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Ohio High School Tennis

 

TUESDAY

Play Resumes

Play resumes today after the Labor Day Holiday. Today's matches include: Columbus Academy (H) versus Columbus School For Girls; Pickerington Central (H) versus Pickerington North; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Thomas Worthington; Dublin Jerome (A) versus Westerville North; and Beechcroft (A) versus Independence. For the full-slate of matches, sign-in and click List of Upcoming Matches.

Bishop Watterson Tennis Team
Bishop Watterson Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo won her first match at the US Open Juniors, beating Maia Lumsden of Great Britain, 6-4, 6-0. Her next opponent is Iryna Shymanovich of Belarus. Shymanovich is the tournament's third seed. Click to view the statistics of DiLorenzo's first match.

Today's featured team is Bishop Watterson. Watterson is coached by Susan Weil.

 

 

MONDAY

US Open Junior Play -- Francesca DiLorenzo

New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo takes the court today as she competes in the US Open Juniors. Francesca will play against Great Britain's Maia Lumsden. Many of the matches scheduled for yesterday were rained out.

Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki - Click to enlarge

Due to OHSAA rules, any non-OHSAA matches played beginning today disqualifies a player from competing in Ohio High School tennis. Ohio's rules are more stringent than other states in the Midwest, leaving our kids at a disadvantage to theirs. The reason why our kids are at a disadvantage is because of the USTA Point System (which I detest). Players earn points by winning matches in USTA tournaments and these points are necessary to get into major tournaments and to get good seeding in these tournaments. Ohio high school players have to rush to get as many points as possible since they cannot "earn" these points during the high school season while kids from other states can.

I think this rush to accumulate as many USTA points as possible before the beginning of the high school season is one reason why so many of our kids are getting injured. Click to read my Ohio High School Tennis Analysis document for more information. This document is dated, but unfortunately, things have not changed significantly.

Note that a couple of things that have changed in the above document include the addition of the new Ohio State University courts and the new courts at New Albany.

If beating Maria Sharapova wasn't already a big enough thrill, Caroline Wozniacki also gets featured today on OTZ... Today's photo was taken at the Western & Southern Open.

Since there are no matches being played today, now is the time to catch-up on matches that are not included online. If you are an OhioTennisZone member, please send them to my email address or to me via Feedback. I received numerous scores yesterday, and I will be adding those today.

SUNDAY

Indian Hill Beats Lakota West

There were just two matches recorded from yesterday. Indian Hill defeated Lakota West and Magnificat beat Medina. To see the by-court performance graphs from yesterday, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Watterson's Sydney Simmons
Watterson's Sydney Simmons - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Magnificat's Lauren O`Malley defeated Medina's Emily Speckmen and Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch beat Lakota West's Sharon Danquah. Click to view the Top Player and Watch Lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. Please sign-in to view all of the information for all of the players.

In yesterday's US Open Junior Qualifying second round play, Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford got beat by her French opponent, 6-0, 6-2. Click for the match details.

With so few matches being played, now is the time to catch-up on matches that are not included online. If you are an OhioTennisZone member, please send them to me via my email address or via Feedback.

SATURDAY

Mason Beats Walnut Hills

Friday night football certainly puts a damper on the number of tennis matches scheduled. There were just eight matches recorded. The District breakdowns were: Central - 3, Northeast - 2, and Southwest - 3. The close, 3-2, matches included: Chagrin Falls defeated Avon; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy defeated Cincinnati Country Day; and Thomas Worthington defeated Hilliard Bradley. In another notable match, Mason defeated Walnut Hills. For all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Olentangy Orange Tennis Team
Worthington Kilbourne's Erica Chen - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole defeated Mason's Elizabeth Kong. Click to view the lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. Please sign-in to view all of the information for all of the players.

In yesterday's US Open Junior Qualifying rounds, Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford beat her opponent from India in the first round. Click for the match details. Alexandra must win one more round to get into the main draw of the tournament.

Give me a heads-up if you are aware of any matches scheduled for today in the central Ohio area. I may be able to stop by and take photos.

FRIDAY

Granville Defeats Watkins Memorial / Olentangy Liberty Beats Dublin Coffman

There were 43 matches recorded from throughout the state. The District breakdowns were: Central - 18, Northeast - 10, Southwest - 14, and the Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2, matches included: Grove City defeated Lancaster; Hamilton Township beat Bloom-Carroll; Hilliard Darby defeated Westerville Central; Laurel beat Western Reserve Academy; New Richmond defeated Blanchester; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat Solon; Little Miami defeated Harrison; Hartley beat Whetstone; Highland defeated Archbishop Hoban; Loveland beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Granville defeated Watkins Memorial (with 3-three setters); Norton beat Ravenna; Seven Hills defeated Mariemont; and Reynoldsburg beat Newark. In another notable match,Olentangy Liberty defeated Dublin Coffman. For all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Olentangy Orange Tennis Team
Olentangy Orange Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Princeton's Emily Thomas defeated Mason's Elizabeth Kong; Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky beat Western Reserve Academy's Sydney King; Hawken's Sydney Green defeated Revere's Hayley Hendrickson; Massillon Jackson's Teressa Hill beat St. Joseph Academy's Hannah Schuette; Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock defeated Watterson's Maria Jeric; Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer beat Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan; Watkins Memorial's Alexis Steer defeated Granville's Charlotte Purnode; New Albany's Alexandra Cash beat Worthington Kilbourne's Erica Chen; and Dublin Jerome's Rhiannon James defeated Watterson's Sarah Jonesco. Click to view the lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. Please sign-in to view all of the information for all of the players.

