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Ohio High School
2018 Girls Tennis Calendar
Aug. 1 (W): 1st Day Coaching
Aug. 4-6: USTA MW Level 3's
Aug. 4-12: USTA NAT CHAMP
Aug. 10 (F): HS Season Begins
Aug. 12 (Su): W&S HS Day
Sep. 1-3: USTA MW Level 3's
Sep. 4: Non-Interscholas. Date
Sep. 9-10: Rosh Hashanah
Sep. 16: Waiver Ext. Ends
Sep. 18-19: Yom Kippur
Sep. 23: Sectional Draw
Oct. 1-6: Sectional Tournament
Oct. 8-13: District Tournament
Oct. 19-20: State Tournament
Oct. 21: State Team Tourn.
Oct. 27: HS Season Ends

 

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
August 27, 2018
Division I
1. Mason◄TEAM
2. Magnificat◄TEAM
3. Pickerington North◄TEAM
4. Olentangy Orange◄TEAM
5. Dublin Jerome◄TEAM
6. Olentangy Liberty◄TEAM
7. Ursuline Academy
8. Upper Arlington◄TEAM
9. Solon◄TEAM
10. Mayfield◄TEAM
HM: Perrysburg,
Westlake◄TEAM, North Canton Hoover◄TEAM
Division II
1. Hathaway Brown◄TEAM
2. Indian Hill◄TEAM
3. Columbus Academy◄TEAM
4. Toledo Central Catholic
5. Oakwood
6. Laurel◄TEAM
7. Summit Country Day◄TEAM
8. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
9. Lexington◄TEAM
10. Wellington◄TEAM
HM: Seven Hills◄TEAM, Archbishop Alter◄TEAM
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership

 

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
5/29/2018
Division I
1. Mason◄TEAM 2 State Spots
2. New Albany◄TEAM 3
3. St. Xavier◄TEAM 1
4. Sycamore◄TEAM 2
5. Upper Arlington◄TEAM 1
6. Canfield 2
7. Massillon Jackson◄TEAM 1
8. St. John's Jesuit◄TEAM 2
9. Solon◄TEAM 2
10. Dublin Jerome
HM: St. Charles 1, University School 1, St. Ignatius 2, Centerville, Turpin 1, Perrysburg 1
Division II
1. Wellington◄TEAM 3 St. Spts.
2. Indian Hill◄TEAM 2
3. Hawken◄TEAM 3
4. Miami Valley School 3
5. Seven Hills◄TEAM 0
6. Col. Academy◄TEAM 1
7. Cin. Country Day◄TEAM 1
8. Lexington 2
9. Ursuline 1
10. Ottawa Hills 1
HM: Bexley◄TEAM 0, Wyoming◄TEAM 0
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership so extensive OTZ information is available

 

 

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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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SUNDAY,

Mason Wins Flight A | St. Ursula Wins Flight B | Mag/HB Beat Liberty

It was another big day for Ohio high school tennis as the Cincinnati area completed their Coaches' Classic. Mason won the Flight A group with Ursuline Academy and Indian Hill coming in second and third, respectively. St. Ursula Academy won Flight B. The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Snodgrass wrote a great summary article about the tournament. Click to read Mason dominates Flight A at GCTCA Coaches Classic.

Mason's Ananya Aggarwal
Mason's Ananya Aggarwal w/Coach Reid- Click to enlarge

In dual match play, Magnificat and Hathaway Brown beat Olentangy Liberty.

The Sectional Draw meetings will occur throughout the state at 2pm today.

Rarely do I sleep through my alarms, but it happened today. (In fact, I rarely even need an alarm.) I also have an 8am platform tennis match. So... the data for the above matches will be processed after my match.

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

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SATURDAY,

Mason Beat Centerville | St. Ursula Academy Defeated Loveland

There were just two matches recorded from yesterday. They were both State Team Tournament matches. Mason defeated Centerville and St. Ursula Academy beat Loveland. (There are no box scores currently available for the St. Ursula Academy match.) To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. Click for the updated State Team Tournament Draw.

Lexington
Lexington - Click to team page
Among the top players, Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Centerville's Camp and Mason's Sanjana Reddy beat Centerville's Milena Alappatt. 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 OTZ Team Members. They are led by Sylvia Goldsmith, Gracie Pfieffer, and Hayliegh Tucker.

Olentangy Liberty travels to northeast Ohio today to play Magnificat and Hathaway Brown.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

FRIDAY,

GCTCA Classic Underway

The weather was really hot yesterday in Cincinnati for the Coaches' Classic. A number of players either had or were recovering from a virus that is making the rounds in Cincinnati so they were even that much more uncomfortable.

There were 20 dual matches recorded throughout the state. The breakdown by District was: Central - 14, Southwest - 3, Northeast - 3, and Northwest - 0. The close, 3-2 matches included: Bloom-Carroll defeated Circleville; Eaton beat Preble Shawnee; Olentangy Liberty defeated Olentangy; and Groveport beat Whitehall. Other notable matches included: Revere defeated Copley; Columbus Academy beat Bexley (State Tournament Match); and Oakwood defeated Bellbrook. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Lynn Kader
CHCA's Lynn Kader - Click to enlarge

Multi-day tournament can be painful to handle online because it is very easy to duplicate results from a previous day. For this reason, only the Flight A 1st singles will be included online today. Other scores from the tournament will be saved and processed on Sunday.

Among the top players, Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus defeated Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal and Mason’s Ananya Aggarwal; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Abby Nugent beat Sycamore's Helen Sotropa and Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly beat Olentangy's Priyanka Agochiya; Oakwood's Lily McCloskey defeated Bellbrook's Andrea Szep; Archbishop Alter's Grace Lampman beat Chaminade-Julienne's Lanie Sorg; Revere's Morgan Dobos defeated Copley's Nadja Milhaldova; and Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook beat Watterson's Caroline Goodlive. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

In dual match activity, St. Ursula Academy (H) will play Loveland. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

THURSDAY,

Olentangy Liberty Beat Pickerington North

The big Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic begins today and finishes on Saturday. This is a g.r.e.a.t tournament and it is great that it takes place prior to Sunday's Sectional Draw. This enables the coaches to better seed the players for Sectionals. One of the main reasons why it is such a great tournament is that the coaches gather ahead of time and they place teams in similarly skilled flights. This enables players to get matches that are more competitive. For more information, click to read the Cincinnati Enquirer's Jon Richardson's great article, Mason, Indian Hill high school tennis headline a stacked Coaches Classic. Results that are included in the Cincinnati Enquirer will be included on OTZ. I will be at Mason today for the Flight A group and for the concession stand.

Dani Schoenly
Liberty's Dani Schoenly - Click to enlarge
There were 27 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 11, Southwest - 12, Northeast - 4, and Northwest - 0. The close, 3-2 matches included: #6 Olentangy Liberty defeated #3 Pickerington North (State Tournament Match); Grove City beat Hilliard Bradley; Gahanna defeated Big Walnut; Jonathan Alder beat Delaware Hayes; Canal Winchester defeated Teays Valley; and Bellbrook beat Butler; and Kings defeated Oak Hills. In other notable matches, St. Ursula Academy defeated Centerville and Magnificat beat Walsh Jesuit (State Team Tournament Match). To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Walsh Jesuit's Lily Joyce; Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway beat Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala; St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby defeated Centerville's Sydney Khosla; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini beat Walsh Jesuit's Emma Kealy; and Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly defeated Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

As mentioned previously, the Cincinnati Coaches Classic takes place today. Dual matches include: Laurel (H) versus Hudson; DeSales (A) versus Hilliard Bradley; and Wellington (H) versus Grandview. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

"Great" was used five times in the first paragraph. Can you find them all?

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

WEDNESDAY,

OTZ College Report | New Albany Beat Olentangy Liberty | Ursuline Academy Defeated St. Ursula Academy

Not only were there a large number of matches played yesterday, but many of the matches were close contests. There were 41 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 23, Southwest - 12, Northeast - 5, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: New Albany defeated Olentangy Liberty (both teams won 47 games in this close match); Granville beat Big Walnut; Edgewood defeated Ross; Logan Elm beat Bloom-Carroll; Hilliard Bradley defeated Thomas Worthington; Hilliard Darby beat Delaware Hayes; Shaker Heights defeated St. Joseph Academy; Eaton beat Milton-Union; West defeated Marion-Franklin; Dublin Coffman beat Dublin Scioto; Wellington defeated Olentangy Berlin; and Lakota East beat Oak Hills. In other notable matches, Ursuline Academy defeated St. Ursula Academy and Archbishop Alter beat Miami Valley. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

OTZ College Players Report
OTZ College Player Reports - Click to view

Among the top players, Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway defeated New Albany’s Kary Hollenbaugh; Revere’s Morgan Dobos beat Kent Roosevelt’s Maya McDaniel; Olentangy Orange’s Niki Bhimireddy defeated Pickerington Central’s Rechel Terbovich; Archbishop Alter's Grace Lampman beat Miami Valley's Janine Quigley; St. Joseph Academy’s Melissa Martin defeated Shaker Height’s Caitlin Bocks; Olentangy Berlin’s Ella Franz beat Wellington’s Alexis Burkhalter; and Sycamore’s Helen Sotropa defeated Lakota West’s Mea Trent. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The OhioTennisZone College Player Report has been updated with the Ohio high school tennis players who are competing in college tennis. While it is very difficult to get recruited into a D1 program, there are many Ohio ex-high school players competing in Division 2 and Division 3. This is an extensive report that required substantial amount of effort to create. There are 155 players included. If a player is missing, please submit a Feedback. For those players who were OhioTennisZone members (or part of an OTZ Team Membership) as seniors, their high school photos are included along with links to their OTZ player profiles. Others are included at the bottom of the page.

Included on the right-side navigational bar of the College Report are the players who are competing in professional tournaments and who have professional points and rankings.

Today's matches include: Delaware Hayes (A) versus Jonathan Alder;St. Joseph Academy (H) versus Olmsted Falls; and St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Centerville. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

TUESDAY,

Mayfield Beat Riverside | First Magazine Cover

The rain had less effect than expected so there were a few matches played yesterday. There were 11 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 5, Southwest - 4, and Northeast - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Anderson defeated Mercy McAuley and Mayfield beat Riverside Painesville. In other notable matches, Upper Arlington defeated Dublin Coffman and North Canton Hoover defeated Shaker Heights. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

PTM Cover Image
Platform Tennis Mag Cover Image - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Riverside's Angelica Ross defeated Mayfield's Caitlyn Hsu; North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback beat Shaker Heights' Caitlin Bocks; Oakwood’s Lily McCloskey defeated Beavercreek’s Dhira Venkatranaiu; Upper Arlington's Ella Hazelbaker beat Dublin Coffman's Clair Feit; Archbishop Alter's Grace Lampman defeated Tippecanoe's Rainey Messinger; and Riverside’s Sarah Selan beat Mayfield's Katerina Ng. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

This image on the right for Platform Tennis Magazine is my first magazine cover.(!) This photo was taken at last fall's Paddle Fest at Elysium Tennis. There are many tennis players like myself who also play platform tennis outside during the winter. I also created and maintain the web site, PlatformTennisZone.com, which covers the sport for central Ohio. Hoping for cooler platform tennis weather soon..

Today's matches include: St. Ursula Academy (A) versus Ursuline Academy; North Canton Hoover (A) versus Green; and Clay (A) versus Notre Dame Academy. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

MONDAY,

The Week before the Sectional Draws

The all-important Sectional Draws will be held at 2pm on Sunday throughout the state. To insure that players are given due consideration for seeding, OTZ member coaches are encouraged to submit any missed scores into OTZ as soon as possible, preferably using the OTZ score entering system.

Today will be a wet day for much of the state as remnants of Hurricane Florence affect Ohio.

Mayfield
Mayfield - Click to team page
The Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic Tournament takes place on Thursday and Saturday. This is the best tournament in the state which is why it has the longest name of any tournament in the state. I will be at Mason which has the Flight A group and the state's best concession stand. Watch for a Cincinnati Enquirer preview article this week.

In other tournament results, Archbishop Alter won the Miami Valley School Doubles Tournament on Saturday.

Today's featured team is Mayfield. They are coached by Alex Guthrie. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Hannah Kassaie and Katerina Ng.

The Columbus Challenger is underway. The 32 player draw includes Michael Mmoh [photo] who won the B18's at Kalamazoo in 2016 and who has played in the main draws of the US Open, Western & Southern Open, and Wimbledon. Ohio / OSU players in the main draw include: John McNally, JJ Wolf, Mikael Torpegaard, and Martin Joyce. New Albany's Robert Cash and OSU's Hunter Tubert (playing with different partners) are in the main draw for doubles. This is a $75K tournament so it is a big deal, but it is difficult to find online information about it. There is a app called ATP/WTA Live that provides some information. Click on "Challenger" at the bottom of your phone for the schedule and draws.

Today's scheduled matches include: Wellington (H) versus Columbus Academy; Seven Hills (A) versus Turpin; North Canton Hoover (H) versus Shaker Heights; Hawken (H) versus Orange; and Mayfield (A) versus Riverside. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SUNDAY,

Magnificat | Logan Elm | Watkins Memorial | UA-B Are Tournament Winners

The weather was perfect yesterday as many teams participated in tournaments. Magnificat won the Lexington Invitational. Logan Elm was the Grandview Invitational champion. Watkins Memorial and Upper Arlington-B were the champs of the Reynoldsburg Doubles Tournament and Wellington Cup, respectively

Hoover's Laurel Utterback
N. Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback - Click to enlarge
There was just one dual match. Turpin defeated Sycamore in a State Team Tournament match. Click on Previous Day's Match Results for the graphical performance by court.

Among the top players, Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Sycamore's Helen Sotropa. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

I rented a lens to take to the Lexington Invite yesterday. All indoor facilities have insufficient light for good action photos. By using this lens, and software that I am trying, the pictures came out quite well. One problem is that the software takes hours of processing time to improve the photos.

Today will be a major catch-up day to setup Player Profiles and process photos from previous days.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SATURDAY,

Lexington Beat Centerville | Turpin Defeated Wyoming

With many players and parents attending homecoming football games, there were just five matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 2, Southwest - 1, Northeast - 1, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Lexington defeated Centerville and Turpin beat Wyoming. The other matches included: Solon defeated Medina; Chaminade-Julienne beat Northmont; and Ursuline Academy defeated Kings (State Team Tournament). To view all of the results in graphical form, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Lexington Invite
Lexington Invite - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Wyoming's Peyton Osha; Lexington's Sylvia Goldsmith beat Centerville's Sydney Khosla; Solon's Maggie Yang defeated Medina's Stuart; and Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal beat Kings' Guerin. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

While you might expect me to say that I love going to the Lexington Invite to: gather insight from the wonderful coaches, watch great tennis, and interact with the delightful parents, no. Not so much. It's about the cornucopia of glorious donuts and other food. Hope to see you (behind me) in the donut line.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

FRIDAY,

Columbus Academy Beats Dublin Jerome | GCTA Award Winners

This week yielded the most matches of the season. There were 42 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 20, Southwest - 17, and Northeast - 5. The close, 3-2 matches included: Columbus Academy defeated Dublin Jerome; Marysville beat Grove City; East Clinton defeated Blanchester; Poland Seminary beat Jefferson Area; Middletown defeated Hamilton; Bexley beat Worthington Christian; Harrison defeated Northwest; Reynoldsburg beat Canal Winchester; and Olentangy defeated Olentangy Berlin. In another notable match, Watterson defeated DeSales. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Atway, Schoenly, Cash
Atway, Schoenly, Cash - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Westerville Central's Levi Burks; Hawken's Stephanie Shulman defeated Revere's Morgan Morgan Dobos; and Olentangy Berlin's Ella Franz beat Olentangy’s Priyanka Agochiya. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA) recognized its annual award winners last night. Last year's Division I Doubles champions, Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway and Dani Schoenly, were the female players of the year. New Albany's Robert Cash received the male player of the year award. Cash was the Division I singles champion. To view the previous annual award winners, click on GCTA Awards.

Today's matches include: Hawken (H) versus Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin; Lexington (H) versus Centerville; Seven Hills (A) versus Miami Valley; and Solon (H) versus Medina. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

THURSDAY,

St. Ursula Academy Defeats Sycamore | Academy Beats Coffman

Teams continue to crank through matches in what could be our first full dry week of the season. There were 37 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 17, Southwest - 14, Northeast - 5, and Northwest - 1.

Keep in mind that the Sectional Draws are next Sunday, September 23. The goal is to include all of the matches so that OTZ member coaches are well-prepared to obtain Sectional seeding positions for their players. OTZ is currently all caught up [potential jinx statement] on processing older matches so please keep them coming.

Dublin Coffman
Dublin Coffman - Click to team page
The close, 3-2 matches included: St. Ursula Academy defeated Sycamore; Reynoldsburg beat Delaware Hayes; Badin defeated Fairfield; Clermont Northeastern beat Blanchester; Summit Country Day defeated Seven Hills; Watkins Memorial beat Bexley; and Revere defeated Our Lady Of The Elms. In other notable matches, Columbus Academy defeated Dublin Coffman and Jonathan Alder defeated Marysville in a match that included three, 3-setters. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier beat Seven Hills' Neda Tehrani; Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang defeated Pickerington Central's Rechel Terbovich; St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby beat Sycamore's Helen Sotropa; Columbus Academy's Carmen Merkel defeated Dublin Coffman's Clair Feit; Wyoming's Peyton Osha beat Lakota West's Mea Trent; and New Albany's Alexandra Vitellas defeated Olentangy's Priyanka Agochiya. 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 OTZ Team Members. They are led by Claire Feit, Hannah Qin, and Cassi Shough.

Today's matches include: Dublin Jerome (H) versus Columbus Academy; Revere (H) versus Hawken; North Canton Hoover (A) versus Shaker Heights; and Clay (H) versus Findlay. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

WEDNESDAY,

Laurel Beats Magnificat | North Canton Hoover Defeats Jackson

This is turning out to be a good week to catch-up with rained out matches. There were 40 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 19, Southwest - 13, Northeast - 6, and Northwest - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Laurel defeated Magnificat; Northwest beat Talawanda; Reynoldsburg defeated Big Walnut; Bexley beat Olentangy Berlin; Delaware Hayes defeated Marysville; Gahanna beat Hilliard Darby; and North Canton Hoover defeated Massillon Jackson in their bigger than huge rivalry match. In other notable matches, St. Ursula Academy defeated Wyoming and Turpin defeated Loveland. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Wellington
Wellington - Click to team page
Among the top players, Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky defeated Magnificat's Olivia Rondini; North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback beat Massillon Jackson's Molly Altman; Wellington's Isabella Vegas defeated Worthington Christian's Amanda Mayotte; St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby beat Wyoming's Peyton Osha; and Centerville’s Sydney Khosla defeated Springboro’s Katelyn Mazurek. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

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

Today's matches include: Sycamore (H) versus St. Ursula Academy; Seven Hills (H) versus Summit Country Day; and Dublin Coffman (H) versus Columbus Academy. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

TUESDAY,

Olentangy Orange Beats Dublin Jerome | Mag Defeats Westlake

Even when there is a zero percent chance of rain - it can still rain - as Olentangy Orange and Dublin Jerome's players and fans discovered. Thankfully the match was still completed after a few minutes of delay. #4 Olentangy Orange prevailed by beating #5 Dublin Jerome. There were 25 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Southwest - 9, and Northeast - 1. There were a large number of close, 3-2 matches. They included: Colerain defeated Blanchester; Northwest beat Roger Bacon; Delaware Hayes defeated Hartley; Wellington beat Watterson; DeSales defeated Worthington Christian; Bloom-Carroll beat Central Crossing; Lancaster defeated Hilliard Davidson; and Thomas Worthington beat Whetstone. In other notable matches, Turpin defeated St. Ursula Academy and Magnificat beat Westlake in a State Team Tournament match. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.


