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State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
Pre-Season 2020 Rankings
Feb 28, 2020
Division I
1. St. Xavier◄TEAM
2. Mason◄TEAM
3. University◄TEAM
4. New Albany◄TEAM
5. Dublin Jerome◄TEAM
6. Olentangy◄TEAM
7. Upper Arlington◄TEAM
8. Solon◄TEAM
9. Findlay◄TEAM
10. St. Ignatius
Division II
1. Wellington◄TEAM
2. Cincinnati Country Day◄TEAM
3. Columbus Academy◄TEAM
4. Chagrin Falls 0
5. Indian Hill◄TEAM
6. Seven Hills◄TEAM
7. Lexington◄TEAM
8. Ursuline◄TEAM
9. Ottawa Hills
10. Orange◄TEAM

 

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams

Final 2019 Rankings
October 25, 2019

Division I
1. Mason◄TEAM 3 Final 4
2. Magnificat◄TEAM 2 4
3. Up. Arlington◄TEAM 1 4
4. Dublin Jerome◄TEAM 2
5. Pickerington North 1
6. No. Da. Acad. ◄TEAM 2 4
7. Olentangy Orange 1
8. Sycamore◄TEAM 1
9. Brecksville 1
10. N. C. Hoover◄TEAM 1
HM: St. Ur. Acad. ◄TEAM 1
HM: Massillon Jackson 2
HM: Olen. Liberty◄TEAM 2
Division II
1. Hath. Brown◄TEAM 3 4
2. Indian Hill 3 4
3. Col. Academy◄TEAM 1 4
4. Oakwood◄TEAM 2
5. Cinc. Hills Chr. Acad. 1
6. Orange◄TEAM 2
7. Laurel◄TEAM 1
8. Toledo Cen. Cath. 3 4
9. Eaton 1
10. Wellington◄TEAM 1
HM: Arch. Alter◄TEAM 0
HM: Seven Hills◄TEAM 0
HM: Mariemont 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.

 

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
Final 2019 Rankings
May. 28, 2019
Division I
1. Mason◄TEAM State Spots 2
2. New Albany◄TEAM 2
3. St. Xavier◄TEAM 3
4. University◄TEAM 2
5. Sycamore 2
6. Dublin Jerome◄TEAM 1
7. Massillon Jackson◄TEAM 2
8. Olentangy◄TEAM 1
9. Upper Arlington◄TEAM 0
10. Dublin Coffman◄TEAM 0
HM: Olentangy Orange 1
HM: Findlay 1
HM: Centerville 0
Division II
1. Wellington◄TEAM 1
2. Columbus Academy◄TEAM 2
3. Cinc. Country Day◄TEAM 3
4. Ursuline◄TEAM 3
5. Bexley◄TEAM 0
6. Seven Hills◄TEAM 0
7. Indian Hill◄TEAM 1
8. Wyoming◄TEAM 1
9. Chagrin Falls 2
10. Hawken◄TEAM 1
HM: Ottawa Hills 1
HM: Lexington◄TEAM 1
HM: Orange 0
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership so extensive OTZ information is available. # of State Spots are indicated in gray.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL

High School VR Table Tennis -- It's Time to Compete Again.

Players are bouncing off of the walls in boredom and there is no definitive time-frame on when (if) the boys high school tennis season will resume. But.. There is a way to compete again..

Scott Gerber VR Table Tennis
COVID virus larger than actual size - Click to enlarge

Thanks to virtual reality, players can compete against each other while maintaining miles of social distancing between competitors. COVID-19 will not have a chance to compete against this..

Unfortunately the physics and the movement involved with tennis make it almost impossible to have a life-like, skilled simulation, but it is very possible to do this with table tennis. For the past week, OTZ has been testing the Oculus Quest VR gaming system and a game called Eleven. This is *not* a traditional video game. The "physics" associated with this game (such as spins, angles, etc.) are life-like and reviewers have commented that it improves their actual table tennis skills.

OTZ has been playing with a friend in Worthington (a Columbus suburb) which is a few miles from the Columbus-based, OTZ headquarters. The matches are fun and competitive, and for the time being, OTZ has been victorious (but that will no doubt change very soon). It is also easy for me to talk with my friend while we play.

Yes, it is pretty expensive, but it is comparable with other gaming systems. It is also the future and it would be helpful for the entire family to be aware of this technology. This technology is going to be used absolutely everywhere. So in other words, this is not something that is only for the high school tennis player in the family.

A review of the program (by BMF) is provided in the video to the right. By comparison, OTZ normally wins about 80% of the time against the "medium" setting and 10% of the time against "hard". Other videos reviewing the game are: VR Essentials and Paradise Decay. Here are a few points against two strong players to show what game play can be like.

One consideration is that some tennis families have already saved far more than the amount for the Oculus system and the Eleven game (which total about $420) by not being able to compete in tournaments and participate in tennis lessons.