Today's featured team is Olentangy Orange. They are coached by Matt Rutherford.

Two Ohio girls are competing at a very high level at the junior US Open. New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo is in the Girls 18's Draw and Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford is in the qualifiers for the Girls 16's.

As that other sport starts, the number of Friday night tennis matches decreases. Tonight's matches include: Magnificat (H) versus Medina and Mason (H) versus Walnut Hills. As always, double check the schedule with a player, coach, or parent before going to a match.

THURSDAY

Walsh Jesuit Defeats Magnificat / Ursuline Academy Beats Dayton Chaminade-Julienne

There were 37 matches recorded from throughout the state. The District breakdowns were: Central - 6, Northeast - 19, and Southwest - 12. Rain impacted play in the Columbus-area. The close, 3-2, matches included: Reynoldsburg defeated Chillicothe; Walnut Hills beat Turpin; Brunswick defeated Strongsville; Walsh Jesuit beat Magnificat; Ursuline Academy defeated Chaminade-Julienne; Chardon beat Lakeside; Westerville North defeated Newark; Westlake beat Avon Lake; Mariemont defeated McAuley; and Olentangy beat Westland. In another notable match, Mayfield defeated Solon. For all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Magnificat Tennis Team
Magnificat Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg defeated Magnificat's Lauren O`Malley; Princeton's Emily Thomas beat Lakota East's Maddy Mueck; Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole defeated Turpin's Gabrielle Verdin; Wyoming's Haley Thoresen beat Milford's Reinhart; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman defeated Ursuline Academy's Olivia Sabo; Chaminade-Julienne's Natalie Allen beat Ursuline Academy's Jennifer Duma; and Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio defeated Walsh Jesuit's Emily Hissong. Click to view the lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. Please sign-in to view all of the information for all of the players.

Today's featured team is Magnificat. They are coached by Chris Johnson. Magnificat is another team that is taking advantage of the Team Membership, but with a bit of a twist. By paying a bit more, the Cleveland CPA firm of Zuber Gardner gets memberships that they can provide to the Magnificat team, and it also receives 160x400 ad placements on several Cleveland-area team pages. To learn more about how your small business (or massive conglomerate) can take advantage of this advertising offer and directly help your team, enter a Feedback message.

Tonight's matches include: Dublin Coffman (A) versus Olentangy Liberty; Magnificat (A) versus Westlake; Mason (A) versus Princeton; New Albany (A) versus Worthington Kilbourne; Hathaway Brown (H) versus Hudson; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Thomas Worthington; and Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Hamilton Township. As always, double check the schedule with a player, coach, or parent before going to a match.

WEDNESDAY

Sycamore Beats Mason / Upper Arlington Defeats Olentangy Liberty

There were 52 matches recorded from yesterday. The District breakdown was: Central - 21, Northeast - 13, Southwest - 17, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2, matches included: Mason-B defeated Sycamore-B; Laurel-B beat Mentor; Norton defeated Kent Roosevelt; Olentangy beat Olentangy Orange; Circleville defeated Teays Valley; Hawken bet Mayfield; Solon defeated Chagrin Falls; Beachwood beat Gilmour Academy; Parma defeated John Marshall; Rocky River beat Bay; Upper Arlington defeated Olentangy Liberty; Big Walnut beat Delaware Hayes; Hartley defeated Ready; and Batavia beat Norwood. In other prominent matches, Sycamore defeated Mason and Ursuline Academy defeated Mount Notre Dame. For all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Watkins Memorial's Alexis Steer
Watkins Memorial's Alexis Steer - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman defeated Hawken's Sydney Green; Sycamore's Alexandra Abele beat Mason's Elizabeth Kong; Turpin's Gabrielle Verdin defeated Loveland's Devin Lally; Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger beat Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Rieneke; Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas defeated Reynoldsburg's Diamond Person; Watkins Memorial's Alexis Steer beat Bexley's Caroline Phillips; and Sycamore's Maggie Skwara defeated Mason's Sanjana Datla. Click to view the lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. Please sign-in to view all of the information for all of the players.

Yesterday, the "season kick-off" news article links for many of the Central District and a few of the Southwest District teams were updated. Please tell the various reporters "thank you" when you see them covering our sport. These reporters include: Aaron Blankenship, Brad Emerine, Dave Purpura, Frank DiRenna, Jarrod Ulrey, Scott Gerfen, Scott Hennen, Mark Motz, and Scott Springer.

The team photos are slowly starting to arrive. If you have not yet taken yours, please use a real camera and try to position the girls so that they are facing toward the sun (or least angled toward the sun). Approval is necessary for any photos taken by professionals.

The size of the main tennis page has gotten way too large and it takes way too long to load, especially for mobile devices. It will be trimmed back today. If you would like to review older entries, do it this morning.

Tonight's matches include: Watterson (H) versus Olentangy Orange; Columbus School For Girls (H) versus Dublin Coffman; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus DeSales; Beechcroft (A) versus Linden-McKinley; Westerville North (A) versus Newark; Mount Vernon (A) versus Watkins Memorial; and Worthington Kilbourne (H) versus Dublin Scioto. As always, double check the schedule with a player, coach, or parent before going to a match.

