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October 2, 2017
Division I
1. Magnificat ◄TEAM 2 @States
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3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAM 0
4. Olentangy Liberty◄TEAM 2
5. Ursuline Academy ◄TEAM 1
6. St. Ursula Acad.◄TEAM 0
7. Pickerington North◄TEAM 1
8. Olentangy Orange◄TEAM 0
9. Upper Arlington◄TEAM 2
10. Westlake◄TEAM 2
Division II
1. Hathaway Brown ◄TEAM 4
2. Indian Hill ◄TEAM 3
3. Col. Academy ◄TEAM 2
4. Laurel ◄TEAM 1
5.Toledo Central Catholic 3
6.Summit Coun. Day ◄TEAM 1
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9. Oakwood 1
10.Wellington◄TEAM 0
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Top Fan Dog Contest
October 15, 2017
Contestants
Coco, Watterson -- 14 votes
Fergie, Upper Arlington -- 11 votes
Larry, Mason -- 5 votes
Dolce, New Albany - 4 votes
Brisket, Dublin Coffman - 1 vote
Logan, Hawken - Zero votes

 

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6/8/2017
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3. Sycamore◄TEAM 3
4. Mason◄TEAM 3
5. St. Xavier◄TEAM 2
6. Upper Arlington◄TEAM 2
7. Solon◄TEAM 2
8. St. Ignatius 3
9. St. John's Jesuit◄TEAM 2
10. St. Charles◄TEAM 1
Other: Dublin Jerome
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1. Bexley◄TEAM 1
2. Hawken◄TEAM 3
3. Cin. Country Day◄TEAM 2
4. Indian Hill◄TEAM 2
5. Wellington School◄TEAM 2
6. Col. Academy◄TEAM 1
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THURSDAY,

Tomorrow | Photos from Districts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

OTZ States/OTCA Preview Video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

Magnificat in Final Four

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remember.. Always. Pay. For. Photos.

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MONDAY,

It's States Week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

Congratulations to the State Qualifiers

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

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Central District - Division I - Click to enlarge

Central District

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

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

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

Northeast District

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

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

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

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

Southwest District

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Quarter-Final District Results Online

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

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

Northeast District

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

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

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

Northwest District

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

District Results for Central and Southwest

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

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

Central District:

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

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

Southwest District:

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

Indian Hill and Columbus Academy in D2 OTCA Final Four

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

OTZ Fan Dog Contest | OTCA Matches

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

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Event Northeast Result
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OHSAA D1 Doubles
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OTCA D1 Team
OTCA D2 Team
Of course, there were allegations. First, they claimed that Indiana may have hacked the vote. Then they claimed that the popular vote should be replaced with a vote per region. They also questioned Dublin Jerome's late surge in votes. In the end, Magnificat's Charlotte simply got beat by Dublin Jerome's Charlie.

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

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

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

Watch for more doggies to be introduced tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

District Draws

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

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

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

Sectional results are still being added.

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

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

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SUNDAY,

Sectionals Completed | Central District D1 Draws

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Central District Sectional Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

Hopefully Better Weather Today | Photo Friday

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

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

Lily McCloskey
Oakwood's Lily McCloskey - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

Central District Sectionals Delayed Until Tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

Dublin Jerome Beats Columbus Academy | Liberty Defeats Orange

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

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

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Liberty's Lexie Brengartner - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

Mason Beats Springboro | Columbus Academy Defeats Upper Arlington

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

New OTZ Rankings | Elysium's Paddle Fest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Elysium's Paddle Fest - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

Report Changes | Twitter @OhioTennisZone

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

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Mason's Team Report - Click to enlarge

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Mason Wins GMC

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

Laurel Defeats NDCL | Turpin Beats Ursuline Academy

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

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

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

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

Tomorrow will be Foto Phriday.

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

St. Ursula Academy Beats Ursuline Academy

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

Magnificat Defeats Westlake | Olentangy Orange Beats Upper Arlington

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

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

Central District Draw Process

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

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

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

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

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

Vlad Rotnov
Coach Vote - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

Sectionals Top Players
Singles / Doubles? - Click to enlarge

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

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

Sectionals Top Players
Site Selection - Click to enlarge

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

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

Sectionals Top Players
Strategy Time.. - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY EVENING,

Central District Draws Available

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

Pickerington North Beats Mount Notre Dame

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Wellington Defeats Bexley | Green Beats Our Lady of the Elms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

Olentangy Liberty Beats Pickerington North

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

Ursuline Academy Beats Mount Notre Dame

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

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

Indian Hill Defeats Lakota East

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

Olentangy
Olentangy - Click to team page

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

Sectional Draw Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Magnificat Beats Olentangy Liberty

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches' Classic Underway

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

OTZ College Player Report

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

Dublin Jerome Beat Dublin Coffman | Academy Defeated Wellington

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

OTZ Division II Rankings | Olentangy Liberty Beats Pick. Central

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

Updated OTZ Top Ten Teams for D1 | Photo Monday

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

Mason Beats Dublin Jerome and Pickerington North

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Perrysburg Beats Walsh Jesuit | SJA Defeats Shaker Heights

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

Hathaway Brown Beats Magnificat

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

Notre Dame Academy
Notre Dame Academy - Click to team page

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

Magnificat Beats Lexington | Turpin Beats MND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

Mason Beats Sycamore

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

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

OTZ Top Player Reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

Photo Monday | Previous Day Match Results

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

The Columbus Challenger | Buddy Up Tennis

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

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

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

The event is free to attend.

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

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

There were no high school matches reported yesterday.

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SATURDAY,

OTCA Tournament Draws

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

Olentangy Liberty Beats Columbus Academy | Indian Hill Defeats Turpin

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

Walnut Hills
Walnut Hills - Click to team page

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

Centerville Beats Bellbrook

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

Grove City
Grove City - Click to team page

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

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

Indian Hill Beats Sycamore

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

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

It's. Photo. Monday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

Perrysburg Beats Lexington

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Mason Beats St. Ursula Academy

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

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

Bloom-Carroll
Bloom-Carroll - Click to team page

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

Pick. Central Beats Pick. North | TCC Defeats NDA

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

St. Joseph Academy Beats Strongsville

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

Ursuline Academy Beats Notre Dame Academy | SCD Defeats 7Hills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

Pickerington Central Beats New Albany

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

Solar Eclipse
Eclipse @Goodletsville, TN - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

Columbus Academy Wins Watterson Invite

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

Sydni Ratliff
Academy's Sydni Ratliff - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

Hathaway Brown Beats Pickerington North

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

Rain <> Tennis

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

Mason Beats Indian Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MONDAY,

Cincinnati Hosts High School and Professional Tennis

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

Chillicothe
Chillicothe - Click to team page

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY,

Hathaway Brown Wins CSG Dubs Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

Ready to Roll for 2017-18 Season

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

Drew Haffer
Report Updates - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

OhioTennisZone's Division II Pre-Season Top Ten Teams

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

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

Division II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

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

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

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

Division I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

USTA National Championships

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

Dalayna Hewitt
Dalayna Hewitt - Click to enlarge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

OhioTennisZone's OTCA Draws

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

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

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

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

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TUESDAY, AUGUST

Start of the Girls Tennis Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY,

OTZ USTA Midwest Closed Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

Click Analysis to see the entire analysis.

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THURSDAY,

Ohio Players in the Pros

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY,

Upcoming Tournaments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FRIDAY,

Midwest Closed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THURSDAY,

Top Photos of the Boys 2017 Season

The Top Photos of the Boys 2017 season are now online. This year, twelve photos made the list. I think the photos from this season compare favorably to the top photos from previous boys seasons and from the girls, but you can be the judge of that. Click to view the boys for 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014. Click to view the top photos for the girls for 2016, 2015, and 2014.

Chas Norman
University's Chas Norman - Click to enlarge
The characteristics of a good photo include: good eye-on-ball, even lighting, good action, and a non-distracting background (i.e. Upper Arlington's signs and the New Albany's porta john). I also like to include a variety of shots, such as forehands, backhand volleys, "reaching" shots, etc. Generally, it is easier to take better photos of the girls because their uniforms are more colorful and because their pony-tails and skirts depict more movement. (The optimal pony tail length is seven to ten inches.)

Unlike in previous years, all photos are available for purchase, even photos from States. In fact, I think it is now fine if you would like to purchase a States photo from previous years. Just submit a Feedback or email me if you would like to purchase a photo.

Sign-in and click to view all of the photos from this season.

At this point, it is uncertain how many of these photos will make the Top Photos of 2017 Video Slideshow. Click to view the Top Photos for 2016.

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FRIDAY,

Rising Freshmen and Their Schools

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

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Rising Freshmen Boys (alphabetical order)
Player / TRN Stars City / School
Devin Boyer * * * Columbus / New Albany
Connor Krings * * * New Albany / New Albany
Anish Madgula * * Mason
Benjamin Martin * * * Canfield
Ryan Mudre * * * New Albany / New Albany
Ty Rothchild * * * * Beachwood
Charles Temming * * * * Loveland / St. Xavier
Yukun Wang * * * * Highland Heights
Reece Yakubov * * * * Columbus / St. Charles

Only schools for Reece Yakubov and Charles Temming have been identified thus far. If you have inside knowledge of which school a player plans to attend, please submit a Feedback.