Make sure that you obtain your parents' permission before proceeding. They need to be involved.

The game requires about 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 feet of room.

OhioTennisZone will track at least some of the results (and maybe a large number of the key match-ups).

Depending on the interest, there may be a parent / fan and coach competition. There may even be a state tournament for the players.

For those interested in playing, please send a Feedback to OhioTennisZone.com. Before purchasing a unit, it may be worthwhile to get a "show of hands" on who might be interested in participating. It may be a somewhat easy decision to purchase the Eleven game for those who already have the Oculus Quest system, but not at all an easy decision for those who do not. For those on the fence, it would be best to wait and see what the interest level is.

Now please go wash your hands. Again.

Special Note: While this is being launched on an OTZ-Approved Holiday, this is actually a legit offering.. Really.

Wash your hands. Again.

THURSDAY, MARCH

Ohio State Tennis | OHSAA Press Conference

Progress continues with Ohio State's Ty Tucker Tennis Center. This $22 million facility is expected to be finished in the fall of 2020 (unless construction is delayed because of the coronavirus). It will house six indoor courts and tennis fans will be especially pleased with the theater style seating provided behind each court.

OSU Ty Tucker Center OSU Auer Tennis Complex
Ty Tucker Ctr - Click to enlarge
Auer Tennis Complex

These photos were taken at sunrise on March 16. It is best to click on the images to view them clearly.

Major contributors to this project are the Auer, Weiler, Shulman, and Nourse families, The entire indoor and outdoor complex is named the Auer Family Tennis Complex. Fellow platform tennis player, Dick Nourse, has a lethal backhand that you do not see coming until it is too la ..

Just as a point of comparison, OTZ recently attended and took photos at the Kentucky Bank $100K tournament in Nicholasville, KY (outside of Lexington). This tournament was held at Top Seed Tennis which is a two year old facility that includes 12 indoor and 11 outdoor courts. It is hard to make dollar comparisons because of the many factors involved (i.e. OSU will stadium seating), but Top Seed Tennis' building costs for the entire facility was $6.1 million. It will be very interesting to compare the two buildings after OSU's indoor courts are completed.

Ohio High School Athletic Association's Jerry Snodgrass will hold a press conference at noon today to provide updates on the winter tournaments and on the spring sports. Keep your fingers crossed (after you carefully wash them).

The coronavirus is being advised to not interfere with any building named after Coach Tucker..

Wash your hands. Again.

MONDAY,

Us (or U.S.) vs. Coronavirus

Last week, Ohio Department of Health's Dr. Amy Acton shocked the Internet when she estimated that 1% of Ohio's residents already had the coronavirus. That equates to 110,000 (1% of 11,000,000). Much to my surprise, she did not back away from that number at the following day's news conference.

Cumulative COVID-19
Cumulative COVID-19 Cases - Click to enlarge

Based on the 1% fatality rate, it is now time to wait to see if Ohio has 1,100 deaths in about 12 days. If not, the 1% fatality rate is too high or her estimate was too high.

Ten days ago, Italy had 3,858 cases and as of this morning, the U.S. has 3,774. The U.S. has 5.4 times the population that Italy has.

The U.S. number of new cases is expected to spike up as more testing comes online this week.

Now please go wash your hands. Again.

Wash your hands. Again.

SATURDAY,

April 6th (Hopefully)

All (frequently washed) fingers and toes are crossed in hopes that the boys high school season will continue after students come back after the three week break. The big question is *if* the students come back after the three week break. Even though the risk of acquiring the virus has to be lower since the spring sports are outdoor sports, it is highly doubtful that sports will continue if school is canceled.

Cumulative COVID-19
Cumulative COVID-19 Cases - Click to enlarge

Based on the information that is currently available, the key date for high school tennis is Monday, April 6. Practices may resume and matches may start on this date. For more detailed information, click on this OHSAA link. It is updated as of March 13.

Many coaches have already posted their schedules on OTZ, but it is likely that many of those schedules will be changed to insure that the "in conference" matches are played.

Since there is no new high school tennis data, the graph to the right is another way in which to visualize how the U.S. is doing against the coronavirus. These stats are from the John Hopkins web site and they are gathered each morning by OTZ at 8am. This data has been collected since March 6.

This graph is a bit different from others in that it is the cumulative number of cases reported thus far. So far, the upward slope of the curve for the U.S. is less than other countries but this may change as more testing occurs. The flatter the curve (i.e. South Korea), the better it is. The Excel trend lines are also included for the U.S. and for Italy.

Now please go wash your hands. Again.

Wash your hands. Again.

TUESDAY,

First Day of Practice

Weather conditions were great for the first practice of the season. In central Ohio, players were provided with a nice breeze to help them acclimate to outdoor conditions. Temperatures were in the 60's. Practices will be hit or miss for the rest of the week as temperatures remain mild and showers move in and out of the forecast.