TUESDAY

Olentangy Liberty Beats New Albany in OTCA

It was a big night for tennis. Forty-six matches were recorded. Central recorded 14; Northeast - 15; Southwest - 16; and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2, matches included: Pleasant defeated Big Walnut; Canal Winchester beat Hamilton Township; Colerain defeated Badin; Lakeview beat Revere; Bay defeated Magnificat-B; Hamilton beat Lebanon; Kenston defeated Avon; Ravenna beat Barberton; Olentangy Liberty defeated New Albany; Lakota East beat Springboro; Winton Woods defeated Little Miami; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat Hathaway Brown-B; Medina beat Brunswick; and Strongsville defeated Parma. For all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Olentangy Liberty Tennis Team
Olentangy Liberty Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, New Albany's Alexandra Cash defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer; Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas beat Olentangy's Brianna Brdicka; Indian Hill's Meredith Breda defeated Loveland's Devin Lally; Lakota East's Maddy Mueck beat Springboro's Rachel Rose; Columbus School for Girls' Mary Ann Click defeated Gahanna's Elizabeth Sullivan; and Pickerington Central's Isis Thomas beat Olentangy's Kathleen Jones. Click to view the lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. Please sign-in to view all of the information for all of the players.

Today's featured team is Olentangy Liberty. They are coached by Meaghan Colville.

Tonight's matches include: Magnificat (H) versus Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; Hathaway Brown (H) versus Orange; Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Upper Arlington; Pickerington Central (A) versus Reynoldsburg; DeSales (H) versus Watterson; Dublin Scioto (H) versus Westerville North; Granville (H) versus Village Academy; Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Logan Elm; Lancaster (H) versus Pickerington North; Olentangy Orange (A) versus Olentangy; and Watkins Memorial (A) versus Bexley. As always, double check the schedule with a player, coach, or parent before going to a match.

MONDAY

Top Players List and Watch List

The Top Players and Watch Lists were updated over the weekend. Several new players were added and a few girls who are not playing high school tennis were removed. Please keep in mind that this is a slow process. The goal is to have good lists before the Sectional draw, which is held on Sunday, September 21.

Columbus School for Girls
Columbus School for Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
The Watch Lists are in alphabetical order and the Top Players Lists are ranked by ability. My ranking order may not match yours but it should be within three or four spots of the consensus. Even though the TennisRecruiting.net rankings are considered, this is a high school list. Some girls play better in a high school environment than what their TR.net rankings would indicate (due to coaching, support of their teammates, after-match snack incentives, etc.). As mentioned last week, no parental help is necessary in accumulating these lists, but conversations with coaches are welcome. Think of the Top Players List as a "moving average" of performance which is adjusted on a once-a-week basis. All scores against skilled opponents are considered -- not just the won/lost records.

Click to view the lists the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. The plan is to include a list for the Northwest in a few days. (I am still about four days away from being "caught-up".) Please sign-in to view all of the information for all of the players.

Today's featured team is Columbus School for Girls. They are coached by Sean Delaney. CSG is one of the teams that is taking advantage of the $99 Team Special. This allows all of the varsity players to have Player Profiles and website access and for the coach to obtain a coach membership. Occasionally teams pay for the Team Membership out of their budgets, but in most cases, one parent has purchased the Membership for the rest of the team.

Three previous Ohio State University players are in the US Open draw. Blaz Rola is in the singles draw, and Chase Buchanan and Peter Kobelt received wild cards to play in the doubles draw. Chase will be playing with Tennys Sandgren as a partner, and Peter will be playing with Hunter Reese. Click to read more.

Tonight's matches include: Olentangy (H) versus Pickerington Central; Olentangy Liberty (A) versus New Albany; Whetstone (A) versus Beechcroft; and Bloom-Carroll (A) versus Watkins Memorial.

SUNDAY

Dublin Coffman, Ursuline Academy, Upper Arlington, and Watkins Memorial Win in Tournaments

It was another big day for tournaments. At the Watterson Memorial Tournament, Dublin Coffman was first and Olentangy Liberty came in second. Ursuline Academy won the Pickerington Central Doubles Invitational and Walsh Jesuit was second. At the Kokosing Valley Invite, Watkins Memorial won and St. Peter's was second. Upper Arlington won the Canfield Doubles Classic and Magnificat was second. In dual match play, Sycamore defeated Columbus Academy.

Dublin Coffman Tennis Team
Dublin Coffman Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Sycamore's Alexandra Abele defeated Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger; Notre Dame Academy's Alicia Nahhas beat Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan; Sycamore's Maggie Skwara defeated Columbus Academy's Catherine Guan; Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas-Isis Thomas beat Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O'Connor-Olivia Sabo; New Albany's Taylor Selby defeated Dublin Coffman's Nethra Thenappan; Olentangy Liberty's Sydney Setnar-Anna Delaney beat Columbus School for Girls' Mary Anne Click-Linda Yang; and Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger-Kyra Jung defeated Magnificat's Lauren O'Malley-Alexandra Vesikallio.

Today's featured team is Dublin Coffman. They are coached by Brett Hundertpfund.

There have been a few pictures posted on my Twitter account. More photos will be posted later today. Please keep in mind that when I see an OTZ member or team follow me on Twitter, I tend to prioritize my photos in that manner.

SATURDAY

Dublin Coffman Beats Ursuline Academy

The Northeast District had a full slate of matches yesterday - playing 19. Central had six and Southwest had five. Rain hampered play for a number of teams, including the Dublin Coffman versus Ursuline Academy match that I attended. The close, 3-2 matches included: Medina defeated Ashland; Cloverleaf beat Twinsburg; Dublin Coffman defeated Ursuline Academy; North Olmsted beat Brunswick; Willoughby South defeated Eastlake North; Chardon beat Madison; Kent Roosevelt defeated Woodridge; Walsh Jesuit beat Olentangy Liberty; Amherst Steele defeated Vermilion; and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat Chagrin Falls. Yesterday's results are available via Previous Day Match Results. Please sign-in to view all of this information.

