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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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SUNDAY,

Sycamore Wins GCTCA Flight A | Seven Hills Wins Flight B

Yesterday was a rainout but the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association (GCTA) Tournament went indoors to finish their tournament. In the Flight A group, Sycamore and Mason tied with 310 points, but Sycamore won the tiebreak. The tiebreak was the number of flight champions. Sycamore had three and Mason had two. St. Xavier was third with 150 points and Cincinnati Country Day was fourth with 90. Seven Hills won Flight B.

Sycamore
Sycamore - Click to team page
Among the top players, Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated Mason's Niraj Komatineni; Mason's Saiprakash Goli beat Sycamore's Nathan Zhang; Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams defeated Anderson's Sultan; and Sycamore's Regis Liou beat Mason's Vishnu Srinath. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Sycamore. They are coached by Mike Teets. They are Team Members. They are led by Noah Stern, Nathan Zhang, and Regis Liou.

The Sectional Draws take place at 2pm throughout the state. Northwest Ohio is still part of the state so hopefully they do their draws today, too.. The Central District draw normally flows smoothly, but OTZ has a few ideas that might make it run faster with fewer misspelled names. The bulk of my time yesterday was spent on that. Watch for the Central District draws to go online later today.

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SATURDAY,

Cincinnati Country Day Beats Wellington | University School Defeats UA

Ohio has been extremely fortunate with the weather so far this season, but avoiding rain outs today will be difficult. Hopefully a few teams will be able to go indoors. There were 10 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 6, Southwest - 3, and Northeast - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Cincinnati Country Day defeated Wellington; Beechcroft beat DeSales; and Pickerington Central defeated Lancaster; In other significant matches, University School defeated Upper Arlington and Solon defeated Kenston. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Grandview
Grandview - Click to team page

Among the top players, University School's Paul Gota defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu beat Wellington's Trevor Ball; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Loveland's Christian Harris; Centerville's Josh Giambattista beat Lexington's Luke Webster; Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden defeated Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte; Upper Arlington's Josh Cole beat University School's David Buchinsky; and Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla defeated Wellington's Connor Biernat. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Grandview. They are coached by Kathy Kinnard.

There were good intentions to catch up on photo processing last night but the thunderstorms quickly put an end to those plans. The computer goes off-line when lightning enters the area.

The only dual matches in the scheduling system are Solon (A) versus St. Charles and New Albany. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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FRIDAY,

GCTCA First Day

One more great, bonus day of weather allowed the tournament with the longest name, the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic (GCTCA), to get off to a great start. Some, but not all, of the results are online. Photo-taking conditions turned almost perfect right as I was leaving. I essentially guarantee that the photos from the Mason Flight A group will be posted online at some point someday.

There were 13 dual matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 10, Southwest - 2, and Northeast - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Worthington Kilbourne defeated Pickerington Central; Sycamore-B beat Wyoming; St. Ignatius defeated Hawken; and Marysville beat Kenton. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Andrew Pregel
Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated Turpin's Grant Wendel; and Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; Mason's Niraj Komatineni beat Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur; St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia beat Hawken's Stephanie Shulman; Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen defeated Gahanna's Kyle Fout; and Bexley's Mark Nudelman beat Watterson's Chris Finissi.

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

Today's matches include: St. Xavier (A) versus Sycamore; Cincinnati Country Day (H) versus Wellington; Columbus Academy (H) versus Olentangy Liberty; and St John's Jesuit (A) versus Sylvania Northview. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

St. Xavier Beats Centerville | Upper Arlington Defeats Olentangy Orange

Not to be greedy, but can we have one more perfect day to kick off today's Greater Cincinnati Coaches' Classic? This is the best tournament in the state.

There were 30 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 17, Southwest - 10, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Worthington Kilbourne defeated Hilliard Bradley; Dublin Scioto beat Hilliard Davidson; Logan Elm defeated Jackson; Madeira beat Mariemont; Turpin defeated Walnut Hills; and Kettering Fairmont beat Northmont; In other significant matches, St. Xavier defeated Centerville and Upper Arlington beat Olentangy Orange in OTCA Tournament play. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Olentangy
Olentangy - Click to team page
Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated Dublin Coffman's Robby Berling; Sycamore's Noah Stern beat Colerain's Matthew Laskey; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka beat St. Charles' Jack Dabek; and Upper Arlington's Josh Cole defeated Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden. Just as a normal rule of thumb, top players are listed above when their opponents are included on TennisRecruiting.net. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

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

The Greater Cincinnati Coaches' Classic begins today. I will be at Mason taking photos of the Flight A group. Dual matches include: Hawken (H) versus Kenston; New Albany (H) versus Hilliard Davidson; Olentangy (H) versus Columbus Academy; and Watterson (A) versus Bexley. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

Cincinnati Country Day Beats Indian Hill | University School Defeats Solon

Yesterday's great weather led to a large number of matches, plus several great matches. It also led to a complete mess this morning as results were scrambled by several of my news sources. There were 40 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 22, Southwest - 15, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Reynoldsburg defeated Lancaster; Loveland beat Milford; Fisher Catholic defeated Teays Valley; Talawanda beat Ross; Thomas Worthington defeated Worthington Kilbourne; Cincinnati Country Day beat Indian Hill; Hamilton Township defeated Circleville; DeSales beat Hartley; and Anderson defeated Kings. In other significant matches, University School defeated Solon and Columbus Academy beat Bexley. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Bryan Yoshino
Coffman's Bryan Yoshino - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Solon's Vlad Rotnov defeated University School's Paul Gota; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu beat Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated Lakota West's Garrett Lindsey; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka beat Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence beat Bexley's Mark Nudelman; and University School's David Buchinsky defeated Solon's Luke Qin. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's matches include: New Albany (H) versus Dublin Coffman; Upper Arlington (A) versus Olentangy Orange; Olentangy (A) versus St. Charles; Turpin (H) versus Walnut Hills; and St. Xavier (H) versus Wyoming. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Changes Made to OTZ Top Ten Teams Rankings / Top Players

The weather was perfect but many of the best teams took the day off after competing in tournaments and significant dual matches over the weekend. There were 22 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 14, Southwest - 4, and Northeast - 4. The close, 3-2 matches included: Loveland defeated Walnut Hills; Watkins Memorial beat Westerville Central; Fisher Catholic defeated Hartley; Talawanda beat Little Miami; and Glen Este defeated Hamilton. In OTCA tournament play, Columbus Academy beat Granville. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Watkins Mem vs West. Central
Watkins Mem vs West. Central - Click to enlarge

One of the closest matches seen this year was between Watkins Memorial and Westerville Central. The graph points out how close it was on each court. The detailed ("Line-up View") information provides readers with even more insight. While these kids likely did not have enough time to finish their homework, the fans would have appreciated their efforts.

As more and more information is added to the "Top" or "Home" OhioTennisZone page, it is taking too long to load. The Twitter widget, located in the right navigational bar, is a very time consuming task for the system. This widget will be removed until after the season. To follow OTZ on Twitter, just look for @OhioTennisZone.

The Sectional Draws takes place on Sunday -- even for Northwest Ohio. For those teams that are missing a few scores on OhioTennisZone, please get those results into me asap. [Northwest Ohio had a history of not doing its draws on the same day as the rest of the state, and it caused all kinds of problems.]

The OTZ Top Players Reports and the OTZ Top Ten Teams were changed last night. The Top Ten Teams ranking is in the right navigation bar along with links to most teams.

Bloom-Carroll
Bloom-Carroll - Click to team page
Among the top players, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Pickerington Central's Jackson Mathias; St. Charles' Jack Dabek beat Olentangy Liberty's Marcello Aguilar; Hilliard Darby's Thomas Ohler defeated Dublin Scioto's Joseph Hill; and Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen beat Worthington Kilbourne's Gordon Liu. 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.

There are several really big matches tonight. They include: Solon (A) versus University School; Indian Hill (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; St. John's Jesuit (A) versus Findlay; Columbus Academy (A) versus Bexley; and Olentangy (A) versus Hilliard Darby. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY, APRIL 24,

OTZ Interview: Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai

The Thai family has been a large, friendly force in Central Ohio tennis for a decade. As Hilliard Bradley’s Mitchell Thai assessed his goals this year, it had two elements -- he wants to do well for himself -- and for his family.

Thai Family & Friends
@ '16 CDAB Districts - Click to enlarge

Thai lives in a close-knit extended family in southwest Columbus. “My parents came over from Vietnam during the Vietnam War as refugees. They came over when they were nine years old and my grandparents worked really hard to make a living over here. I am a second generation Vietnamese American”, he said. Closely affiliated with the South Vietnamese government, the Thai family fled South Vietnam in 1975. The family has lived in close proximity to each other ever since, growing up as neighbors. They all played tennis, loved tennis, and excelled in tennis. Thai began playing when he was only three years old.

In terms of Thai's goals for this season, he stated, “There is a lot of pressure to uphold the family name. My sister [Lauren] and my cousin [Ashley] won States and My Linh [Li] and Kim My [Li] [cousins] won States, too. So going into this season, it’s definitely been my goal, especially as my senior year, to win States in singles.” Thai also mentioned, “I just want to thank my family for being such a good tennis family. My grandparents have a tennis court and we would all go over there when we were younger, and they were the ones who got me started in tennis. It would be a great honor to win States for them. It’s not only for me but also for them.” In addition to winning States, Thai hopes to compete at the USTA National Championships this year in Kalamazoo. (Thai played at Kalamazoo in the B16's.)

Mitchell Thai
Thai @ '17 Bradley Dubs Tourney - Click to enlarge
Just in case a family score card is needed (or for a brief trip down memory lane), his cousin, Khang (Do) Thai, was a States Qualifier for Bishop Ready in 2008. Cousins, Kim My Li and My Linh Li, were State D2 Doubles Champions in 2009 for St. Francis DeSales. His sister, Lauren, and his cousin, Ashley, were State D2 Doubles Champions in 2010 for Hilliard Bradley. My Linh Li finished third at States in 2011 and she was a State Finalist in Singles in 2012. (Click links above to view the OHSAA Draws.) Thai has two more cousins, Vinh Thai and Quyen Thai, who currently play for St. Charles Preparatory.

Thai's father is Dzung (pronounced "Young") and his mother is Thuy (pronounced "Twee"). Thankfully, his sister [Lauren] has the same name as our daughter so I have that figured out.

Mitchell Thai
Thai @ CDAB Districts - Click to view video

Thai’s style of play is to stay glued to the baseline and to dictate play using his forehand to create opportunities. Over the summer, he worked on his serve (which would be clocked in the 110mph range), improving his shot selection, and getting to the net. Thai is one of several central Ohio boys who participates in clinics with OSU Coach Ty Tucker.

As shown in his OTZ Player Profile, Thai is undefeated so far this season, losing no more than three games in any of his matches. Thai had only two losses last year with one of them coming in the first round of States. Thai was leading 5-1 in the third set against Solon's Vlad Rotnov before Thai's leg cramps began. He lost 6-3, 6-7, 7-5.

Thai will be going to Denison next fall for college. He selected Denison for a number of reasons. Denison offered him with an early matriculation program to get into dental school. He will attend Denison for three years and then transfer to Case Western’s dental program for four more years. Thai mentioned, "My sister was one of my biggest influences in choosing to go into the field of dentistry." Lauren participated in the same program, but she went to Toledo (playing tennis for them) before going onto Case Western. To prepare himself for college, Thai took eight AP and eight honors classes at Hilliard Bradley. Thai favors a math/science curriculum and will major in biology.

Thai should be able to contribute to the Denison tennis line-up early-on. He has a TennisRecruiting.net 4-star rank, placing him only behind University School’s Paul Gota in TennisRecruiting.net's Ohio senior class ranking. Thai has a Universal Tennis Rating of 11.95, and he is currently ranked third on the OhioTennisZone Boys' Rankings. There will be more than a few familiar faces on Thai's team next year. Solon's Vlad Rotnov and Granville's John Purnode will also be playing for Denison. St. John's Jesuit grads, Kevin Brown and Ryan Issa, are currently on Denison's team.

This probably goes without saying, but going to Denison also means that Thai can play closer to home so that he can remain near his family. "Nothing rivals my family and I'm so glad that I was raised in such a deep rooted culture." Thai added, "I consider my cousins to be my best friends."

When not playing tennis, Thai, as well as many of his cousins, enjoy target shooting and traveling. They also scuba. He also uses SnapChat.

Oh yeah, there is another Thai on the way.

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MONDAY, - BONUS SPECIAL

Special Monday Bonus Update | Mason Conquers All

Not since the first Monday was invented, slightly before a Tuesday, has there been so much tennis news from a Sunday.

Central Ohio devised a scheme to blow up the bridge over the Little Miami River to prevent Mason from getting to Columbus. The scheme did not work. Reportedly fording the river with their bus on their backs, the Mason team still got to Columbus beat Upper Arlington and Wellington and went home.. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

The Ohio State Women's tennis team won their second consecutive Big Ten Championship on Sunday. Ohio high school players, New Albany's Francesca Di Lorenzo, Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford, and Mount Notre Dame's Sandy Niehaus, played starring roles.

The Ohio State Men's tennis team won a tightly contested, 4-3, away match over Illinois to complete a perfect 11-0 Big Ten season. Cincinnati Country Day's JJ Wolf clinched the match for OSU by winning 6-7, 6-4, 7-6.

Watterson's Coco Watterson's Coco
Mason's Komatineni - Click to enlarge
OSU's Di Lorenzo- Click to enlarge
Anna Sanford New Albany's Dolce
Sanford - Click to enlarge
Niehaus- Click to enlarge

Among the top players in yesterday's high school matches, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny; Mason's Saiprakash Goli beat Wellington's Connor Biernat and Upper Arlington's Josh Cole; and Mason's Vishnu Srinath defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Hughes. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

In other tournaments over the weekend, Solon won the Lexington Invitational and Hawken won the Caraboolad Trophy in their tournament.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (H) versus Olentangy Orange; Hawken (A) versus Chagrin Falls; Wyoming (A) versus Anderson; and Solon (A) versus Brunswick. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

New Albany Beats Sycamore | Upper Arlington Defeats St. John's Jesuit

Yesterday was expected to be a rainout, and yet again, we had a full day of tennis. There were seven matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 3 and Southwest - 4. The close, 3-2 matches included: Walnut Hills defeated Seven Hills; New Albany beat Sycamore; and Upper Arlington defeated St. John's Jesuit. Granville and Mount Vernon tied for the championship of the Reynoldsburg Doubles Tournament. To view all of the dual match results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Alan Fahoury
SJJ's Alan Fahoury - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated New Albany's Nate Jose; Upper Arlington's Josh Cole beat St. John's Jesuit's Alan Fahoury; New Albany's Graeme Green defeated Sycamore's Nathan Zhang; and St. John's Jesuit's Dev Laungani beat Upper Arlington's Jack Hughes. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Except for the OTCA Tournament, there are normally not many matches played on Sunday. That's not the case today. Mason is coming to Columbus to play Upper Arlington. Cincinnati Country Day (T) is playing St Xavier (Louisville, KY).