Watterson's Nick Geelan
Watterson's Nick Geelan - Click to enlarge

The closest courts to the OTZ headquarters are the Whetstone Park of Roses courts and the Upper Arlington courts. These are the go-to courts when a quick picture is needed. Both Bishop Watterson and Whetstone practice at the Park of Roses.

Bishop Watterson returns four of their starters from last season. They are: Nick Geelan, Johnny DiOrio, Adam Pavliga, and Cole Petrilla.

Conditions for taking photos were absolutely ideal yesterday with largely overcast conditions and a hint of sun.

Wash your hands. Again.

MONDAY,

Boys Season Starts Today | COVID-19

The boys season will start with great weather conditions today. As for the rest of the week, who knows?

Ohio Weather Conditions
Weather Conditions - Click to enlarge

Some college tennis teams are canceling their west coast spring break plans as COVID-19 fears rise. Even if no one on a team catches the virus, getting caught up in a quarantine or isolation situation after flying on a plane would have a similar effect. Plus, no one knows what will happen by the end of this week.. Teams affected include Denison, Case Western (women's team), and probably more to come..

Commonly referred to as the fifth grand slam, Indian Wells has been postponed. It was to start this week. Players with Ohio ties who were expected to compete in the main draws or qualifiers included Lauren Davis, Caty McNally, JJ Wolf, and Nicole Gibbs.

Wash your hands. Again.

TUESDAY,

OTCA Award Winners

The Ohio Tennis Coaches Association (OTCA) Clinic / Conference was held this past weekend at the Dublin Marriott. The OTCA presented a number of awards to recognize deserving coaches and players. The award winners for this year were:

Reagan Resor Niraj Komatineni
Reagan Resor - Click to enlarge
Niraj Komatineni - Click to enlarge

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Dublin Jerome's Reagan Resor and Mason's Niraj Komatineni.

Coach of the Year: Hathaway Brown's Greg Aten (Girls) and Wellington's Thomas Haddow (Boys)

Hall of Fame: Cuyahoga Falls' Ray Montgomery and Lakeside's Robert Walters

Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity: Columbus School for Girls' Sean Delaney and North Canton Hoover's Ryan Shaffer

Scholarship Winners: Bowling Green's Mitchell Drumm, Mason's Kelly Reid, and Findlay's Drew Swisher.

Congratulations to all of the award winners.

Wash your hands. Again.

MONDAY,

OTZ Boys State Team Draws Now Available

The State Team Draws were determined yesterday (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 go 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 promptly 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 Participation- Click to enlarge

The number of boys teams that enter the tournament varies from year to year. This year, there is a nice increase. This season, there are 128 teams participating. The number of boys teams participating by year is: 2015 - 148; 2016 - 128; 2017 - 126; 2018 - 125; 2019 - 119; 2020 - 128. As is shown in the graph, the Southwest District has the largest increase in the number of teams participating. Out of the 386 OHSAA boys tennis teams, 33% of the teams compete in this tournament. Please click on the graph to enlarge it for easier viewing.

Wash your hands. Again.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY

OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten Teams (beta release)

The boys season will be here soon. 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 (March 1-2) normally reveal some surprises.

OhioTennisZone.com
Pre-Season State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
February 28, 2020
Division IDivision II
1. St. Xavier◄TEAM Wellington◄TEAM
2. Mason◄TEAM Cincinnati Country Day◄TEAM
3. University◄TEAM Columbus Academy◄TEAM
4. New Albany◄TEAM Chagrin Falls
5. Dublin Jerome◄TEAM Indian Hill◄TEAM
6. Olentangy◄TEAM Seven Hills◄TEAM
7. Upper Arlington◄TEAM Lexington◄TEAM
8. Solon◄TEAM Ursuline◄TEAM
9. Findlay Ottawa Hills
10. St. Ignatius Orange◄TEAM
◄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 2019 graduates but they will soon be removed from the report).

In D1, St. Xavier, Mason, and University School will be the teams to beat. Other teams will need to rely on their depth or freshman to win.

Division I

St. Xavier starts at the #1 position. They return Ronit Hiryur (State Singles Finalist), Charlie Temming (State Doubles Champion), as well as Alex Brandt and Kyle Powers. They pick up 4-star Drew Evans and Vincent Knott. They lost Max DeCurtins and Nicholas Aronoff to graduation. Preston Stearns is not playing high school tennis this year.

#2 The defending State Team champion, Mason, lost State Singles Champion, Niraj Komatineni, to graduation as well as Pranav Viswanathan and Aneesh Zutshi. Mason returns Vignesh Gogineni, Anish Gangavaram, Akshay Joshi, and Sam King.

#3 University School returns its top three players. Chas Norman, Charlie Joranko, and Ben Martin, plus Nathan Mu. They lost Max Borsch to graduation.

