like to see which players have graduated. Note to coaches - OTZ will remove the graduates as match play begins. It s unnecessary for you to remove them.

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SATURDAY,

OTZ USTA Midwest Closed Analysis

Ohio had a great deal of success at the Midwest Closed. This is the tournament that ran from June 24 to June 29 in Indianapolis.

OTZ Midwest Analysis
OTZ Midwest Analysis - Click to view
Ohio players that did exceptionally well included: Mason's Saiprakash Goli (B16 Champion), Columbus Academy's upcoming freshman, Sydni Ratliff (G16 Champion), University School's Paul Gota (B18 Runner-up), Mason's Niraj Komatineni (B16 Runner-up), and St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur (3rd in B16's).

OhioTennisZone.com analyzes this tournament from time-to-time and did so again this year. This year's items of emphasis include: Identifying the strongest/weakest districts; offering suggestions on how to strengthen the weaker districts (by shrinking the number of quota spots); reviewing the quality of seeding; encouraging the return to best of two out of three sets in doubles rather than eight game pro-set; reviewing the new Facebook "Live" feature; and explaining why I only got photos of just one player rather than the eight to ten Ohio players that I wanted to recognize.

The analysis includes the performance of all of the players in the B16-18 and G16-18 draws.

It also provides readers with more information on OhioTennisZone members. Click to see the information for OTZ members.

Click Analysis to see the entire analysis.

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THURSDAY,

Ohio Players in the Pros

There are several players with Ohio ties who are competing in the professional ranks. Those players with rankings above 1000 are included in the table below.

OhioTennisZone.com
Ohio Players in the Pros (Sorted by Rank)
Player Ranking Best Ranking
Lauren Davis
27
26 (5/22/17)
Blaz Rola
241
78 (1/5/15)
Francesca Di Lorenzo
303
289 (7/3/2017)
Mikael Torpegaard
313
313 (7/17/17)
Peter Kobelt
502
332 (5/16/16)
Connor Smith
586
200 (6/15/15)
Alexandra Sanford
773
517 (10/17/16)
Hunter Callahan
821
808 (6/26/17)
John McNally
944
938 (7/3/17)

Half of the players grew up playing tennis in Ohio while others played for Ohio State.

The player links take readers to the ITFTENNIS.com web site.

Other players who are ranked but not in the top 1000 include: Maddie Kobelt and Danny Thomas.

Chase Buchanan is still out with an injury he encountered during the 2015 Wimbledon qualifier. His highest ranking was 158 in May 2015.

OhioTennisZone received media credentials for the Western & Southern Open again this year. Hopefully, I'll have an opportunity to take photos of at least Lauren Davis at the tournament. If your Ohio high school team is at the tournament, please look me up for a team photo. I will also be looking to take photos of Ohio high school players who are ball boys and girls.

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WEDNESDAY,

Upcoming Tournaments

There are several central Ohio tournaments worth considering that are coming up.

Brian Heil
Elysium's Brian Heil - Click to enlarge
The Bernard Master $6,000 Elysium Doubles Classic - COGP is on July 8-9. This tournament will include some current and ex-college players. The entries close on July 6.

There is a men's summer platform tennis tournament at Elysium on July 8. Contact Brian Heil if you are interested in playing. This tournament will include players from throughout Ohio. I will be there to take photos.

The Elysium Boys 14, 16, 18's July Compass Clash is July 15-16. Entries for this tournament close on July 11. This tournament uses the popular compass draw approach.

The 2017 Wellington Open - COGP tournament will be held July 17-21 at Wellington. This tournament is for boys and girls, ages 12-18. Entries for this tournament close on July 15.

The Elysium Girls 14, 16, 18 July Compass Clash is July 29-30. This tournament is timed perfectly for players who want to compete on their high school team. Entries close on July 26. The girls high school season begins on Tuesday, August 1 and matches begin on Friday, August 11.