If an incoming school is an OTZ Team Member, player names have clickable links to their TennisRecruiting.net profiles. (Subliminal message to incoming freshmen - don't you want to be on a team that takes high school tennis seriously enough to be an OTZ Team Member?)

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

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

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Incoming Freshmen Girls (alphabetical)
Player / TRN City / School
Madeline Atway * * * * * Powell / Olentangy Liberty
Nina Dhaliwal * * West Chester / Ursuline Academy
Arya Dudipala * * * Dublin / Dublin Jerome
Elizabeth Fahrmeier * * * * Cincinnati / Summit Country Day
Ella Hazelbaker * * * Columbus / Upper Arlington
Nataly Kader * * * * Mason / Mason
Hannah Kassaie * * * * Highland Heights
Jamie Kim * * * * * Mason / Mason
Bella Kirby * * * Cincinnati / St. Ursula Academy
Annie Kruse * * Mason
Elizabeth Pendergast * * * Cincinnati / St. Ursula Academy
Sydni Ratliff Blue Chip Gahanna / Columbus Academy
Danielle Schoenly * * * * Powell / Olentangy Liberty
Soniya Yalamanchili * * * * Centerville
The top incoming freshman girls are included in this table.

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THURSDAY,

OTZ Final Top Ten Rankings for 2017

As OTZ wraps up the boys season with its last OTZ Top Ten Team Ranking, it is also time to look forward to 2018.

The Boys Division I rankings were reshuffled in the seven through ten positions based on State and OTCA performance. The OTZ Matrix Report was used extensively for this and the teams in those four spots were included here. Note that OTZ also refers to the line-ups in the closest contests. You can quickly shift to the starting line-ups in the Matrix Report by clicking on the school "header".

The Boys Division II rankings were really difficult to determine. The seven through nine positions were very close. The OTZ Matrix Report for Division II is here.

As for 2018, readers can now see the key players who are graduating, those who are returning, and the incoming freshmen. Please submit a Feedback if you are aware of other strong incoming players who will be attending one of the top teams. This should benefit coaches as they schedule matches for 2018.

Friday's update will show the top incoming freshmen in the state. The below table will be updated upon receipt of more information.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
June 8, 2017
Division I
Team - State Spots Key Players Graduating Returning Incoming Freshmen (TRN)
1. University School◄TEAM 4 State Spots Gota, T.Krantz, D.Krantz, Buchinsky Norman, Joranko -
2. New Albany◄TEAM 2 Green, A.Cash, Mathes R.Cash, Jose Devin Boyer, Connor Krings, Ryan Mudre
3. Sycamore◄TEAM 3 Stern, Liou, Kalaiarasan Zhang, Karev -
4. Mason◄TEAM 3 C.MacKenzie, Krayterman Goli, Komatineni, Reddy -
5. St. Xavier◄TEAM 2Schulteis, Geoppinger, Hagemeier Hiryur, DeCurtins Charlie Temming
6. Upper Arlington◄TEAM 2 Zelezny, Hughes, Schadek Cole -
7. Solon◄TEAM 2 Rotnov, Johnson Qin, Jain -
8. St. Ignatius 3 Hsia, Siciliano Brahmbhatt -
9. St. John's Jesuit◄TEAM 2 Abdul-Aziz Fahoury, Laungani, Katragadda -
10. St. Charles◄TEAM 1 E.Yakubov, V.Thai Dabek, Gonela Reece Yakubov
Division II
1. Bexley◄TEAM 1 Nudelman, J.Meyer, Hoffman Schottenstein, Roddy -
2. Hawken◄TEAM 3 Lee, Horwath Leizman, Shulman, Khosla -
3. Cin. Country Day◄TEAM 2 Yu, Nalagatla, Baker Midha -
4. Indian Hill◄TEAM 2 Lima, Bhandari Pregel, Pisati -
5. Wellington School◄TEAM 2   C.Biernat, Ball, Sorrels Griffin Biernat
6. Col. Academy◄TEAM 1 Lawrence, Min, Qi Haffer -
7. Seven Hills 1   Williams -
8. Miami Valley 1 Perevozchikov, Keller Morehart -
9. Ottawa Hills 1 Gargas Bais -
10. Wyoming◄TEAM 1 Behrman, Osha Arenas, Demers, Kelly -
◄TEAM - Denotes Team Membership so extensive OTZ information is available

 

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TUESDAY,

Most Team Report Viewed: New Albany

The voters of the OTZ poll on Twitter nailed it on all four spots. Per Google Analytics, the team page with the most views during the season was New Albany, followed by Mason, Upper Arlington, St. Xavier, and Sycamore. All were OTZ Team Members. See poll results below. (I inadvertently left UA out of the poll.)

Saiprakash Goli
Mason's Goli - Click to enlarge
Many coaches view Team Memberships as a way to enable multiple team members to access OTZ information, and that is certainly true, but it is far more than that. Schools need to think of Team Memberships as extremely affordable advertisements for their teams. These team reports reflect very positively on seventh and eighth graders who have the flexibility to select their high schools. These reports also encourage these younger players to work hard in junior tennis, knowing that they too will receive recognition on OhioTennisZone.

The other teams in the top 15 are in usage order. They are: Indian Hill, University School, Cincinnati Country Day, Columbus Academy, Bexley, St. Charles, Wellington, Dublin Jerome, Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Davidson, Hawken, Westerville North, and Solon. Again, all but one (Dublin Jerome) are OTZ team members.

As high school tennis loses more and more kids to lacrosse, to other sports, and to smart phones usage, coaches should include money in their budgets to promote their tennis programs. Need proof? Check last weekend's newspaper coverage of the State lacrosse tournament. In the Dispatch, it was extensive, and that makes a huge impression on parents and their young children.

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MONDAY,

Most Frequently Viewed Player Profiles

One OhioTennisZone's most popular features is the Player Profile report. Players, fans, college coaches, etc. like to monitor how players are performing, and OTZ is the only web site that makes it easy to monitor high school results.

Robert Cash
New Albany's Robert Cash - Click to enlarge
As expected, the most competitive players are typically the ones that are viewed the most. Per Google Analytics, the top five most frequently viewed profiles from the beginning of the season to yesterday were (in order of views): New Albany's Robert Cash, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur, University School's Paul Gota, Mason's Saiprakash Goli, and Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel.

Other players in the top 10 listed in alphabetical order were: Wellington's Connor Biernat, Olentangy's Stu Brdicka, Mason's Niraj Komatineni, Solon's Vlad Rotnov, Hawken's Stephanie Shulman, Sycamore's Noah Stern, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai, Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino, Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu, and Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny.

Twitter Poll
Twitter Poll - Click to enlarge
Which school do you think was viewed the most? You can vote on Twitter or by clicking on the link below. [This poll is now over and the final vote is shown in the graph.]

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SUNDAY,

USTA Midwest Qualifiers

The Midwest Qualifiers are underway (or coming up) for the various USTA Districts. These tournaments will provide States-quality match-ups and in some cases, matches between teammates. Those players who qualify will go to the Midwest Closed in Indianapolis (BG 16-18) and in Okemos, MI (BG 12-14).

The USTA Midwest Districts are self-explanatory for the Northeast and Northwest. The Ohio Valley 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.

Stephanie Shulman
Hawken's Stephanie Shulman - Click to enlarge
Current OTZ plans are to attend portions of the Ohio Valley G16, Ohio Valley B18, Midwest Closed BG16-18, and the National Championships B16-18 in Kalamazoo.

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

Those who successfully compete at the qualifiers will play in the Midwest Closed.

Midwest Closed BG14 - June 24-29, 2017

Midwest Closed BG16-18 - June 24-29, 2017

A very fortunate few will compete at the USTA National Championships in San Diego and Kalamazoo (or The 'Zoo).

National Championships G16-18 - August 5-13, 2017

National Championships B16-18 - August 4-13, 2017

In the French Open Juniors, Danny (DJ) Thomas and Caty McNally will be competing. I last saw Thomas play against Jacob Wareti in the OVTA B18 Midwest Qualifier in Cincinnati last summer. On the way to winning that tournament, Thomas beat Nalagatla 1,1; Yoshino 1,1; Niehaus 1,1; and Wareti 0,2.

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SATURDAY,

OTZ Top Players | Watch Lists Finalized for 2017 Season

The OhioTennisZone Top Players | Watch Lists have been revised to reflect States and the OTCA tournament. The breakdown by District for players on these lists is: Central - 16, Northeast - 2, Northwest - 10, and Southwest - 18. Should there have been more players included from the Northeast and Northwest? Maybe, but OTZ does not have many results from these two Districts because coaches and/or the newspapers are just not as engaged with the sport as in other areas of the state. In fact, Southeast Michigan generates more than twice the usage on the OhioTennisZone web site about Ohio tennis players than what Northwest Ohio does.

OTZ Top Players
OTZ Top Players - Click to report
Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. To view the list in its entirety, click All.

The Player Accomplishments have also been updated to reflect those players who are OhioTennisZone All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team Players and for those who reached States.

During the ten week season, the goal was to update the web site by 8am each morning. Now the goal is for me to run, jog, walk, or crawl two miles before 7am. I am also mixing in tennis during the mornings. There is still material for a few more days before updates are switched to a once-a-week-or-so "between seasons" mode.

