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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Top Fan Dog Contest
October 15, 2017
Contestants
Coco, Watterson -- 14 votes CHAMPION
Fergie, Upper Arlington -- 11 votes
Larry, Mason -- 5 votes
Dolce, New Albany - 4 votes
Brisket, Dublin Coffman - 1 vote
Logan, Hawken - Zero votes

 

 

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FRIDAY,

Photo Friday | Solon Beats Walsh Jesuit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

Olentangy Berlin Still Winless

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

Solon Beats Hawken

It looks like Ohio tennis gets one more good day before the rain comes. There were 20 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 8, Southwest - 9, Northeast - 2, and Northwest - 1. The match of the day was Oak Hills' win over Kettering Fairmont. This OTCA match had three, 3-setters. The close, 3-2 matches included: Worthington Kilbourne defeated Bloom-Carroll; Westerville Central beat Worthington Christian; Northwest defeated Colerain; DeSales beat Jonathan Alder; Indian Hill defeated Cincinnati Country Day; Wilmington beat Clinton-Massie; and Edgewood defeated Middletown. In another notable match, Solon defeated Hawken. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Mason
Mason - Click to team page
Among the top players, Solon's Maggie Yang defeated Hawken's Stephanie Shulman; Indian Hill’s Hayley Hirsch beat Cincinnati County Day’s Mia Masterson; Ursuline Academy's Nina Dhaliwal defeated Notre Dame Academy's Ciera Patton; and Clay's Madison Arquette beat Perrysburg's Gemma Smith. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Mason. They are coached by Mike Reid. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Ananya Aggarwal and Sanjana Reddy. Larry Kruse is still the mascot but he now faces rabid competition from Teddy.

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

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TUESDAY,

Mason Beats Westlake | Magnificat Defeats Sycamore

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

Hathaway Brown > Mason > Magnificat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

And Away We Go...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY, AUGUST

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

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

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

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

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

Division I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honorable Mention: Springboro (Patel**2)

Division II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY, AUGUST

USTA National Championships

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

Dalayna Hewitt
Gilmour's Carly Cohen- Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY, AUGUST

Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Awards

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

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

Women

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

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

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

Men

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

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

NAIA: Alex Wittenbaum (Sycamore - Marian University).

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

Click ITA All-Academic Awards for the complete lists.

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TUESDAY,

New OHSAA Rule Goes into Effect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Four Ohio Girls in Junior Wimbledon Finals / Misc. Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Columbus Dispatch and Motorist Insurance Group Scholar-Athlete Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

USTA Midwest Qualifiers Analysis / Midwest Closed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Northeast Ohio District Qualifier BG16, G18

Northeast Ohio District Qualifier BG14, B18

Northwest Ohio District Qualifier - All Age Groups

Ohio Valley G14

Ohio Valley G16

Ohio Valley G18

Ohio Valley B14

Ohio Valley B16

Ohio Valley B18

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

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TUESDAY,

Incoming Freshman Girls

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

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Incoming Freshmen Girls (alphabetical order)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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MONDAY,

The OTZ Usage Edition

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

OTZ Usage
OTZ Boys 2018 Season Usage

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information tomorrow..

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SATURDAY,

No Blog Entries on Saturday or Sunday

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

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

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FRIDAY,

Incoming Freshman Boys

Fans and coaches like to see who the strong players are on the horizon. This is especially helpful for the coaches because it helps with scheduling. Using TennisRecruiting.net, OTZ identifies the players who are in the Top 800 in the nation. After those players are identified, it is time to figure out which schools they plan to attend. I need your help with this.

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Incoming Freshmen Boys (alphabetical order)

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

Videos of Championship Points - Boys 2018 State Tournament

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

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

Division I Singles:

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

Division 1 Doubles:

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

Division II Singles:

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

Division II Doubles:

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

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WEDNESDAY,

Presenting the OhioTennisZone All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team for 2018

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

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio
Boys Tennis Team for 2018

 Division I - Singles


Tim
Cianciola
Canfield


Aaron
Yeh
Brecksville

 Division II - Singles


Colton
Morehart
Miami Valley Sch.


Zachary
Beaschler
Ada

 Division I - Doubles

 Division II - Doubles

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

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

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

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

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

There will be another OTZ update tomorrow morning.

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TUESDAY,

OhioTennisZone Final State Team Rankings for 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is more tomorrow..

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MONDAY,

Mason and Wellington Are the 2018 State Team Champions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Great Tennis | Sunny Skies | Hot

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

To follow all of the action, click on:

www.OhioTennisZone.com/draws

Tim Cianciola
Canfield's Tim Cianciola - Click to enlarge

Players remaining in the draw include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

It's Time for States

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hope to see you at States.

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THURSDAY,

Just One More Day

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

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

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

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

www.OhioTennisZone.com/draws

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY EVENING SPECIAL,

OTZ Interview with Hawken's Ryan Leizman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

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

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

Canfield
Canfield - Click to team page

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

New Albany Beats Upper Arlington | Massillon Jackson Defeats Solon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY UPDATE - - 11:30AM

State Draws Are Now Available

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

OTZ Draws
OTZ State Draws - Click to view draws

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

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

Be happy you play high school tennis in Ohio!

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MONDAY,

OTZ Interview with St. Charles' Jack Dabek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

All Set for States

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

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

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

The order of finish in the Central District was:

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

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

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

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

The order of finish in the Southwest was:

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

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

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

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

The order of finish in the Northeast District was:

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

District State Seeding Round

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

One More Day of State Qualifiers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

Hawken in Final Four | New OTZ Top Ten Team Rankings

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

Canfield Defeats University School | Mason Beats Sycamore

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

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

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

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

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

The Northwest District begins their District Tournament today.

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TUESDAY,

Wellington in Final Four | New Albany and UA in Finals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

State Tournament Draw Photos | District Draws

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

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY EVENING,

District Draws Available

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

Sectionals Completed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Sectional Seeding Rounds

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

John McNally
OSU's John McNally - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

1st Round of Sectionals Completed

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

St. Xavier Defeats Centerville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

Dublin Jerome Beats St. Charles

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

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

New Albany Beats Olentangy Orange | Wellington Defeats Olentangy

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

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

Sectional Week | Ohio Players in the Pros

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

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

Ottawa Hills Defeats Shelby

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

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

Josh Giambattista
Centerville's Josh Giambattista - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Wyoming Beats Walnut Hills

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

Wellington Beats Columbus Academy

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

There were just five matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 2, Southwest - 1, Northeast - 1, and Northwest - 1. The only 3-2 match was DeSales defeated Hartley. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Dublin Coffman
Dublin Coffman - Click to team page
Among the top players, Wellington's Connor Biernat defeated Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman; Wellington's Trevor Ball defeated Columbus Academy's Suriya Sundaram; Ursuline's Austin Arfaras defeated Geneva's Isaac Palinkas; Wellington's Griffin Biernat defeated Columbus Academy's Jack Madison; and Hartley’s Collin Bender defeated DeSales’ Nate Stevens. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Dublin Coffman. They are coached by Brett Hundertpfund. They are Team Members. Their top singles players are Robby Berling, Alex Powell, and Peter Lin.

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

Boys: To See Photos | To Vote

Girls: To See Photos | To Vote

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

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THURSDAY,

Mason Defeats Indian Hill | Massillon Jackson Beats St. Ignatius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

New Albany Defeats St. Charles | UA Beats Columbus Academy

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

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

New Albany Beats Columbus Academy | Indian Hill Defeats Wyoming

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

Trevor Ball
Wellington's Trevor Ball - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

Sectional Draw Analysis

The Sectional Draws were held throughout the state yesterday. The draws are (or will be) included in the right-side navigational bar. There were numerous surprises on who are playing singles and doubles. It is probably not best to speculate why, but injuries may have played a role with some of the decisions. Teams hoping to win the State Team Tournament may have also considered the wear and tear on their players who are forced to compete for three straight days. (Is it time to move the date of the State Team Tournament to the following Saturday?) (Is it way past time?) Not all Districts have released their draws (the Northwest and Northeast Districts have not), but a breakdown by those districts which have, follows.

Nathan Zhang
Sycamore's Zhang at GCTCA Classic - Click to enlarge
Of those players identified in the OTZ Top Players and Watch List report, the top players in the Central District who are playing D1 singles are New Albany's Robert Cash, Olentangy's Stu Brdicka, and Lancaster's Colton Clark. Marietta's Guillermo Del Rio Gonzalez received a #1 seed in D1 singles. He is an exchange student from Spain, but a player of the same name is also listed in TennisRecruiting.net as being from The Woodlands, Texas. The top players competing in doubles are: St. Charles' Jack Dabek and Reese Yakubov, Upper Arlington's Josh Cole and Will Reynolds, New Albany's Nathan Jose and Devin Boyer, and Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden and Jordan Phelps. In Division 2, Wellington's Connor Biernat is teaming up with his brother, Griffin, in doubles. Wellington's Trevor Ball is playing singles. Academy's top two players, Arie Tuckerman and Jack Madison, are playing singles. Bexley's Christian Roddy and Leo Schottenstein are playing doubles together.

Mason's Niraj Komatineni leads the list in D1 Southwest's singles draw. Others competing in singles are: Turpin's Grant Wendel and Ethan Caruso, Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz, and Centerville's Josh Giambattista. In D1 doubles, St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins and Charlie Temming are teaming up. St. Xavier's and Joe Beischel and Nicholas Aronoff are also playing together. Also teaming up are Sycamore's Nathan Zhang and Samuel Marcus and Mason's Shashank Reddy and Aneesh Zutshi. St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur is not listed in the Sectional draw.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (H) versus New Albany; Mason (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; Centerville (A) versus Miami Valley; and Wyoming (H) versus Indian Hill. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

Mason Wins the GCTCA Classic | New Albany Wins NA Invite

Update 9:45pm: Access to the Sectional Draws is located in the right-side navigation bar. Currently, the Central District D1, Southwest District Cincinnati ATP D1 and D2, Southwest District Centerville D1 and D2, and Southwest District Troy D1 and D2 sites have their draws posted. The Mason D1 draws were provided by an undisclosed source. The only Southwest District draws not available are the Mason D2 draws. Can anyone take a photo of the Mason D2 draws and email them to OTZ?

Since Ohio has had awful weather throughout the month, it only made sense that the weather be miserable again yesterday. There were numerous big tournaments. Mason won the Flight A championship of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic. New Albany and Thomas Worthington won their tournaments.

There were four dual matches recorded from state-wide play. Marysville defeated Big Walnut; Westerville North beat Marysville; Ursuline defeated Warren John F Kennedy; and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat Woodridge. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Arjun Brahmbhatt
St. Ignatius' Brahmbhatt from NA Invite - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated Solon's Luke Qin and St. Ignatius' Arjun Brahmbhatt; Mason's Niraj Komatineni beat Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel;  St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur defeated Sycamore's Nathan Zhang and Turpin's Grant Wendel; New Albany's Nathan Jose beat Upper Arlington's Will Reynolds and St. Ignatius' Brian Zhu; St. Charles' Jack Dabek defeated Upper Arlington's Josh Cole; St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins beat Mason's Shashank Reddy; and St. Charles' Reese Yakubov defeated Solon's Kavi Jain. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

(Also worthwhile to note that the Dispatch had no tournament results this morning. I left the New Albany Invite before it finished.)

The Sectional Draws are today. This is always a big deal but it is an even bigger deal for the Southwest District this season. It always takes luck to get to States, but the Southwest District was more of a lottery. The Southwest has four Sectional locations and two of those locations, Cincinnati (Lindner Family Tennis Center) and Mason, have the best talent. Centerville has good players, and Troy's talent is a distant fourth. Since there is such a big difference in talent, everyone wanted to play the top seeds from Troy (a lottery win). No one wanted to play a top seed from Cincinnati or Mason. When a #1 seed from Mason had to face a #2 seed from Cincinnati (or vice versa), then a great player did not go to States. In fact, there were situations where a strong team's #1 and #2 singles players did not make it to States but their #3 player would. That is awful for the most deserving players and for high school tennis. Previous great player excluded from States include: Turpin's Grant Wendel (2017), Seven Hills' Nick Williams (2016), Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti (2014), Zach Mueck (2009), and others. A common refrain from coaches was always, "It evens out over time." Of course, most high school players do not have the luxury of time. It will take a couple of seasons for this to work itself out, but this is the best long term approach to use for the players.

To further elaborate, this new approach should largely eliminate a coach's goal of getting most of his/her players to Districts. Instead, it should maximize a coach's chances of getting his best players to States.

There was an extensive OTZ article posted on September 24th about the process that Central uses. Central allows all four of its D1 Sectional coaches to choose locations. Click to read this article. Unlike in previous years, OTZ will not be at the Central District draw today.

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SATURDAY,

Indian Hill Defeats Miami Valley School

There was more rain yesterday, but there were still big matches. In the State Team Tournament, Indian Hill defeated Miami Valley School. Indian Hill won 58% of the games, and the match included two, 3-setters. This match was of particular interest because Miami Valley School does not play as aggressive of a schedule as other top teams.

