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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!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014

PanCAN Doubles Tournament - Saturday, July 19

Please register for the Mary Diaz and William Copeland, Jr. Memorial Doubles Tennis Tournament. This year's tournament takes place on July 19 (Saturday).

Pictures from PanCAN 2013 - Click to enlarge

This charity tournament is run by the Phil Diaz family and proceeds benefit the James Cancer Hospital and PanCAN for pancreatic cancer research. A half-million dollars have been raised since the tournament's inception ten years ago. Approximately 100 players have participated each year.

It is a round robin doubles (mixed, mens and womens) format with various skill levels from 3.5 to Open.

This is a perfect summer tune-up for the upcoming girls high school season. There will also be a drill session on Friday night for the players.

The tournament will be held at the OSU Rec Courts beside Ohio Stadium. Elysium Tennis is the rain back-up location.

If you cannot play, you may still donate to this worthy cause.

For more information about playing or donating, please click here.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

Midwest Closed - Francesca DiLorenzo and John McNally - 18s Champions

The Midwest Closed Tournament wrapped up yesterday and two of the four champions are Ohio residents (and more specifically, the Ohio Valley).

New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo
New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo (Photo dated: 8/24/13)- Click to enlarge

As the tournament's second seed, New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo beat the one seed, Western Michigan's Sara Daavettila, in the final by the score of 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.

John McNally, who was unseeded, beat Western Michigan's Paul Oosterbaan, another unseeded player, 7-5, 2-6, retired (inj). McNally could have competed in the B16s, but played "up" in this tournament.

In other play, Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford finished in 3rd place in the G16s, beating Chicago's Michelle Linden, 6-0, 6-3.

In the B16s, Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf finished fourth and [future] Pickerington Central's Danny Thomas finished in the finals of the consolations.

This does not complete Midwest Closed coverage. I am creating an analysis document that should be available within a couple of days.

To review the results for all Ohio players competing, click on Midwest Closed.

At Wimbledon, Gilmour Academy's Lauren Davis plays again today.

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014

Midwest Closed - Championship Day

There are now two players from Ohio who are undefeated at the Midwest Closed -- New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo and John McNally.

New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo
New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo (Photo dated: 8/24/13)- Click to enlarge
In the Boys 16's event, Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf defeated Danny Thomas 6-3, 7-5. Wolf then got beat by the first seed, so he is playing for third place today. Thomas will be a freshman this year at Pickerington Central. Both Thomas and Kenston's Austin Barr remain in the backdraw.

John McNally is in the B18 finals after winning in the quarters and semi's. McNally would normally be playing in the B16's, but he is playing "up" in the 18's. He will be a sophomore at Madeira High School in Cincinnati. He did not play high school tennis because he was selected to play on a U.S. National Team. Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg remains in the backdraw.

In the Girls 16's, Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford won in the quarters but got beat in the semi's. Sanford plays for 3rd today. Ohio has no players in the G16's backdraw.

New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo is competing in the Girls 18's finals. DiLorenzo has not dropped more than two games in any of her sets thus far in the tournament. She won her quarterfinal and semifinal matches, both with 6-2, 6-2 scores. Kennedy Shaffer got beat in the quarterfinals and she is now in the backdraw.

To review the results for all Ohio players competing, click on Midwest Closed.

At Wimbledon, Gilmour Academy's Lauren Davis won her 2nd round match and OSU's Blaz Rola lost to defending champion, Andy Murray. Click to view the complete statistics for the Davis and Rola matches.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014

Midwest Closed - Day 4 Summary for Ohio Players - Rain

The tournament schedule was slowed down due to the rain in Indianapolis.

Ohio Players Remaining in the Front Draw (w/event)
J.J. Wolf
B16s: J.J.
Wolf
Alexandra Sanford
G16s: Alle
Sanford
Francesca DiLorenzo
G18s: Francesca
DiLorenzo
B16s: Danny Thomas G18s: Kennedy Shaffer B18s: John McNally

Those still in the front draw included: Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf, Pickerington Central's Danny Thomas, Olentangy Orange's Alle Sanford, Kennedy Shaffer, New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo, and John McNally.

Those still competing in the backdraw include: Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas, Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock, Perkin's Olivia Rohrbacher, Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg, Kenston's Austin Barr, Hawken's Dhruv Yadav, St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin, Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch, Mason's Luke Tsai, Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov, Perkin's Olivia Rohrbacher, Portsmouth's Molly Miller, Urusline Academy's Mehvish Safdar, Cincinnai Country Day's Danielle Wolf, and Hathway Brown's Ariana Iranpour.

Today's big match is Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf versus Pickerington Central's Danny Thomas. Thomas won the last match-up in the Ohio Valley Qualifier by the score of 2-6, 7-6, 10-6.

To review the results for all Ohio players competing, click on Midwest Closed.

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Midwest Closed - Day 3 Summary for Ohio Players

The tournament remains on schedule despite the rain in Indianapolis.

Ohio Players Remaining in the Front Draw (w/seed #)
Boys 16 Boys 18 Girls 16 Girls 18
J.J. Wolf
4. J.J.
Wolf
Aaron Sandberg
6. Aaron Sandberg
Alexandra Sanford
1. Alle
Sanford
Francesca DiLorenzo
2. Francesca
DiLorenzo
Joey Thomas
5. Joseph Thomas
John McNally Ellee Bullock
9. Ellee
Bullock
8. Kennedy Shaffer
Danny Thomas   Olivia Rohrbacher12. Olivia
Rohrbacher
 
Matches among Ohio players in the front draw yesterday included: John McNally defeated Mason's Luke Tsai 6-1, 7-5; Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas beat Kenston's Austin Barr 7-6, 6-1; Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg defeated Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin 6-4, 6-0; Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford beat Sycamore's Alexandra Abele 6-1, 6-1; and Kennedy Shaffer defeated Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger 6-4, 7-5.

In the backdraw, Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg defeated Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman 6-2, 6-3; Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer beat Indian Hill's Meredith Breda 6-3, 7-6; Upper Arlington's Olivia Kompa defeated Notre Dame Academy's Alicia Nahhas 6-0, 6-1; Chaminade-Julienne's Natalie Allen beat Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan 2-6, 7-6, 7-5; Portsmouth's Molly Miller defeated Miami Valley's Rebecca Morehart 6-2, 6-1; Copley's Andrew Ong beat New Albany's Alex Kobelt 7-5, 6-3; and Sycamore's Nakul Narendran defeated Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin 7-6, 6-2.

