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Ohio High School
2019 Boys Tennis Calendar

Feb. 23-25: USTA MW Lev 2's
- - B14, B16, B18
Feb. 24-25: OTCA Coach Clin.
Mar. 4: 1st Day of Coaching
Mar. 9-10: USTA MW Lev 3's
- - B14, B16, B18
Mar. 9: SAT Test Date
Mar. 22: HS Season Begins
Mar. 24-30: Easter Bowl
Apr. 4-7: USTA MW Lev 3's
- - B14, B16, B18
Apr. 8: Non-Interscholas. Date
Apr. 13: ACT Test Date
Apr. 21: Easter
Apr. 21: Waiver Ext. Ends
Apr. 28: Sectional Tourn. Draw
May 4: SAT Test Date
May 6-11: Sectional Tourn.
May 13-18: District Tourn.
May 24-25: State Tournament
May 26: State Team Tourn.
June 1: Season Ends

 

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State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
Final 2018 Rankings
October 23, 2018
Division I
1. Mason◄TEAM 3 St Spots Final 4
2. Magnificat◄TEAM 2 Final 4
3. Perrysburg 2 Final 4
4. Ol. Orange◄TEAM 2 Final 4
5. Dublin Jerome◄TEAM 3
6. Olentangy Liberty◄TEAM 2
7. Pickerington North◄TEAM 1
8. Ursuline Academy◄TEAM 1
9. N. Canton Hoover◄TEAM 2
10. Solon◄TEAM 1
HM: Mayfield◄TEAM 1
HM: Upper Arlington◄TEAM 1
Division II
1. Hath. Brown◄TEAM 3 Final 4
2. Col. Acad.◄TEAM 2 Final 4
3. Tol Cent. Catholic 3 Final 4
4. Oakwood 1 Final 4
5. Indian Hill◄TEAM 3
6. Laurel◄TEAM 2
7. Summit Coun. Day◄TEAM 2
8. Cin. Hills Chr. Aca.◄TEAM 1
9. Lexington◄TEAM 1
10. Hawken◄TEAM 1
HM: Seven Hills◄TEAM 0
HM: Archbishop Alter◄TEAM 0
HM: Wellington◄TEAM 0
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership so extensive OTZ information is available
State Spots 3 - Denotes Number of Spots at States.
Final 4 - Denotes State Tournament District Representative.

 

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Ohio High School
2019 Girls Tennis Calendar

Aug. 1 (R): 1st Day Coaching
Aug. 3-11: USTA NAT CHAMP
Aug. 3-5: USTA MW Level 3's
- - G14, G16, G18
Aug. 9 (F): HS Season Begins
Aug. 11 (Su): W&S HS Day
Aug. 24: SAT Date
Aug. 31-Sep. 2: USTA MW Level 3's
Sep. 2: Non-Interscholas. Date
Sep. 14: ACT Test Date
Sep. 15: Waiver Ext. Ends
Sep. 22: Sectional Draw
Sep. 29-30: Rosh Hashanah
Sep. 30-Oct. 6: Sectional Tournament
Oct. 5: SAT Date
Oct. 7-12: District Tournament
Oct. 8-9: Yom Kippur
Oct. 18-19: State Tournament
Oct. 20: State Team Tourn.
Oct. 26: HS Season Ends

 

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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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WEDNESDAY,

OTZ Interview with Mason's Niraj Komatineni

At the beginning of each boys season OhioTennisZone interviews Ohio's top senior players. The first interview this year is with Mason's Niraj Komatineni.

Komatineni has excelled in the Southwest District for the last three years and this year should be no exception. When asked about his team goals, he stated, "The goals for this season are sky high. As defending team state champions, I am hoping we can make it out of the southwest, back to the final four, and become back to back state champions. Before that however, we want to win the coaches classic and then the GMC. Our team is young, but I think we have the leadership and the talent to give us a shot at it."

For his personal goals, "My goals are to push everyone on my team to keep improving and hopefully help the underclassmen grow as people and tennis players. I also hope to win the Coaches Classic and the GMC tournament at first singles, as well as making it back to the OHSAA Singles State Tournament. There are a lot of great players in the state, especially Robert Cash from New Albany, but my goal is still to win the state tournament."

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

Komatineni has been a fixture at States. As a freshman (2016), he teamed up with Sean Reid to place fourth in doubles. He reached the second round in singles in 2017, and he was a finalist in singles last year (2018). Each run at States has been thwarted by that same player mentioned above. Click on the above years for the draws.

Tennis is a family thing for the Komatineni's. "I've been playing tennis since I was really young. My dad, brother, and I would go to our neighborhood court or a nearby park and hit a few balls. However, I didn't start actually practicing till I was 8 or 9 when I started taking private lessons with Lynn Nabors McNally. My dad plays tennis about twice a week and he loves to watch the game. My brother played two years of high school tennis and retired as captain of the JV team." His father, Venkat Komatineni, is with GE Power and his mother is Mona Bhatia. She works with Cintas. His brother, Suraj, is a freshman at Ohio State, pursuing a degree in biomedical science. Komatineni trains at Harper's Point and he regularly hits with Lynn's daughter, Caty McNally, when she is in Cincinnati.

He considered a number of schools prior to selecting Brown University. "I chose to play tennis there because when I visited I really loved the coaches and the team. They were really accommodating, and they were people I could see myself being around and being happy with for the next four years. I was looking for a competitive academic school where I could get both a world class education as well as continuing to play tennis at a high level. I looked at other schools in the Ivy league like University of Pennsylvania and Columbia as well as some Big Ten schools like Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan State, and Indiana. Part of my college selection process was realizing that I probably only have four years of tennis left and I wanted to go somewhere I could make an impact in the lineup almost right away." His plans to play early-on in Brown's line-up certainly look achievable. Komatineni is ranked 46th in the nation on TennisRecruiting.net and he currently has a UTR of 12.45. Just three players on the current Brown roster, sport higher UTR's. Click for the current Brown roster and their UTR's.

Komatineni @Zoo
Komatineni @Zoo '17- Click to enlarge

As for the OTZ question "Are you a math/science or humanities guy?" Komatineni answered the question correctly. "I am definitely more of a math and sciences guy. At Brown I plan on doing Applied Math - Economics. It's one major that is towards mathematical finance. In high school I have enjoyed the math and sciences classes a lot more. I have taken 12 AP Courses throughout high school with five of them being math/science. My favorite AP's were AP Chem, AP Calculus and AP Micro and Macroeconomics. To me, math and sciences have just come more natural to me and I like looking at numbers and stats when it comes to sports and maybe that's rubbed off on me a little."

While using OhioTennisZone, he said, "I like to see the top players results you put on OTZ after every match day. I think its neat that you rank all the players and if I'm being honest I looked at the rankings every week my freshman year to see if I moved up or not."

As for tennis shots that we are likely to see from Komatineni this year, he's been working on attacking more with his forehand and following it into the net. When asked about his weapons, he replied "I would say my biggest weapons are my speed and my serve. I also feel like my composure on court has helped me a lot over the years. Rather than getting mad after missing a few balls I like to think that I can regroup and make adjustments." His serve speed clocks in at approximately 100-110mph.

For service-related activities, "I volunteer regularly with Buddy Up Tennis, an organization that assists people with down syndrome in physical fitness and learning tennis. I've been volunteering with them for three years now and its been a life changing experience. I have been able to watch the kids grow and develop their coordination and fitness." He does this volunteer work at Harper's Point.

Mason coach, Mike Reid, offered this about Komatineni. "Great kid. Hard worker. Always striving to improve. Makes everyone around him better. He really gets high school tennis."

Following their spring break, the Mason team starts their season on April 2 against Oak Hills.

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TUESDAY,

Outside!

It was only a matter of time, but the weather is finally starting to improve and teams have officially "gone outside". Most teams will be able to practice outdoors from now until the first matches take place on March 22.

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The 2018 graduates have been removed from the team rosters. Fans like to see which players have graduated from their teams, especially as past records are reviewed, but it is time for moving on.. Over 500 players were removed from the rosters. If a player has graduated but they are still displayed in the roster, please contact OTZ via Feedback. Last year's results will continue to be included until immediately before 2019 matches begin.

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MONDAY,

And Away We Go Wait...

It is no big surprise but the weather will be cold for the first week of the high school boys tennis season. Most teams will have to wait it out until conditions improve. Others will do conditioning drills in the gym. A few teams with ample budgets will go indoors (if they can find an indoor facility that has available courts).

Upper Arlington Courts
UA Courts on 3/3/2019 - Click to enlarge

The high temperatures for the next five days in Columbus are: Monday - 25, Tuesday - 22, Wednesday - 24, Thursday - 30, Friday - 36. Temperatures are expected to increase into the 40's beginning on Saturday and into next week.

This photo was taken yesterday afternoon at the Upper Arlington courts.

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WEDNESDAY,

Boys State Team Draws Now Available

The State Team Draws were determined on Sunday at the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Meeting. The top four teams in each district were seeded by the coaches.

State Tournament
State Team Tournament Draws - Click to to draws

The 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 to maximize OTZ clicks and page views. As indicated in the four features that are circled: 1) the most recent update date is included; 2) the navigation links allow users to quickly jump throughout the draw; 3) the Team designation means that a Team Membership was purchased and that all of the individual player information is available via their OTZ Player Profiles; and 4) the team links are "click-able" to enable fans to do more research. For the best experience, sign-in to OTZ first. The goal is to keep the draws rigorously updated throughout the season. Click on Feedback if you are aware of a result that is not yet posted.

State Team Tournament
State Team Tournament - Click to enlarge

The number of boys teams that enter the tournament varies from year to year but there has been a steady decline over the last five years. This season, there were 119 teams. The number of boys teams participating by year is: 2015 - 148; 2016 - 128; 2017 - 126; 2018 - 125; and 2019 - 119. As is shown in the graph, the Northwest District has had the most stable number of participants, and the Northeast has the most teams competing. There are approximately 411 OHSAA boys tennis teams which means that 29% of the teams are competing in this tournament. Please click on the graph to enlarge it for easier viewing.