There were 11 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 7, Southwest - 2, and Northeast - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Delaware Hayes had a big win by defeating Dublin Scioto (included three 3-setters); Gahanna beat Bexley; and Poland Seminary defeated Lakeside. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Jonathan Alder
Jonathan Alder - Click to team page
Among the top players, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Miami Valley School's Colton Morehart; Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz beat Oakwood's Sam Lahmon; Bexley's Christian Roddy defeated Gahanna's Colin Jordan; Miami Valley School’s Niyanth Reddy beat Indian Hill's Maanas Pisati; Ursuline's Austin Arfaras defeated Gilmour Academy's Alexander; Dublin Coffman's Robby Berling beat Pickerington North's Evan Ross; and Delaware Hayes' Kyle Klumpp defeated Dublin Scioto's Joseph Hill. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Jonathan Alder. They are coached by Ryan Swinehart. Their top singles players are Brandon Dembek and Evan Collins. Jonathan Alder's team photo is always an OTZ favorite each year.

There are a number of tournaments today including the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Classic's semi's and finals. New Albany and Lexington also have tournaments today. If the tournament results are included in the newspaper, they will be included on OhioTennisZone.

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FRIDAY,

Photo Phriday | St. Charles Beats Upper Arlington

The weather was perfect for the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic. The scores from the Flight A group are online. Hopefully the other scores will be in the Cincinnati Enquirer soon for OTZ to retrieve.

Matches involving the state's top teams included: New Albany defeated Dublin Jerome; St. Charles beat Upper Arlington; Perrysburg defeated Ottawa Hills; and Columbus Academy beat Olentangy Orange.

There were 27 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 22, Northeast - 3, Northwest - 1, and Southwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Dublin Scioto defeated Hilliard Davidson; Bexley beat Dublin Coffman; Hilliard Darby defeated Worthington Kilbourne; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat Beachwood; and West Jefferson defeated London. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Sam Routzahn
Olentangy's Sam Routzahn - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated Dublin Jerome's Anish Patel; Mason's Niraj Komatineni beat Anderson's William Sultan and St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Sycamore's Nathan Zhang Turpin's Grant Wendel; Turpin's Grant Wendel beat Seven Hills' Max Yuan; St. Charles' Jack Dabek defeated Upper Arlington's Emerson Dean; Mason's Shashank Reddy beat Turpin's Ethan Caruso; Perrysburg's Ben Weider defeated Ottawa Hills' Rahul Bais; St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins beat Sycamore's Samuel Marcus; and Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden defeated Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The first batch of photos of the season is now online. These 37 photos are from ten dual matches up to April 12th. Some sun is needed for great photos, and there obviously has not been much sun. The top photos will change, but the current ones are included in Top Ten Photos. Sign-in and click on Recently Added Photos to view them all.

In the spirit of Bring Your Child to Work Day, Lauren and Zoey joined Mrs. OTZ (Kathy) and me at the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic yesterday. Lauren is an engineer at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, and Zoey is a psycho-puppy. (The photo above is when Zoey was two months old.)

Today's matches include: New Albany (H) versus St. Ignatius; Centerville (A) versus Lexington; and St. John's Jesuit (H) versus Sylvania Southview. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

Upper Arlington Beats St. Xavier | Wellington Defeats Bexley

It was a good night for tennis but many teams in the Southwest District took the night off to rest up for the big Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic Tournament.

There were 31 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 21, Southwest - 9, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Hilliard Davidson defeated Olentangy Liberty; Upper Arlington beat St. Xavier; Dublin Scioto defeated Hilliard Bradley; Springboro beat Kettering Fairmont; Logan defeated Teays Valley; and Grandview beat Ready. Other significant matches included: Columbus Academy defeated Pickerington North; Wellington beat Bexley; and Springboro defeated Kettering Fairmont. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Centerville
Centerville - Click to team page
Among the top players, St. Charles' Jack Dabek beat Watterson's Chris Finissi; Upper Arlington's Josh Cole defeated St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins; Wellington's Trevor Ball beat Bexley's Christian Roddy; Olentangy's Sam Routzahn defeated Pickerington Central's Layton Mathias; Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman beat Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder; Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz defeated Springboro's Ethan Post; and Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott beat Olentangy Liberty's Vishnu Bodavula. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Centerville. They are coached by Scott Long. Their top singles players are Josh Giambattista, Samith Venkatesh, and Rishi Appalaneni.

After spending an hour and a half last night with GoDaddy on the phone, system emails are once again being sent from OTZ. A really good, Level 2 support representative worked with others at GoDaddy to fix this problem. OTZ also dug into other issues that caused some reports to load slowly. Many users will note that the State Team Tournament draws now load faster.

There were no scores again from the Cincinnati Enquirer. The reason why there are still Cincinnati-area scores is because OTZ Member Coaches are submitting their scores directly to OTZ.

More teams are submitting non-professional team photos to OhioTennisZone for inclusion on the web site using cell phone cameras. The good news is that cell phone cameras have advanced to the point in which the image is ok. The bad news is that some people are not good camera pointers. (Note how the gender neutral word, "people", was used in the above sentence to avoid any unnecessary conflict.) If you want to be included in the photo, here's how to make this process go smoother. Take a photo of the group on how you want it to look. Show the image to your volunteer photographer and mention to her how people are positioned in the center of the image and how feet and other relevant body parts are not only important but included in your photo. Give the cell phone to her with the camera facing the group (since this is not a selfie). Position yourself in the group. Ask her to take the photo, but always check it to insure that it is ok. Repeat the above process until either the photo looks acceptable or until she almost (but not quite) hates you forever. Please ask her to email a high-resolution image of the photo to OTZ. Please do not show this paragraph to her..

OTZ will be at the GCTCA Classic today. Good dual match-ups include: Bexley (A) versus Dublin Coffman; New Albany (A) versus Dublin Jerome; and Ottawa Hills (A) versus Perrysburg.

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WEDNESDAY,

More Rain Again

Do Rainy Days and Monday's Get You Down? Ok. Well, today is Wednesday and it is not expected to rain as much today.

There were two matches recorded from yesterday. Preble Shawnee defeated Northridge and Valley View beat Brookville. To view the results in graphical form, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

While it has rained excessively, kudos to the coaches of the following teams for still finding a way to play matches. Teams with 14 or more contests include: Sycamore (17 matches), Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (15), Massillon Jackson (14), Loveland (14), and Mason (14).

Top Players Report
Top Players List - Click for the report

The OTZ Top Players and Watchlist Reports have been updated to include more players. Obviously it has been difficult this year because the lack of matches has made it more difficult to evaluate players. The Top Players report currently includes 16 players and this will grow to about 30 before the end of the season. The number of players on the watch list varies from year to year. (Note that OTZ favors seniors.) If you really think your son, nephew, grandson, or friend of a friend's son deserves to be on the report, then don't contact OTZ. That would only delay his addition to the report (if he should be added at all). Coaches may always feel free to contact OTZ (for a player on your team or another team). Almost all of the top players are OTZ members. To view the detailed information for those who are not, sign-in first. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

It appears that the Cincinnati Enquirer is starting to limit what they show online for free versus what they provide in their "paper" subscription. The problem is that the scores via the subscription are a few days after the matches take place. While these scores are eventually entered on OTZ, they cannot be discussed in OTZ daily blog entry. Hopefully the Enquirer addresses the timing issue soon, but this is what they should do. They should not be making scores available for free because it takes too much effort to gather and post them. C'mon. The Enquirer just won a Pulitzer. If you live in the Southwest District, sign-up for their newspaper.

Click to read the Enquirer's article about the upcoming Great Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic article written by John Snodgrass and video by Scott Springer.

Today's matches include: St. Ignatius (A) versus Walsh Jesuit; St. Xavier (H) versus Upper Arlington; and Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Springboro. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches. Always reach out to a player or coach to insure that a match will be held prior to going to a match.

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TUESDAY,

Sectional Draw Week

This is a big week as teams hustle for matches before the big Sectional draw this weekend. OTZ Coach Members are encouraged to double check that all of their matches are included on OhioTennisZone.com. This information will be especially useful if you are pursuing seeds for your players.

Rain affected play in most of the state except for northern Ohio. There were just six matches recorded. The matches included: Lordstown defeated East Palestine; Massillon Jackson beat Green; Lake Catholic defeated Mayfield; and Ottawa Hills beat Wauseon. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Seven Hills
Seven Hills - Click to team page
Among the top players, Canfield's Tim Cianciola defeated Poland Seminary's Sam Delatore; Ottawa Hill's Rahul Bais beat Wauseon's Tristan Uribes; Massillon Jackson's Arjun Shanmugam defeated Green's Logan Langovsky; and Ursuline's Austin Arfaras beat Cardinal Mooney's Michael Pelini. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Seven Hills. They are coached by Tim Drew. They are OTZ Team Members. Their top singles players are: Max Yuan, Kevin Wang, and Vito Zenezini.

The OTZ State Team Tournament Draws are back online with updated Northwest District Draws. The draws for Northwest District had to be redone because one school (Lima Shawnee) was incorrectly included in the D1 rather than the D2 draws. To save tennis fans time, note that there is an update date at the top of the draw sheet. This date will change anytime in which there is new information to view.

OTZ uses GoDaddy to host the OhioTennisZone web site. There have been problems on and off this season on a variety of issues with them. Once again, the emails that originate from the OTZ system (especially scores and sign-ups) are not being sent. If you are awaiting a system confirmation, this is why you have not received it. This is yet another frustration with this season...

Today's matches include: University (H) versus Hawken; Bexley (H) versus Wellington; Springboro (A) versus Miamisburg; and St. Charles (A) versus Watterson. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

New OTZ Top Ten Rankings - Mason and Indian Hill Top the Rankings

With the combination of bad weather and delays of boys joining teams due to USTA matches, it has been difficult to assess teams this spring. Now that OTZ is up-to-date with entering match results, it is time for another set of OhioTennisZone rankings. OTZ relies on a combination of Matrix Reports and team line-ups to determine its rankings. OTZ attempts to compare teams as they would play with their best line-ups. If the OTZ rankings disagree with yours, start with those reports first prior to sending a feedback. As always, the OTZ rankings are never wrong - the teams just occasionally mess up and do not play as they should.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
April 23, 2018
Division IDivision II
1. Mason◄TEAM Indian Hill◄TEAM
2. New Albany◄TEAM Wellington School◄TEAM
3. St. Xavier◄TEAM Hawken◄TEAM
4. Sycamore◄TEAM Col. Academy◄TEAM
5. Upper Arlington◄TEAM Cin. Country Day◄TEAM
6. St. Charles◄TEAM Miami Valley School
7. Massillon Jackson◄TEAM Seven Hills◄TEAM
8. Centerville Bexley◄TEAM
9. St. John's Jesuit◄TEAM Ottawa Hills
10. Solon◄TEAM Lexington
HM University School◄TEAM Wyoming◄TEAM
HM St. Ignatius◄TEAM  
HM Turpin◄TEAM  
HM Olentangy Orange◄TEAM  
HM Dublin Jerome  
◄TEAM - Denotes OTZ Team Membership. Click Team for Detailed Information.
The Cincinnati-area teams have played a large number of great matches and other parts of the state have not (with the exception of Massillon Jackson and St. John's Jesuit). It is also difficult to assess teams without information, so teams on the bubble go down if their matches are not recorded on OTZ.

There are normally a few Rosetta Stone teams that allow OTZ to evaluate others. St. Xavier is one of those teams since they have played Turpin (won 69% of the games), Seven Hills (won 87%), Columbus Academy (won 73%), St. Charles (won 64%), Cincinnati Country Day (won 83%), Centerville (won 66%, and Bellbrook (won 86%). St. X is also one of the state's best teams so other teams tend to go at them with their best line-ups.

Teams that do not travel and/or cannot encourage the better teams to come play them get downgraded. Those teams who play a multitude of extremely weak teams also get downgraded.

Note that regular, though normally misguided, OTZ fans can cast their votes for their own top teams. Click to Vote for Your Own (Though Probably Misguided) Top Ten Teams.

Today's matches include: St. Ignatius (A) versus Massillon Jackson and Upper Arlington (A) versus Olentangy Orange. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

Sycamore Beats UA | Mason Defeats Wellington

It was another ideal day with numerous great matches and tournaments. In tournament play, Seven Hills won the Hilliard Davidson Doubles Classic. At the Lexington Invitational, Massillon Jackson took first place. Watkins Memorial won the Reynoldsburg Doubles Tournament. Ottawa Hills and Logan Elm both won their own tournaments.

In dual match play, Indian Hill and Sycamore defeated Upper Arlington; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat Kenston; Dublin Jerome defeated Hudson; and Mason beat Wellington. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. (Sign-in to view the line-ups.)