Ursuline Academy's Olivia Sabo
Ursuline Academy's Olivia Sabo - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger defeated Bexley's Caroline Phillips; Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan defeated Ursuline Academy's Olivia Sabo; and Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg defeated Olentangy Liberty's Sidney Rieneke.

Watterson has its invitational tournament today at the Columbus School for Girls' Kirk athletic complex on North Cassidy Avenue. (The Whetstone Park courts which Watterson normally uses are not yet repaired.) Pickerington Central also has its doubles tournament.

I will be at the Watterson tournament taking photos. Much as I did for the Western & Southern Open photos, I am going to experiment with taking closely cropped action shots this year. That seems to be the view that most newspapers and magazines are showing. If you want me to take an action photo of your daughter, please send me a Feedback or let me know when you see me.

FRIDAY

Ursuline Academy Defeats St. Ursula Academy

It was almost a full-state rain-out. Just five matches from the Cincinnati-area were recorded. The matches included: Seton defeated McAuley; Harrison beat Ross; Mason defeated Hamilton; Sycamore beat Fairfield; and Ursuline Academy defeated St. Ursula Academy. Yesterday's results are available via Previous Day Match Results, but please note that the detailed information (individual box scores) was placed back behind the paywall. Please sign-in to view this information.

Westerville North Tennis Team
Westerville North Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Hamilton's Cassidy Hicks defeated Mason's Kong and Ursuline Academy's Olivia Sabo beat St. Ursula Academy's Caroline Waddell.

Today's featured team is Westerville North. They are coached by Robert Carlson.

Now that I am officially in "catch-up mode" (versus "getting further behind mode"), please send me an email or submit a Feedback if any scores have been omitted. I will post any scores that were included in the newspapers to which I subscribe (Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, or Cincinnati Enquirer). If you are a "paying coach member", I will include any of your scores that were missed in the newspapers. Just send those results via email. If you are a "paying individual member", I will include any of your individual scores that were omitted. Please provide me with your individual score, the court on which you played (if applicable), your opponent, the team score, and the date on which the match was played (i.e. Westerville East 4, Gerberville 1 - Court 1 - Smith (G) def. Jones 6-3, 6-4 - August 10).

Matches scheduled for tonight include: Olentangy Liberty versus Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; Pickerington Central versus St. Ursula Academy; Village Academy versus Worthington Christian; Watterson versus Notre Dame Academy; and Worthington Christian versus Village Academy.

I will be at the Watterson tournament tomorrow (at Columbus School for Girls). If you want me to take a memorable action photo of your daughter, please send me a Feedback or let me know when you see me.

THURSDAY

Mason Beats Ursuline Academy

There were 37 matches recorded from last night. The Southwest and Central Districts had 14. The Northeast District had nine matches. The close, 3-2, matches included: Mason defeated Ursuline Academy; North Olmsted beat Amherst Steele; Madeira defeated Fairfield; Upper Arlington-B beat Pickerington North; Mason-B defeated Ursuline Academy-B; Medina beat North Royalton; Brecksville defeated Avon Lake; Revere beat Wadsworth; Buckeye Valley defeated Marion Harding; and Badin beat Taylor. For all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Sycamore Tennis Team
Sycamore Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Indian Hill's Meredith Breda defeated Mount Notre Dame's Sabine Worthoff; Dublin Jerome's Rhiannon James beat Olentangy's Megan Brdicka; and Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O`Connor defeated Mason's Elizabeth Kong. Now that most of the teams have had a match or two, the Top Players List and Watch Lists will be reviewed this weekend. The first step on being on the Top Players List is to start on the Watch List. Please recall that no parental help (nor uncles, aunts, friends, etc.) is necessary in identifying players who should be on these lists. It is fine for coaches to contact me.

Today's featured team is Sycamore. They are coached by Mike Teets.

After having to be out-of-town or out-of-state for the last eight days, there has been little time to do anything other than the daily morning updates. After moving our daughter back into college today, I finally get to focus on the tennis website.

Matches scheduled for tonight include: Bexley versus Columbus Academy; Bloom-Carroll versus Teays Valley; Columbus School For Girls versus Reynoldsburg; Granville versus Lancaster; Grove City versus Canal Winchester; Hartley versus Worthington Christian; Hilliard Davidson versus Olentangy Orange; Olentangy Liberty versus Dublin Scioto; Watkins Memorial versus Mount Vernon; and Westerville North versus Marysville.

WEDNESDAY

Orange Defeats Mayfield & Mason Beats Lakota East

Last night had the largest number of matches recorded for the season with 54. The Southwest District had 21, followed by Central and Northeast with 20 and 13, respectively. The close, 3-2, matches included: Badin defeated Madeira; Chardon beat Brush; Cuyahoga Falls defeated Fairview; Grove City beat Reynoldsburg; DeSales defeated Watkins Memorial; Orange beat Mayfield; Avon Lake defeated West Geauga; Mason beat Lakota East; and Worthington Kilbourne defeated Delaware Hayes. For all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Bloom-Carroll Tennis Team
Franklin Heights Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Sycamore's Alexandra Abele defeated Hamilton's Cassidy Hicks; Lakota East's Maddy Mueck defeated Mason's Elizabeth Kong; Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman defeated Orange's Adrian Young; Columbus School for Girls' Mary Ann Click defeated Granville's Charlotte Purnode; and Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan defeated Hilliard Davidson's Heather Haynes;

Today's featured team is Franklin Heights. They are coached by Robert Adams.