#4 New Albany returns experienced States competitors, Devin Boyer and Ryan Mudre. Also returning is Alek Jacoby. They lost State Singles Champion, Robert Cash, and Joel Jose.

#5 Dublin Jerome returns a solid team, including: Max Fickas, Anish Patel, Christopher Knight, and Andrew Dvorkin. They lost just one player to graduation, Dylan Cai.

#6 Olentangy returns its top singles players: Sam Routzahn, Omar Khayat, and Ayush Sunkad. They lost Tucker Strawser to graduation.

St. Xavier
St. Xavier's 2019 Boys Team - Click to enlarge

#7 Upper Arlington returns Will Reynolds, Emerson Dean, and Nathan Yu. They lost Paige Kompa and Lance Li to graduation.

#8 Solon returns Andy Lebowitz, Aaron Lee, and Scott Zhao. They gain freshman, Nikolas Romanov. They lost Thomas Liu to graduation.

#9 Findlay returns their top three players: Drew Swisher, Max Hosey, and Carson Dale.

#10 St. Ignatius returns Nathaniel Day, Arjun Brahmbhatt, and Kai Vesikallio. They lost John McNally to graduation.

Teams that lost numerous players to graduation include Sycamore and Massillon Jackson. There is inadequate information to rank Perrysburg, Canfield, and North Canton Hoover.

Division II

D2 is always 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. If your soccer, lacrosse, and baseball teams are traveling outside of your outer belt, then tennis can, too.

Wellington
Wellington 2019 Boys Team - Click to enlarge
#1 Columbus' Wellington School has been #1 for the last two years in the OTZ pre-season rankings and they have won the D2 team championship for the last two years. They will start as #1 this year. They return their 1-2-3 with Trevor Ball, Milan Gonela, and Griffin Biernat. They lost Adam Sorrels to graduation.

#2 Cincinnati Country Day returns much of its line-up from last year. Players returning include: Sai Nalagatla, Neil Badlani, and Ashutosh Annapantula. They lost Manav Midha and Herschel Albert to graduation.

#3 Columbus Academy returns the State Finalists in Doubles, Arie Tuckerman and Jack Madison, and State Doubles Champion, Rhian Seneviratne, returns. They lost Seneviratne's partner, Suriya Sundaram, and Drew Haffer to graduation.

#4 Chagrin Falls returns State Singles Champion, Andrew Zimcosky, as well as Jackson Quinn and Ellis Clark.

#5 Indian Hill returns Tejas Pisati, Anay Gautham, and Coleman Warstler. They lost Mack Ellis to graduation.

#6 Seven Hills returns Ajay Gupta, Kevin Wang, and Naail Sajjad. They lost Max Yuan to graduation.

#7 Lexington lost no players to graduation. They return Benton Drake, Blake Webster, Brent Webster.

#8 Ursuline returns State Finalist Greg Morgione, Josh Khavari, and Gavin Blacksher. They lost Austin Arfaras, Luke Tsudis, and Sean O'Connor to graduation.

#9 Ottawa Hills returns Matthew McGee, Henry Harders, and Jack Burke. They lost James Schwann to graduation. They pick up Libbey Rhegness who is a senior this year.

#10 Orange returns Jake Goldstein and Rohit Kashyap. They gain 5-star Benjamin Pomeranets. They lost Ilon Goldberg to graduation.

D2 teams who lost a significant number of players to graduation include Wyoming, Bexley, 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.

Those with additional insights on why a team should be ranked differently or included on one of these lists are welcome to submit a Feedback. Please include specific reasons and player names.

Remember. If your team beats a a better team, that's your fault - not mine.

Wash your hands. Again.

MONDAY,

OHSAA Boys Season Calendar / Upcoming USTA Tournaments

The OHSAA Boys Season Calendar is listed below. The boys season calendar is normally chaotic because of the weather and due to the timing of spring breaks. With the high school season starting later than previous years (March 27 in 2020 versus March 22 in 2019), most schools will thankfully be finished with their breaks prior to the season starting.

OhioTennisZone.com
Ohio High School
2020 Boys Tennis Calendar

Feb. 15-17: USTA MW Lev 2's
- - B14, B16, B18
Feb. 22-23: USTA MW Lev 3's
- - B14, B16, B18
Mar. 1-2: OTCA Coach Clinic
Mar. 9: 1st Day of Coaching
Mar. 7-8: USTA MW Lev 3's
- - B14, B16, B18
Mar. 14: SAT Test Date
Mar. 27: HS Season Begins
Mar. 28 - Apr. 5: Easter Bowl
Apr. 4-7: USTA MW Lev 3's
- - B14, B16, B18
Apr. 4: ACT Test Date
Apr. 12: Easter
Apr. 13: Non-Interscholas. Date
Apr. 25: Waiver Ext. Ends
May 2: SAT Test Date
May 3: Sectional Tourn. Draw
May 11-16: Sectional Tourn.
May 18-23: District Tourn.
May 29-30: State Tournament
May 31: State Team Tourn.
June 6: Season Ends

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 tennis dates should mimic the OHSAA Tennis Sports Calendar.