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TUESDAY,

USTA Midwest Level 2 at Wickertree

It was a rare occurrence but Columbus juniors finally got to play a "home" match in a USTA Midwest Level 2 tournament. Columbus-area players normally go hither and yon to Wisconsin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Michigan, and everywhere other than Columbus to compete in these high-level tournaments. These tournaments are already expensive ($123 entry fee), but Columbus-area players must also incur additional hotel, travel, restaurant, and "time" expenses whenever they want to compete, unlike players who live in other areas of the Midwest. Overall, USTA Midwest holds about 150 of these high level tournaments. Columbus needs at least four or five each year. The Toledo-area fields ten of them. The Cincinnati-area offers 13. Columbus has one (1). That's right. One.

Preston Stearns
St. Xavier's Preston Stearns- Click to enlarge

Columbus-area clubs that have active and lucrative adult and junior tennis programs are not eager to offer these tournaments because they make less money on these junior tournaments and because it can irritate their normal clientele. But other clubs in the Midwest have obviously found a way to deal with this. Clubs that provide these tournaments in Cincinnati include Five Seasons (2 tournaments), Queen City (3), Western Tennis & Fitness (6), and Riverside (2). Toledo-area clubs include: The Twos (4), Shadow Valley (3), and Perrysburg (3). Sometimes clubs will split the load by having portions of the draws at more than one club. Just as tennis fans travel to the Western & Southern Open and to the Ohio State University matches to watch great tennis, I saw older folks (who were probably some of the regular Wickertree clientele) enjoying high-level junior tennis at Wickertree yesterday.

The USTA also needs to recognize how Columbus juniors (and their parents) are at a significant disadvantage to other areas of the Midwest and they need to work with the clubs to find a solution. Perhaps clubs in other areas of the Midwest that are less active can be used for tournaments in the winter, and clubs with thriving, active memberships can be used in the spring and summer when there is less demand for indoor courts? If Columbus-area clubs are being penalized for some reason by the USTA, then the USTA needs to understand that they are actually penalizing the parents and players. And while it may take a while, parents and juniors in Columbus will eventually gravitate to other sports and activities as they slowly realize that they are being slighted.

There were seven Columbus-area players competing versus four last year when this tournament was held in Cincinnati. There were a total of 17 Ohio players included in the draw this year versus 14 last year. The locations, number of participants, and costs for 2019 and previous years for this B16 event are included in the table. There was no similar tournament held in 2014.

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USTA Midwest B16 February Tournament Locations

Year Location # Ohio Players (Total) # of Columbus-Area Players Cost Link
2019 Columbus (Wickertree)
17
7
$123.05
Tournament
2018 Cincinnati (Queen City)
14
4
$106.93
Tournament
2017 Cincinnati (Queen City)
13
2
$90.80
Tournament
2016 Cincinnati (Queen City)
16
4
$90.80
Tournament
2015 Cincinnati (Queen City)
24
9
$90.80
Tournament

Players from Ohio who competed in the Wickertree Tournament include: Devin Boyer (Columbus-area), Sainandan Dore, Max Fickas (Columbus-area), Anish Gangavaram, Akshay Joshi, Mark Karev, Vincent Knott, Benjamin Martin, Chad Miller (photo), Ryan Mudre (Columbus-area), Soham Pradhan, Sam Routzahn (Columbus-area), Preston Stearns (champion), Charlie Temming (finalist) (photo), Pavan Uppu (Columbus-area), Reece Yakubov (Columbus-area) (photo), and Andrew Zimcosky. Stearns is a freshman and Temming is a sophomore at St. Xavier. (Look below for the team rankings.) For players with OTZ player profiles, click on their links. Click on photo links to view an action photos from the Wickertree tournament.

There are two more major (Level 3) tournaments coming up prior to the OHSAA Non-Interscholastic Date. The next B16 is being held on March 9-10 in Grandville, MI (Northern Michigan) and another one on April 6-7 in Toledo. (See OTZ calendar.)

Tennis is already an expensive sport, both in terms of money and time, and there are more and more alternatives and activities from which kids and parents can choose. This is a problem that needs to be addressed. Columbus-area parents and players need a solution for this.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY

OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten Teams (beta release)

It is time for another edition of the OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten Teams lists. As is often the case, there are several top level teams that are clearly in contention for State Team Champion. 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 spring. The OTCA meetings which are being held on Sunday and Monday (February 24-25) normally reveal some surprises.

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Pre-Season State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
February 22, 2019
Division IDivision II
1. New Albany◄TEAM Wellington School◄TEAM
2. Mason◄TEAM Col. Academy◄TEAM
3. St. Xavier◄TEAM Cin. Country Day◄TEAM
4. Sycamore◄TEAM Ursuline◄TEAM
5. University School◄TEAM Seven Hills◄TEAM
6. Dublin Jerome◄TEAM Indian Hill◄TEAM
7. Olentangy Orange Wyoming◄TEAM
8. Upper Arlington◄TEAM Lexington
9. Olentangy◄TEAM Bexley◄TEAM
10. Massillon Jackson◄TEAM Miami Valley School
◄TEAM - Denotes OTZ Team Membership. Click on School Name for Extensive Information.
Ohio lost a large number of great players to graduation 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). In D1, powerhouse teams that did not get depleted from graduation are New Albany and St. Xavier. In D2, Wellington (last year's champion) and Columbus Academy kept most of their players.

In D1, New Albany, Mason, St. Xavier, and Sycamore will be the four toughest teams to beat. Other teams will need to rely on their depth or freshman to win.

Division I

#1 New Albany starts at the #1 position. They will have a super strong 1-2-3-4 as they return State Singles Champion, Robert Cash, and State Doubles Champions, Joel Jose - Devin Boyer. They also have Ryan Mudre returning who was a state singles qualifier.

#2 The defending State Team champion, Mason, is shnuless this year, losing Vishnu Srinath to graduation (as well as Shashank Reddy and Diego Cepeda), but all is not lost.. They do return State Singles Finalist, Niraj Komatineni as well as Pranav Viswanathan, Aneesh Zutshi, and Sam King. Mason also picks up three highly ranked freshman, Vignesh Gogineni, Anish Gangavaram, and Akshay Joshi. Mason is expected to re-re-infinity-peat as the top tennis concession stand provider in Ohio.

New Albany
New Albany's Boys Team - Click to enlarge

#3 Could this be St. Xavier's year to win the Southwest District? They return Ronit Hiryur, Max DeCurtins, Charlie Temming, and Nicholas Aronoff. They pick up 4-star freshman Preston Stearns and 2-star Tucker Berry. They lost Joe Beischel to graduation. Who would win the Peyton versus Preston Stearns tennis battle? It might be inappropriate for OTZ to ask via a Feedback message..

#4 Sycamore lost Nathan Zhang and Nikhil Sekar to graduation. Returning players include Samuel Marcus, Alex Karev, and Jacob Wittenbaum. They pick up two highly touted 4-star freshman Chad Miller and 3-star Mark Karev.

#5 University School returns its top three players. Chas Norman, Charlie Joranko, and Max Borsch. They pick up 2-star Nathan Mu. University lost just one player to graduation.

#6 Dublin Jerome returns a solid team, including their top three players: Anish Patel, Daniel Utkin, and Andrew Dvorkin. They pick up 3-star Max Fickas and 2-star Tanish Pairu.

#7 Olentangy Orange returns Alex Heiden and Zach Shaver. They gain 3-star Soham Pradhan and 2-star Parth Patel. They lost Jordan Phelps to graduation.

#8 Upper Arlington lost Josh Cole to graduation. Returning players include: Paige Kompa, Will Reynolds, Lance Li, and Nathan Yu.

#9 Olentangy lost Stu Brdicka to graduation. Sam Routzahn and Ayush Sunkad return. They gain 2-star Omar Khayat.

#10 Massillon Jackson lost Danny Thomas to graduation. They return Arjun Shanmugam, Bobby Thomas, Alex Drewes, and Sam Yu.

Teams that were decimated by graduation include: St. John's Jesuit, Solon, St. Charles, and Canfield.

Division II

D2 is tough to determine because many of the teams do not travel outside of their district. Please consider scheduling more out-of-town matches. Columbus remains the perfect place to meet to hold dual matches among Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest District teams. Many of the top players are accustomed to going out-of-state for matches once or twice a month so traveling is not an issue for them.

Wellington
Wellington Boys Team - Click to enlarge
#1 Columbus' Wellington School was #1 in last year's OTZ Pre-Season ranking; they finished the season as last year's champion; and they start at #1 this year. They lost Connor Biernat (State doubles champion) to graduation. They return Trevor Ball (D2 Singles Finalist), Griffin Biernat (State Dubs champion), Milan Gonela (State qualifier), and Adam Sorrels.

#2 Columbus Academy returns Arie Tuckerman, Jack Madison, Drew Haffer, Rhian Seneviratne, and Suriya Sundaram. The only graduate last year was Sam Vogel.

#3 Cincinnati Country Day returns its line-up from last year and they will be very solid. Players returning include: Sai Nalagatla, Manav Midha, Herschel Albert, Neil Badlani, and Ashutosh Annapantula.

#4 Ursuline returns a deep squad. They include: Austin Arfaras, State qualifier Greg Morgione, Luke Tsudis, and Gavin Blacksher.

#5 Seven Hills returns Max Yuan, Kevin Wang, and Ajay Gupta. They lost Curtis Sun and John Stewart. to graduation.

#6 Indian Hill lost D2 Singles champion, Andrew Pregel, and Maanas Pisati. Returning are Anay Gautham, Mack Ellis, Jasper Bennett, and Coleman Warstler. They gain freshman 2-star Tejas Pisati.

#7 Wyoming returns Joseph Kelly, Jonathan Klein , and David Keller. They lost George Arenas and Kyle Demers to graduation.

#8 Blake and Brent Webster return for Lexington and so does Benton Drake. They lost Luke Webster to graduation.

#9 Bexley lost Max Meyer to graduation but they return an experienced group of seniors. They include: Leo Schottenstein, Christian Roddy, and Jordan Koppes.

#10 It is not clear who is still playing for Miami Valley School but they are normally in the mix. Reece Quigley and Niyanth Reddy are seniors. They lost Colton Morehart and Makul Sharma to graduation.

Other well-followed teams that were hurt by graduation include Ottawa Hills and Hawken.

Note that there is additional detail for players with high-lighted links. Teams with the green "team" designation will include information (or they soon will have) about all of their players.

As is always the case, the OTZ rankings are correct. Lesser ranked teams should not defy the rankings by attempting to beat higher ranked teams. At the end of the season, OTZ would simply like to replace, "Pre-Season" with "Final Season" rankings. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.. Anyone with strong, misguided feelings are welcome to submit a Feedback. Specific reasons on why teams should be ranked higher are required.