 Tyler Reed
Orange's Tyler Reed - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Westlake's Emma Peeler; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby; Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy defeated Olentangy Orange's Niki Bhimireddy; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini beat Westlake's Demi Jhaveri; Watterson's Caroline Goodlive defeated Wellington's Isabella Vegas; and Magnificat's Audrey Smitek beat Westlake's Ashley Michelich.Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's matches include: North Canton Hoover (A) versus Massillon Jackson; Hawken (H) versus Shaker Heights; Laurel (H) versus Magnificat; Thomas Worthington (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne; and Perrysburg (A) versus Sylvania Northview. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

MONDAY,

OTZ Top Players / Watch Lists

With all of the poor weather, hopefully teams can catch-up this week before Hurricane Florence hits Ohio. In comparison to last year, there have been more dual matches recorded on OhioTennisZone, but that is somewhat misleading. More coaches have started reporting their scores into OTZ because they are starting to see the benefits of recognizing their teams and players to a state-wide audience of high school tennis fans and college coaches.

OTZ Top Players
OTZ Top Players - Click to enlarge
The OTZ Top Players / Watch Lists have had their first major updates of the season. By the end of the season, there will be roughly 25-30 players on the Top Players List. The number of players on the Watch List varies from year to year. Coaches are always encouraged to provide feedback on who deserves to be on these lists but not so much for parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and robo-callers. Even the best players start out on the Watch List, but several will quickly be moved to the Top Players List. Note that the order of the Top Players is essentially the same as last year (for now), but that will change as more matches are played. Despite the new lenient OHSAA rules, there were numerous players who decided not to play high school tennis this season and hopefully all of these players have been removed from these lists. All of the player information is shown for the OTZ members. Please sign-in to view the information for non-members. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's matches include: Dublin Jerome (A) versus Olentangy Orange; North Canton Hoover (H) versus St. Joseph Academy;  Wellington (A) versus Watterson; and Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Lancaster. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SUNDAY,

OTZ Interview with W&S Open Ball Kid, Chas Norman

Should I go pick up that ball that is six feet from the net before I serve another ball or just hope that my opponent doesn't hit a short ball? If ball kids were not invented, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro would be forced to ask this agonizing question over and over again today at the US Open while parents everywhere would be quietly murmuring and grimacing under their breaths, "picktheballup", "justpickitup", and "JUSTWALKOVERANDPICKUPTHEFREAKINGBALL". Thanks to the efforts of Chas Norman and ball kids everywhere, professional players do not have to make this gut wrenching decision after every net ball miss.

University School's Chas Norman has been a ball kid at the Western & Southern Open for three years and he responded to a few OTZ questions that tennis fans everywhere want to know about this inner sanctum of professional tennis. Norman's replies are in italics.

Chas Norman
Chas Norman w/Kevin Anderson- Click to Enlarge

Let's get the really big question out of the way first. Is there really that big of a difference between the balls to justify it being discarded by the players? Norman replied, "Yes. There are definitely differences in the balls. When the point is going on I try to find the best one in my hands, and then give that to the player. I try to give them the balls in order of freshness, so most of the time they give back the least fresh." Worn or fluffy balls do not travel through the air as quickly so servers want the "fastest" balls. The six balls in use get beat up quickly and they are replaced every nine games. The exception is at the beginning of the match where new balls are used for warm-ups. Those balls are replaced after just seven games. When a ball goes into the stands, the umpire finds a similarly used ball to replace it. In some cases, the ball is retrieved from the fan and then the fan is given a new ball. Smoothly rolling the balls to transport the balls from ball kid to ball kid places less stress on the balls.

Is there a try-out for ball boys? "For your first two years you have to try out in the spring and pass both inspection and a short written test (you need to know the court numbers!). During the tryouts the staff mainly looks for improvement – they don't expect you to be perfect immediately but they do want you to improve. It helps to know how a tie break is scored!"

Are you evaluated after each match? If so, how? "We have "court monitors" that are basically chaperons for the kids assigned to that court. If they think you need to do something better they'll tell you, but otherwise we aren't officially evaluated. Of course, behind the scenes you're constantly evaluated, and the court you're assigned to changes based on your skill."

A good ball kid basically needs to be invisible. No-no's for a ball kid would be drawing attention to him or herself by juggling balls, interacting with the crowd, or throwing behind the back throws, etc. Norman's famous sunglasses are also not permitted because sunglasses can occasionally reflect light and distract players. Just to make things more interesting, Norman added, "In the warm-ups especially, there's an unspoken competition of who can catch the biggest serve and make it look easy." OTZ noted that Norman caught a 116mph serve.

W&S Open Ball Kids
Six ball kids taking their positions - Click to Enlarge
Getting on a prestigious "TV court"; is a combination of ability and tenure. Balls need to be rolled quickly, smoothly and accurately to the other ball kids. They also need to be "caught" on the ground without error. When catching, Norman normally uses "pinkies together" because it is faster, while others "trap the ball" by placing the thumbs together. The really good ball kids can roll two balls at a time with both balls coming out of the same hand. If they are already showing the balls to a player when a ball rolls their way, they can also stop the ball with a foot until they have time to pick it up. The new serve clock is an added dimension which requires that the ball kids get the six balls to the server's side even faster. Some college-age ball "kids" return to W&S each year so it is difficult to get on Center Court and Grand Stand courts, but Norman did get on the Grand Stand court this year and hopes to earn a an occasional spot on the Center Court next year.

The process of finding and evaluating ball kids is no small task. Over 200 ball kids are needed for the Western & Southern Open, or 18 for each court. Ideally, six new ball kids are rotated after each set. When not on the court, the kids can cool down, eat, re-hydrated, and relax in an air conditioned tent. They often play cards. The ball kids are volunteers. "We pay around $50 for the shoes, but then we get a hat and two full outfits (socks, shorts, shirt, wristbands) for free."

Norman is a two-time OHSAA state tennis qualifier and he also benefits from watching how the players perform. He has "run" for Naomi Osaka (yesterday's US Open champion) and he was very impressed with how hard she struck the ball and with how close she was to the baseline. Being close to the baseline, enables players "to take time away" from opponents and to create sharper angles.

When asked who the nicest pros are that Norman and his fellow ball kids deal with, he stated, "I think my favorite players are the Bryan brothers, Denis Shapovalov, and Jamie Murray. They're all really nice (although I only know about Jamie Murray through some of my friends, who told me he ALWAYS says please and thank you!)." Here is a video clip of Shapovalov interacting with one of the ball kids during a rain shower. Click to view.

Of course, some pros are not as nice, but many times that can be attributed to superstitious tendencies, such as only wanting balls from a specific location (i.e. ad side) or wanting the towel to be presented in a certain way (i.e. doubled). One pro always wants the ball kids to have the same number of balls so he will automatically discard a ball by tapping it to the other ball kid.

Interested in seeing what the ball kid situation is like for yourself? The Columbus Challenger is coming up next week from Saturday, September 15 to Sunday, September 23. They need both adults and kids for this ball kid role. The tournament takes place at the Ohio State Indoor Varsity Tennis Center. Submit a Feedback if interested.

Believe it or not, but there were matches played yesterday. Mason defeated Dublin Jerome and Pickerington North; Magnificat beat Notre Dame Academy and Toledo Central Catholic; North Canton Hoover defeated Notre Dame Academy and Toledo St. Ursula Academy; and Hathaway Brown beat Dublin Jerome. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Toledo Central Catholic's Ava McQuillin; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Mason's Sanjana Reddy; North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback defeated Notre Dame Academy's Ciera Patton; Mason's Sanjana Reddy beat Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy; Hathaway Brown's Rebecca Wolf defeated Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini beat Toledo Central Catholic's Maverick Delp; and Magnificat's Audrey Smitek defeated Notre Dame Academy's Ciera Patton. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SATURDAY,

Sycamore Beats Mount Notre Dame

This season is definitely looking more like the boys season. Of course, the girls get to avoid the biggest question that the boys face during their season -- will the precipatation will come in the form of snow, sleet, or rain?

Due to the rain and high school football, there were just four matches recorded from state-wide play. In State Team Tournament play, Sycamore defeated Mount Notre Dame and Mason beat Walnut Hills. In other matches, Perrysburg defeated Walsh Jesuit and Olentangy Berlin beat Worthington Kilbourne. To view the results in graphical form from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Hilliard Davidson
Hilliard Davidson - Click to team page
Among the top players, Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Walnut Hills' Makensie Long; Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus beat Sycamore's Helen Sotropa; and Perrysburg's Emma Carter defeated Walsh Jesuit's Lily Joyce. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Hilliard Davidson. They are coached by Erin Ortman. They are Team Members. They are led by Emma Wood and Kaitlyn Quinn.

Tomorrow's update will include an interview with University School's Chas Norman. Just in time for the US Open Men's Final, Norman will provide OTZ readers with a behind-the-scenes view of what it is like to be a ball kid at a major tennis tournament. Norman has been a ball kid at the Western & Southern Open for the last three years.

From time-to-time, the size of the main home page needs to be reduced so that it loads faster. Fans who are interested in reading more about the boys season should do so today. Much of that content will be archived tomorrow.

The OTZ plans were to go to Pickerington North today and watch matches between Hathaway Brown, Mason, Dublin Jerome, and Pickerington North, but those matches were moved to Lakewood Racquet Club near Lexington. It is almost impossible for me to get good indoor photos (with my existing camera) so I will be working from home today.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

FRIDAY,

OSU Announces Ty Tucker Tennis Center | Photo Friday | Mag > Mayfield | Solon > Laurel

Yesterday was a big day for tennis news. OSU announced the new Ty Tucker Tennis Center. This will be a $21.9 million, 75,000 square foot facility. It will include six indoor courts and theater style seating for spectators. It will be adjacent to the 10 existing outdoor courts on Olentangy River Road, and it is expected to be ready for the 2020 season. Dick and Eva Nourse are major contributors to the new facility and they were introduced on the OSU football field on Saturday (before the rain). Dick is a fellow platform tennis enthusiast. He has a silky smooth, lethal backhand drive off of the back screen that you don't see coming until it is too la

Wellington's Alexis Burkhalter
Wellington's Alexis Burkhalter - Click to enlarge
There were 26 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 11, Southwest - 8, Northeast - 5, and Northwest - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Felicity defeated Blanchester; Hartley beat Whetstone; Walsh Jesuit defeated Hawken; Worthington Christian beat Granville; Solon defeated Laurel; Teays Valley beat Bloom-Carroll; Ursuline Academy defeated Mount Notre Dame; and Lancaster beat Reynoldsburg. In another notable match, Magnificat defeated Mayfield. The Solon versus Laurel match was the "homework-doesn't-really-matter" match of the day with four 3-setters. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky defeated Solon's Maggie Yang; Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus beat Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini defeated Mayfield's Hannah Kassaie; Hawken's Stephanie Shulman beat Walsh Jesuit's Lily Joyce; and Magnificat's Audrey Smitek defeated Mayfield's Caitlyn Hsu. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. The Top Players and Watch Lists will be modified this weekend.

Because you have better things to do than work at the office today, it is also an OTZ Photo Friday. The frequent number of rainouts limited the number of photos in this week's group. Click to view the Most Recently Added Photos.

Today's matches include: Perrysburg (H) versus Walsh Jesuit; St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Olentangy Liberty; and Wellington (H) versus Watkins Memorial.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

THURSDAY,

Summit Country Day Beats CCD

Rain and lightning reduced the number of matches played yesterday. Today's weather is expected to be much the same. There were 19 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 10, Southwest - 6, Northeast - 2, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Westerville Central defeated Olentangy Berlin; Anderson beat Seton; Hilliard Davidson defeated Westerville North. In other notable matches, Solon defeated Shaker Heights; Summit Country Day beat Cincinnati Country Day; Turpin defeated Springboro (three 3-setters). To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

North Canton Hoover
North Canton Hoover - Click to team page

The State Tournament Draws were substantially updated. Please submit a Feedback if other results have been omitted.

Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated New Albany's Kary Hollenbaugh; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat Springboro's Katelyn Mazurek; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Mia Masterson; and Olentangy Berlin’s Ella Franz beat Westerville Central’s Levi Burks. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is North Canton Hoover. They are coached by Ryan Shaffer. They are Team Members. They are led by Laurel Utterback, Hallie Hunt, and Lilly Altman.

Today's matches include: Magnificat (A) versus Mayfield; Solon (H) versus Laurel; Seven Hills (A) versus Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Upper Arlington; Sycamore (A) versus Oak Hills; and Thomas Worthington (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

WEDNESDAY,

Tennis News Articles | Solon Beats Mayfield

High school tennis may not receive as much press as other sports, but ThisWeekSports.com does a great job of preparing "season kick-off" articles for most central Ohio teams. Links to these articles are available here and they are also linked to via the team pages. (Scroll down the page for these articles.) Special thanks to Frank DiRenna, Brad Emerine, Scott Hennen, Dave Purpura, and Jarrod Ulrey for writing these articles for ThisWeekSports. Make sure that you tell them "thanks for the recognition" when you see them at matches. OTZ will link to articles from other publications if the articles are: viewable (not behind a subscription wall), team-oriented, and include quotes or information other than recent scores.

Tennis Articles
Tennis Articles - Click to view
There were 40 matches recorded from state-wide play and OTZ may have gone to the only central Ohio match that was rained out (Worthington Kilbourne vs. Olentangy Berlin). The breakdown by District was: Central - 19, Southwest - 17, Northeast - 2, and Northwest - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Harrison defeated Little Miami; Solon beat Mayfield; Indian Hill defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Lancaster beat Gahanna; Oak Hills defeated Fairfield; and Bellbrook beat Chaminade-Julienne. In other notable matches, Seven Hills defeated Cincinnati Country Day; Olentangy Orange beat Olentangy; and Mason defeated Sycamore. In the "homework-doesn't-really-matter" match of the day, the Loveland versus Walnut Hills match included four 3-setters. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Sycamore's Helen Sotropa; Mayfield's Hannah Kassaie beat Solon's Maggie Yang; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Abby Nugent defeated Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; Loveland’s Peyton Beller beat Walnut Hills’ Makensie Long; Olentangy’s Nour Khayat defeated Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer; Cincinnati Country Day’s Mia Masterson beat Seven Hills’ Neda Tehrani; Solon's Alexis Ratner defeated Mayfield's Caitlyn Hsu; and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Lynn Kader beat Indian Hill's Samantha Pregel. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's matches include: Seven Hills (A) versus Oakwood; Solon (A) versus Shaker Heights; St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Walnut Hills; and Sycamore (H) versus Mount Notre Dame. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

TUESDAY,

Fahrmeier | Hiryur Win MW Level 3 18's

The Midwest Level 3 in Grand Rapids finished yesterday with Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier and St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur winning the G18 and B18 tournaments, respectively. Congratulations to them.

Mason's Annie Kruse
Participation Levels in 2017- Click to enlarge

Yesterday's analysis delved into the District and gender participation levels at this Midwest Level 3. Today's analysis compares this year's participation levels versus last year's. Comparing the two tables (see below), it is clear that the new Ohio High School Athletic Association Waiver (OHSAA) rule made a dramatic impact on the participation level of the girls. Seven girls played last year while 24 played in the G16-G18 tournaments this year. That is a 243% increase.

There was no change in the participation of the boys and no change was expected. There were 19 boys who played both years.This analysis will likely be done again in the spring to compare participation levels of the boys in USTA tournaments.

Elizabeth Fahrmeier
Fahrmeier Hitting a Reversed Forehand - Click to enlarge
One other issue that this waiver was expected to address was to improve the participation levels of highly skilled players competing in high school tennis. The effect of the waiver on this issue is still up for debate. There are numerous players, especially in the Southwest District, who chose not to compete in high school tennis this season. OTZ does not have a good measurement on whether it was better or worse than in previous years.

To summarize the OHSAA rule change:

There are several big matches scheduled for today. They include: Sycamore (H) versus Mason; Mayfield (A) versus Solon; and Seven Hills (H) versus Cincinnati Country Day. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

MONDAY,

Midwest Level 3 - Day 2

Matches continue in Grand Rapids at the USTA Midwest Level 3. This is a compass draw tournament so players are able to compete in numerous, high quality matches (when there are not withdrawals). Ohio players still in the front draws in their respective tournaments include: Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier and St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur.

Players with wins over other Ohio girls (who are playing high school tennis) include: Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier over Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway and Dani Schoenly; Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy over Unioto's Sylvia Gray; Unioto's Sylvia Gray over Mason's Annie Kruse; Ottawa Hills' Libbey Rhegness over Clay's Madison Arquette; and Riverside's Angelica Ross over Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang

Mason's Annie Kruse
Participation Levels - Click to enlarge
A common topic at States for boys last spring was the fall-off of the skill level after the top echelon of players. The table may help explain why. While this Level 3 is an important tournament, it does not contain the high-echelon players. It should; however, contain the "next" level down players. In comparison to the G16-18 girls (24), the number of B16-18 boys (19) competing is much lower. When considering that the girls are in the middle of high school tennis season, it makes things look even worse for the boys. But wait, it gets even worse. The boys won just 32% of their first round matches while 71% of the Ohio girls reached the second round.

Also clear from the table is reinforcement of the ongoing concern about Northwest Ohio tennis. Northwest Ohio continues to get rewarded with a large number of high level USTA tournaments, but their players are not participating. This means that players from throughout the state have to spend money for Toledo hotel rooms to play in their tournaments while the Toledo players do not compete. For this tournament, Northwest Ohio was the closest district, but it sent the fewest number of competitors. Some Toledo USTA tournaments need to be moved to other cities.

The Midwest Level 3 wraps up today.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SUNDAY,

Midwest Level 3 | OHSAA Rule Change

As reported on July 31, the Ohio High School Athletic Association introduced a rule change to better address non-interscholastic matches (i.e. USTA tournaments) during the high school tennis season. The new rule change was put to the test this weekend with the Midwest Level 3 tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With any rule change, a few snafus are expected, but that does not appear to be the case with this change. OTZ contacted coach and / or parent members and all reported that the process to obtain the OHSAA waivers to participate in the tournament went smoothly.

Mason's Annie Kruse
Mason's Annie Kruse - Click to enlarge
Prior to the rule change, all of these players would have either had to forgo this tournament or they would have had to sit out all of the high school matches prior to the tournament.

The timing of this tournament made it a win for everyone because: players / parents have time to travel over the holiday weekend; students are unlikely to be too far behind in their studies; high school teams did not schedule matches; these tournaments offered solid competition; the tournament was rather close for Ohio players; and the tournament gave players an opportunity to pick-up more USTA ranking points. And perhaps most important, this provided OTZ with content on an otherwise slow high school tennis weekend.

OTZ member players competing in the tournament include: Clay's Madison Arquette; Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier; Unioto's Sylvia Gray; Mason's Annie Kruse; Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy; Westlake's Ashley Michelich; Magnificat's Alexis Ospelt; Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly; Mason's Anna Tonkal; and Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang.

To follow all of the action of these girls and the Ohio boys who are competing, click on the link in the right-side navigation bar under the OTZ Girls Tennis Calendar, or click USTA Midwest Level 3.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SATURDAY,

Solon Beats Western Reserve Academy | Sycamore Defeats Lakota East

The combination of the holiday weekend and Friday night football meant there were only two matches recorded yesterday. Sycamore defeated Lakota East and Solon beat Western Reserve Academy. To view the results in graphical form, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Solon
Solon - Click to team page

Among the top players, Western Reserve Academy’s Lydia Peercy defeated Solon's Maggie Yang; Solon's Alexis Ratner beat Western Reserve Academy's Alicia Ma; and Lakota East’s Megan Hoke defeated Sycamore's Helen Sotropa . Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Solon. They are coached by Fredrik Nyborg. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Maggie Yang, Alexis Ratner, and Amanda Weiskind.