This will be the second season that the boys can use waivers to play non-HS tennis during the season. The waivers should enable most boys to start the season on time (rather than waiting to play in a key tournament). 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.

There will be no shortage of great matches and high school tune-up opportunities for players competing in USTA tournaments. There are three, high level tournaments coming up this weekend as well as during the weekends of February 22-23 and March 7-8. There is also a Level 3 tournament just a week after the season begins. Click on the links for more information.

OhioTennisZone will remove 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.

Wash your hands. Again.

THURSDAY,

New OTZ Personalized Report

Now you can make your time even more productive on OhioTennisZone. Members now receive a report that can be personalized to quickly show information about their favorite teams and players. This report is expected to be especially beneficial to college coaches who like to watch the progress of players who compete on a variety of teams. This report has been in the works for years but there was finally time to create it this winter.

Personalized Team Report
Favorite Teams - Click to enlarge
Personalized Players Report
Favorite Players - Click to enlarge

This report will automatically appear after OTZ members sign-in to the web site. It is also available via the Tennis Statistics / Info menu drop down.

The personalized team portion of the report includes team and coach photos, the teams' records, and the Average Court Winning % graph.

The Average Court Winning % is new this year and it provides the average "by court" performance of teams throughout the season. This graph will enable enthusiasts to quickly identify teams' strengths and weaknesses. This new graph will also be included on team reports for member viewing.

The personalized player chart includes player photos and records. It also provides easy access to players' OTZ Player Profiles and TennisRecruiting.net information. The Boys list will automatically be shown during the boys season, but there is an option at the top of the report to view the girls information.

Included on both the team and player personalized reports is the ability to quickly jot down comments about teams and players.

In addition to the favorite teams and players lists, members can also easily access OTZ information and tools that will enhance their use of OhioTennisZone.

Users will be presented with their payment status and most recent access time. Please contact OTZ if your payment information was not updated.

Sign up to OhioTennisZone to get your own OTZ Personalized Report and to obtain an OTZ Player Profile. In fact, give your sweetheart an OTZ membership for Valentine's Day and it will be the last present that you will ever need to buy her (him).. Really. (But don't make the same mistake with your next sweetheart.)

Any comments about the new report? Please submit a Feedback.

Wash your hands. Again.

THURSDAY,

Top Freshman Boys

Using TennisRecruiting.net (TRN), OTZ has identified the Ohio freshmen who are in the Top 800 in the nation. Many of these players will contribute immediately on varsity squads. 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 attends, please submit a Feedback.

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Freshman Boys (alphabetical order)
Updated: Feb. 27, 2020

Player - TRN Stars City (District) Incoming School
Alvin Altman - 3 Canton (NE) Mas. Jackson
Brandon Carpico - 3 Columbus (C) Gahanna
Drew Evans - 4 West Chester (SW) St. Xavier
Elijah Hadler - 3 Medina (NE) Highland
Shreyas Kode - 2 Springboro (SW) Springboro
Reece Page - 2 Dublin (C) Dublin Scioto
Benjamin Pomeranets - 5 Chagrin Falls (NE) Orange
Nikolas Romanov - 3 Solon (NE) Solon
Anthony Shalakov - 4 West Chester (SW) Lakota West
Pavan Uppu - 4 Pickerington (C) Pickerington North
Merit Wagstaff - 2 Akron (NE) Revere

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

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

There are likely a player or two who are not playing high school tennis.

There may also be players who are freshmen but are not included in the TRN freshman class info.

Of the 13 players on the list, the Central District has three, Northeast - 7, Northwest - 0, and Southwest - 3.

Are there other changes? If you are aware of non-graduate players who played high school tennis last year, but are not returning to play this year, please let OTZ know by submitting a Feedback form. This information could be helpful for the pre-season OTZ Top Ten Team Rankings.

Now is the perfect time to update contact information on TRN. TRN is commonly the way in which college coaches reach out to prospective recruits. Setting up a profile is free.

Wash your hands. Again.

SATURDAY,

Top OTZ Photos for 2019

The last major OTZ project for the girls' season was to create the Top Photo Video / Slideshow for 2019. This year's video is loosely separated into four portions: the photos of professionals, college players, platform tennis players (including a magazine cover photo), and of course, high school players. Player photos are largely sorted in alphabetical order by last name. Obviously it is a subjective list, but these are the OTZ favorites.

OTZ Video
Click for OTZ Top Photos Video - Click for video

Eagle eye viewers will see that OTZ thanks its sponsors at the end of the video. Having sponsors is crucial for OTZ. Special OTZ thank-you's go out to The Players Club, the Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA), and Midwest Sports for their sponsorships of OhioTennisZone.