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MONDAY,

OHSAA Boys Season Calendar / Miscellaneous

The OHSAA Boys Season Calendar is listed below. The boys season calendar is normally chaotic because of the weather and because of the timing of Spring Breaks. Normally, the Catholic schools have their spring breaks after Easter. Thankfully, that is not the case this year for many of the Catholic schools because Easter is much later than normal.

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Ohio High School
2019 Boys Tennis Calendar

Feb. 23-25: USTA MW Lev 2's
- - B14, B16, B18
Feb. 24-25: OTCA Coach Clin.
Mar. 4: 1st Day of Coaching
Mar. 9-10: USTA MW Lev 3's
- - B14, B16, B18
Mar. 9: SAT Test Date
Mar. 22: HS Season Begins
Mar. 24-30: Easter Bowl
Apr. 4-7: USTA MW Lev 3's
- - B14, B16, B18
Apr. 8: Non-Interscholas. Date
Apr. 13: ACT Test Date
Apr. 21: Easter
Apr. 21: Waiver Ext. Ends
Apr. 28: Sectional Tourn. Draw
May 4: SAT Test Date
May 6-11: Sectional Tourn.
May 13-18: District Tourn.
May 24-25: State Tournament
May 26: State Team Tourn.
June 1: Season Ends

When traveling to matches to take photos, especially at the beginning of the season, I find that several key players are not competing because of date conflicts. To increase awareness of some of these conflicts, the OTZ calendar includes a few additional dates that are important to tennis players, such as the dates of several major USTA tournaments and the ACT / SAT test dates. While these dates are believed to be correct, always check with other sources before planning the rest of your future. The rest of the tennis dates should mimic the OHSAA Tennis Sports Calendar.

While the girls benefited from the OHSAA Waivers last season, this will be the first season for the boys to use the waivers. The waivers should enable most boys to start the season on time. The process worked extremely well for the girls. For more information, click OHSAA Waivers. Always (always, always) work with your coach, athletic director, and the OHSAA to insure that this waiver is completed way in advance and is done absolutely correctly.

The Ohio Girls Season 2019 Calendar is also included in the right-side navigation bar. Again these dates are believed to be correct, but please, do not make this your next (or first) tattoo.

The links are click-able.

Several USTA tournaments that are taking place this past weekend were not included on the calendar, but links to these tournaments are as follows. Clicking on the draws to see how players did will help you get into the high school tennis mood.

OhioTennisZone will be removing last year's graduates from the rosters. This will happen near the beginning of the season. Coaches, please do not remove graduated players from your roster. This will be done by OTZ.

Pregel Connor and Griffin Biernat
With tie - Click to enlarge
At Case - Click to enlarge
Last week was largely consumed with a trip to Atlanta to watch our son, Kyle, earn his Ph.D. He received his doctorate in drug research from Emory. A few of you probably know Kyle. He graduated from St. Charles in 2009 and from Case Western in 2013. He also played on Case's tennis team. We normally team up to play in Atlanta's platform tennis tournament each winter, but this year, the tournament coincides with the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Clinic.

OTZ will now kick into another gear as the season nears.

This week will include the publication of the Pre-Season OTZ Top Ten Boys Teams for Division I and Division II.

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SATURDAY,

More OTZ Recognition for Coaches

The team look-up lists are some of the most popular reports on OhioTennisZone. These reports have now been enhanced to further recognize the Ohio high school tennis coaches. Those coaches with OTZ coach membership now have their photos listed and these photos link to their OTZ Coach Profiles. Click to view these changes to the OTZ Team Lookup Report.

OTZ Team Lookup Report
Team Lookup - Click to report

In addition to this change, the OTZ Coach Directory has been updated to include recent coaching changes. Click to view the OTZ Coach Directory. Sign-in first (with coaching privileges) to see email addresses for all of the coaches.

Are there other coaching changes that have not been included? Click on Feedback to share these changes with OhioTennisZone.

Interested in having your coaching background information or LinkedIn profile included on your Coach Profile? Please send an email to Scott Gerber of OhioTennisZone.com. For examples, click on Marysville's Brian Ash, Hoover's Ryan Shaffer, and ZZZ Test School's Scott Gerber.

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TUESDAY,

Improvements to Player Profile Report

OTZ is always looking for new ways to recognize players, and changes were made to the OTZ Player Profile report recently to help with this.

Enhancement to OTZ Player Profile
Player Profile Report - Click to go to Player Profile
Please refer to Niraj Komatineni's Player Profile to the right. While this is Komatineni's Player Profile, it recognizes the players who he has competed against in singles by including the photos of his opponents, their first and last names, and links to their OTZ Player Profiles.

Fans who are more visually-oriented may find it to be faster to digest the information by quickly scanning the photos rather than by reading the names.

To obtain more information about each of Komatineni's opponents, click on the player links.

Players who do not yet have a Player Profile are simply listed by their last names.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY

Top OTZ Photos of 2018

The OTZ camera shutter clicked around 2,500 times last year at professional, college, USTA, and high school tennis events as well as a few platform tennis matches. The Central Ohio area (and perhaps other areas of the state) broke all-time precipitation records last year so that reduced the opportunities to get photos at many high school tennis matches but I still found a few good photos to include. The video slide-show below provides fans with my top 80 photos (or top 3%) of the year.

For best results, please use High Definition (Auto 1080P) and use full screen modes. Names are included on almost all of the photos but you will need a quick hand-eye reaction time to stop the video in order to see them. It is advisable that fans watch the entire video first and then rewatch the video to stop it to view the names.

It might be counterintuitive, but the easiest place to get great photos is at a professional tennis match (i.e. Western & Southern Open), followed by college, USTA, and high school (in that order). The Western & Southern Open provides: the best vantage points because I can sit beside the courts; the pros hit a zillion balls for each point; the pros almost always have perfect footwork and eye-on-ball expressions; and the backgrounds are great. College tennis shares many of the same aspects as the professionals. High school tennis is by far the hardest place to get great photos until the players reach the State tournament.

It becomes increasingly challenging to find music that is permitted to be used by the artists. In fact, I had planned to use the same music as was used in 2016, but that artist (Moby) now prevents it. This year, I selected Boston's "More than a Feeling". OTZ does not benefit from ads on the video but the artist and Google do.

The platform tennis image at the end of the video is not an advertisement, but my first cover page photo. It was used for the American Platform Tennis Magazine.

This video also includes the happiest baby photo since babies were invented.

Click to view the Top Photos for 2017 and 2016. Click to view the Girls States Preview for 2018 and the Boys State Preview for 2017.

Not all of these images are for sale but the high school and some of the college photos are. Please contact OTZ via Feedback with any questions.

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THURSDAY,

New Career Highs for Many Ohio Players

The major professional tournaments are starting to crank up for 2019 after their brief holiday break while many of the lower level tournaments have continued. These lower level tournaments and changes in the point systems have led to rather dramatic changes in the rankings for some players who have Ohio ties.

Ohio tennis pros
Ohio Pros - Click to College Page

Players with new high rankings include: JJ Wolf, Caty McNally, Kennedy Shaffer, DJ Thomas, John McNally, Peyton Stearns, and Jacob Dunbar.

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. Those links take fans to each player's profile on ITFTennis.com. Click the image to go to the College Page.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER

Ohio Players in the Pros

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.

Ohio tennis pros
Ohio Pros - Click to College Page
Players with recent new high rankings include: Francesca Di Lorenzo, JJ Wolf, Kennedy Shaffer, and Peyton Stearns.

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. Those links take fans to each player's profile on ITFTennis.com. Click the image to go to the College Page.

 

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TUESDAY,

College Tennis Commitments

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

OhioTennisZone.com
College Tennis Commitments (alphabetical order)
Updated: Nov. 30, 2018

Player High School / College
Madison Arquette Clay / Findlay
Abby Kushner Benson Our Lady of the Elms / College of Wooster
Robert Cash New Albany / Ohio State
Sydney Cianciola Canfield / Denison
Kristyn Conrad Mt. Vernon / Ashland
Isabella Daverio Hath. Brown / George Mason
Max DeCurtins St. Xavier / University of Dayton
Caitlin Fisher Turpin / Villanova
Hannah Fugate Milton-Union / Mt. Vernon Naz.
Kayley Gimbel Galion / Findlay
Sylvia Goldsmith Lexington / Belmont Abbey
Kyleigh Henthorn Perrysburg / Walsh University
Alex Heiden Olen. Orange / St. Louis Univ.
Sarah Hinshaw Miami Valley / Goshen
Demi Jhaveri Westlake / Valparaiso
Nathan Jose New Albany / Army
Niraj Komatineni Mason / Brown
Paige Kompa Upper Arlington / Dayton
Maddie Lynch Hath. Brown / Wake Forest
Kaytlin Marlatt Warren JFK / Notre Dame (OH)
Paige Meyers Strongsville / Wittenberg
Boban Mihajlov Reynoldsburg / Otterbein
Kelli Niehaus Mt. Notre Dame / Univ. Cincinnati
Emma Peeler Westlake / Ball State
Jack Rardon Upper Arlington / Wittenberg
Sarah Robertson Rocky River / Denison
Anna Roggenburk Magnificat / Xavier
Stephanie Shulman Hawken / Emory
Rachel Terbovich Pickerington Central / Heidelberg
Faith Triplett Watkins Memorial / Cedarville
Hayliegh Tucker Lexington / Notre Dame (OH)
Zoey Weil Centennial / Univ. Washington
Jacob Wittenbaum Sycamore / Marian (IN)
Rebecca Wolf Hath. Brown / Colgate

Last year, there were at least 31 players who committed. So far this year, there are 34.

To see the complete list of Ohio players competing in college, click on College Players from Ohio or by using the drop-down above.

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

Click on the player names (when applicable) to view their OTZ Player Profiles.

This information was sourced by TennisRecruiting.net and OhioTennisZone.

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FRIDAY,

End-of-Season Report | Former Canfield Coach Larry Davis Passes

There are just a couple more days of coverage until OhioTennisZone goes into hibernation mode (or more accurately, switches into platform tennis mode full-time). There will be no updates over the weekend. Twitter comments will continue via the handle, @OhioTennisZone.