Today's matches among Ohio players include: Hawken's Sydney Green versus Massillon Jackson's Tessa Hill; Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar versus Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky; and Kenston's Austin Barr versus St. Charles' Evan Yakubov.

To review the results for all Ohio players competing, click on Midwest Closed.

MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

Midwest Closed - Day 2

It was on to day two of the Midwest Closed yesterday. Note that this is rather unique tournament in that it is a double elimination tournament. Those who lose in the front draw still get to play in the backdraw until they lose again.

St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani
St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani - Click to enlarge
There were a few more contests among Ohio players. The boys matches included: St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated University School's Robert Stroup 6-4, 6-3; Lexington's Mason Dragos beat Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin 6-4, 6-4; St. John's Jesuit's Kevin Brown defeated Mayfield's Shouta Fukamachi 6-3, 7-5; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani beat St. Francis DeSales' Tyler Gargas 6-0, 6-3 and University School's Paul Gota 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; Hilliard Bradley Mitchell Thai defeated Mason's Sean Reid 6-4, 6-1; and Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter beat Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru 6-2, 6-2.

Among the girls, Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar defeated Lexington's Alexandra Griebling 6-1, 6-0; Sycamore's Alexandra Abele beat New Albany's Alexandra Cash 6-4, 7-5; Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg defeated Upper Arlington's Anna Marie Reynolds 6-1, 6-2; Mason's Amanda Huser beat Wellington's Aashika Katapadi 6-3, 6-2; Upper Arlington's Anna Marie Reynolds defeated Orange's Alissa Nakamoto 6-4, 6-7, 1-0; and Hathaway Brown's Allyson Persky beat Nora Abdul-Aziz 6-0, 6-0.

Matches to watch in the front draw today include: John McNally versus Mason's Luke Tsai; Kenston's Austin Barr versus Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas; Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg versus Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin; Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford versus Sycamore's Alexandra Abele; and Kennedy Shaffer versus Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger.

For the list of all Ohio players competing, click on Midwest Closed.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014

Midwest Closed - Day 1

The first day of the Midwest Closed was completed. Most of the matches went as planned. With this tournament, the USTA tries to mix it up so that players from the same area do not have to play each other during the first round. There were still a few matches that included Ohio versus Ohio players and those are included below.

Top Ohio Seeds in the Midwest Closed
Boys 16 Boys 18 Girls 16 Girls 18
4. J.J. Wolf 6. Aaron Sandberg Alexandra Sanford
1. Alle
Sanford
Francesca DiLorenzo
2. Francesca
DiLorenzo
5. Joey Thomas Asher Hirsch
18. Asher
Hirsch
Ellee Bullock
9. Ellee
Bullock
8. Kennedy Shaffer
No HS
Jacob Wareti
12. Jacob
Wareti
Luke Tsai
19. Luke
Tsai
12. Olivia
Rohrbacher
21. Ariana
Iranpour
Rajeev Laungani
16. Rajeev
Laungani
22. Mason Dragos
26. Alexandra
Abele
22. Amina
Ismail
18. Alexander
Wartsler
Nathan Griffin
23. Nathan
Griffin
27. Emily
Dunbar
25. Tessa
Hill

There are several Ohio players who were granted high seeds for the tournament. The top five Ohio players in each age group are listed in the table. The seeds are awarded based on the number of USTA points that the player has. The point system is similar to the ATP system where players earn more points by going further in each tournament, not by beating other quality opponents. Small, local tournaments provide very few points, but the Midwest Closed provides an enormous number for those who win at least one match. Therefore, it is critical that players compete in the Closed, in order to get these points.

Personally, I have been against the point system since it was first introduced because it works against the players from the toughest Districts (Ohio Valley and Chicago) and the toughest Sections (Midwest, Southern, Florida, and California). It also forces many players to "chase" points in more than one age bracket. For those who enjoy tennis analysis, click to read the USTA Junior Travel and Point Comparisons By Section document that I wrote several years ago.

In Ohioan versus Ohioan matches, Milton Union's Matt Brumbaugh defeated Findlay's Reid Teatsorth, 6-0, 6-2. Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Copley's Gavin Aten, 6-2, 6-3. Pickerington Central's Danny Thomas defeated University School's David Buchinsky, 6-0, 6-1.

For the list of all Ohio players competing, click on Midwest Closed.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

Midwest Closed

As mentioned earlier, the Midwest Closed is the preeminent Midwest junior tournament of the summer. It starts tomorrow (Saturday, June 21) and continues until June 26. There are 130 Ohio players participating.

Ohio Tennis Zone Members in the Midwest Closed

Alexandra
Abele

Andrea
Ballinger
Austin Barr
Austin
Barr
Meredith Breda
Meredith
Breda
Kevin Brown
Kevin
Brown
Danielle Buchinsky
Danielle
Buchinsky
David Buchinsky
David
Buchinsky
Ellee Bullock
Ellee
Bullock
Blaine Carr
Blaine
Carr
Alexandra Cash
Alexandra
Cash
Francesca DiLorenzo
Francesca
DiLorenzo
Shouta Fukamachi
Shouta
Fukamachi
Tyler Gargas
Tyler
Gargas
Lauren Gillinov
Lauren
Gillinov
Alexandra Griebling
Alex
Griebling
Nathan Griffin
Nathan
Griffin
Jane Haffer
Jane
Haffer
Asher Hirsch
Asher
Hirsch
Eric Hunter
Eric
Hunter
Amanda Huser
Amanda
Huser
Deepak Indrakanti
Deepak
Indrakanti
Ryan Issa
Ryan
Issa
Rhiannon James
Rhiannon
James
Young-Jin Kang
Young-Jin
Kang
Aashika Katapadi
Aashika
Katapadi
Rajeev Laungani
Rajeev
Laungani
Teagan McNamara
Teagan
McNamara
Alexia Meyer
Alexia
Meyer
Alicia Nahhas
Alicia
Nahhas
Alissa Nakamoto
Alissa
Nakamoto
Nakul Narendran
Nakul
Narendran
Allyson Persky
Ally
Persky
Sean Reid
Sean
Reid
Anna Reynolds
Anna
Reynolds
Alexandra Sanford
Alle
Sanford
Sidney Setnar
Sydney
Setnar
Taylor Sprouse
Taylor
Sprouse
Ashley Tan
Ashley
Tan
Mitchell Thai
Mitchell
Thai
Luke Tsai
Luke
Tsai
Jacob Wareti
Jacob
Wareti
Alex Wittenbaum
Alex
Wittenbaum
Evan Yakubov
Evan
Yakubov
Bryan Yoshino
Bryan
Yoshino
Adrian Young
Adrian
Young
Jake Zelezny
Jake
Zalenski
Adam Zychowicz
Adam
Zychowicz
 
It is very difficult to get into this tournament because of the rigorous selection criteria. While all of the players are very good, it is far more difficult to gain admittance into the tournament from the Chicago and Ohio Valley (Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, and WV) districts.