Matches scheduled for tonight include: Dublin Jerome versus Olentangy; Pickerington North versus Upper Arlington; Hilliard Davidson versus Hilliard Darby; Delaware Hayes versus Thomas Worthington; DeSales versus Olentangy Orange; Grove City versus Westland; Newark versus Zanesville; and Watkins Memorial versus Big Walnut;

TUESDAY,

Sycamore Beats Indian Hill

There were 33 matches recorded from yesterday. The Northeast District led the way with 18 matches, followed by Central and Southwest with seven and eight matches, respectively. There were quite a few close, 3-2 matches. They included: Harvey defeated Conneaut; North Ridgeville beat North Olmsted; Whitehall defeated Central Crossing; Winton Woods beat Seven Hills; Avon defeated Mayfield; Chardon beat Willoughby South; Kenston defeated Hudson; Milford beat Seton; Lakota East defeated Loveland; Grandview beat Bloom-Carroll; and Western Reserve Academy defeated Hawken. In another notable match, Sycamore defeated Indian Hill, 4-1.

Serena Williams at the W&S Open
Serena Williams
at the Western & Southern Open
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Among the top players, Sycamore's Alexandra Abele defeated Indian Hill's Meredith Breda; Sycamore's Maggie Skwara beat Indian Hill's Gracey Hirsch; Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar defeated Copley's Pennington; Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov beat Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin's Didovic; Magnificat's Lauren O`Malley defeated Rocky River's Grierson; and Orange's Adrian Young beat Geneva's Varckette.

Please send in your team photos (taken with a camera) to have them posted online. The Western & Southern photos will continue to be posted until more team photos are received.

There is a big slate of matches scheduled for tonight. They include: Big Walnut versus Olentangy; Bloom-Carroll versus Circleville; Columbus School For Girls versus Granville; DeSales versus Watkins Memorial; Dublin Coffman versus Hilliard Davidson; Hilliard Davidson versus Dublin Coffman; Lancaster versus Pickerington Central; New Albany versus Olentangy Orange; and Westerville North versus Hilliard Darby..

MONDAY,

Successful Completion of the Western & Southern Open

The tournament finished yesterday with Roger Federer and Serena Williams as the singles champions, and Bob and Mike Bryan and Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears as the doubles champions. The Western & Southern Open had a great nine day run -- setting an attendance record of 191,752 fans (up 2.4% from last year). To read more about the tournament, click on Western & Southern Open.

Ali Staun at the W&S Open
Notre Dame Academy's Ali Staun
at the Western & Southern Open
- Click to enlarge

Today's picture is of Notre Dame Academy's Ali Staun while she was helping at the Western & Southern Open Kid's Day last Saturday.

More photos of the tournament will be posted by the end of the week.

Today's matches include: Bloom-Carroll versus Grandview; Hilliard Darby versus Lancaster; Jonathan Alder versus Wellington; Lancaster versus Hilliard Darby; Olentangy Liberty versus Chillicothe; and Whetstone versus Teays Valley.

SUNDAY

Tournament Saturday

It was a big day for tournaments. Magnificat won the Lakewood Doubles Tournament, followed by Lakewood. In the Medina Doubles Tournament, Green came in first and North Royalton was second. Turpin came in first in the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational and Walnut Hills was second. The Licking County Tournament was won by Granville, followed by Watkins Memorial.

Milos Raonic at the W&S Open
Milos Raonic at the
Western & Southern Open
- Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Watkins Memorial's Alexis Steer defeated Granville's Charlotte Purnode and Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole defeated Turpin's Garielle Verdin.

Today's picture is from the Western & Southern Open and it was taken on Friday.

SATURDAY

Upper Arlington Defeats Hathaway Brown

The weather largely co-operated during the first week of the season and today is also expected to be nice. There were 12 matches recorded from throughout the state -- four in Central, three in Northwest, and five in the Southwest District. The close, 3-2, matches included: Grove City defeated Westerville North; Mason beat Chaminade-Julienne; Talawanda defeated Wilmington; Ursuline Academy beat Archbishop Alter; Upper Arlington defeated Hathaway Brown. For all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Bloom-Carroll Tennis Team
Maria Sharapova at the Western & Southern Open - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Upper Arlington's Olivia Kompa; Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman beat Mason's Elizabeth Kong; and Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O`Connor defeated Archbishop Alter's Lauren Hawley.

Today's picture is from the Western & Southern Open.

The Columbus School For Girls Invitational Doubles Tournament will be held today. Other matches include: Fisher Catholic versus Whetstone; Watkins Memorial versus Granville; and Whetstone versus Fisher Catholic.

FRIDAY

Columbus Academy and Pickerington Central Beat Lexington

The season is really starting to gear up. There were 36 matches recorded from throughout the state -- 14 in Central, 13 in Northwest, and nine in the Southwest District. There were a large number of close, 3-2, matches. They included: Granville defeated Bexley (winning 53% of the games); Hudson beat Twinsburg; New Richmond defeated Amelia; Avon beat Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; Grandview defeated Delaware Hayes; Big Walnut beat River Valley; Norton defeated Woodridge; Lancaster beat Watkins Memorial; Revere defeated Canton Central Catholic; Watterson beat Mayfield; Central Crossing defeated Circleville; and Badin beat Roger Bacon.