Revere End-of-Season Report
Revere End-of-Season Report - Click to enlarge
Many teams are having end-of-season gatherings. One report that is popular among coaches who like to provide players with mementos is the End-of-Season report. While this report can be retrieved any time (i.e. prior to the Sectional draw), it provides a great summary of player results. This is a premium report which requires that coaches first sign-in to OhioTennisZone.

There is some sad news in the tennis community. Long-time and former Canfield coach, Larry Davis, died on October 13. Prior to retiring, Coach Davis led the Canfield boys team for 37 years, accumulating 595 wins and 27 league championships. He was inducted into the Ohio Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017. Click to read an article about Coach Davis from the Youngstown Vindicator and his obituary.

OTZ is in the process of gathering photos of players so that they can be reviewed by parents prior to purchase. This process should be finished by the end of the weekend.

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THURSDAY,

Incoming Freshman Boys

Fans and coaches like to see who the strong players are on the horizon. Just as was done for the incoming freshman girls, below is the list of the top freshman boys who will be playing in the spring and the schools in which they are attending. This list of 25 boys was identified using TennisRecruiting.net. Identifying the player schools should be rather easy because these players are already in the school.

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Freshman Boys (alphabetical order)
Updated: Feb. 6, 2019

Player - TRN Stars City Incoming School
Tucker Berry - 2 Cincinnati St. Xavier
Mason Deal - 2 Perrysburg Perrysburg
Sainandan Dore - 4 Springboro Springboro
Maxwell Fickas - 3 Powell Dublin Jerome
Anish Gangavaram - 4 Mason Mason
Vignesh Gogineni - 5 Mason Mason
Akshay Joshi - 4 Mason Mason
Mark Karev - 3 Cincinnati Sycamore
Omar Khayat - 2 Powell Olentangy
Jack Martuccio - 4 Warren  
Chad Miller - 4 Cincinnati Sycamore
Nathan Mu - 2 Solon University School
Joshua Nwaozuzu - 3 Woodmere Orange
Tanish Pairu - 2 Columbus Dublin Jerome
Parth Patel - 2 Lewis Center Olen. Orange
Anthony Payiavlas - 3 Warren Warren G Harding
Tejas Pisati - 2 Cincinnati Indian Hill
Soham Pradhan - 3 Lewis Center Olen. Orange
Vamshidhar Singidi - 2 Cincinnati  
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

The TRN star ratings are included beside all of the players. The player links takes readers to their TRN player profiles

If you have inside knowledge of which school a player attends, please submit a Feedback.

This is an updated list from what was released in June. Several players have had improvements in their TRN Star Rating.

Of the 25 players on the list, the Central District has five, Northeast - two, Northwest - 6, and Southwest - 12.

The skill-level of the Ohio boys is not as deep as for the girls. This list includes the Top 800 boys in the nation (with 25 listed) while the girls list (with 23 players) included the Top 600.

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WEDNESDAY,

OTZ's Top Ten'ish Girls Photos for the 2018 Season

The OhioTennisZone.com's Top Ten Photos have been selected and are available for everyone to view by clicking on Top Ten Girls Photos for 2018. The photos within this grouping are not ranked.

Sydney Khosla
Centerville's Sydney Khosla - Click to enlarge

Great photos almost always require great competition between the players. For this reason, it is relatively simple to get great photos of the professional players at the Western & Southern Open and of college players when the matches are held outside.

Great photos also tend to be taken in groups when the sun is optimal. Conditions were close to ideal at the State Team Tournament and at Mason in August.

Getting great photos from doubles is always challenging and only one of these photos were taken during doubles matches.

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

Click to view the Top Girls Photos in 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014. Click to view Top Photos for the Boys for the 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014 seasons.

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TUESDAY,

Top Incoming Freshman Girls

Fans and coaches like to see who the strong players are on the horizon. Using TennisRecruiting.net, OTZ identifies the current eighth graders who are in the Top 600 in the nation. This information should be especially helpful to the coaches who want to schedule strong opponents. Of course, it is also important to know which school these players are attending. I will need your help with this. If you have inside knowledge of which school a player plans to attend, please submit a Feedback.

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Incoming Freshman Girls (alphabetical order)
Updated: Nov. 14, 2018

Player - TRN Stars City Incoming School
Shyla Aggarwal - 4 Mason Mason
Ananya Annapantula - 5 Mason CHCA
Ellie Assenmacher - 2 Sylvania  
Angela Britton - 4 Cincinnati  
Ellie Brotherton - 3 Chagrin Falls Laurel
Dasha Chistyakova - 2 Dublin  
Polina Chvalyuk - 2 W. Chester  
Sarah Clark - 2 Cincinnati  
Tia Clemens - 2 Cleveland St. Jos. Acad.
Niya Fried - 3 Peninsula  
Nishi Gandra - Blue Chip Mason  
Caroline Hinshaw - 2 Dayton  
Macy Hitchcock - 4 Eaton  
Catherina Iltchev - 3 Brecksville  
Alexis Nyborg - 4 Solon Orange
Clara Owen - 2 Dayton  
Payton Puryear - 2 W. Chester CHCA
Samantha Robertson - 2 Rocky River Rocky River
Blake Rothchild - 4 Beachwood  
Anh Thi Thai - 2 Columbus Hilliard Bradley
Harshita Uppuganti - 3 Mason  
Grace Vaughn - 2 Gates Mills  
Eleana Yu - Blue Chip Mason  CHCA

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

The TennisRecruiting.net star ratings are included beside each of the players. The player links go to TennisRecruiting.net.

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

Of the 23 players on the list, the Central District has two, Northeast - one, Northwest - eight, and Southwest - 12.

Speaking of TennisRecruiting.net, now is the perfect time for upper classmen to insure that their player contact information is up-to-date on TRN. This is a common way for college coaches to reach out to prospective recruits.

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MONDAY,

OhioTennisZone.com's All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team

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

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio
Girls Tennis Team - 2018

Division I - Singles


Kelli
Niehaus
Mount Notre Dame
 

Division II - Singles


Rylie
Hanford
West Geauga

Blessing
Nwaozuzu
Orange

Division I - Doubles

Division II - Doubles

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

The number of players on the OTZ All-Ohio Team can vary from year to year based on the skill levels of the players. As per TennisRecruiting.net's analysis, this year's group of players is exceptionally talented, especially those from the Northeast District. This is also the first year in which the number of Division II players exceeds those from Division I. Last year's singles list had seven in Division I and six in Division II. The 2016 teams had six in each divisions.

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

Photo Friday

The final group of photos were added. About 140 new photos are included. They are sorted by date beginning with the most recent matches (State Team Tournament). This group of photos were taken at 20 tournaments and/or dual matches. Sign-in first and click on Most Recently Added Photos to view them.

Mag's Hannah Klubnik
Mag's Hannah Klubnik - Click to enlarge
The goal this season was to update the photo area soon after the photos were taken, and OTZ was successful in achieving this goal for about 10 minutes.

Some of these photos date as far back September 10.

All of these photos are for sale and there may be others that you may like, but you need to purchase at least one online photo first. Obviously it takes time and money to travel to these events; take these photos; process them; and then get them online. It also takes a considerable amount of time to gather the additional photos and present them to you. I am not going to go through all of this additional effort unless I receive some money first. Think of it as a photo sitting fee (where I am traveling to your location). Photos in the States Preview video are also for sale.

Photos that are purchased will also appear in the player's OTZ Player Profile.

Prices start at $19.99 (plus sales tax, or $21.49) and the prices per photo decline as more are purchased.

The Top 10 Girls Photos have also been updated, but these will likely change as I review them a few more times.

There will not be any updates over the weekend. I need to catch up with things associated with the Columbus, Ohio platform tennis league first. There will be another update on Monday morning. The All-Ohio OTZ team is still being review.

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THURSDAY,

Videos of Championship Points

It is time for the OHSAA championship point videos. Since several of the match start times varied substantially, it did not appear that there would be any problem getting videos for all four championship points this season. That did not turn out to be the case. OTZ captured just two of the videos (D2 singles and doubles) and Olentangy Liberty's Assistant Coach Geoff Bibo provided the video for D1 doubles and Magnificat's AD Paul Barlow provided the D1 singles video.

Note that YouTube.com provides a choice of three different screenshots as the "intro photo" for the video. If the choices are really bad, OTZ can create a custom "intro" view. This year, the "intro's" were great for D2 singles and doubles.

OTZ has used a video camera for the last few years and it may be time to switch to an iPhone. I preferred the wider screen video view that Geoff Bibo provided. It is better to include all of the players in the video.

For best results, please use HD (High Definition) and expand to full screen mode.

Division I Singles:

Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk
defeated Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus. [Click image to play.]

Division 1 Doubles:

Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway - Dani Schoenly defeated Mayfield's Hannah Kassaie - Caitlyn Hsu. [Click image to play.]

Division II Singles:

Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov defeated Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff. [Click image to play.]

Division II Doubles:

Hathaway Brown's Isabella Daverio - Rebecca Wolf defeated teammates Isabella Godsick - Megan Qiang. [Click image to play.]

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WEDNESDAY,

OhioTennisZone.com Usage Edition

What is accessed on OhioTennisZone and who accesses it? It is time for the seasonal usage edition. Read on to learn what areas of the nation access OTZ the most. Which players get the most views on their OTZ Player Profiles; and what team pages generate the most views. The usage covered is for the time period of August 1 to October 22.

Team Page Accesses
OTZ Team Pages - Click to enlarge

The Dublin Jerome team page drew the most interest during the season. The other teams in the top five were: Olentangy Orange; Hathaway Brown; Magnificat; and Mason. Note that bars on the chart are percentages based on that team's pageviews divided by Dublin Jerome's usage. So for example, Indian Hill had approximately one-half (51%) of the usage that Dublin Jerome's page generated. All of the teams in the Top Ten are OTZ Team Members. While it is unknown who specifically accesses each OTZ page, note that middle school players and parents are certainly big users. Teams need to think of these OTZ Team pages as advertisements for potential future customers (and/or team players / students).