There are no matches scheduled for this weekend.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

FRIDAY,

Mag Beats Solon | Mayfield Defeats Laurel

Last night was another productive night as many teams played league matches. These matches are often not as competitive so it provides coaches to experiment with line-ups. There were 37 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 19, Southwest - 15, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Hamilton Township defeated Circleville; New Richmond beat Western Brown; Logan Elm defeated Bloom-Carroll; Springboro beat Beavercreek . In other notable matches, Magnificat defeated Solon; Mayfield beat Laurel; and Wellington defeated Columbus School for Girls. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Isabella Vegas
Wellington's Isabella Vegas - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Magnificat's Olivia Rondini defeated Solon's Maggie Yang;
Mayfield's Hannah Kassaie beat Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback defeated Massillon Perry's Thorpe; Magnificat's Audrey Smitek beat Solon's Alexis Ratner; Mayfield’s Caitlyn Hsu defeated Laurel’s Priya Khadilkar. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Are some of your scores not included on OhioTeninsZone? This long weekend would the perfect time to catch-up. Coach and parent members may always contact OTZ to get scores online. OTZ provides coaches with an easy-to-use web service for entering scores. Parents may contact OTZ for the best format to use.

Francesca Di Lorenzo's great run in the US Open ended yesterday with a 6-2, 6-1 loss to #13 Kiki Bertens. Per ESPN, Di Lorenzo's ranking is expected to rise from #197 to #158 and this should make it much easier for her to gain entry into other tournaments.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

THURSDAY,

Hathaway Brown Beats Hoover

Spotty rain showers led to matches being shortened or canceled. There were just 10 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 3, Southwest - 3, Northeast - 3, and Northwest - 1. Matches included: Hathaway Brown defeated North Canton Hoover; Pickerington North beat Dublin Coffman; and Perrysburg defeated Toledo St. Ursula Academy. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Hawken
Hawken - Click to team page
Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov defeated North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Dublin Coffman's Clair Feit; Hawken's Stephanie Shulman defeated Our Lady Of The Elms' Abby Benson; Hathaway Brown's Isabella Daverio beat North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt; Perrysburg’s Emma Carter defeated Toledo St. Ursula Academy’s Libby Barrow; and Pickerington Central’s Rechel Terbovich beat Watterson’s Caroline Goodlive. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Hawken. They are coached by Brian Smallwood. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Stephanie Shulman and Dylan Goldberg. Dylan is a master, OTZ score-enterer person.

Francesca Di Lorenzo plays in the second round of the US Open today. Her match is on Court 10 and it will begin after an 11:00am men's match (Kukushkin vs. Chung) is finished. Francesca plays Kiki Bertens [photo from this year's W&S Open]. Per Bing.com, Bertens has an 84% chance of winning.

Caty McNally and DJ Thomas both got beat in their US Open doubles matches. Click for more information from ZooTennis.

There are several really interesting matches scheduled for tonight. They include: Magnificat (H) versus Solon; Mayfield (H) versus Laurel; Hawken (H) versus Westlake; Wellington (H) versus Columbus School For Girls; Summit Country Day (H) versus Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

WEDNESDAY,

Francesca Di Lorenzo Wins Round 1 in US Open | HB Beats Solon

Francesca Di Lorenzo continues her run in the US Open. After winning three matches in the qualifiers, Di Lorenzo earned her first US Open win by defeating #97 Christina McHale, 6-1, 7-6. McHale was a tough oppoent with a career high ranking of 24 (2012) and $3.7 million in career prize money. Di Lorenzo's next opponent will be Kiki Bertens (#13) who just won the Western & Southern Open. Other Ohio players competing in the US Open are Caty McNally (women's doubles) and Danny (DJ) Thomas (men's doubles). McNally and Thomas both won their respective 18's national championships in doubles and received doubles main draw spots.

Francesca Di Lorenzo
Francesca Di Lorenzo - Click to enlarge
It was another big night for high school tennis. Rain would be appreciated tonight to allow me to catch-up. There were 44 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 22, Southwest - 16, Northeast - 5, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Thomas Worthington defeated Olentangy Berlin; Delaware Hayes beat Hilliard Bradley; Grove City defeated Reynoldsburg; Ursuline Academy beat St. Ursula Academy; and Summit Country Day defeated Cincinnati Country Day. In other notable matches, Hathaway Brown defeated Solon and Magnificat defeated Walsh Jesuit. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch defeated Solon's Maggie Yang; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini beat Walsh Jesuit's Lily Joyce; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Lakota East's Megan Hoke; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier beat Cincinnati Country Day's Mangu; St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby defeated Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal; Oakwood's Lily McCloskey beat Chaminade-Julienne's Estrada-Sanchez; Olentangy Berlin’s Ella Franz defeated Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie; and Indian Hill's Samantha Pregel beat Miami Valley's Sarah Hinshaw. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Mrs. OTZ (Kathy) and I watched Francesca's match on ESPN+ yesterday. Thanks to Kathy's audio-video and my panicing skills, she rigged it up so that the laptop computer showed the match on our television. The sound of the match did not always sync with the video, but it was ok. I would recommend it if Francesca's next match is not on regular TV. Make sure that you allow for ESPN+ sign-up time.

There are some really good match-ups scheduled for tonight (so, ok, I take back the rain comment). Today's matches include: Summit Country Day (H) versus Oakwood; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Pickerington North; Lexington (A) versus Upper Arlington; and Seven Hills (A) versus Ursuline Academy. [Whoops - HB and Hoover are playing, too!] To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

TUESDAY,

Columbus Academy Beats Olentangy Orange | Hawken Defeats Mayfield

It was another perfect weather night with numerous good matches. There were 28 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 14, Southwest - 9, and Northeast - 5. The close, 3-2 matches included: Dublin Scioto defeated Wellington; Cincinnati Country Day beat Wyoming; Columbus Academy defeated Olentangy Orange; Hawken beat Mayfield; and Bexley defeated Reynoldsburg. In other notable matches, Indian Hill defeated Sycamore, plus Olentangy Berlin gets its first win in program history by defeating Hilliard Bradley. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Grandview
Grandview - Click to team page
Among the top players, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Olentangy Orange's Nikitha Bhimireddy; Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch beat Sycamore's Helen Sotropa; Mayfield's Hannah Kassaie defeated Hawken's Stephanie Shulman; Watkins Memorial’s Lillia Walter beat Dublin Coffman’s Clair Feit; and Olentangy Berlin’s Ella Franz defeated Hilliard Bradley’s Corinne Dixon. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Grandview. They are coached by Kathy Kinnard. They are led by Taylor Fultz, Kayla Ward, and Liz McDermott.

New Albany's and Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo (#193) is scheduled to play her US Open match at 1pm today. Her match is against USA's #97 Christine McHale. While Francesca is considered the underdog, she could make this an interesting match. Bing.com lists McHale's chance of winning as 65%. As a comparison, Caroline Wozniacki's chance of winning is 76% against Samantha Stosur.

Today's matches include: Magnificat (H) versus Walsh Jesuit; Solon (A) versus Hathaway Brown; Summit Country Day (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; North Canton Hoover (A) versus Rocky River; and Perrysburg (A) versus Sylvania Southview. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

MONDAY,

Updated State Team Rankings: Mason and HB Still #1

The Top Ten Team rankings have been updated. Mason and Hathaway Brown remain at the top of the rankings. In previous years, there was always "one more match" that delayed the release of new rankings. Of course, that match would get rained out but then there would be "one more match".. Expect more frequent updates this season. While some teams will have occasional blips, OTZ largely ranks the teams based on how their best line-ups perform (when uninjured). The new rankings also reflect that some players did not choose to play high school tennis this season. There were also some transfers and there were players who were expected to be eighth graders, but turned out to be freshmen. (This happens frequently with the girls.) It is great to get additional results this season with Solon, Mayfield, and North Canton Hoover joining as new team members. Those three teams along with Westlake will be interesting to watch.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
August 27, 2018

Division IDivision II
1. Mason◄TEAMHathaway Brown◄TEAM
2. Magnificat◄TEAMIndian Hill◄TEAM
3. Pickerington North◄TEAMColumbus Academy◄TEAM
4. Olentangy Orange◄TEAMToledo Central Catholic
5. Dublin Jerome◄TEAMOakwood
6. Olentangy Liberty◄TEAMLaurel◄TEAM
7. Ursuline AcademySummit Country Day◄TEAM
8. Upper Arlington◄TEAM Cincinnati Hills Christ. Acad.
9. Solon◄TEAMLexington◄TEAM
10. Mayfield◄TEAMWellington◄TEAM
HM: Perrysburg,
Westlake◄TEAM, North Canton Hoover◄TEAM
Seven Hills◄TEAM, Archbishop Alter◄TEAM
◄TEAM - Denotes OTZ Team Membership. Click on School Name for Extensive Information.

The State Team Tournament Draws have been updated. There have been no major surprises thus far. As always, please submit a Feedback if there are other matches that have been omitted. Also note that unlike the OTZ Top Ten Team rankings, these draws are updated whenever new results are gathered.

Results are online for the Watterson Tournament. Columbus Academy was first, Olentangy Liberty - second, and Dublin Coffman came in third. Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff was first in singles, beating Olentangy Berlin's Ella Franz in the finals. In doubles, Olentangy Liberty's Lexie Brengartner - Ellie MacDowell defeated New Albany's Valentina DiLorenzo - Alexandra Vitellas to win 1st dubs. (Valentina's sister plays in the US Open main draw on Tuesday.)

Today will be devoted to getting more Player Profiles online.

Today's matches include: Mayfield (H) versus Hawken; Sycamore (A) versus Indian Hill; and North Canton Hoover (H) versus Louisville. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SUNDAY,

HB Wins Canfield Dubs Tournament | Ursuline Academy Beats Jerome

There should be one more good week of tennis before the Labor Day break. There were numerous good tournaments and dual matches yesterday. Hathaway Brown won the Canfield Doubles Tournament and Magnificat came in second. Watterson also had their tournament yesterday that included numerous good singles and doubles match-ups, but their results were not yet available at press time. In dual match play that included the top teams, #10 Ursuline Academy defeated #3 Dublin Jerome; #4 Pickerington North beat #9 St. Ursula Academy; and (HM) Perrysburg defeated #8 D2 Lexington.

Olentangy's Nour Khayat
Olentangy's Nour Khayat - Click to enlarge
Overall, there were six matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Southwest - 5 and Northwest - 1. Other good matches included: Pickerington Central defeated Springboro; Summit Country Day beat Turpin; and Oak Hills defeated Seton. 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 St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier; Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal defeated Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy; Lexington’s Sylvia Goldsmith beat Perrysburg’s Emma Carter;  Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang defeated Ursuline Academy's Bridget Estes; and Perrysburg's Sydney Onest beat Lexington's Gracie Pfeiffer. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Shooting conditions were so-so yesterday at the Watterson tournament. Normally it is very difficult to take photos of players who wear hats and visors because shadows mask the eyes. The cloudy conditions made it better for taking hat photos, but sun is always needed to make photos pop.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SATURDAY,

Francesca Di Lorenzo in US Open Main Draw

Yesterday was a big news day for tennis. New Albany's (and OSU's) Francesca Di Lorenzo is now in the US Open main draw after beating her opponent, Germany's Mona Barthel (#111 in the world), yesterday. Di Lorenzo beat #150 Veronica Cepede Royg and in her first round and #151 Antonia Lottner in the second to advance to the main draw. Di Lorenzo is currently ranked #191 in the world. She will face the USA's Christina McHale (#97) in the US Open in her first round. The photo today is a screen capture from the Tennis Channel of Brett Haber's after-match interview with Ann Grossman and Di Lorenzo.

Francesca Di Lorenzo
Grossman, Di Lorenzo, Haber - Click to enlarge

There were numerous big match-up in high school tennis. They included: Pickerington North defeated Ursuline Academy; Turpin beat Sycamore; Lakota East defeated Summit Country Day; Mason beat Indian Hill; Laurel defeated Hawken and Magnificat beat Westlake 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 Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal; Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch beat Mason's Ananya Aggarwal; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Sycamore's Helen Sotropa; Hawken's Stephanie Shulman beat Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini defeated Westlake's Demi Jhaveri; Summit Country Day's Amy Poffenberger beat Lakota East's Megan Hoke; and Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook defeated Ursuline Academy's Bridget Estes. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

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FRIDAY,

#6 Olentangy Orange Beats #7 Olentangy Liberty | Solon Defeats #5 Westlake

Perfect weather led to a large number of great matches. It was the busiest night of the season thus far. There were 39 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 19, Southwest - 17, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Canal Winchester defeated Big Walnut; Gahanna beat Reynoldsburg; Solon defeated #5 Westlake; Columbus School For Girls beat Worthington Christian; Goshen defeated Clinton-Massie; Goshen beat Clinton-Massie; St. Joseph Academy defeated Western Reserve Academy; OTZ #6 Olentangy Orange beat OTZ #7 Olentangy Liberty; Thomas Worthington defeated Delaware Hayes; Wyoming beat Summit Country Day; Lancaster defeated Grove City; and Groveport beat Franklin Heights; In other notable matches, OTZ #2 Magnificat defeated Hawken; OTZ #4 Pickerington North beat Pickerington Central; and OTZ #3 D2 Columbus Academy defeated OTZ #8 D2 Lexington. 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, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Hawken's Stephanie Shulman; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Lexington's Gracie Pfieffer; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Pickerington Central's Rechel Terbovich; Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway defeated Olentangy Orange's Nikitha Bhimireddy; Westlake's Emma Peeler defeated Solon's Maggie Yang; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Walnut Hills' Makensie Long; Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang defeated Olentangy Berlin's Ella Franz; Solon's Alexis Ratner defeated Westlake's Demi Jhaveri; Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly defeated Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer; Dublin Coffman's Clair Feit defeated Hilliard Davidson's Emma Wood; and Worthington Christian’s Amanda Mayotte defeated Columbus School for Girls’ Rosie Gliatis. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Magnificat. They are coached by Chris Johnson. They are Team Members. They are led by Anna Roggenburk, Olivia Rondini, and Audrey Smitek.

Due to the lack of cooperation by some teams who won when they were supposed to lose, the OTZ Pre-Season Ranking will likely need to change over the weekend.. Note that OTZ does review line-ups when making these rankings so if a key player was missing, that is considered.

Today's matches include: Hawken (A) versus Laurel; Magnificat (A) versus Westlake; and Summit Country Day (A) versus Lakota East. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

Oakwood Beats Ursuline Academy | Perrysburg Defeats NDA

Yesterday's matches were the most recorded to date. There were 28 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 12, Southwest - 14, Northeast - 1, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Reynoldsburg defeated Mount Vernon; Seven Hills beat Wyoming; Turpin defeated Lakota East; Beavercreek beat Chaminade-Julienne; Indian Hill defeated Mount Notre Dame; and Columbus Academy beat Olentangy Berlin. In other notable matches involving the top teams, Oakwood defeated Ursuline Academy and Perrysburg beat Notre Dame Academy. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Seven Hills
Seven Hills - Click to team page
Among the top players, Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus defeated Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat Lakota East's Megan Hoke; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini defeated St. Joseph Academy's Melissa Martin; Oakwood’s Lily McCloskey beat Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal; Perrysburg's Emma Carter defeated Notre Dame Academy's Ciera Patton; St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby beat Miamisburg's Anna Campbell; Seven Hills' Neda Tehrani defeated Wyoming’s Peyton Osha; and Olentangy Berlin’s Ella Franz beat Columbus Academy’s Carmen Merkel. With her win over CA's Merkel, Franz broke Olentangy Berlin’s all-time singles win record. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Seven Hills. They are coached by Tim Drew. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Annika Alper and Neda Tehrani.

Today's matches include: Magnificat (H) versus Hawken; Mayfield (A) versus Walsh Jesuit; and Solon (A) versus Westlake. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

Indian Hill Beats Lakota East | Updated Coach Directory

The season gained a bit more momentum yesterday. Now that school is back in session for many districts and the rain is starting to clear, there should be more matches played tonight. There were 22 matches recorded from state-wide play yesterday. The breakdown by District was: Central - 10, Southwest - 10, Northeast - 1, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: New Albany defeated Pickerington Central; Summit Country Day beat Seven Hills; Clermont Northeastern defeated Blanchester; and Worthington Christian beat Grove City. In other notable matches, Hathaway Brown defeated Hawken and Indian Hill beat Lakota East. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

OTZ Coach Directory
OTZ Coach Directory - Click to directory

Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov defeated Hawken's Stephanie Shulman; Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch beat Hawken's Dylan Goldberg; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Seven Hills' Neda Tehrani; Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch beat Lakota East's Megan Hoke; St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby defeated Mercy McAuley's Macey; Dublin Jerome’s Lalasa Nagireddy beat Thomas Worthington’s Sarina Xie; and New Albany’s Kary Hollenbaugh defeated Pickerington Central’s Rechel Terbovich. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

OhioTennisZone completed a comprehensive update of the OTZ Coach Directory yesterday. By combining several sources of information, this is the most comprehensive list of coaches available. It includes email addresses for over 97% of the coaches. Cell phone numbers and photos are posted for many coaches. Coaches must sign-in to view the email addresses and cell phone information. Note that there are a variety of ways (By School, By District, etc.) to view this information. And because this list will never be completely finished... please contact OTZ via Feedback or email if there are any changes.

Next on the docket for OTZ is to post Player Profiles for paying members. Watch for more to be added today.

Today's matches include: Perrysburg (H) versus Notre Dame Academy; St. Ursula Academy (A) versus Miamisburg; Mayfield (H) versus Hathaway Brown; and Hilliard Davidson (A) versus Whetstone. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Mag Beats Rocky River

The season just cannot get up-to-speed. Rain hampered play yesterday in the Southwest and Central District. More rain is expected today. There were 14 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 10, Southwest - 2, and Northeast - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Bloom-Carroll defeated Grandview and Westerville Central beat Grove City. In other notable matches, Hawken defeated Orange and Magnificat defeated Rocky River. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Bridget Estes
Ursuline's Bridget Estes - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Rocky River's Sarah Robertson; Hawken’s Stephanie Shuman beat Orange’s Rachel Pomerants; Unioto's Sylvia Gray defeated Lancaster's Hope Rooker; and Dublin Jerome's Reagan Resor beat Worthington Kilbourne's Hannah Lindaman. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The goal for this season is to process photos quickly and get them online. Unfortunately, the processing part takes about the same amount of time as it does to take the photos. Photos have to be reviewed, cropped, color-corrected, and placed into a database. All of the photos are for sale and there are numerous good photos that are not posted online. Because of the huge amount time involved, to get me to show you the other photos, first time customers need to buy one first. OTZ pricing is listed under Buy a Tennis Photo and the more you buy, the more you save. (Make your accountant proud by purchasing numerous photos.) The photos from the Pickerington Central Tournament are online now. To view the Pick. Central photos, click on Most Recently Added Photos.

Matches expected to be rained out today include: Hawken (A) versus Hathaway Brown; Solon (H) versus Mayfield; Clay (A) versus Maumee Valley Country Day; and Hilliard Davidson (A) versus Olentangy. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

Western & Southern Open

Another successful Western & Southern Open tournament finished on Sunday. It was soggy at times but the tournament was able to finish on schedule. Some of the interesting numbers provided by the Western and Southern Media Group include: Attendance - 194,035, Volunteers - 1,350, and Hotel nights booked - 10,000. As the numbers indicate, this is a massive undertaking and Ohio is fortunate to have this event in our own backyard. As some will recall from last year's Girls States (and Boys States), the South Building was under construction. That project finished in just 310 days.

Roger
Roger - Click to enlarge
There are nine more photos from Western & Southern online. All of these photos are visible to OTZ paying and non-paying users. Click on Most Recently Added Photos to view them.

Today's matches include: St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Indian Hill; Hawken (A) versus Orange; Delaware Hayes (H) versus Big Walnut; and Magnificat (A) versus Rocky River. Click List of Upcoming Matches to view more scheduled matches.

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SUNDAY,

Oakwood Wins Pickerington Central Dubs Tournament

The weather continues to throw curve balls. What was expected to be a rain-out day, turned out to be a great day for tennis and a good day for OTZ photos. In tournament play, Oakwood won the Pickerington Central Doubles Tournament and Perrysburg came in second. In the Southwestern City Schools Tournament, Grove City won and Central Crossing was second.