I continue to work on States and OTCA photos.

Please keep those comments coming!

 

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FRIDAY,

OTZ Good. OTZ Stuff Maybe Not So Good.

What would you like to see changed on OhioTennisZone? Maybe more humor? Maybe less attempts at trying humor? Here's your chance to share your thoughts. Of course, I would vote for more bar charts.

OTZ Feedback Form
OTZ Feedback - Click for Feedback
To share your thoughts, please use a Feedback message, or if you know my email address, use that.

While I really do care about what you think, I was also very light on content today because 1) I'm starting to work on photos from States and the OTCA tournament; 2) I went to a fun graduation party last night; 3) I felt that I was rushing out too much material before thoroughly vetting it (this is another way of saying I was making too many errors.).

Please submit your comments by Monday. I'll share some of the comments next week.

The OTZ Top Ten Team lists are coming soon but I want to enhance my lists with players who will be enrolling next year as freshmen. I'll need your help on that.

I also have a few checks that I need to cash. Watch for those to hit your bank account soon. I also have a few checks that I need to cash that I have not yet received. Please get those into me quickly. Let me know if you need an invoice.

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THURSDAY,

End of Season Report

Data. Data. Data. OTZ has been hunkered in the bunker over the last two days reviewing and correcting names in the results. While I normally do a so-so job of replying to emails, even emails have been a no-no as I've focused only on this data.

One of the most difficult tasks for OhioTennisZone is to insure that the names are correctly spelled in the system, especially for the Coach and individual members. Without correct names, Player Profiles and the End of Season report do not work correctly. Unlike what the USTA and ITA have where every player is "databased", OTZ does not have that luxury. If the Cincinnati Enquirer has an incorrectly spelled name, I have to fix it or the process does not work. With over 4,500 matches in the system, that's a tough task.

Drew Haffer
University's End of Season - Click to enlarge
Coaches may now retrieve the End of Season report. In fact, parents of that team may do so as well. To access it, sign-in first, and then click on > Coaches > Obtain End-of-Season Report. This report makes a great memento of the season. Contact me with any questions.

I had one alert reader who suggested that I may have overlooked Stu Brdicka in the OTZ All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team. I agree. Brdicka has been added to the list. I also did not have Niraj Komatineni's name correctly included under his photo. That error was corrected.

I still struggle with how to handle States doubles players on the OTZ All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team. Some of the doubles players are excellent singles players and would have done well had they chosen that path to States. For the time-being though, I will only include the doubles champions and finalists.

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WEDNESDAY,

Presenting the OhioTennisZone All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team

Congratulations to the OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team for 2017. This is the fifth year for this list.

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio
Boys Tennis Team for 2017

 Division I - Singles

 Division II - Singles


Nick
Williams
Seven Hills

Austin
Hanna
Cloverleaf


Tyler
Gargas
Ottawa Hills

 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 ow well they played during the entire year. It also includes players who would have played and excelled at States had Districts been re-seeded. (For example, D2 State Champion, Nick Williams, made the OTZ All-Ohio list last year but he did not participate at States last year.)

The number of players included on this list will vary from year to year. This year's group of players was strong and that is evident by the number of seniors who will be playing collegiately this fall. For the last two years there have been ten singles players on the Division I list and six players on the Division II list.

The OTCA/OHSAA All-Ohio list is certainly an extremely 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, then he might not receive any recognition. Again, their list is great, but I like my approach better.

Congratulations to these players.

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. In fact, all of the Division 1 are on-board. Click on the player name to view the player's Profile.

Note how some players have photos included in their Player Profiles. Any purchased OTZ photos are shown in this manner. See Nathan Zhang and Bryan Yoshino.

This is the time of the year that many things are happening in the background as I wrap up the 2017 season.

TUESDAY,

Videos of Championship Points

It is time for the OHSAA championship point videos. OTZ captured video for three out of the four championship points. Unfortunately, I was a minute too late for the Division II championship point. For best results, use HD (High Definition) and expand to full screen mode.

Division I Singles:

University School's Paul Gota defeated Solon's Vlad Rotnov.

Division 1 Doubles:

Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny and Josh Cole beat Sycamore's Noah Stern and Nathan Zhang .

Division II Singles:

Seven Hill's Nicholas Williams defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu. Williams called for a medical timeout at duece while serving for the match. He held on for these last two points but became ill immediately after this video ended.

MONDAY,

University School | Bexley are OTCA Champions

As OTCA Vice President, Chris Johnson, stated on Sunday, "The weather was the MVP of the tournament." It was supposed to rain on Saturday, then it slowly improved. Then it looked like we were going to have to call Uber Ark on Sunday, but that rain did not materialize either. Having the entire OHSAA tournament and OTCA outdoors was great for everyone involved.

Alex Warstler
Alex Warstler
Alex Warstler
Alex Warstler

The OTCA matches were very interesting yesterday. In Division I, the University School versus Sycamore match was expected to be closer and perhaps taxing enough on University School so that New Albany could take them with their 1-2-3 singles punch. That was not the case. University School surprised fans with their strong doubles teams by quickly beating Sycamore's doubles. US then clinched the match against Sycamore at 1st singles.

In the match against New Albany, US quickly won 1st dubs with the team of Tyler Krantz and Danny Godes and on 3rd singles by Drew Krantz. The clincher was at 2nd doubles by Chas Norman and Charlie Joranko. On courts 1 and 2, New Albany's Robert Cash had a one set lead over Paul Gota and NA's Nathan Jose and University's David Buchinsky were in a tight, 6-5 match before the match ended.

In Division II, the major match of the day was expected to be Cincinnati Country Day versus Hawken School, but Bexley did not get that InstaGram. The CCD - Hawken match was a battle and it ended when Hawken won on 3rd singles and 2nd dubs almost simultaneously. Not that anything was verbally communicated, but the celebration after that match felt like "the celebration" for winning the D2 crown. The Bexley versus Hawken match felt more like a formality until Bexley quickly won the first set in second dubs. It was a "Wait.. What?" moment. Bexley then also went up on 1st dubs getting the first set.

The eventual order of finish was: Bexley's Noah Hoffman and Aaron Young won 2nd dubs; Hawken's Josef Horwath won 3rd singles; Bexley's Christian Roddy won 2nd singles (but not before Roddy's serving hand went into severe cramp mode); Hawken's Stephanie Shulman won first singles in a great three set match; and finally, Bexley's Josh Meyer and Leo Schottenstein beat Hawken's first dubs team in a three-setter for the clinch. Again, all of the results are under "Previous Day Match Results" in the drop down link above. (Don't forget to use the "Line-up View" mode to see the player line-ups.)

In the third/fourth matches, Sycamore defeated St. John's Jesuit and Cincinnati Country Day beat Ottawa Hills.

The Reynoldsburg restroom situation was greatly improved this year by the opening of the restrooms in the newer, north facility. That had not been done for previous OTCA Tournament matches. That also doubled the number of toilets from two to four - until one of them went into a "plugged, overflow" situation. That was the closest thing to a water problem that we had all weekend.

I took quite a few photos yesterday and at States, but I will not be processing many because that is also very time consuming. My approach this year has been to post one really good photo of each player, rather than multiple photos. If you are planning to purchase a photo, please let me know via email or Feedback and I will crop/color correct/etc. several photos of your son to review. Most parents buy multiple photos after viewing them. Don't forget that the digital photo may also be used on TennisRecruiting.net.

The matches are done for the high school season, but there will still be a few days of catchup work on OhioTennisZone. It looks like I may even have to move Bexley higher in the end-of-season OTZ rankings.. Since Mrs. OTZ does not read this blog (despite her free membership), I may even try to stretch it out for a few more days after that.

[Clinch corrections provided by David Joranko.]

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SUNDAY,

Great States Finales | OTCA Tournament Starts Outside

The three Districts with players in the semi-finals all took home a big prize. The Southwest District won the D2 singles and doubles championships thanks to the efforts of Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams and Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla and Justin Baker. University School's Paul Gota won the D1 Singles crown for the Northeast. The Central District's Jack Zelezny and Josh Cole of Upper Arlington won the Division I Double Championship.

Paul GotaUA's Cole-Zelezny
Nick WilliamsOSU's Andrea Ballinger

All of the results are included in the player records, plus they are also in the OhioTennisZone Online Draws.

Many have requested that the tournament be "spread out" so that fans can watch more players compete. Thanks to the efforts of Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu and Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel the fans got their wish. The Yu-Pregel match took three hours and 55 minutes before Yu won the match in a third set tiebreaker.

Rain threatened play for most of the morning and there were occasional raindrops, but it never stopped play. The tournament was backed up by the Yu-Pregel match, but it still wrapped up at a very respectable 4:30pm.

Yesterday's OTZ usage broke the previous record by 31% versus the same day as last year.

Unlike as in previous year's, all OhioTennisZone States photos are for sale.

See you at the OTCA Tournament! [And I'm already late...]

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SATURDAY EVENING,

OTCA Tournament Checklist | OTCA Tournament Starts Outdoors

It is still unclear where the OTCA Tournament will be held on Sunday. [It will start outdoors at the Reynoldsburg Summit Campus.] Here are handy checklists for each site.