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SATURDAY,

Sycamore > UA | CA > SJJ | Mason > 7 Hills | Solon > Brecksville

Many of Ohio's best teams went on the road this weekend, and again, the weather is cooperating. The teams also cooperated by providing fans with great matches. There were 17 contests recorded from state-wide play yesterday. The breakdown by District was: Central - 8, Southwest - 5, and Northeast - 4. The close, 3-2 matches included: Ross defeated Northwestern; Loveland beat Fairfield; Columbus Academy defeated St. John's Jesuit; and St. Edward beat North Olmsted. In other prominent matches, Mason defeated Seven Hills; Sycamore beat Upper Arlington; and Solon defeated Brecksville. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Bradley Chefs
OTZ Personal Chefs at Bradley - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Solon's Vlad Rotnov defeated Brecksville's Benjamin Yeh; Sycamore's Noah Stern beat Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny; Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence beat St. John's Jesuit's Alan Fahoury; and Upper Arlington's Josh Cole defeated Sycamore's Nathan Zhang. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

As displayed in today's photo, only the finest in dining was provided at yesterday's Hilliard Bradley's doubles tournament. The chefs in the picture above are Velan Rajmohan (left) and Anish Chitti. The teams that participated in the tournament were: Big Walnut, Gahanna, Hilliard Bradley, Lancaster, and Olentangy.

The weather continues to confuse absolutely everyone. The Hilliard Davidson Doubles tournament was canceled last night as what appeared to be rain armageddon approached central Ohio. Today's matches include: Upper Arlington (H) versus St John's Jesuit and New Albany (H) versus Sycamore. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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FRIDAY,

Picture Day | Solon Beats Copley

Rain impacted matches in the Central and Southwest Districts. Today and tomorrow will also be iffy. There were 24 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 13, Southwest - 8, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Edgewood defeated Little Miami and Batavia beat Bethel-Tate. In other prominent matches, Centerville defeated Springboro; Upper Arlington beat Dublin Coffman; and Solon defeated Copley. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Dan Mayotte
West. North's Dan Mayotte - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Solon's Vlad Rotnov defeated Copley's Brian Yang; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino; and Centerville's Josh Giambattista defeated Springboro's Jack Diehl. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

There were 46 more photos added to the Recently Added Photos area. Please sign-in to view. Note that all of these photos are for sale. Those photos that have been purchased are available for all to view. They are also included on Player Profiles. (See Chris Finissi's profile.) Never (ever) take an unpurchased OTZ photo and use it elsewhere (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.). It is very expensive for OTZ to take and to publish these photos and I need to be compensated.

For those who wish to purchase a photo, note that there are far more photos than what have been published online. If you promise to purchase at least one photo, I will go back into my inventory and retrieve other photos of your son to see if there are others that you would prefer. Click to Buy a Tennis Photo.

The Top OTZ photos still need to be reviewed and updated. If you are having trouble getting your Friday started and you need another reason to procrastinate, click to view the Top OTZ Photos for 2016. Photos from the Western & Southern Open, USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Ohio State, and many Ohio high school matches are included. Always set your volume level to "pain" prior to playing any OTZ video.

Today's matches include: Sycamore (A) versus Upper Arlington; Columbus Academy (H) versus St John's Jesuit; Mason (H) versus Seven Hills; and Solon (A) versus Brecksville. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

Wellington Beats Columbus Academy | Bexley Defeats Granville

We need rain because I need a break from entering scores. I also need to catchup on about a dozen different things.. There were 33 matches recorded from state-wide play yesterday. The breakdown by District was: Central - 21, Southwest - 10, and Northwest - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Northwest defeated Harrison; Glen Este beat Bethel-Tate; OTZ #6 Wellington defeated OTZ #5 Columbus Academy; Fisher Catholic beat Reynoldsburg; Mount Vernon defeated DeSales; Milford beat Anderson; Grove City defeated Lancaster; Bexley beat Granville; and Gahanna defeated Thomas Worthington. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Centerville
Centerville - Click to team page

Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Solon's Vlad Rotnov beat Shaker Heights' Wilder Geier; Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Turpin's Grant Wendel; Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence; Hilliard Darby's Thomas Ohler defeated Watterson's Chris Finissi; Hawken's Stephanie Shulman beat Orange's Robert Miron; Wyoming's Joseph Kelly defeated Madeira's Gray Palmer; and Granville John Purnode beat Bexley's Mark Nudelman. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

On the potentially good news front, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) may finally allow OhioTennisZone to sell photos from States. As many of you know, this has been an ongoing issue for about five years. I travel throughout the state to take photos during the entire season. As a result, OTZ probably has more photos than all newspapers combined, but the OHSAA prohibited OTZ from selling photos from the the most important tournament of the year - States. The OHSAA also prohibited OTZ from posting more than four photos from States on the same web page. (See posting for October 23.) This issue was discussed at the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association meeting that I attended yesterday.

Today's featured team is Centerville. They are coached by Scott Long. They are led by Josh Giambatista and Brandon Valley.

Today's matches include: Dublin Coffman (A) versus Upper Arlington; Solon (A) versus Copley; Thomas Worthington (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne; Turpin (H) versus Kettering Fairmont; and Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Olentangy. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

Indian Hill Beats Seven Hills | Turpin Defeats Anderson

Perfect weather provided the biggest tennis night of the season. There were 40 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 23, Southwest - 13, and Northeast - 4. In matches involving Top Ten Teams, D2 #1 Indian Hill defeated D2 #2 Seven Hills and D2 #4 Cincinnati Country Day beat D2 #7 Wyoming. The close, 3-2 matches included: Fisher Catholic defeated Logan; Olentangy Orange beat Olentangy; Strongsville defeated North Olmsted; Dublin Scioto beat Hilliard Bradley; Little Miami defeated Ross; and Turpin beat Anderson. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Hilliard Darby
Hilliard Darby - Click to team page
Among the top players, Seven Hills' Nick Williams defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Andrew Pregel; University School's Paul Gota beat Brecksville's Benjamin Yeh; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Dublin Scioto's Joseph Hill; Solon's Vlad Rotnov beat Avon Lake's Spencer Gray; Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated Oak Hills' Michael Cole; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu beat Wyoming's Joseph Kelly; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated William Sultan; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka beat Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps; Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz defeated Centerville's Josh Giambattista; and Watterson's Chris Finissi beat DeSales' Armando DiMichaelangelo. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Hilliard Darby. They are coached by Scott Nickel. They are led by Thomas Ohler, Adam Schrock, and Krishna Revur.

Today's matches include: Hawken (H) versus Orange; Solon (H) versus Shaker Heights; Upper Arlington (A) versus Dublin Coffman; Columbus Academy (H) versus Wellington; and Turpin (H) versus Mason. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Sycamore Beats Cincinnati Country Day

More schools are back from spring break as other schools leave. This week, Columbus City Schools are out. There were 29 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 16, Southwest - 8, and Northeast - 5. Two of the top tennis schools clashed last night - OTZ #4 Sycamore defeated OTZ D2 #4 Cincinnati Country Day 4-1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Granville defeated Gahanna; Hilliard Darby beat Hilliard Bradley; Indian Hill defeated Sycamore-B; Thomas Worthington beat Dublin Scioto; Grove City defeated West; Bexley beat Westerville North. In another prominent match, Wellington defeated Olentangy Orange. 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, Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Hilliard Darby's Thomas Ohler; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Hilliard Davidson's Ethan Clark; Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps; Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte defeated Bexley's Mark Nudelman, ; Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz beat Beavercreek's Austin Staiger; Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla defeated Sycamore's Nathan Zhang; and Wellington's Trevor Ball beat Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Marysville. They are coached by Brian Ash. They are led by Haden Fluharty, Tony Martin, and David Sanders.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) versus Seven Hills; Turpin (A) versus Anderson; Olentangy (H) versus Olentangy Orange; DeSales (A) versus Watterson; St John's Jesuit (A) versus Lima Central Catholic; and Thomas Worthington (A) versus Hilliard Darby. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY, APRIL 17,

OTZ Interview: Sycamore's Noah Stern

As was done last year, OhioTennisZone will feature several seniors who have excelled in Ohio high school tennis. The first interview this year is with Sycamore's Noah Stern [click for Player Profile]. Stern is a three-time State qualifier in doubles and doubles finalist last year with Alex Taylor [click for OTZ article]. He is also now a captain of a team that has won the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division 1 crown for the last three years. This interview took place on April 4th.

Noah Stern
Stern @ '16 OVTA Qualifier - Click to enlarge

While Stern started playing tennis at a young age - at five or six - he did not only play tennis. He was a five sport athlete prior to focusing on tennis in high school. His other sports included football (playing as QB and defensive end), baseball (short stop and pitcher), basketball (forward), and soccer. This athleticism is also apparent in his tennis game.

Stern has an all-around game. He is a TennisRecruiting.net 3-star and he has a UTR rating of 11.48. Stern practices five days a week for two to three hours a day, and he has focused his efforts this year on his serve (which is now 110-115 mph) and his court positioning. He wants to stay aggressive on the court by getting into the net whenever possible. When asked which tennis strokes he wanted in an OTZ photo this season, his answer was "forehands or volleys". Hopefully his opponents will cooperate.

Noah Stern
Stern @ '16 UA Match- Click to enlarge

As far as his team goals go, Stern was not in the sharing mood when asked if it was time that three-in-a-row champion Sycamore share an OTCA team title with another team. He stated, "I know that obviously some of the other teams are thinking otherwise, and I know that we have a huge target on our back which we have had for a couple of years now. But we are definitely still looking to do it again. We know that it will be a tough thing to do. It's really incredible that we've happened to do it three times. Everyone knows how hard it is, and we still believe that we can do it. We have it as one of our big goals despite losing some of the players that we had last year."

In terms of his personal goals, Stern stated, "Individually for me, I'd say that I definitely want a state title for sure. I don't know if that will be in singles or doubles. I want to see how I do in events that include the better players in the state in the regular season because I am going to have a chance to play most of them. If I feel like I have a good shot at singles, I might pursue singles, but if I think that maybe doubles is a better option, then I'll stick with doubles. But definitely a state title for sure, and also winning the Coaches' Classic first singles bracket would also be something very memorable. ... So those two things for sure would be the two things that I want to do individually."

After graduation, Stern will be going to Ohio State where he plans to major in business. He has already been admitted into OSU's Fisher College of Business, and his Sycamore curriculum has certainly prepared him for the rigors of OSU. In addition to the strong curriculum that Sycamore provides, Stern took nine AP classes. His two favorites were AP Psychology and AP U.S. History. He plans to play club tennis at Ohio State and he already has a strong connection with that club. His brother, Dylan, is the president of the club. Dylan will graduate in finance and international business this spring. [Click for photo of Dylan at States with partner Deepak Indrakanti in 2013.]

Stern's parents are Linda and Joe. Both are big high school tennis fans. Linda is also a regular contributor of Sycamore photos, and Joe is an avid tennis player who played with his sons at an early age.

When he is not studying or playing tennis, Stern enjoys being with friends and family. He likes watching NetFlix and tennis. He also likes reading classic books in his backyard hammock. In addition to Twitter (his handle is @besthands_), he also uses InstraGram and SnapChat. Click to view Stern's OhioTennisZone.com and TennisRecruiting.net profiles.

Today's matches include: Cincinnati Country Day (A) versus Sycamore; Wyoming (H) versus Mariemont; Solon (A) versus Medina; Hawken (A) versus Geneva; Westerville North (H) versus Bexley; and Worthington Christian (A) versus Grandview. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

St. Xavier Louisville Beats Indian Hill and Sycamore

There were several good matches yesterday despite it being Easter weekend. The close, 3-2 matches included: Massillon Jackson defeated Dublin Coffman; Sycamore beat Louisville Trinity; and St Xavier-Louisville defeated Indian Hill. In other prominent matches, St Xavier-Louisville defeated Sycamore;St. John's Jesuit beat St. Francis DeSales; and Centerville defeated Bellbrook in an OTCA match. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Tom Ohler
Hilliard Darby's Tom Ohler - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated St Xavier-Louisville's Alex Westbrooks; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino beat Massillon Jackson's Danny Thomas; Trinity’s Presley Thieneman and St Xavier-Louisville's Drew Singerman defeated Sycamore's Noah Stern; Centerville's Josh Giambattista beat Bellbrook's Brayden Kopp; and St. Francis DeSales' Gregory Leroux defeated St. John's Jesuit's Alan Fahoury. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

As a public service announcement, OTZ would like to remind everyone that peeps may have feelings, too. It's best to never ever ever microwave them, put them in vacuum chamber, or put them in a 100,000 watt microwave without first having your dad beside you to enjoy it.

Happy Easter.

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SATURDAY,

Mason Beats Lakota East

It was a slow match day yesterday due to Good Friday. In the only match recorded, Mason defeated Lakota East. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday and from previous days, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Whetstone
Whetstone - Click to team page
The results of Mason's top three players were: Mason's Saiprakash Goli defeated Lakota East's Chris Holden; Mason's Vishnu Srinath beat Lakota East's Kamil Sacha; and Mason's Duncan MacKenzie defeated Lakota East's Andrew Hoke. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

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

If match results are not included on OTZ for your team, please send OTZ the results via email. With fewer matches being played, now is a good time to catch up. This offer is only for OTZ members. This offer was extended to non-members a few years ago but unfortunately, it resulted in a large number of late scores, rather than new OTZ members.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill and Sycamore  are both traveling to play against St Xavier (Louisville, KY). In other matches, it’s Olentangy Liberty (A) versus Pleasant and St John's Jesuit (H) versus Perrysburg. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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FRIDAY,

Mason Beats Sycamore | CCD Defeats Seven Hills

There were two big matches involving the top teams in the state. OTZ #3 Mason defeated OTZ #4 Sycamore and OTZ D2 #4 Cincinnati Country Day beat OTZ D2 #2 Seven Hills. These teams will likely meet again in the OTCA Tournament when the stakes are higher. Many of the Catholic schools did not play yesterday because it was Holy Thursday. The number of matches today will also be lower today than normal since it is Good Friday. There were 27 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 18, Southwest - 6, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Harrison defeated Little Miami; Olentangy Liberty beat Westerville North; Northwest defeated Ross; Whetstone beat Teays Valley; Talawanda defeated Oak Hills; and OTZ D2 #3 Hawken beat Shaker Heights. 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, Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated Sycamore's Noah Stern; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; Solon's Vlad Rotnov defeated Hudson's Harrshavasan Congivaram; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel beat Mariemont's Cameron Stephens; Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Dublin Scioto's Joseph Hill; Bexley's Mark Nudelman defeated Worthington Christian's Ben Kindberg; Shaker Height’s Wilder Geier beat Hawken’s Stephanie Shulman; Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps defeated Westerville South's Anthony Vilardo; and Mason's Saiprakash Goli beat Sycamore's Nathan Zhang. 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 Niraj Komatineni, Saiprakash Goli, and Shashank Reddy.

Today's schedule is light due to Good Friday. Cincinnati Country Day (H) is scheduled to play against Massillon Jackson. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

Seven Hills Beats Wyoming | University School Defeats Erie Prep

The scores from Northeast Ohio have been few and far between, but a few more coaches are apparently starting to figure out how to use the Plain Dealer score entry system. Hopefully more coaches will get engaged to recognize their players. There were 34 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Southwest - 12, and Northeast - 7. The close, 3-2 matches included: New Richmond defeated Fenwick; La Salle beat Ross; North Olmsted defeated Lakewood; Kettering Fairmont beat Oakwood; Reynoldsburg defeated Granville; Seven Hills beat Wyoming; and Watterson defeated Whetstone; In another prominent match, University School defeated Erie Prep-PA.To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Tennis Articles
Tennis Articles - Click to view report

Among the top players, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Walnut Hills' Sushruth Manchineela; Sycamore's Noah Stern beat Moeller's Max Berky; Seven Hills' Nicholas Williams defeated Wyoming's Joseph Kelly; University School's Tyler Krantz beat Erie Prep-PA's Joseph Demarco; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence defeated Worthington Christian's Ben Kindberg; Badin's Noah Connaughton beat New Richmond's Angus Matthews; Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden defeated Hilliard Darby's Thomas Ohler; and Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz beat Oakwood's Nick Cassidy. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

News articles about high school tennis are thankfully still being written and included in a few newspapers. Special thanks to the Cincinnati Enquirer and Columbus Dispatch-based newspapers for their "Season kick-off" articles. OhioTennisZone is accumulating a large number of these tennis news articles into one location and they are on the Ohio HS Tennis News page. (For future reference, this report is listed under "Tennis Statistics / Info" in the drop-down menu.) Note that these articles are also listed on each team page (when an article is available). Please make sure that you thank these reporters for their efforts. Each of these articles are great public relations for Ohio high school tennis and for their teams. OTZ has started interviewing seniors and those articles will be included soon.