Worthington Kilbourne
Worthington Kilbourne - Click to team page

Among the top players, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Wellington's Trevor Ball; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel beat Upper Arlington's Josh Cole; Sycamore's Nathan Zhang defeated Upper Arlington's Paige Kompa; Mason's Shashank Reddy got redemption over Wellington's Griffin Biernat; and Sycamore's Samuel Marcus beat Upper Arlington's Will Reynolds. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Worthington Kilbourne. They are coached by Steve Metzmaier. Their top singles players are Gordon Liu, Sevish Sanker, and Ved Sampath.

The Cincinnati Enquirer did not include yesterday's results but the Sunday paper did have Wednesday and Thursday results. Those will be posted later today.

Still waaay backed up. I'm not going to admit out loud that I want rain, but..

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SATURDAY,

Indian Hill Beats Wellington | Mason Defeats UA

There were numerous big match-ups last night with several teams traveling to Cincinnati. Those matches included: Indian Hill defeated Wellington; Mason beat Upper Arlington; and Sycamore defeated St. Johns Jesuit. In Central, Columbus Academy defeated St. Charles and Olentangy Orange beat Olentangy. Other significant matches included: Ottawa Hills defeated Sylvania Northview and Massillon Jackson beat Kenston in the Northwest and Northeast Districts, respectively.

There were 23 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 11, Southwest - 8, Northeast - 3, and Northwest - 1. Another really close, 3-2 match included: Poland Seminary defeated Howland. That match included two 3-setters and Poland won 56 games to Howland's 57 games. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. (Sign-in to view the line-ups.)

OSU's Danielle Wolf
OSU's Danielle Wolf - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Wellington's Connor Biernat; Upper Arlington's Josh Cole beat Mason's Niraj Komatineni; St. Charles' Jack Dabek defeated Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman; Sycamore's Nathan Zhang beat St. John's Jesuit's Akhil Katragadda; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden; Sycamore's Samuel Marcus beat St. Johns Jesuit's Alan Fahoury; St. Charles' Reese Yakubov defeated Columbus Academy's Suriya Sundaram; Ursuline's Austin Arfaras beat Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Cole Farren; and Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps defeated Olentangy's Sam Routzahn. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Ohio State Women's team had a rare outdoor match which meant that I finally had an opportunity to take photos outdoors. The sun was a bit too harsh*, but at least it was sunny and not snowing nor raining nor sleeting. OSU's Danielle Wolf played for Cincinnati Country Day. Her brother, JJ, also plays for Ohio State. * A harsh sun means that it is really hard to take a good photo of a player who wears a hat or a visor. The eyes under the hat are normally too dark while other parts of the photo are overexposed.

The Cincinnati Enquirer had yesterday's (Friday) results online. The results for Wednesday and Thursday have still not been posted.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) and Sycamore (H) versus Upper Arlington; Mason (H) versus Wellington; and University (T) versus Hawken. I will be leaving shortly for the Hilliard Davidson doubles tournament. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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FRIDAY,

Massillon Jackson Beats North Canton Hoover | Academy Defeats Bexley

We have had two good tennis nights in a row. Can we have a third today? The most prominent matches in the Central District were: Columbus Academy defeated Bexley and Olentangy Excellent beat Olentangy Liberty. In the Northeast, Massillon Jackson defeated North Canton Hoover. In the Northwest, Ottawa Hills defeated Archbold and in the Southwest, Turpin defeated Kettering Fairmont. There were 32 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 26, Southwest - 4, Northeast - 1, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Urbana defeated Jonathan Alder; Greenon beat West Jefferson; and Thomas Worthington defeated Worthington Kilbourne. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Kettering Fairmont
Kettering Fairmont - Click to team page
Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated Watterson's Chris Finissi; Turpin's Grant Wendel beat Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Olentangy Liberty's Bodavula; Upper Arlington's Josh Cole beat Dublin Coffman's Robby Berling; Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas defeated North Canton Hoover's Matthew Warburton; Ottawa Hills' James Schwann beat Archbold's Alex White; Turpin's Ethan Caruso defeated Kettering Fairmont's Tyler Juhasz; Bexley's Christian Roddy beat Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman; Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott defeated Marysville's Haden Fluharty. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Kettering Fairmont. They are coached by Diane Bendel. They are OTZ Team Members. Their top singles players are: Murad Nawaz, Tyler Juhasz, and Sasa Babic.

I am now officially in way-way-backed-up mode. The good news is that I am staying in Columbus over the next few days. Feel free to bug me if you need for me to do something quickly that has not been done.

The OhioTennisZone OTCA Draws need to be changed for the Northwest District. When the OTCA created the draws in February, one school was placed in the Division 1 draw when it should have been placed in Division 2. The OTZ draws are customized to provide additional information so this will be a time consuming task. Also note the previous paragraph.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has not posted high school sports scores for the last two days - not in their free online version nor in their online subscription product. OTZ Coach members may submit their scores directly to OTZ, which is why some Southwest District scores are included.

There are numerous great matches today among the top teams in the state. They include: Mason (H) versus Upper Arlington; Indian Hill (H) versus Wellington; Columbus Academy (A) versus St. Charles; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Canfield; St. Ignatius (A) versus Kenston; and St. John's Jesuit (A) versus Sycamore. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

Wellington Beats St. Charles | Jerome Wins SpaghettiO Challenge

Hey. Ohio finally had a reasonably good day of tennis yesterday. In the Central District where 21 matches were recorded, Wellington beat St. Charles and Dublin Jerome defeated Dublin Coffman in the SpaghettiO Challenge*. In the Northeast, Hawken defeated Orange. Mason beat Turpin in the Southwest. The Northeast had seven matches and the Southwest had just five matches because the Cincinnati Enquirer did not include any scores (again).

The close, 3-2 matches included: Bexley defeated Watterson; DeSales beat Granville; Cardinal Mooney defeated Lordstown; Poland Seminary beat Boardman; Seven Hills defeated Walnut Hills; and Westerville South beat Big Walnut. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

St. Xavier
St. Xavier - Click to team page
Among the top players, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Turpin's Grant Wendel; St. Charles' Jack Dabek defeated Wellington's Connor Biernat; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott; Sycamore's Nathan Zhang defeated Anderson's William Sultan; Hawken's Ryan Leizman defeated Orange's Ilon Goldberg; St. Ignatius' Arjun Brahmbhatt defeated St. Edward's Osoted; Wellington's Trevor Ball defeated St. Charles' Reese Yakubov; Turpin's Ethan Caruso defeated Mason's Vishnu Srinath; Bexley's Christian Roddy defeated Watterson's Chris Finissi; Hawken's Stephanie Shulman defeated Orange's Hadi Bouali; Walnut Hills' Phillip Kogan defeated Seven Hills' Max Yuan; and Dublin Jerome’s Anish Patel defeated Dublin Coffman’s Robby Berling. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is St. Xavier. They are coached by Russ King, and they are OTZ Team Members. The top singles players are Ronit Hiryur, Max DeCurtins, and Charlie Temming.

Today's matches include: Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Turpin; Massillon Jackson (A) versus North Canton Hoover; St. John's Jesuit (H) versus Toledo Central Catholic; Upper Arlington (A) versus Dublin Coffman; Bexley (A) versus Columbus Academy; St. Ignatius (A) versus Brecksville; and Centerville (A) versus Springboro. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

* Extra emphasis is placed on this match because one of these teams must traverse Dublin's many confusing and almost infinite traffic circles to get to the match before it gets too dark to play. Circles => SpaghettiO. Get it?

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WEDNESDAY,

Loveland Beats Wyoming | Proposed OHSAA Rule Change

More cold weather and snow led to another round of cancellations yesterday. There were, however, a few matches in the Southwest District that were played. There were 13 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 0, Southwest - 12, Northeast - 1, and Northwest - 0. The close, 3-2 matches included: Loveland defeated Wyoming; Lakota West beat Fairfield; and Turpin defeated Anderson. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association
OTZ OPSWA Photo - Click to enlarge

Among the top players,Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Anderson's William Sultan;
St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur beat Moeller's Jacob Schwartz;
Sycamore's Nathan Zhang defeated Oak Hills' Lasse Arndt; and Wyoming's Kyle Demers beat Loveland's Connor Ruble. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA) had its annual meeting yesterday. Dr. Dan Ross (middle of photo) is retiring this year after serving as the OHSAA Commissioner for the last 14 years. Dr. Ross spoke on several topics including a proposed rule change for transfer students. Rather than have those students sit out for the first half of the season, the proposed rule would have them sit out the second half of the season plus any post-season play. Dr. Ross is a rare individual who has worked in a wide variety of roles including: coach, official, teacher, school principal, school superintendent, and business person. I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Dr. Ross extensively about my education web site (GerberAnalytics.com), which offered Ohio Graduation Test analytics prior to the test's unfortunate demise. Dr. Ross has a goal of visiting all of the OHSAA schools (roughly 800) in the state and he has just four to go... Best of luck to Dr. Ross in his retirement.

Writers in attendance at the OPSWA meeting who frequently prepare tennis articles (and their Twitter handles) included: ThisWeekSports' Frank DiRenna (@ThisWeekFrank), Dave Purpura (@ThisWeekDave), Jarrod Ulrey (@UlreyThisWeek), and Scott Hennen (@ThisWeekHennen), and the Dispatch's Steve Blackledge (@BlackiePreps). In speaking with Blackledge, he shared that the Dispatch deadline for scores has moved up to earlier in the evening. For OTZ to include your score in the Dispatch, please submit them to OTZ by 8:30pm.

Today's matches include: Mason (H) versus Turpin; St. Xavier (A) versus Centerville; Watterson (H) versus Bexley; Ottawa Hills (A) versus Anthony Wayne; Seven Hills (H) versus Walnut Hills; and St. Ignatius (H) versus St Edward. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

St. Xavier Defeats Cincinnati Country Day

It was more of the same yesterday with more cold weather and more snow. There were only four matches recorded from state-wide play. The Northeast recorded two matches and Central and Southwest both recorded one. St. Xavier defeated Cincinnati Country Day; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat St. Vincent-St. Mary; University School defeated Shaker Heights; and Teays Valley beat Chillicothe. To view the graphs from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Wyoming
Wyoming - Click to team page

Among the top players, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Neil Badlani; University School's Chas Norman beat Shaker Heights' Wilder Geier; and
University School's Charlie Joranko defeated Shaker Heights' Green-Celeste. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Top Players and Watch List Reports were updated yesterday to include more players. With so few matches being played, adding players to these lists have been difficult. There will be about 30 players on the Top Players report by the of the season.

Today's featured team is Wyoming. They are coached by Dave Tanner. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Joseph Kelly, David Keller, and Kyle Demers.

Today's matches include: Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Centerville; Columbus Academy (A) versus Wellington; Seven Hills (A) versus Summit Country Day; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Green; and St. Ignatius (A) versus Hudson. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

Ohio State Wins "Tennis On Campus" Championship | Platform Tennis Weekend

The Ohio State University "Tennis On Campus" team won its first National Championship over the weekend in Orlando, Florida against a tough University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill team. OSU's championship team included numerous Ohio high school players. They were: Sycamore's Noah Stern, Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru, Walnut Hill's Lilly O'Toole, Copley's Gavin Aten, Orange's Adrian Young, Notre Dame Academy's Alicia Nahhas, Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen, Kenston's Natasha Birze, Walsh Jesuit's Paige Carmichael, and Springboro's Michael Beatty. Click to read the tournament's wrap-up article.

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Walnut Hill's Lilly O'Toole - Click to enlarge
The USTA "Tennis On Campus" remains a great tennis option for high school tennis graduates. (See OTZ's USTA Tennis on Campus article from March 9 to read more about the participants.)

It was a platform tennis weekend for OTZ. It normally takes a college graduation or an out-of-town funeral to force OhioTennisZone to publish from another site. That was not the case this weekend. As you know, I play the outdoor winter sport, platform tennis, and our team had an opportunity to play in the American Platform Tennis Association (APTA) League Team Championship in Chicago over the weekend. After beating teams from Pittsburgh and Cincinnati (Four Bridges) in the semi-finals and finals, respectively, we won the 4.0 League division. We even received medals made out of real medal. (!)

Sydney Bergman Sydney Bergmano
Awards - Click to enlarge
Conditions.. - Click to enlarge

Playing conditions were not ideal but we were ready for the conditions. The temperature averaged 35 degrees and it either drizzled, rained, or sleeted while we played. The two photos give a better indication of the conditions. The white spots in the team photo were snow flakes. The fog was created as the heated court surface evaporated some of the moisture.

Player names for the photo are - Back row: Rob Martin, John Lindaman, Eric Lothes, Bob Birzer, and Martin Roesch. Front row: Brad Marquis (captain), Frank Heil, and Scott Gerber. The players at the net in the fog photo are Rob Martin and Brad Marquis.

Now, it is time for some serious catching up. Cincinnati Enquirer scores from last Wednesday and Thursday will be added at some point today. It is time to also make more changes to the Top Players report.

Today's matches include: St. Xavier (H) versus Cincinnati Country Day; Columbus Academy (A) versus Dublin Jerome; Buckeye Valley (A) versus Big Walnut; Springboro (A) versus Milford; and St. Charles (A) versus Hilliard Davidson. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches. Anyone who plays in today's weather conditions will be considered honorary platform tennis players.