Checklist for the OTCA Tournament if outdoors at Reynoldsburg:

Checklist for Olympic Indoor:

Olympic Indoor is the primary club which our kids attended as juniors.

OhioTennisZone has already sold out of all of the "Go to the Front of the Line" passes for the restrooms.

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SATURDAY,

Day One Finished

A perfect weather day and great tennis was a good reason to get a day off of school or work. By District, Central now has six spots in the semi's while the Northeast and Southwest both have five. All of the results are posted in the OTZ Online Draw. Yesterday's usage of the draws broke all records.

All of the results are also included under the player records.

OTZ had interviews with four of the senior semi-finalists during the season. Click to read the interviews with Sycamore's Noah Stern, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai, University School's Paul Gota, and Solon's Vlad Rotnov.

Bryan Yoshino
Coffman's Bryan Yoshino - Click to enlarge

Today's update is super quick because I need to get on the road.

See you at States.

 

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FRIDAY,

Yes, Everyone, It's Time for States.

Ok. Here we go. On with the show, this is it.

Site Map
Site Map - Click to enlarge
Here's a good checklist.

Top Ten Teams
OTZ Top Teams - Click to enlarge
The Top Players were re-arranged. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The order of the OTZ Top Ten Teams were also re-shuffled. Note that the number of State Spots that each team earned is included to the right of the team. The green Team indicator means that the team is supporting OhioTennisZone by purchasing a Team Membership. Note that "clickable" links are included in the right-navigation bar.

I think that I will have time to take a few more photos tomorrow, but ask me when you see me. Note that if you ask for me to take a photo of your son, I expect you to buy at least one photo. Taking photos of doubles players is far more time consuming.

Note that I posted an interview with Solon's Vlad Rotnov last night. It is immediately below today's posting.

There was an article in the Columbus Dispatch about States. Click to read.

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THURSDAY, MAY 25, - SECOND THURSDAY POSTING

OTZ Interview: Solon's Vlad Rotnov

OTZ's last interview of the season is with Vlad Rotnov. Rotnov is a senior at Solon and he will start OHSAA States tomorrow on Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. He will play against Olentangy's Stu Brdicka.

Vlad Rotnov
@ '16 States - Click to enlarge
During an interview conducted on May 15, Rotnov's described his playing style as "I'm not a super aggressive baseliner but I like to play on all parts of the court. I'd say that just waiting for a good rally ball from the baseline and taking any opportunity to move in is how I like to play." He added, "I don't wait for them to make errors but I try to make them make errors. I don't like losing points easily just because I'm not consistent."

He views his first serve and his forehand as his weapons. His first serve would be clocked at approximately 100mph.

After an early stint in hockey, which his older brother played, Rotnov started playing tennis. He began tennis at eight years old, and he enjoyed it but he did not have early success. His success began after he really started practicing at age 12. He also found that he really enjoyed competing and traveling with his friends.

Vlad Rotnov TRN Ranking
Rotnov's TRN Rankings (lower is better)
Rotnov is on a positive trajectory with his TennisRecruiting.net rankings as shown in the graph on the right. His ranking of 477 in 2014 has slowly improved to his current highest ranking of 200. His Universal Tennis Rating is at 11.66 and his OTZ player ranking is fourth.

Rotnov attributes his success to his demeanor. "I was struggling with staying super cool on the court and just forgetting about misses. ... I would think about it too much or get too upset or mad, and now I don't show it at all. .. That has allowed me to make many more balls and just enjoy the game a lot. Now I like practicing a lot more and that is all that I can think about."

Rotnov's parents are Alexander and Lana. His father is a building contractor and his mother works as a buyer at a shoe retailer. His father plays some tennis during the summer. His brother, Sergei, lives and works in Columbus as an IBM software engineer.

Rotnov is a math/science guy and he is interested in bio-chemistry and bio-med engineering. He took one AP course in high school - AP Spanish.

In addition to Denison, Rotnov was considering the University of Toledo and the College of Wooster as college choices. He choose Denison for several reasons. He stated, "My high school is pretty small. Our graduating class is 400 students and the whole school itself is about 1,700 students so Denison is a little bit of a step up with 2,300 students. It's a little bit bigger, it is a small town campus, and it is close to Columbus where my brother lives. They have a good academic program and they are going to have a very good tennis team." Rotnov also said that he really likes the chemistry of the tennis team. Rotnov will join fellow freshmen, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai, Ottawa Hill's Tyler Gargas, and Granville's John Purnode on the Denison team.

In his off time, he likes to swim, go to the gym, and ride his bike. As for the social networks, he uses SnapChat and InstaGram.

OTZ asked Solon coach, Jim Elwing, for a few words about Rotnov. He shared, "Vlad is a four year letterman at Solon High School. While playing #3 singles his freshman year he compiled a 22-5 record winning 10 matches 6-0, 6-0. His sophomore year he played #2 singles with a 24-2 record. He led the team playing #1 his junior and senior year going 48-6, plus reaching the state tournament both years. Vlad is a super kid, he is such a hard worker and really knows how to stay focused on his goals."

When asked what type of photo he would like for me to take of him, Rotnov said, "I really like running forehands". I asked if he thought that his opponents would cooperate with a shot that would give him a running forehand, Rotnov joked, "I'll leave that corner open..."

States begins tomorrow at 9am. See you there.

THURSDAY, - FIRST THURSDAY POSTING

OhioTennisZone States / OTCA Preview Video

Yo. If your video playing device has an audio setting called "GE Jet Engine" or "Beyond the Threshold of Pain", that's a great place to start because it is time to watch the OhioTennisZone.com State / OTCA Tournaments Preview Video. Using a high volume setting is also a great way to make co-workers on the upper and lower floors aware that your son is playing this weekend. This year's video has 63 action photos and a few video segments. I try to get photos of all of the top players each year, but that does not always work out because of rain cancellations and scheduling issues. While the great majority of the photos are from this spring, there are a few that date back to the 2015 season.

There is too much OTZ content to include and not enough days to run it before States, so today will include at least one more update. Tomorrow's edition will also be posted later tonight so I can leave for Mason early tomorrow morning. An interview with Solon's Vlad Rotnov will be posted later today.

The Top Players will be rearranged later this morning. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Top Teams in the state will also be re-shuffled later today. Note that the Final Four teams are listed in the right-side navigation bar.

All of the player photos on the OTZ Online Draws are now set so that they can be viewed by all of the fans. Please make sure that you include the link to the draws on your smartphone. The URL has been shortened to ohiotenniszone.com/draws.

Note that the OTZ draws have tomorrow's court assignments included. Many grandparents would never consider going to the Western & Southern Tournament because of the vast amount of walking involved, but they do want to watch their grandchild play at States. Hopefully the court assignments will make it easier for them to get around the facility without as much effort. The court assignments are courtesy of Tim Voegeli.

There are still a few openings for photos tomorrow. If you want an official OTZ photo of your son playing at States, please submit a Feedback or email me. Any photos purchased will also be viewable by all on OhioTennisZone. Also note that any photos in today's video may also be purchased.

Note that the video may include advertising. OTZ does not benefit monetarily from the advertising. It does, however, help compensate the artists for their music. I am very grateful that I can use popular music for these videos; otherwise, I probably would not create them. You may turn off the advertising if you wish.

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WEDNESDAY,

Final Four Set: US > Solon | Sycamore > Mason | CCD > Indian Hill

The last three spots for the Final Four were claimed last night. In those matches, University School defeated Solon; New Albany beat Upper Arlington; Cincinnati Country Day defeated Indian Hill; and Sycamore beat Mason. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. (I am awaiting box scores from the Sycamore versus Mason match.)

New Albany
New Albany - Click to team page
Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny; University School's Paul Gota beat Solon's Vlad Rotnov; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated Indian Hill's Pablo Guzman; New Albany's Joel Jose beat Upper Arlington's Josh Cole; Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla defeated Indian Hill's Gautham; Solon's Luke Qin beat University School's David Buchinsky; and Cincinnati Country Day's Manav Midha defeated Indian Hill's Maanas Pisati. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is New Albany. They are coached by Marc Thomas. They are Team Members. They are led by Robert Cash, Nathan Jose, and Graeme Green.

The song? Picked. The photos? Taken. OTZ is now crunching on the official OhioTennisZone States | OTCA Preview Video Slideshow. Click for last year's Boys State video. If you really need to procrastinate today, click to view the 2016 Girls States video, 2015 Boys States, and 2015 Girls States videos.

The first of the newspaper articles about States was included in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Click to read this article by Mark Schmetzer. If your paper has a States article that includes quotes, feel free to forward it to OTZ via Feedback or email.

Interested in getting a States photo of your son? Submit a Feedback or send me an email. With all 32 singles players going on court at the same time, I have to have a plan to insure that I get to your son's court. I'm taking between 15-20 requests but I am taking photos in the order in which I receive the request. (I am also hoping that several of the players win their first round matches...) Please get your request into me asap.

Do not be alarmed if your son loses in the first round of States today. The online OTZ Draw Sheet is being prepped and tested. I actually have to practice entering the results so that I can enter them quickly at States. Of course, if your son wins States today, you might want to get a screen shot just in case it doesn't happen on Saturday.