Usage by Metro Area
Usage by Metro Area - Click to enlarge

The top Metro Areas that access OTZ may surprise a few people. While Ohio's metro areas dominate, Detroit, Chicago, NYC, Washington DC, and Boston make up a significant percentage of the pageviews. All of the numbers were divided by Columbus' usage. For example, Cincinnati and Cleveland-Akron had approximately half of Columbus' usage while Dayton had 11% and Toledo had 10%. For Detroit to have more accesses than Toledo is still mind-boggling. OTZ only has information on Ohio high school players. For the Detroit area to have more than twice the interest in Ohio high school tennis than Toledo, should be a big concern to Toledo tennis (or maybe we need to invite the Detroit area to play Ohio high school tennis?).

Cassie Alcala Atway
Pick North's Alcala - Click to enlarge
Liberty's Atway
Nicole Gillinov Isabella Godsick
HB's Gillinov - Click to enlarge
HB's Godsick
Sydni Ratliff Anna Roggenburk
CA's Ratliff - Click to enlarge
Mag's Roggenburk
The six players who had the most views of their player profiles during the girls season are (in alphabetical order): Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala, Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov, Hathaway Brown's Isabella Godsick, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff, and Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk. Click on the player names above to view their OTZ Player Profiles. The parent associated with the Player Profile may view the total number of views since the Player Profile was created. The photos of the players to the right may be clicked to enlarge them.

OTZ appreciates its sponsors and advertisers and it can always use more. Please contact OTZ for more information. Online activity remains solid. The number of OTZ users increased 11.2% versus last year and the number of pageviews increased 14.9%.

 

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TUESDAY,

Final 2018 OTZ State Team Rankings - Mason and Hathaway Brown #1

The final 2018 OTZ State Top 10 Team Rankings are listed below. Congratulations to all of the teams that made the list.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
Final 2018 Rankings
October 23, 2018

Division IDivision II
1. Mason◄TEAM St Sp 3 Final 4 Hath. Brown◄TEAM 3 Final 4
2. Magnificat◄TEAM 2 Final 4 Col. Academy◄TEAM 2 Final 4
3. Perrysburg 2 Final 4 Tol. Central Catholic 3 Final 4
4. Ol. Orange◄TEAM 2 Final 4Oakwood 1 Final 4
5. Dublin Jerome◄TEAM 3 Indian Hill◄TEAM 3
6. Olen. Liberty◄TEAM 2 Laurel◄TEAM 2
7. Pick. North◄TEAM 1 Summit Country Day◄TEAM 2
8. Ursuline Acad. ◄TEAM 1 Cin. Hills Chr. Acad. ◄TEAM 1
9. N Canton Hoover◄TEAM 2Lexington◄TEAM 1
10. Solon◄TEAM 1Hawken◄TEAM 1
Hon. Men.: Mayfield◄TEAM 1
Upper Arlington◄TEAM 1
Seven Hills◄TEAM
Archbishop Alter◄TEAM
Wellington◄TEAM

◄TEAM - Denotes OTZ Team Membership. Click on School Name for Extensive Information.
State Spots 3 - Denotes Number of Spots at States.
Final 4 - Denotes State Tournament District Representative.

Mason and Hathaway Brown were the pre-season favorites as listed on August 10 [click to view] and they delivered all season. Hathaway Brown went undefeated and Mason's only loss was against Hathaway Brown on August 12. HB lost only five courts all season. Mason lost just 11 courts.

The State Team Tournament yielded some surprises. In Division I, Perrysburg had been in the top ten prior to the tournament, but not high enough. Their team, consisting of eight seniors, surprised many with their 3-2 win over Olentangy Orange. Both of Perrysburg's doubles teams also performed well at States. Perrysburg moved all of the way up from ninth to third. When the close match between Olentangy Orange and Magnificat is considered, it is apparent that these four teams belong at the top of the rankings.

In Division II, the four Final Four teams were in the top six in the OTZ pre-season rankings. The order was shuffled a bit during the season, but these teams did well all season.

This is the first time where the Team State Final Four teams were in the top four positions in the OTZ Top Ten Rankings.

Now is a good time for teams to start making scheduling connections for next season. OTZ would be happy to help OTZ coach members make introductions. Several of the Division I teams do a great job of having weekend quad matches in Columbus where teams from the other Districts meet in Columbus to play two dual matches. It would be great to see Division II teams do more of that.

For some odd reason, many of the top Division II teams do not travel well. Tennis budgets should not be an issue because parents are almost always happy to drive, making a bus unnecessary. Plus, everything can start and finish on a Saturday. Quad dual matches typically start at 10am and the next match begins at 1:30pm(ish). Throw in a visit to an ice cream shop or a pizza parlor (or both) on the way home and teams get a great early-season bonding experience.

Note that the Western & Southern Open will take place from August 10-18 and that is a perfect opportunity for teams to play matches in the Cincinnati-area and then go on to the tournament.

Note that upcoming ACT tests dates are April 13, 2018 and September 14, 2019. There will also be a major USTA tournament which the best teams may want to avoid. This year, the USTA Midwest Level 3 took place over Labor Day so there were no team conflicts.

Still to come this week on OTZ are: videos of championship points (only got two this year - D2 singles and D2 doubles); the usage issue which includes the areas of the state that use OTZ the most; the OTZ All-Ohio Team; and the Top Ten(ish) action photos of the year.

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MONDAY,

Mason | Hathaway Brown Are State Team Champs

The 2018 tennis season came to a close on what turned out to be a great fall day. The championships were delayed by an hour to allow temperatures to warm but the temperatures still hovered at 37 degrees at the beginning of the day.

Mason
Mason - D1 Champs - Click to enlarge
Hathaway Brown
Hathaway Brown - D2 Champs - Click to enlarge
Hathaway Brown was expected to repeat and they did - in convincing fashion. They beat Columbus Academy in the semis and Toledo Central Catholic in the finals. HB won both of those contests, 3-0. Columbus Academy defeated Oakwood for third. This is HB's fourth consecutive championship [Click for HB championship photos for 2017, 2016, 2015.]

Mason repeated for their second consecutive championship. Mason played Perrysburg in the semis and Magnificat in the finals. Mason won 3-0 in both of their matches. The Mason versus Magnificat match was much tighter than the score indicated. Mason clinched the win on second singles. [Click for Mason's 2017 championship photo.]

While the anticipated final match was always expected to be Mason and Magnificat, Olentangy Orange almost ruined that match-up in the semifinals. Magnificat narrowly won that match, 3-2, by clinching the win on second dubs with the score 6-7, 6-2, 7-5. In the final match of the day, Perrysburg eked out a win over Olentangy Orange for third place. That match ended at 6:40pm. Perrysburg won 50 games to Orange's 51.

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

Conditions for taking photos progressed throughout the day. At one point, the sun was perfect. It will take several days to process the best photos. There were 422 photos taken. Just in case you are interested, when the camera rapid fires five team photos, the camera is using a slightly different exposure level for each of those photos. Using this approach also provides more latitude with blinkers.

OTZ updates will continue for a few more days until the OTZ wife (Kathy) figures out that I am just prolonging the tennis season to avoid stuff that she has wanted me to do for the last three months..

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SUNDAY,

States - Day Two Results

Damp chilly conditions finally gave way to windy chilly conditions yesterday, but the matches were great the entire day at States.

Anna Roggenburk Schoenly | Atway
Mag's Roggenburk - Click to enlarge
Liberty's Schoenly|Atway
Nicole Gillinov Daverio | Wolf
HB's Gillinov - Click to enlarge
HB's Daverio|Wolf
Congratulations to the State Champions. They are: Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk (Division I Singles); Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov (Division II Singles); Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway - Dani Schoenly (Division I Doubles); and Hathaway Brown's Isabella Daverio - Rebecca Wolf (Division II Doubles).

Interestingly, three of the champions (Roggenburk, Gillinov, and Atway-Schoenly) were rererepeats from last year, and the Division II championship match was very close to a repeat.

After having ten players in the semi-finals, the Northeast District earned three of the State championships.

After daily tennis coverage for 72 straight days, OTZ takes a breather from tennis after next week. Instead, I will be blasting into the PlatformTennisZone.com and bnbBlight.com web sites.

OTZ will continue to tweet during the off-season via @OhioTennisZone. You may find it to be worthwhile to follow me. Note that Twitter is not for everyone and it can be a time drain. If you are an adult and you are already caught up on those pesky household chores or if you are a student and you already have straight-A's, then you might be allowed to join. Kids must always ask their most lenient parent first before they sign-up. I also get a slice of CheeseCake Factory cheesecake every time I get another 100 followers and I am just 15 followers away from 800 followers so there's also that. (I will only continue this practice up to 1 million followers..)

Today is the State Team Tournament at Reynoldsburg Summit Station and I will be leaving in a few minutes for that. This tournament will provide quite a few photos for next year's OTZ State Preview Video / Slideshow as the whole process begins again.. If you see me and if would like me to take an action photo of your daughter, please let me know.

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SATURDAY,

States - First Day Results

Players and fans started the day with chilly but perfect weather. The temperature was 37 degrees as the players were called onto the courts. There was little to no wind.

It did not take long to see competitive matches. First round matches included: North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback defeated Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala (3-sets); Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu beat Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier; and Magnificat's Olivia Rondini defeated Mason's Emma Kruse (3-sets).

Rylie Hanford
West Geauga's Rylie Hanford - Click to enlarge

Among the top singles players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Beavercreek's Julia Bays and Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang; Westlake's Emma Peeler beat Dublin Jerome's Reagan Resor and Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini defeated Mason's Emma Kruse and North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback; Mount Notre Dame’s Kelli Niehaus beat Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy and Riverside Painesville's Angelica Ross; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Ottawa Hills' Priya Bhatt and Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; West Geauga’s Rylie Hanford beat Oakwood’s Lily McCloskey and Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Nugent (by default) and Napoleon's Aliza Lankenau; Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu beat Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier and Hawken's Stephanie Shulman.

To see all of the results, click:

www.OhioTennisZone.com/draws

The State semi-finalists in each draw are as follows:

Division I Singles:

Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk; Westlake's Emma Peeler; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini; and Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus.

Division I Doubles:

Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway - Dani Schoenly; Mayfield's Hannah Kassaie - Caitlyn Hsu; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal - Sanjana Reddy; and Mason's Annie Kruse - Raina Chada.

Division II Singles:

Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov; West Geauga's Rylie Hanford; and Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu.

Division II Doubles:

Hathaway Brown's Isabella Godsick - Megan Qiang; Hathaway Brown's Isabella Daverio - Rebecca Wolf; Toledo Central Catholic's Ava McQuillin - Maverick Delp; and Revere's Amy Lazbin - Morgan Dobos.