The Players Club is a tennis club in Hilliard, which is a suburb in northwest Columbus. They offer all of the services that junior and adult players need to be successful with and to have fun with tennis. Contact Players to inquire about indoor practice time for your team and for pre-season clinics.

The Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA) provides an adult summer tennis league and it promotes tennis throughout the year. The GCTA leagues are very popular and teams from private clubs and public courts participate. Players compete on both hard and clay courts. There are 11 women's leagues consisting of 178 teams and nine men's leagues with 75 teams. The GCTA won the national USTA Community Tennis Association of the Year Award in 2014. To look for familiar faces, click to view photos from the 2019 season and awards banquet. OhioTennisZone also provides the web site for the GCTA. Contact the GCTA now to inquire about playing during the 2020 season.

Midwest Sports is the premier tennis web store in the Midwest and it is located in Cincinnati. This is a very popular place to go for juniors competing in Cincinnati-area tournaments. Midwest Sports provides great discounts to OhioTennisZone users, and OTZ benefits financially from each order you place online via the OTZ links (Code: Gerber).

The high school photos in this video are available for purchase by the parents and/or by the schools. Some schools use OTZ photos in their year books to recognize their tennis teams.

YouTube has essentially eliminated the ability of using music from the top artists in any new videos. This is the first OTZ video using Youtube's "in-house" artists. It worked out well.

Contact OhioTennisZone via Feedback with any questions.

Wash your hands. Again.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17,

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: Feb. 20, 2020

Player - Girls High School / College
Ananya Aggarwal Mason / Williams
Cassie Alcala Pickerington North / Toledo
Annika Alper Seven Hills / Dickinson
Rachel Buchinsky Laurel / Lehigh
Morgan Coburn Indian Hill / Georgetown
Carly Cohen Gil. Acad. / Univ of Richmond
Sydney Khosla Centerville / Wittenberg
Ava McQuillin Tol. Central Catholic / Toledo
Blessing Nwaozuzu Orange / Xavier
Sanjana Reddy Mason / University of Cincinnati
Kortney Reed Olentangy Orange / Ashland
Reagan Resor Dublin Jerome / Findlay
Olivia Rondini Magnificat / Bryant
Laurel Utterback North Canton Hoover / Bucknell
Katherine Wang Dublin Jerome / Case Western
Player - Boys High School / College
Kyle Fout Gahanna / Wittenberg
Milan Gonela Wellington / Denison
Ronit Hiryur St. Xavier / Dayton
Ben Marshall Wellington / Denison

Last year, there were at least 34 players who committed. So far this year, there are 20.

The players with OTZ Player Profiles are included in the table on the right. Click on the player names to view their OTZ Player Profiles.

Other players with college commitments include: Julia Bays, Sylvia Gray, Hayley Hirsch, and Angelia Ross.

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

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

This information was sourced by TennisRecruiting.net and OhioTennisZone.

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SATURDAY,

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: Mar. 13, 2020

Player - TRN Stars City (District) Incoming School
Elizabeth Alderman - 2Columbus (C) Worth. Kilbourne
Brooke Arington - 3Cincinnati (SW) Indian Hill
Amara Brahmbhatt - 4Westlake (NE) St. Joseph Acad.
Tess Bucher - 4 N. Canton (NE) N. Can. Hoover
Arya Chabria - 2 Powell (C) Columbus Academy
Sarah Clark - 4Cincinnati (SW)
Pritika Choudhuri - 3Dublin (C) Dublin Coffman
Paige Cornelius - 2New Albany (C)
Shradha Grover - 3Cincinnati (SW) Sycamore
Emily Jennewein - 3Cincinnati (SW) St. Ursula Academy
Summer Mu - 4Solon (NE) Hath. Brown
Clara Owen - 3Dayton (SW) Centerville
Maria Poon - 2Cincinnati (SW)
Catherine Rhegness - 2Ottawa Hills (NW) Ottawa Hills
Natalie Smitek - 3Avon (NE) Magnificat
Lily Walker - 2Perry (NE) Perry

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

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

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

Of the 16 players on the list, the Central District has four, Northeast - 5, Northwest - 1, and Southwest - 6.

Speaking of Tennis Recruiting.net, now is the perfect time for upper class men 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.

OTZ has provided daily updates since August 9th. That is 79 straight days without taking a day off. There will still be an update or two next week, but OTZ is now in " intermittent mode". Feel free to check back in from time to time.