The players who are OhioTennisZone.com members who will be competing in the tournament are listed to the right. Click on their names or photos for more information about their high school records.

For the list of all Ohio players competing, click on Midwest Closed.

Good luck to all of the Ohio players!

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

Miscellaneous Summer Tennis Edition

There is another dual match format being proposed for Division I college tennis. This version would include five singles matches and one doubles. The doubles match would count as two points. All matches would be best of three sets. This approach would shorten match times while still maintaining the integrity of the scoring. For teams that currently go with the same six players for doubles and singles, it would enable more players to compete (seven). For deep teams that currently maximize the number of players who compete (which could be up to 12), less players may play. I think this format change makes a great deal of sense.

Sycamore's Noah Stern
OhioTennisZone Twitter Follower - Sycamore's Noah Stern - Click to enlarge
Kyle Seelig is an early recruit for Ohio State. He will join OSU in the fall of 2015. Blair Henley wrote this article about Kyle Seelig for TennisRecruiting.net.

For those confused with the USTA's selection process for major tournaments, Colette Lewis' most recent blog entry discusses the upcoming junior Clay Courts. Just as the OHSAA views each District to be equal in ability, the USTA makes the same mistake with its Sections.

The above article also provides a summary of Wimbledon qualifying round competition in which OSU's Chase Buchanan was defeated. OSU's Blaz Rola is in the Wimbledon main draw and so is Gilmour Academy's Lauren Davis.

The Midwest Closed begins on Saturday, June 21. This is the showcase junior tournament for the Midwest. To see who will be competing, click on Midwest Closed.

Experimentation is ongoing for the OhioTennisZone Twitter account. Photos of Twitter Followers may occasionally be included in Twitter updates.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014

OhioTennisZone.com's All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team

This is the second edition of the OhioTennisZone.com All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team.

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team

Division I - Singles      

Nathan Griffin
St. Ignatius
Zach Berry
Zach Berry
Springboro
Aaron Sandberg
Aaron Sandberg
Walsh Jesuit

Dugan Delp
Toledo Central Catholic
Luke Tsai
Luke Tsai
Mason

Chuck Shewalter
Upper Arlington

Joey Thomas
Massillon Jackson

Deepak Indrakanti
Sycamore
Division II - Singles      

Asher Hirsch
Cin. Country Day

J.J. Wolf
Cin. Country Day
Mason Dragos
Mason Dragos
Lexington
Garrett Gardner
Garrett Gardner
Poland Seminary
Joel Montgomery
Joel Montgomery
Worth. Christian

Jacob Wareti
Col. Academy

Dhruv Yadav
Hawken
Division I - Doubles      

Nakul Narendran
Sycamore

Mustafa Ahmad
Sycamore

Ryan Brown
St. John's Jesuit

Kevin Brown
St. John's Jesuit
Disivion II - Doubles      

Patrick Wildman
Cin. Country Day

Kevin Yu
Cin. Country Day

Ryan Jung
Col. Academy

Shrikar Kundur
Col. Academy

This All-Ohio team list is different than others because it is a combination of how the players actually performed at States and how they would have likely performed had Districts and States been seeded.

The OHSAA list is too mechanical in how it is done. If a player reaches the semi-finals, he is on the first team, and quarterfinalists are on the second team. If a player gets an unfavorable draw in the first round, then he might not receive any recognition.

Last year, this list was restricted to those who reached States. This year, full -year performance was considered.

Congratulations to these players.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

Boys Top Ten Tennis Photos

The action photos which I like the best are now included for everyone to view at Top Boys Tennis Photos.

The photos presented were largely chosen because they included at least some of these traits: really sharp, clear images; interesting backgrounds (i.e. J.J. Wolf with the OSU logo); great "eye-on-ball" focus; movement; interesting angles (i.e. Jack Zelezny); "proper" stroke form; emotion; and great positioning of the Sun.

While these photos are largely in the order in which I like them, it would be interesting to hear from you. Which photo(s) do you like the most? You can click on more than one, but please no more than three.

Click to view the Top Girls Tennis Photos.

The month of May was the biggest month to-date for Midwest Sports purchases via OhioTennisZone. Thanks to all who are using Midwest Sports for your tennis gear needs -- each purchase you make helps this web site! Also please keep Midwest Sports in mind as a retailer and a demo-racquet-tester-provider if you are considering switching to a different racquet during the summer.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014

Qualifying Completed for the Midwest Closed

The tournaments that qualify players for the biggest USTA Midwest tournament of the summer, the Midwest Closed, are finished.

Sycamore's Alexandra Abele
Sycamore's Alexandra Abele - Click to enlarge

Among the high school girls who competed, Upper Arlington's Olivia Kompa won the Ohio Valley Tennis Association (OVTA) G16 finals by beating Sycamore's Alexandra Abele, 6-2, 6-7, (10-6), and Mason's Amanda Huser, 6-2, 6-2, in the semi-finals. In the G18's, King's Amina Ismail defeated Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar, 6-0, 6-1. In another prominent match, Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger beat Portsmouth's Ali Miller, 6-2, 6-0.

Among the high school boys, Pickerington Central's Danny Thomas defeated Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti in the OVTA B16 finals, 6-2, 6-1, and St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus, 6-4, 6-2, in the semi's. Wareti beat Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai, 6-1, 6-2, and Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu, 6-3, 6-1. Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf beat Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter, 6-1, 6-1, and St. Charles' Evan Yakubov, 6-0, 6-0. In the OVTA B18's, Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti beat Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch, 7-6, 4-6, (12-10); Mason's Luke Tsai defeated New Albany's Alex Kobelt, 6-1, 6-2; New Albany's C.J. Cash beat Pickerington North's Blaine Carr, 6-1, 1-6 (10-7); and Springboro's Zach Berry defeated Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin, 6-2, 6-1.