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FRIDAY,

Midwest Closed

The biggest, most important Midwest Section tournament of the USTA season takes place beginning tomorrow (Saturday) in Indianapolis. Those players who do great in this tournament go on to play at the Hard Courts in San Diego (girls) and Kalamazoo (boys). Ohio has numerous high-level seeds in these tournaments, and the players along with their seeding positions are identified in the parentheses. Also identified are the incoming freshman (IN). Click Midwest Closed to follow the action.

Reece Yakubov
St. Charles' Reece Yakubov- Click to enlarge
The boys in the B16's are: Mason's Niraj Komatineni (#1 seed), Saiprakash Goli (#2), Shashank Reddy (#25), and Pranav Viswanathan; St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur (#4) and Max DeCurtins; New Albany's Nathan Jose (#11); Wellington's Trevor Ball; University School's Chas Norman and Charlie Joranko; Sycamore's Alex Karev; St. John's Jesuit's Anish Karnani; and St. Charles' Reece Yakubov (IN).

The boys in the B18's are: New Albany's Robert Cash (#2 seed); University School's Paul Gota (#8); Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai (#22); Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel (#25); Solon's Rotnov (#27); St. Charles' Jack Dabek; St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia, Sycamore's Varun Kalaiarasan and Nathan Zhang, St. John Jesuit's Akhil Katragadda, Wyoming's Joseph Kelly, Columbus Academy's Lawrence, Hawken's Ryan Leizman, Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps, and Mason's Vishnu Srinath.

Jamie Kim
Mason's Jamie Kim - Click to enlarge
Also playing from Ohio in the B16's are: Kai Britz, Nathan Englehart, Wilder Geier, Christopher Knight, Raj Kumar, Greg Morgione, Chukwudumebi and Onyedikachukwu Smarty, Ryan Stocker, Drew Swisher, Chester Wickwire, and Aiden Williams. Other B18 players include: Zach Beaschler, Clark Bilinovich, Tim Cianciola, Dominic Ciucci, Colten Clark, Aris Jhaveri, Colton Morehart, Michael Rutter, Grant Smith, William Sultan, Dan Thomas, Nick Williams, and Aaron Yeh.

The girls in the G16's are: Mason's Jamie Kim (#1) (IN), Nataly Kader (#7) (IN), and Ananya Aggarwal; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff (#2) (IN); Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk (#5) and Olivia Rondini; Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch (#12), Nicole Gillinov (#19), Isabella Daverio, Megan Qiang, and Rebecca Wolf; Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn (#13); Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen (#18); Hawken's Stephanie Shulman (#30); Clay's Madison Arquette; Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier (IN); Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Upper Arlington's Paige Kompa; Toledo Central Catholic's Ava McQuillin; Dublin Jerome's Jiaqi Liu and Reagan Resor; and Dublin Coffman's Katherine Wang.

Sydni Ratliff
Col. Academy's Sydni Ratliff - Click to enlarge
The girls in the G18's are: Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal (#31) and Vicki Chang; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti; Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones; Carroll's Jillian Milano; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Irene Norman; Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O`Connor; Upper Arlington's Anna Marie Reynolds; Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio; and Centennial's Zoey Weil.

Also playing from Ohio in the G16's are: Chloe Barr, Marie Discini, Alexandra Garofoli, Kyleigh Henthorn, Mikenzie Hindenlang, Taylor Kuncl, Blessing Nwaozuzu (#14), Emma Peeler (#25), Libbey Rhegness, Sarah Robertson, Angelica Ross (#29), and Maggie Yang. Other G18 players include: Molly Sanberg (#5), Emily Thomas (#11), Kelli Niehaus (#13), Claudia Althans, Emma Deimling, Maverick Delp, Laura Haley, Anjali Kashyap, Lauren Longo, Kathryn Mattimoe, Madison Mueller, Megan Reese, Amanda Reinhart, Marisa Ricciardi, Sophia Spinazze, Emily Thomas, and Sabine Worthoff.

OTZ will be going to the Closed to watch the tournament and to take photos. Look for me on Sunday.

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