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FRIDAY,

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

The final OTZ State Team Rankings are posted. Mason began the season at #1 and ended the season at #1. Hathaway Brown began the season at #3 but finished in the #1 spot after their wins over Indian Hill and Toledo Central Catholic in the State Team Tournament.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
Final 2019 Rankings
October 25, 2019

Division IDivision II
1. Mason◄TEAM State Spots 3 Final 4Hathaway Brown◄TEAM 3 4
2. Magnificat◄TEAM 2 4Indian Hill 3 4
3. Upper Arlington◄TEAM 1 4 Col. Academy◄TEAM 1 4
4. Dublin Jerome◄TEAM 2Oakwood◄TEAM 2
5. Pickerington North 1 Cinc. Hills Christian Acad. 1
6. Notre Dame Acad. ◄TEAM 2 4 Orange◄TEAM 2
7. Olentangy Orange 1Laurel◄TEAM 1
8. Sycamore◄TEAM 1Toledo Central Catholic 3 4
9. Brecksville 1Eaton 1
10. N. Canton Hoover◄TEAM 1 Wellington◄TEAM 1
HM: St. Ursula Acad. ◄TEAM 1 Archbishop Alter◄TEAM
HM: Massillon Jackson 2 Seven Hills◄TEAM
HM: Olentangy Liberty◄TEAM 2 Mariemont

◄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.

There were tweaks after the results from States and the State Team Tournament were considered, but the rankings are very similar to the October 17 rankings.

Interested in getting on this ranking list next year? Then it is important to play other highly ranked teams especially when both teams are at full-strength. Check next year's OTZ Girls tennis calendar to identify conflicts with big ACT / SAT test dates and major USTA tournaments.

Congratulations to these teams.

Wash your hands. Again.

MONDAY,

OhioTennisZone.com's All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team

Congratulations to the players selected for the OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team for 2019.

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio
Girls Tennis Team - 2019

Division I - Singles


Abby
Nugent
Springboro

Anna
Kan
Canfield

Division II - Singles


Rylie
Hanford
West
Geauga

Macy
Hitchcock
Eaton

Division I - Doubles

Division II - Doubles


Hayley
Hirsch
Indian Hill

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 players who may not have even qualified 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 players are very talented. In previous years, the number of D1 players on the OTZ All-Ohio team has been: 2018 - 7, 2017 - 7, and 2016 - 6. The D2 teams have totaled: 2018 - 8, 2017 - 6, and 2016 - 6.

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 obtain an OTZ 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 for next fall.

Wash your hands. Again.

WEDNESDAY,

OhioTennisZone.com Usage Activity 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 21.

Team Page Accesses
OTZ Team Pages - Click to enlarge
Usage by Metro Area
Usage by Metro Area - Click to enlarge

The Hathaway Brown team page drew the most interest during the season. The other teams in the top five were: Dublin Jerome, Upper Arlington, Columbus Academy, and Magnificat. All of the top five teams are OTZ Team Members. Note that bars on the chart are percentages based on that team's pageviews divided by Hathaway Brown's usage. So for example, Olentangy Liberty had approximately one-half (48%) of the usage that Hathaway Brown's page generated. 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).

The top Metro Areas that access OTZ may surprise a few people. While Ohio's metro areas dominate, Nashville, Detroit, Washington DC, NYC, and Chicago 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 14% and Toledo had 12%.

Ananya Aggarwal Cassie Alcala
Mason's Aggarwal - Click to enlarge
Pick. North's Alcala
Atway Lilly Black
Liberty's Atway
NDA's Black - Click to enlarge
Nicole Gillinov Olentangy's Khayat
HB's Gillinov - Click to enlarge
Olentangy's Khayat

The six players who had the most views of their OTZ Player Profiles during the girls season are (in alphabetical order): Mason's Ananya Aggarwal, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala, Olentangy Liberty's Maddie Atway, Notre Dame Academy's Lilly Black, Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov, and Olentangy's Nour Khayat. 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.

The top pages accessed on OhioTennisZone (outside of this main page) are:

Top OTZ Tweets
It was a long day. It was a long match. Olentangy Orange wraps up the day by beating Ursuline Academy in a 3rd set tb to advance to the semis tomorrow. This is match point.
The Northeast District is the first to release its District Tennis Draws. Click on the "NE" at the top of this page under "District Draws".
It's the OhioTennisZone Hype Video for States and the State Team Tournament. Time to recognize all of these great players and great teams. @OHSAASports @CCHSIrishSports @EnquirerShelby @ThisWeekSports @ThisWeekDave @ThisWeekFrank
And even more athletes to recognize.. Tennis team photos from the Upper Arlington Sectional. In this group: Franklin Heights, Marysville, and Canal Winchester. #OHSAA @OHSAASports @ThisWeekSports
Based on the cheer, Jerome should easily win this match against Columbus Academy. A negative for Jerome is that they still don't know how to pronounce "Celtics" correctly.

Even though the OTZ wife may say that too much time is wasted on Twitter (and the OTZ wife would be correct with this assessment), Twitter remains another way to reach the high school tennis audience and to draw users back to the OhioTennisZone web site. To the right are the top OTZ tweets sorted by impressions.

OTZ appreciates its sponsors and advertisers and it can always use more. Please contact OTZ for more information. Online activity continues to grow. The number of OTZ users increased 22.7% versus last year and the number of pageviews increased 24.0%. For more information about advertising, please submit a Feedback.