Oakwood's Lily McCloskey
Oakwood's Lily McCloskey - Click to enlarge

There were also two dual matches recorded. Cincinnati Country Day defeated Chaminade-Julienne and Sycamore beat Brookfield East from Wisconsin. To view the exciting bar graphs from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Oakwood's Lily McCloskey and Sarah Hall won the Flight A division of the Pick Central Tournament. They beat Perrysburg's Gemma Smith and Kyleigh Henthorn. Perrysburg's Sydney Onest-Emma Carter beat Pickerington Central's Talia Dilello-Semmie Moore to win Flight B. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Western & Southern Open Finals are today. The Simona Halep versus Kiki Bertens match begins at 2pm and the Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic match starts at 4pm.

Today will be a good, fixer-upper day. OTZ uses a variety of automated processes to create each day's main blog entry and some of these processes were broken during the big PHP7 conversion that occurred this summer. It was hard to identify these problems without current results. This led to some errors. Hopefully things will be running smoothly again by the end of today.

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SATURDAY,

Ursuline Academy Beats Dublin Coffman

Today could be another damp day. There were just two matches reported yesterday. Ursuline Academy defeated Dublin Coffman and Perrysburg beat Pickerington Central. To view the results in graphical form, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Perrysburg
Perrysburg - Click to team page

Among the top players, Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal defeated Dublin Coffman's Clair Feit, Perrysburg's Emma Carter beat Pickerington Central's Rachel Terbovich, and Perrysburg's Sydney Onest defeated Pickerington Central's Semmie Moore. 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. They are led by Emma Carter, Gemma Smith, and Sydney Onest.

Because of the weather, today's Columbus School for Girls Doubles Tournament was postponed to September 8.

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FRIDAY,

Photo Friday | Solon Beats Walsh Jesuit

There were just a handful of high school (and Western & Southern Open) matches played due to the rain. There were only seven matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 1, Southwest - 5, and Northeast - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Loveland defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy and Unioto beat Logan Elm. In another notable match, Solon defeated Walsh Jesuit. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Mag's Audrey Smitek
Mag's Audrey Smitek - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Solon's Maggie Yang defeated Walsh Jesuit's Lilly Joyce; Unioto's Sylvia Gray beat Logan Elm's Clouse; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy’s Abby Nugent defeated Loveland’s Peyton Beller; Ursuline Academy's Gracie Estes beat Seton's Catherine Dattilo; and Solon's Alexis Ratner defeated Walsh Jesuit's Emma Kealy. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today is Photo Friday and this is the first group of photos added during the girls season. There are also a few Western & Southern Open photos included as well. The W&S Open photos are permissioned so that they may be view by everyone. Please sign-in first to view all of the girls photos. Click on Most Recently Added Photos to view them.

The Top Ten Girls Photos will change throughout the season as more photos are taken. Since there are not ten great high school girls photos yet, there are a few W&S Open photos included as placeholders. Click for OTZ Top Ten Girls Photos.

There are no matches listed in the schedule today. OTZ will be at the Columbus School for Girls Doubles Tournament and the Pickerington Tournament on Saturday. Zoey, the psycho-puppy, will make an appearance at the CSG tournament.

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THURSDAY,

Olentangy Berlin Still Winless

Rain impacted play in some districts. Rain will be a bigger problem in today's matches.

Sadly, Olentangy Berlin has never won a match in its school's entire history *. Watterson beat Olentangy Berlin yesterday. The close, 3-2 matches included: Mount Vernon defeated Marysville; Hilliard Davidson beat Hilliard Darby; and Indian Hill defeated Turpin. In other notable matches, Solon defeated Copley and Dublin Coffman beat Wellington. Overall, there were 18 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 12, Southwest - 4, and Northeast - 2. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

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Garbine Muguruza at W&S Open - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Olentangy's Nour Khayat; Solon's Maggie Yang defeated Copley's Bentlage; Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly beat Dublin Scioto's Nicole Santoso; Dublin Coffman's Clair Feit defeated Wellington's Isabella Vegas; and Olentangy Berlin's Ella Franz beat Watterson's Caroline Goodlive. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Matches were eventually rained out at the Western & Southern Open yesterday and today will be even more difficult, weather-wise. Today's photo of Garbine Muguruza is after her loss to Lesia Tsurenko. Muguruza was very cordial in her responses to the press. Novak Djokovic (click for photo) was also interviewed. Yesterday was my first experience at being in the interview room, and it was very fascinating. The W&S Open Media Center is not open during OHSAA Girls State tournament.

Today's matches include: Perrysburg (A) versus Toledo Central Catholic; Solon (H) versus Walsh Jesuit; and Sycamore (A) versus Turpin. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

* Ok. Fine. That was Berlin's first match in its school's history. They are a new school.

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WEDNESDAY,

Solon Beats Hawken

It looks like Ohio tennis gets one more good day before the rain comes. There were 20 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 8, Southwest - 9, Northeast - 2, and Northwest - 1. The match of the day was Oak Hills' win over Kettering Fairmont. This OTCA match had three, 3-setters. The close, 3-2 matches included: Worthington Kilbourne defeated Bloom-Carroll; Westerville Central beat Worthington Christian; Northwest defeated Colerain; DeSales beat Jonathan Alder; Indian Hill defeated Cincinnati Country Day; Wilmington beat Clinton-Massie; and Edgewood defeated Middletown. In another notable match, Solon defeated Hawken. 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, Solon's Maggie Yang defeated Hawken's Stephanie Shulman; Indian Hill’s Hayley Hirsch beat Cincinnati County Day’s Mia Masterson; Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal defeated Notre Dame Academy's Ciera Patton; and Clay's Madison Arquette beat Perrysburg's Gemma 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 OTZ Team Members. They are led by Ananya Aggarwal and Sanjana Reddy. Larry Kruse is still the mascot but he now faces rabid competition from Teddy.

Today's matches include: Clay (A) versus Ottawa Hills; Hawken (H) versus Perry; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Hilliard Darby; Solon (H) versus Copley; and Wellington (H) versus Dublin Coffman. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Mason Beats Westlake | Magnificat Defeats Sycamore

Perfect weather yesterday allowed the season to ramp up quickly. There were 19 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 2, Southwest -13, Northeast - 3, and Northwest - 1. In matches involving the OTZ Top Ten Teams, #1 Mason defeated #5 Westlake and #2 Magnificat beat Sycamore. A match between Delaware Hayes and River Valley match may end up being the closest match of the year, with Delaware winning 3-2. The match included four 3-setters. In another notable match, Mount Notre Dame defeated Summit Country Day. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

OTCA State Team Draws
OTCA State Team Draws - Click for draws
Among the top players, Mason's Ananya Aggarwal defeated Westlake's Emma Peeler; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini beat Sycamore's Helen Sotropa; Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus defeated Summit Country Day's Amy Poffenberger; Mason's Sanjana Reddy beat Westlake's Ashley Michelich; Mason's Annie Kruse defeated Westlake's Demi Jhaveri; and Magnificat’s Audrey Smitek beat Sycamore's Fukuda. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The OTCA State Team Tournament Draws are available at the top of this page and they will remain there throughout the season. As with everything else on OTZ, the goal is to enable high school tennis fans to quickly obtain the information they need rather than maximize clicks and page views. As indicated in the three features that are circled, note that the most recent update date is included. 2) The navigation links allow users to quickly jump throughout the draw. 3) The team links are "click-able" to enable fans to do more research. The goal is to keep the draws updated throughout the season. Click on Feedback if you are aware of a result that is not yet posted. For the best experience, sign-in to OTZ first.

Today's matches include: Solon (A) versus Hawken; Perrysburg (H) versus Clay (Oregon); and Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Worthington Kilbourne.

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MONDAY,

Hathaway Brown > Mason > Magnificat

Even though rain threaten play, weather conditions remained dry so two great high school matches could be played at Mason yesterday. OTZ #1 Mason played back-to-back matches with #2 Magnificat and then with #1-D2 Hathaway Brown. Mason won the first against Magnificat and then got beat by Hathaway Brown in the second. To view all of the detailed results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Mag's Olivia Rondini
Mag's Olivia Rondini - Click to enlarge

Among the state's top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Mason's Ananya Aggarwal; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov beat Mason's Ananya Aggarwal; Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch defeated Mason's Sanjana Reddy; Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway beat Sycamore's Helen Sotropa; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini defeated Mason's Sanjana Reddy; Mason's Annie Kruse beat Magnificat's Audrey Smitek; Hathaway Brown's Megan Qiang defeated Mason's Megan Li; and Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly beat Sycamore's Fukuda. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Hopefully, no other tennis travelers got caught in the traffic jam going south to Mason yesterday. At one point I had the car in "Park" for about 15 minutes. When traffic finally did get moving again, the car in front of me did not budge. He and his fellow passenger were sound asleep.. Unfortunately that long delay eliminated any chance of me stopping by the Western & Southern Open prior to going to the Mason matches.

Yesterday was high school day at the Western & Southern Open. Click to read Cincinnati Enquirer's Scott Springer's article, "High school tennis players hit with pros at Western & Southern Open in Mason".

Matches scheduled for today include: Sycamore (H) versus Magnificat; Delaware Hayes (A) versus River Valley; Hawken (A) versus Beachwood; Perrysburg (A) versus Findlay; Solon (H) versus Howland; and St. Joseph Academy (A) versus Brush.

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SUNDAY,

Mason Beats Olentangy Liberty | Wolf Advances in W&S Qualifier

The crowd and the excitement at the Western & Southern Open yesterday made it feel more like a Monday or Tuesday even though it was just the first round of qualifiers. This is such a competitive tournament that some of the big name players, who have competed well in the Grand Slams, have to qualify for the W&S Open. The good news is that Cincinnati Country Day's JJ Wolf won his first round qualifying match, 7-6, 7-6, against the #85 player in the world, Jozef Kovalik. Wolf plays against #91 Marius Copil today. Click for today's W&S Open's Order of Play.

JJ Wolf
JJ Wolf - Click to enlarge
In other W&S Open matches, #194 Francesca Di Lorenzo lost 6-3, 6-3 to #68 Sofia Kenin. Gilmour Academy's #201 Lauren Davis got beat by #51 Petra Martic by the score of 7-5, 6-2.

The weather at the W&S made it feel more like last year's boys high school season. The grounds got hit by a deluge at about 2:30pm that delayed play for about two hours. There was intermittent rain and sunshine after that. Mrs. OTZ (Kathy) and I had hoped to be home by 8:00pm but we finally pulled into the garage at about 1:00am. Zoey, the psycho-puppy, was happy to see us.

Francesca Di Lorenzo
Francesca Di Lorenzo - Click to enlarge
In Ohio high school matches, Olentangy won the Delaware Hayes' Pacer Invitational. Delaware Hayes finished second. In dual match play, Mason defeated Olentangy Liberty and Sycamore beat McAuley (OTCA Match). To view all of the graphical results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway defeated Mason's Ananya Aggarwal and Mason's Sanjana Reddy beat Olentangy Liberty's Dani Schoenly. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Photo shooting conditions were quite good yesterday during the day but the Wolf and Di Lorenzo matches were 100% under the lights. Wolf played on Center Court, which was fine for taking photos. Di Lorenzo's match got moved to court 7 and those conditions were more like taking indoor photos, which generally produces poor results.

There are three big high school matches today: #1 Mason plays #2 Magnificat and #1 (D2) Hathaway Brown. Sycamore plays #7 Olentangy Liberty.

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SATURDAY,

And Away We Go...

There will be no "easing into" this season. Today's plans were blown up last night in a good way when it was discovered that JJ Wolf (Cincinnati Country Day / Ohio State) would be competing in today's Western & Southern Open Qualifier. There was more good news this morning when Francesca Di Lorenzo's (New Albany / Ohio State) name appeared on the Order of Play for qualifying. I plan to be in Mason today to watch and take photos of those matches.

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JJ Wolf at States in 2014 - Click to enlarge
There were four high school matches recorded from yesterday. Upper Arlington defeated Chaminade-Julienne; DeSales beat Central Crossing; Middletown defeated Northridge; and Teays Valley beat Grove City. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday in graphical form, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Ella Hazelbaker defeated Chaminade-Julienne's Davis. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

OhioTennisZone is in its ugly duckling stage during this time of the year. Please give the service a couple of days before emailing as the reports switch from the 2017 to the 2018 season.

The photo of JJ Wolf is when he competed at States as a freshman in 2014. I believe this photo was taken in the finals in his match against teammate, Asher Hirsch (Gracie and Hayley's older brother). Wolf was forced to retire from severe leg cramps on a hot day. This is yet another reason why there needs to be more time between singles matches at States to give players more time to rest and to get hydrated.

Today's matches include: Mason (H) versus Olentangy Liberty and Sycamore (A) versus McAuley. Note that most schedules have not yet been entered by coaches.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST

OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten Teams (extreme beta release)

It is time to release the OhioTennisZone.com Pre-Season Top Ten Girls Teams. The rankings and the rational behind the rankings are listed below. They are all subject to tweaking if players decide not to play (or to play) Ohio high school tennis this fall.

OhioTennisZone.com
Pre-Season State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
August 10, 2018

Division IDivision II
1. Mason◄TEAMHathaway Brown◄TEAM
2. Magnificat◄TEAMIndian Hill◄TEAM
3. Dublin Jerome◄TEAMColumbus Academy◄TEAM
4. Pick. North◄TEAMToledo Central Catholic
5. Westlake◄TEAMLaurel◄TEAM
6. Olen. Orange◄TEAMOakwood
7. Olen. Liberty◄TEAMSummit Country Day◄TEAM
8. Upper Arlington◄TEAMLexington◄TEAM
9. St. Ursula Acad.◄TEAM Cincinnati Hills Chr. Acad.
10. Ursuline AcademyWellington◄TEAM
HM: Perrysburg, SpringboroSeven Hills◄TEAM
◄TEAM - Denotes OTZ Team Membership. Click on School Name for Extensive Information.

Ohio retained a large number of great players from last year. Check out the OTZ Top Players Report to see how many. (The report currently includes the 2018 graduates but they will soon be removed from the report). The state's top three teams remain: Mason, Hathaway Brown, and Magnificat.

Division I

1. Last year's defending D1 Champion Mason returns a really (really) strong team. They include: Jamie Kim, Ananya Aggarwal, Sanjana Reddy, and Raina Chada. Plus, Emma, Annie, and Larry Kruse. They lost Nicole Reid to graduation.

2. Magnificat lost Alexandra Vesikallio (Villinova) and Nikita Zuber to graduation but they retain state singles champion, Anna Roggenburk. Junior Olivia Rondini also returns, plus they pick up Audrey Smitek.

3. Dublin Jerome returns Arya Dudipala, Katherine Wang, and Reagan Resor. They also pick up Dublin Coffman's Lalasa Nagireddy. They lost Vicki Chang (Carnegie Mellon) and Neha Dudipala to graduation.

4. Pickerington North returns State runner-up, Cassie Alcala, as well as Rhyan Cook and Kim Nguyen.

5. Westlake returns their top three singles players. They are Emma Peeler, Demi Jhaveri, and Ashley Michelich. All three competed at States last year.

Mason
Mason Girl's Team - Click to enlarge
6. Olentangy Orange has a very deep squad. They are led by: Erin Storrer, Caroline Sproule, Grace Bezold, and Kortney Reed. [Update: Aug 10 - 8:55am: Freshman Nikki Bhimireddy will also play for Orange.]

7. The state champion doubles team of Maddie Atway and Dani Schoenly returns to Olentangy Liberty. Lexie Brengartner also returns. Liberty lost Alexis Steer (Akron) and Cellini Ko to graduation.

8. Upper Arlington returns Ella Hazelbaker, Noah Mizer, and Wendy Shi. They lost Masha Manilchuk and Lily Goldberg to graduation.

9. St. Ursula Academy gets Elizabeth Pendergast, Bella Kirby, and Taylor Kuncl back. They had no 2018 graduates.

10. Gabriella O`Connor and Nina Dhaliwal were the runners-up in last year's State dubs finals. O'Connor (Creighton) graduated while Dhaliwal returns for her sophomore year. Gracie Estes also returns, plus they add a bonus Estes (Bridget).

Honorable Mention. Perrysburg returns a deep team consisting of: Emma Carter, Sydney Onest, Gemma Smith, and Caitlyn Schankula.

Honorable Mention: Springboro (Patel**2)

Division II

Hathaway Brown
Hathaway Brown Girl's Team - Click to enlarge
Other than with Hathaway Brown, there would be close, competitive matches with the top six teams.

1. Hathaway Brown lost none of their top players from last year and they return the D2 singles champion, Nicole Gillinov, and the doubles champions, Megan Qiang and Isabella Godsick. Also returning are: Maddie Lynch, Rebecca Wolf, and Isabella Daverio. Their biggest problem this season might be finding opponents outside of the Big Ten to play.

2. Indian Hill still keeps one Hirsch (Hayley), but they lost one (Gracey) to Penn State. Samantha Pregel, Saskia Gobonya, Jessica Budde, and Madeline Major return. They also lost Julia Yingling to graduation.

3. Columbus Academy returns the D2 singles finalist, Sydni Ratliff. Other returning players include: Himaja Reddy, Alex Graham, Maddie Tuckerman, and Lauren Motta. They lost Georgia Tuckerman and Lexis Hughes to graduation.

4. Toledo Central Catholic will be Spinazze neutral. They lost Sophia but they pick up Isabella Spinazze. Maverick Delp and Ava McQuillin also return.

5. Laurel returns all of their top players, including their top three singles players. They are Rachel Buchinsky, Victoria Vasquez, and Priya Khadilkar.

6. Oakwood is a new name on this list, but this Southwest District team is going to be tough to beat. They return sophomores Lily McCloskey, Natalie Connelly, and Katie Ritschel, and they pick up two ranked TennisRecruiting.net players, Grace Hartman and Sarah Hall. They are not OTZ team members yet so none of their player names are highlighted.

7. Summit Country Day returns Elizabeth Fahrmeier, Amy Poffenberger, and Molly Mambort . They lost Kathryn Adam to graduation.

8. Since Lexington is close to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, this is how they travel to practice. They return Sylvia Goldsmith, Hayliegh Tucker, and Katherine Volz. Gracie Pfieffer will contribute as a freshman. Madison Mueller graduated.

9. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy is a new team on the list. Returning for CHCA are Kennedy Puryear and Leanne Yuan. They pick up TennisRecruiting.net 5-star, Abby Nugent.

10. Wellington is the second strongest Central District team. Returning players for Wellington include: Akua Antwi-Woods, Isabella Vegas, and Camille Olmstead.

Honorable Mention: Seven Hills (Neda Tehrani and Annika Alper) and Archbishop Alter (Emily Pojman and Rachel Hawley)

Note that there are additional details for players with high-lighted links. Teams with the green "◄TEAM" designation will include information about all of their players (or they soon will).

Special thanks to Tyler Stephen for his insights. Coach Stephen is the coach for Otterbein's Men's and Women's teams. OTZ also received assistance from a number of Ohio high school coaches.

Could these rankings be wrong? No. Not really. It is, however, important that teams cooperate and do what the rankings tell them to do.. Please always remember that it is "Wrong to Win" if a team is higher than your team in the OTZ rankings. Always do your part..

Were any teams left out of the discussion? Feel free to submit a Feedback to share your views. And because OhioTennisZone.com really does care about what you think, (Ok. The OTZ marketing whizzes required that be included.) you may also sign-in and share your innermost Top Ten Team thoughts by clicking on Vote for Your Own Top Ten Teams.

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MONDAY, AUGUST

USTA National Championships

Numerous Ohio players are competing in this week's B16-18 and G16-18 USTA National Championships. The boys championships are being played in Kalamazoo, MI and the girls are 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
Gilmour's Carly Cohen- Click to enlarge

The 18 Ohio girls competing in the G16-18's are: Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky, Morgan Coburn, Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen, Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov, Rylie Hanford, Dalayna Hewitt (#10 seed - G18), Nataly Kader, Mason's Jamie Kim, Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch, Sonya Macavei, Caty McNally (#5 seed - G18), Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus, Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff (#17 seed - G16), Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk, Peyton Stearns (#14 seed - G18), and Centennial's Zoey Weil. Click on the player names to view their OTZ Player Profiles.