The NCAA Singles and Doubles tournaments are now beginning. To read this Columbus Dispatch article by Bill Rabinowitz, click Torp and Francesca. Coach Melissa Schaub was also named ITA National Coach of the Year.

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TUESDAY,

St. John's Jesuit and Ottawa Hills in Final Four

Two teams from the Northwest District are making their hotel reservations at Reynoldsburg. St. John's Jesuit defeated St. Francis DeSales, 3-0, and Ottawa Hills beat Lexington, 3-2. Click to view all of the OTCA Tournament draws to-date.

St John's Jesuit
St John's Jesuit - Click to team page
Among the top players, St. John's Jesuit's Akhil Katragadda defeated St. Francis DeSales' Minor and St. John's Jesuit's Dev Laungani beat St. Francis DeSales' DeVaney. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is St. John's Jesuit. They are coached by Jim Davis. They are Team Members. They are led by Alan Fahoury, Dev Laungani, and Akhil Katragadda.

The Ohio State Men's and Women's programs got beat yesterday in great matches by the scores of 4-2 and 4-3, respectively. I am normally not a fan of live-Tweeting match scores, but one volunteer, Lisa Stone of Parenting Aces (@ParentingAces), kept everyone riveted with her constant updates of the OSU Women's match. The event was supposed to have Live Scoring, but it was minutes late. The live scoring also did not include game scores. The women's match finished at midnight. Click to read the Columbus Dispatch article about the OSU's matches.

Interested in purchasing a States photo of your son (or daughter)? Submit a Feedback or send me an email.

Special thanks to Anthony Clouse of Logan Elm. He provided seven State Qualifier photos for the Southeast District. OTZ now has photos for 88% of the State Qualifiers for the OTZ State Draws. Again, I do not believe that any high school sport in Ohio (or anywhere else) has the photos of their State Qualifiers. These draws will be "opened up" so that everyone can view the photos of all of the players on Thursday night.

All of the remaining OTCA District Finals will be held tonight.

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MONDAY,

OHSAA Draws Now Available

It's here. It's States week. Things really speed up now. The other Final Four spots will be determined by tomorrow night. OTZ also begins work on the State / OTCA Tournament Preview video slide-show today.

Click for the OTZ State draws. [Updated 1:30pm]

Drew Haffer
Southwest District Division 1 - Click to enlarge
Drew Haffer
Northeast District Division 1 - Click to enlarge
Drew Haffer
Northeast District Division 1 (5th/6h) - Click to enlarge
Drew Haffer
Northeast District Division 2 - Click to enlarge

The OTZ State Qualifier List is ready to turn into the OTZ State Draw Sheet as soon as the information is obtained from the Ohio High School Athletic Association. I think this is the first time that the photos for all of the players in the Division I singles and doubles draws have been included before the tournament. The plan is to take photos for the Division II players that I am missing while I am at States. Please help out OTZ by making sure that the names match the players in today's State Qualifier photos.

OhioTennisZone now intends to sell photos from States. Because I am already super busy at the tournament with the online draws, you will need to pre-order a digital photo to insure that I take a photo of your son (or daughter). If you want on this list, you are agreeing to buy at least one photo. It's first come, first serve, except for those who have already purchased photos from me this season. They get moved to the top of the list. I think I will have time to take photos of between 15 and 20 players and I already have four orders. If the tournament goes indoors, all bets are off with the photos. Contact me via Feedback or email to get on the list.

States are a family thing with grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and illegitimate service dogs in attendance. If you have everyone assembled and you see me racing around, please ask me to take a photo of your family. If you have already pre-ordered a photo from me, I'll throw in this photo for free.

Why am I selling photos this year? The previous, exclusive photographer simply could not make enough money to continue with this service. There is less demand for photos, plus some parents and players were evil enough to grab the professional photos and remove the watermarks. Stealing a photo is no different than shoplifting a $20 item from a store shelf. You just can't do it.

In previous years, OTZ has provided 5x7 prints of the State Qualifier Photos to OTZ Members free of charge. I would race around during the first round of play with my box of photos and distribute them. Since I now plan to take photos, I cannot do this. Instead, I will be making high-resolution State Qualifier photos available (without the copyright) for download. You may print it, put it on Facebook, place it in a digital frame, etc. These are for your personal use only. They cannot be sold and they cannot be included in a media publication. If you have been a long term customer and you really want a 5x7 print, please contact me via email.

Go ahead and hit your 130mph serve. Tennis stringer extraordinaire, Alann Leinwohl, will be at the OHSAA and OTCA tournaments to string racquets. He can be reached at the tournament (and prior to the tournament) by calling 614-902-0927.

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SUNDAY,

District Seeding Rounds Finished - Awaiting State Draws

Somehow in some way all of the Districts completed their seeding rounds yesterday. The results from the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest are also now online. The order of finish of all of the seeds are soon going to be included on OhioTennisZone in the OTZ State Qualifier List.

Central D1 State Qualifiers
Central D1 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
OhioTennisZone recognizes Ohio high school tennis players more than what any other state in the universe does for its high school tennis athletes. Now is the time when the best players in Ohio get recognized state-wide for their efforts by the fans, other players, parents, and coaches. But.. It's a two way street. For the players, coaches, and clubs who never made the effort to sign-up for an OTZ membership, you get far less recognition than what you otherwise would. You can imagine how you would look on the OTZ State Qualifier List (and the upcoming draw) by looking at the other players. Note how all of their results are included. Yours are not. If you were an OTZ member, you could also sign-in and see the action photos. But.. You can't. Mr. Lebowski summarizes the situation in this insightful video clip.

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

All of the State Qualifier District photos will soon be online. Special thanks to Sycamore's Linda Stern, Hawken's Marc and Nancy Leizman, and NEDAB's Mike McGee. I may need assistance before I can add names to all of the photos.

The results from the District Singles finals in each of the Districts were:

Central: New Albany's Robert Cash defeated Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai and Wellington's Connor Biernat beat teammate, Trevor Ball.

Northeast: Ottawa Hill’s Tyler Gargas defeated Ada’s Zach Beaschler and Perrysburg’s Ben Weider beat St. Frances DeSales’ Greg Leroux.

Northwest: University School's Paul Gota beat Solon's Vlad Rotnov and Cloverleaf's Austin Hanna defeated Bay's Adam Krueger.

Southwest: Mason's Saiprakash Goli defeated teammate, Niraj Komatineni, and Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams beat Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel.

For the doubles results, click on the OTZ State Qualifier List.

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

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SATURDAY,

District Seeding Rounds

More players earned the right to participate in States yesterday when the Northeast District Division 2 players competed. The results for those players are now online and the players have also been added to the State Qualifiers List. The Northwest State Qualifiers and the remaining Northeast qualifiers will be determined today.

Granville
Granville - Click to team page
Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Granville. They are coached by Keith Mullins. They are Team Members. They are led by John Purnode and Elia Martinelli. [Individual photos to be added later today.]

I will be at the Central District seeding round at Upper Arlington.

The State Qualifier List will be updated later today with the results from the seeding round. It will also include more player photos thanks to the efforts of several parent photographers.

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FRIDAY,

Hawken in Final Four | State Qualifers Set for Central and Southwest

State Qualifiers are set for the Central and Southwest Districts. There are still qualifier spots for the Northwest and Northeast Districts in play. To view the singles and doubles players who are currently set to play at States, click OTZ State Players. More players will be added as the information becomes available. (Note that while this information is included in a draw format, it is not the draw. The information is ordered as it is on the District draw sheets.)

Rain forced the Southwest District to get off to a late start. The boys went on-court at 10:30am and the matches were wrapped up by 4:30pm. It was hot day and one player could not finish after getting cramps.

In the OTCA Tournament, Hawken booked a ticket to Reynoldsburg by beating Orange, 4-0.

Drew Haffer
Sycamore's Kalaiarasan- Click to enlarge

Among the top players in the Central District, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated New Albany's Chris Mathes; and Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte; New Albany's Robert Cash beat Olentangy's Alex Konstan and Mount Vernon's Ben Camara; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Thomas Worthington's Kai Britz; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino beat Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen and New Albany's Alek Jacoby; Wellington's Connor Biernat defeated Columbus Academy's Drew Haffer; and Wellington's Trevor Ball beat Granville's John Purnode.

In the Southwest District, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Turpin's Grant Wendel; St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur  beat Mason's Vishnu Srinath and Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz; Mason's Saiprakash Goli defeated Centerville's Brandon Valley; Sycamore's Regis Liou beat Centerville's Josh Giambattista; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Badin's Noah Connaughton; Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams beat Cincinnati Country Day's Manav Midha; and Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated Miami Valley's Colton Morehart.

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

OhioTennisZone needs State Qualifier pictures if your players want to be recognized on OTZ. I will take the photos for the Central District and Sycamore's Linda Stern will get photos for the Southwest. It is easy to do this. Just ask the tournament director to gather the players ten minutes before they go onto the court. Many other parents will also scramble for their cameras to get this great photo memory. These photos will also be used in the OTZ online draw sheet. (See above.)

The Northeast District Division II plays today. When all of the Northeast and Northwest results are entered on the draw sheets, those scores will be included on OhioTennisZone.

In NCAA play, Ohio State won their match against Oklahoma. CCD's JJ Wolf clinched the win for OSU. Click to read more. The OSU Women play at noon today.