It has been "so far so good" with the OTCA Boys Tournament Draws. These draws are current with the information that has been reported to OTZ. Please submit a Feedback to report any missing matches.

There are several matches tonight that are bigger than huge. Matches today include: Mason (A) versus Sycamore; Solon (A) versus Hudson; Cincinnati Country Day (H) versus Seven Hills; and Dublin Jerome (H) versus Hilliard Bradley. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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WEDNESDAY,

Solon Defeats Hawken | Indian Hill Beats Wyoming

The weather impacted a few matches - either by raining or by faking coaches out so that they canceled matches when the conditions turned out to be perfect. There were 26 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 13, Southwest - 10, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Grove City defeated Reynoldsburg; Little Miami beat Northwest; Hilliard Bradley defeated Delaware Hayes; and Pickerington North beat Watterson. In other notable matches, Solon defeated Hawken and Indian Hill beat Wyoming. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

St. Charles
St. Charles - Click to team page
Among the top players, Solon's Vlad Rotnov defeated Hawken's Stephanie Shulman; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel beat Wyoming's Adam Berhman; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte; Centerville's Josh Giambattista beat Oakwood's Nick Cassidy; Badin's Noah Connaughton defeated Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz; Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen beat Hilliard Darby's Thomas Ohler; Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden defeated Westerville Central's Mitchell McClain; Watterson's Chris Finissi beat Pickerington North's Peter Vanderhoff; St. Charles' Vinh Thai defeated DeSales' Armando DiMichaelangelo; and Solon's Luke Qin beat Hawken's Michael Lee. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is St. Charles. They are coached by Max Quinton. They are Team Members. They are led by Jack Dabek, Evan Yakubov, and Vinh Thai.

Today's matches include: Solon (H) versus Elyria; St John's Jesuit (A) versus St Francis DeSales; Wyoming (A) versus Seven Hills; Olentangy (A) versus St. Charles; Hawken (A) versus Beachwood. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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TUESDAY,

Olentangy Beats Dublin Coffman | Moeller Defeats Seven Hills

A few more scores were expected after another great weather day for matches. There were 26 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Southwest - 8, and Northeast - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Olentangy defeated Dublin Coffman; River Valley beat Jonathan Alder; Andrews Osborne defeated Gilmour Academy; Moeller beat Seven Hills; Granville defeated Big Walnut; Whetstone beat Beechcroft; and Badin beat McNicholas. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Solon
Solon - Click to team page
Among the top players, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka beat Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino; Badin's Noah Connaughton defeated McNicholas' Justin Bolin; Bay's Adam Krueger beat Lake Ridge Academy's Benjamin Gwinnell; Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Stefone Broaders; Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden beat Reynoldsburg's Boban Mihajlov; Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte defeated Groveport's Austin Sourinha; and Watterson's Chris Finissi beat Upper Arlington-B's Nick Gruss. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Solon. They are coached by James Elwing. They are Team Members. They are led by Vlad Rotnov, Luke Qin, and Kavi Jain.

Conditions were perfect for taking photos at the Whetstone versus Beachcroft match last night. I am behind on the photos. I will hopefully make a dent in the backlog today.

Today's matches include: Cincinnati Country Day (H) versus Wyoming; Centerville (H) versus Oakwood; Worthington Christian (A) versus Grandview; St John's Jesuit (H) versus Fremont Ross; and Dublin Jerome (A) versus Hilliard Darby. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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MONDAY,

Revised Top Ten Teams | Top Players Report

The season continues to awkwardly move forward as some teams return from spring breaks and others begin their breaks.

Top Ten Teams
OTZ Top Ten Teams - Click to enlarge
The Top Ten Team Rankings have been revised. Division I teams have had numerous good matches while D2 teams largely have not. Remember, you can always vote for teams you deem worthy. Click-able links to the teams are available in the right side navigation bar. Note that extensive information is available for those that are Team Members.

Revised Top Players / Watch Lists are now available. This list will obviously continue to evolve. Many of the top players have not yet had meaningful matches due to spring breaks and/or because they've wanted to play yet another USTA tournament before they start the high school season. The OTZ goal is not to match your list but to be within four spots of it. Another goal is to clearly show the results so that everyone is working off the same information, and since almost all of the top players have Player Profiles, that information is now visible to all. Since all players start on the Watch List, a few more players will quickly switch to the Top Players list next week. Coaches may always contact me if they feel that I am overlooking a player on his/her team or an opponent's team. Other "helpful" people can talk with the coach to request that the coach contacts me or they can contact the IRS and request that their taxes be audited. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. These lists will be solid in time for the Sectional Draws.

The Line-up view in the Previous Day's Match Results report goes behind the pay wall today. OTZ members may still see this information after they sign-in.

Today's matches include: Dublin Coffman (H) versus Olentangy; Indian Hill (H) versus Wyoming; Upper Arlington (H) versus Hilliard Davidson; Beechcroft (A) versus Whetstone; and  DeSales (H) versus Bloom-Carroll. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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SUNDAY,

University School > New Albany > Mason

Perfect weather and terrific tennis led to a great day in central Ohio. There were also great matches in other parts of the state. There were 12 matches recorded from state-wide play and most involved the top teams in the state. OTZ #1 University School defeated #6 St. Charles and #2 New Albany; New Albany beat #3 Mason; #3 Mason defeated St. Charles; #5 Sycamore beat #9 St. John's Jesuit; #7 St. Xavier defeated #10 Dublin Jerome; #4 Upper Arlington beat D2 #1 Indian Hill; Bexley defeated #7 Ottawa Hills; and Indian Hill beat Centerville. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Drew Haffer
University's Paul Gota - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, New Albany's Robert Cash defeated University School’s Paul Gota and Mason's Saiprakash Goli; University School's Paul Gota beat St. Charles' Jack Dabek; Mason's Saiprakash Goli defeated St. Charles' Jack Dabek; Sycamore's Noah Stern beat St. Johns Jesuit's Alan Fahoury; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny and Centerville’s Josh Giambattista; St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur beat Centerville's Josh Giambattista and Dublin Jerome's Anish Patel; Mason's Niraj Komatineni defeated St. Charles' Evan Yakubov; New Albany's Joel Jose beat Mason's Niraj Komatineni and University School's Tyler Krantz; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; Turpin's Grant Wendel beat Dublin Jerome's Noah Schneider; and Ottawa Hills' Tyler Gargas defeated Bexley's Mark Nudelman. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The weather was perfect for watching tennis yesterday but not for taking photos. The sun was too harsh, and taking photos of players wearing hats was really difficult. The shade caused by the hats essentially prevents viewers from seeing the players' eyes.

Today is puppy pickup day, but I hope to rearrange the Top Ten teams and Top Players for tomorrow's update.

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SATURDAY,

St. Xavier Beats Upper Arlington | CCD Defeats St. John's Jesuit

Ok. We have perfect weather again. Teams are back on the road again. In the two biggest matches of the day, St. Xavier defeated Upper Arlington and Cincinnati Country Day beat St. John's Jesuit. Other matches included: Edgewood defeated Badin; Mariemont beat New Richmond; and Moeller defeated Lakota East. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Watterson
Watterson - Click to team page
Among the top players, Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated St. John's Jesuit's Alan Fahoury; St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur beat Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny; St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Hughes; Cincinnati Country Day's Vishaal Nalagatla beat St. John's Jesuit's Dev Laungani; and St. Xavier's Peter Schulteis defeated Upper Arlington's Nick Gruss. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Watterson. They are coached by Ryan Schwieterman. They are Team Members. They are led by Chris Finissi, Jesse Pulsinelli, and Thomas Abrams.

It is starting to become somewhat apparent that the OTZ Pre-Season rankings may need adjusting - before I see St. Xavier again. Remember, you can vote, too. Click on Vote Results to see how others have voted and Sign-in to cast your own vote.

Today is a big match day with many high ranking teams and players competing against each other. Matches include: University School versus New Albany and St. Charles; Mason versus New Albany and St. Charles; St. Xavier versus Dublin Jerome and Centerville; Indian Hill versus Upper Arlington and Centerville; Sycamore (H) versus St John's Jesuit; Upper Arlington (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; Turpin (H) versus Dublin Jerome; and Olentangy versus Ottawa Hills. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches. OTZ will be at New Albany taking photos.

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FRIDAY,

The Ice Age Cometh | Covington Catholic Beats Indian Hill

Just as everyone was getting bored with perfect tennis weather, the rain, wind, cold temperatures, and snow hit Ohio yesterday. There was just one match recorded. In that match, Covington Catholic defeated Indian Hill.

Dublin Scioto
Dublin Scioto - Click to team page
Among the top players, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Covington Catholic's Anthony Bosch; Covington Catholic's Cook beat Indian Hill's Christiano Lima; and Indian Hill's Milan Bhandari defeated Covington Catholic's Alex Schneider. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Dublin Scioto. They are coached by Mike Wrigley. They are led by Joe Hill, Kunal Araya, and Shivam Patel.

To honor today's weather, the normally random OTZ marketing message will stay frozen on "OTZ has fresh - never frozen scores - unless it's boys season" until tomorrow.

Today's matches include: Solon (H) versus Canfield; Hawken (H) versus Bay; St. Xavier (H) versus Upper Arlington; Cincinnati Country Day (H) versus St John's Jesuit; and  Wyoming (A) versus Kings. To view all of the matches scheduled, click List of Upcoming Matches.

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THURSDAY,

Dublin Jerome Beats Olentangy Orange

Once again - many teams beat the storms last night, but they will not beat the cold weather. The temperatures will drop throughout the day which could make things challenging for tonight. To keep everything in perspective, Toledo received eight inches of snow and Cleveland got four inches on April 9th last year.

There were 31 matches recorded yesterday from state-wide play. The breakdown of matches played by District was: Central - 22, Southwest - 7, and Northeast - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Jonathan Alder defeated Marysville; Olentangy beat Upper Arlington-B; Gahanna defeated Hilliard Bradley; Mason-B beat Turpin; and Fisher Catholic defeated Canal Winchester. In other prominent matches, Dublin Jerome beat Olentangy Orange; Wellington defeated Olentangy Liberty, St. Charles beat Bexley; and Columbus Academy defeated Lexington. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results (using Line-up View).

OTZ Graphs
OTZ Graphs Explained - Click to see report
Among the top players, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Gahanna's Colin Jordan; Turpin's Grant Wendel beat Mason-B's Vishnu Srinath; St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur defeated Walnut Hills' Torcado Vaz; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka beat Upper Arlington-B's Josh Cole; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence defeated Lexington's Luke Webster; St. Charles' Jack Dabek beat Bexley's Mark Nudelman; Badin's Noah Connaughton defeated Ross' Justin Bolin; Hawken's Stephanie Shulman beat Chagrin Falls' Connor Lewis; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni defeated Hilliard Darby's Thomas Ohler; Olentangy Orange's Alex Heiden beat Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; Watterson's Chris Finissi defeated Dublin Scioto's Joseph Hill; Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte beat Watkins Memorial's Braden Clear; and Wellington's Trevor Ball defeated Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

OhioTennisZone strives to quickly provide information to help readers understand how teams perform. The Previous Day Match Results report is one of the most powerful reports that OTZ offers. This report currently offers the Line-up View to non-subscribers, but that will change this weekend. Sign-up to continue receiving access to the Line-up View. To better understand how to benefit from the graphs in this report, click OTZ How-To Analyze Graphs.

When the lightning storms move into central Ohio, OhioTennisZone's computer center goes off line until the bad weather passes. That means no photos from the Dublin Scioto versus Watterson match were processed last night.

Today's matches include: Hawken (A) versus Solon; Dublin Jerome (H) versus Columbus Academy; Mason (A) versus Lakota East; Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Olentangy Orange; St John's Jesuit (H) versus Clay; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Hilliard Davidson; Whetstone (H) versus DeSales; Worthington Christian (A) versus Grandview; and Wyoming (A) versus Walnut Hills.

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WEDNESDAY,

Solon Beats Westlake

Last night was the biggest night of the season as much of the state avoided the rain once again. There were 37 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 23, Southwest - 11, and Northeast - 3. Most of the matches were one-sided. The close, 3-2 matches included West Jefferson defeated Grandview and Amelia beat Batavia. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Westerville North
Westerville North - Click to team page
Among the top players, Solon's Vlad Rotnov defeated Westlake's Aris Jhaveri; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino beat Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Milford's Holden Owens; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel beat Anderson's William Sultan; Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen defeated Thomas Worthington's Kai Britz; Mason's Phillip Krayterman beat Lakota West's Garrett Lindsey; Hawken’s Stephanie Shulman defeated Orange’s David Miron; and Hawken's Michael Lee beat Orange's Santiago Bustamante. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Westerville North. They are coached by Robert Carlson. They are Team Members. They are led by Daniel Mayotte, Reese Nguyen, and Piergiorgio Penzo . The lighting conditions last night with the occasional sunshine and dark skies provided interesting photos. Three Westerville North photos were posted to Twitter. They will be online on OTZ later today.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (H) versus Lexington; Hawken (H) versus Chagrin Falls; Dublin Jerome (A) versus Olentangy Orange; Olentangy Liberty (A) versus Wellington; St. Xavier (A) versus Walnut Hills; Turpin (A) versus Mason-B; and Wyoming (H) versus Princeton.

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TUESDAY,

New Albany Defeats St. Charles | HS Tennis Beats the Rain

There were numerous shortened matches but many teams throughout the state were still able to get their matches completed before the rain arrived. There were 21 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 12, Southwest - 8, and Northeast - 1.The close, 3-2 matches included: Talawanda defeated Mariemont; Seven Hills beat Anderson; Hilliard Bradley defeated Olentangy Liberty; Watkins Memorial beat Hartley; New Albany defeated St. Charles; Wyoming beat St. Xavier-B; and Olentangy Orange defeated Thomas Worthington. In another prominent match, St. Xavier defeated Springboro. 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, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Olentangy Liberty's Do; St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur beat Springboro's Jack Diehl; St. Charles' Jack Dabek defeated New Albany's Graeme Green; Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps beat Thomas Worthington's Luke Bobay; Badin's Noah Connaughton defeated Archbishop Alter's Cody White; Wyoming's Joseph Kelly beat St. Xavier-B's Quinn Corcoran; Wellington's Trevor Ball defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; and St. Charles' Evan Yakubov beat New Albany's Benjamin Yan. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

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

Today's matches include: St John's Jesuit (H) versus Lima Senior; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Pickerington North; St. Xavier (A) versus LaSalle; Watterson (A) versus Ready; Turpin (H) versus Milford; Westerville North (H) versus Marysville; Worthington Christian (H) versus London; and Dublin Jerome (A) versus Thomas Worthington.

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MONDAY,

OTZ Top Players | OTZ Puppy Name

Now that many teams are back from spring break, the near perfect weather from last week comes to an abrupt end. The forecast for Columbus calls for rain each day until Friday. Cleveland may have snow on Friday.