There are only seven boys in the National Championships in Kalamazoo. They are: New Albany's Robert Cash (#3 seed - B18 dubs), Saiprakash Goli, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur, Mason's Niraj Komatineni, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel, Danny Thomas (#2 seed - B18), and Nicholas Williams.

The singles and doubles winners of the Boys 18 and Girls 18's receive entry into the main draws of the US Open so this is a really big deal for these players. In 2016, Cincinnati's (and OSU's) John McNally and JJ Wolf won the B18 doubles, and last year Pickerington's DJ Thomas won the B18 doubles with his partner, Vasil Kirkov. In 2009, Chase Buchanan won the B18 singles and played Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the US Open. I did a detailed, brain-numbing analysis of that match. Click Gerber Analytics Brain Numbing Analysis of Tsonga vs. Buchanan Match for that report.. (Sorry, you are not done until you review the point by point trend charts.)

Last year, there were 13 Ohio girls and ten Ohio boys competing, versus 18 and 7 this year, respectively. As several people commented at last spring's Boys States, there is not as much depth in Ohio boys tennis right now.

To view the complete draws and to see the most recent results, click on USTA Billie Jean King Girls' 18 and Girls' 16 National Championships and USTA Boys' 18 and Boys' 16 National Championships.

OhioTennisZone attended the USTA Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo for the last two years but is not going this year. It is fun to watch the players, but I need to sell more photos in order to make the trip worthwhile.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST

Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Awards

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) identifies its academic award winners each year. As readers would expect, there were numerous Ohio players on these lists. Congratulations to these players.

Jerome's Emily Neal
Jerome's Emily Neal - Click to enlarge
They include:

Women

Division I: Natalie Allen (Chaminade-Julienne - University Dayton), Lauren Ghidotti (Bishop Watterson - Xavier), Lauren Gillinov (Hathaway Brown - Yale), Alexia Meyer (Olentangy Liberty - Missouri State University), Emily Neal (Dublin Jerome - Butler), Caitlyn Merzbacher (Dublin Jerome - University of Minnesota), Jillian Milano (Carroll - Wright State University), Mollie Miller (Portsmouth - University of Cincinnati), Anna Sanford (Olentangy Orange - Ohio State University), and Danielle Wolf (Cincinnati Country Day - Ohio State University).

Division II: Brianna Brdicka (Olentangy - Ashland), Teagan McNamara (Notre Dame Academy - Belmont Abbey College), and Taylor Selby (New Albany - Eckerd College).

Division III: Meredith Breda (Indian Hill - Depauw University), Nina Cepeda (Mason - Case Western), Lynn Kelly (Mason - Ohio Northern University), Ally Persky (Hathaway Brown - Washington University in St. Louis), and Jamie Vizelman (Mayfield - Carnegie Mellon).

Men

Division I: Carlos Estrada-Sanchez (Chaminade-Julienne - Wright State University), Nathan Griffin (St. Ignatius - University of Notre Dame), Jeffrey Melvin (Upper Arlington - Boston College), Nico Mostardi (Kenston - Cleveland State), Reid Teatsorth (Findlay - University of Toledo), Jacob Wareti (Columbus Academy - Ohio State University), and JJ Wolf (Cincinnati Country Day - Ohio State University).

Division III: Deepak Indrakanti (Sycamore - Williams College), Cameron Raglin (Reynoldsburg - Amherst College), Alex Taylor (Sycamore - Williams College), Luke Tsai (Mason - University of Chicago), and Kevin Yu (Mason - California Institute of Technology).

NAIA: Alex Wittenbaum (Sycamore - Marian University).

Please let OTZ know via Feedback if a player was not included. Also let OTZ know if a player is not associated with the correct high school.

Click ITA All-Academic Awards for the complete lists.

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TUESDAY,

New OHSAA Rule Goes into Effect

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has introduced a new rule this season which places Ohio on par with other Midwestern states in dealing with important USTA matches during the season. This rule was announced by OHSAA Director of Compliance and OHSAA Tennis Administrator, Roxanne Price. [This was further clarified by OTZ on August 1.]

As always, it is extremely important to check with and to receive permission from your coach and/or athletic director before competing in any non-high school matches.

OHSAA's Roxanne Price
OHSAA's Roxanne Price - Click to enlarge

Ohio players were always at a disadvantage to players from other states because Ohio players were locked out of major events that were important to player development. In many cases, competing in these events enabled players to get accepted into bigger tournaments later in the year and/or to receive seeds at these tournaments. To make matters even worse, players from other states could compete in these big events against a weakened field that did not include the strong Ohio players.

This rule now removes a big obstacle for players who would like to play high school tennis for their school, but could not, because of other important tournaments.

Way back on September 4, 2008 and prior to the creation of OhioTennisZone.com, I released a document, Ohio High School Tennis Analysis, that highlighted several shortcomings of Ohio high school tennis. It is very nice to see that this was the last remaining item. Click to read this oldie but goody document.

This rule is also a big plus for OhioTennisZone and for tennis fans in general. I would travel to attend big, early-season matches to watch and to take photos only to find out that some players were not competing.

Click to read the: 2018 OHSAA Girls Tennis Manual for Coaches, Ms. Price's document released this summer that highlighted the changes, and the Tennis Non-Interscholastic Waiver Request.

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SATURDAY,

Four Ohio Girls in Junior Wimbledon Finals / Misc. Summer

First the great news... Three of the four players competing in the Wimbledon Junior Girls doubles finals are from Ohio. It is a big deal when this many players are from the same country. Having three from Ohio is pretty amazing. The players are: Caty McNally (from Cincinnati who won the French Open junior dubs), Dalayna Hewitt (from Cleveland area's Pepper Pike), and Peyton Stearns (Mason) are competing. Hewitt and Stearns are teaming up.

Peyton Stearns in 2016
Peyton Stearns in 2016 at OVTA G16 - Click to enlarge
In the quasi-good news category, the last three weeks has been spent on converting the OhioTennisZone.com web site (and five other Gerber Analytics, LLC web sites) to a newer version of PHP. PHP is a programming language that is popular with many web developers. This process is nearing completion, but OTZ fans may notice a few error messages until this is completely finished. As you may recall from the OTZ commentary from last season, I was extremely perturbed about the slow system response times from my host, GoDaddy. This conversion should improve the systems's speed going forward. If anything looks amiss, please contact OTZ via Feedback or via email.

In the crappy news category, Mrs. OTZ and I have been battling with Columbus City Council on legislation for the last two years about a full-time, non-owner occupied Airbnb that is next door to us. We have no issues with people who want to host Airbnb guests in their own homes, but when investors move into residential neighborhoods snapping up homes and changing them into motels, then that is a big problem. Not only is it a nuisance to existing residents, but it also takes homes (and apartments) off the market which drives up the prices for homes and apartment rent. Other major cities have learned from this and have banned non-owner occupied Airbnbs, but not Columbus. Cleveland, Nashville, Chicago, Boston, and many other cities do not permit full-time, non-owner occupied Airbnbs in residential areas.

bnbBlight.com Web Site
bnbBlight.com - Click to go to web site

As you would expect, I created a web site to try and combat these things. It is called bnbBlight.com. There is also a Twitter page called bnbBlight. If your city is debating this issue, contact us. This issue has been a major time sink for OTZ this summer. The State Team Tournament finished on May 27 and I had to jump full-blast into the Airbnb issue with a Columbus City Council hearing on May 29. I have still not had an opportunity to wrap up the boys season to my satisfaction. Click on the link below to follow bnbBlight via Twitter.

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SATURDAY,

Columbus Dispatch and Motorist Insurance Group Scholar-Athlete Awards

The Columbus Dispatch and Motorist Insurance Group recognizes central Ohio's top scholar-athletes each year. There were numerous tennis players included in this group again this year. One of the tennis student-athletes who received a major award was Dublin Jerome's Neha Dudipala. Dudipala was recognized as a First Runner-up Female Scholar-Athlete. Dudipala played on Jerome's two state championship tennis teams and her academics credentials included scoring a 36 on her ACT and 1560 on her SAT. She was also a National Merit Finalist.

Neha Dudipala
Dublin Jerome's Neha Dudipala - Click to enlarge

Other tennis players recognized in today's Columbus Dispatch include: Big Walnut's Macie Kercsmar, Eastmoor Academy's Cielo Garcia, Fairfield Christian's Vanessa Rose, Logan Elm's Shelby Ward, Marion Pleasant's Kalyn Kubbs, and South's Ricardo Felix.

As education enthusiasts already know, Dublin Jerome was one of the top public academic high schools recognized in the Gerber Analytics, LLC education reports. (The last report was created from the 2014 Ohio Graduation Test data.)

Click on "Who are the Dispatch-Motorists Insurance Group Scholar Athletes?" to read about all of the award recipients.

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FRIDAY,

USTA Midwest Qualifiers Analysis / Midwest Closed

The all-important USTA Midwest Level 1 Closed tournaments are this weekend. The BG16-18 tournament will take place in Indianapolis and the BG12-14 tournament will be held in Okemos, MI (near Lansing, MI). These are the biggest Midwest tournaments of the season and they offer a way in which BG16-18 players can qualify for the USTA Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo or the USTA Billie Jean King Girls National Championships in San Diego.

Ohio players with seeds in the BG14's include (in seed order): Chad Miller, Preston Stearns, Sainandan Dore, Ryan Mudre, Akshay Joshi, Aidan Williams, and Max Fickas. The girls who are seeded include: Maddie Atway, Arya Dudipala, Ananya Annapantula (rising 8th grader), Reka Patel, Isha Rao, Shyla Aggarwal (rising 8th), and Lynn Kader. (Click on player links to view their OTZ Player Profiles.)

USTA Midwest Qualifiers
# Competitors in MW Qualifiers - Click to enlarge

Ohio players with seeds in the BG16's include: Trevor Ball, Reece Yakubov, Charlie Joranko, Charlie Temming, and Liam Wickwire. Girls: Sonya Macavei, Nicole Gillinov, Carly Cohen, Rylie Hanford, Abby Nugent, Elizabeth Fahrmeier, Ananya Aggarwal, Rachel Buchinsky, and Olivia Rondini.

Seeded boys in the BG18's include: Niraj Komatineni, Saiprakash Goli, Andrew Pregel, Nicholas Williams, Tim Cianciola, and Ronit Hiryur. Girls: Sydni Ratliff, Anna Roggenburk, Zoey Weil, Jamie Kim, Kelli Niehaus, Blessing Nwaozuzu, Maddie Lynch, Cassie Alcala, and Emma Peeler.

USTA Northwest Qualifiers
# Competitors in NW Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
The players above earned the right to compete in the Midwest Closed based on their performance during the year and especially during the Midwest Qualifiers that are held in each USTA District. The USTA Midwest Districts are self-explanatory for the Northeast and Northwest. The Ohio Valley (OVTA) is unique, not only because it covers a large area in Ohio, but also because it include portions of West Virginia and Kentucky. The Ohio Valley also includes the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton metro areas.

USTA Northeast Qualifiers
# Competitors in NE Qualifiers - Click to enlarge

Due to an intestinal virus, there are no OTZ photos from the OVTA G16 tournament as there have been in previous years. I was out of commission from Friday afternoon (June 8) to Monday evening (June 11). Rather than spend time on processing photos, time was spent analyzing the number of competitors in the qualifiers.

As reported in the OTZ article on June 4, the Northwest District continues to have problems. This is made even clearer after reviewing the number of competitors that took part in the qualifiers. The Northeast District numbers should also concern the tennis establishment. The OVTA remains the rock in Ohio, and the OVTA numbers remain strong. Readers can draw their own conclusions about why the numbers have fallen off for Northeast and Northwest Ohio. What Central Ohio and Southwest Ohio do have is a strong commitment to Ohio high school tennis. Scores are reported in their respective newspapers and those scores are on OhioTennisZone. It has been a long-time OTZ assumption that if you recognize good tennis players and teams, then more of it will occur. Is that happening now?

USTA OVTA Qualifiers
# Competitors in OVTA Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Looking at the data more closely in the graphs to the right for each USTA qualifier, provides more insight. The small number of competitors in the Northwest in BG12's should be a major concern. The Northwest competitors in each event were lower in all events except for two. The Northeast was lower across the board, except for the B18's. The number of competitors in the OVTA were down 2% from last year, but they are up from 2016.

The OVTA had stronger participation in five of the eight events.

To view how all of the players performed in their respective Midwest Qualifiers, click to view each of the USTA tournaments.

Northeast Ohio District Qualifier BG16, G18

Northeast Ohio District Qualifier BG14, B18

Northwest Ohio District Qualifier - All Age Groups

Ohio Valley G14

Ohio Valley G16

Ohio Valley G18

Ohio Valley B14

Ohio Valley B16

Ohio Valley B18

Best of luck to the players competing in the Midwest Closed Tournaments this weekend.

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TUESDAY,

Incoming Freshman Girls

The top incoming boys were listed last Friday. Now it is the girls' turn. Providing this information is especially useful for the coaches so that they know which schools should be considered for scheduling purposes. As with the boys, TennisRecruiting.net was used to identify the top players. The list below includes the Ohio girls who are in the Top 700.

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Incoming Freshmen Girls (alphabetical order)

Player - TRN Stars City (District) Incoming School
Megan Basil - 2 Columbus (C) Upper Arlington
Alexis Covington - 2 Cincinnati (SW) Walnut Hills
Morgan Dobos - 3 Copley (NE)  
Bridget Estes - 2 Cincinnati (SW) Ursuline Academy
Juliana Filomena - 1 Mason (SW)  
Ella Franz - 2 Delaware (C)  
Niya Fried - 2 Peninsula (NE)  
Sarah Hall - 2 Oakwood (SW) Oakwood
Rylie Hanford - 5 Chesterland (NE)  
Grace Hartman - 3 Oakwood (SW) Oakwood
Kary Hollenbaugh - 2 New Albany (C)  
Lynn Kader - 4 Mason (SW)  
Nour Khayat - 2 Powell (C)  
Rashi Loni - 2 Mason (SW) Mason
Abby Nugent - 5 Springboro (SW) Cincinnati Hills Christ. Acad.
Alexis Ospelt - 2 Avon Lake (NE) Magnificat
Gracie Pfieffer - 3 Mansfield (NE) Lexington
Tyler Reed - 2 Westerville (C)  
Audrey Smitek - 3 Avon (NE) Magnificat
Isabella Spinazze - 2 Holland (NW) Toledo Cen. Cath.
Anna Tonkal - 3 Mason (SW) Mason
Yinuo Zhou - 3 Athens (SE)  

Broken down by District, the Southwest leads the pack with 13, or half of the 26 girls. The Northeast is second with six; Central has five; Northwest has one; and the Southeast District has one.

If you have inside knowledge of which school a player plans to attend, please submit a Feedback.

Some of the schools listed are educated guesses based on players of the same last name who are currently attending a school.

The TennisRecruiting.net star ratings are included beside the player names.

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

 

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

MONDAY,

The OTZ Usage Edition

What is accessed on OhioTennisZone and who accesses it? It is time for the seasonal usage edition. Many alert OTZ readers probably already know, but read on for the answers. The usage covered is for the time period of March 5 to June 3.

OTZ Usage
OTZ Boys 2018 Season Usage

First, let's talk about who does not access OhioTennisZone. The state's high school tennis underperformer remains Northwest Ohio, and especially Toledo. To put things into perspective, Ann Arbor (as in Michigan) accesses OTZ 2.2 times more than Toledo. For those who say, "OTZ does not have much information about Toledo-area schools.", that would be true. However, OhioTennisZone does not have any information about Michigan high schools. Why does Ann Arbor care more about Ohio high school tennis than Toledo? But wait, it gets worse. Detroit has 5.7 times more activity on OTZ than Toledo. As for good news, Chicago has just 27% more usage than Toledo, and Toledo actually beats Philadelphia and Indianapolis. Toledo parents are spending a considerable amount of time and money on tennis lessons. Their kids deserve more recognition for their efforts in high school tennis. I was born in Findlay and Dietsch's Ice Cream shop (also in Findlay) is still a favorite destination. OTZ has some ideas on ways to help the Northwest area kids just as I'm helping Northeast Ohio but there needs to be interest shown by the coaches. Contact OTZ via Feedback if you are interested in improving matters in Northwest Ohio.

On a closely related matter, here is a question for the USTA. Why is Toledo-area awarded with so many major Midwest USTA tournaments when Columbus, OH has just one (a lowly B10)? Columbus should have at least five of Toledo's ten tournaments based on Columbus' junior tennis enrollment. Why should Columbus-area parents always have to spend money on motels and hotels?

The OTZ usage maps are very interesting (at least to data geeks). The usage map above is for the Boys 2018 Season. It is very similar to the Girls 2017 season. (Click to view.) Here are another interesting series of charts. Click to view a collage of usage for September 2012, September 2013, and September 2014. The Cleveland-area at one point had very strong usage, but that has dwindled over the last few years as the Cleveland Plain Dealer made it difficult for coaches to enter scores. That is why OTZ offered the Northeast District coaches with free, score-entering access in the spring - to boost that usage back up (as well as interest in high school tennis). After this spring, it is so-far, so-good.

Which team pages were accessed the most on OhioTennisZone? It tends to be the best teams. The top five were in order: New Albany, Mason, Upper Arlington, St. Xavier, and Indian Hill. The next five were: Wellington, Columbus Academy, Massillon Jackson, Sycamore, and Dublin Jerome . Just for perspective, New Albany had just 2.4% more usage than Mason, 29% more usage than Upper Arlington, and 95% more usage than Dublin Jerome. Dublin Jerome was the only team in the group without an OTZ Team Membership.

The OTZ Player Profiles with the most accesses were (in number of accesses order): New Albany's Robert Cash, Mason's Niraj Komatineni, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur, and Mason's Shashank Reddy gets redemption for fifth.

I am still working on photos and the rest of the day will be devoted to that.

More information tomorrow..

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SATURDAY,

No Blog Entries on Saturday or Sunday

There will be no blog entries on Saturday or Sunday. I will be using this time for photo order processing and to plant my dad's garden. There are about three more days of content before the season is wrapped up.

If you have not heard from me by tomorrow evening about your photo order, please contact me via email.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

FRIDAY,

Incoming Freshman Boys

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 800 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 Boys (alphabetical order)

Player - TRN Stars City Incoming School
Tucker Berry - 2 Cincinnati St. Xavier
Mason Deal - 2 Perrysburg Perrysburg
Sainandan Dore - 4 Springboro Springboro
Drew Evans - 2 West Chester Lakota East
Maxwell Fickas - 3 Powell Dublin Jerome
Anish Gangavaram - 4 Mason  
Vignesh Gogineni - 5 Mason  
Akshay Joshi - 3 Mason  
Mark Karev - 2 Cincinnati Sycamore
Omar Khayat - 2 Powell  
Kevin Liu - 2 Dublin Dublin Jerome
Jack Martuccio - 3 Warren  
Chad Miller - 4 Cincinnati Sycamore
Joshua Nwaozuzu - 3 Woodmere  
Tanish Pairu - 2 Columbus  
Anthony Payiavlas - 3 Warren  
Tejas Pisati - 2 Cincinnati Indian Hill
Soham Pradhan - 3 Lewis Center  
Vishnu Prasad - 2 Mason  
Preston Stearns - 4 Mason St. Xavier
Peter Tracy - 2 Toledo St. John`s Jesuit
Alan Xie - 2 Beavercreek  
Andrew Zimcosky - 4 Chagrin Falls Chagrin Falls

If you have inside knowledge of which school a player plans to attend, please submit a Feedback.

Some of the schools listed are educated guesses based on players of the same last name who are currently attending a school.

The TennisRecruiting.net star ratings are 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.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

THURSDAY,

Videos of Championship Points - Boys 2018 State Tournament

It is time for the OHSAA championship point videos. Somehow the points were spaced in such a way that OTZ was able to capture all four championship points on video this season. That does not happen very often. When possible, an extra point or two leading up to the championship point was also recorded. For best results, use HD (High Definition) and expand to full screen mode.