In the Northeast Ohio Tennis Association (NEOTA) B16 finals, Kenston's Austin Barr beat Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas, 6-3, 6-0. In the B18 finals, Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg defeated St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin, 7-6, 6-1. Lexington's Mason Dragos beat Willoughby South's Vince Anzalone, 6-4, 6-2, for third place. In the consolation bracket, Copley's Andrew Ong defeated St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette, 7-6, 6-1.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

Tennis Photos from States and Districts

The pictures from Districts and States are now online. There were so many matches taking place that it was difficult to catch up on the processing side, but it is finally done. Approximately 50 new tennis action photos are now online.

Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch
Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch - Click to enlarge

These photos are "databased", which means that they are listed under each player's Player Profile after readers sign-in. They are also included in the Most Recently Added Photos area.

The only task left to do for this season with pictures is to "database" the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association (OTCA) photos. The Top Boys Photos will also be adjusted.

Note that there are several parents who expressed interest in purchasing photos so there are a few more included for their sons to provide additional choices. After the choices have been made, the number of photos will be reduced for several players.

Only photos from the OHSAA State Tournament cannot be purchased but any others can be.

In the big match mentioned yesterday, Pickerington Central's Danny Thomas defeated Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf in USTA play.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Scott Patsko has a poll question on Who Won the Month? Click on the previous link to vote for Nathan Griffin.

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MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014

Summer Tennis

Many of the top players are now competing against each other in USTA matches. The matches currently underway qualify players for the Midwest Closed in Indianapolis which begins on June 21. These are "States quality" matches.

Indian Hill's Meredith Breda
Indian Hill's Meredith Breda competing in the G16's in
Columbus - Click to enlarge

Note that the links below take readers to each player's high school results - not to the USTA match results.

In some of the matches that included Ohio's top high school girls, Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock defeated Perkin's Olivia Rohrbacher; Cincinnati Country Day's Danielle Wolf beat Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar and Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger; Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar defeated Orange's Alissa Nakamoto and Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg; Wellington's Aashika Katapadi beat Indian Hill's Meredith Breda; New Albany's Jane Haffer defeated Dublin Jerome's Rhiannon James; Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger beat Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger; Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour defeated Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky and Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman; Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger beat New Albany's Jane Haffer; Mayfield Jamie Vizelman defeated Massillon Jackson's Tessa Hill; Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg beat Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov; and Massillon Jackson's Tessa Hill defeated Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky.

Among the boys, St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin beat Lexington's Mason Dragos; Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg defeated Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone; Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas beat teammate Jake Zalenski; Kenston's Austin Barr defeated Massillon Jackson's Anthony Kanam; St. John's Jesuit's Adam Zychowicz beat teammate Kevin Brown and Findlay's Reid Teatsorth; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani defeated St. Francis DeSales' Tyler Gargas; Springboro's Zach Berry beat Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin; Mason's Luke Tsai defeated Pickerington North's Blaine Carr; Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf beat Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated St. Charles' Evan Yakubov; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu beat Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter; and Lexington's Mason Dragos defeated Hawken's Dhruv Yadav.

A highly anticipated match scheduled for today pits Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf against [future] Pickerington Central's Danny Thomas.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014

Boys Season Ace Winners

The top six players in the Ace Report for this season were: Mason's Luke Tsai, Mason's Nadim Boulos, Westerville South's Ross Larkins, Mason's Alexander Lebedev, Beechcroft's Daniel Bishoff, and Beechcroft's John Stone.

Ohio's Top Ace WinnersThe idea behind the Ace Report is to recognize the kids who have the ability to hit aces and to encourage more players to work on their serves during the summer. Anyone can find ten balls and improve on this skill by: serving the balls, walking to the other side of the net, gathering the balls, and then serving again (over and over again).

While this might not be considered "an official statistic" (yet), it is still fun for players and often it becomes "the game within a game".

To participate, coach members need to enter the aces when they report the match results.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014

Top Players / Watch Lists Update

The Top Players Reports and Watch Lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts have been updated to reflect how the players competed at States and the OTCA tournament. Many new individual photos have also been added to these reports.

Ohio's Best Tennis PlayersThe State Draw Sheets have also been re-worked to include more individual photos. Note that retrieving and posting individual photos is a very time consuming process so only those players who appear on the Top Players / Watch List reports or who are OhioTennisZone members are included on the draws.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014

Videos of Championship Points

The championship videos of the OHSAA State Tennis Tournament are now available.

There will soon be suggestions posted on this site on how to improve the State tournament. As is evident in the Division I singles championship point, player cramps seriously hampered play. Cramping was even more serious in the Division II singles match, and there is no video posted for the D2 match. (The end of that match was too uncomfortable to watch -- let alone take video.)

Click to view the championship point between St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin and Springboro's Zach Berry.

Click to view the championship point between Sycamore's Nakul Narendran and Mustafa Ahmad and St. John's Jesuit's Ryan Brown and Kevin Brown.

Click to view the championship point between Cincinnati Country Day's Patrick Wildman and Kevin Yu and Columbus Academy's Ryan Jung and Shrikar Kundur

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THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014

State's Top Tennis Coaches (Based on 3-Set Match Performance)

There are many ways to identify the State's best coaches. The criteria could include: won / lost records; improvement of players during the season; records against teams of similar ability; ability to schedule quality matches for the kids; number of kids with great academic results; number of players reaching Sectionals / Districts / States; number of college players from the school; etc. One non-subjective way to evaluate coaches is to see how well their players performed in three-set matches.