Bloom-Carroll Tennis Team
Bloom-Carroll Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
In other notable matches, Lakota East defeated Lakota West, 4-1, and both Pickerington Central and Columbus Academy defeated Lexington. For all of yesterday's results, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Among the top players, Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas and Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger defeated Lexington's Jillian Earnest, and Granville's Charlotte Purnode defeated Bexley's Caroline Phillips.

The season's first featured team is Bloom-Carroll. They are coached by Rick Rowland.

Today's matches include: Granville versus Worthington Christian; Marysville versus London; Upper Arlington versus Hathaway Brown; Watterson versus Hathaway Brown; and Westerville North versus Grove City.

THURSDAY

Ursuline Academy Defeats Magnificat

There were 29 matches played throughout the state -- 12 in the Northeast, 11 in Central, and six in the Southwest District. The close, 3-2, matches included: Ursuline Academy defeated Magnificat; Beaumont beat Lake Catholic; Our Lady of the Elms defeated Gilmour Academy; Wellington beat Watkins Memorial; Laurel defeated Mayfield; Norton beat Ravenna; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy defeated Copley; and Turpin beat Oak Hills;

Chase Buchanan
Eugenie Bouchard with Sycamore's Alex Wittenbaum at W&S Open
- Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O`Connor defeated Magnificat's Lauren O`Malley; Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman beat Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky; Wellington's Aashika Katapadi defeated Watkins Memorial's Alexis Steer; and Dublin Jerome's Rhiannon James beat Worthington Kilbourne's Erica Chen.

The Western & Southern Open provided me with media credentials to cover this professional tournament, and there will be more photos in the coming days. While I can provide as many photos as I want online for the Western & Southern, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has limited what I can do online for States. I hope that changes so that I can do more to recognize Ohio's high school players.

There is a full slate of matches today. They include: Bloom-Carroll versus Westerville North; Columbus Academy versus Lexington; Granville versus Bexley; Hilliard Bradley versus Hilliard Davidson; Lancaster versus Watkins Memorial; New Albany versus Pickerington North; Olentangy Liberty versus Gahanna; and Watterson versus Mayfield.

WEDNESDAY

Magnificat Beats Indian Hill

The weather co-operated last night a bit more in many parts of the state. The close, 3-2, matches included: Magnificat defeated Indian Hill; McAuley beat Talawanda; Batavia defeated Goshen; Milford beat Loveland; Badin defeated Monroe; Wilmington beat Butler; and Lancaster defeated Mount Vernon. In other prominent matches, Mason defeated Notre Dame Academy; Sycamore beat Notre Dame Academy; and Watkins Memorial defeated Worthington Kilbourne.

Chase Buchanan
Toledo Notre Dame Academy's Alicia Nahhas (taken in 2013)
- Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Sycamore's Alexandra Abele defeated Notre Dame Academy's Alicia Nahhas; Magnificat's Lauren O`Malley beat Indian Hill's Meredith Breda; Notre Dame Academy's Alicia Nahhas beat Mason's Elizabeth Kong; and Dublin Jerome's Rhiannon James defeated Pickerington North's Maddie Schroeder.

Matches tonight include: Dublin Jerome versus Worthington Kilbourne; DeSales versus Westerville Central; Watkins Memorial versus Wellington; Hilliard Davidson versus Chillicothe; and Jonathan Alder versus Hilliard Darby.

TUESDAY

Archbishop (Kettering) Alter Defeats Watterson

Even though teams could start playing last Friday, the traditional start of the season began yesterday. It was rainy start for most teams, but there were eight matches recorded. There were two close, 3-2, matches: Watterson defeated Chaminade-Julienne and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin beat Canton South. Archbishop Alter swept Watterson, 3-0, on the singles courts, but Watterson was leading on the doubles courts when rain caused play to be suspended.

A new video has been posted that features two of the OhioTennisZone coaches' tools. This summer blockbuster is better viewed on a full-screen.

I am currently entering the schedules for the matches in the central Ohio area using ThisWeek-Sports as the source. Coach or parent members from other parts of the state may send their schedules for me to enter.

Please send me team photos via email as they are taken. They do need to be taken with real cameras -- not camera phones.

OSU's Chase Buchanan got beat 5-7, 7-6, 7-6 in yesterday's Western & Southern Open by Portugal's Joao Sousa.

MONDAY

New Western & Southern Photo Area

The new Western & Southern Photo Area is now live.

Western & Southern Open Photos
New Photo Area for Western & Southern Open - Click to enlarge
There are numerous photos for Ohio State's Blaz Rola, Chase Buchanan, and Devin McCarthy, as well as photos for Nicole Gibbs, Melanie Oudin, Bernard Tomic, Annika Beck, Alison Riske, Taylor Townsend, and Karolina Pliskova.

The USTA Midwest Section had a kids' day on Saturday and there are also a few photos featuring that event.

OSU's Chase Buchanan qualified for the main draw during Sunday's qualifying play. Buchanan will play against Joao Sousa of Portugal today on Court 9. Blaz Rola was defeated during the second day of qualifying, and Devin McCarthy got beat in a three-setter on Saturday.

The Western & Southern Open continues until Sunday.

Western & Southern Photos

It was a great day to take photos at the Western & Southern Open Tournament yesterday. A new online area will be setup to share a few of the 1,000 photos that I took. Check back at about noon [Pacific time].