Note that YouTube.com provides a choice of three different screenshots as the "intro" for the video. If the choices are really bad (i.e. only showing the losing player(s)), OTZ can create a custom "intro" view. This year, the "intro's" were not ideal, but also not too bad.

Division I Singles:

New Albany's Robert Cash
defeated Mason's Niraj Komatineni.

Division 1 Doubles:

New Albany's Nathan Jose - Devin Boyer defeated St. Charles' Jack Dabek - Reese Yakubov.

Division II Singles:

Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Wellington's Trevor Ball.

Division II Doubles:

Wellington's Connor Biernat - Griffin Biernat defeated Indian Hill's Maanas Pisati - Mack Ellis.

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WEDNESDAY,

Presenting the OhioTennisZone All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team for 2018

Congratulations to the OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team for 2018. This is the sixth year for this list.

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio
Boys Tennis Team for 2018

 Division I - Singles


Tim
Cianciola
Canfield


Aaron
Yeh
Brecksville

 Division II - Singles


Colton
Morehart
Miami Valley Sch.


Zachary
Beaschler
Ada

 Division I - Doubles

 Division II - Doubles

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

The number of players included on this list will vary from year to year. This year's group has a few less players than last year because this year's group has fewer D1 recruits.

The OTCA/OHSAA All-Ohio list is certainly a high honor, but it is too mechanical in how it is done. If a player reaches the semi-finals, he is on the first team and quarter finalists are on the second team. If a player gets an unfavorable draw in the first round of States, then he might not receive any recognition. Again, their list is fine, but a more objective approach allows other deserving players to be recognized.

Slowly - more players are becoming OTZ members - either by enrolling individually or through a team. OTZ members are provided with a Player Profile as indicated by the yellow-PP. Click on the player name to view his OTZ Player Profile. Click Join OTZ to obtain a Player Profile and to be recognized later on the College List.

Note how some players have photos included in their Player Profiles. Any purchased OTZ photos are shown in this manner. See Andrew Pregel and Grant Wendel. To purchase a photo, click on Buy an OTZ Photo.

There will be another OTZ update tomorrow morning.

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TUESDAY,

OhioTennisZone Final State Team Rankings for 2018

The final OhioTennisZone.com State Top Ten Rankings are now available. The rain-outs this year made it more difficult to create the rankings because there were fewer good match comparisons between teams. The OTZ Pre-Season rankings were good but not great this year since some teams were affected by players who were eligible to play, but did not. Click to view the OTZ Pre-Season Rankings.

OhioTennisZone.com
Final Rankings - State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
May 29, 2018

Division IDivision II
1. Mason◄TEAM 2 State Spots Wellington◄TEAM 3 St. Spts.
2. New Albany◄TEAM 3 Indian Hill◄TEAM 2
3. St. Xavier◄TEAM 1 Hawken◄TEAM 3
4. Sycamore◄TEAM 2 Miami Valley School 3
5. Upper Arlington◄TEAM 1 Seven Hills◄TEAM 0
6. Canfield 2 Col. Academy◄TEAM 1
7. Massillon Jackson◄TEAM 1 Cin. Country Day◄TEAM 1
8. St. John's Jesuit◄TEAM 2 Lexington 2
9. Solon◄TEAM 2 Ursuline 1
10. Dublin Jerome 0 Ottawa Hills 1
HM St. Charles◄TEAM 1 HM Bexley◄TEAM 0
HM University School◄TEAM 1 HM Wyoming◄TEAM 0
HM St. Ignatius◄TEAM 2  
HM Centerville 1  
HM Turpin◄TEAM 1  
HM Perrysburg 1  
◄TEAM - Denotes OTZ Team Membership. Click on School Name for Extensive Information. # of State Spots are indicated in gray.
Mason is #1 in Division I. OTZ started Mason as #2 in the pre-season because it was anticipated that Saiprakash Goli would not play high school tennis. They were moved up during the season after their strong play. The wild card during the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association State Team Tournament was whether Goli would play for Mason against New Albany in the finals. He did not, but Mason still came up with the win. While Goli did not play during the season, it was permissible for him to do so under the State Team Tournament rules. In 2012, Yale Goldberg, a Stanford recruit, helped University School win the championship after not playing for them during the school year.

The rest of the Division I rankings was fairly straightforward after moving Canfield higher. Canfield won the Northeast District Division I tournament over Massillon Jackson (which had defeated Solon). Canfield also had a strong showing at States with their two spots, and they performed well at the team tournament on Sunday. It is difficult to move Canfield higher because of the lack of information about their team's performance during the season.

Wellington started the year as the OTZ Pre-Season #1 but went to #2 midway during the season after Indian Hill came on strong. Going into the championship, it was still a debate on how Trevor Ball would feel after his 3:22 match versus MVS' Colton Morehart. Milan Gonela was also fighting an illness which caused him to retire at States. Both performed well and Wellington prevailed in a close match against Indian Hill.

The rest of the Division II rankings were difficult to determine. Miami Valley School performed well during States and they had a good matches against Wyoming, Seven Hills, and Indian Hill. Hawken also had a good States and they not only reached the Team Tournament but they also performed well by coming in third. During the season, Hawken had good matches against Orange, Ursuline, and Lexington. Rather than shift things now, Hawken remains at #3. It would be nice if both teams, especially Miami Valley, played more matches outside of their district during the season. Hawken loses numerous players to graduation, plus Stephanie Shulman will be playing for their girls team next fall rather than with the boys team in the spring. (She is going to like the weather in the fall much better..)

There is additional information in the rankings. Note that the number of State Spots are included. The teams that have OTZ Team Memberships are also listed. By purchasing Team Memberships, there is detailed information about each player, which is especially nice for college coaches who need this information.

There is more tomorrow..

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MONDAY,

Mason and Wellington Are the 2018 State Team Champions

Under conditions that were even hotter (89 degrees) than States, Mason and Wellington became the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association State Team Champions in Division I and Division II, respectively.

Robert Cash Jose / Boyer
Mason - Click to enlarge
Mason ice bath
Mason faced New Albany in the final after beating St. John's Jesuit in the first round. While the championship match may have eventually turned out to be closer than what the final 3-0 score indicated, Mason got off to a fast start on Court 3 Singles (Vishnu Srinath or Shnu) after New Albany used an unexpected lineup. Mason's Shashank Reddy clinched the championship on Court 2 Singles. At the end of the day, one team had a SHNU and the other was SHNU-less.. For all of the results (and line-ups for completed matches), click on Previous Day's Match Results. Mason has now moved into the "sharing - it's for others" crowd by winning both the Girls and Boys State Team Championship this year.

Robert Cash Jose / Boyer
Wellington - Click to enlarge
Faller's got ups *

Wellington was ranked as the OhioTennisZone Pre-Season #1 and they will finish at the top of pack. Wellington beat Hawken, 3-0, to start the day by winning on courts 2, 3, and second dubs. The championship match with Indian Hill was tight on third singles and on both doubles courts. At the end, the match was clinched in three sets by Griffin Biernat (0.5 of the State Champion team) and Milan Gonela over the State finalist team of Maanas Pisati and Mack Ellis.

For those keeping track of District bragging rights, Central had four State championships (State D1 Singles Champion - New Albany's Robert Cash; State D1 Doubles Champion - New Albany's Nathan Jose and Devin Boyer; State D2 Doubles Champion - Wellington's Connor Biernat and Griffin Biernat; and State Team Champion - Wellington). The Southwest District had two State championships (State D2 Singles Champion - Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel and State Team Champion - Mason).

It is great that the above coaches are OhioTennisZone team members because it enables OTZ to recognize the players with links that go directly to their OTZ Player Profiles. Did you know that sharing OTZ Team pages and Player Profiles with middle school players is a great way to build a tennis tradition? For undecided middle school players who are serious about tennis, make sure that you select a high school program that is equally serious. (Education always comes first, but you already knew that.)

In the consolation brackets, Canfield beat St. John's Jesuit for third in Division I and Hawken defeated Lexington for third in Division II.

Division II started the day yesterday - slowly. Heavy rain from the night before, plus mold on the north courts caused slick conditions that delayed play. One court remained unplayable through the first round of Division I. Reynoldsburg will be cleaning the courts this summer.

While yesterday is a long day for everyone, it always seems like a family reunion atmosphere to OTZ. I really appreciated all of the nice comments that I received from parents. While it would be great if the OTZ venture eventually enabled me to become a thousand-aire, that probably will not be the case anytime soon, so again, thanks for the comments. It is always sad to see another class graduate, especially after becoming friends with the parents and players. This is why OTZ highly recommends that all tennis families have four to six children, spaced three years apart. Today is a holiday so ..

Things on OTZ will not slow down for a few more days..

* This line was blatantly stolen from Wellington's Adam Sorrels via Twitter.

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SUNDAY,

Cash & Pregel Win Singles Championships | New Albany & Wellington Get Dubs Crowns

There were clear favorites going into yesterday's championships, but that did not diminish the play as the competitors battled in 85 degree temperatures under partly cloudy skies.

Robert Cash Jose / Boyer
NA's Cash - Click to enlarge
NA's Jose|Boyer - Click to enlarge
Pregel Connor and Griffin Biernat
IH's Pregel - Click to enlarge
Welly's Biernat's - Click to enlarge

Fans expected a Robert Cash - Niraj Komatineni showdown in the finals as soon as the draws were released, and that turned out to be the case. New Albany's Cash won 3-1.

Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel was certainly the favorite in the D2, but it was unclear who his opponent would be. In fact, it was still not clear after several hours into the Trevor Ball - Colton Morehart match. Wellington's Trevor Ball finally won that match after three hours and twenty-two minutes. Pregel won in the final, 0-0, against an exhausted Ball.

Wellington's brother duo of Connor Biernat - Griffin Biernat were the tournament favorites in D2 dubs but their opponents in the finals, Indian Hill's Maanas Pisati - Mack Ellis, had to battle in a very tough match against Hawken's Sauren Khosla - Stephanie Shulman, in the semi's.

The biggest question mark in the tournament was in Division I doubles. St. Charles' Jack Dabek - Reese Yakubov were the OTZ favorites because of their Central District #1 Seed and their win over New Albany's Nathan Jose-Devin Boyer in Districts. For awhile it appeared that St. Charles would be the champions, but New Albany came roaring back after being down 3-6, 2-5 to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Fans would have to wait ever longer for the outcome because this match was forced to go inside at 3:20pm due to an incoming thunderstorm. At that point in the match, teams had split sets and New Albany had a 1-0 lead in the third.

The Pregel match was the last match to finish outdoors at 3:30pm. New Albany won the D1 dubs championship at 5pm indoors at Five Seasons.

OTZ's somewhat quiet (for those who are not regular readers) predictions for yesterday matches are included in the yesterday's "Players remaining in the draws" paragraphs.

The Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Team Tournament starts at 8:00am today at Reynoldsburg Summit Station facility. Division II goes on first and D1 follows at 9:30. The big question will be, how much does Wellington's Ball have in his tank after yesterday's battle?

The teams in the D1 Final Four include: OTZ #1 Mason, OTZ #2 New Albany, OTZ #8 Canfield, and OTZ #9 St. John's Jesuit in Division I. OTZ #2 Wellington, OTZ #1 Indian Hill, OTZ #3 Hawken, and OTZ #10 Lexington are the D2 Final Four teams.

Temperatures are expected to be even hotter today in Reynoldsburg, with a high of 89 degrees expected. There is a twenty percent chance of a stray thunderstorm.

Click to read the article by the Cincinnati Enquirers' Shelby Dermer. There is also an article in the Columbus Dispatch but it is behind their pay-wall.

I am already late... Time to leave for the Team Tournament...

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SATURDAY,

Great Tennis | Sunny Skies | Hot

It was a great day for tennis yesterday. While hot (85 degrees), the conditions were great for players and fans. Today's matches might get played outdoors after all. Rain was expected at 11:00am today, but the rain has been pushed back to 1pm. This is another brief update as I prepare to leave for Mason..

To follow all of the action, click on:

www.OhioTennisZone.com/draws

Tim Cianciola
Canfield's Tim Cianciola - Click to enlarge

Players remaining in the draw include:

D1 Singles: New Albany's Robert Cash, Mason's Niraj Komatineni, Olentangy's Stu Brdicka, and Canfield's Tim Cianciola.

D2 Singles: Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel, Wellington's Trevor Ball, Miami Valley School's Colton Morehart, and Ada's Zach Beaschler.

D1 Doubles: St. Charles' Jack Dabek - Reese Yakubov, New Albany's Nathan Jose - Devin Boyer, Sycamore's Nathan Zhang - Samuel Marcus, and Mason's Shashank Reddy - Aneesh Zutshi.

D2 Doubles: Wellington's Connor Biernat - Griffin Biernat, Indian Hill's Maanas Pisati - Mack Ellis, Hawken's Sauren Khosla - Stephanie Shulman, and Miami Valley's Makul Sharma - Reece Quigley.

Click for articles from the Columbus Dispatch (no link yet), Cincinnati Enquirer, and Toledo Blade.

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

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FRIDAY,

It's Time for States

OTZ is zooming off to States so this will be a brief update to allow for an early start.

State Draws
Click for Draws - Click to enlarge
There are normally a few newspaper articles about States, but just one was found today. It was, "Cash knows what's required at state", by Brian Inglis of the Columbus Dispatch (still no link to online version).

OTZ will be maintaining the draws online throughout the day. The draws will largely not change for the first hour of the tournament, after that, the scores and court locations will be updated. Note that there is a time stamp at the top left side of the page so that it is clear when it was last updated. I normally watch matches and take photos and then I swoop over and update everything at one time.

Remember to click on the player name to see their detailed results from throughout the season. Note that today's results will not be posted until later tonight.

If you are a player and your photo is not in the online draw, please introduce yourself so that I can take your photo.

Click on image to the right to access the draws or simply enter:

www.OhioTennisZone.com/draws

Hope to see you at States.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

THURSDAY,

Just One More Day

It is almost here.. States is tomorrow. There is nothing else that will get you into the State Championship mood more than by watching the OhioTennisZone Video/Slideshow of the State and OTCA competitors. This year's video includes 56 action photos of the 96 players who are competing at States. Because this season was awful for taking photos, photos were gathered from a variety of venues (from regular high school matches and USTA matches at Elysium Tennis, to the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo). For best viewing of the video, please use high resolution mode.

This is also a great time to recognize OhioTennisZone.com sponsors and advertisers. Special thanks to Elysium Tennis, The Players Club, Olympic Indoor, Greater Columbus Tennis Association, and Midwest Sports for their support. If you enjoy high school tennis, please frequent these great supporters of the sport.

The OTZ State Draws now include the court assignments for tomorrow. This should be helpful to get the older tennis fans into their seats. Note that a good site map, that is enlargeable, is included on the draw sheet.

It is best to put include the draw sheet on your smart phone now using:

www.OhioTennisZone.com/draws

The State Draw sheet is now "open" so that all competitors with photos can be viewed and recognized. The draw sheet includes photos of 81 of the 96 players who are competing. After the tournament, the draws will go back to showing only those players with OTZ Player Profiles.

You will likely see me zooming around tomorrow or attempting to cut into line at McNasty's. "Hey, look over there!" Please say "hi" if you see me.

Remember - restrooms are far away and so is the drinking water. There were rumors that more will be available this year, but it is best to bring water or save your cup for water.

In the big "oops" department, the photo in the video of Findlay's Drew Swisher is not Drew Swisher. Apologies to Drew. If anyone knows who that person is, please let OTZ know.

My photo "dance card" is almost full. Contact OTZ asap if you are interested in preserving your son's States experience with great, memorable photos. Hopefully, I will even take a photo of your son who is your son. All of the action photos in the video are also for sale.

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WEDNESDAY EVENING SPECIAL,

OTZ Interview with Hawken's Ryan Leizman

The next senior player interview is with Ryan Leizman, a four year court 1 player from Hawken. Leizman is the #1 seed from the Northeast District Division II, and he is undefeated during the month of May.

Tennis has been a Leizman family pastime. His mother, Nancy, and father, Marc, both played tennis. Marc played at a high level high school tennis for University School and collegiately for Northwestern. His older sister, Emily, also played tennis for Hawken. As for vocations, Marc works in a business consulting firm; Nancy is with Raymond James Financial Advisors; and Emily is with Amazon in Seattle. Being associated with quality college football programs was obviously not that big deal to the Leizman family since both Nancy and Emily graduated from the University of Michigan.

Hawken's Ryan Leizman
Hawken's Ryan Leizman - Click to enlarge
As for his college choice, Leizman replied, "I decided to attend the University of Richmond next fall. I really enjoy the programs at Richmond, the area around the school, and the campus. I considered Babson and Ohio State to name a few schools." Leizman has been in contact with the coach and hopes to try walking on with the team. If that does not work out, he will play club tennis.

As for his interests in high school, he stated, "I used to be a big math and science guy, but I have had some really great English classes at my high school. I would say math/science as of now, but it’s close. With that said, I want to major in something business-related, and I took this great entrepreneurship class at my school where we got to work with companies and build a business, so math is important for me." In addition to taking three AP classes, Leizman also enjoyed an entrepreneurial class which included interaction with local businesses.

After Hawken beat Cincinnati Country Day in the semis of the OTCA tournament, they just had to get past Bexley for the team title but Hawken came up just a bit short. As for Leizman’s goals this season, "Win a state title, whether in team or individually. We have come so close the last two years in team, so I feel like those previous experiences will help us this year. Obviously there are some tough guys this year in D2 singles, but I’m just going to take it match by match down in Mason and see what happens."

Hawken Tennis @W&S
Hawken Tennis @W&S '17- Click to enlarge
Leizman played a variety of sports before focusing on tennis at around 10 years of age, but continued playing other sports until his sophomore year. He has attained a TennisRecruiting.net 2-Star ranking and he has a UTR of 9.9. Injuries, primarily from growing 4-5 inches before his junior season, hampered his play last year, but he has been a mainstay on court 1 this season. Leizman’s favorite shots are his forehand and serve. He will continue to play tennis this summer to keep his game sharp. He plans to play in the Midwest Closed and some ITA’s.

High school tennis has been a positive experience for Leizman because, "I like the team dynamic that you don’t normally get with USTA tournaments. It’s been a real great experience the last four years and I have made some great friends that I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to meet without high school tennis."

Since he was the fourth senior interviewee of the season, he was ready for the mandatory OhioTennisZone usage question. "I like looking at the scores from around the state and getting an understanding of how my friends and the rest of the state are doing. I also really like the way the draws are formatted for States and the OTCA tourney." He primarily refers to the OTZ Player Profiles, but logs in for information for those players without them.

He has no Twitter handle, but he uses SnapChat as his major form of communication. When he is not playing tennis he enjoys playing the video game, Madden 2K, and playing jazz on his clarinet.

For service-related activities, "I worked with Inner City Tennis Clinics (ICTC) and helped mentor middle school students in Cleveland. I really enjoy helping out with kids, and both these programs really do a great job helping out local kids whether through sport or schooling." There are also several University School players who assist with this program. Click ICTC for more information.

Hawken coach, Brian Smallwood offered this about Leizman. "Ryan has been an asset this year for Hawken with not only his play but also how he has led by example. Ryan's hard work and determination has culminated in a hard fought District title this year. Ryan's reliability as a team member and number one singles player this year has complimented his growth as a young man and competitor. I am looking forward to see what he can bring to the State tournament and know if he plays his game he will excel."

How long will Leizman’s undefeated May run last? We’ll know in a few days..

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

WEDNESDAY,

Canfield, Indian Hill, Lexington, Mason, St. John's Jesuit in Final Four

The field for the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association State Team Tournament is now set. Lexington defeated Ottawa Hills, 3-1, with all of those four matches going to three sets. Mason beat St. Xavier, 3-1, and Indian Hill defeated Seven Hills, 4-1. Individual box scores were not available for the St. John's Jesuit's 3-1 defeat of Findlay and for Canfield's 3-2 win over Massillon Jackson. To view the results recorded from yesterday in graphical form, click on Previous Day's Match Results. Click State Team Tournament to view the final updated draws. In Reynoldsburg on Sunday, the Central District teams plays the Northeast District teams first, and Southwest plays Northwest in their first round.