Wash your hands. Again.

TUESDAY,

OHSAA Tournament Championship Points

Videos of all four championship points were captured this season. Normally, there have been zigs when there should have been zags when selecting the next court to zoom to next but that was not the case this season. The order of finish was D1 Singles, D2 Singles, D2 Doubles, and then finally, D1 Doubles.

For best results, use full screen mode and increase the resolution to HD.

Some videos include more than just the final point.

Division I Singles:

Springboro's Abby Nugent defeated Mason's Ananya Aggarwal.

OTZ Video

Division I Doubles:

Dublin Jerome's Arya Dudipala - Lalasa Nagireddy beat their teammates, Reagan Resor - Katherine Wang.

OTZ Video

Division II Singles:

Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff
defeated Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen.

OTZ Video

Division II Doubles:

Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn - Hayley Hirsch beat Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky - Laurel's Ellie Brotherton.

OTZ Video

There are always some scoring snafus found by coaches as they begin to print off their end-of-season reports. If results are incorrect, please provide:

If the commentary is incorrect, please provide *when* the commentary was in error, the erroneous comments, and what it should be. Screen shots are always helpful.

Please keep in mind there are quite a few moving parts. The players could have reported the wrong score, the coach could have recorded it incorrectly, the newspaper may have posted it incorrectly, or maybe, just possibly, OTZ could have made an error.

Wash your hands. Again.

MONDAY,

State Team Champions: Mason - Division I and Hathaway Brown - Division II

Congratulations to Mason and Hathaway Brown as repeat State Team Champions in Division I and Division II, respectively. This is Mason's third in a row and HB's fifth in a row. Click for Mason's from 2018 and 2017 and HB's championship photos for 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.

Mason
Mason - Click to Enlarge
Hathaway Brown
Hathaway Brown - Click to Enlarge

The order of finish in the State Team Tournament for Division I was: Mason, Magnificat, Upper Arlington, and Notre Dame Academy.

For Division II, it was: Hathaway Brown, Indian Hill, Columbus Academy, and Toledo Central Catholic.

Click on Previous Day Match Results to see the OTZ team performance graphs.

The weather deserved a gold star for the weekend. Having three terrific weather days was great for the fans and for the players.

The tradition for the State Team Tournament is to end matches after teams get to three wins so many of the top court players did not finish. For those that did, Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov beat Toledo Central Catholic's Ava McQuillin and Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch; and Notre Dame Academy's Lilly Black defeated Magnificat's Olivia Rondini. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

This (almost) wraps up a great tennis season. OTZ has done 74 consecutive daily updates, but there will be a few more updates before OTZ switches to the PTZ (PlatformTennisZone.com) web site.. The plan for tomorrow is to post the OHSAA championship points.

Wash your hands. Again.

SUNDAY,

Congrats to State Champions | State Team Tournament

Great tennis matched the great weather yesterday. States may have benefited from the best weather conditions ever. The weather today is expected to be equally good at Reynoldsburg.

The tournament finished at 3:30pm yesterday on Court 10 with the D1 doubles finals.

Abby Nugent Connor and Griffin Biernat
Springboro's Nugent - Click to enlarge
Jerome's Dudipala - Nagireddy
Pregel Connor and Griffin Biernat
Academy's Ratliff
IH's Hirsch - Coburn

The State champions and the finalists are:

Division I Singles: Springboro's Abby Nugent defeated Mason's Ananya Aggarwal

Division I Doubles: Dublin Jerome's Arya Dudipala - Lalasa Nagireddy beat their teammates, Reagan Resor - Katherine Wang

Division II Singles: Columbus Academy's Sydni Ratliff defeated Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen

Division II Doubles: Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn - Hayley Hirsch beat Laurel's Rachel Buchinsky - Ellie Brotherton

As soon as the tournament finished, I zoomed back to Columbus for the CompuServe 50th Anniversary / Reunion. (We were just a half hour late.) Mrs. OTZ and I originally met at CompuServe and we both worked there for many years. This also explains why there were no OTZ tweets following the tournament. Oh yeah, a GIF file is pronounced JIF-- like the peanut butter. CompuServe invented this format which is widely in use today, so yes, we know how to pronounce it..

OTZ will be processing photos like crazy now. For those who are buying photos, you will get a pdf with numerous photos from which to choose. This is going to take some time so please (with your favorite sweetener on top) tell me if you need to get the photos by a certain date (i.e. your daughter's wedding). Creating these pdf's takes time (as did taking the photos with expensive equipment) so as long as there are good photos, the expectation is that you are going to purchase at least two photos (and pay for them).

See you in Reynoldsburg.. Mason plays Upper Arlington and Notre Dame Academy plays Magnificat first. Division II follows with Indian Hill versus Columbus Academy and Toledo Central Catholic versus Hathaway Brown.

Wash your hands. Again.

 

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