Chase Buchanan
Chase Buchanan at the Western & Southern's - Click to enlarge
While the emphasis will be on Ohio State's Blaz Rola, Chase Buchanan, and Devin McCarthy, there will also be a few posted of Nicole Gibbs, Melanie Oudin, and others.

Check out my Twitter feed for a few of the early photos.

There were no high school tennis matches recorded from yesterday.

If you have not attended the Western & Southern Open, go today. Ohio is extremely fortunate to have this event in our own backyard.

Magnificat and Walsh Jesuit Beat Sycamore

The season started quickly for several of the best teams in the state as Magnificat and Walsh Jesuit defeated Sycamore and Green beat Mayfield. All were 3-2 matches.

Magnificat's O'Malley
Magnificat's Lauren O'Malley - (Taken in 2013) Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Magnificat's Lauren O`Malley defeated Sycamore's Alexandra Abele; Sycamore's Alexandra Abele defeated Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg; and Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman defeated Green's Danielle Beyes.

The Top Players and Watch Lists (Central, Northeast, and Southwest) will slowly evolve as more matches are played.

Scott Springer and Mark Motz of the Cincinnati Enquirer teamed-up to write the first article of the season highlighting Cincinnati-area teams. Click to read Indian Hill girls return as defending state champs.

At the Western & Southern ATP tournament today, there are three ex-Ohio State University players competing in the Qualifiers. They are Blaz Rola, Chase Buchanan, and Indian Hill's Devin McCarthy. Click to see the Order of Play.

First Day of Matches

And away we go... Many rosters have been determined and teams are preparing for their first matches. If you are aware of any weekend matches (especially in the Central Ohio area), please give me a heads-up via email or Feedback. It is time to take photos!

CSG's Marrissa Madison
Columbus School for Girl's Marrissa Madison - - Click to enlarge

The Top Players and Watch Lists (Central, Northeast, and Southwest) currently include last year's seniors. Those players will be removed as new results are entered. Plans are underway to add a Top Players List for Northwest Ohio.

Greater Columbus Tennis Association Wins National USTA Award

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that the Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA) was selected as the National 2014 Community Tennis Association (CTA) of the Year. According to the press release, the GCTA has promoted the game of tennis as a healthful recreation and physical fitness in Columbus.

GCTA Top CTA of the Year
Greater Columbus Tennis Association Wins National Award

“As defined by the USTA, Community Tennis Association is one ‘which supports or provides programs that promote the growth and development of the game of tennis’,” cited Phil Diaz, M.D., President of the GCTA. “I believe we do an outstanding job of meeting this definition. To be recognized by the USTA for this national award is a tremendous honor, especially considering the many excellent community tennis associations across the country. We are proud of what we do and the organizations we are able to help.”

This is the first time that any Midwest Section Community Tennis Association has won the national award. Previous national award winners include: Houston; Savannah, GA; and Washington D.C.

“The Greater Columbus Tennis Association defines what it means to be a great CTA,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis. “The GCTA doesn’t just provide major financial support for local tennis programs; their members invest their time to make an impact on the residents of the community. We are proud to honor the organization’s leaders and many volunteers with the 2014 Community Tennis Association of the Year Award.”

Click to read the full press release from the USTA.

The Greater Columbus Tennis Association has 158 women's and 65 men's adult teams at every skill level and in every area of the city and suburbs. To get more information about how you can play on a GCTA adult summer tennis league team in your area, click Contact the GCTA.

Bullock and Griffin Competed in New Balance High School Championship

In an effort to boost the great sport of high school tennis, New Balance held its inaugural national high school tennis championship in Boston at the end of June. Only those players who competed with their high school tennis teams were allowed to compete.

St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin & Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock
St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin and Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock
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Any high school player could register for the event. The two players from Ohio who were selected to compete were Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock and St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin.

The tournament used a round-robin format, and Ellee finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, and Nathan finished 2-2.

For an in-depth analysis of the players who participated, click for OhioTennisZone New Balance report.

The tournament website is at New Balance High School Tennis Championship.

Incoming Freshmen Expected to Make Impact

There is a strong group of incoming freshmen who will likely contribute to their varsity teams this year.

Freshmen PlayersHigh School
Victoria Chang Dublin Jerome
Victoria Fan Dublin Coffman
Claire Ghidotti Watterson
Gracey Hirsch Indian Hill
Kathleen Jones Olentangy
Gabriella O`Connor Ursuline Academy
Amanda Reinhart Milford
Alexis Steer Watkins Memorial
Nethra Thenappan Dublin Coffman
Emily Thomas Princeton
Alexandra Vesikallio Magnificat
Leah Wallihan Sycamore

The top twelve based on TennisRecruiting.net's rankings are included to the right.

At this point, it is not clear which girls will be playing high school tennis. Also note that the high schools listed may be inaccurate. If you are aware that a player is going to a different high school, please send a Feedback message.

If you are concerned that you might break a string in tryouts (or you already have), tennis racquet stringer extraordinaire, Alann Leinwohl, is available for stringing racquets for players in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas. Alann can be reached at ableinwohl@hotmail.com.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014

National Championships in Kalamazoo and San Diego

The USTA season has continued for a select few in the USTA National Tennis Championships. The boys event is being held in Kalamazoo, MI and San Diego, CA is the location for the girls.