Canfield
Canfield - Click to team page

Among the top players, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel beat Seven Hills' Max Yuan; Lexington’s Blake Webster defeated Ottawa Hills’ Rahul Bias;  St. Xavier's Charlie Temming beat Mason's Vishnu Srinath; Indian Hill's Maanas Pisati defeated Seven Hills' Kevin Wang; and Ottawa Hills' Matthew McGee beat Lexington's Drake.Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Canfield. They are coached by Patrick Pavlansky. Their three state qualifiers are Tim Cianciola, Ben Martin, and Sirin Nalluri.

If you want an OTZ photo of your son (or daughter) competing at States or the OTCA Tournament, contact OTZ via Feedback or email asap. My time for taking photos is limited at States because I will also be updating the State Tournament Draws. My dance card is already filling and I am working off the order in which I receive requests. These photos make a great Father's Day present or an extremely late Mother's Day present.

Things are really busy over the next 48 hours. Later today, a senior interview with Hawken's Ryan Leizman will be released. With the OTCA Final Four set, work can begin on the OTZ video that recognizes the State and OTCA competitors. The only things I'm hoping to hear during this time period are, "Scott, lunch!" "Scott, supper!" and "Ok, fine, if you can't take just one minute to take out the trash, then I will."

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

TUESDAY,

New Albany Beats Upper Arlington | Massillon Jackson Defeats Solon

Another Final Four spot was claimed in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association State Team Tournament yesterday when New Albany defeated Upper Arlington 3-1. In Northeast Ohio, Massillon Jackson defeated Solon, 3-2, for the right to play Canfield in the finals. Jackson won 51% of the games in its match and four of the individual matches went to four sets. The Jackson versus Canfield match will be played on Wednesday. [It's now tonight.] To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. Click to view the State Team Tournament Draws.

SW D1 State Qualifiers
Southwest D1 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
SW D2 State Qualifiers
Southwest D2 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated Upper Arlington's Josh Cole; New Albany's Nathan Jose beat Upper Arlington's Paige Kompa; Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas defeated Solon's Luke Qin; Massillon Jackson's Arjun Shanmugam beat Solon's Thomas Liu. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Ohio State Men's Team is in the NCAA Finals against Wake Forest. This match will be played at 5pm today. OSU defeated UCLA, 4-1, yesterday to advance. Click OSU vs. UCLA to read about the match.

Matches tonight for four more Final Four spots in the State Team Tournament include: Mason versus St. Xavier; Ottawa Hills versus Lexington; Indian Hill versus Seven Hills; and St. John`s Jesuit versus Findlay.

The reason for the split photo for the Southwest Division 1 players is because Sycamore had its graduation and the team could not be there at the start of the matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

MONDAY UPDATE - - 11:30AM

State Draws Are Now Available

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Draws are now available on OhioTennisZone. Click the link above or the image to your right.

OTZ Draws
OTZ State Draws - Click to view draws

To recognize as many players as possible, it is always a goal to get all of the player photos before the State Tournament begins on Friday. OTZ is collecting photos of States players to include online. Contact OTZ via email at to include your player's photo.

The State Tournament is a special event and the OTZ draws reflect this. No other Ohio high school sport offers anything like this. In fact, OTZ is not aware of any state that offers anything similar to this.

Be happy you play high school tennis in Ohio!

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

MONDAY,

OTZ Interview with St. Charles' Jack Dabek

The third OTZ senior interview of the tennis season is with St. Charles' Jack Dabek. Dabek and his freshman partner, Reese Yakubov, are the #1 Central District Division I doubles seeds.

Dabek will be going to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland upon graduation where he plans to major in chemistry. Why the Naval Academy? "I found the aspect of service to my country to be the most appealing, in addition to the strong academics and sense of family there. I also considered Ohio State University." He added, "I'm planning on majoring in chemistry. I like it because I can easily relate the concepts to real-world applications." Dabek would like to serve on a naval ship and his initial interest is in surface warfare.

Jack Dabek
St. Charles' Jack Dabek - Click to enlarge

Dabek began playing at six years old when his entire family would book a tennis lesson to play together. His father, Dariusz, works in IT at Palmer-Donavin, which is a wholesale distributor of residential building materials. His mother, Angelica, works out of the home. His brother, Alex [photo from 2014], also played tennis at St. Charles and he is now majoring in bio-medical engineering at Case Western Reserve. His dog, Gracie, seems somewhat nice but she was not at all cooperative for this OTZ photo.

Dabek has been a solid, TennisRecruiting.net 3-Star, bordering on a 4-Star during his last two years in junior tennis. Players often do not show significant improvement over the years, but that is not the case with Dabek. He had a national ranking of 348 in 2015, jumped to 262 in 2016, and his best 2018 ranking is 210. He has a UTR of 11.18. His strong improvement is likely in part by working with Ohio State's Coach Ty Tucker for the last three years. (His doubles partner, Reese Yakubov, also works with Coach Tucker.) "High intensity" would be a great way to describe Coach Tucker. Prior to Jack leaving last year for Kalamazoo, Coach Tucker imparted this piece of wisdom, "Every shot is a war".

St. Charles Prep might be equally intense. Dabek averaged 3-4 hours a night in homework, and while everyone else OTZ has interviewed has some form of social media vice, that was not the case with Dabek. "I didn't really get into it to start, but not having it through my years at St. Charles probably helped my grades." Dabek took four AP courses at St. Charles and his favorite was chemistry. Dabek also took a college course at Ohio State. Dabek added, "I am the prospective D1 college athlete at St. Charles who got an A in Latin..." (For extreme data and education enthusiasts, OTZ's other web site, GerberAnalytics.com, once tracked Ohio Graduation Test performance for all schools (public and private) and identified Ohio's top performing high schools. St. Charles dominated the state.*)

Why does he play high school tennis? "I like the team aspect, as well as the opportunity to help teammates with their game development by running practices as captain. Also, I think it's nice to play in front of a crowd."

When asked about his favorite shot, Dabek replied, "Volleys, because it does not take much to hit a shot that will open up the court or end the point. For a weapon, I like being a presence at the net, especially in doubles. I try to get a racquet on as many balls as possible when my partner is back." Dabek can also pound a solid serve that is in the 115-120mph range.

Jack Dabek
Jack Dabek @Kalamazoo '17 - Click to enlarge
Last year, Dabek played in the Midwest Closed and doubles (with Wellington's Connor Biernat) at Kalamazoo (the site of the USTA National Championships) but he leaves for the Naval Academy on June 28 so that will prevent him from playing in these tournaments this year.

In the mandatory OhioTennisZone usage question, he responded, "OTZ is good for looking up scores, especially from matches that are not in my area. I like to see how my friends in Cincinnati are doing in their season."

Dabek's goal for this tennis season is, "To be at the top of my game in preparation for my collegiate tennis career next fall." He believes that he will be able to contribute in doubles at Navy in his first year. Unlike many college teams, the Naval Academy has a large roster of 15 players. (Navy's #1 has a 12.69 UTR and their #6 has an 11.91 rating.) While men's D1 college tennis is also being overwhelmed with non-U.S. players, that is also not the case at Navy. All of the players on the roster are from the United States. (In Ohio State's NCAA match yesterday (May 20, 2018) against Mississippi State, six out of eight (75%) were foreign players.)

Dabek combined his love of tennis with his interest in teaching others. "I have been a part of Buddy Up Tennis for four years, where I teach tennis to children with Down Syndrome. I've always enjoyed tennis, and I love the opportunity to share the sport of tennis with others." (Click for more information on Buddy Up Tennis.)

Dabek's coach, Max Quinton, added, "Jack is an outstanding player and has worked hard to improve his game. Since last year, his doubles game improvement has propelled him to another level of play as seen in his district performance." Can he and Yakubov continue their District success at States? Stay tuned to OTZ to follow his results.

* Full disclosure: OTZ son, Kyle, graduated from St. Charles in 2009. The education analysis was initially released during Kyle's junior year.

Even though the Final Four groupings for the State Team Tennis Tournament should have been wrapped up last week, there are still matches being played. Upper Arlington plays New Albany today at UA. These delays seriously hamper OTZ's efforts to create the OHSAA Boys States / State Team Tournament Preview video/slideshow. Click to see last year's OTZ video.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SUNDAY,

All Set for States

The "play indoors" versus "play outdoors" decision is rarely clear, expecially when it is not raining as play begins. It became very clear at 11:00 that the Central District made the correct decision to go indoors when the rain hitting the Olympic Indoor bubbles made it sound as if we were inside a jet engine.

D1 State Qualifiers
Central D1 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
D2 State Qualifiers
Central D2 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge

The results from yesterday for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts are now online. The Northwest and Southeast District results are still not posted on their respective web sites.

The order of finish in the Central District was:

D1 Singles: New Albany's Robert Cash, Olentangy's Stu Brdicka, Lancaster's Colten Clark, and New Albany's Ryan Mudre.

D1 Doubles: St. Charles' Jack Dabek-Reese Yakubov, New Albany's Nathan Jose-Devin Boyer, Upper Arlington's Josh Cole-Will Reynolds, and Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps-Alex Heiden.

D2 Singles: Wellington's Trevor Ball and Wellington's Milan Gonela

D2 Doubles: Wellington's Connor Biernat-Griffin Biernat and Columbus Academy's Sam Vogel-Suriya Sundaram.

The order of finish in the Southwest was:

D1 Singles: Mason's Niraj Komatineni, Turpin's Grant Wendel, Lakota East's Chris Holden, and Beavercreek's Austin Staiger.

D1 Doubles: St. Xavier's Charlie Temming-Max DeCurtins, Sycamore's Nathan Zhang-Samuel Marcus, Sycamore's Alex Karev-Jacob Wittenbaum, and Mason's Shashank Reddy-Aneesh Zutshi.

D2 Singles: Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel, Miami Valley School's Colton Morehart, Miami Valley School's Niyanth Reddy, and Fenwick's Dylan Sagan.

D2 Doubles: Indian Hill's Maanas Pisati-Mack Ellis, Miami Valley School's Makul Sharma-Reece Quigley, Milton-Union's Nick Brumbaugh-Nathan Brumbaugh, and Cincinnati Country Day's Ashutosh Annapantula-Herschel Albert.

The order of finish in the Northeast District was:

D1 Singles: Canfield's Tim Cianciola, Brecksville's Aaron Yeh, Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas, Brunswick's Adam Slomski, Solon's Kavi Jain, and Solon's Luke Qin.

D1 Doubles: University School's Chas Norman-Charlie Joranko, Mayfield's Kevin Ng-Yukun Wang, Canfield's Sirin Nalluri-Ben Martin, Walsh Jesuit's David Kendrick-Ben Cors, St. Ignatius' Arjun Brahmbhatt-Brian Zhu, and St. Ignatius' Nathaniel Day-Richie Hofstra.

D2 Singles: Hawken's Ryan Leizman, Ursuline's Greg Morgione, Lakeview's Jake McDivitt, and Warren John F Kennedy's Armand Nannicola.

D2 Doubles: Hawken's Sauren Khosla-Stephanie Shulman, Orange's Santiago Bustamante-Ilon Goldberg, Geneva's Isaac and Nathan Palinkas, and Hawken's Ander Garcia-Neil Tewari.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SATURDAY,

District State Seeding Round

Ohio is close to having all of its State Qualifiers but not quite.. There will be one more round of play in the Northeast (D1) and Northwest (D1) Districts to determine the final qualifiers.

Greg Morgione
Ursuline's Greg Morgione - Click to enlarge
Rather than attend the Royal Wedding, OTZ will be at the Central District Seeding Round. It will take place at Olympic Indoor at 9:00am. Bring a folding chair to insure that you have a seat. Olympic Indoor is a bubble with revolving doors. Ask for help if you need it to navigate your folding chair through those doors.

The Northeast D2 Qualifers in Singles are: Hawken's Ryan Leizman, Warren John F Kennedy's Armand Nannicola, Lakeview's Jake McDivitt, and Ursuline's Greg Morgione.

The NE D2 Doubles Qualfiers are: Hawken's Sauren Khosla-Stephanie Shulman, Orange's Santiago Bustamante-Ilon Goldberg, Hawken's Ander Garcia-Neil Tewari, and Geneva's Isaac and Nathan Palinkas.

More will be added to today's blog entry after I return from the Central Seeding Round.

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FRIDAY,

One More Day of State Qualifiers

While much of the state is all set, the State qualifiers for Northeast District Division II will be determined today. In fact, this will be a short update because I need to leave asap to get to Akron for that qualifier. Great job to the Columbus Dispatch and Cincinnati Enqurier for getting the District results into their newspapers today.

Max DeCurtins
St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins - Click to enlarge
The Central Singles Qualifiers are: In D1: New Albany's Robert Cash, Olentangy's Stu Brdicka, Lancaster's Colten Clark, and New Albany's Ryan Mudre. In D2: Wellington's Trevor Ball and Wellington's Milan Gonela.

The Central Doubles Qualifiers are: In D1: St. Charles' Jack Dabek-Reese Yakubov, Upper Arlington's Josh Cole-Will Reynolds, New Albany's Nathan Jose-Devin Boyer, and Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps-Alex Heiden. In D2: Wellington's Connor Biernat-Griffin Biernat and Columbus Academy's Sam Vogel-Suriya Sundaram.

The Southwest Singles Qualifiers are: In D1: Mason's Niraj Komatineni, Turpin's Grant Wendel, Lakota East's Chris Holden, and Beavercreek's Austin Staiger. In D2: Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel, Miami Valley School's Colton Morehart, Fenwick's Dylan Sagan, and Miami Valley School's Niyanth Reddy.

The Southwest Doubles Qualifiers are: In D1: Sycamore's Nathan Zhang-Samuel Marcus, Mason's Shashank Reddy-Aneesh Zutshi, St. Xavier's Charlie Temming-Max DeCurtins, and Sycamore's Alex Karev-Jacob Wittenbaum. In D2, Cincinnati Country Day's Ashutosh Annapantula-Herschel Albert, Indian Hill's Maanas Pisati-Mack Ellis, Milton-Union's Nick Brumbaugh-Nathan Brumbaugh, and Miami Valley School's Makul Sharma-Reece Quigley.

The Ohio State Men's Tennis Team competes in the NCAA Tournament today. They play Minnesota. Click to read the Dispatch article by Bill Rabinowitz, "Ohio State tennis | Friendly rivals JJ Wolf, John McNally key players for Buckeyes".

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THURSDAY,

Hawken in Final Four | New OTZ Top Ten Team Rankings

There were two more State Team Tournament matches played yesterday. Hawken secured the second Final Four spot of the season by defeating Youngstown Ursuline. Hawken won 3-0. Hawken will play Wellington in the first round of the state tournament. St. John's Jesuit moved into the finals of Northwest District Division I by beating Perrysburg, 3-1. For all of the draws, click State Team Tournament Draw. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

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State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
May 17, 2018
Division IDivision II
1. Mason◄TEAM Indian Hill◄TEAM
2. New Albany◄TEAM Wellington School◄TEAM
3. St. Xavier◄TEAM Hawken◄TEAM
4. Sycamore◄TEAM Cin. Country Day◄TEAM
5. Upper Arlington◄TEAM Miami Valley School
6. Massillon Jackson◄TEAM Col. Academy◄TEAM
7. Solon◄TEAM Seven Hills◄TEAM
8. Canfield Ottawa Hills 1
9. St. John's Jesuit◄TEAM Ursuline
10. Dublin Jerome Lexington
HM St. Charles◄TEAM HM Bexley◄TEAM
HM University School◄TEAM HM Wyoming◄TEAM
HM St. Ignatius◄TEAM  
HM Centerville  
HM Turpin◄TEAM  
HM Perrysburg  
◄TEAM - Denotes OTZ Team Membership. Click on School Name for Extensive Information.
Most of the state will be playing in the State qualifying rounds today. OTZ will be at the Southwest District Qualifier. Both the Division I and Division II teams play at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. The quality of this venue to watch and to take photos is great, which makes this the favorite OTZ District tournament to attend. The McNasty Food Truck also enters into the consideration.. The State qualifiers will return to this location next Friday for the State Tournament.

OhioTennisZone has updated its State Top Ten Team Rankings. In Division I, Dublin Jerome and Canfield have moved into the Top Ten. Ursuline moved into the Top Ten in Division II after having a great match with Hawken yesterday. Those schools with the green team designation are OTZ Team Members and extensive information is available about their players. A team membership remains a great way to recognize current players and to motivate a program's middle school players. Also note that the number of State Spots for each team will be indicated in a small gray font. For example, Ottawa Hills has one player going to States.

Among the top players, Hawken's Ryan Leizman defeated Ursuline's Austin Arfaras; St. John’s Jesuit's Alan Fahoury beat Perrysburg's Nathan Englehart; Hawken's Stephanie Shulman defeated Ursuline's Greg Morgione; and Hawken's Sauren Khosla beat Ursuline's Carl Ross. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Contact OTZ via Feedback if you want to purchase a photo of your son playing at the Southwest Districts today.

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WEDNESDAY,

Canfield Defeats University School | Mason Beats Sycamore

It was a big day for big matches. Defending D1 State Team Tournament champion, University School, will not be returning to Reynoldsburg this year. They were defeated in the semifinals last night by Canfield. Canfield will play the winner of the Solon versus Massillon Jackson match. Jackson defeated Hudson yesterday.

Ottawa Hills
Ottawa Hills - Click to team page
In the Southwest and Northwest Districts, Mason beat Sycamore in the Southwest semifinal. Mason will play St. Xavier in the finals. Ottawa Hills defeated Clyde in the Northwest D2 bracket. They will play the winner of the Lima Shawnee versus Lexington match.

For all of the draws, click State Team Tournament Draws. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players competing yesterday, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Sycamore's Samuel Marcus; Canfield's Tim Cianciola beat University School's Chas Norman; Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas defeated Hudson's Harrsha Congivaram; and Mason's Vishnu Srinath beat Sycamore's Nikhil Sekar. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Ottawa Hills. They are coached by Jeff Harst. They are led by Rahul Bais, Matthew McGee, and James Schwann.

The Northwest District begins their District Tournament today.

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TUESDAY,

Wellington in Final Four | New Albany and UA in Finals

Great weather led to some great matches yesterday. Wellington became the first team to reach the Final Four line-up by beating Bexley 3-0. Wellington will play the winner of the Northeast District (either Hawken or Ursuline) in the first round of the State Team Tournament on May 27. This is Wellington's first trip to the Final Four. Click for updated State Team Tournament Draws.

Dublin Jerome
Dublin Jerome - Click to team page
Dublin Jerome's depth gave a number of teams problems this season including Upper Arlington, but UA prevailed in a tight 3-1 match. Jerome's Daniel Utkin and UA's Paige Kompa were in a second set tiebreaker when UA clinched the win on second doubles. (Utkin won the first set, 6-4.) UA next plays New Albany. New Albany defeated Gahanna in the other semi-final last night.

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

Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Josh Cole defeated Dublin Jerome's Anish Patel; Wellington's Trevor Ball beat Bexley's Jordan Koppes; Upper Arlington's Will Reynolds defeated Dublin Jerome's Andrew Dvorkin; and New Albany's Devin Boyer beat Gahanna's Daniel Schtein. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Dublin Jerome. They are coached by Ken Berlin. Their top singles players are Anish Patel, Daniel Utkin, and Andrew Dvorkin.

Today's matches include the heavy-weight battle between Mason and Sycamore in the State Team Tournament Southwest semi-final. The winner will face St. Xavier in the finals. Ottawa Hills plays Clyde in the NW semi-final. Massillon Jackson faces Hudson in the Northeast quarterfinal.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

MONDAY,

State Tournament Draw Photos | District Draws

Now things get even more interesting.. Almost all of the District draws are now online. The District qualifying rounds for States are: Central - Thursday, Northeast D1 - Thursday; Northeast D2 - Friday; Northwest D1 - Thursday; Northwest D2 - Wednesday; and Southwest - Thursday.