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THURSDAY,

Districts - Who is Going to Play at States?

It's time for Districts. Not that you are Under Pressure or anything but today is for a spot at States.

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Hawken
Hawken - Click to team page
Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is the Hawken School. They are coached by Brian Smallwood. They are Team Members. They are led by Ryan Leizman, Michael Lee, and Stephanie Shulman.

Remember that OTZ wants to include pictures of all of the State Qualifiers in the OTZ States Preview Video. I need helpful parents to email me a high-resolution image of *all* of their Divisions' State Qualifiers, not just of their teams' qualifiers. Click to view photos from previous years.

This is also a huge day for college tennis. Click to read about the upcoming Ohio State Men's match against Oklahoma.

Time for OTZ to get on the road. I'm going to Lindner Family Tennis Center to eat McNasty's food and hopefully watch tennis matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

Bexley in Final Four

The OTCA Final Four has its first entry. Bexley defeated Columbus Academy in a close, 3-2, match. In other OTCA matches, St. John's Jesuit beat Perrysburg; New Albany defeated St. Charles; and Solon beat Copley. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Worthington Christian
Worthington Christian - Click to team page
Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated St. Charles' Milan Milan Gonela; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence beat Bexley's Mark Nudelman; Perrysburg's Ben Weider defeated St. John's Jesuit's Alan Fahoury. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Worthington Christian. They are coached by Justin Bays. They are Team Members. They are led by Ben Kindberg, Chris Tsibouris, and Ajai Smith.

The Sectional results for the Northeast were added this morning for OTZ members. The results for the Southeast will be added tomorrow.

There will not be many (if any) matches tonight as teams prepare for Districts. OTZ plans to be at the ATP site tomorrow for the Southwest Division 1 and Division 2 Districts.

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TUESDAY,

More Awful Southwest District Draws

Same story. Different year. Luck always play a role in who goes to States, but it should never play a major role. Unfortunately that is the way it has been in the Southwest District for years. Everyone can recall top players who did not get to participate in States because of an awful, horrendous draw. That's why OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio Team includes players from the Southwest who do not even participate in States (i.e. Deepak Indrakanti in 2014, Nick Williams in 2016). There have been times when a school's #2 doubles team goes to States but not that school's #1 team because of bad draws.

It is in the best interest of the kids and the sport to fix this District draw mess. When can this happen? A quick solution would be to have the #1's and #2's from Mason and Cincinnati Sectionals to never meet in Districts. Could that be made to happen? Sure. The OHSAA pitted the #1 and #2 players of the Central and Southwest Districts in the second round of States for over 10 straight years. I pointed this out in an old document that I created back in 2008 before OhioTennisZone even existed, and this practice continued for several more years. Click to view that analysis document. The "fix" could go into effect next year or in two years, but something needs to be done. Overtime, this is the type of thing that causes players (and families) to shift into other sports.

Jack Zelezny
Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny - Click to enlarge
In addition to the awful draws, there was actually other news yesterday. In OTCA play, Cincinnati Country Day defeated Miami Valley; Upper Arlington beat Dublin Jerome; and University School defeated St. Ignatius. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. Click to view the OTCA Tournament Draws.

Among the top players, University School's Paul Gota defeated St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu beat Miami Valley's Colton Morehart; Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla defeated Miami Valley's Michael  Perevozchikov; and Upper Arlington's Josh Cole beat Dublin Jerome's Anish Patel. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Special thanks to Matt Sexton for the links to the Southwest District draws. As of Tuesday morning, the draws were still not up on the Southwest site.

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MONDAY,

OTZ Interview: University School's Paul Gota | District Draws

In the series of OTZ interviews with several of the top seniors in the state, today's interview is with Paul Gota. Gota will graduate from University School and he is ranked third in Ohio on OhioTennisZone.com. Gota is a TennisRecruiting.net 4 Star, and he has a Universal Tennis Rating of 12.61.

Gota's parents are Marius and Carmen. Both are physicians at the Cleveland Clinic. His father is an anesthesiologist and his mother is a rheumatologist. Neither of his parents actively plays tennis but Gota's father closely follows the sport and "knows all that there is to know about the sport" by reading tennis books and watching videos. His father was Gota's first coach.

Paul Gota
University School's' Paul Gota - Click to enlarge
Gota was introduced to tennis at six years old, but he did not seriously play the sport until he was eight. That's when he played his first tournament. He has always focused on tennis rather than play other sports.

His strengths are his serve and forehand. His serve would be clocked in the 120-125mph range. He also looks to serve and volley when the opportunity presents itself.

Gota has shown substantial and steady improvement over the last four years. His TennisRecruiting.net (TRN) rankings in 2014, 2015, and 2016 were 230th, 199th, and 139th in the nation, respectively. His TRN ranking is now 76th. He explained, "I think I have really learned how to control my emotions on the court and more importantly I know how to think, how to analyze the situation - tactically, strategically, and technically - and figure out not only the things that I change when I lose a match but having adjustments when I win a match. It has been much clearer mentally for me and I think that has been my biggest improvement."

He has high goals for the season. "First and foremost, I care most about the team tournament. That's where we all want to play our best tennis and I'll be playing someone like Robert [New Albany's Cash] at that time of the year. I also have my individual goals and I do want to win singles in the State tournament. I had a rough start to the year. I wasn't playing my best tennis in the transition from indoor to outdoor [tennis], but now I'm starting to get the hang of it."

Paul Gota
Paul Gota - Click to enlarge
In fact, Gota's match (and loss) against Solon's Vlad Rotnov earlier in the season was a turning point for him. It put Gota into "another gear." "I started logging everything that I was doing every single day. Every day I came to tennis with a piece of paper and I wrote down what I was working on. When I went home, I thought about what else I should put on there and what else I could take off." ... "I felt like I needed to lose pretty badly to wake up. The first time that I played Vlad - he beat me down - it wasn't even close." [Rotnov beat Gota 6-2, 6-1 on April 25 and then Gota defeated Rotnov, 6-3, 6-4, in the Sectional seeding round on May 11.]

Gota is a math-science guy. He took four AP courses at University School. His favorite was AP Calculus.

Gota selected the University of Notre Dame but he was also looking at Ohio State and a school that no one likes or cares about (university of michigan). Gota has already been accepted into Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. Notre Dame loses just two seniors and has three other highly regarded incoming freshmen, but Gota hopes to "crack the line-up." Note that St. Ignatius graduate, Nathan Griffin, is also a member of the Notre Dame team.

Outside of tennis, he said that "I really love working out. That's one of those things that I do every day. I love lifting and that is obviously extremely conducive to not only being healthy but also to high performance in tennis, so those two things go hand-in-hand." Being with friends before they all leave for college is also important to him.

Of the various social networks, he uses Twitter (@PaulGota) and Facebook (for a college group at Notre Dame), but mainly Instagram. He also uses OhioTennisZone just as all courteous OTZ interviewees say they do.

This summer he hopes to be able to compete at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo. He last competed there when he was in the B16's.

Gota added "I am counting down the number of days to States." Today that number is eleven.

The Northeast District was the first to release their draws yesterday. The web pages on which the draws will be posted are linked to above. The Central and Northwest Districts are also now available.

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SUNDAY,

Sectionals Are Completed

It was perfect weather for the Sectional Seeding round. OTZ went to the Hilliard Davidson-wind tunnel where fans are encouraged to bring rope to tie down their cars, especially if they have light cars, but conditions were perfect at Davidson as well. Now everyone anxiously awaits the District Draws which should hopefully be released tomorrow morning.

John Purnode
Granville's John Purnode - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Mason's Saiprakash Goli defeated Mason's Niraj Komatineni; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel beat Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur; Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams beat Badin's Connaughton; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino; and
Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Wellington's Trevor Ball. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

OTZ will start reviewing draws from the Southwest, Northeast, and Northwest District today for OTZ member results to include those results online.

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SATURDAY,

Sectional Seeding Rounds Today

Congratulations to the boys who made it to Districts. The Sectional seeding rounds take place today. In OTCA Tournament play, Hawken beat Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy to reach the finals of the Northeast District D2. Click on OTZ OTCA Draws for the most recent results.

JJ Wolf
OSU's JJ Wolf - Click to enlarge

In addition to high school tennis, the NCAA's are now in gear. The Ohio State Men played and defeated Butler yesterday and the OSU Women play Buffalo today at noon. To monitor all of the action, click on SLAM.TENNIS.

SLAM.TENNIS is brought to you by the same people who offer TennisRecruiting.net.

There are several more JJ Wolf photos on Twitter @OhioTennisZone. There are also two photos of Lexington grad, Mason Dragos, who plays for Butler.

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FRIDAY,

Boys Sectionals Beat the Weather

Wet weather delayed the start of the Central District Sectionals for about one and half hours, but gray skies eventually switched to partly sunny skies by the end of the day. It was a great call by the Central District not to delay the tournament when it appeared on Wednesday night that it would be a complete rainout.

Nick Roden
Buckeye Valley's Nick Roden - Click to enlarge

As prior-year OTZ readers know, this is the busiest day of the season for data entry. (The Columbus Dispatch has two and half columns of agate-type results.) Watch for the scores to be databased before I leave for Skyline for lunch.