School Coach District Wins Losses Total %
Central District            
Westerville North Robert Carlson C 8 1 9 89%
Hamilton Township Phil Hankins C 4 1 5 80%
Ready Jen Donaldson C 4 1 5 80%
Delaware Hayes Richard Hunt C 6 2 8 75%
Teays Valley Laura Culbertson C 5 2 7 71%
Watkins Memorial Nathan Burd C 12 5 17 71%
Columbus Academy Jeff Warstler C 6 3 9 67%
Upper Arlington Amos Allison C 14 8 22 64%
New Albany Marc Thomas C 7 4 11 64%
West Bruce Dufner C 7 4 11 64%
Hilliard Davidson Steve DeDent C 10 6 16 63%
Whitehall Ben White C 5 3 8 63%
Pickerington
Central
Kelli Rings C 11 7 18 61%
Olentangy Orange Matt Rutherford C 9 6 15 60%
Northeast District            
Wadsworth Christa Halicki NE 8 2 10 80%
Midview Michelle Carey NE 10 3 13 77%
Brunswick Daniel Prihoda NE 5 2 7 71%
Wickliffe Craig Austin NE 5 2 7 71%
Mentor Scott Raiff NE 8 4 12 67%
Norton Phil Seenes NE 6 3 9 67%
Shaker Heights Diana De Larosa NE 6 3 9 67%
Vermilion Joe Tellier NE 4 2 6 67%
North Olmsted Matt Demain NE 9 5 14 64%
St. Ignatius Jonathan Barker NE 10 6 16 63%
Highland Lisa Reynolds NE 5 3 8 63%
Solon James Elwing NE 9 6 15 60%
Willoughby South Janeen Miklowski NE 6 4 10 60%
Bay Dave Peters NE 3 2 5 60%
Cuyahoga Falls Ray Montgomery NE 3 2 5 60%
Cuyahoga Valley
Christian Academy
Don Zinn NE 3 2 5 60%
Fairview Eric Korey NE 3 2 5 60%
University School Lionel Savarin NE 3 2 5 60%
Southwest District            
Finneytown Charlie Knee SW 5 1 6 83%
Goshen Pete Patterson SW 5 1 6 83%
Indian Hill T.J. Shreve SW 8 3 11 73%
Colerain Steve Tapogna SW 8 4 12 67%
Badin Anne Zettler SW 4 2 6 67%
Madeira Arnold Maslow SW 4 2 6 67%
Oak Hills Jeremy Mills SW 4 2 6 67%
St. Xavier Russ King SW 4 2 6 67%
Northwest Dexter Carpenter SW 7 4 11 64%
Sycamore Mike Teets SW 7 4 11 64%
Cincinnati Hills
Christian Academy
Lynn Nabors-
McNally
SW 3 2 5 60%

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 four other matches; 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.

Congratulations to the coaches included in the table. Each has a 60% or better winning percentage in three-set matches.

Being on this list every once in awhile is probably better than never being on it, but again, it is just one of many different ways of looking at the season. Personally, if I were on this list, I would sprint to my AD's office and use it as definitive evidence of my great coaching ability; otherwise, it might not come up in our next conversation.

Note that the list is sorted by District. Also be aware that the records may be incomplete for some teams.

Matches decided by super-tiebreaks were not included.

Only coaches with five or more tiebreaks were included.

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Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Tournament Photos

Most of the photos from the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Tournament are now online. Click on the image to view them.
OTCA Photos
OTCA Photos

While Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day, it was difficult to get good pictures with the "busy" background that included people and the shiny fence. I am pretty happy with the ones that are posted.

While I could have taken photos of over 80 players, I focused on players who I thought might actually see them because they are OTZ members. I also tried to get more photos of players who I did not take at States.

If you agree to purchase at least one, I will go back and review more photos to see if there are others that you may like. I will place them in your son's Player Profile area. Note that this is a very time consuming process and I have been burned more than once with parents who are not members who "might want to buy one", but never do. Click to buy a digital tennis photo.

Still to come are videos of the championship points for State D1 Singles and Doubles and D2 Doubles.

States and OTCA Wrap-up

There are several more States and OTCA Tournament articles. Cleveland.com's Nathaniel Cline wrote the article titled, "Hawken finishes third in the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association State Team". Jarrod Ulrey wrote for yet a third paper and has the "Brown brothers 2nd at state" and Titans claim 3rd place in state team final in the Toledo Blade. On Vindy.com Curtis Pulliam wrote Poland's Gardner places fourth at state.
Sycamore's Mustafa Ahmad
Sycamore's Mustafa Ahmad - Click to enlarge

The picture of Mustafa Ahmad to the right is the first of approximately 15-20 photos that will be included online of the OTCA Tournament. I have had some unforeseen issues come up, but this will hopefully be done later tonight.

Still to come are videos of the championship points for State D1 Singles and Doubles and D2 Doubles.

 

OTCA Overview

Having a three-day run of great weather during the Memorial Golf Tournament is unheard of, but thankfully it happened this year. As reported yesterday, in the finals, Sycamore defeated Upper Arlington, and Cincinnati Country Day beat Columbus Academy. St. John's Jesuit beat Massillon Jackson and Hawken defeated Lexington and for third place for Division I and Division II, respectively

In the semifinals, Columbus Academy beat Lexington; Sycamore defeated Massillon Jackson; Upper Arlington beat St. John's Jesuit; and Cincinnati Country Day defeated Hawken. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view the performance graphs for all of the teams. Note that for the next two days, this page will be "opened up" so that non-members can see all of the details that this report provides.

Cincinnati Country Day Tennis Team Celebrates
Sycamore Tennis Team Celebrates
CCD and Sycamore Celebrate - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti beat Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas and Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter; Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch beat Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti and Hawken's Dhruv Yadav; Lexington's Mason Dragos defeated Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti and Hawken's Dhruv Yadav; Cincinnati Country Day's Patrick Wildman defeated Columbus Academy's Evan Alexander; Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski defeated Sycamore's Nakul Narendran; Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter beat St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani; Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin defeated Sycamore's Nakul Narendran; St. John's Jesuit's Adam Zychowicz beat Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski; and St. John's Jesuit's Kevin Brown defeated Massillon Jackson's Anthony Kanam.

Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

As many long-time tennis fans know, the OTCA State Championship has barely received a mention in the press in previous years. It was essentially a non-event. After never seeing a reporter around, last fall there was one - Dave Purpura writing for ThisWeekNews. Yesterday, there were three (!) -- Dave, Jarrod Ulrey, and Frank DiRenna. This is a very welcome change. Jarrod's article in today's Cincinnati Enquirer is titled, "Tennis championships long time in coming for Sycamore, CCD".

It was great meeting numerous OhioTennisZone.com members from around the state yesterday. Your support is certainly appreciated. Photos will be available online for sale within a couple of days so please consider purchasing one. Also, please keep in mind that any Midwest Sports purchase made by using my online links benefits OhioTennisZone.com. Note that these links also give you an extra 10% off on all clearance items. Make your financial planner happy, and use that link. Also note that it is not too late to join. There were numerous girls who joined after the season last fall.

There will be updates for a few more days, including the States' top coaches (based on three-set winning percentages), photos from States and the OTCA tournament, and my ideas for improving the State tournament.

Sycamore & Cincinnati Country Day are OTCA Champs

Sycamore beat Massillon Jackson, 3-1, and Upper Arlington, 3-1, to win the OTCA Division I Championship. Cincinnati Country Day defeated Hawken, 3-0, in the semifinals and Columbus Academy, 3-1, in the finals. Congratulations to both teams.