Paul Gota
The OhioTennisZone Top Players and Watch List is starting to change ever so slowly. There are currently 21 players on the Top Players Report and 15 on the Watch List. By the end of the season, the Top Players report will include between 30 to 35 players. Note that it is not about a player's record that places him on one of these lists, it is how well he plays against other highly ranked players. While OTZ monitors both TennisRecruiting.net and Universal Tennis Ratings (especially before the season starts), the OTZ rankings will be based on high school play. This year, University School's Paul Gota starts out with the OTZ top ranking. Last year's starter and finisher at the OTZ number one spot was Joey Thomas. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. Before any player advances to the Top report, he will start out on the Watch List.

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OTZ Puppy
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The OTZ puppy name is now official. The winning name received 51% of the 37 votes. The Mrs. OTZ Electoral College also concurred with the voters. Thanks to everyone who voted via Twitter. To see the name, click on the name-tag photo in the amazing, laser, name-tag creating machine. (Is this a great country or what?)

Matches expected to be rained out today include: New Albany (H) versus St. Charles; Upper Arlington (A) versus Olentangy; Olentangy Liberty (A) versus Hilliard Bradley; Thomas Worthington (H) versus Olentangy Orange; Westerville North (H) versus Groveport; and Wyoming (H) versus St. Xavier-B.

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SUNDAY,

COUP UNSUCCESSFUL - OTZ GRAPHICS DEPARTMENT NOW Not the Winner

COLUMBUS, OH (OTZ) After an increasing number of angry customer calls, the OTZ Grammar Police, Data Department, and Writers sprang into action against the OTZ Graphics Department. Using unauthorized force, the OTZ Grammar Police brutally ended the coup by the Graphics Department, and the OTZ Data Department restored the service as it was before. [Editor's Note: To be completely honest, the OTZ Grammar Police is always authorized to use unauthorized force.]

OTZ Grammar PoliceOTZ Building
OTZ Grammar Police
Building Entry Point

Preparations to end the coup started early in the day as the OTZ Grammar Police assembled its forces. At 11:01 pm they forced a window open on the fourth floor to take the OTZ Graphics department by surprise in the break room. (Absolutely no one was surprised that they were in the break room.) After that, the Data Department, armed with Excel spreadsheets and computer mice, worked their magic to remove the irritating emojis and to restore numbers to OTZ.. Click on the images above to view preparations and the building entry point.

To learn more about the what the OTZ Graphics Department did, make sure you read yesterday's blog entry.

Now yesterday's results (with numbers)...

Most of the matches were played in Northwest Ohio since St. John's Jesuit invited St. Xavier and St. Ignatius over to play. St. Xavier defeated St. Ignatius and St. John's Jesuit; and St. Ignatius beat St. John's Jesuit. Watch for St. Ignatius to get into the OTZ Top Ten Teams list soon. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur defeated St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia and St. John’s Jesuit's Alan Fahoury; St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia beat St. John's Jesuit's Alan Fahoury; St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins defeated St. Ignatius' Andrew Siciliano and St. John’s Jesuit's Dev Laungani; and St. John's Jesuit's Dev Laungani beat St. Ignatius' Arjun Brahmbhatt. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

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SATURDAY,

Total Revamp of OhioTennisZone Should Make Everyone Happy!

Numbers are hard and losing isn't very much fun. Sound familiar?

The entire graphics team of OhioTennisZone feels your pain and has been working overtime to solve this problem. Beginning today OhioTennisZone will eliminate most numbers and use emojis to indicate scores rather than using those confusing numbers that no one really understands. [Editor's note: Today's update was written by the OhioTennisZone.com's Graphics Division. This group feels as if they were wrongly treated in an article that was written about this time last year.]

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Not the
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Since the word "losing" has negative connotations, from now on OhioTennisZone will use the term, "not the winner". Wins will be reflected by the symbol on the top. The person(s) who was not the winner will be indicated by the symbol on the bottom.

Most people are familiar with the symbol associated with winning but not the "not the winner" symbol. Rather than use an unside down smile to depict this player, the graphics team felt strongly that the symbol should reflect a person who may have still won the match had it used a different type of scoring system (i.e. Division I college tennis). The graphics team has worked past 2:00pm on more than one Friday and has spent even more time thinking about it to come up with these exciting new symbols.

There was only one match recorded yesterday. It was Cincinnati Country Day Happy! versus Walnut Hills Not as Happy. Click on each team to see the individual results.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (A) versus Walsh Jesuit; St John's Jesuit (H) versus St. Ignatius; and St. Xavier (A) versus St. Ignatius.

Happy holiday.

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FRIDAY,

Upper Arlington Beats Bexley

Yesterday was expected to be a wash-out but instead that may happen today. There were 19 matches recorded from state-wide play. Central and Southwest tied with nine recorded entries. The close, 3-2 matches included: Finneytown defeated Harrison; Lakota East defeated Centerville (from Wednesday); and La Salle defeated Northwest. In another significant match, Upper Arlington defeated Bexley. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Wyoming
Wyoming - Click to team page

Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Bexley's Mark Nudelman; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Thomas Worthington's Kai Britz; Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated Lakota East's Chris Holden; Centerville's Josh Giambattista beat Lakota East's Chris Holden; Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps defeated Big Walnut's Jared Deel; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni beat Lancaster's Braeden Kennedy; and Kettering Fairmont's Murad Nawaz defeated Moeller's Max Berky. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Had to shut down the computer early last night because of thunderstorms in the area. Hopefully photos from last night's Upper Arlington versus Bexley match can be processed later today. Arrgh. I am hearing more thunder as I wrap up today's blog entry...

Today's featured team is Wyoming. They are coached by Tony Brock. They are Team Members. They are led by George Arenas, Adam Behrman, and Joseph Kelly.

Today's matches include: St. Xavier (A) versus St John's Jesuit; Turpin (A) versus Sycamore-B; and Whetstone (H) versus Ready.

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THURSDAY,

Hilliard Davidson Beats Pick. North | Covington Catholic Defeats St. X

The season is s l o w l y starting to ramp up. There were 20 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 12, Southwest - 7, Northeast - 1, and Northwest - Bueller. The close, 3-2 matches included: Covington Catholic (Kentucky) defeated St. Xavier; Thomas Worthington beat Olentangy Liberty; Oak Hills defeated La Salle; Wellington beat Hilliard Darby; St. Xavier-B defeated Lakota West; and Badin beat Northwest; To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Turpin
Turpin - Click to team page
Among the top players, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur defeated Covington Catholic's Anthony Bosch; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni beat Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder; Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Lancaster's Braeden Kennedy; Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps beat Worthington Kilbourne's Gordon Liu; Wellington’s Trevor Ball defeated Hilliard Darby's Thomas Ohler; Covington Catholic's Maxwell Cook beat St. Xavier's Max DeCurtins; and St. Xavier's Peter Schulteis defeated Covington Catholic's Alex Schneider. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Turpin. They are coached by Kate Rodgers. They are valued Team Members. They are led by Grant Wendel and Ethan Caruso.

Today's matches include: Sycamore (H) versus Lakota East; Upper Arlington (H) versus Bexley; Mason (H) versus Oak Hills; Olentangy Orange (H) versus Big Walnut; Thomas Worthington (A) versus Hilliard Bradley; Beechcroft (A) versus South (Columbus); and Gahanna (H) versus Westerville South. It could be damp today.

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WEDNESDAY,

Wellington Beats Thomas Worthington | Moeller Defeats Lakota West

Thankfully before we get too spoiled, it appears that Mother Nature will soak us again next week - when teams return from spring break. The breakdown of matches played by District was: Central - 6, Southwest - 5, Northwest - 1, and Northeast - nada. The close, 3-2 matches included: Big Walnut defeated Hilliard Darby; Elder beat Oak Hills; Colerain defeated Northwest; and Moeller beat Lakota West. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Thomas Worthington
Thomas Worthington - Click to team page
Among the top players, Olentangy's Stu Brdicka defeated Pickerington North's Grant Schroeder; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni beat Gahanna's Jordan; Hilliard Darby's Thomas Ohler defeated Big Walnut's Becker; and Olentangy's Alex Konstan beat Pickerington North's Christian Keen. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Thomas Worthington. They are coached by Andrew Sinclair. They are led by Kai Britz and Jun-sung Park.

I was at the Wellington versus Thomas Worthington match last night taking photos. Those photos will be posted later today.

Today's matches include: St. Xavier (A) versus Covington Catholic (Kentucky); Centerville (A) versus Lakota East; Olentangy (A) versus Lancaster; and Thomas Worthington (H) versus Olentangy Liberty.

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TUESDAY,

Centerville Beats Troy | St. Edward Defeats Avon

The weather was perfect again yesterday - just like it always is during boys season.. With many schools on spring break, the number of matches this week will be lower than normal. The close, 3-2 matches included: Centennial defeated Beechcroft; Pickerington Central beat Chillicothe; Centerville defeated Troy; and Badin beat Harrison. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

OTCA Draws
OTCA Draws - Click to go to draw

Among the top players, Centerville's Josh Giambattista defeated Troy's Shane Essick; Milford's Holden Owens beat Elder's Rosen; and Pickerington Central Layton Mathias defeated Chillicothe's Max Krieger. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

OTZ plans to keep the OTCA Tournament Draws updated this season as the matches are played. It can, however, be difficult to determine if a match is a regular season or an OTCA tournament match. Please submit a Feedback or send an email if an OTCA tournament match was played. The Pickerington versus Chillicothe match listed above was the first OTCA contest recorded. Quick access to the draws is available at the top of this web page.

In the OTZ puppy naming poll, Zoey has a wide lead over Lizzy, 51% to 19%.

Today's matches include: Thomas Worthington (A) versus Wellington.

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MONDAY,

It's Time to Vote

OhioTennisZone.com lost its favorite assistant, Trixie, a year ago. Trixie was not only in charge of employee morale, but she also sniffed out software bugs and she encouraged me to respond to email messages.

OTZ Puppy
OTZ Puppy - Click to enlarge
OTZ is bringing on a new assistant but Mrs. OTZ and I need assistance with a name for a girl puppy. You can help by voting on Twitter. The final names we are considering include: Carly, Ella, Lizzy, and Zoey.

Please note that Mrs. OTZ is an electoral college of one. She has final say since I had naming privileges for Trixie (which was the name of my grandfather's doggy).

Just as Trixie was, our new puppy is a golden-doodle, which is half golden retriever and half standard poodle.

Please go to Twitter to vote.

Many teams are still on spring break. One match that is scheduled for today is Centerville (H) versus Troy.

The weather conditions for taking photos were almost perfect on Friday and Saturday. Sign-in and view the most recently added photos by clicking Most Recently Added Photos.

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SUNDAY,

St. Xavier 3-0

The CliffsNotes' version of St. Xavier's weekend was: They came. They saw. They conquered. They ate pizza. Or as they'd say in Latin class, "Veni, vidi, vici, pizza". St. Xavier's first two matches against New Albany and St. Charles were not quality matches, but Columbus Academy not only gave them a good match but also graciously fed St. Xavier pizza.

Columbus Academy
Columbus Academy - Click to team page

Competitive matches from yesterday include: Anderson defeated Loveland and Brecksville beat Walsh Jesuit. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Among the top players, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur defeated St. Charles' Evan Yakubov and Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Columbus Academy. They are coached by Jeff Warstler. They are OhioTennisZone.com Team Members. They are led by Austin Lawrence, Eric Min, and Michael Qi.

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SATURDAY,

And Away We Go.. | St. Xavier Blanks New Albany

It was windy yesterday but the weather was warm enough so that no one was talking about the wind chill. The three matches recorded were: DeSales defeated Hamilton Township; Thomas Worthington beat Centennial; and OTZ #7 St. Xavier defeated #2 New Albany. To view the performance graphs of the matches, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

St. Xavier
St. Xavier - Click to team page

Will New Albany be able to bounce back from this loss? Yeah. They had several players missing due to spring break and a high level USTA tournament. (Robert Cash is playing in the Easter Bowl and so is Mason's Saiprakash Goli).

Among the top players, St. Xavier's Ronit Hiryur defeated New Albany's Graeme Green. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is St. Xavier. They are coached by Russ King. They are Team Members.

Today's matches include two more heavy-weight battles. St. Xavier is making the most out of their road trip to Columbus by playing both OTZ #6 St. Charles (at 9:00am) and OTZ #6 D2 Columbus Academy (at 1:00pm). St. Charles will be playing at the Columbus School for Girls (CSG) site on Cassidy Avenue. The CSG site is the best place for a dual match in central Ohio so come out and watch. OTZ will be at both matches today.

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FRIDAY,

It's time. Match play begins today.

Matches begin today and to everyone's amazement, the weather will be accommodating. To kick things off, OTZ #7 St. Xavier travels north to play #2 New Albany. Action begins at 4:30.

OTZ Launch Control
This is what's great about high school tennis. The best teams do not hide from each other. They schedule other great teams early in the season so they can assess the players that they have. Or in other words, they do the complete and total opposite of what Ohio State Men's Basketball does.

Everything is ready to go at OhioTennisZone and the OTZ data center (see photo) is ready to begin receiving scores..

OTZ will be at the New Albany versus St. Xavier match today to take team and action photos.

Other items of interest...

Please contact OTZ via Feedback or via email if you have any questions.

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THURSDAY,

Improved Team Report

Charts Charts Charts + data data data = Charts data Charts data Charts data

Charts by themselves often do not provide enough detailed information. Data all by itself can't hold the attention of short-attention span (hey, I'm talking to you) people.

OTZ Player Profiles
Over the summer, OTZ modified the Team Reports so that readers can quickly shift back and forth between the "performance charts by court" for each match and the line-ups for each of those matches. It is a really fast way to evaluate teams and determine where each of the top players are in a team's line-up.

Referring to the graphic, click on Line-up View (circled in red) under View Mode and watch with pure, total amazement as the line-ups magically appear. As you scroll down the page, also note that information for the previous year is also presented in the same way.

Use this feature at least three times a day and you'll get at least a 10 in the ACT math section. (Your performance may vary.)

Please contact OTZ via Feedback or via email if you have any questions.

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WEDNESDAY,

Quick Access to OTZ Player Profiles

As stated before, OhioTennisZone is not about maximizing page views by forcing fans to click on zillions of pages to obtain information. Rather, OTZ wants users to be able to quickly obtain the high school tennis information they need (so they can get back to doing homework..).

OTZ Player Profiles
Another new feature is the ability to view Player Profiles from the top page. It is a fast way to review the results of any player with a Profile.

Look for this offering in the right navigation bar.

To easily identify a player, his/her last name, first name, and school name (or a portion there of) is listed.

If you are a paying member and you want a Player Profile, but one is not setup for you, please contact OTZ via Feedback or email.

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TUESDAY,

Your Vote Matters (sort of) - Top Ten Teams

There have been many OhioTennisZone changes since the girls tennis season ended during the fall. One OTZ objective was to allow tennis fans to share more of their opinions. One common debate item is the rankings for the Top 10 teams.

OTZ Top Ten Team Voting
What could possibly be better than the OhioTennisZone team rankings? Perhaps yours. It is, however, important to mention that no teams have beaten higher ranked teams since the OTZ rankings were released at the end of February / early March..

Everyone can see all of the votes submitted by selecting Vote Results or by clicking on the image to the right. For those who want to share their opinion, sign-in first and then click on "Vote for your Top Ten Teams" on the results page.

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MONDAY, MARCH 20

Columbus City League - GCTA Grant Recipient

Indoor tennis practice can get to be expensive, but thanks to a generous grant from the Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA), the Columbus City Schools received six indoor sessions this winter. The program ran from late January to early March and it was held at Olympic Indoor on Indianola Avenue.