From a bragging rights perspective, the number of players / teams playing tomorrow from each District are: Northeast - just 10; Southwest - 3; Central - 2; and Northwest - 1.

It was great to see and to talk with Jerry Snodgrass at States today. Mr. Snodgrass is the new Executive Director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. He replaced Dr. Daniel Ross this summer.

The day got off to a great start when Maddie Taphorn of Kettering Fairmont's tennis team did a terrific job of singing the Star Spangled Banner. After that, the day plunged into a dark abyss of despair as news circulated that the McNasty's Food Truck had broken down on the way to States. But then it happened.. An angel in a tow truck promptly delivered the McNasty's Food Truck to the hungry masses before lunch. States was saved. Hopefully today will have less drama - at least in the food court area.

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FRIDAY,

It Is Time for States

It is time to zoom off to States so today's update will be brief.

State Draws
Click for Draws - Click to enlarge

A number of newspapers are reviewed to see if they contain articles that highlight players who will be competing at States. Click to read this article from Steve Blackledge of the Columbus Dispatch. It is titled, "High school tennis | Success motivates Pickerington's Cassie Alcala, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff". Steve Junga of the Toledo Blade also wrote an article. It is titled, "Delp family caps remarkable run of state tennis tournaments".

I will be updating 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 player names to see their OTZ Player Profiles. It contains their detailed results from throughout the season. Note that these Player Profiles will not be updated with today's results until tomorrow morning.

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

www.OhioTennisZone.com/draws

As mentioned yesterday, the State Team Rankings were updated. The new rankings are in the right-side navigation bar.

Hope to see you at States.

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THURSDAY,

States Preview Video | Updated Team Rankings (soon)

There are 24 hours to go.. Today will be a travel day for many schools as they motor down I-71 and I-75 to States.

The OTZ video / slide-show was released last night. The video recognizes the players who are competing at States and at the State Team Tournament in Reynoldsburg on Sunday. There are 113 photos included this year and 100 were action photos. All of the action photos include player names, but viewers either have to be quick to stop the video or have good eyes to view them. Using "high-definition" and full-screen modes are recommended. I finally warmed up to the music once it was in-sync with the photos, but many (many) songs were reviewed. Songs that pass the "beat", lyric (can't freak out the parents too much), and popularity hurdles are often restricted by YouTube because the artists do not wish to make them available for YouTube videos. For compensation, the artists and YouTube benefit from the advertisements in the video - OTZ does not. All of the action photos are available for sale.

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.

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

www.OhioTennisZone.com/draws

The OTZ Team rankings will be updated this morning. As long as everyone cooperates on Sunday, this might also be the final rankings. All teams are encouraged to do their part.. Note that the team rankings will include the number of State Spots that each team has (again, not players - but spots) . The State Final Four Teams will also be identified.

Please say "hi" if you see me running around tomorrow. I will likely start out the day watching D2 singles matches. There are some brutal first round matches. They include Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov versus Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Abby Nugent and Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu versus Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier.

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WEDNESDAY,

Final Four Teams Sets | Mag Beat Hoover | Orange Defeated Jerome

There are 48 hours to go.. The final Final Four spots for the State Team Tournament were finally secured by Magnificat and Olentangy Orange last night. Mag beat North Canton Hoover and Orange defeated Dublin Jerome. Both teams won by 3-0 scores. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. Click to view the State Team Tournament Draw.

OTZ State Draw
OTZ State Draws - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback; Magnificat's Audrey Smitek beat North Canton Hoover's Lilly Altman; and Olentangy Orange's Caroline Sproule defeated Dublin Jerome's Reagan Resor. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The OTZ State Draws are now "open" so that all of the photos can be viewed. For extra, super-duper player recognition, player photos are now included for all 96 players. While all player photos were eventually obtained for the boys last spring, this is the first time that it has occurred prior to States. Also note how the draws have several features that add to the States experience by providing additional information about OTZ member players, navigational links to rapidly move throughout the draws, update times so that users know when the draw was last updated, and an enlargeable site map for people who should be wearing bifocals.

States are a complete mad-house for taking photos because of updating the draws and traveling from court to court. If you want a picture of your daughter (or granddaughter or niece), let me know asap via email. I also need your absolute commitment that you will purchase at least one photo and possibly numerous photos. Click for the price of photos. At some point, I will need to start charging the same hourly rate as what a plumber, lawyer, electrician, or surgeon charges..

Work on the slide show / video begins now.

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TUESDAY,

Mason Beat Ursuline Academy | TCC Defeated Lex | State Draws Available

Two more State Tournament Final Four spots were determined last night. The Southwest District D1 Final Four spot was claimed by Mason. Mason beat Ursuline Academy 3-0. Toledo Central Catholic defeated Lexington, 3-2, to earn their Northwest D2 spot. The Central and Northeast D1 Final Four spots will be determined tonight.

Southwest Division I
Southwest Division II
Southwest District Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Yesterday was a busy day at OTZ. The OTZ State Tournament Draws are now available and they are posted above. After one more picture is obtained (for Napoleon's Aliza Lankenau), there will be photos online for all 96 of the state's competitors. [Update: OTZ had an image of Aliza in its archive so the draw now includes all player photos.] Most of the photos were taken by OTZ but kudos to numerous coaches who provided photos for their players yesterday. These draws will be updated with results during the tournament, so save ohiotenniszone.com/draws on your phone now.

The Top Players and Watch Lists were reconfigured yesterday to reflect the District results. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Northwest District results were evidently updated at some point late yesterday. Those results will be added to OTZ during tomorrow morning's update.

Today's Southwest District Qualifier group photos was courtesy of Mason coach, Mike Reid. No group photos were received from the Northeast and Northwest Districts this year.

The last two remaining final Final Four State Team spots will finally be determined tonight. Today's matches include Magnificat versus North Canton Hoover and Dublin Jerome and Olentangy Orange.

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MONDAY,

Central District State Qualifiers

It is now official "draw watch" time. OTZ will post the State draws when they become available. [Now available via the link above.] The OTZ State Draws will include photos of many of the competitors and links to player information. OTZ will also tweet the draws when they become available.

Central District Division I
Central District Division II
Central District Qualifiers - Click to enlarge

Speaking of photos, please get your player photos into OTZ asap to be included in the OTZ State Draws. Photos of all of last year's boys were included, but several had to be taken at States. The plan is to get all of the girls' photos online by Tuesday. OTZ already has all of the girls' photos for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

The Top Players and Watch Lists will be reviewed again today based on last week's results. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Group photos of the Southwest District Qualifiers will be posted tomorrow. Kudos to Mason coach, Mike Reid, for taking their photos.

More Final Four State Team spots will be determined tonight. They include Mason versus Ursuline Academy and Magnificat versus North Canton Hoover. Dublin Jerome and Olentangy Orange will play tomorrow night.

As soon as the OTCA Final Four teams are determined, work on the OTZ State / Team Tournament Video / Slideshow can begin. Google / YouTube has arrangements with many artists to allow their music to be used in videos, but it appears that many groups are now prohibiting this. The music is a really important part of these videos so when quality music can no longer be obtained, then the video will not be created. YouTube does have "free" music available but it simply is not usable.

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SUNDAY,

Players Set for States

With 42 degree temperatures at the Central District Tournament yesterday, at least parents, players, fans, and OTZ photographers now know what they need to bring to States to stay warm. The weather was brisk, but at least it was not windy.

The State draws are expected to be released tomorrow morning. The OTZ State Draws will be posted above when they are available.

Jerome's Nagireddy
Jerome's Nagireddy - Click to enlarge

Full results are now included for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. The Northwest and Southeast results are not yet posted.

Matches among the top players include: Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Riverside Painesville's Angelica Ross and Westlake's Emma Peeler; Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff beat Olentangy Berlin's Ella Franz; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang and Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher beat Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus and Mason's Emma Kruse; West Geauga's Rylie Hanford defeated Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky and Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Abby Nugent beat Summit Country Day's Elizabeth  Fahrmeier and Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu defeated Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch; Hawken's Stephanie Shulman beat Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov; North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback defeated Canfield's Anna Kan; and Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier beat Oakwood's Lily McCloskey. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

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SATURDAY,

District Seeding Day (plus a few more qualifying spots TBD)

For many players, "qualifying for States" is the major goal. While there will still be several more qualifying spots determined today, "Districts Saturday" is all about the most skilled players positioning themselves to OHSAA state finals. While any player can be the state champion, having four tough matches in two days can be difficult for any player. There are many instances where the best player in the state is not the state champion because of difficult draws. This is especially the case for the boys when 85 degree days also play a role.

Speaking of 85 degree days, that was not the case at the Division 2 Northeast District qualifier tournament yesterday. With a few more spots to be determined, the NE D1 and D2 qualifiers are listed below.

Division I (6 spots):

Hawken's Shulman
Hawken's Stephanie Shulman - Click to enlarge
Singles: Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk; Westlake's Emma Peeler; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini; and Riverside's Angelica Ross. Two more spots will be determined today.

Doubles: Mayfield's Hannah Kassaie - Caitlyn Hsu; Solon's Maggie Yang - Alexis Ratner; Westlake's Demi Jhaveri - Ashley Michelich; and Highland's Emily Hadler - Rachel Fannin. Two more spots will be determined today.

Division II (5 spots):

Singles: Hawken's Stephanie Shulman; Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu; and West Geauga's Rylie Hanford. One more spot will be determined today.

Doubles: Hathaway Brown's Isabella Godsick - Megan Qiang; Hathaway Brown's Rebecca Wolf - Isabella Daverio; Laurel's Priya Khadilkar - Ria Desai; and Revere's Morgan Dobos - Amy Lazbin. One more spot will be determined today.

The depth in Northeast Ohio is ridiculously good this year and several states-worthy players will not be competing in Mason this coming Friday.

These match results will not be entered into OTZ until the Districts are finished. Hopefully all of the District Draws will be updated on the various OHSAA District sites today.

OTZ will be posting group State Qualifier photos again this year. Take your camera (or high quality) cell phone to the seeding round and take the photo prior to the girls taking the courts. Group the doubles teams by school and ask the singles players to kneel. No hats. No visors. No sunglasses. No frowns. Have the players face toward the sun (even if there is no sun). Leave space at the top and bottom for titles and names. Email the photo in its highest quality mode to OTZ following the matches today.