OTCA Results
OTCA Results - Click to enlarge
Click on the image to the right to see the individual scores, and then zoom in. This information will be databased in tomorrow morning's update.

Griffin and Hirsch Win Singles Crowns | Sycamore and Cincinnati Country Day Are Doubles Champs

Congratulations to the Division I singles champion St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin. Nathan beat Springboro's Zach Berry in the finals and Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg in the semi's. Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch won the Division II singles crown by beating teammate J.J. Wolf in the finals and Poland Seminary's Garrett Gardner in the semi's.

The Division I Doubles champions were Sycamore's Nakul Narendran and Mustafa Ahmad. They defeated St. John's Jesuit's Kevin and Ryan Brown in the finals and New Albany's Alex Kobelt and C.J. Cash in the semi's. Cincinnati Country Day's Patrick Wildman and Kevin Yu beat Columbus Academy's Ryan Jung and Shrikar Kundur in the finals and University School's Tyler and Drew Krantz in the semi's.

St. Ignatius Tennis Team
St. Ignatius Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Sunny, warm days are great, but not so great when players are accustomed to rain, clouds, and cold temperatures. Most of the day included incredible tennis but too much of it also included watching players hobbled by agonizing cramps. No other college or pro tennis tournament requires so much play in such a condensed format. We should not ask our players to do it either. Also, no other Ohio high school sport requires this much effort from its athletes during a two day period where weather could be blistering hot, or cold and windy. We need to make some changes. I have some ideas.

Even though St. Ignatius is a $99 Team Special member, I have been waiting all season to feature them because I wanted to take a picture of the team. I finally got my photo after Nathan Griffin won the D1 Singles Championship. St. Ignatius is coached by Jonathan Barker.

Click on the Updated State Draw Sheets for all of the results, pictures of many of the competitors, and team results.

In the newspapers, Jarrod Ulrey wrote two articles. Click to read his article in the Columbus Dispatch titled, "Close call for Columbus Academy" and his Cincinnati Enquirer article, "CCD takes singles, doubles in state tennis titles". Cleveland Plain Dealer's Nathaniel Cline wrote the article and prepared videos and slideshows in, "St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin wins Division I singles state championship: OHSAA Boys Tennis Tournament 2014".

See you at the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Tournament. If you would like to purchase an individual action photo of your son or have me take photos of your entire team at a special price, please see me first thing in the morning. I'll be wearing my white G.A. hat and a sunburn.

Great Play Matched the Weather

The play was great from the start since the first "semi-final" was played in the first round between Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg and Mason's Luke Tsai. Aaron won the match 7-5, 7-6 and then beat Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter in the second round.

Aaron Sandberg
Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg - Click to enlarge
In other Division I singles matches, Toledo Central Catholic's Dugan Delp defeated Kenston's Austin Barr and New Albany's Stephen Miller; Springboro's Zach Berry beat Avon's Nico Mostardi and Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas; and St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated Troy's Luke Oaks and Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin.

In Division II singles, Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated University School's Robert Stroup and Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti; Poland Seminary's Garrett Gardner beat Clark Montessori's Chris Bak and Lima Central Catholic's Pierre Desprat; Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf defeated Hawken's Dhruv Yadav and Celina's Alex Seibel; and Lexington's Mason Dragos beat Indian Hill's Alex Warstler and Worthington Christian's Joel Montgomery.

Click on the Updated State Draw Sheets for all of the results, pictures of many of the competitors, and team results. The results will also be updated today as the matches progress.

In the newspapers, the Columbus Dispatch's Jarrod Ulrey wrote the article titled, "New Albany's Kobelt breaks through". It contains a good summary of all the matches involving the Columbus-area players. Jarrod had a busy day, because he also wrote the article, "CCD tennis looks good after first day at state", for the Cincinnati Enquirer. Cleveland Plain Dealer's Nathaniel Cline wrote the article titled, "Warrior's Sandberg faces Wildcat's Griffin in semifinals today". Nathaniel also included several videos online. Debbie Juniewicz of the Dayton Daily News wrote this article, "Springboro's Berry has unfinished business". It does require a subscription to read.

Play today begins at 9am. Put extra sunscreen on the spots that you ignored yesterday.

First Day Finished -- Draws Updated

The weather is expected to be incredible today and it is well-deserved after our wet spring.

Updated DrawsThe plan is to update the draw sheets with results about every half-hour. This should make the States experience better for fans on-site and help keep those at work and in the classroom better informed. Click to view the Updated State Draw Sheets.

The profile photos are now available for everyone to see. Click on the cameras with the yellow background to view the photos that members have purchased. Sign-in first before accessing the other photos.

There are two States-related articles of interest. Doug Chapin of Youngstown's The Vindicator prepared this article, "Gardner hopes to find his place in Columbus", about Poland Seminary's Garrett Gardner. Brian Inglis of the Columbus Dispatch wrote "Boys tennis: Academy, UA, New Albany still fixtures" about the Central Ohio participants.

This blog page includes many weeks of updates. To enable it to load more quickly on mobile devices, it will be reduced substantially for the next few days.

Good luck at States.

OTCA Final Four Now Set and Near Real-Time Updates from States

All of the Final Four spots have been filled for Sunday's championship. Hawken defeated University School, 3-1, and Massillon Jackson beat St. Ignatius. [Note that I will be at the Reynoldsburg courts on Sunday to take action and team photos.]

Among the top players, Hawken's Dhruv Yadav beat University School's Robert Stroup, and Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas defeated St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Micro Poll Division IJust because I am not busy enough at States... The online State Draw Sheets will be updated throughout the day on Friday and Saturday. If you have a smart phone, this means that you can stay at your seat and follow the action, rather than making the trek to the "draw wall". This information will be available to both members and non-members. Note that the appearance of the draw sheets will improve throughout the day today. Eventually all of the draws will resemble the current, Division I Singles Draw sheet.

Before you vote in today's poll question, make sure you review the line-ups that each team has used throughout the season. Click on the links to the right to see the line-ups.

I swear that I read that St. Ignatius was representing the Northeast District in the Final Four, but that is not the case. If you voted earlier today in the poll for St. Ignatius to win it all, you are not going to be correct. On the bright side, I found out how well the Feedback function works. Click to read the Massillon Jackson article written by Jim Thomas of the CantonRep.com.