Westerville South
2017 State Draws - Click to team page
OhioTennisZone provides the most insightful State Tournament draws in high school sports. This year will be no exception. The big goal for this year is to have photos for all of the players before the tournament starts. Taking your player's photo now will absolutely positively jinx him (or her) so don't do that. (Don't even think about doing that.) After he qualifies for States, email the photo to OTZ at . Using a camera is best, but a cell phone photo is fine, too. Just don't be this woman. Email the photo in high-resolution mode. The detailed stats for OTZ Member players are available for everyone to see. Sign-in to see the profile photos for non-OTZ members. Note that the class years showing for each player are for this year. For those interested in obtaining an OTZ Player Profile, click Join OTZ.

If OTZ already has a profile photo of your player online, it is unnecessary to email OTZ a new photo.

In State Team Tournament play, Upper Arlington plays Dublin Jerome today. Ottawa Hills plays Clyde tomorrow.

The Southwest District Sectional scores will be included on OTZ today.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SUNDAY EVENING,

District Draws Available

Several of the Districts are really on the ball. District Draws are now available for the Southwest and Northeast Districts. The Central District Division I draws are also now available.

Click on the links in the right-side navigational bar to view.

Making this information available on a Sunday night is really commendable. Great job, Districts.

Meanwhile... Still no Sectional results from the Northwest District. It would be great to recognize these high school tennis players, too. There are results for Northwest District softball players. There are Northwest District baseball players. Why is there information for these sports but not for tennis? More..

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SUNDAY,

Sectionals Completed

The state was fortunate to finish Sectionals on time. The weather for this week looks dicey.

The results are now online on OTZ for the Central and Northeast Districts.

UA's Josh Cole
UA's Josh Cole - Click to enlarge
All of the results for the Soutwest District are listed on the District web site. These will be added to OTZ after all of the Mother's Day festivities are over.

None of the results from the Northwest District are on the NWDAB web site.

There was quite a bit of news out of the Central District. The OTZ #1 player in the state, New Albany's Robert Cash, defaulted out of his matches yesterday after becoming ill. He is expected to play next weekend and in the State Team Tournament matches this week. While this would normally cause big problems with the District draws (where a #1 seed now has to play a strong #4 seed), Cash's Sectional was a "super-Sectional" for the singles players. All of the players from that Sectional were expected to qualify for States, but it is still unfortunate for a #1 seed to face Cash in the first round.

In the Central and Northeast Districts, Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Lancaster's Colton Clark; Canfield's Tim Cianciola beat Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas;  Hawken's Ryan Leizman defeated Conneaut's Ben Butler; Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott beat Dublin Jerome's Anish Patel; St. Ignatius' Jack McNally defeated St. Ignatius' Drew Barclay; Thomas Worthington's Kai Britz beat Westerville South's Raphael Guilhem; Wellington's Trevor Ball defeated Wellington's Adam Sorrels; Solon's Luke Qin beat Solon's Kavi Jain; and Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman defeated Columbus Academy's Jack Madison.

The Sectionals are always fun because fans get to see match-ups between teammates who regularly play singles. One head scratcher was where Dublin Jerome’s #3 player (Andrew  Dvorkin) beat their #2 player (Daniel Utkin) by the score of 6-1, 6-1. The #2 player had just had a 3-setter with their #1 player (Anish Patel) so fatigue may have played a factor. In other same-team match-ups Columbus Academy’s #1 (Arie Tuckerman) beat their #2 (Jack Madison) and Solon’s #1 (Luke Qin) defeated their #2 (Kavi Jain).

Several fans have noted incorrect Sectional scores in the newspapers. Contact OTZ if there is a significant error that needs to be changed.  One match was apparently a 3-setter but it was reported as a 6-1, 6-0 score. That is a material error that needs to be corrected.

The Ohio State Men's team moved onto the NCAA Sweet Sixteen yesterday after beating the University of Kentucky 4-0.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SATURDAY,

Sectional Seeding Rounds

The goal for many players today is to become the #1 seed out of their Sectional so that they play lessor skilled players from other Sectionals at Districts. For those who selected a "super Sectional" with the other top players, they had to survive tough early draws in order to face weaker players from other Districts.

John McNally
OSU's John McNally - Click to enlarge

There are now partial results posted on all of the District web sites (except for the Northwest) . All of the results for Central are posted. This information adds to the enjoyment for all tennis fans and players so it is great when a District provides this information.

All of the Central District early round results are now online on OTZ. Results from other Districts will be added after the seeding rounds (for OTZ Member players).

The Ohio State Men's team won decisively yesterday against Eastern Tennessee State University in the first round of the NCAA's. ETSU had *no* US players on their eight player roster. There were also none from Canada and none from Xichigan. The OSU Women's team got beat by Clemson 4-1 in Nashville. The weather was perfect at the OSU outdoor facility and the match was well-attended. The Men's team plays today (hopefully outdoors) against #26 University of Kentucky at 12:00pm. Admission is free. Haven't seen this before... The UK Men's team really forces fans to dig in order to see where the players are from.. All of the other 20 UK sports teams make this information easily available. Five of the 10 UK players are foreign.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

FRIDAY,

1st Round of Sectionals Completed

The weather may have caused some delays but the state finished its first round of Sectional matches yesterday. The Sectional seeding rounds will take place on Saturday. The all-important District draws are expected to be released on Monday.

Central District Sectional Results
Sectional Data Fun
The results from the Central District's four Division 1 and two Division 2 Sectionals were provided from the Columbus Dispatch this morning and they are now online. (See photo.) OTZ will retrieve the results for OTZ Members from the other district draws as they become available on Saturday. Those scores will not be retrieved until the draws are completed.

The seeds largely took care of business but there were a few surprises. Check the draws for details. Check the various team reports for detailed results for the Central District.

The Ohio State Men's team plays today at 1pm at home. (They will hopefully play outdoors.) The Women's team plays in Nashville.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

THURSDAY,

St. Xavier Defeats Centerville

Much of the state received rain early this morning. Hopefully courts will dry off and permit Sectional play today.

In dual match play, St. Xavier defeated Centerville in the State Team Tournament. Ottawa Hills beat Findlay, 3-2, in a match that included two 3-setters. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Mamouma Lee
Walnut Ridge's Mamouma Lee - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins defeated Centerville's Grant Smith; St. Xavier's Charlie Temming beat Centerville's Ryan Peters; Worthington Christian's Ajai Smith defeated Grandview's Matt York; and Worthington Christian's Peter Tsibouris beat Grandview's Brett Holcomb.

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

The OTZ update will almost certainly be very (very) late tomorrow. The Sectionals create a substantial amount of data (about 12% of the entire season). OTZ will include the results from the Columbus Dispatch because they do a great job. It is still unsure how OTZ will handle the Cincinnati Enquirer information since they are delaying their results this season. To help reduce double entries, OTZ will wait until the Northwest and Northeast Districts are finished with Saturday's matches before entering any Sectional results. OTZ member results will be entered for significant matches (rather than blow-out matches).

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

WEDNESDAY,

Dublin Jerome Beats St. Charles

The weather was perfect (again). However, many Districts will be happy that they have a rain date already setup for Sectionals since showers are expected to begin tonight. In contests involving the top Ohio teams, Dublin Jerome defeated St. Charles (State Team Tournament); Wellington beat Olentangy Orange; and Upper Arlington defeated Thomas Worthington (State Team).

Olentangy Orange
Olentangy Orange - Click to team page
There were 19 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 16, Southwest - 2, and Northeast - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Bexley defeated Pickerington North; Pickerington Central beat Olentangy Liberty; Whetstone defeated Teays Valley; Grandview beat Bloom-Carroll; and Reynoldsburg defeated West. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, St. Charles' Jack Dabek defeated Dublin Jerome's Anish Patel; Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden beat Wellington's Trevor Ball; St. Charles' Reese Yakubov defeated Dublin Jerome's Daniel Utkin; Bexley's Jordan Koppes beat Pickerington North’s Grant Schroeder. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Olentangy Orange. They are coached by Matthew Rutherford. They are led by Alex Heiden and Jordan Phelps.

Today's matches include: St. Xavier (A) versus Centerville; Watkins Memorial (H) versus Big Walnut; and Westerville North (A) versus Pickerington Central. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

New Albany Beats Olentangy Orange | Wellington Defeats Olentangy

It was another great day for tennis with 26 matches recorded from state-wide play. The most noteworthy matches included: New Albany defeated Olentangy Orange; Wellington beat Olentangy; and Miami Valley School defeated Kettering Fairmont.

The breakdown by District was: Central - 17, Southwest - 5, and Northeast - 4. The close, 3-2 matches included: Hartley defeated Reynoldsburg; Pickerington North defeated Dublin Scioto; Worthington Kilbourne defeated Pickerington Central; Big Walnut defeated Westerville North; Lake Catholic defeated West Geauga; Fisher Catholic defeated Whitehall; Wellington defeated Olentangy; To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Niraj Komatineni
Mason's Komatineni - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Sycamore's Nathan Zhang; New Albany's Nathan Jose beat Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Moeller's Mattias Worthoff; Miami Valley School's Colton Morehart beat Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz; Mason's Shashank Reddy defeated Sycamore's Samuel Marcus; Wellington's Trevor Ball beat Olentangy's Sam Routzahn; Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps defeated New Albany's Devin Boyer; and Thomas Worthington's Kai Britz beat Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association named their top Division 1 players yesterday. Mason's Niraj Komatineni was named player of the year. Boys named as 1st Team Singles players were: Turpin's Grant Wendel, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur, and Sycamore's Nathan Zhang.

Today's matches include: Olentangy Orange (H) versus Wellington; St. Charles (A) versus Dublin Jerome; and  Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Grandview. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

Sectional Week | Ohio Players in the Pros

It is Sectional week. For most teams in Ohio, this is the last week of the season. For others, the number of matches decreases but the intensity level increases dramatically. The first Sectional matches begin today at 8am at the Northeast District Solon site (which is being held at Shaker Heights).

Ohio Pros
Ohio-based Pros - Click to College
There are numerous players with Ohio ties who have professional ranking points. Many of these players are "full-time" in the professional ranks while others are still juggling classes with tennis. Players who are full-time professionals include: Gibbs, Davis, Di Lorenzo, Rola, Peter Kobelt, Thomas, Callahan, Schorsch, and Maddie Kobelt. This list is updated more frequently on the College Page where it is on the right-side navigational bar. The player links are also active on that page.

Effort continues in the background to enhance what tennis fans see on OTZ. There is now more information available for the Miami Valley-area schools. Many of these schools are now also shown on the OTZ Matrix Reports.

The Ohio State Men's (#3) and Women's teams are in the NCAA tournament. The Men's team plays in the NCAA tournament at home this weekend. Their first match is at 1pm against East Tennessee State. If OSU wins, their next match will be on Saturday at noon against either Kentucky or Virginia Tech at noon. The Women's team plays in Nashville. The fine people at TennisRecruiting.net offer a May Madness Bracket Challenge via their slam.tennis web site. Click to select your bracket. You have until Friday, May 11, at 8am to select your teams.

Today's matches include: Turpin (A) versus Moeller; Seven Hills (H) versus Kettering Fairmont; Watterson (H) versus Whetstone; and Ottawa Hills (H) versus Maumee. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

SUNDAY,

Ottawa Hills Defeats Shelby

There were several tournaments but just one dual match reported. Ottawa Hills defeated Shelby in a State Team Tournament match.

In tournament play, Chaminade-Julienne won its invitational with Waynesville coming in second.

Josh Giambattista
Centerville's Josh Giambattista - Click to enlarge

It seems weird that there were not more tennis matches played yesterday. There were 36 baseball games reported in today's Columbus Dispatch and just one tennis tournament reported. It is true that many tennis teams participated in tournaments yesterday, but many teams sat on the sidelines.

Rain has certainly impacted a large number of tennis matches but many teams have still found a way to play. Teams with the most dual matches recorded on OhioTennisZone include: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (19 matches - NE District), Loveland (18 - SW), Sycamore (18 - SW), Columbus Academy (16 - CEN, Massillon Jackson (16 - NE), Pickerington Central (16 - CEN), Indian Hill (15 - SW), Marysville (15 - CEN), Mason (15 - SW), St. Xavier (15 - SW), and Jonathan Alder (15 - CEN). Many teams are way off those numbers.

In the OTZ Skywalker photo contest, Centerville's Josh Giambattista came in first in the boys contest with 42% of the 77 votes cast. St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur was second.

Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk won the girls contest decisively with 62% of the 68 votes. Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch's photo came in second. The Roggenburk photo is considered the best OTZ photo from 2017.

Click the links to Twitter below (in Friday's update) to see all of the votes and to see the other photos.

Most of yesterday was spent on data entering and cleaning. Contact OTZ if anything seems amiss.

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SATURDAY,

Wyoming Beats Walnut Hills

Yesterday's big matches got washed away with the rain (including a match-up between Mason and New Albany). There were only three matches recorded from state-wide play. The matches included: Pickerington Central defeated Westerville South; Wyoming beat Walnut Hills; and West Branch defeated Lordstown. To view all of the results in graphical form, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Beechcroft
Beechcroft - Click to team page
Among the top players, Wyoming's Joseph Kelly defeated Walnut Hills' Sushruth Manchineella and
Wyoming's Kyle Demers beat Walnut Hills' LeVar Pharris. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Beechcroft. They are coached by Daphne Hess. They are OTZ Team Members. Their top singles players are Godfred Kyei, Henry Bright, and Ali Mojtabaei.

There are a few tournaments including a big JV tournament in New Albany.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

FRIDAY,

Wellington Beats Columbus Academy

Wellington and Columbus Academy had to display some Matrix moves, but they avoided the storms to finish their match. Wellington won the match, 5-0.

There were just five matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 2, Southwest - 1, Northeast - 1, and Northwest - 1. The only 3-2 match was DeSales defeated Hartley. 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, Wellington's Connor Biernat defeated Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman; Wellington's Trevor Ball defeated Columbus Academy's Suriya Sundaram; Ursuline's Austin Arfaras defeated Geneva's Isaac Palinkas; Wellington's Griffin Biernat defeated Columbus Academy's Jack Madison; and Hartley’s Collin Bender defeated DeSales’ Nate Stevens. 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. Their top singles players are Robby Berling, Alex Powell, and Peter Lin.

Jedi Rishi
Jedi Rishi - Click to enlarge
Today is "May the Fourth" but not to Star Wars fans. Instead they refer to today as #MayTheFourthBeWithYou Star Wars day. To commemorate this day, OhioTennisZone finds the photos with the best "Skywalker" moves in high school tennis. Click to view these on Twitter and to vote on Twitter. Currently, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur (44%) and Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk (68%) have the lead in the votes.

Boys: To See Photos | To Vote

Girls: To See Photos | To Vote

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) versus Anderson; Bexley (A) versus St. Charles; Columbus Academy (H) versus Dublin Coffman; and Thomas Worthington (A) versus Upper Arlington. Many of these matches were likely entered into the OTZ system before the season began so always check with a coach or player before going to a match. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

THURSDAY,

Mason Defeats Indian Hill | Massillon Jackson Beats St. Ignatius

There were several matches between the OTZ Top Ten Teams. Mason defeated Indian Hill; St. Xavier beat Sycamore; Massillon Jackson defeated St. Ignatius (State Team); and Centerville beat Turpin (State Team).

There were 30 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 22, Southwest - 5, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Big Walnut defeated Hilliard Darby; Kettering Fairmont beat Troy; DeSales defeated Centennial; Hilliard Davidson beat Worthington Kilbourne; Buckeye Valley defeated River Valley; Thomas Worthington beat Upper Arlington-B; St. Charles defeated Watkins Memorial; and Hilliard Bradley beat Jonathan Alder. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Wellington
Wellington - Click to team page
Among the top players, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Mason's Shashank Reddy; St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur defeated Sycamore's Nathan Zhang; Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas defeated St. Ignatius' Arjun Brahmbhatt; Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz defeated Troy's Shane Essick; St. Xavier's Charlie Temming defeated Sycamore's Samuel Marcus; Olentangy's Sam Routzahn defeated Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder; and Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott defeated Worthington Kilbourne's Gordon Liu. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Wellington. They are coached by Tommy Haddow. They are Team Members. Their top singles players are Connor Biernat, Trevor Ball, and Griffin Biernat.

The response time for the OTZ system was very slow at times yesterday (and other times). While GoDaddy has had numerous problems this season, some of the slowness issues were definitely in OTZ's court. Users should notice better response times today and there should be ongoing improvements. Fixing these problems would normally be done carefully and methodically, but not this time. If any problems (i.e. incomplete reports, missing information) are noticed, please contact OTZ via Feedback.

Special thanks to alert Northwest Ohio users for providing State Team Tournament results.

OTZ #2 Wellington plays OTZ #4 Columbus Academy today in the State Team Tournament semi-final. (This is really more of a formality because OTZ has Wellington ranked higher..) Other matches include: St. Xavier (A) versus Indian Hill; Ottawa Hills (H) versus Maumee Valley Country Day; and  Watterson (H) versus Olentangy Orange. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

WEDNESDAY,

New Albany Defeats St. Charles | UA Beats Columbus Academy

The State Team Tournament continues to march forward. Bexley reached the finals yesterday in the Central District by defeating Logan Elm. Click for all of the State Team Tournament match results. Please notify OTZ via Feedback if other matches have not been posted.

There were 30 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 24, Southwest - 1, Northeast - 4, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Watkins Memorial defeated Westerville South; Dublin Jerome beat Wellington; Lake Catholic defeated Madison; Big Walnut beat Worthington Christian; Hamilton Township defeated Fisher Catholic; and Marysville beat Westerville Central. Other noteworthy matches included: New Albany defeated St. Charles; Upper Arlington beat Columbus Academy; and Ottawa Hills defeated St. Francis DeSales. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Cincinnati Country Day
Cincinnati Country Day - Click to team page
Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated St. Charles' Jack Dabek; Upper Arlington's Josh Cole beat Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman; New Albany's Nathan Jose defeated St. Charles' Reese Yakubov; Hawken's Ryan Leizman eat Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Cole Farren; Bexley's Christian Roddy defeated Logan Elm's Avery Clouse; Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott beat Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder; Watterson's Chris Finissi defeated Hartley's Collin Bender; and Dublin Jerome’s Anish Patel beat Wellington’s Griffin Biernat. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Cincinnati Country Day. They are coached by Matt Dektas. They are Team Members. They are led by Ashutosh Annapantula, Manav Midha, and Sai Nalagatla.

Today's matches include: Turpin (A) versus Centerville; St. Ignatius (H) versus Solon; St. Xavier (H) versus Sycamore; Indian Hill (A) versus Mason; Ottawa Hills (H) versus Toledo Central Catholic; and Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Troy. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

New Albany Beats Columbus Academy | Indian Hill Defeats Wyoming

Thanks to clear skies, it was another big night for tennis. There were 30 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 24, Southwest - 3, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Loveland defeated Sycamore-B; Worthington Christian beat Westerville North; DeSales defeated Beechcroft; Canal Winchester beat Central Crossing; Marysville defeated Big Walnut; Olentangy beat Bexley; Logan defeated Lancaster; Buckeye Valley beat Galion; Hilliard Davidson defeated Gahanna; and Centerville beat Kettering Fairmont. In other noteworthy matches, New Albany defeated Columbus Academy and Indian Hill beat Wyoming. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. There were no matches listed in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Trevor Ball
Wellington's Trevor Ball - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel beat Wyoming's Joseph Kelly; New Albany's Nathan Jose defeated Columbus Academy's Suriya Sundaram; Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz beat Centerville's Josh Giambattista; Bexley's Christian Roddy defeated Olentangy's Sam Routzahn; Watterson's Chris Finissi beat Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder; and Dublin Scioto's Joseph Hill defeated Dublin Coffman's Robby Berling. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Sectional Draws are still not posted for the Northeast and Northwest Districts.

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Today's matches include: Massillon Jackson (H) versus Hawken; Columbus Academy (A) versus Upper Arlington; University (A) versus Copley; St. Ignatius (A) versus Lakewood; DeSales (A) versus Ready; and Centerville (H) versus Beavercreek. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

OTZ uses only fresh, never frozen scores (unless it's boys season)

 

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