Scores for the Central Sectional are now online. Scores for two of the Southwest District are also online. [Updated: 11:23am]

As the other Sectionals complete their play, those scores will also be added for OTZ Members.

While waiting for the Sectional results, click to read the article about the Ohio State Women's Tennis team written by Bill Rabinowitz. This the first time that I recall the OSU Women's tennis team being the featured story on the Columbus Dispatch sports page.

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THURSDAY,

Mason > St. X | Bexley > Wellington | Sycamore > Turpin

There were several bigger than huge OTCA matches played yesterday. This was surprising because these matches were played on the eve of Sectional play. There were 13 matches recorded and six were played in Central and seven were played in the Southwest District. The OTCA matches included: Bexley defeated Wellington; Seven Hills beat Summit Country Day; Sycamore defeated Turpin; and Mason beat St. Xavier. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

The Central District starts its Sectionals today, but they are delayed until 10am. Of course, always check with your coach for the latest information.

Upper Arlington
Upper Arlington - Click to team page
Among the top players, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Sycamore's Noah Stern; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Worthington Kilbourne's Gordon Liu; Wellington's Connor Biernat defeated Bexley's Christian Roddy; Sycamore's Nathan Zhang defeated Turpin's Ethan Caruso. 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 Jack Zelezny, Josh Cole, and Jack Hughes.

If the weather holds, Sectionals will be played throughout the State.

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WEDNESDAY,

Sectionals Underway

Sectionals began in the Southwest and Northeast Districts yesterday. OhioTennisZone subscribes to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Columbus Dispatch, and results from those newspapers will be included on OTZ. If the results are not in one of these newspapers, OTZ will retrieve the results for the later rounds from the Sectional draw sheets for only the OTZ members. To reduce the chance of double entries, it is better to wait until all of the matches are recorded for that Sectional. Always feel free to contact OTZ with any questions via Feedback or via email.

There were nine dual matches recorded from state-wide play. Eight matches were recorded from Central and one from the Southwest. One key Central OTCA match, New Albany versus St. Charles. was rained out. The close, 3-2 matches were Olentangy defeated Dublin Scioto and Big Walnut beat Delaware Hayes. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Dublin Jerome
Dublin Jerome - Click to team page
Among the top players, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence; Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams beat Wyoming's David Keller; and Olentangy's Alex Konstan defeated Dublin Scioto's Joseph Hill.

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. They are led by Ryan Worthen, Noah Schneider, and Anish Patel.

Miami Valley is an OTZ Top Ten school but it was difficult to evaluate their performance because of the lack of posted match results. As an experiment, their results for the entire season are now online.

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TUESDAY,

St. Xavier Beats Indian Hill | St. Charles Defeats Columbus Academy

Ohio returned to perfect weather yesterday. Hopefully Ohio will have good weather for Sectionals because there are far too many pairings in the first round to go indoors. From last night, there were 20 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 14, Southwest - 4, and Northeast - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Delaware Hayes defeated Thomas Worthington; New Richmond beat Madeira; Dublin Coffman defeated Bexley; Watterson beat Worthington Kilbourne; St. Charles defeated Columbus Academy; Andrews Osborne beat Lake Ridge Academy; and St. Xavier defeated Indian Hill. In the OTCA Tournament, University School defeated North Canton Hoover. In the GMC, Mason won four of the five flights over Sycamore. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Click above for updated Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Tournament results.

Hilliard Bradley
Hilliard Bradley - Click to team page

The Top Players / Watch Lists were re-shuffled last night. The lists were also updated with the college choices for many players. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Among the top players, University School's Paul Gota defeated North Canton Hoover's Andrew Triner; Mason's Niraj Komatineni beat Sycamore's Noah Stern; St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; Mason's Saiprakash Goli beat Sycamore's Nathan Zhang; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Bexley's Mark Nudelman; Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps beat Dublin Scioto's Joseph Hill; Granville's John Purnode defeated Watkins Memorial's Braden Clear; Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte beat Pickerington Central's Jacob Scott; Mason's Shashank Reddy defeated Sycamore's Regis Liou; and Indian Hill's Christiano Lima beat St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins.

Today's featured team is Hilliard Bradley. They are coached by Donna Long. They are led by Mitchell Thai.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (A) versus Hilliard Bradley; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Archbishop Alter; Olentangy (H) versus Dublin Scioto; and Wyoming (H) versus Fenwick. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

Photo Day | Sectional Week

Brace yourself. The photos are up-to-date. Finally. There were 46 photos added yesterday on top of the approximate 75 photos posted earlier in the season. Click to view. Since it is sooo time consuming to travel to, take, process, and database the photos, OTZ has shifted to more of a quality over quantity approach this year. I am posting only what I think is the best photo of your son. (Occasionally, there might be two.) If you would like to purchase a photo of your son, and you think I may have more photos of him. You might be right. Contact OTZ via Feedback or email to request to view more photos. However... If you request to view more photos, then you are committing yourself to purchase at least one photo.

Lancaster
Lancaster - Click to team page
These OTZ digital photos may be used anywhere you wish, plus they are added to your son's OhioTennisZone Player Profile. They are also available for everyone to view under the Most Recently Viewed Photos and under the team photos. I will assist you if you have any questions on how to add them to TennisRecruiting.net.

If you really truly absolutely love your son, then there is no better way of showing this than to buy a great photo of him while playing his favorite sport. Note that these photos also make great Mother's Day presents. For a limited time only, OTZ will also provide a 5x7 print for each digital photo that you purchase. Click to Buy a Photo. Photos are only $19.99, plus sales tax, and the price per photo decreases as you purchase more.

The Top Photos were also updated. Great photos have these traits in common: sharp focus, eye-on-ball concentration, some sunlight (but not too much), and a non-distracting background. The background is really important. No one likes to see a porta john in the background. No one likes Upper Arlington signs in the background. (This is a hint for today's OTZ Twitter poll question.) Those players wearing hats also rarely make the list. Photos taken in the middle of the day rarely make the list (unless there is light cloud cover). Click to view the Top Boys photos of 2016, 2015, and 2014. Click to see the video sideshow of the Best Photos of 2016. Always play OTZ videos in high resolution mode.

It is also worthwhile to note that it is never (ever) ok to use a photo from OhioTennisZone and share it anywhere else. Unless you purchase a photo from OhioTennisZone, then that photo can only be viewed on OhioTennisZone.

Sectionals start this week. They kick off in the Northeast District on Tuesday. Most of the rest of the state begins on Thursday.

Today's featured team is Lancaster. They are coached by Gary Elick. They are led by Braeden Kennedy.

Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Miami Valley; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Bexley; Dublin Jerome (A) versus Olentangy; and Dublin Scioto (A) versus Olentangy Orange. Sycamore and Mason players will also be competing against each other in the GMAC tournament. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

St. John's Jesuit Beats Ottawa Hills

The day got off to a slow start for many areas of the state, but there were still numerous matches and tournaments. In dual matches, St. John's Jesuit defeated Ottawa Hills; Upper Arlington beat Pickerington North; and Fenwick defeated Badin. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

In league play, St. Xavier won its 50th straight Greater Catholic League title, and St. John's Jesuit won its thirteenth league championship in a row. Findlay was second.

Ronit Hiryur
St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur- Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder; St. Francis DeSales' Leroux beat St. John's Jesuit's Alan Alan Fahoury; St. John's Jesuit's Alan Fahoury defeated Ottawa Hills' James Schwann; Badin's Noah Connaughton beat Fenwick's Dylan Sagan; Upper Arlington's Josh Cole defeated Pickerington North's Keen and St. John's Jesuit's Dev Laungani beat Findlay's Matthew Munoz. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur received the most Twitter votes and won the OTZ Skywalker award to commemorate #MayTheFourthBeWithYou day. Hiryur received 47% of the 88 votes. Westerville Central's Michelle Cardwell was second with 27%.

I finished the photo processing (cropping, color correction) yesterday. The databasing will be done today. Look for more photos tomorrow. I really mean it this time. Really.

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SATURDAY,

Sycamore Beats Indian Hill

Yesterday was a quality, not a quantity day. There was just one match recorded but it was a great match. Sycamore defeated Indian Hill by the score of 4-1.

Dublin Coffman
Dublin Coffman - Click to team page
Among the top players, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Sycamore's Noah Stern; Sycamore's Nathan Zhang defeated Indian Hill's Anay Gautham; and Sycamore's Regis Liou defeated Indian Hill's Mrinal Singh. 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 and they are led by Bryan Yoshino, Robby Berling, Pratheek Gandhodi, and Brisket the Wonder Dog (animated gif).

Dublin Coffman tentDublin Jerome tent
Dublin Coffman vs. Dublin Jerome - Click to enlarge
In addition to their tennis skills, Dublin Coffman is also the Dublin school for master tent builders. Please refer to the pictures to the right. Please note that it is never, ever OTZ's intention to diminish a school's tent building ability, or lack thereof..

TennisRecruiting.net is having their first May Madness Bracket Challenge to pick the NCAA champions. Even though you will lose to the OTZ staff, click to pick your favorites.

Call ahead before going to a match. Some schools may have been a bit too quick to cancel tennis matches today.