Dayton Daily News has a tennis article written by Debbie Juniewicz about Springboro's Zach Berry. It does require a one-day, $.99 subscription to read. Congratulations to Dayton Daily News for using this approach to get revenue from their content that they spent time and effort to create. This is what all newspapers (and this web site) should be doing.

The annual tradition continues. State qualifying members from the Central District get a 5x7 picture of all of the State Qualifiers. Please look for me before the tournament begins. Hopefully this tradition will start for the other Districts at some point in the near future. If you want a photo, join by 10:00am today. There is no additional cost for the photo.

Final Four: Add Upper Arlington and St. John's Jesuit

Two more spots have been filled for the OTCA tournament on Sunday. Upper Arlington defeated New Albany and St. John's Jesuit beat Southview.

Sycamore Tennis Team
Upper Arlington Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter defeated New Albany's Stephen Miller. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

The Division I Singles draw is extremely tough this year due to the depth. The 3rd Quarter is extremely tough and it includes three of the players in my hypothetical seeding list (Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg, Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter, and Mason's Luke Tsai).

The State draws now include the photos of many of the State Qualifier coaches. They are listed at the bottom of the page. Click to view the State Tennis Draw Sheets. Note that navigational aids were added to allow users to quickly zoom from draw to draw. This should make it easier for smart phone users who are referring to it at the tournament.

The "States-related" newspaper articles are starting to surface. Mark Schmetzer, a Cincinnati Enquirer contributor, wrote this OHSAA tennis preview for the Cincinnati-area.

OHSAA State Draws

The State draws are now available. Click to view the State Tennis Draw Sheets.

Boys State DrawsTo provide even more recognition to the players who "get to States", there is now a new report. It is a specialized drawsheet that provides the photos of many of the competitors, action photos of them, and for those State Qualifiers who are members, their full season results. Fans can easily retrieve this by using their smart phone from the OSU courts.

Every year, I try to add a new twist at the end of the season to make those who have not yet signed up feel more miserable because they did not sign up a few weeks ago. Of course, the report is also another way to thank members for supporting this web site for the benefit of all players.

While everyone can access the report, members get additional information, so please sign-in first.

  Division 1 Division II
1 Aaron Sandberg, Walsh Jesuit Asher Hirsch, Cincinnati Country Day
2 Chuck Shewalter, Upper Arlington J.J. Wolf, Cincinnati Country Day
3 Nathan Griffin, St. Ignatius Mason Dragos, Lexington
4 Luke Tsai, Mason Garrett Gardner, Poland Seminary
5 Zach Berry, Springboro Joel Montgomery, Worthington Christian
6 Joey Thomas, Massillon Jackson Dhruv Yadav, Hawken
7 Stephen Miller, New Albany Jacob Wareti, Columbus Academy
8 Austin Barr, Kenston Alexander Wartsler, Indian Hill
Also note that members who purchase photos can share them online via this web site. The larger "camera" icon indicates that everyone can view those photos, not just members.

(Note Bryan Yoshino's entry.)

This report took most of the weekend to figure out and create. The doubles portion should be ready by tomorrow.

My hypothetical seeds for States are listed to the right. More on this on Wednesday.

Ohio State's Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka came "oh so close" to being NCAA Division I Doubles Champions. They lost in a great match 7-6, 6-7, 7-6. There were no breaks of serve. To read Bill Rabinowitz's article from the Columbus Dispatch, click Ohio State Tennis.

Upper Arlington plays against New Albany tonight for the Central District Final Four spot.

Ohio Players and Teams on the College Tennis Scene

Ohio tennis players and teams are making a significant impact in college. Many might call this the Midwest work ethic on display.

Joey Fritz
Cincinnati Country Day's Joey Fritz - Click to enlarge

Ohio State's Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka are in the finals today of the NCAA Division I Championships. If they can win this match, they will get to play in the US Open. The match is at 1:00 today and it is being live-streamed on the Internet via this link. Select Feild Court 3.

Peter was the OHSAA State Division I Singles Champion in 2009, and the State Division II Doubles Champion in 2007. Kevin was the OHSAA Division I Singles Champion in 2010 and the Division I Doubles Champion in 2009. Read more about their upcoming match in this Columbus Dispatch article by Bill Rabinowitz.

Joey Fritz, a Cincinnati Country Day graduate and playing for Amherst, won the NCAA Division III Singles Championship yesterday. Joey was the OHSAA State Division II Singles Champion in 2009 and runner-up in 2010. The picture was taken in 2010.

Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University won the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship yesterday. While Case's players, Eric Klawitter and CJ Krimbill, grew up outside of Ohio, Case has been a great tennis college for numerous Ohio high school grads including: Hilliard Davidson's Ben McClarron and Trent Searfoss, St. Charles' Kyle Gerber [Not only do I know him, but his bedroom is my new office.], and Olentangy Liberty's Alex Solove.

Click to see where other Ohio players are playing in college by clicking on the College Players page.

Spots for States Are Set

It could not have been a nicer day for tennis as the seeding rounds for State were determined. It was troublesome to see so many injuries in the results though. Hopefully these players will recover so that they can compete at States. Temperatures are expected to be warm (84) at States which may be tough for some players since spring temperatures have been rather cool.

This is a difficult update because there are so many strong players who competed against each other. Hopefully not too many players were missed. Also note that while this update focuses on singles players, an upcoming list will include both singles and doubles players. The upcoming list will resemble what was done for the girls on October 15 (please scroll down).

Sycamore Tennis Team
Central District Division I State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
In the Central District, Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter defeated teammate Jeffrey Melvin and New Albany's Stephen Miller; New Albany's Stephen Miller beat Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino; Worthington Christian's Joel Montgomery defeated Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti; and Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin beat Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino.

In the Southwest District, Springboro's Zach Berry defeated Mason's Luke Tsai; Luke Tsai beat St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus; Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated teammate J.J Wolf; and Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf beat Indian Hill's Alex Warstler.

In the Northeast District, St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg and Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas; Joseph Thomas beat Kenston's Austin Barr; Avon's Nico Mostardi defeated Mayfield's Shouta Fukamachi; Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone beat St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette and Avon's Nico Mostardi; Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg defeated Kenston's Austin Barr; Poland Seminary's Garrett Gardner beat University School's Robert Stroup and Hawken's Dhruv Yadav; and Hawken's Dhruv Yadav defeated teammate Siddarth Ahuja.