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FRIDAY,

State Qualifiers from Central / Southwest

Blankets became part of the official team uniforms as players adjusted to the 30 degree drop in temperatures. After a chilly, windy morning at Lindner Family Tennis Center, the weather improved in the afternoon.

The Columbus Dispatch included their results online but not the Cincinnati Enquirer. The results from the Central District are now online on OTZ. While I might normally all of the Southwest results, I cannot this morning because I need to zoom off to the D2 Northeast District Tournament in Akron.

Wyoming's Sydney Evans
Wyoming's Sydney Evans - Click to enlarge
In the Central District, matches of the singles qualifiers included: Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Lancaster's Hope Rooker and Olentangy Liberty's Anna Gardner; Dublin Jerome's Reagan Resor beat Olentangy Orange's Tyler Reed and Olentangy's Nour Khayat; Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy defeated Upper Arlington's Emma Wang and Dublin Scioto's Santoso; and Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang beat Olentangy Orange's Nikitha Bhimireddy and Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie.

The doubles qualifiers for Central were: Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway - Dani Schoenly; Olentangy Liberty's Lexie Brengartner - Ellie MacDowell; Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer - Kortney Reed; and Upper Arlington's Evelyn Holman - Wendy Shi.

The State Qualifers in the Southwest District were:

Division 1

Singles: Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Mason's Emma Kruse; and Beavercreek's Julia Bays.

Doubles: Mason's Ananya Aggarwal - Sanjana Reddy; Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal - Bridget Estes; Mason's Annie Kruse - Raina Chada; and St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby - Gabby Gockerman.

Division 2

Singles: Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Abby Nugent; Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier; and Oakwood's Lily McCloskey.

Doubles: Summit Country Day's Amy Poffenberger - Sadie Joseph; Indian Hill's Jessica August - Jessica Budde; Wyoming's Peyton Osha - Emily Mayer; and Indian Hill's Samantha Pregel - Nina Price.

This is what was going through everyone's mind yesterday at the Southwest Districts... "McNasty's is not here? Wait. What?" Many tennis fans were likely thinking "What's the point of even having Districts if the McNasty Food Truck isn't here? Like why do we even bother?" The substitute food truck (Pa's Pork Food Truck) was good, but it just didn't replace McNasty's. Hopefully McNasty's will be at States so that everything will once again become right and just in the world.

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THURSDAY,

District Tournament

This is a big, District tournament day. Most of the state will be qualifying for the State tournament and all Districts will finish the seeding round on Saturday. Click for mood music.

Worthington Christian
Worthington Christian - Click to team page
If a player is a State Qualifier and OTZ does not have a profile photo, please email one to OhioTennisZone.com as soon as your player qualifies. It will be added to the OTZ online state draw.

Today's featured team is Worthington Christian. They are coached by Stefanie Mayotte. They are led by Amanda Mayotte and Abby Mayotte.

Despite the hurricane, the weather looks clear in Cincinnati so I will be leaving soon to attend their District tournament. If you see me, please say, "Hi Scott, would you like a McNasty's sandwich?"..

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WEDNESDAY,

Team Final Four Spots to Columbus Academy, Oakwood, and Perrysburg

Yesterday was a big day for clinching State Team Tournament Final Four spots. Columbus Academy was the first to book its bus to Reynoldsburg by defeating Wellington. Oakwood grabbed the Southwest District spot by beating Summit Country Day. Perrysburg defeated Notre Dame Academy to get the Northwest D1 spot. In the semifinals, Olentangy Orange defeated Upper Arlington and they will face Dublin Jerome in the finals. In another notable match, Ursuline Academy beat Seven Hills. Click to view the graphical results via Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Wellington's Isabella Vegas; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier beat Oakwood's Lily McCloskey; Upper Arlington's Ella Hazelbaker defeated Olentangy Orange's Nikitha Bhimireddy; Perrysburg's Emma Carter beat Notre Dame Academy's Ciera Patton; Ursuline Academy's Brigid Lynch defeated Seven Hills' Neda Tehrani; and Columbus Academy's Himaja Reddy beat Wellington's Alexis Burkhalter. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

OTZ will be on the road tomorrow to the Southwest District and to the Northeast Districts on Friday to take photos for the OTZ State Tournament video / slideshow. Last year's video is posted today. Just as a reminder, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk was the D1 State Singles Champion and Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov was the D2 State Singles Champion. The D1 and D2 doubles champions were Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway - Dani Schoenly and Hathaway Brown's Isabella Godsick - Megan Qiang, respectively. Mason was the Team Tournament Champion for D1 and Hathaway Brown was the D2 Champion.

OTZ will also post the group photos of the State Qualifiers. I plan to take the group photo of the Central District qualifiers. Photo-taker volunteers are needed from the Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, and East/Southeast Districts to recognize those players. Please ask the girls not to wear visors or hats for the photo. Please also email a photo to OTZ at its highest resolution on the same day. Please leave room at the top and bottom of the photos for titles and names. Group the doubles teams together and ask the singles players to kneel. Click Central and Southwest for example photos from last year.

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TUESDAY,

Magnificat Beat Canfield | Hoover Defeated Solon

The season is starting to wrap up quickly. In State Team Tournament play, Magnificat defeated Canfield (no boxscores reported) and North Canton Hoover beat Solon. In other matches, St. Joseph Academy defeated Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. To view the graphical results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. Click to view the OTCA State Team Tournament draws.

Ursuline Academy
Ursuline Academy - Click to team page
Among the top players, North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback defeated Solon's Maggie Yang; Solon's Alexis Ratner beat North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt; North Canton Hoover's Lilly Altman defeated Solon's Starkoff; and St. Joseph Academy's Melissa Martin beat Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin's Georgina Hasrouni. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Ursuline Academy. They are coached by Joe Hartkemeyer. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Nina Dhaliwal, Gracie and Bridget Estes, and Brigid Lynch.

Today's matches include Ottawa Hills versus Lexington; Olentangy Orange versus Upper Arlington; and Perrysburg versus Notre Dame Academy.

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MONDAY,

District Draws Released

The all-important District draws were released last night at about 10pm. The draws for Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts are available via the links above. Nice job to the site managers for getting these out early to the players, parents, and fans..

Whetstone
Whetstone - Click to team page
There will be several very interesting first round match-ups involving the state's top players. They include: Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch versus Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu; Riverside's Angelica Ross versus Rocky River's Sarah Robertson; Magnificat's Audrey Smitek - Alexis Ospelt versus Solon's Maggie Yang - Alexis Ratner; Oakwood's Lily McCloskey versus Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Lynn Kader; and Solon's Ani Atluri - Amanda Weiskind versus Walsh Jesuit's Lily Joyce - Emma Kealy.

Just to add to the angst and anxiety of those in the Central District, someone created a D1 doubles draw that was circulating on Sunday evening. That draw and the official draw did not match. Ten points have been deducted from Slytherin's total for messing with people. (Of course, if I were still in high school, this is exactly what I would be doing..)

Today's featured team is Whetstone. They are coached by Bucky Walters. They are this year's Columbus City League champs. They are led by Stella Thompson and Alysia Swinehart.

Barring rain, OTZ plans are to attend: the Southwest District tournament on Thursday; the Northeast D2 District Tournament on Friday; and the Central District Seeding round on Saturday. The Southwest District tournament is really nice because it is held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center which is large enough to accommodate the D1 and D2 tournaments. I could also come up with other fake reasons why I like the Southwest District tournament such as the wonderful parents, delightful children, insightful coaches, etc. but let's face it, the real reason to go to the Southwest District tournament is because of McNasty's Food Truck.

The goal is to have all of the player photos for the online State draw so get that camera ready <jinx alert>, but not too ready.

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SUNDAY,

Sectionals Are Completed

On a day with temperatures that were reminiscent of June, July, August, and September, the Sectionals wrapped up throughout the state. Many results are online for the Central and Southwest Districts. Nothing has been entered for the Northeast and Northwest until their online draws are completed. Hopefully that will happen today. (The Central Draws are complete except for the third/fourth place finishers.)

UA's Noah Mizer
UA's Noah Mizer - Click to enlarge

Match-ups among the top players included: Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Westlake's Peeler and teammate, Olivia Rondini; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov beat Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy and Jerome's Reagan Resor; Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky beat Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Abby Nugent defeated Indian Hill's Haley Hirsch and teammate, Lynn Kader; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini beat Rocky River's Sarah Robertson; North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback defeated Canfield's Anna Kan and Canfield's Kate Ross; Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch beat Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Lynn Kader; Westlake's Emma Peeler beat Rocky River's Sarah Robertson; Olentangy's Nour Khayat defeated Lancaster's Hope Rooker; and Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy beat Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

I stayed at UA rather than travel outside of 270 to the other Central District Sectionals. Unfortunately, that is also the worst venue in the state for taking photos <not even close to an exaggeration alert>. With cars and people on one side and signage on the other, the photos of the players can be good, but viewers are too distracted to focus on them. Adding to the visual clutter of Upper Arlington, there was a nearby jackhammer to add to the distractions. The good news is that the UA courts will be ripped up and replaced when the new high school is built. When that happens, the jackhammers will sound like beautiful music.. [Ok. Just in case it is not totally clear, I really do not like taking photos at Upper Arlington..]

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SATURDAY,

Central Sectional Results Online

The rains finally subsided and Central was able to play their Sectionals yesterday. Special kudos to the Columbus Dispatch for getting all of these results into the newspaper this morning, especially when considering that it was another football Friday night.

Mallory Thomas
Lancaster's Mallory Thomas - Click to enlarge

After entering just 269 matches, the Central Sectional results are now online on OhioTennisZone. Look for these results under the OTZ Player Profiles and under the various team pages (after logging-in).

The Northeast Sectionals have been doing a great job of updating their draws and that information will be added for the OTZ coach members upon completion of their Sectionals.

Among the top players, Lancaster Hope Rooker defeated Dublin Coffman’s Hannah Qin; Dublin Jerome's Reagan Resor beat Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook; and Madi Burris (Watkins Memorial) defeated Dublin Coffman’s Clair Feit. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

This is a short update today because of the massive amount of data that had to be entered and because I want to see the seeding round at Upper Arlington. That began a half hour ago.

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FRIDAY,

Ursuline Academy Beat Turpin

Hopefully the weather will hold so that the state can finish its non-seeding Sectional rounds today.