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SUNDAY,

St. Xavier Beats St. Charles | Sycamore Defeats St. X. Louisville

The weather was good until the rain came (again). There were six matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 2, Southwest - 3, and Northeast - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Sycamore-B defeated Wyoming and Sycamore beat Louisville Trinity. Other big matches included: St. Xavier defeated St. Charles and St. John's Jesuit beat Dublin Coffman. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Whetstone
Whetstone - Click to team page
Among the top players, Ronit Hiryur defeated Jack Dabek; Nathan Zhang beat Louisville Trinity's Chou and St. Xavier-Louisville's Cameron; Alan Fahoury defeated Robby Berling; and Reese Yakubov beat Max DeCurtins. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Whetstone. They are coached by Bucky Walters. They are led by Kaleb White, Colin Harmon-Ulmer, and Kalman Buterbaugh.

Another quick update today and then a long drive back to OTZ headquarters...

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SATURDAY,

Indian Hill Beats Jackson | New Albany Defeats St. John's Jesuit

While we might be back to a weather mess again today, yesterday was great. There were 25 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 10, Southwest -12, Northeast - 3, and Northwest - 0. The close, 3-2 matches included: New Richmond defeated Mariemont; Moeller beat Walnut Hills; Worthington Christian defeated Buckeye Valley; DeSales beat Big Walnut; Indian Hill defeated Massillon Jackson; Orange beat Geneva; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy defeated Highland; Bellbrook beat Kettering Fairmont; and University School defeated St. Ignatius. The Worthington Christian versus Buckeye Valley match included four 3-setters. In other significant matches, New Albany defeated St. Johns Jesuit; Miami Valley School beat Seven Hills; and St. Xavier defeated Columbus Academy. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Westerville North
Westerville North - Click to team page
Among the top players, Robert Cash defeated Akhil Katragadda; Andrew Pregel beat Danny Thomas; Grant Wendel defeated Holden Owens; Ronit Hiryur beat Arie Tuckerman; Miami Valley School's Morehart defeated Max Yuan; Arjun Brahmbhatt defeated Chas Norman; Thomas Worthington's Kai Britz defeated Dublin Jerome's Patel. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Westerville North. They are coached by Uy Nguyen. They are led by Trent McFarland and Reece Nguyen.

The good news is that the Cincinnati Enquirer started providing high school sports scores again. Friday's results are included. The Wednesday and Thursday results will be added later. OTZ is operating out of a non-disclosed location which has fewer computer resources, and extra umph is necessary to insure that there are not duplicate scores included. There is also barely enough time to post this entry.

Today's matches include: Massillon Jackson (A) versus Wellington; Ottawa Hills (A) versus Olentangy and Bexley (H); St. John's Jesuit (A) versus Dublin Coffman; and St. Xavier (A) versus Dublin Jerome and St. Charles. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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FRIDAY,

Mason Beats Sycamore | Solon Defeats Canfield

The extreme wind yesterday no doubt led to some creative shot making yesterday. Activity is expected to be high again today as teams rush to play before another storm front hits.

This is the second day in a row that the Cincinnati Enquirer has not posted high school tennis scores. Hopefully they will be able to catch-up and post Wednesday and Thursday scores soon. OTZ is not completely devoid of Cincinnati-area scores. OTZ member coaches have submitted scores directly to OhioTennisZone and those are included online. Once the Enquirer posts the scores, it will take a couple of days before everything is updated on OTZ.

There were 30 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 19, Northeast - 6, Northwest - 0, and Southwest - 5. The close, 3-2 matches included: Whetstone defeated DeSales; Hartley beat Grandview; North Royalton defeated North Olmsted; and Turpin beat Walnut Hills. In other notable matches, Mason defeated Sycamore; Solon beat Canfield; and Indian Hill defeated Cincinnati Country Day. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Upper Arlington
Upper Arlington - Click to team page

Among the top players, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Sycamore's Nathan Zhang; Turpin's Grant Wendel beat Walnut Hills' Phillip Kogan; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Ashutosh Annapantula; Canfield's Tim Cianciola beat Solon's Luke Qin; Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz defeated Miamisburg's Felix Sasse; Mason's Shashank Reddy beat Sycamore's Samuel Marcus; Bexley's Christian Roddy defeated Worthington Christian's Ajai Smith; and Orange’s Ilon Goldberg beat Bay’s Ben Anderson. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Upper Arlington. They are coached by Will Thieman. They are Team Members. They are led by Josh Cole and Will Reynolds.

There is tragic news out of Cincinnati. Seven Hills' tennis player, Kyle Plush, was killed in an accident. Click to read more. Our condolences to his parents and to the Seven Hills' community.

Today's matches include: St. Xavier (A) versus Columbus Academy; Indian Hill (H) versus Massillon Jackson; Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Bellbrook; Massillon Jackson (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; St. Ignatius (H) versus University School;  St. John's Jesuit (A) versus New Albany; and University (A) versus St. Ignatius. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

Mason Beats Indian Hill | Columbus Academy Defeats Olentangy

The weather continues to improve (It had to eventually, right?) and Ohio tennis had another big tennis day yesterday. There should also be significant activity tonight as well.

OTZ readers likely encountered delays in accessing the OTZ web site this morning (and perhaps other times as well). GoDaddy was contacted and it appears that things are working better now (after writing a bigger check to GoDaddy). This is also the reason for the late update today. The system-generated email problem that they had a week ago is hopefully now completely resolved.

There were 30 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 20, Northeast - 5, Northwest - 0, and Southwest - 5. The close, 3-2 matches included: Wilmington defeated Kettering Fairmont; Buckeye Valley beat Clear Fork; Columbus Academy defeated Olentangy; Centennial beat Beechcroft; and Thomas Worthington defeated Gahanna. In other prominent matches, Mason defeated Indian Hill. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Marysville
Marysville - Click to team page

Among the top players, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; New Albany's Robert Cash beat Dublin Coffman's Robby Berling; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman; University School's Chas Norman beat Kenston's Sam Cohen; Thomas Worthington’s Kai Britz defeated Gahanna’s Colin Jordan; Lancaster’s Colten Clark beat Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott; Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz defeated Wilmington's Brayden Rhoads; Olentangy's Sam Routzahn beat Columbus Academy's Jack Madison; Indian Hill's Maanas Pisati defeated Mason's Vishnu Srinath; Watterson's Chris Finissi beat Dublin Scioto's Anthusht Prasad; Bexley's Christian Roddy defeated Westerville North's Trent McFarland; and Loveland's Connor Ruble beat Elder's Matthew Meade. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Marysville. They are coached by Brian Ash. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Haden Fluharty, Joel Sheeley, and Sameer Parashar.

The Cincinnati Enquirer provided their Tuesday tennis results late yesterday and those are now online. The results from yesterday are still not posted on the Enquirer web site..

Today's matches include: Mason (H) versus Sycamore; Indian Hill (H) versus Cincinnati Country Day;  Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Miamisburg; St. Ignatius (H) versus Westlake; and St. John's Jesuit (A) versus Fremont Ross. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

St. Ignatius Beats North Canton Hoover

Cold temperatures remained but at least it was dry. There were 34 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 21, Northeast - 6, Northwest - 1, and Southwest - 6. The close, 3-2 matches included: Marion Harding defeated Buckeye Valley; Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin beat Lake Catholic; Gahanna defeated Pickerington North; Worthington Kilbourne beat Dublin Scioto; Poland Seminary defeated Boardman; and Hartley beat Ready. In other prominent matches, St. Ignatius defeated North Canton Hoover and Hawken beat Kenston. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Olentangy
Olentangy - Click to team page
Among the top players, Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Westerville North's Trent McFarland; Hawken's Ryan Leizman beat Kenston's Sam Cohen; St. Ignatius' Arjun Brahmbhatt defeated North Canton Hoover's Matthew Warburton; Upper Arlington's Will Reynolds beat Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott; Dublin Jerome’s Anish Patel defeated Thomas Ohler; and Loveland's Connor Ruble beat Walnut Hills' Phillip Kogan. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Olentangy. They are coached by Jeff Luxenburger. They are Team Members. They are led by Stu Brdicka, Sam Routzahn, and Alex Konstan.

There were no scores reported in the Cincinnati Enquirer (again). Southwest scores that are included are from OTZ Member Coaches. There was also a brief blurb on Twitter that talked about the Cleveland Plain Dealer shedding jobs. For NE District coaches who want to recognize their players, OTZ remains an option.

Today's matches include: Mason (A) versus Indian Hill; New Albany (A) versus Dublin Coffman; St. Xavier (A) versus Seven Hills; University (A) versus Kenston; and Columbus Academy (H) versus Olentangy. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

St. Xavier Beats Turpin | Weather Pummels Ohio HS Tennis

There were more snow flurries yesterday, but some teams toughed it out, some teams played matches indoors, and some teams did neither. There were 27 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 9, Northeast - 4, Northwest - 0, and Southwest - 14 . The close, 3-2 matches included: Grandview defeated Whetstone; Bellbrook beat Walnut Hills; United defeated Lordstown; Northwest beat Monroe; and Olentangy Orange defeated Pickerington Central. In other prominent matches, St. Xavier defeated Turpin and St. Ignatius beat Shaker Heights. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Several of the above matches were OTCA Tournament matches, click to view OTCA Tournament Draws.

Worthington Christian
Worthington Christian - Click to team page

Among the top players, Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur; Mason's Niraj Komatineni beat Beavercreek's Austin Staiger; Upper Arlington's Josh Cole defeated Bexley's Christian Roddy; Mason's Shashank Reddy beat Lakota West's Garrett Lindsey; Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden defeated Pickerington Central's Layton Mathias; St. Ignatius' Arjun Brahmbhatt beat Shaker Heights' Wilder Geier; Bellbrook's Kopp defeated Walnut Hills' Phillip Kogan; and Lakota East's Chris Holden beat Milford's Holden Owens. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Worthington Christian. They are coached by Dino Tsibouris. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Ajai Smith and Peter Tsibouris.

Today's matches include: St. Ignatius (A) versus North Canton Hoover; St. John's Jesuit (A) versus Clay (Oregon); Springboro (A) versus Beavercreek; Walnut Hills (A) versus Loveland; Upper Arlington (H) versus Hilliard Davidson; and Westerville North (A) versus Olentangy. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

OTZ Interview with Turpin's Grant Wendel

Matches might get stopped because of inclement weather, but not interviews - but it was close - nearby lightning forced the shut down of the OTZ computer immediately after the interview. OhioTennisZone’s second senior interview of the season is with Turpin's Grant Wendel.

Wendel is a four-year, court one player for Turpin. His goals for this year? "My biggest goal for this season to get back to States. I was disappointed that I did not get there last year because I was able to sophomore year. Another goal of mine is to win the ECC again. Turpin has won the ECC four years in a row and I'm hoping that we can make it five years in a row."

He will be attending Ohio State next fall to study pharmacy. Wendel commented, "Ohio State was always my number one choice because they have one of the best pharmacy schools in the country and it is relatively close to home. I was primarily looking at schools in the Midwest because I wanted to stay close to home. Other than Ohio State, I looked at other Big Ten schools, including Purdue, Michigan State, and University of Illinois."

Turpin's Grant Wendel
Turpin's Grant Wendel - Click to enlarge
After he decided to attend Ohio State, Wendel began throttling back tennis tournament play and focus on academics. He has taken advantage of Advanced Placement courses at Turpin. He has taken 12 - with six this year. His favorite AP's were AP Macro Economics and AP Government.

His interest in econ makes sense because he is a math/science guy. "I have always liked how analytical math and science are and how the material is not up for interpretation. Math and science have always come naturally to me."

Wendel began playing tennis at an early age. "I started playing tennis when I was three years old. My dad, Rich, introduced me to tennis and some of my earliest memories are with him playing tennis. Everyone in my family has played tennis at some point. My brother, Richard, and my mom, Comfort, do not play tennis anymore, but I still hit with my dad." His father owns a law firm. His mother is the head of HR at a wealth management firm. His older brother is attending the University of Illinois and majors in computer science.

Prior to scaling back he was a 4-star on TennisRecruiting.net and his best national ranking neared the top 100. His UTR is no longer listed but it is likely that it would be in the high 11's.

Most players consider their forehands their favorite shot, but not Wendel. "My favorite shot is my kick serve. I learned it around the age of 11 and I think it is my weapon. It's not only my highest percentage serve, it is probably my highest percentage shot."

Turpin's Grant Wendel
Turpin's Grant Wendel - Click to enlarge
Wendel has enjoyed his high school tennis experience. "What I like most about high school tennis is the camaraderie I have with my teammates. I like tennis because it is an individual sport, but I like being able to interact with my friends on the team. A lot of my close friends are on the team and that always makes practices and matches more enjoyable." His enjoyment of team tennis might continue at Ohio State. OSU has an active USTA Tennis on Campus program and he is interested in exploring that option. Other Cincinnati-area players who participate include Sycamore's Noah Stern, Walnut Hill's Lilly O'Toole, and Mason's Charlie Yu. [See OTZ's USTA Tennis on Campus article from March 9.]