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FRIDAY,

St. Xavier Beats Turpin

The weather did not cooperate yesterday and today looks bad as well. Only seven matches were recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - Nada, Southwest - 5, and Northeast - 2. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Indian Hill
Indian Hill - Click to team page
Despite the weather, there were still several good individual matches. Among the top players, Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur; University School's Paul Gota beat Kenston's Grossman; Mason's Saiprakash Goli defeated Fairfield's Jacob Heyser; Hawken's Ryan Leizman beat Geneva's Ernst; and St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins defeated Turpin's Ethan Caruso.

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

Today's featured team is Indian Hill. They are coached by Wade Ward. They are Team Members. They are led by Andrew Pregel and Christiano Lima.

The Ohio Tennis Coaches Association released its poll yesterday. Click to read OTCA Coaches' Poll.

OTZ Twitter PollIn honor of Star Wars, OTZ created a poll on Twitter to identify Ohio's best high school "Skywalker". Click to see the contestants. Click to vote. St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur is currently leading the vote.

The Cincinnati Enquirer does a very nice job of including tennis articles in its flagship newspaper. Click to read Scott Springer's articles about the GCTCA Tournament and Indian Hills.

Today's matches include: Sycamore (H) versus Indian Hill; Columbus Academy (H) versus New Albany;  Dublin Jerome (H) versus Bexley; and Olentangy (A) versus Gahanna. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches. Always check with a coach or player before going to a match.

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THURSDAY,

Mason Defeats Indian Hill | Solon Beats St. Ignatius

The Sectional draws are now posted for the Southwest and Northeast Districts. The players who OTZ believes have the best chance of getting to States will eventually be included in the May 1st summary below.

There were 25 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 25, Southwest - 7, and Northeast - 4. There were quite a few close, 3-2 matches. They included: Bloom-Carroll defeated Fisher Catholic; Buckeye Valley beat Hilliard Darby; Dublin Scioto defeated Olentangy Liberty; Fenwick beat Archbishop Alter (three 3-setters); Kettering Fairmont defeated Milton-Union; Amherst Steele beat Oberlin; Olentangy defeated Hilliard Davidson; and DeSales beat Centennial. In other significant matches, Mason defeated Indian Hill; Solon beat St. Ignatius; and St. Charles defeated Dublin Coffman. 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, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; Solon's Vlad Rotnov beat St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Hilliard Davidson's Justin Wingenfield; St. Charles' Jack Dabek beat Dublin Coffman's Robby Berling ; Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz defeated Milton-Union's Phillip Brumbaugh; Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte beat Lancaster's Braeden Kennedy; Bay's Adam Krueger defeated Rocky River's Wang; Mason's Saiprakash Goli beat Indian Hill's Pablo Guzman; and Solon's Luke Qin defeated St. Ignatius' Sicliano. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Kettering Fairmont. They are coached by Matt Hughes. They are Team Members. They are led by Murad Nawaz, Jacob Haas, and Tyler Juhasz.

Today's matches include: Upper Arlington (A) versus Columbus Academy; Hawken (H) versus Brecksville; Turpin (A) versus St. Xavier; and Cincinnati Country Day (H) versus Summit Country Day. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

Upper Arlington Beats St. Charles | Seven Hills Defeats CCD

Finally, Ohio spring weather returns. There were 28 matches recorded under cloudy skies from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 17, Southwest - 9, and Northeast - 2.

Seven Hills vs CCDThe close, 3-2 matches included: Granville defeated Pickerington Central; Talawanda beat Colerain; Seven Hills defeated Cincinnati Country Day using the line-up listed to the right; Olentangy beat Bexley; Westerville North defeated Big Walnut; Hamilton Township beat West Jefferson; and Wellington defeated Dublin Coffman. In other prominent matches, Upper Arlington defeated St. Charles and Mason beat Covington Catholic. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Beechcroft
Beechcroft - Click to team page
Among the top players, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Covington Catholic's Anthony Bosch; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat St. Charles' Jack Dabek; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Anderson's William Sultan and Milford's Holden Owens; Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams beat Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Bexley's Mark Nudelman; Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Dublin Coffman's Robby Berling; Hawken's Stephanie Shulman defeated Gilmour Academy's Bennett Hilkert; and Upper Arlington's Josh Cole beat St. Charles' Vinh Thai. 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 Team Members. They are led by Godfred Kyei, Henry Bright, and Ali Mojtabaei.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) versus Mason; Cincinnati Country Day (H) versus St. Xavier; Solon (H) versus St. Ignatius; Columbus Academy (A) versus Dublin Coffman; Dublin Jerome (H) versus New Albany; Hawken (H) versus Geneva; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Milton-Union; Turpin (H) versus Walnut Hills; and Wyoming (A) versus Lakota West.. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Mason Beats Cincinnati Country Day | Sycamore Defeats St. Xavier

There was a fierce, Hilliard Davidson-like wind yesterday as yet another cold front moved into Ohio. The wind made conditions almost comical -- for the fans -- not the players. There were 23 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 12, Southwest - 10, and Northeast - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: River Valley defeated Jonathan Alder; Batavia beat Amelia; Gahanna defeated Pickerington North; West beat Centennial to win the Columbus City League Championships; Bethel-Tate defeated Blanchester; Indian Hill beat Turpin; and New Richmond defeated Western Brown. In other significant matches, Mason defeated Cincinnati Country Day and Olentangy defeated Wellington. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Olentangy's Stu Brdicka
Olentangy's Stu Brdicka - Click to enlarge
There were numerous matches between the top players. They included: Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated New Albany's Robert Cash; Sycamore's Noah Stern beat St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryrur; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; Mason's Saiprakash Goli beat Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Wellington's Connor Biernat; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence beat Bexley's Mark Nudelman; Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla defeated Mason's Shashank Reddy; and Turpin's Ethan Caruso beat Indian Hill's Christiano Lima. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

A courageous, undisclosed fourth party leaked the Mason D1 Sectional data to OhioTennisZone under the cover of darkness in a Washington DC parking garage early this morning.. This person is now seeking asylum in the Central District. Now that the finger prints have been scrubbed from the document, it is accessible here. Now that the Mason D1 draw is available, it would be great if a Mason D2 could also be provided to OTZ. Please email or submit a Feedback if you can provide said document. Your identity will be protected unless OTZ is promised Peanut M&M's.

Today's matches include: Solon (H) versus Massillon Jackson; St John's Jesuit (H) versus Ottawa Hills; Cincinnati Country Day (A) versus Seven Hills; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Wellington; Dublin Jerome (H) versus Hilliard Davidson; and New Albany (A) versus Olentangy Orange. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

Sectional Draws

The Sectional draws were conducted across the state at 2:00pm on Sunday -- hopefully even in Northwest Ohio. Players who have the best opportunities to get to States are listed below. Summaries for two Districts follow. While all of the locations for the Central District have been posted, that's not the case for the Southwest District. As other draws are released, this blog entry will be updated. All of the draws will be linked to in the table listed above.

Central District D1

Singles: The top players who are competing in singles are: New Albany's Robert Cash, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka; and Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino.

CCD's Kevin Yu
CCD's Kevin Yu - Click to team page
Doubles: The top doubles players are: Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny - Josh Cole; New Albany's Nathan Jose - Graeme Green; St. Charles' Jack Dabek - Evan Yakubov; Upper Arlington's Jack Hughes - Jack Schadek; Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps - Alex Heiden; St. Charles' Vinh Thai - Quyen Thai; Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps - Alex Heiden; and Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni - Noah Elliott.

Note that all of the above players are OTZ members. Being an OTZ member, just makes kids better players. (Your performance may vary.) It also helps fund this web site.

Central District D2

Singles: Wellington's Connor Biernat; Wellington's Trevor Ball; Granville's John Purnode.

Doubles: Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence - Eric Min; Bexley's Josh Meyer - Christian Roddy; Worthington Christian's Ben Kindberg - Chris Tsibouris; Bexley's Mark Nudelman - Leo Schottenstein.

Southwest District D1

Singles: Mason's Niraj Komatineni; St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur; Mason's Saiprakash Goli; Turpin's Grant Wendel; Sycamore's Regis Liou; Mason's Vishnu Srinath; Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz; Centerville's Josh Giambattista; Miami Valley's Colton Morehart.

Doubles: Sycamore's Noah Stern - Nathan Zhang; Mason's Shashank Reddy - Charlie MacKenzie; St. Xavier's Peter Schulteis - Max DeCurtins; Sycamore's Alex Karev - Varun Kalaiarasan; St. Xavier's Joe Beischel - Cameron Geoppinger.

Southwest District D2

Singles: Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Badin's Noah Connaughton.

Doubles: Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla - Justin Baker; Indian Hill's Milan Bhandari - Christiano Lima; Indian Hill's Mack Ellis - Mrinal Singh; Seven Hills' Quinn Shim - Max Yuan; Wyoming's Joseph Kelly - Zach Osha; Miami Valley's Makul Sharma - Niyanth Reddy.

The Mid-State League Tournament was rescheduled for today at Columbus Academy. Today's dual matches include: Mason (H) versus Cincinnati Country Day; Indian Hill (A) versus Turpin; Hawken (H) versus Beachwood; Olentangy (A) versus Wellington; and  Hilliard Bradley (H) versus New Albany. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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