DeSales
DeSales - Click to team page
Thanks to Cincinnati Enquirer's posting of the Mason and ATP Sectional site results, those matches are now online on OTZ. The Northeast and Southwest Districts have a done a great job in updating their draw sheets (click to view). That information will also be added to OTZ upon the completion of their Sectionals.

In dual match play, Ursuline Academy defeated Turpin in State Team Tournament play. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal and
Ursuline Academy's Bridget Estes beat Turpin's Savannah Allen. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is DeSales. They are coached by Tom Snyder. They are led by Megan Husslein, Izzy Arbona, and Cate Leithauser.

Tomorrow's update will be delayed. It takes a significant amount of time and effort to get the Central District Sectional results online.

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THURSDAY,

Central District Sectionals Postponed to Friday | CA Beat New Albany

The rain continues. The critical, first round of Sectionals are postponed to tomorrow (Friday) for the Central District.

Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon - Click to team page
In dual match play, there were six matches recorded from state-wide play. The Central had four matches and the Southwest had two. Columbus Academy defeated New Albany and Upper Arlington beat Watterson. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Ella Hazelbaker defeated Watterson's Caroline Goodlive; Columbus Academy's Carmen Merkel beat New Albany's Kary Hollenbaugh; Upper Arlington's Evelyn Holman defeated Watterson's Liza Drought; and Columbus Academy's Himaja Reddy beat New Albany's Madison Spiess. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Mount Vernon. They are coached by Steve Tier. They are led by Kristyn Conrad and Hannah Baldwin.

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WEDNESDAY,

Laurel Beats Hawken

Thunderstorms led to more cancellations yesterday. Teams are even having trouble getting all of their league matches played. There were only 11 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 5, Southwest - 4, and Northeast - 2. Match results included: Rocky River defeated St. Joseph Academy; Laurel beat Hawken; and Sycamore defeated Springboro. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Summit Country Day
Summit Country Day - Click to team page
The Cincinnati Enquirer posted Sectional Results from Mason Division Sectional 2 yesterday and they are now online on OTZ. If Sectional results are in the Enquirer or Columbus Dispatch, they will be included on OTZ. However, this is a time-consuming process so please expect later morning updates.

Because this is an error-prone process, watch for results to be added from the Northeast and Northwest Sectionals after those Sectionals have been completed. Only significant wins by OTZ members will be posted.

Among the top players, Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky defeated Hawken's Stephanie Shulman and Rocky River's Sarah Robertson beat St. Joseph Academy's Melissa Martin. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Summit Country Day. They are coached by Michelle Hellman. They are OTZ Team Members, and they are led by Elizabeth Fahrmeier and Amy Poffenberger.

Dual match activity will be minimal tonight as teams prepare for a big day of Sectionals tomorrow. Hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow.

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TUESDAY,

Oakwood Beats Indian Hill | Jerome Defeats Liberty | SCD Beats 7Hills

It was a big night for State Team Tournament matches. Oakwood was expected to be very good this year and this is turning out to be the case. Oakwood defeated Indian Hill 3, 2. In other OTCA matches, Dublin Jerome defeated Olentangy Liberty and Summit Country Day beat Seven Hills. Click for the updated State Team Tournament Draws.

There were 29 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 17, Southwest - 9, Northeast - 3, and Northwest - 0. The close, 3-2 matches included: Worthington Kilbourne defeated Grandview; Pickerington North beat New Albany; Mount Vernon defeated Big Walnut; Wyoming beat Mason-B; Archbishop Alter defeated Carlisle; and Hilliard Darby beat Marysville. In other notable matches, Upper Arlington defeated Pickerington Central and Massillon Jackson beat Revere. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Revere
Revere - Click to team page
Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated New Albany's Valentina DiLorenzo; Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway beat Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier defeated Seven Hills' Neda Tehrani; Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch beat Oakwood's Lily McCloskey; Upper Arlington's Ella Hazelbaker defeated Pickerington Central's Ashleigh Gilligan; Archbishop Alter's Grace Lampman beat Miamisburg's Adrienne Bussert; Massillon Jackson’s Altman defeated Revere's Nina Lazbin; Olentangy Berlin's Ella Franz beat Dublin Scioto's Nicole Santoso; Oakwood’s Hall defeated Indian Hill’s Jessica Budde; Seven Hills' Annika Alper beat Summit Country Day's Amy Poffenberger; Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook defeated New Albany's Kary Hollenbaugh; and Westerville Central's Levi Burks beat Gahanna's Aubrey Thomas.Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Revere. They are coached by Kathy Shisler. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Morgan Dobos, Amy Lazbin, and Nina Lazbin.

Today's matches include: St. Joseph Academy (H) versus Rocky River; St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Walnut Hills; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Bexley; and Hilliard Davidson (A) versus Pickerington Central. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

OTZ Identifies State Qualifier Contenders | Sectional Start Today in NE

Sectionals start today in Northeast Ohio. There are many worthy players competing this year for States. OTZ identifies the top State Qualifier contenders for each of the four major districts listed below. The number of State spots are included in parenthesize. Click on the player names for more information about each player (where applicable).

Cassie Alcala
Pick North's Cassie Alcala - Click to enlarge
Central

Division I (4 spots):

Singles: Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala; Dublin Jerome's Lalasa Nagireddy; Dublin Jerome's Katherine Wang; Olentangy Orange's Nikitha Bhimireddy; Dublin Jerome's Reagan Resor; Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook.

Doubles: Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway - Dani Schoenly; New Albany's Valentina Di Lorenzo - Alexandra Vitellas; Olentangy Liberty's Lexie Brengartner - Ellie MacDowell; Olentangy Orange's Erin Storrer - Kortney Reed; Upper Arlington's Evelyn Holman - Wendy Shi; Upper Arlington's Ella Hazelbaker - Noah Mizer.

Division II (1 spot):

Singles: Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff; Olentangy Berlin's Ella Franz.

Doubles: Columbus Academy's Carmen Merkel - Lauren Motta; Columbus Academy's Himaja Reddy - Alex Graham; Wellington's Akua Antwi-Woods - Alexis Burkhalter; Wellington's Isabella Vegas - Olivia Vegas.

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

Division I (6 spots):

Singles: Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk; Westlake's Emma Peeler; North Canton Hoover's Laurel Utterback; Rocky River's Sarah Robertson; Magnificat's Olivia Rondini; Riverside's Angelica Ross; Canfield's Anna Kan; Brecksville's Mia Zivkovic.

Doubles: Mayfield's Hannah Kassaie - Caitlyn Hsu; Magnificat's Audrey Smitek - Alexis Ospelt; Solon's Maggie Yang - Alexis Ratner; Westlake's Demi Jhaveri - Ashley Michelich; North Canton Hoover's Katie Harcourt - Hallie Hunt; Canfield's Sydney Cianciola - Cece Economus; Magnificat's Hannah Leszcz - Kayra Koprulu; Mayfield's Shannon McGill - Katerina Ng; Solon's Ani Atluri - Amanda Weiskind; Highland's Emily Hadler - Rachel Fannin; Walsh Jesuit's Lily Joyce - Emma Kealy.

Division II (5 spots):

Singles: Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov; West Geauga's Rylie Hanford; Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch; Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu; Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky; Hawken's Stephanie Shulman.

Doubles: Hathaway Brown's Isabella Godsick - Megan Qiang; Hathaway Brown's Rebecca Wolf - Isabella Daverio; Laurel's Priya Khadilkar - Ria Desai; Revere's Morgan Dobos - Amy Lazbin; Hawken's Dylan Goldberg - Natalie Cohen; Ursuline's Vy Hoang - Lexie Tsudis;

Perrysburg's Gemma Smith
Perryburg's Gemma Smith - Click to enlarge
Northwest

Division I (2 spots):

Singles: Clay's Madison Arquette; Toledo St. Ursula Academy's Libby Barrow; Shawnee's Aria Patel; Anthony Wayne's Kailyn Szmania.

Doubles: Perrysburg's Gemma Smith - Kyleigh Henthorn; Perrysburg's Emma Carter - Sydney Onest; Notre Dame Academy's Ciera Patton - Olivia Assenmacher; Notre Dame Academy's Gracie Bennett - Julia Loeb.

Division II (4 spots)

Singles: Galion's Kayley Gimbel; St. Mary Memorial's Clare Caywood; Lexington's Hayliegh Tucker; Lexington's Katherine Volz; Lima Central Catholic's Olivia Kesner; Perkin's Emma Lynch.

Doubles: Toledo Central Catholic's Ava McQuillin - Maverick Delp; Lexington's Sylvia Goldsmith - Gracie Pfieffer; Toledo Central Catholic's Bella Spinazze - Rachel Gorman; Perkin's Maria Schoder - Diana Schoder; Bath's Esther Bolon - Ruby Bolon; Edison's Mariah Medina - Jayla Medina.

Turpin's Caitlin Fisher
Turpin's Caitlin Fisher - Click to enlarge
Southwest

Division I (4 spots)

Singles: Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher; Mason's Emma Kruse; Bellbrook's Andrea Szep; Walnut Hills' Makensie Long; Turpin's Savanah Allen.

Doubles: Mason's Ananya Aggarwal - Sanjana Reddy; Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal - Bridget Estes; Mason's Annie Kruse - Raina Chada; Centerville's Sydney Khosla - Ariel Alappatt; St. Ursula Academy's Bella Kirby - Gabby Gockerman; Sycamore's Helen Sotropa - Sarah Wittenbaum; Lakota East's Megan Hoke - Grace Silverberg.

Division II (4 spots)

Singles: Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Abby Nugent; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Lynn Kader; Archbishop Alter's Grace Lampman; Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; Summit Country Day's Elizabeth Fahrmeier; Oakwood's Lily McCloskey.

Doubles: Summit Country Day's Amy Poffenberger - Sadie Joseph; Indian Hill's Jessica August - Jessica Budde; Oakwood's Sophia Russell - Natalie Connelly; Archbishop Alter's Rachel Hawley - Emily Pojman; Wyoming's Osha - Mayer; Seven Hill's Avital Isakov - Anika Parameswaran; Cincinnati Hill Chrisian Academy's Kennedy Puryear - Leanne Yuan; Indian Hill's Samantha Pregel - Nina Price.

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Today's matches include: St. Ursula Academy (H) versus Indian Hill; DeSales (A) versus Thomas Worthington; Ursuline Academy (A) versus Springboro; and St. Joseph Academy (A) versus Aurora. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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