As for the mandatory OhioTennisZone usage question, "My favorite thing to read on OTZ is just seeing the other results in different parts of Ohio. I know most of the results that come from the Cincinnati area, but outside of that, I do not know any of the results in other areas like Columbus. So OTZ comes in handy when I'm looking at other teams."

In addition to tennis, he ran cross country all four years with his best time being 17:19 in a 5K. He also competed on Turpin's Academic Quiz Team for two years. Last summer, he studied abroad in Spain at the University of Salamanca to improve his Spanish speaking and understanding skills. He may also minor in Spanish at OSU.

Turpin Coach Katelyn Rodgers offered these comments about Wendel. "It's easy to see why Grant is such an accomplished student and athlete. He actively seeks challenges in every facet of his life, and it's no coincidence that he is the hardest working player on the court, without question. In addition to his exceptional work ethic, Grant is always helping his teammates' with their technique, attitudes, and overall strategy. Grant's knowledge of the game is impressive and watching him develop into the teammate and leader he is today is very cool to see. Grant has developed a solid reputation within the tennis community where opposing players, coaches and parents not only compliment him as a player, but also respect him as a person. It is for all of these reasons and more that I feel proud and honored to have been Grant's high school coach."

As for his time-robbing, social media vice, he uses Twitter and his handle is @GrantWendel.

With all of the spring breaks now over and a slight break expected in the weather this week, hopefully Ohio high school boys tennis will get on a roll. Turpin plays St. Xavier today at Turpin that will pit Wendel against St. X's Ronit Hiryur.

Monday's matches include: New Albany (A) versus St. Charles; Turpin (H) versus St. Xavier; Upper Arlington (A) versus Bexley; Seven Hills (H) versus Summit Country Day;  St. Ignatius (H) versus Shaker Heights; and Buckeye Valley (A) versus Delaware Hayes. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

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

It was too cold to play outdoors yesterday so several teams went indoors for matches. It is really difficult to get indoor court time in the Central District, and it was the only district that did not host any matches. There were just five matches played state-wide. The breakdown by District was: Northeast - 1, Northwest - 2, and Southwest - 3.

Many of the contests yesterday were OTZ State Top Ten Team match-ups. Massillon Jackson went on the road to southwest Ohio and they were defeated by Mason and Sycamore. Northwest Ohio hosted Columbus Academy for two matches. Academy earned a win over Ottawa Hills and lost to St. John's Jesuit. In other action, St. Ignatius defeated Howland and Lakota East beat Colerain. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Cuyahoga Val. Christian Aca. - Click to team page
Among the top players, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas; St. John’s Jesuit's Dev Laungani beat Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman; Sycamore's Nathan Zhang defeated Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas; Ottawa Hills' Rahul Bais beat Columbus Academy's Arie Tuckerman; St. John’s Jesuit's Alan Fahoury defeated Columbus Academy's Jack Madison; and Columbus Academy's Jack Madison beat Ottawa Hills' Matthew McGee. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. They are coached by David Ramey. CVCA's top singles players are: Cole Farren, Alex Stout, and Curtin Kolb.

There is plenty of catch-up work that will hopefully get accomplished today. By the end of the day, anyone who has paid will have their payment status updated.

Monday's matches include: New Albany (A) versus St. Charles; Turpin (H) versus St. Xavier; Upper Arlington (A) versus Bexley; Seven Hills (H) versus Summit Country Day;  St. Ignatius (H) versus Shaker Heights; and Buckeye Valley (A) versus Delaware Hayes. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SATURDAY,

New Albany Beats Sycamore | UA Defeats CCD

Despite it being a Friday (and cold and windy), there were not only numerous matches played, but numerous great matches. Several teams in the OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten competed against each other.

There were 22 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 9, Northeast - 4, Northwest - 1, and Southwest - 8. The close, 3-2 matches included: OTZ #1 New Albany defeated OTZ #4 Sycamore; OTZ #6 St. John's Jesuit beat OTZ D2 #10 Ottawa Hills; and Kettering Fairmont defeated Tippecanoe. Other prominent matches included: OTZ D2 #4 Indian Hill defeated OTZ #10 Turpin; OTZ #7 Upper Arlington beat OTZ D2 #6 Cincinnati Country Day; and St. Ignatius defeated OTZ D2 #2 Hawken.

OTZ Operations Center
Previous Day Match Report - Click to enlarge

One of the most popular reports on OTZ is the Previous Day's Match Results. This report is currently "open" so that it can be viewed by everyone. In a few days, it will return to its place behind the pay wall. This report can be set to show only graphs or a combination of graphs and line-ups. It is currently in the "line-up" view. The bars allow users to quickly scan for strengths and weaknesses in each team. The line-ups permit fans to see the players who competed. In the example below, the graph showed that UA and CCD had a great match and the detail shows that three of the matches went to three sets. Fans can also go back and review the matches for the last several days. This report is unique to OhioTennisZone.

After this weekend, not only will everyone be back from spring break, but also all of the players will be finished competing in the USTA-related matches.

Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated Sycamore's Nathan Zhang; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel beat Turpin's Grant Wendel; Upper Arlington's Josh Cole defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Ashutosh Annapantula; New Albany's Nathan Jose beat Sycamore's Samuel Marcus; St. Ignatius' Arjun Brahmbhatt defeated Hawken's Ryan Leizman; St. John's Jesuit's Dev Laungani beat Ottawa Hills' Matthew McGee; Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz defeated Tippecanoe's Colin Achterberg; Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden beta Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott; Upper Arlington's Will Reynolds defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Sai Nalagatla; Turpin's Ethan Caruso beat Indian Hill's Richard Guan. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The OTZ hosting company, GoDaddy.com, has had several snags recently. I noticed yesterday that system-generated emails had not been sent for a couple of days. These emails included scores and sign-up information. That was resolved late yesterday (but no back-dated emails were sent). Today and yesterday, there were problems in uploading new data to GoDaddy. Fans may have encountered errors when trying to view these pages (including this page). Calls to GoDaddy crazy-early this morning still have not resolved this problem. I have a ton of things that I need to get done and this is a time-consuming distraction.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (A) versus Ottawa Hills and St John's Jesuit; Mason (A) versus Massillon Jackson and New Albany; Massillon Jackson (A) versus Sycamore; Massillon Jackson (A) versus Mason. There is also a doubles tournament in Reynoldsburg. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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FRIDAY,

Massillon Jackson Beats University School | CCD Defeats 7 Hills

Sure, it was cold and blustery, but we will gladly take yesterday's weather versus everything else we have had to deal with this season. There were 37 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 22, Northeast - 3, Northwest - 1, and Southwest - 11.

There were a large number of close, 3-2 matches. They included: Walnut Hills defeated Milford; Jonathan Alder beat Marysville; Pickerington North defeated Pickerington Central; Big Walnut defeated Canal Winchester; New Richmond beat Wilmington; Westerville North defeated Westerville Central; New Richmond beat Elder; Worthington Kilbourne defeated Hilliard Bradley; Cincinnati Country Day beat Seven Hills; Turpin defeated Loveland; Buckeye Valley beat Pleasant; Talawanda defeated Little Miami; and Grandview beat Whitehall. In other significant matches, Massillon Jackson defeated University School, Cincinnati Country Day beat Seven Hills; and Olentangy Orange defeated Olentangy Liberty. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Columbus Academy
Columbus Academy - Click to team page
Among the top players, Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Loveland's Connor Ruble; Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas beat University School's Charlie Joranko; St. Ignatius' Brian Zhu defeated Copley's Holden Schmid; University School's Chas Norman beat Massillon Jackson's Arjun Shanmugam; Cincinnati Country Day’s Sai Charan Nalagatla defeated Seven Hill’s Kevin Wang; Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden beat Olentangy Liberty's Vishnu Bodavula;  Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott defeated Dublin Coffman's Robby Berling; Dublin Scioto's Joseph Hill beat Hilliard Darby's Thomas Ohler; and Milford's Holden Owens defeated Walnut Hills' Phillip Kogan. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Columbus Academy. They are coached by Marc Wurtzman. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by: Arie Tuckerman, Jack Madison, and Drew Haffer.

Today's matches include: St. Ignatius (H) versus Hawken; Indian Hill (H) versus Turpin; St. John's Jesuit (H) versus Ottawa Hills; and Wyoming (H) versus Talawanda. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

Sycamore Beats Indian Hill | Turpin Defeats CCD

The boys season is taking one step forward; slipping, falling, and crawling backward two steps. And you thought my posting on Sunday was an April Fool's joke?

Surprisingly, there were five matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 2, Northeast - 1, Northwest - 0, and Southwest - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy defeated Copley and Turpin beat Cincinnati Country Day. The CVCA versus Copley match included three 3-setters. CVCA won 51% of the games (59 to 56). In another notable match, Sycamore defeated Indian Hill. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Hilliard Darby
Hilliard Darby - Click to team page
Among the top players, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Sycamore's Nathan Zhang; Turpin's Grant Wendel beat Cincinnati Country Day's Manav Midha; Turpin's Ethan Caruso defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Neil Badlani; Sycamore's Samuel Marcus beat Indian Hill's Maanas Pisati; Lancaster’s Colton Clark defeated Logan Elm’s Avery Clouse. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

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

Today's matches include: Mason (H) versus Lakota East; Seven Hills (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; St. Ignatius (H) versus Copley; Turpin (H) versus Loveland; and Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Beavercreek. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

More Bad Weather

The weather has been the infamous star of the season thus far. Last night was no exception. In Central Ohio, the tornado sirens began blaring around 5:15pm. There was extensive damage in southwest Ohio.

Weather Radar
Weather Radar - Click to enlarge
OTZ goes off-line (and unplugged) to protect the computer equipment whenever thunderstorms are in the area. The on-off-on-off cycle happened more times than could be counted yesterday. Zoey, the wonder-dog, refused to come down the stairs to the basement with us during the tornado warnings so that is something else that needs to be worked on today. So much for productivity...

There was just one match reported - Valley View defeated Middletown Madison. To view all of the results recorded from Monday's and Tuesday's matches, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

It is unclear what is up with the Cincinnati Enquirer. They posted no results yesterday from Monday's matches, but they were in the subscription version of the paper this morning. There were no results from yesterday, but that could have been weather-related. OTZ Coach Members are encouraged to email OTZ when they submit their results to the Enquirer - just in case. The OTZ score entry system is a great, time-saving option to get scores into both the Enquirer and OTZ.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) versus Sycamore; Massillon Jackson (H) versus University School; Seven Hills (A) versus Wyoming; Centerville (H) versus Oakwood; Marysville (H) versus Dublin Scioto; and Turpin (H) versus Cincinnati Country Day. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Turpin Beats Lakota West | Boys Tennis Defeats Weather

In the Central District, the day started with snow on the ground. By the end of the day, boys were playing tennis. There were 11 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 3, Northeast - 2, Northwest - 0, and Southwest - 6. The close, 3-2 matches included: Urbana defeated Jonathan Alder; Reynoldsburg beat Teays Valley; and Celina defeated Lehman Catholic. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Hilliard Davidson
Hilliard Davidson - Click to team page
Among the top players, Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Lakota West's Garrett Lindsey; Mason's Shashank Reddy beat Fairfield's Jacob Heyser; Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy's Cole Farren; Sycamore's Nathan Zhang beat Lakota East's Chris Holden; Hilliard Davidson's Noah Elliott defeated Hilliard Darby's Thomas Ohler; and Reynoldsburg’s Boban Mihajlov beat Teays Valley’s Ryan Wolfe. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Hilliard Davidson. They are coached by Steve DeDent. They are Team Members. They are led by Noah Elliott, Ethan Clark, and Jack Kamnikar.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) versus Anderson; St. John's Jesuit (H) versus Findlay; Upper Arlington (A) versus Olentangy; Mason (A) versus Lakota West;  Marysville (H) versus Westerville North; Worthington Christian (A) versus Grandview; Turpin (A) versus Milford; and Walnut Hills (H) versus West Clermont. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY, APRIL

Weather Red Shirt for Boys Tennis

It was just a matter of time. Because the weather has been worse than even the bad weather that is normally expected during the boys season, the Ohio All School Athletic Association (OASAA) is expected to grant all boys who are playing tennis this season with an additional year of sports eligibility.

Boys Weather Summary
Weather Summary in 1 Picture - Click to enlarge
One OASAA official stated anonymously, “Tennis is a skilled-sport where its athletes need some semblance of acceptable weather to compete. That has not been the case this year. Balls do not bounce well when the temperature is below 40 degrees and injuries are likely if players compete on wet, slick courts.”

To request this additional year of eligibility, just follow these three simple steps: 1) Log into Fasebook (you are already likely logged in); 2) Change your birthday to one year earlier; and 3) Send a private message to a friend that states that you like “high school tennis” somewhere in the message. That’s all. Fasebook will propagate this information to those who want it. Because of their recent new privacy policies, it will, however, only be provided to FaseBook's Earth-based partners. Watch this short video to better understand how this process will work.