Columbus City League
Columbus City League Clinic- Click to enlarge

Both boys and girls attended these clinics. The number of players ranged from 20 to 34 during the program's six week duration. Overall, 42 different players participated. Schools who had players attending included: Beechcroft, Centennial, Eastmoor Academy, Northland, Whetstone, West, Columbus Academy High School (CAHS), and Metro. Click on the picture above to view the players in more detail.

Xavier's Amina IsmailOSU's Andrea Ballinger
The program was run again this year by Karen Eldredge. Eldredge (shown on the far left in the picture above) is a tennis enthusiast and mother to a Whetstone / Columbus Metro graduate.

City League coaches who assisted included: Bruce Duffner (West), Daphne Hess (Beechcroft), Bucky Walters (Whetstone), and Patrick Harsch (Whetstone JV). Daniel Bischoff, Beechcroft grad and current Otterbein player, also assisted.

BGSU's Emily Witt

Olympic Indoor pros who participated included Bob Gordon and Naveen Das.

The GCTA provides grants to many deserving recipients. This grant totaled $1,675. For more information about grants, click on GCTA.net or submit a Feedback to OhioTennisZone.

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

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TUESDAY,

Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Clinic

The Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Clinic and meetings took place on Sunday, February 26 and Monday, February 27 at the Dublin Marriott. There were presentations, drill sessions, and awards.

Lexington's Ron Schaub Mt. Notre Dame's Niehaus
Lex's Ron Schaub - Click to enlarge
MND's Niehaus - Click to enlarge
OSU's Melissa Schaub Denison's Hawley/Brown
OSU's Melissa Schaub
Denison's Hawley/Brown
Case Western's Todd Wojtkowski Chris Johnson
Case's Todd Wojtkowski
Magnificat's Chris Johnson

The presenters included Ohio State Coach Melissa Schaub (OHSAA State Singles Champ - 2001) with Mount Notre Dame's Sandy Niehaus (Singles Champion - 2010), Gabriella De Santis, Miho Kowase, and Ferny Angeles Paz; Case Western Coach Todd Wojtkowski (State Doubles 4th Place - 2001); and Denison Coach Peter Burling with SJJ's Kevin Brown (State Doubles Finalist - 2014) and Archbishop Alter's Lauren Hawley (State Doubles Champion - 2014).

Also presenting were Magnificat's Chris Johnson, St. Francis DeSales' Mark Faber, Hathaway Brown's Greg Aten, Canton Central Catholic's Jim Thomas, Shaker Heights' Al Slawson, and Guy Parks.

Congratulations to Lexington's Ron Schaub for being named to the Ohio Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame. Click to read a nice article by Mansfield News Journal's Jon Spencer about Coach Schaub's induction.

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WEDNESDAY,

OTZ Pre-Season Division II Top Ten Teams

The OTZ Division II Top Ten Teams list is listed below. This list is more difficult to create because there is less information for many of the teams.

In comparison to previous years, D2 is much more up in the air this year. Teams do not have the depth they have had in previous years. D2 also does not travel as well as the D1 teams so there are less opportunities to compare teams from different areas of the state.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten D2
Boys Tennis Teams
Pre-Season - 3/1/2017
Division II
1. Indian Hill◄TEAM
2. Seven Hills
3. Hawken◄TEAM
4. Cincinnati Country Day◄TEAM
5. Wellington School◄TEAM
6. Columbus Academy◄TEAM
7. Ottawa Hills
8. Miami Valley
9. Wyoming◄TEAM
10. Granville
Other: Bexley◄TEAM

Please refer to the table to the right for the OTZ Top Ten. Note that there is additional detail for players with high-lighted links. Teams with the green "team" designation will include information about all of their players (or soon will have).

Indian Hill lost Alex Warstler to graduation, who is now playing collegiately for Marquette. Andrew Pregel will be back at #1 singles. Other contributors include Pablo Guzman, Milan Bhandari, and Christiano Lima.

Seven Hills returns Nicholas Williams, who has had his share of bad District draws. Quinn Shim and Curtin Sun also return. They lost Jacob Stavsky and Zach Sorscher to graduation.

Hawken should be the top team from the Northeast District. Ryan Leizman returns and so does Michael Lee and Josef Horwath. They lost Maddox McGrae and Devish Modi to graduation. They pick up Arartik Marway and Stephanie Shulman.

Cincinnati Country Day lacks the depth of previous years. CCD returns state singles champion, Kevin Yu, and Vishaal Nalagatla.

Columbus' Wellington School returns state finalist Connor Biernat. Kolapo Dairo is also back and so is Adam Sorrels. Wellington picks up TennisRecruiting.net #3 freshman, Trevor Ball.

Columbus Academy returns Austin Lawrence, Eric Min, Sid Menon and Drew Haffer. They lost Jacob Wareti (Ohio State) and Hirsh Hede to graduation.

Ottawa Hills should repeat as the OTCA Final Four team from the Northwest. They return Tyler Gargas, Rahul Bais, and James Schwann.

Miami Valley will have a strong 1-2 punch with Colton Morehart and Michael Perevozchikov returning.

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

Granville returns most of their team including: John Purnode, Raleigh Conway, Jack Bain, and Jackson Terry. They lost Logan Evan to graduation.

Other: Bexley returns Mark Nudelman, Josh Meyer, Christian Roddy, and Leo Schottenstein. They lost Shia Saar to graduation, and Fynn Sieckmann was a foreign exchange student.

Were any teams or players left out of the discussion? If so, please state your case in a Feedback message.

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THURSDAY,

OTZ Pre-Season Division I Top Ten Teams

It is time for the OTZ Pre-Season Division I Top Ten Teams list. Sycamore was the champion for the last three years, but they will have a difficult time rererepeating. The boys will feature three extremely strong teams at the top of the list and then the ability level falls after that.

To help insure the accuracy of this list, it is important that teams play their appropriate roles. If a team is higher on the list than your team, then please lose. Just do the reverse if your team is listed higher. Again, as long as everyone simply cooperates, this list won't have to change at all this season..

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten D1
Boys Tennis Teams
Pre-Season
- 2/23/2017
Division I
1. University School◄TEAM
2. New Albany◄TEAM
3. Mason◄TEAM
4. Upper Arlington◄TEAM
5. Sycamore◄TEAM
6. St. Charles◄TEAM
7. St. Xavier◄TEAM
8. Solon◄TEAM
9. St. John's Jesuit ◄TEAM
10. Dublin Jerome
Other: Olentangy Orange◄TEAM, Dublin Coffman◄TEAM
Note that there is additional detail for players with high-lighted links. Teams with the green "team" designation will include information about all of their players (or they soon will have).

University School is the OTZ Pre-Season #1. They return Paul Gota, Tyler (Colgate) and Drew Krantz (Bucknell), and David Buchinsky (Washington University at St. Louis). Gota will start the year as the #1 OTZ player after winning the Midwest Level 1 this winter. University also picks up freshmen, Charles Norman and Charles Joranko. Both freshmen are TRN 3-stars.

New Albany will have a super strong 1, 2, 3 with Robert Cash, Joel Jose, and Graeme Green. They also pick up senior Alexandra Cash. New Albany has a great schedule to prepare its players for post-season play. They lack the depth of University School, but if they win at 1-2-3, that's all they need...

Mason had a strong team last year, and they return Niraj Komatineni, Pranav Viswanathan, Vishnu Srinath, Charlie MacKenzie, and Phillip Krayterman. Shashank Reddy is also returning to Mason. They are expected to pick up this year's best Ohio freshman, Saiprakash Goli. They lost Sean Reid to graduation.

Now things get more complicated. Upper Arlington gets the nod with their strong 1-2-3 in singles. They return: Jack Zelezny, Jack Hughes, and Josh Cole. They lost Eric Hunter to graduation. They pick up freshman Will Reynolds.

Last year's champion, Sycamore, starts at #5. Noah Stern (3x State Doubles Qualifier), Regis Liou, Nathan Zhang, and Alex Karev return. If they get to the Final Four, you can count on them to win the close matches because they will bring every single one of their vocal, energetic students to the match to support their team. They lost Alex Taylor (Williams) to graduation.

St. Charles was strong last year and they return most of their players. Their team includes: Evan Yakubov, Jack Dabek, and Vinh Thai. St. Charles lost Sam Sullivan (Butler) to graduation. They pick up freshman Milan Gonela.

St. Xavier lost Andrew Niehaus (Northern Kentucky) and Waqas Tanveer to graduation, but they return several core players including: Peter Schulteis, Joe Beischel, and Max DeCurtins. They pick up freshman, Ronit Hiryur, who is the #2 freshman in the state per TRN.

Solon essentially returns their entire squad from last year. This includes: Vlad Rotnov, Luke Qin, and Kavi Jain along with their doubles teams. They have also arranged a tough schedule.

St. John's Jesuit lost Rajeev Laungani (Case Western) and Ryan Issa to graduation, but this team always finds a way to win. They return Alan Fahoury, Dev Laungani, Akhil Katragadda, and Ben Carter.

Dublin Jerome returns Ryan Worthen and Noah Schneider at first and second singles. They pick up freshman Anish Patel.

Others for consideration: Olentangy Orange, Dublin Coffman

Were any teams left out of the discussion? If so, please state your case in a Feedback message.

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WEDNESDAY,

College Tennis Commitments

Many Ohio high school players have identified where they intend to play college tennis. Others are still finalizing their choices, especially for NCAA Division 3 teams. The current OTZ list of players is posted below.

OhioTennisZone.com
College Tennis Commitments (alphabetical by player)
Player High School / College
Claudia Althans Gilmour / Villinova
Austin Barr Kenston / Williams
David Buchinsky University School / Wash. Univ@St. Louis
Nicole Cardwell Westerville Central / Case Western
Alexandra Cash New Albany / Carnegie Mellon
Noah Connaughton Badin / Dayton
Jared Deel Big Walnut / Otterbein
Emily Dunbar Cloverleaf / Richmond
Janelle Ghanem Columbus Academy / Miami
Lauren Gillinov Hathaway Brown / Yale
Paul Gota University School / Notre Dame
Josh Hsia St. Ignatius / Case Western
Amanda Huser Mason / Cincinnati
Aris Jhaveri Westlake / Case Western
Kyra Jung Upper Arlington / Seattle
Anjali Kashyap Orange / Johns Hopkins
Elizabeth Kong Mason / Wellesley
Adam Krueger Bay Village / Vassar
Marissa Madison CSG / Babson
Jillian Milano Carroll / Wright State
Daniel Mayotte Westerville North / Mt. Vernon Nazarene
Emily Neal Dublin Jerome / Butler
Ally Persky Hathaway Brown / Wash. Univ@St. Louis
Kelly Pleiman Chaminade-Julienne / Dayton
Kayla Pukys Louisville / Kenyon
Anna Reynolds Upper Arlington / Wright State
Olivia Rohrbacher Perkins / Penn State
Molly Sandberg Hudson / Cornell
Makayla Schaefer Olentangy Liberty / West Liberty
Sabine Worthoff Mount Notre Dame / Ohio Northern
Bryan Yoshino Dublin Coffman / Kenyon

There are 21 girls on the list and ten boys.

High schools with more than one player with a college commitment include: Hathaway Brown, Mason, and Upper Arlington.

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

This list will continue to evolve as more information becomes available.

This information was sourced by OhioTennisZone, TennisRecruiting.net, JJ Huddle, and ThisWeekNews.

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WEDNESDAY,

Coach Changes for 2017

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

OhioTennisZone.com
Tennis Coach Changes (alphabetical by school)
Coach School / Gender
Zack King Bay Village - Boys
Wade Ward Indian Hill - Boys
Jason Woods St. Ursula - Girls
Will Thieman Upper Arlington - Boys
Ryan Schwieterman Watterson - Boys

This list will continue to evolve as OTZ becomes aware of additional changes.

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

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MONDAY,

OhioTennisZone.com Top Photos of 2016

The OTZ camera performed almost 20,000 shutter clicks last year. From those 20K clicks, these 46 photos were among my favorites.

The majority of these photos are from Ohio high school tennis events, but there are also numerous photos taken during the Western & Southern Open, USTA National B16-B18 Championships, Ohio State Men's and Women's matches, and numerous USTA events.

Hope these bring back some fun tennis memories of 2016.

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TUESDAY,

USTA Winter Nationals

Ohio has its share of players in the USTA Winter National Tournaments this week. The boys and girls 16-18 tournament is located in Scotsdale, Arizona and the boys and girls 12-14's are in Tucson, Arizona.

Robert Cash Zoey Weil
Robert Cash - Click to enlarge
Zoey Weil - Click to enlarge
Boys included in the B16-18 include: Wellington's Connor Biernat, New Albany's Robert Cash, Mason's Saiprakash Goli, and University School's Paul Gota. Cash is a fourth seed in singles and a first seed in doubles.

Girls included in the G16-18 include: Gilmour Academy's Carly Cohen, Orange's Emily Dunbar, Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch, and Centennial's Zoey Weil.

Elizabeth Fahmeier and Magnificat's Olivia Rondini are in the G14's.

To follow all of the action in the BG16-18, click on this link. To view the players in the BG12-14, click here.

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THURSDAY,

ATP Challenger at OSU Indoor Courts

Another ATP Challenger is underway at Ohio State's Indoor Courts and it features past, current, and future Ohio State Men players. This morning's matches include John McNally (#979) and Peter Kobelt (#425) playing against Henri Laaksonen (#139) and Mitchell Krueger (#219), respectively.

Taylor Fritz John McNally
Taylor Fritz - Click to enlarge
John McNally - Click to enlarge

Other prominent U.S. players in the tournament include: Taylor Fritz (#77), Stefan Kozlov (#145), and Tennys Sandgren (#228).

For all of the information, including Order of Play (OOP). Click ATP Challenger Tour.

To make it easier for readers to follow OTZ Twitter postings, they are now included in the right-side navigation bar until the Boys Season begins.

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WEDNESDAY,

103 More OTZ Photos

There were 103 photos added last night from the Central Districts, Northeast Districts, States, and the OTCA tournament. Sign-in and then click to view at Most Recently Added Photos. OhioTennisZone.com now hosts over 230 photos from the Ohio High School Girls Tennis Season. I think it is a safe bet that OTZ now has more high school tennis photos than all Ohio newspapers combined.

Hayley Hirsch
Indian Hill's Hayley Hirsch - Click to enlarge

These photos have all been "databased". What this means to you is that you can go to a Team Page and view all of the photos for that team or you can go to a Player Profile for an individual player and view all of the photos for that player. It is a huge time saver and these Team Reports include photos from previous years.

All of the photos, except from States, can be purchased but I am awaiting word from the OHSAA on whether the OTZ States photos can also be sold. The OHSAA did not have their exclusive photographer taking action photos at States so OTZ is the only "States" solution for many. We'll see if the OHSAA will allow parents, players, schools, and grandparents to buy these OTZ photo memories or if they will continue to prohibit these sales.

As stated in an earlier post, the OHSAA regulates that OTZ cannot have more than four States photos on the same web page. Why not recognize five kids playing at States on the same web page? Or possibly maybe even six? This short video explains what would almost certainly happen.

I hope to completely wrap up the girls tennis season within another week. Check back every other day or so for another blog entry.

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FRIDAY,

Incoming Players: Boys & Girls | OTZ Top Coaches List (or lack thereof)

Fans and coaches like to see which players are on the horizon. This is especially helpful for the coaches because it helps with scheduling. For the boys this should not be a difficult task because many of these boys are already in high school. The girls list is always in flux until after the season starts. Both of these lists were obtained using TennisRecruiting.net.