Ohio Players in the National Championships (w/seed #)
Boys 16 Boys 18 Girls 16 Girls 18
1. John McNally
Danny
Thomas

Emily
Dunbar

Amina
Ismail

Joseph
Thomas

Aaron
Sandberg

Chuck
Shewalter
   

Alex
Warstler
   

J.J.
Wolf
   
There are several Ohio players who are not only in the tournament but seeded. They include: John McNally (seeded 1st in B16's), Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford (seeded 4th in the G16's), New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo (seeded 8th in G18's), and Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf (seeded 24th in B16's)

To follow all of the action, click to view the boys and girls information.

Note that even though Chuck Shewalter played for Upper Arlington, he qualified for Kalamazoo from Massachusetts.

MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014

Midwest City Team Championships Wrap-up

The 11th annual Midwest City Team Championships was held in Indianapolis from July 18-20. Columbus was the runner-up, losing in a very close final, 21-19, to Madison, WI.

In the round-robin divisional play Columbus defeated Chicago 22-18, Indianapolis Blue 36-4, and St. Louis 24-16 to advance to the semi-finals where they defeated Dayton, 26-14.

Competitors in Midwest City Team Championships
Columbus City Team at the Tournament - Click to go to the report

Coaches for the team were Klint McEnery and Jim Martin. The team director/coordinator was Nancy Lucas. Jim Criswell was the event organizer.

The matches consisted of singles, doubles, and mixed doubles in 10&under through 18&under age groups.

The Columbus team was chosen based on the results of the Bernard Master Jr Satellite Circuit held this past indoor season.

Some of the standout performances were as follows: C.J. Martin (B18) was 11-0; John Roberts (B18) was 7-1; Dan Goldman (B10) was 13-2; and Charlotte Berman (G14) was 13-2.

SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014

USTA Midwest Closed

The Midwest Closed Tournament was held from June 21 to June 26. The tournament was held in Indianapolis, and it was "the place" for every notable college tennis coach in the Midwest to attend. Earning a spot in this prestigious tournament is major goal for the players in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, portions of Kentucky and West Virginia, and Michigan.

USTA Midwest Closed Tournament Results
Summary of the Midwest Closed - Click to go to the report
OhioTennisZone provides a detailed summary of the tournament on a per District and on a per player basis. Click to view this extensive report.

Ohio players who did exceptionally well include: New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo, John McNally, Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford, Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf, Pickerington Central's Danny Thomas, Kenston's Austin Barr, Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg, and Kennedy Shaeffer.

The main value of this report is the ability to sort the list of competitors in a variety of ways. College coaches may prefer to rank the list by the number of Midwest points each player received. High school coaches may want to view this list by state. USTA officials may wish to view the players by USTA District.

Also note that for each OTZ member there are additional hyperlinks that take you to each player's Ohio high school tennis results.

SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

New Balance High School Tennis Championship

There is a new tournament this summer, and since high school tennis is involved, OhioTennisZone is interested in it. The tournament is called the new balance High School Tennis Championship, and it is presented by the USTA.

Competitors in New Balance Tournament
Competitors in the Tournament - Click to go to the report

Ohio has two strong players who are traveling to Boston to compete next week in the July 21-24 tournament. They are Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock and St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin.

To learn more about the tournament, click to read the OhioTennisZone New Balance report.

Good luck to the Ohio players.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

Bernard Master Junior Circuit & Midwest City Tennis Team Championship

This winter marked the tenth year of the Bernard Master Junior Satellite Circuit. The Circuit was hosted by all indoor clubs in central Ohio.

New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo
Included in the front row of this picture are: Francesca DiLorenzo,
Rohan Gupta, and Bryan Yoshino (Photo dated: 7/20/08)- Click to enlarge
The circuit consists of six tournaments in each age division, 10-18, and a “masters” tournament at the end of that series for the top point earners. The top two players (based on points) in each age group are then eligible to represent Columbus in the Midwest City Team Championships in July. This summer’s event will be held in Indianapolis, July 18-20. Last year, Columbus finished third in St. Louis.

The Midwest City Team Championships are especially fun because the boys and girls in all of the age groups are cheering for and supporting each other.

Many of the top central Ohio players have participated in the Circuit over the years and have gone on to play at States, in the OTCA State Team Tournament, and in college. Many have also had strong OVTA and Midwest rankings. These players include: Mary Ann Click, Francesca DiLorenzo, Skyler Engel, Sean Ferguson, Doug Ganim, Kyle Gerber, Lauren Gerber, Will Ghidotti, Jenny Greene, Brandon Griffin, Rohan Gupta, Tyler Holsopple, Jim Magness, Sam Magness, Rachael Morales, Jordon Phelps, Paige Quinton, Corinne Rauck, Nischal Raya, Nithya Raya, Anna Marie Reynolds, Andi Smart, Dani Smart, Alexi Steer, Canyon Teague, Quin Thai, Vinh Thai, Will Thieman, Eric Vannatta, Nate Wallace, Matthew Wareti, Zoey Weil, and Bryan Yoshino.

This year's team includes the following high school players: Hilliard Davidson's Haley Jackson, New Albany's Janelle Ghanem, Olentangy Liberty's Sonia Chhabria, Olentangy Liberty's Elizabeth Radkiewicz, Marysville's Megan Marsh, Gahanna's Chris Kusovski, Pleasant's Christian Vaflor, Hilliard Darby's C.J. Martin, Upper Arlington's John Roberts, and Olentangy's Kevin Miller.

Olympic Indoor’s Jim Criswell is once again organizing the event for the central Ohio players.

Click to learn more about the Bernard Master Jr. Satellite Circuit.

Good luck to this year's team!

 

 

 

 

 

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