When asked if the same consideration would at some point be granted to golfers if the fall season has poor weather, the OASAA official chuckled and added, “While golfing is certainly a skill, I don’t think anyone would consider it to be a true sport. I mean, seriously, the ball doesn’t even move while they are hitting it. Plus, if it is cold, they can hit the ball using their heated golf clubs with their mittens on. So, no, it does not meet the skilled-sport requirement.”

For any specific questions, please always ask your coach first.

Just as the NCAA rules make sense, those players who have graduated from high school can come back and play for a different high school.

Please do not confuse the OAHAA with the OHSAA.

The new ruling is still expected to go into place today - on the 1st day of April..

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SATURDAY,

Quiet Day for Ohio HS Tennis in Observation of Good Friday

The weather turned out nice for most of Ohio yesterday but there were no matches scheduled due to the observance of Good Friday (and likely other reasons). There was one match reported from two days ago where Ursuline defeated Kirtland. Click on Previous Day's Match Results for more information.

Thomas' Wil Newberry
Thomas' Wil Newberry - Click to enlarge

New players are slowly starting to be added to the OhioTennisZone Top Players and Watch Lists. Unless a player's name is Francesca Di Lorenzo, then the player starts out on the Watch List before (or if) he advances to the Top Players List. The Top Players List currently includes 11 players and it will grow to roughly 30 players before the end of the season. Coaches are always welcome to suggest players to the lists. Parents, uncles, friends of friends, grandparents, BFF's, etc. are less welcome.

OTZ primarily ranks players based on their high school performance rather than how the player ranks in the TennisRecruiting.net and UTR. Those services, however, are consulted.

The order of the Top Players List are starting in the same place as last year's. That will change as high school matches begin in earnest (if they ever begin in earnest). The Watch List is in alphabetical order.

Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. To view all of the players on the same report, click State-wide.

Due to the adverse weather conditions, not many photos have been taken this season. The above photo is from the St. Charles versus Thomas Worthington match.

There is just one match in the system that is scheduled for today. St. John's Jesuit (H) plays Anthony Wayne.

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FRIDAY,

Ok. It Rained Again.

After taking into account last night's two recorded matches, Ohio high school tennis has played just half the number of matches this year versus last year. Again, most schools are on spring break, so hopefully the number of matches starts to rebound next week. In last night's matches, Massillon Jackson defeated Westlake and St. Ignatius beat Lake-Uniontown. Click on Previous Day's Match Results to view the graphs and line-ups.

St. Charles
St. Charles - Click to team page

In singles play, Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas, Bobby Thomas, and Jason Tucker defeated Westlake's Sean Padden, Avi Kirpekar, and Rahul Jain, respectively. St. Ignatius' Arjun Brahmbhatt defeated Lake's Dawson Drummond.

Today's featured team is St. Charles. They are coached by Max Quinton. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Navy recruit, Jack Dabek, along with Reese Yakubov and Mathew Morrison.

There are no matches scheduled for today, Good Friday.

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THURSDAY,

Massillon Jackson Beats St. Charles

There was just one match recorded from yesterday, but it was a good one. Massillon Jackson defeated St. Charles, 3-2, at Olympic Indoor in Columbus. To view results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Massillon Jackson
Massillon Jackson - Click to team page
In singles play, St. Charles' Jack Dabek defeated Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas; St. Charles' Mathew Morrison beat Massillon Jackson's Arjun Shanmugam; and Jackson's Bobby Thomas defeated SC's Quyen Thai. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. Note that not all teams are "full-strength" due to injuries and OHSAA regulations that prohibit players from intermixing high school matches with USTA matches. To compete in high school, players must stop playing non-high school matches by April 9th. (Questions about the Non-Interscholastic Date? Always check with your coach or athletic director.)

Today's featured team is Massillon Jackson. They are coached by Louie Thomas. They are OTZ Team Members. They are led by Danny Thomas, Arjun Shanmugam, and Bobby Thomas.

Massillon Jackson Fans
Massillon Jackson Team / Fans - Click to enlarge
There are a few teams that "travel well" and Massillon Jackson is certainly one of them. Not only do they bring plenty of people but they also get fans who reside near the "Away" event to attend. (Another team that travels exceptionally well is Sycamore.) Think of it as part tennis and part "family" reunion. A team's "tradition" plays a huge role. Active social media program certainly helps, too. Note that OTZ is experimenting with adding team Tweets in the right-side navigation bar of team's page. If your team has an OTZ Team Membership and you are interested in this additional level of recognition, please contact OTZ.

Today's matches that will probably get rained out include: Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Hamilton Township; Buckeye Valley (A) versus Clear Fork; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Northmont; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Westlake; St. Ignatius (H) versus Lake (Uniontown); Upper Arlington (H) versus Westerville Central; and Watkins Memorial (H) versus Pickerington Central. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

St. Ignatius Beats St. John's Jesuit

It was dampish across Ohio yesterday. Only three matches were recorded. St. Ignatius defeated St. John's Jesuit; Moeller beat Elder; and Oak Hills defeated Harrison. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

St. Ignatius
St. Ignatius - Click to team page
In singles play, St. Ignatius' Arjun Brahmbhatt defeated St. John’s Jesuit's Akhil Katragadda; St. Ignatius' Brian Zhu beat St. John’s Jesuit's Dev Laungani; and St. Ignatius' Nathaniel Day defeated SJJ's Aiden Williams.

Today's featured team is St Ignatius. They are coached by Bobbe Bennett. They are valued OTZ Team Members. They are led by: Arjun Brahmbhatt, Brian Zhu, and Nathaniel Day.

This is Coach Bennett's first year at St. Ignatius. She excelled as a player at Colorado State and has coached at Army and at the high school level. Most recently, she was an assistant coach at Magnificat.

The Massillon Jackson Purple Circus is coming to Columbus today. If it rains (and at this point, it may never stop raining), they will play their match against St. Charles at Olympic Indoor. (See you there.) Today's matches include: Beechcroft (H) versus Whetstone; Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Troy; and Watkins Memorial (A) versus Upper Arlington - B. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

St. Xavier Beats Covington Catholic

Thanks to yesterday, Ohio had one good weather day this week. Friday is also expected to be decent weather-wise, but many teams do not schedule matches for Good Friday. There were 13 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 6, Northeast - 3, Northwest - 0, and Southwest - 4. The close, 3-2 matches included: Talawanda defeated Fenwick; Whetstone beat Centennial; and Harrison defeated Badin. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. (The "line-up view" of the Previous Day Match Results will be available for non-paying OTZ fans to view for a few days.)

Thomas Worthington
Thomas Worthington - Click to team page
Among the top players, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur defeated Covington Catholic's Maxwell Cook; St. Charles' Jack Dabek beat Thomas Worthington's Wil Newberry; Wellington's Griffin Biernat defeated Watterson's Chris Finissi; and St. Ignatius' Arjun Brahmbhatt beat Avon Lake's Spencer Gray. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Thomas Worthington. They are coached by Andrew Sinclair. They are led by Kai Britz and Wil Newberry.

Today's matches include: Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Springboro;St. Ignatius (A) versus St John's Jesuit; St. Xavier (H) versus LaSalle. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

OTZ Interview with Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel

At the beginning of each boys season OhioTennisZone interviews Ohio's top senior players. The first interview this year is with Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel.

When asked about his high school tennis goals, his response was succinct, "To finally win States." He has been close in the past. Last year, Pregel got beat in the semi's in a grueling, 3-set match (7-5, 4-6, 7-6) against the 2016 Division II champion, CCD’s Kevin Yu. This year's competition will also be strong with Seven Hill's Nick Williams (2017 State Champion), Wellington's Connor Biernat (2016 State Finalist), and Miami Valley's Colton Morehart returning.

Andrew Pregel
Andrew Pregel - Click to Player Profile
Pregel is a 4-Star player on TennisRecruiting.net's system. Over the last four years on TennisRecruiting.net, his national ranking has improved from 229 in 2015 to its current, 135. His UTR rating is 11.78. 

When asked about his tennis strokes, Pregel stated, "My favorite shot is probably my forehand. It is a big weapon for me and I can take control of the point with it." In the off-season (not that there is an off-season), he has been working on "stepping in" and becoming more aggressive.

To continue with his academic and tennis career, Pregel chose Bryant University because it offered a strong business school with a successful tennis team. Bryant is a small D1 in Smithfield, RI. Pregel added, "Their tennis schedule is really good. They play a bunch of good schools. They make the NCAA tournament almost every year." Pregel plans to major in business in college. "I'm more of a math student. I like how each problem has a definite answer and it is less opinion-based and biased." He should be ready for Bryant's academics after taking a strong academic course load at Indian Hill. Pregel has taken five AP courses. His favorite APs were AP Econ and AP Stats. Tennis-skill-wise, Pregel should fit in well with the team. The UTR's of Bryant players range from 11.88 to 13.24. Other colleges he considered included University of Dayton and Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT).

Pregel is one of three children. He started playing tennis at age nine, and he played soccer prior to focusing on tennis. His sister, Samantha, is a sophomore on Indian Hill's tennis team and she reached States in singles last year. [Click for Samantha's photo and OTZ Player Profile.] His older brother, Alex is attending college at Penn State. All three kids are lefty's. His father, Richard, and mother, Melissa, both work in business at R3 Investments and Ipsos, respectively. Melissa played college tennis at Brown University. Interestingly, neither parent nor his grandparents are left-handed. (Lefty's make up 10% of the population.)

Obviously sportsmanship is a big deal in tennis and Pregel earned one of the sport's highest honors in February when he won the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Harlow Sportsmanship award. [Click for photo.]

In addition to his States goal, Pregel would also like to be one of the 16 Midwest Section players who compete at the USTA Boys 16-18 Tournament in Kalamazoo (commonly referred to the 'Zoo). He was very close to making it into the tournament last year. At this point, he is currently ranked 14th in the Midwest.

The tennis tools on OhioTennisZone that he enjoys using include the ability to look at rosters and to review the results each day.

For his service-related projects, Pregel assists at the Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen. The primary mission of the kitchen is to provide hot meals for the homeless. Pregel and his sister also make and bring in 100 to 200 brownies each time they work at the kitchen.

His favorite part of high school tennis, "I like the team aspect of it. During the rest of the year, it is almost all individual tournaments."

OTZ asked for a few comments from Indian Hill Coach Wade Ward. Coach Ward stated, "My thoughts on Andrew, or "Drew", are he leads by example, he's not a vocal leader and that's fine but when it's time to play he's all in! He's focused and he fights like hell to win the tougher matches. I know he works hard on and off the court, he's reliable, and he enjoys playing high school tennis. I have big goals for Drew this season and I know he can achieve them. Honestly, I have big goals for my entire team this season and Drew will be a big part of that before he moves onto college tennis."

Indian Hill is now on spring break, and when they return, they start the season against Sycamore Varsity B on April 2.

There was a high school tennis match yesterday as Massillon Jackson went on the road to play St. John's Jesuit. Massillon Jackson defeated St. John's Jesuit, 3-2. Click on Previous Day's Match Results to view the results.

In the singles matches, Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas defeated St. John’s Jesuit's Alan Fahoury; St. John’s Jesuit's Akhil Katragadda defeated Massillon Jackson's Shanmugam;  and St. John’s Jesuit's Dev Laungani defeated Massillon Jackson's Sam Yu.

Matches scheduled for today include: Beechcroft (H) versus Mifflin; Massillon Jackson (A) versus Canton McKinley; St. Ignatius (H) versus Avon Lake; St. Xavier (H) versus Covington Catholic (KY); Thomas Worthington (A) versus St. Charles; and Watterson (A) versus Wellington.

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SUNDAY,

Ohio State Men Hosts University of Michigan

The Ohio State Men's Tennis Team has a huge, home Big Ten match today against the team up north. Ohio State is ranked second in the country while ichigan is eighth. Both teams are undefeated in Big Ten conference play. Admission and parking are free. The match will be indoors at the Varsity Indoor Tennis on Henderson Road. The match starts at noon.

There were no high school match results recorded from yesterday.

Watterson
Watterson - Click to team page

Today's featured team is Watterson. They are coached by Ryan Schwieterman. They are Team Members. They are led by: Chris Finissi, Nick Geelan, and Johnny DiOrio.

Bishop Watterson is also taking advantage of the special $149.95 photo offer to have OTZ come to a match and get action photos of all of the players. (This will be done when it gets a bit warmer.) If interested, contact OTZ via Feedback or email.

There is one match listed for today. Massillon Jackson (A) plays St John's Jesuit. With so many schools on spring break, the schedule for the next few days is light.

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SATURDAY,

First Day - AOK

It was cold but sunny (at least in Central Ohio). There were eight matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 3, Northeast - 1, Northwest - 0, and Southwest - 4 The close, 3-2 matches included: Worthington Kilbourne defeated Olentangy Liberty and Ravenna beat Lordstown. In OTCA Tournament play, Watterson defeated Reynoldsburg. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Reynoldsburg
Reynoldsburg - Click to team page

The OhioTennisZone OTCA draw is now updated with its first match. Click to view the OTZ OTCA Draws.