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Freshmen Boys (alphabetical)
Player City / School
Trevor Ball Westerville / Wellington
Arjun Brahmbhatt Westlake / St. Ignatius
Osuke Fujita Dublin / Dublin Jerome
Saiprakash Goli Cincinnati / Mason
Ronit Hiryur West Chester / St. Xavier
Charles Joranko Shaker Heights / University School
Charles Norman Aurora / University School
Anish Patel Dublin / Dublin Jerome
Chukwudumebi Smarty Broadview Heights / Brecksville

The boys list is too easy to do this year because it is too short. These lists normally include 15-20 players who are in the nation's top 500, but if this criterium was applied to the boys this year, it would only contain six kids. Instead, the top 10 boys in Ohio are listed. This list is alphabetized.

With numerous strong players already returning, University School may be the team to beat in Division I boys this season.

The 14 players on the girls list are in the TennisRecruiting.net's Top 500 players. Again, this list is very much in flux and it may not contain all of the incoming freshmen players since many girls start school early. If you are aware of other skilled players who are going to be freshmen this year, please submit a Feedback.

OhioTennisZone.com
Top Incoming Freshmen Girls (alphabetical)
Player City / School
Madeline Atway Powell / Olentangy Liberty
Shaira Busnawi Avon
Nina Dhaliwal West Chester / Ursuline Academy
Elizabeth Fahrmeier Cincinnati / Summit Country Day
Ella Hazelbaker Columbus / Upper Arlington
Nataly Kader Mason
Hannah Kassaie Highland Heights
Jamie Kim Mason
Bella Kirby Cincinnati / St. Ursula Academy
Annie Kruse Mason
Elizabeth Pendergast Cincinnati
Sydni Ratliff Columbus Academy or Gahanna
Danielle Schoenly Powell / Olentangy Liberty
Soniya Yalamanchili Centerville

Incoming players, who are likely to be OhioTennisZone.com members because their teams are OTZ Team Members, have their links to TennisRecruiting.net included.

As for other matters, the OhioTennisZone.com list of Top Coaches will not be created this season. The main criterium used for this list was third set player performance with the idea being that coaches could significantly impact three set matches. Why three set matches? The reasons include: the competition is of similar ability; three-setters take place near the end of the match when the coach is not occupied with all five matches (hopefully); and the coach has had time to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the opponents and advise his or her players on the best strategy. The new (great) continuous coaching rule now largely enables the best coaches to coach throughout a match.

Photos are still being processed.

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THURSDAY,

OhioTennisZone.com's All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team

Congratulations to this year's OhioTennisZone.com's All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team. This year's recipients are certainly a worthy group of players with several of the seniors going to D1 college tennis programs.

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio
Girls Tennis Team

Division I - Singles


Molly
Sandberg
Hudson

Kelli
Niehaus
Mt. Notre Dame

Emily
Thomas
Princeton
   

Division II - Singles


Emily
Dunbar
Cloverleaf
   

Division I - Doubles


Hannah
Cianciola
Canfield

Sydney
Cianciola
Canfield

Division II - Doubles


Claudia
Althans
Gilmour Academy

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

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

At some point, OTZ may consider adding players to an Honorable Mention list. There are two players who would have achieved this honor this season.

Today is photo processing day for Districts, States, and the OTCA tournament. Watch for those photos beginning tomorrow.

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

Chagrin Valley Today's Tony Lange was at States and wrote this article. It includes OTZ photos.

WEDNESDAY,

Videos of Championship Points

It is time for the OHSAA championship point videos. Somehow the points were spaced in such a way that OTZ was able to capture all four championship points on video this season. I'm not sure if that has ever happened. In three of the four matches, the point prior to the championship point was also captured. For best results, use HD (High Definition) and expand to full screen mode.

Division I Singles:

Hudson's Molly Sandberg defeated Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk.

Division 1 Doubles:

Canfield's Hannah and Sydney Cianciola defeated Green's Maria and Anne Zivick.

Division II Singles:

Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated her sister, Nicole.

Division II Doubles:

Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky and Catherine Areklett defeated Gilmour Academy's Claudia Althans and Carly Cohen.

TUESDAY,

OhioTennisZone.com Usage Issue

Usage of the OhioTennisZone.com continues to grow thoughout the state and beyond. Today's entry looks at where the usage came from and what the readers liked to access on OTZ. Most of the information was gathered using Google Analytics and Twitter. The time frame was from August 7 to October 24.

Ohio Usage
Ohio OTZ Usage - Click to enlarge

As you would expect, Ohio generated the most usage. Michigan was second. (Click to view the Michigan usage map.) Within Ohio, the Central District usage remained the strongest area, followed by the Northeast, and the Southwest. Those areas of the state where there are fewer dots mean that there is little interest in Ohio high school tennis. (See usage map.)

In the metro areas, Columbus led the way, followed by Cleveland and Cincinnati. After that, things get interesting. The Detroit, MI area, which includes Ann Arbor, has more OTZ usage than the Toledo area, even though there are obviously no Ohio tennis players residing in Michigan. I keep wondering... What's not happening in Northwest Ohio? The Northwest Ohio coaches and indoor clubs need to step it up for the betterment of Ohio High School Tennis. The top nine metro areas are listed in the table below.

The top six team pages viewed were: 1) Magnificat, 2) Dublin Jerome, 3) Hathaway Brown, 4) Olentangy Liberty, and 5-tie) Indian Hill and Pickerington North. These were among the strongest teams in the state and there was state-wide interest in their performance.

OhioTennisZone.com
% Sessions in Top Metro Areas
Metro Areas % of Sessions
1. Columbus 37%
2. Cleveland-Akron 20%
3. Cincinnati 17%
4. Detroit, MI 4.4%
5. Toledo, OH 3.3%
6. Dayton, OH 2.5%
7. Boston, MA 1.7%
8. Youngstown, OH 1.3%
9. Chicago, IL 1.2%

The top five Player Profiles viewed were (in alphabetized order): Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala, Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk, Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio, and Centennial's Zoey Weil. These Player Profiles remain the perfect way for fans and college coaches to follow players' high school match activity. The wise tennis parents understand that these Profiles are the most cost effective ways to promote their players during (and after) the high school season. When you think about it, a Player Profile is less than the cost of a tennis clinic.

The top five OhioTennisZone.com Tweets were: 1) Re-tweet to vote for Magnificat's Charlotte as OhioTennisZone.com's #1 Tennis Fan Dog. 2) #OHSAA Sectional Draw information is now available. Click on OhioTennisZone.com for the Central District. 3) Re-tweet to vote for Dublin Jerome's Charlie as OhioTennisZone.com's #1 Tennis Fan Dog. 4) OhioTennisZone.com's Pre-Season Top 10 Tennis Team Rankings for D1; and 5) Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison at the Bishop Watterson Invitational. Note that the links take readers to the OhioTennisZone Tweets.

In the "Why did I run for senior class president a zillion years ago?" category, I'm heavily involved with my Miami Trace high school reunion this weekend so I have had to pivot from high school tennis. I get to go back into tennis later today.

MONDAY,

OTCA Championships - Magnificat Wins D1 | Hathaway Brown Gets D2

At the beginning of the season, there were four teams that were heads and pony tails above the others, and that proved to be the case on Sunday. Hathaway Brown was expected to win and they did, but Indian Hill has a terrific team that returns its top three singles players. Even though OTZ had Mason above Magnificat all season in the rankings, Magnificat's victory yesterday was not at all unexpected after their showing on Friday and Saturday at States. Magnificat returns its top three singles players and Mason loses three valuable seniors, but Mason is expected to re-load.

Magnificat
Magnificat - Click to team page
Hathaway Brown
Hathaway Brown - Click to team page

In the battle for the third places, Dublin Jerome defeated Perrysburg in Division I. In Division II, Toledo Central Catholic beat Columbus School for Girls. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results. (This report was "opened up" so that everyone can view it, but the report looks odd because no teams finished all of their courts.)

Many of the matches involving the top players did not finish to completion, but those that did include: Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat Mason's Ananya Aggarwal and Perrysburg's Carter; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Mason's Amanda Huser; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal beat Perrysburg's Carter; and Magnificat's Olivia Rondini defeated Mason's Sanjana Reddy. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

For those D2 tennis mothers who have quietly approached me hoping that Hathaway Brown will some day have an opportunity to play Division I teams in the post-season, the OHSAA does perform another head count this year. At the last count, HB was at 292 girls and the current cut-off point is 307. Both of those numbers will likely change this year.

OhioTennisZone.com
Keys to District High School Tennis Success
Event Northeast Result
OTZ Fan Dog
OHSAA D1 Singles
OHSAA D2 Singles
OHSAA D1 Doubles
OHSAA D2 Doubles
OTCA D1 Team
OTCA D2 Team

Ok. Fine. The Northeast District won absolutely everything in tennis over the weekend. But... While the Northeast did get it done on the courts, they failed miserably in the OTZ Fan Dog contest getting only a second and a third place. This year's winner, Dublin Jerome's Charlie, humbly stayed home yesterday rather than run a victory lap around the other doggies. Charlie's youngest sister graduates this year so Charlie will not be a repeat. The Southwest did not have an entry this year, but Mason introduced Larry yesterday who looks to be an immediate front-runner. For the parents who are not yet on Twitter to vote, you might have just time enough time before next season's voting begins to figure it out.

Photos will be processed soon so that you can have a memorable keepsake of your favorite daughter. Please consider purchasing a bunch of them.

If the Northeast does celebrate with fireworks, let's hope they stay away from that river..

SUNDAY,

Northeast District Wins Everything

Yesterday was a big day for the Northeast District and their dominance may continue for one more day at the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Tournament in Reynoldsburg. The Northeast captured every championship and the runner-ups were also Northeast players. To make things even more dire for the rest of the state, all but one of these Northeast players (Gilmour Academy's Claudia Althans) will be back next year. Should the rest of the state just punt and just play pickleball* instead? Probably not, because these things tend to run in cycles. Still though, next year looks great for the Northeast.

Hudson's Sandberg Cianciola Sisters
Hudson's Sandberg - Click to enlarge
Canfield's Cianciola's - Click to enlarge
Lauren Gillinov Persky / Areklett
HB's Lauren Gillinov - Click to enlarge
HB's Persky | Areklett - Click to enlarge
Turpin's Fisher Gilmour's Althans
Turpin's Fisher - Click to enlarge
Gilmour's Althans - Click to enlarge

The four State Championship matches were as follows; Hudson's Molly Sandberg defeated Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk for the Division I singles crown. Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov became a 3x State Singles Champion in D2 by beating her sister, Nicole; Canfield’s Hannah and Sydney Cianciola defeated Green’s Maria and Anne Zivick for the Division I championship; and Hathaway Brown’s Ally Persky and Catherine Areklett beat Gilmour Academy’s Claudia Althans and Carly Cohen for the D2 Dubs Championship.

I did not get quite as many photos as I wanted to yesterday because my focus on Saturday is to always get videos of the championship points. I was four out of four on that. More photos will be posted online soon but the shadows were bad on several of the courts.

Alert readers will notice that several photos that recognize Ohio's great female tennis athletes have been blocked from viewing on this web page. That is because there is an OHSAA rule that prohibits more than four State photos from appearing on a single web page. OTZ's stated goal is "Recognizing those who play and coach high school tennis" so unfortunately this OHSAA rule gets in the way. Readers may still see the photo by clicking on it, but it is an unsightly, clunky, awkward approach, and many readers will not jump through this hoop. When considering that high school tennis gets very little coverage from other forms of media, this is a rule that should have been changed years ago. While this rule is selectively enforced by the OHSAA, it is enforced against OhioTennisZone.com.

There have been a few questions about purchasing OTZ States photos, but I have not been able to do that in the past because the OHSAA has an exclusive relationship with another vendor. Unfortunately, that vendor did not come to the tennis tournament. Stay tuned..

The OTCA Tournament begins at 9am for Division 2 in Reynoldsburg. Division I will follow. I'm late. See you there.

* Pickleball, no. Platform tennis? Well, yeah.

SATURDAY,

Northeast Ohio Dominates at States

Following the old adage, "sharing is for others", Northeast Ohio dominated the number of semi-final State spots for Saturday. They have 12, followed by Southwest with three, Central with one, and Southeast/East and Northwest with none. To make NE's dominance even more convincing, they won all of their quarterfinal matches in two sets except for one that was against another Northeast team (in the night match).

OHSAA Under Lights
North Canton Hoover - Click to enlarge
The day's weather did not start out well but the rain ended about 8:15am and play started at approximately 11:20am. The grounds crew did a great job preparing the courts to play. It was cold, windy, and cloudy for most of the day.

The last match of the day was the first OHSAA tennis match played under the lights. That match wrapped up at about 7pm with North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt - Alessa Koinoglou beating Walsh Jesuit's Caroline Dickinson - Megan Hissong.

The OhioTennisZone.com/draws worked out well and were enjoyed by the fans. It has taken a long time to accomplish this, but OTZ now includes the photos of all of the State participants. If there are any names associated with the wrong pictures, please let me know or legally change the name of your daughter to match the photo (preferred). Draw usage hit an all time high and exceeded a previous boys' season high by 11%.

There are three sister combos remaining in doubles and two sisters competing in singles.

In today's newspapers, the Columbus Dispatch prepared this article. Even though Northeast Ohio had an ok kinda day, there was no article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Final Four in each draw are:

D1 Singles:
Centennial's Zoey Weil, Hudson's Molly Sandberg, Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk, and Turpin's Caitlin Fisher.

D2 Singles:
Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman, Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar, Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov and Nicole Gillinov.

Kelly Pleiman Megan Hissong
CJ's Pleiman - Click to enlarge
Walsh's Hissong - Click to enlarge
D1 Doubles:
Canfield's Hannah and Sydney Cianciola, Green's Maria and Anne Zivick, Magnificat's Ana Lopez - Molly Bauer, and North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt - Alessa Koinoglou.

D2 Doubles:
Gilmour Academy's Claudia Althans - Carly Cohen, Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky - Catherine Areklett, Indian Hill's Gracey and Hayley Hirsch, and Orange's Michelle Tokman - Anjali Kashyap.

Best of luck today to my favorite players! (Based on the latest internet technologies, this sentence only appears when you are reading it..)

FRIDAY,

Good Luck at States

This will be a quick update as I prepare to leave for States. Look for @OhioTennisZone on Twitter or the OHSAA web site for any weather-related updates. The weather is expected to clear.

Remember to use: ohiotenniszone.com/draws

Magnificat
Magnificat - Click to team page

Today's featured team is Magnificat. They are coached by Christopher Johnson. They are led by: Anna Roggenburk, Alexandra Vesikallio, Olivia Rondini, Ana Lopez, and Molly Bauer. They are Team Members.

There were three newspaper that included articles about States. Click to read the article about the Central District by Columbus Dispatch's Steve Blackledge. Here's an article about the Northwest District from Matt Thompson of the Toledo Blade. Canton Repository's Joe Scalzo prepared this article for the Canton-area teams. The Cleveland Plain Dealer normally prepares a nice, states preview article, but there is no sign of it yet.

If you recall from the OTZ coverage on the Western & Southern, the grass parking lots at the Lindner Family Tennis Center can be a problem if there is too much rain. There was an absurd amount of rain (7 inches) during the W&S, and we have had no where near that amount over the last two days, but still be careful where you park.

Best of luck to everyone at States.

THURSDAY,

Tomorrow

It is time for the OTZ State / OTCA Tournament Preview video. Hope everyone enjoys it and shares it with friends and family. The video/slideshow includes almost 80 OTZ action photos of the players competing in the State and OTCA tournaments. For best results, view the video in full screen, high definition (HD) mode. If you are in a quiet office environment, crank up the volume so that your co-workers will be encouraged to stop by and watch it.