Lordstown is the first Northeast District team to take advantage of the free, "Scores Only" OTZ membership to report its scores to OhioTennisZone.com. It is so important to recognize teams and players, and it is great that Lordstown coach, Lisa Paisley, is making the effort to do this. Contact OTZ via Feedback for more information about reporting scores for your own NE District team. (OTZ is no longer subscribing to the Cleveland Plain Dealer for scores.)

Among the top players, Watterson's Chris Finissi defeated Reynoldsburg's Boban Mihajlov. The Top Players Lists will be updated over the next few days.

Today's featured team is Reynoldsburg. They are coached by Les Somogyi. They are led by Boban Mihajlov at first singles and co-captains, Preston Harmon and Chase Cotner.

There will be many web site changes taking place throughout the day.

There is one match listed for today. Massillon Jackson (A) plays St John's Jesuit.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23

It's Time

The calendar tells us that match play begins today, but not the weather. At least the temperatures today are not as bad as they have been and will be.

OTZ Operations Center
OTZ Op Center at an Undisclosed Location - Click to enlarge
The entire OTZ staff is ready to roll as scores start to roll in later today. Since numerous changes were made to the score entry system to make it faster to submit scores, it is best for coaches to quickly submit their scores after their matches finish just in case there are "issues". After the Central District scores are recorded, OTZ forwards those scores onto the Columbus Dispatch. Scores from other parts of the state will go directly into the OTZ update process early tomorrow morning. If things go smoothly, look for scores to be online at approximately 8am and the written summary and highlights by 9am.

OhioTennisZone.com will be in ugly duckling mode for a few days as last year's results roll off and this year's information is slowly added. If you encounter anything that looks crazy bad, please submit a Feedback.

OTZ Operations Center
It's Empty Now, But.. - Click to enlarge

Images to the right show OhioTennisZone.com's operation center and one of the many rooms that are used to convert random tennis scores into easily digestible pieces of valuable tennis insight and information..

There are other rooms packed with people that carefully monitor coffee supplies, review "%Games Won By Court" graphs for questionable line-ups, and an entire wing is devoted to the creation of quasi-acceptable excuses when OTZ does not promptly return email messages..

Best of luck in your matches today. Matches that are in the OTZ schedule system include: Massillon Jackson (A) versus Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Watterson (A) versus Reynoldsburg. OTZ will be at the Watterson versus Reynoldsburg match (so much for trying to reduce my travel expenses).

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THURSDAY, MARCH 22

Columbus City League - GCTA Grant Recipient

Columbus City League players and coaches once again benefited from a generous grant from the Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA) this year. This grant enabled players from the Columbus City Schools to receive six indoor sessions to work on a variety of tennis drills. The program ran from January 24th to early February 28th and it was held at Olympic Indoor (an OhioTennisZone.com sponsor).

Columbus City League
Columbus City League Clinic- Click to enlarge

All levels of boys and girls were welcome and an anonymous donor provided many of the kids with racquets that they could use. The number of players ranged from 18 (on the 5 inch snow day) to 26 during the program's six week duration. Schools who had players attending included: Beechcroft, Centennial, Whetstone, West, Linden-McKinley, and Columbus Academy High School (CAHS), and Metro. Click on the picture to view the players in more detail.

Serving drill
The program was run again this year by Karen Eldredge. Eldredge (shown on the far right in the picture above) is a tennis and pickleball enthusiast and mother to a Whetstone / Columbus Metro graduate.

City League coaches who regularly volunteered included: Bruce Duffner (West), Daphne Hess (Beechcroft), and Patrick Harsch (Whetstone JV). Other coaches offering assistance included Steve Cudney (Linden-McKinley) and Barb Stevenson (Centennial). Coaches Hess, Duffner, and Cudney also provided players with transportation to and from the practice.

Olympic Indoor pro, Bob Gordon, was the paid pro who assisted.

The GCTA provides grants to many deserving programs. This grant totaled $1,577. For more information about grants, click on GCTA.net or submit a Feedback to OhioTennisZone.

Please let OTZ know if other Ohio cities offer similar programs.

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WEDNESDAY,

New Albany's Francesca Di Lorenzo Is Awarded $100K Oracle Grant

Francesca Di Lorenzo received a prestigious $100K grant last week from Oracle to help defray the costs of pursuing a professional tennis career.

Bernard Master Team Francesca Di Lorenzo
2008 - City Tour. - Click to enlarge
2013 - High School - Click to enlarge
As a high school player for New Albany, Francesca and her sister, Cristina won the Division I doubles championship in 2012 as a sophomore and senior, respectively. Francesca played a partial high school season the following year prior to being sidelined with an injury.

Francesca Di Lorenzo Francesca & Cristina Di Lorenzo
2016 - OSU - Click to enlarge
2016 - With Cristina - Click to enlarge

Both girls have been active in the Columbus tennis circles for years, Francesca and Cristina participated in the Bernard Masters Series tournaments in 2008. In this tournament, Columbus competed against other midwest cities. Francesca is in the front row with the OSU cap and Cristina is in the second row, wearing the white shirt with red stripes. (OTZ daughter, Lauren, is also in the second row, and she is the only one not holding a trophy, but she got one, honest.)

From a photographer's standpoint, great players create great photo opportunities. Francesca is a perfect example of this. The way in which she can stretch to reach balls and contort her body to hit great shots made her a regular OTZ photo subject while she played for Ohio State. The photo of Francesca in the pink shirt (lower left) is one of my favorites as she takes an aggressive swing with both feet off of the ground.

Cristina played college tennis for Xavier and she is included in the photo with Francesca in the lower right photo. The youngest Di Lorenzo, Valentina (photo), is currently a junior at New Albany. She splits time between tennis and lacrosse.

Click to read a nice blog entry by UTR and for Ohio State's own announcement.

TUESDAY,

USTA Midwest Level 3 Tournaments

There were significant USTA Midwest Level 3 tournaments that took place throughout the Midwest during the March 10-11 weekend. There were 30 Ohio players who competed. The locations of these tournaments are problematic for Ohio kids to attend, especially the tournaments in Wisconsin and Chicago (Aurora). The OHSAA Southwest and Northeast Districts had the most participation with 16 and 15 players, respectively. Central had seven kids participate and the Northwest had only two. The table below includes links to the tournaments and the number of players from each OHSAA District who participated.

Emma Peeler
Westlake's Emma Peeler - Click to enlarge

Those players with strong tournament results include (in alphabetical order):

Note that some of the above players are likely still in middle school. Players who are not yet on high school teams have their cities included in parentheses.

USTA Midwest Level 3 Tournaments - March 10-11, 2018
Age Group - Tournament - Location
CE
NE
NW
SW
G14 - Midwest Level 3 - Green Bay, Wisconsin
1
G16 - Midwest Level 3 - Cincinnati, Ohio
3
4
1
7
G18 - Midwest Level 3 - Toledo, Ohio
1
6
1
4
B14 - Midwest Level 3 - Aurora, Illinois
1
2
4
B16 - Midwest Level 3 - Grandville, Michigan
2
1
B18 - Midwest Level 3 - Kenosha, Wisconsin
2
1
Totals
7
15
2
16

Columbus, Ohio still has just one Level 1-2-3 tournament (a lowly B10). This is a real disservice to the central Ohio players. Despite the reasons, this just needs to get fixed. The Toledo-area has eleven of the high-level tournaments despite their poor participation rate (at least in this series of tournaments). It is time to re-adjust the tournament locations to allow those in central Ohio with an opportunity to reduce the number of nights spent in hotels. Another item that should be on the table is that the USTA Ohio Valley, Northwest, and Northeast USTA District quota spots should be re-evaluated when used to select players for the Midwest Closed. These boundaries may have made sense in the pre-fax machine days, but not now. Players can be evaluated using a number of different approaches to insure that the most qualified players reach the Midwest Closed. All of this needs to be re-thought to better serve the players and to drive down the costs of tennis.

OTZ Midwest Closed Analysis
OTZ Midwest Closed Analysis - Click to enlarge
For extensive analysis on how the various USTA Ohio Districts performed during the Midwest Closed, click on this OTZ Midwest Closed - 2017 link.

After getting bogged down with taxes and behind-the-scenes website work last week, I am back into a more regular OTZ update schedule. In regards to taxes... I had over 6,500 miles associated with tennis.(!) Ouch. Most of those miles were for traveling to tennis matches to take photos. While it is great for the sport and for the kids who want recognition from these photos, the travel needs to be dialed back..

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FRIDAY,

USTA Tennis on Campus

For high school players who wish to continue to play tennis in college, there is a great alternative to competing on a school's varsity team. OhioTennisZone attended an Ohio State "Tennis on Campus" practice last on February 28 and spoke to club VP, Wesley Piekarski about the OSU club tennis team. Piekarski commented, "I am so glad that I chose to play on OSU's club tennis team. I was able to meet some of my best friends through the club and it is a great way for us to play at a highly competitive level." Piekarski is a 2016 Massillon Jackson graduate, and he is a sophomore at OSU with a business marketing major and a psychology minor.

USTA Tennis on Campus
OSU USTA Tennis on Campus - Click to enlarge

OSU has three teams. Scarlet is their best team, Gray is the second best, and Buckeye is their practice team. They have 45, 45, and 60-70 players on each team, respectively. The Scarlet and Gray teams both travel to other campuses to play matches.

OTZ attended the Scarlet team practice and their practices are on Monday's and Wednesday's from 10pm to midnight. On the night that I attended, there were 17 men and six women who participated.

The team matches are co-ed with five men and five women competing. Matches are "first to six games" and no-ad scoring is used. The events are: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles. A player is limited to two of the three events. The dual match winner is based on the number of games won. To make strategy even more interesting, players may also "sub-out" during matches.

There are dues as well as fund-raisers to help acquire supplies, apparel, and to cover gas/hotel costs for major tournaments. One of their biggest fund-raisers is to work at the Arnold Classic, which was held last weekend. For teams that participate at a high level, the USTA also contributes some funding.

Wesley Piekarski Alicia Nahhas
Rohith Koneru Alex Machtay
Click to enlarge
The team also participates in service-related projects. Their major one is with Empower Autism.

Other major Ohio schools that have Tennis on Campus teams include: Miami, Bowling Green, University of Cincinnati, Toledo, and Kent State.

Other Ohio high school players who participate but who were not at that specific practice include: Sycamore's Noah Stern and Copley's Gavin Aten.

Special thanks to Mrs. OTZ for making cookies for the group. Unfortunately, the group did not get to enjoy all of the cookies because some of the cookies did not survive the treacherous, five minute trip to campus... Special thanks to Springboro's Alex Machtay for displaying both his right-hand and left-hand forehand cookie grips for the photo.

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THURSDAY,

Ok. Now It's Boys Season.

It's truly not boys season until there's snow on the ground.. For those living in central Ohio, the responses to the Twitter poll question (see below) were incorrect. Rather than "rain" being the first form of precipitation of the season, a combination of ice and snow arrived yesterday afternoon.

UA Courts
UA Courts - Click to enlarge

Today's morning weather was a major inconvenience In Columbus. A major north/south artery, State Route 315, was shut down during rush hour due to accidents.

Those teams with bigger budgets will likely be hoping to go to indoor facilities if they are available. Teams with less funding will likely be running in the gym for conditioning. For those who plan to brave the elements and go outside, the bright side is that it will be easier to call lines. The snow will make it easier to see the ball marks..

The photo to the right was of the Upper Arlington courts (duh) at 7:25am.

 

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TUESDAY,

Perfect Weather for Boys Tennis

There are normally a few complaints about the quality of weather for the boys season, but that has not been the case at all this year. While a bit chilly, the weather has been absolutely perfect state-wide..

Sydney Bergman Sydney Bergmano
Chris Finissi - Click to enlarge
Colin Harman-Ulmer - Click to enlarge
The OTZ camera gear has continued to get a workout from college, USTA, and platform tennis matches, but it was time to roll it out for a high school practice. The photos were taken at the Whetstone Park of Roses which is where Watterson and Whetstone share the park's eleven courts . The location is also just three miles from the OTZ headquarters.

Today's photos are of Watterson's Chris Finissi, and Whetstone's Colin Harmon-Ulmer. Finissi played played court one for Watterson last year. Harmon played court two for Whetstone. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Not that we will ever have bad weather for the boys season, but for those of you who follow OhioTennisZone on Twitter, the poll question from last week's OTZ Twitter poll was: "What's the first form of precipitation that you'll likely face during the Ohio High School boys tennis season?". Click to see the response.

To follow OTZ on Twitter, click below. But... Kids, make sure that you have all-A's on your report card before you do. (As for the adults, get your taxes done first. Mrs. OTZ just kindly reminded me of this...)

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MONDAY,

And Away We Go... [click]

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys Season starts today and finishes during the weekend of May 26-27. Who will be the champions at the end of the season? Well, that is why we are here. To get where we want to be, it is first worthwhile to see what happened last year. Many of the same players are still around while many others graduated.