Rather than jinx the State tournament by stating that the rain is expected to end by tonight, nothing about the weather will be mentioned.

Dual match play rarely takes place between Districts and States but Dublin Jerome and Columbus School for Girls wanted to stay sharp for Sunday's matches. Jerome won the match 5-0. Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal,  Erin Zhao, and Jiaqi Liu defeated Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison, Stephanie Presper, and Rosie Gliatis, respectively.

Click to view the OTZ Boys State Preview video from last season. In this video, Mrs. OTZ has an exciting cameo appearance.

OTZ does not benefit monetarily from the ads included in either video. The ads are used by Google to repay the musical artists.

Content from earlier in the season will be temporally removed later today. This will allow the top OTZ page to load faster while everyone is viewing it via their mobile devices at States.

WEDNESDAY,

Two More Days

It appears that we are finally going to return to fall weather. We were very fortunate with the weather for Sectionals and Districts and hopefully that will continue to be the case all of the way through the OTCA Tournament on Sunday.

Central D2 Qualifiers
Central D2 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Northeast D2 Qualifiers
Northeast D2 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Southwest D1 Qualifiers
Southwest D1 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Southwest D2 Qualifiers
Southwest D2 State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Things are happening fast and furious behind the scenes at OTZ. It was a late night, but the OTZ States / OTCA Preview Video is almost ready to roll. After a bit more tweaking, it should be ready later tonight or tomorrow morning. The purpose of this video is to recognize our athletes who play Ohio High School Girls Tennis. I am not aware of other entity that does anything like this to promote high school tennis in their state. Please share it with classmates, friends, and family. I think you'll agree that the music choice for the video was "spot-on".

The OTZ State Draws now include the first round court assignment for the singles players. The Lindner Family Tennis Center is a big place and this should aid in getting the older fans and relatives to the courts in plenty of time. You'll notice that the court assignments do not go smoothly from "top to bottom" with the draws, and the reason for this is because the OHSAA wants to enable coaches who have more than one player in the draw to see them.

Special thanks to Lisa Gillinov and Mike Reid who provided photos of the State Qualfiers. Lisa provided the photo of the D2 Northeast Qualifiers and Mike took the photos of the Southwest D1 and D2 qualifiers. For those of you who are OTZ members, please look for me at States. You get a complementary 5x7 photo courtesy of OhioTennisZone.com.

TUESDAY,

Magnificat Beats Walsh Jesuit | OTZ Online Draws Available

Magnificat secured the OTCA final Final Four spot by finally defeating Walsh Jesuit 5-0 yesterday. The OTZ OTCA Draws are updated to reflect this. This year in the OTCA tournament, the Central District teams will first play the Southwest and the Northwest District teams will play the Northeast teams. If the teams simply cooperate with the OTZ Top Ten Teams list, this means that the final matches, Mason versus Magnificat and Hathaway Brown versus Indian Hill, will be for the championships. The Division 2 matches will go onto the courts first.

OTZ Online Draws:

OTZ Draws
OTZ Online Draws - Click to team page
OhioTennisZone.com offers enhanced online state draws which include player photos, links to the Player Profiles, and soon, the upcoming court assignments. It is safe to say that these draws provide more recognition to Ohio high school tennis players than any other high school sport has for its players (in Ohio or anywhere else in the solar system). These draws will be updated throughout the day on Friday / Saturday. For quick access, remember: ohiotenniszone.com/draws

Make sure that you setup your smartphone prior to the tournament and that you share this link with other family members and friends. It is also helpful to save your password in your smartphone so that you can easily check out the action photos for many of the players (as indicated by the "camera" graphic).

Also note that a very readable and enlargeable site map is included in the right navigational bar. You will not even need your reading glasses to view it.

OTZ Draw Analysis:

Even though this tournament should be seeded. The draws are reasonable when considering how strong the competition is this year. The analysis follows:

Division I Singles: In the first quarter, Centennial's Zoey Weil should get to the semi-finals. It is disappointing that either Hudson's Molly Sandberg or Princeton's Emily Thomas will not make it to Saturday. They are slated to play each other in the second round. Last year, they had a very competitive match in the semi-finals. In the third quarter, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala and Turpin's Caitlyn Fisher will face each other in the first round. This would have made a great second round match. The fourth quarter is really competitive. Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk and Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell face off in the first round and the winner will likely face Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus.

Division I Doubles: In the first quarter, Mason's Isabel Cepeda - Amanda Huser and Magnificat's Molly Bauer - Ana Lopez are headed for a showdown. The Green Zivick sisters should win in the second quarter. The third quarter is a complete guess. The fourth quarter is really tough with Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O`Connor - Ellie Foster duo and Canfield's Cianciola sisters.

Division II Singles: Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar should get to Saturday in the first quarter. Carroll's Jillian Milano and Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov should face each other in the second quarter. The third quarter is the toughest of the four with Perkin's Olivia Rohrbacher potentially colliding with Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov in the second round. In the fourth quarter, it is disappointing to see that Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman will face Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch in the first round.

Division II Doubles: The key to this draw is to avoid all Northeast Ohio teams. The non-NE teams that could interfere with an all NE semi-final are: the Indian Hill Hirsch sisters and Toledo Central Catholic's Maverick Delp and Sophia Spinazze.

MONDAY,

Awaiting State Draws | Updated OTZ State Rankings

We are now officially in "draw watch" mode. [Draws now available - Click here.] The draws are expected first thing this morning, but there are a few moving parts, such as when the OHSAA received the District results. Last year, the Southeast/East did not complete their Districts in time so that delayed things. For diehard tennis fans, it is always fun to print out the draws immediately after they are released just to see how much they change in subsequent releases. Hopefully there will be no re-do's this year.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Girls Tennis Teams
October 17, 2016
Division IDivision II
1. Mason - 2 State Spots ◄TEAM OTCA Hathaway Brown - 5 State Spots ◄TEAM OTCA
2. Magnificat - 3 ◄TEAM OTCA Indian Hill - 4 ◄TEAM OTCA
3. Dublin Jerome ◄TEAM OTCAOrange - 1
4. Pickerington North - 1Columbus School For Girls - 2 ◄TEAM OTCA
5. Olentangy Liberty - 1 ◄TEAMColumbus Academy - 2 ◄TEAM
6. Dublin Coffman ◄TEAMLaurel ◄TEAM
7. Upper Arlington - 2 ◄TEAMChaminade-Julienne - 1
8. Walsh Jesuit - 2Seven Hills - 2
9. Ursuline Academy - 1 ◄TEAM Toledo Central Catholic - 2 OTCA
10. Mount Notre Dame - 1Lexington - 2
Hon. Men.: Sycamore - 1, North Canton Hoover - 1, Perrysburg - 2, Springboro Archbishop Alter
◄TEAM - Those teams with Team Memberships display all of the results for their players.

Another updated OTZ State Ranking is now available. The number of spots that each team received for States and the OTCA Final Four participants are also provided. Magnificat plays Walsh Jesuit for the Northeast OTCA Final Four spot tonight.

Note that Hathaway Brown qualified all seven of their players for States in Division II. This is rare but it also happened with the Columbus Academy boys team in 2009. The OHSAA then yanked two of the four State spots from the Central/Southeast/East District combination in Division II and gave the Southeast/East their own designated spots the next season. (It is unknown if there was a correlation.) This caused the Division II draws to be nonsensical because you simply cannot have five #1 and five #2 seeds. Since there are substantial differences in talent from district to district, these draws only make matters worse. This year, everyone will want to avoid players from the Northeast and the Southwest. So... Players who deserve to be in the State Final Four matches on Saturday will not be because of the way in which the draws are done. The top four to six players / teams in Division II should be seeded.

SUNDAY,

Dublin Jerome's Charlie Wins the OTZ #1 Tennis Fan Dog Contest

Look down at your feet and remember, because this is where you were when you first heard that Dublin Jerome' Charlie won the OhioTennisZone.com's #1 Top Fan Dog Award for 2016. This is epic victory.

Dublin Jerome's Charlie
Dublin Jerome's Charlie - Click to enlarge
Charlie started out with a huge lead early in the week but was overcome on the last day by Magnificat's Charlotte. Then it happened. Just as Cleveland was crushed by "The Catch" in the 1954 World Series, "The Shot" by Jordan in the 1989 NBA Playoffs, "The Fumble" in the 1988 AFC Championship game, and "The Drive" in the 1987 AFC Championship, there is now "The Re-tweet" during the OTZ #1 Tennis Fan Dog contest. The re-tweets came piling in - probably from Russia - for friendly fluffy little Charlie who cujo'd The Championship from the Cleveland-area's Charlotte in the final 45 minutes.

In fact, OTZ had spent considerable mental resources cleverly writing how Magnificat's Charlotte came from behind to beat Charlie on the last day. Thankfully, unlike the Chicago Tribune when it had incorrectly announced that Dewey had won the presidency in 1948, OTZ thoughtfully waited until all of the results were carefully counted.

On the bright side, Magnificat's Charlotte handed Hathaway Brown's Maverick, their cross-town rival, a devastating defeat that will tarnish what was probably going to be an ok tennis season for them.

OTZ would like to commend all the dogs, their owners, and their teams for good sportsmanship because without good sportsmanship, there wouldn't be good sportsmanship.

There were 170 re-tweets in this contest which far exceeds the 68 from last year's contest when Hathaway Brown's Elle won. The final tally was: Dublin Jerome's Charlie - 56, Magnificat's Charlotte - 53, Hathaway Brown's Maverick - 19, Watterson's Coco - 17, Dublin Coffman's Brisket - 14, New Albany's Dolce - 8, and Watterson's Gus - 3.

The number of Twitter impressions generated from the Charlotte tweet was the second highest OTZ tweet of all time.

As an unbiased media official, OTZ did not cast a vote in the contest. Not to give anyone any ideas for next year's contest but OTZ was also not bribed in any manner. Hello? Marco? Sound check. Do you hear me now?

Congratulations to all contestants who participated - even Gus.

SUNDAY,

District Seeding Rounds Completed

The weather continued to be perfect for yet another day as the District seeding rounds were played throughout the state. The full district results are online on OTZ for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. A few more results will be added later today for the players residing in the Northwest and Southeast who are OTZ members.

Central District Qualifiers
Central District State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge

Central:
Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell and Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke; Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell defeated Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke; and Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison beat Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman.

Northwest:
Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar and teammate and little sister, Nicole Gillinov; Hudson's Molly Sandberg beat Massillon Jackson's Emily Thomas and Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk defeated Westlake's Emily Peeler; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov beat Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch; and Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar defeated Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch.

Southwest:
Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus defeated Turpin's Caitlin Fisher and Princeton's Emily Thomas; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman beat Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn and Carroll's Jillian Milano; Carroll's Jillian Milano defeated Indian Hill's Saskia Gobonya; and Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn beat Indian Hill's Saskia Gobonya.

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

In the OTZ #1 Top Fan Dog Contest, Dublin Jerome's Charlie is holding onto a precarious lead over Magnificat's Charlotte. The winner will be named at 6pm today.

SATURDAY,

Northeast Districts Results

It was a perfect weather day in Akron yesterday for the Northeast Division II Districts. While the Central District had a bevy of three-set matches, many of the NE D2 matches were rather one-sided. All parts of the state will have the District seeding rounds today.

Michelle Tokman
Orange's Michelle Tokman - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top Northeast Ohio players include:

Division I:
Hudson's Molly Sandberg defeated Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat Solon's Alexis Ratner; Westlake's Emma Peeler defeated Louisville's Kayla Pukys; and Massillon Jackson's Emily Thomas beat defeated Solon's Maggie Yang.

Division II:
Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Chagrin Falls' Ali Mazzola and Ursuline’s Lexi Tsudis; Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov beat Geneva's Varckette and Lakeview's Laura Garvin; Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar defeated Orange's Blessing Nwaozuzu; and Hathaway Brown's Maddie Lynch beat Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin's Sofia DiCillo.

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

The Northeast District does a really nice job of recognizing their District players. Reaching the Districts is a big deal and it is nice to see this level of recognition for the kids.

Wait.. What? Dublin Jerome had the OTZ #1 Top Fan Dog contest all wrapped up and now Magnificat's Charlotte is not only close to Jerome's Charlie but has blown past Hathaway Brown's Maverick. This was not what was supposed to happen. Of course, this is why the Fan Dogs suit up and compete rather than by going with what the experts think will happen. The Cleveland-area has been starved for major sports championships and now they are on the precipice of their second championship in the same year. The OTZ / OHSFDA (Ohio High School Fan Dog Association) champion will be awarded at 6pm ET on Sunday. Still haven't received the $500 Fan Dog entry fee from everyone yet. Please get it into me by 5:55pm.

I will be at the Central District seeding round today. In fact, today's entry will be tweaked later today because I'm dashing off to these matches now.

Ok. I was kidding about the entry fee - unless you've already written the check.

FRIDAY,

District Results

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 District and some of the results for the Southwest are online. OTZ will review the online draws for the other Districts and will get many of those results online.

Erin Storrer
Orange's Erin Storrer - Click to enlarge

Central District:

Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Dublin Jerome's Jiaqi Liu and Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie and Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal; Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell defeated Upper Arlington's Wendy Shi and Watterson's Claire Ghidotti; Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke beat Dublin Jerome’s Erin Zhao and Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman defeated Jonathan Alder's Holland and Wellington's Isabella Vegas; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison beat Columbus Academy's Himaja Reddy and Bexley's Haley Wilson; Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds defeated Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti beat Olentangy's Kathleen Jones; and Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan defeated Westerville Central’s Alexandria Shaw.

Southwest District:

Princeton's Emily Thomas defeated Milford's Amanda Reinhart; Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus beat Miamisburg's Carley Sickinger; Turpin's Caitlin Fisher defeated Springboro's Ally Garofoli; Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole beat Springboro's Anke Patel; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman defeated Madison's Maddie Porter; Carroll's Jillian Milano beat Summit Country Day's Kathryn Adam; Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn defeated Archbishop Alter's Amanda Showalter; and Indian Hill's Saskia Gobonya beat Chaminade-Julienne's Brianna Douglas.

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

As for the OTZ #1 Top Fan Dog Contest, Dublin Jerome's Charlie now has a slim lead over Magnificat's Charlotte for the #1 spot. Watterson's Coco is making a strong move upward. Again sorry, quick update today. The totals were updated in the right navigational bar.

THURSDAY,

Districts | Hathaway Brown Beats Orange in OTCA

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

Hathaway Brown earned the OTCA Northeast D2 Final Four berth yesterday by beating Orange 3-0. Magnificat plays Walsh Jesuit on Monday.

Columbus Academy
Columbus Academy - Click to team page
The OTZ Top Players were rearranged yesterday. 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 led by Georgia Tuckerman and Himaja Reddy. They are Team Members.

It's now Day 2 in the OTZ #1 Top Fan Dog Contest. Dublin Jerome's still leads the field with Charlie. In a valiant attempt at redemption, Jerome apparently created a web site to justify their pronunciation of Celtics. Seriously though - nice try - really. When it appeared that Hathaway Brown's tennis season was going off the rails, the HB peeps came out to support Maverick. They will still probably end up as the first loser behind Jerome. Magnificat's Charlotte is doing well but they are still in a familiar place - behind Hathaway Brown. Even though Charlotte would most likely rip a bacon cheeseburger out of your hand along with a couple of fingers, she really does look nice in her photo. The Ohio High School Athletic Association has even included Charlotte's adorable photo in their OHSAA Top Tweet area. Brisket went from "no where" to fourth as his people came through late in the day yesterday. Even though OTZ still does not allow betting on high school tennis, the smart money is on Brisket to come through when (if) that GIF file starts getting circulated. New Albany's Dolce is sweet but she needs a bit more Cujo in her step if she is going to end up in the top half. Watterson's decision to field both Gus and Coco may have backfired because it has essentially split the votes between both contestants. Had just one of the doggies entered the contest, it would have still been last, but it wouldn't have been last by that far. The apparent cat lovers in the Southwest and Northwest Districts don't have a dog in this fight so it will be interesting to see for whom they cast their votes. Refer to the right navigational bar for the number of re-tweets.