OHSAA State Draws
2017 State Draws - Click to view

To view who the winners were last year, click on the OHSAA State Tournament Draws. (Sign-in to view photos of non-OTZ member players.)

There were 126 teams who competed in the 2017 OTCA State Tournament. Click the link for last year's draws.

OTZ identifies the top players from throughout the state regardless of whether they reached States. Click for the OhioTennis-Zone.com All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team for 2017. (Note this will take a few seconds to load from an archived file.)

Click to view the boys who were on the OTZ Top Players List and Watch List for 2017. Note that this is a pdf document and it is not interactive. (It also takes a few seconds to load.)

This is the time of the year when OTZ has old and new information. From a continuity standpoint, it is worthwhile to continue including the 2017 graduates. They will be removed soon by OTZ. (No coach action is necessary.) The 2017 scores will disappear as match play begins.

Not a top ranked player or a top ranked team? OTZ has plenty of information for everyone as it remains the top information resource for Ohio high school tennis with analysis, results, and photos.

Now that the Central Ohio Platform Tennis Association League has ended, interviews with the top senior boys will be coming soon. While there will be sporadic posting, there will not be OTZ daily updates until the matches begin on March 23rd. Click to view the PlatformTennisZone.com web site. (PTZ is another Gerber Analytics, LLC web site offering and it utilizes much of the same software code as what OTZ does.)

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FRIDAY, MARCH

Northeast District Tennis Scores

OhioTennisZone is all about player recognition for Ohio high school tennis but it is difficult to recognize players without having scores. For years, OTZ has subscribed to the Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Cleveland Plain Dealer for box scores. The Columbus Dispatch does an excellent job with their tennis box scores (of which about 50% of their scores are provided by OTZ). The Cincinnati Enquirer does a good job, especially when reporting tournament scores. As for the Plain Dealer, they have really had problems recently.

OTZ Score Entry
OTZ Score Reporting System - Click to enlarge
The Plain Dealer once provided a large number of scores from a variety of Northeast Ohio teams. Unfortunately several seasons ago, they moved to a score entering system that was very difficult for coaches to use. There was once hope that these problems would be resolved, but that has not been the case. OhioTennisZone will no longer be subscribing to the Plain Dealer for scores. But there is still hope...

OTZ is making available a "Score Only" coach membership for Northeast Ohio coaches. This "membership" will permit coaches to enter their rosters and report scores directly into OTZ using the OhioTennisZone system, but it will not include access to the additional OTZ analysis information. There is no cost for these memberships, but hopefully many of these coaches will become OTZ Coach Members. Because it still takes time and effort to get these scores into the OTZ system, the number of these "Score Only" memberships will be limited to the first 15 coaches.

OTZ Score Entry
Results to Share - Click to enlarge

The OTZ score system also creates a handy box score result which can be forwarded to parents, the athletic director, newspapers, and other fans.

Coaches will also have an opportunity to experiment with score-entry by entering a loss against the exceptional ZZZ Test School. The ZZZ Test School has always been undefeated and has won every Test School League championship since its inception. Special congratulations to that well coached team..

Note that this offer includes all teams in the Northeast District, including Youngstown, Canton, Canfield, and Akron. Of course, OTZ Member Coaches located anywhere in the state have always been able to report their scores to OTZ and that will continue.

For coaches interested in recognizing their players in front of a state-wide, tennis-fan audience, click on Join OhioTennisZone. After entering the relevant information, select the "High School Coach - $0.00 - Score Entering Only for NE Ohio" option. Make sure that you also provide your telephone number. Interested in going to the next level to recognize your players? The $99 Team Membership and $29.95 Coach Membership are also options.

Contact OTZ for more information via a Feedback message or via email OTZ at

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY

OTCA Coaches Clinic and Awards

The Ohio Tennis Coaches Association (OTCA) held its annual clinic and conference on February 25-26 (Sunday and Monday). The banquet was held on Sunday evening where a number of awards were presented.

Pregel | Lynch
Andrew Pregel | Maddie Lynch - Click to enlarge

The male and female sportsmanship awards were given to Andrew Pregel and Maddie Lynch. Pregel is a senior at Indian Hill and he finished fourth in the state in last spring's state tournament. He is committed to play at Bryant. He will also be interviewed in an upcoming OTZ article. Lynch is a junior at Hathaway Brown. She finished third in the State in singles at the state tournament.

The OTCA Hall of Fame Inductees for 2018 are Jim Brooks of Chaminade-Julienne and Warren Harding's Jack Wendle.

The OTCA Team Sportsmanship awards were given to Mark Liefeld for Bexley and to Chris Johnson for Magnificat.

Coach Tyler Stephen
Coach Tyler Stephen - Click to enlarge
The Association also provides numerous scholarships to coaches' children. This year's recipients were Nicole Reid of Mason, Kasey Pukys of Perry, and to Sophia Reed of Wilmington. They each received scholarships of $400.

The Ohio Tennis Coaches' Coach of the Year awards went to Lisa Bialorucki of Toledo Central Catholic and Marc Thomas of New Albany High School.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Awards went to Mary Key Minder of Toledo St. Ursula Academy and to Mike Teets of Sycamore.

Sydney Bergman Sydney Bergmano
Sydney Bergman - Click to enlarge
Makayla Sutter - Click to enlarge

There were a wide variety of clinics and speeches provided during the two day sessions. In Monday's session, Coach Tyler Stephen shared his insights about coaching Otterbein. Coach Stephen was assisted by two North Canton Hoover grads, Sydney Bergman and Makayla Sutter. Stephen was also a high school coach at Thomas Worthington and at Dublin Jerome. While coaching for Jerome, he won four state championships (2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015).

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY

OhioTennisZone's OTCA Draws

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

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

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

Participation in the state team tournament continues to decline. There were 149 teams who participated in 2015 and that number is now down to 125 teams. The breakdowns by District are: Central - 22, Northeast - 41, Northwest - 28, and Southwest - 34. There are 410 boys tennis programs in Ohio which means just 30% participate in the team tournament.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY

Coaching Changes for 2018

There are always coaching changes occurring. Below is a list of the new coaches of which OhioTennisZone is aware. Please send a Feedback or email if you are aware of other changes. It would also be very helpful if you included the new coach's email address and telephone number.

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Tennis Coach Changes (alphabetical by school)
Coach School / Gender
Marc Wurtzman Columbus Academy - Boys
Joseph Dyser Solon - Boys
Adam Atwell University School - Boys
Uy Nguyen Westerville North - Boys
Dino Tsibouris Worthington Christian - Boys
Dave Tanner Wyoming - Boys
This list will continue to evolve as OTZ becomes aware of additional changes.

Coach members may view the coach contact information by Signing In and then by clicking on > Coaches > List of Ohio Coaches.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY

OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten Teams (beta release)

It is now pre-season so that must mean that it is time to release the OhioTennisZone.com Pre-Season Top Ten Boys Teams. The rankings and the rational behind the rankings are listed below. They are all subject to tweaking if players decide not to play (or to play) Ohio high school tennis this spring. The OTCA meetings which are being held on Sunday and Monday (February 25-26) normally reveal some surprises.

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Pre-Season State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
February 23, 2018
Division IDivision II
1. New Albany◄TEAM Wellington School◄TEAM
2. Mason◄TEAM Hawken◄TEAM
3. St. Xavier◄TEAM Bexley◄TEAM
4. Sycamore◄TEAM Indian Hill◄TEAM
5. University School◄TEAM Seven Hills◄TEAM
6. St. John's Jesuit◄TEAM Cin. Country Day◄TEAM
7. Upper Arlington◄TEAM Col. Academy◄TEAM
8. St. Charles◄TEAM Wyoming◄TEAM
9. Solon◄TEAM Lexington
10. Turpin◄TEAM Ottawa Hills
◄TEAM - Denotes OTZ Team Membership
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 2017 graduates but they will soon be removed from the report). D1 Teams that did not get depleted from graduation include: New Albany, Mason, St. Xavier, and St. John`s Jesuit. In D2, Wellington, Hawken, and Bexley (last year's D2 champions) are still solid.

In D1, New Albany, Mason, and St. Xavier will be the three toughest teams to beat. The top five in D2 will be fighting it out.

Division I

New Albany will have a super strong 1-2 punch with Robert Cash and Joel Jose. They also pick up three, 3-star freshmen. They are: Devin Boyer, Connor Krings, and Ryan Mudre. They lost Graeme Green to graduation. Cash will start the year as the #1 OTZ player.

Mason had a strong team last year, and they return Niraj Komatineni, Saiprakash Goli, Shashank Reddy, Pranav Viswanathan, and Vishnu Srinath. If they can remember to put chilled Peanut M&M's in the Mason concession stand, OTZ be there a lot this spring to take photos. Update 3/20/2018: Goli will not be returning to play high school tennis this season.

St. Xavier returns Ronit Hiryur, Max DeCurtins, Joe Beischel, and Nicholas Aronoff . They pick up 4-star freshman, Charles Temming. Click to see St. X's new, 12 court facility. Encounter a troublesome line call? Call Dominic Pham because of this...

Sycamore lost Noah Stern and Varun Kalaiarasan to graduation. Nathan Zhang, Nikhil Sekar, Alex Karev, and Samuel Marcus will be returning.

Last year's D1 team champion, University School, lost Paul Gota, Tyler and Drew Krantz, and David Buchinsky to graduation. Returning players include: Chas Norman, Charles Joranko, and Max Borsch.

New Albany
New Albany's Boys Team - Click to enlarge
St. John's Jesuit is the perennial Northwest District D1 powerhouse, and they have a ridiculously amount of depth this year because they return Alan Fahoury, Dev Laungani, Akhil Katragadda, and Ben Carter. In fact, I just copy and pasted the last sentence from last year's write-up. They also pick up 2-star, Aiden Williams.

Upper Arlington returns state doubles champion, Josh Cole, but his partner, Jack Zelezny, graduated and so did Jack Hughes. Other returning players include: Will Reynolds, Lance Li, and Nathan Yu.

St. Charles is Yakubov neutral after losing one (Evan), but gaining another one (Reece). Reece Yakubov is a 4-star freshman. Navy recruit and state doubles player, Jack Dabek, also returns. Mathew Morrison and Quyen Thai will be somewhere in the line-up.

Solon lost state runner-up Vlad Rotnov to graduation (and to Denison). They return Luke Qin, Kavi Jain, and Jake Novack.

A number of teams could be at #10, but Turpin got the nod. They return Grant Wendel, Ethan Caruso, and Patrick Wantz.

Other contenders include: Olentangy Orange, Olentangy, Dublin Jerome, Brecksville, 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
Columbus' Wellington School returns Connor Biernat (state finalist in 2016), Trevor Ball, and Adam Sorrels. Wellington picks up Griffin Biernat, a Tennis-Recruiting.net 2-star.

Last year's OTCA Finalist. Hawken will remain near the top with Ryan Leizman, Stephanie Shulman, Neil Tewari, and Sauren Khosla. They lost Josef Horwath and Michael Lee to graduation.

OTCA 2017 Champion, Bexley, lost two players to graduation, Josh Meyer and Noah Hoffman. They return Mark Nudelman, Leo Schottenstein, Christian Roddy, and Jordan Koppes.

Indian Hill keeps State D2 singles semi-finalist, Andrew Pregel, plus Anay Gautham, Maanas Pisati, and Mack Ellis. They lost Milan Bhandari, Christiano Lima, and Pablo Guzman to graduation.

State D2 Singles Champion and Michigan State recruit, Nick Williams, returns to Seven Hills. His supporting cast includes: Curtis Sun, Max Yuan, and Charlie Goldsmith. They lost Quinn Shim to graduation. Update 3/20/2018: Williams will not be returning to play high school tennis this season.

Cincinnati Country Day lost Kevin Yu, Vishaal Nalagatla, and Justin Baker. Those returning include: Manav Midha, Herschel Albert, Neil Badlani, and Ashutosh Annapantula.

Columbus Academy was hit hard with graduation. The graduates included: Austin Lawrence, Eric Min, Sid Menon, and Michael Qi. The players returning include: Drew Haffer, Rhian Seneviratne, and Suriya Sundaram. They also pick up two 2-star freshman, Jack Madison, and Arie Tuckerman. Tuckerman can also reportedly beat his sister, Georgia, in tennis. Update 3/20/2018: While the sources may be suspect, Jack Madison can also defeat his sister, Marissa. Marissa plays tennis for Babson.

Wyoming returns Joseph Kelly, George Arenas, and Kyle Demers. They lost Adam Behrman and Zach Osha to graduation.

Lexington retains, Blake and Luke Webster. They were 2017 OHSAA State Doubles qualifiers.

Last year's OTCA Northwest District final four representative, Ottawa Hills, lost Tyler Gargas to graduation. Rahul Bais and James Schwann return.

Other contenders include: Miami Valley and Lima Shawnee.

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

Could these rankings be wrong? No. Not really. It is, however, important that teams cooperate and do what the rankings tell them to do..

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