Good luck at Districts. Hope you get that States spot.

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WEDNESDAY,

Dublin Jerome Beats Olentangy Liberty

Dublin Jerome secured the Central Final Four Division I berth by defeating Olentangy Liberty 3-1 yesterday. In another prominent match, Pickerington North beat New Albany. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Solon
NE D2 2015 State Qualifiers - Click to team page

Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated New Albany's Elizabeth Hancock; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal beat Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke;  Dublin Jerome's Erin Zhao defeated Olentangy Liberty's Makayla Schaefer; and Pickerington North’s Rhyan Cook beat New Albany’s Emma Waite. 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, simply adorable OTZ children.

The OTZ Tennis Fan Dog contest is underway. As is sometimes the case, those who lack skills in one area, excel in another. While Dublin Jerome does not have the foggiest idea how to pronounce Celtics, they do know how to use Twitter. Their Charlie leads decisively with 26 re-tweets. New Albany's Dolce Di Lorenzo is a sweet second with six. Hathaway Brown was expected to have a good tennis season, but it's not turning out that way now. HB's Maverick is getting destroyed by his crosstown rival, Magnificat's Charlotte, by the score of five to zero. Poor little Brisket does a great job of playing dead, but the little guy may not recover this time when he realizes that he has no re-tweets - not even a like. Watterson's Gus' self esteem was already destroyed after wearing the "cone of shame" so he is probably unfazed after receiving his single "like". Watterson's Coco has nothing to bark about but she is doing slightly better than Gus with one re-tweet. Don't retreat yet because it's not too late to re-tweet. [Ok - that was awful.] Voting will go on for a few days.

TUESDAY,

Magnificat Beats North Canton Hoover | Hathaway Brown Defeats Laurel

The weather continues to hold as the season winds down. While the main emphasis now is finishing the OTCA Tournament, there are still a few teams keeping their teams sharp for the district tournament. There were eight matches recorded from state-wide play. The matches included: Magnificat defeated North Canton Hoover in an OTCA semifinal; Hathaway Brown beat Laurel in an OTCA semifinal; Dublin Coffman defeated Columbus Academy; Dublin Coffman beat Columbus Academy; Columbus School for Girls defeated Olentangy Liberty; Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin beat St. Joseph Academy; and Springboro defeated Carroll. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Magnificat's Charlotte Dublin Coffman's Brisket
Magnificat's Charlotte - Click to enlarge
Coffman's Brisket - Click to enlarge
Watterson's Gus Hathaway Brown's Maverick
Watterson's Gus - Click to enlarge
H. Brown's Maverick - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Laurel's Amanda Shao; Magnificat's Anna Roggenburk beat North Canton Hoover's Alyssa Koinoglou; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison defeated Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke;  Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman beat Dublin Coffman's Katherine Wang;  Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Whetstone's Arielle Swinehart; Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio beat North Canton Hoover's Hallie Hunt; and Hathaway Brown's Nicole Gillinov defeated Laurel's Katie Chen. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The OTZ Top Fan dog contest begins tonight on Twitter. Below are the rest of the contestants:

BrisketCharlotte [Bauer] - Charlotte is this political season's real October surprise. If her pedigree is to be believed, she is slated for big things in the official doggy circles. Special credit to Magnificat for presenting Charlotte in the most appealing manner to OTZ fans. Still though - is her head tilt too perfect? Was wire used?

Brisket [Hunderpfund] - Brisket is a dog's dog. He scales mountains. He does great tricks. (See animated GIF to the right.) He represents Dublin Coffman. [Today's fun fact - the GIF image format was developed by CompuServe and it is pronounced JIF.]

Gus [Ghidotti] - Is the lone contestant from last year. Last year, Gus attempted to win the sympathy vote by wearing a "cone of shame". That didn't work. Special credit to Gus though for helping to personally train numerous OSU veterinarian students on surgical techniques. He is the second Bishop Watterson entry. [More fun facts - Gus is pronounced with a hard "G" sound and Celtic is pronounced with an "s" sound..]

Maverick [Persky] - Hathaway Brown has dominated on the tennis courts this season. Will they win the OTZ Top Fan Dog contest, too? Hathaway Brown won the award last year with its entry, Elle. Will Maverick allow HB to repeat?

The Cincinnati Enquirer posted an article written by Mark Schmetzer about the Southwest's upcoming district tournament.

The Central District will determine its OTCA D1 Final Four team today when Dublin Jerome faces Olentangy Liberty.

MONDAY,

District Draws | OTZ Top Fan Dog Contest

Today is Draw Day, and it started yesterday with the Northeast District releasing its draws first. Central released its Division I draws late last night. Watch for more draws to be posted soon. [Update @11:15: All of the draws are now available above.]

This will be a busy week. Normally OTZ travels to the Southwest draw on Thursday, Central on Friday, and Central again on Saturday. Central switched its District tournament to Thursday so the travel schedule is now: Central on Thursday, Northeast District on Friday, and Central again on Saturday.

Watterson's Coco
Watterson's Coco - Click to enlarge
Watterson's Coco
Jerome's Charlie - Click to enlarge
New Albany's Dolce
New Albany's Dolce - Click to enlarge
The entries to the OTZ Top Fan Dog contest is now officially closed with the last second entry of Magnificat's Charlotte during last night's Presidential debate. The voting will begin on Tuesday night. The televised debate among the dogs was canceled. As a valued member of the media, OTZ will provide largely made-up introductions about each of the candidates over the next two days. Today, please meet Coco, Charlie, and Dolce.

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. She is one of the two Watterson contestants.

Charlie [Gomez] - Charlie appears to get along with other dogs despite only barking in French. Charlie represents Dublin Jerome. Charlie is the only one who can pronounce "Celtics" correctly.

Dolce [I think you can figure this out] - 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.

The voting will occur via Twitter. OTZ will Tweet each of the contestants on Tuesday night. The dog who receives the most re-tweets wins. For those kids who are not yet on Twitter, please get your most lenient and unaware parent's approval before you sign up. Twitter can be time-consuming. For parents who have yet to sign-up for Twitter, it is probably too late. You won't figure it out until December (of 2017). Voting will take place over several days.

The list of the doggies in the right navigational bar are currently in alphabetical order, but this will change to "vote rank" once the voting begins. May the best dog win.

SUNDAY, - UPDATE: 11:50PM

District Draws

The Northeast wins the "First District to Release Its Draws" contest. Click "NE" above to access the draws. (These are on the same web page as the Sectional draws.)

The Central District D1 draws are here.

 

Ready for Districts

The Sectionals were completed in cooler and breezy conditions yesterday. Now it is time for the highly anticipated District draws. These draws will be linked to in the table above as they become available. The Central District draws are typically available first thing on Monday morning.

Sarah Jonesco
Watterson's Sarah Jonesco - Click to enlarge

The best players were all engaged in good matches. Of the matches that were included in the newspapers, Princeton's Emily Thomas defeated St. Ursula Academy's Caroline Waddell and Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus; Centennial's Zoey Weil beat Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook and Cassie Alcala; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman defeated Archbishop Alter's Amanda Showalter and Carroll's Jillian Milano; Dublin Jerome's Emily Neal beat teammate, Jiaqi Liu, and Olentangy's Kathleen Jones; Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell defeated Big Walnut's Macie Kercsmar and Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Reineke; Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds beat Thomas Worthington’s Sarina Xie and Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison defeated teammate, Rosie Gliatis, and Wellington's Isabella Vegas; Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman beat teammates, Deeksha Bathini and Himaja Reddy; Miamisburg’s Carley Sickinger defeated Springboro’s Reka Patel; Cincinnati Country Day’s Mia Masterson beat Cincinnati Christian Hills Academy’s Anna Abunku; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated Pickerington North's Rhyan Cook; Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan beat Upper Arlington's Wendy Shi; and Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Dublin Jerome's Erin Zhao.

It is time to make a few changes to the OTZ Top Players and Watchlists. Watch for a few changes in another day or so. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Photos taken at the Reynoldsburg Sectional will be posted later today at the Most Recently Added Photos area.

SATURDAY,

Sectional Seeding Rounds

Sectionals will continue with the seeding round today under cooler and breezy weather conditions. These matches will help determine the draws for Districts next week.

The Sectional Draws are now included at the top of this page. Some Sectionals update their draws as they go while others do not. These draws will be replaced with the District draws as soon as they become available.

Pickerington North
Pickerington North - Click to team page

The Centerville Sectional results were included in the Cincinnati Enquirer today and those scores are now online.

Among the top players, Sprinboro's Reka Patel defeated Bellbrook's Abigail Schultz; Lakota West's Nicole Sturgeon beat Sadhvi Venkatramani; and Miamisburg's Carley Sickinger defeated Lakota East's Schrad. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Pickerington North. They are coached by Brian Hoff. They are led by Cassie Alcala and Rhyan Cook.

When it is breezy at our house, that means the conditions are close to unplayable at Hilliard Davidson. When it's windy at our house... Uh oh - It's windy. I'll be going to Reynoldsburg this morning for a D1 Sectional where Cassie Alcala and Centennial's Zoey Weil are both playing.

FRIDAY,

Sectional Results Available

The bad news is that the Sectional results from the newspapers are now online, far earlier than expected. Why bad? Unlike as in previous years, the Dispatch did not include the early round matches in the newspaper today. While that saved OTZ several hours of data input, it would have been better for high school tennis to have all of the results included. It is another sign of the times. The Dayton Daily News eliminated box scores this season and the Plain Dealer has only a fraction of the scores that they used to have. Of the three papers to which OTZ subscribes, the Columbus Dispatch remains the best with its box score coverage. The Cincinnati Enquirer does the best job in providing news coverage to high school tennis (but the Columbus Dispatch's ThisWeekNews papers provide solid local coverage). Update @ 11:30am: The Dispatch eventually posted the results online. Now I'm going back into the update process to include these results. This is less much fun than it sounds. Update @ 4:30pm: The Central District Sectional results are now online.

Courtney Pea
Eastmoor's Courtney Pea - Click to enlarge

If paying coaches would like to have all of their teams' results online, please use the format as described yesterday and send only those results that are not currently online. Sending matches that are already online will create duplicate scores.

There were not many competitive early-round matches yesterday. A few to note include: Centennial's Zoey Weil defeated Watterson's Gabby Kappel; Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala beat New Albany's Emma Waite; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated New Albany's Alexandra Vitellas; Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds beat Whetstone's Arielle Swinehart; Dublin Jerome's Jiaqi Liu defeated Dublin Scioto's Hrunya Ravindran; Thomas Worthington's Sarina Xie beat Dublin Coffman's Maria Sadek; Unioto's Sylvia Gray defeated Wheelersburg's Sommer; and Columbus School For Girls' Rosie Gliatis beat Worthington Christian's Amanda Mayotte. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Another reason why Sectionals are fun is because every team gets to participate. While OTZ attends far (far, far) more matches than any other media source, I still do not get to see that many teams play. More photos will be added today of players from teams that I normally do not get to watch.

THURSDAY,

CSG Beats Columbus Academy for OTCA Final Four | Liberty Defeats Coffman

Overture, curtains, lights. This is it. It is time for the Sectionals for most of the state. We are going to have a perfect weather day with a gentle breeze of less than 50mph at Central District's Hilliard Davidson. Best of luck to everyone

There were a combination of important dual matches and Sectional tournament matches yesterday. The dual matches included: Columbus School for Girls defeated Columbus Academy to earn the Central D2 OTCA berth; Olentangy Liberty beat Dublin Coffman in the Central D1 semifinal; Indian Hill defeated Springboro; and Olentangy beat Watterson. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Mariemont
Mariemont - Click to team page
Among the top players, Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison defeated Columbus Academy's Georgia Tuckerman; Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer beat Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Watterson's Claire Ghidotti; and Columbus Academy's Himaja Reddy beat Columbus School for Girls' Stephanie Presper. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Mariemont. They are coached by Doug Spreen. They are led by Grace Haffner.

Tomorrow is the biggest day of the year for entering scores into the OTZ system. Normally the goal is to get the data portion of the update done by 8:00am and the verbal portion done by 9:00am. Tomorrow the goal is to eventually finish the update at some point tomorrow eventually at some point, hopefully. Because of the massive number of results, there are two ways in which the results will be recorded in OhioTennisZone. One - the results appear in the Dispatch, Enquirer, or Plain Dealer. Two - a paying OTZ coach member or a paying parent member provides OTZ with the results in exactly the following format. Note the specific locations of the dashes, parentheses, spaces, and periods.

S.Williams-V.Williams (Westerville East) def. Sharapova-Davis (Northern South) 6-4, 6-2

Kerber (West Germany) def. Potter (Hogwarts) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Best of luck to everyone (especially the paying OTZ members).

WEDNESDAY,

Mason in OTCA Final Four | Perrysburg Beats Notre Dame Academy

Twas the day before Sectionals for most of the State. Northeast Ohio started their Sectionals yesterday, and everyone else begins tomorrow. There were 17 dual matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 8, Southwest - 7, Northeast - 1, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Summit Country Day defeated Milford; Harrison beat Little Miami; Ross defeated Madison; Mount Vernon beat Westerville North; Delaware Hayes defeated River Valley; and Olentangy beat Hilliard Davidson. In other notable matches, Mason defeated Ursuline Academy to earn the Southwest District D1 Final Four berth; Perrysburg defeated Notre Dame Academy; Columbus School for Girls beat New Albany; Upper Arlington defeated Watterson; and Indian Hill beat Mount Notre Dame. To view all of the results recorded from yesterday, click on Previous Day's Match Results.

Upper Arlington
Upper Arlington - Click to team page
Among the top players, Pickerington North's Cassie Alcala defeated Dublin Scioto's Hrunya Ravindran; Indian Hill's Morgan Coburn beat Mount Notre Dame's Kelli Niehaus; Watterson's Claire Ghidotti defeated Upper Arlington's Anna Reynolds; Columbus School for Girls' Marissa Madison defeated New Albany's Elizabeth Hancock; Mason's Ananya Aggarwal beat Ursuline Academy's Lynn Ahrens; Olentangy's Kathleen Jones defeated Hilliard Davidson's Ally Woodyard; Perrysburg's Emma Carter beat Notre Dame Academy’s Bella Yazji; Walnut Hill’s Lilly O’Toole defeated Sycamore's Harsitha Kalaiarasan; and Mason's Amanda Huser beat Ursuline Academy's Rashmi Rege. Click to view the Top Ohio Players for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Upper Arlington. They are coached by Shaun Stamps. They are led by Anna Marie Reynolds, Evelyn Holman, and Ashley Weeks. They are Team Members.

OTZ will include the Sectional results from the Dispatch, Plain Dealer, and Enquirer, plus any Sectional results that paying coaches and parents provide.

The OTZ Fan Dog contest will start very soon. OTZ is awaiting one more entry from a team that amazingly thinks it has a chance to win. To view the six dogs that are currently in the contest, please refer to the right navigation bar.

Today's matches include: Dublin Coffman versus Olentangy Liberty (OTCA Semi); Columbus School For Girls (A) versus Columbus Academy (OTCA Final); Columbus Academy (H) versus Pickerington Central; and Wellington (A) versus Worthington Kilbourne.

 

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