In the Northwest District, Lexington's Mason Dragos defeated Lima Central Catholic's Pierre Desprat; Findlay's Reid Teatsorth beat St. Francis DeSales's Tyler Gargas and Perrysburg's Troy Weider; St. Johns Jesuit's Adam Zychowicz beat Findlay's MacDonald; and Toledo Central Catholic's John Delp defeated St. Johns Jesuit's Adam Zychowicz and Findlay's Reid Teatsorth.

Central District State Qualifiers

The Central District contingent of State Qualifiers is set. In Division 1, the singles qualifiers are: Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter, New Albany's Stephen Miller, Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin, and Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino. The D1 doubles teams are: New Albany's Alex Kobelt-C.J. Cash, Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter-Jack Zelezny, New Albany's Nick Blair-Graeme Green, and Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple-Anthony Yang.

Sycamore Tennis Team
Central District Division II State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Poland Seminary's Garrett Gardner defeated Gilmour Academy's Weston Noall; Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter beat Olentangy's Austin Karbler and St. Charles' Evan Yakubov; New Albany's Stephen Miller defeated Teays Valley's Brad Strawser and Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta; Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin beat Hilliard Darby's C.J. Martin and Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai; and Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin and Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel.

In first round matches, St. Charles' Evan Yakubov defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta beat Westerville South's David Hayman; Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel defeated Olentangy's Kevin Miller; and Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Reynoldsburg's Yosef Maher.

The Central District Division II Qualifiers are listed in the photo above. The singles players are: Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti and Worthington Christian's Joel Montgomery. The doubles teams are: Columbus Academy's Evan Alexander-Dean Firouzian and Shrikar Kundur-Ryan Jung.

As it turned out, the eight top players/teams that chose the Upper Arlington Sectional are going to States.

I will be at the Division I seeding round on Saturday morning to get their photo.

If other Districts would like to have their players recognized on a statewide basis in a State Qualifier photo, just follow these directions:

If the photo is good, I will spend the time to add the player names to the bottom of the photo.

Northeast D1 and Southwest D1/D2 District Results

The Northeast and Southwest Districts enjoyed great weather to get their first two rounds of Districts in the books. The Central and Northwest Districts and Northeast's Division 2 teams play today.

Sycamore Tennis Team
Seven Hills - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players in the Northeast District include: Kenston's Austin Barr defeated Avon's Nico Mostardi; Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas beat Mayfield's Shouta Fukamachi and St. Ignatius' John Hsia; St. Ignatius's Nathan Griffin defeated Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone; Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg beat St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette; Avon's Nico Mostardi defeated Cloverleaf's Austin Hanna; and Mayfield's Shouta Fukamachi beat Revere's Noah Henderickson. In Southwest Ohio, Springboro's Zach Berry defeated Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti; and Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch beat Milton-Union's Matthew Brumbaugh. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Look me up quickly at the Hilliard Davidson Districts if you want to purchase a picture of your graduating senior. I will not be at that location very long before I head off to the Columbus Academy D2 District matches.

Click to read this Cincinnati Enquirer Southwest District summary written by Mark Schmetzer.

Today's featured team is Seven Hills. They are coached by Tim Drew.

Good luck in today's District matches.

THURSDAY

Final Four: Sycamore Beats Mason and Columbus Academy Defeats Wellinton

Two of the Final Four positions are set for the OTCA Tournament. Sycamore defeated Mason and Columbus Academy beat Wellington. St. Ignatius defeated Solon to advance to the finals where they will play Massillon Jackson. Cincinnati Country Day beat Wyoming and they will play Indian Hill in the Southwest final. In other matches Ashland defeated Wadsworth and Pickerington North beat Dublin Scioto. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view the performance graphs for all of the teams that played.

Sycamore Tennis Team
Sycamore Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Mason's Luke Tsai defeated Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Wellington's Nick Sweeney; St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated Solon's Nam Le; and Columbus Academy's Evan Alexander beat Wellington's Lincoln Ficek. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

The Final Four teams and access to their statistics will be listed in the right navigation bar.

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

The Northeast District matches will be played today. Click to read Cleveland Plain Dealer's Nathaniel Cline's summary of today's tennis matches. Good luck to those players and coaches.

St. John's Jesuit Beats St. Francis DeSales

Sectional play was finally finished last night. The District draws for the Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts are already posted above. When the Central District draws become available, they will also be included in the above links. The Central draws are now available.

Several dual matches were played last night. They included: Midview defeated Elyria; Harvey beat Madison; and St. John's Jesuit defeated St. Francis DeSales. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view the performance graphs for all of the teams that played.

Reynoldsburg Tennis Team
Reynoldsburg Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players in dual match and Sectional play, Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter defeated New Albany's Stephen Miller; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani defeated St. Francis DeSales' Tyler Gargas; and Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin defeated Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino. In yesterday's big doubles match, New Albany's Alex Kobelt-C.J. Cash defeated Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter-Jack Zelezny. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Reynoldsburg. They are coached by Mark Mathias.

If you want a tennis picture of your son and he is playing in the Hilliard Davidson Districts, please let me know now via Feedback or email. Those courts are not conducive to picture taking, but I will try and get one of him either during his match or during warm-ups. I will take the photos in the order in which I receive these requests.

The Top Boys Photos continue to evolve. Click to see these photos.

Today's matches include Columbus Academy versus Wellington.

Mason Beats St. Xavier and Upper Arlington Defeats Pickerington North

It was another picture perfect day for tennis. Central's Hilliard Davidson finished their Sectional yesterday, and several dual matches were also played. Some of the dual matches included: Midview defeated Elyria; Indian Hill beat Seven Hills; Harvey defeated Edgewood; Mason beat St. Xavier; Upper Arlington defeated Pickerington North; Columbus Academy beat Dublin Jerome; and Cincinnati Country Day defeated Springboro. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view the performance graphs for all of the teams that played.

Western Brown Tennis Team
Western Brown Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players in dual match and Sectional play, Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf defeated Springboro's Zach Berry; Mason's Luke Tsai beat St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus; Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter defeated Pickerington North's Blaine Carr; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel and Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; and Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni defeated Westerville South's David Hayman. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Western Brown. They are coached by Tom Ball.

Today's matches include the New Albany versus Pickerington North dual match and the completion of the Upper Arlington Sectional. The UA Sectional includes the singles match between New Albany's Stephen Miller and Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter and the doubles match between Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter-Jack Zelezny versus New Albany's Alex Kobelt-C.J. Cash.

District Draws Are Available for the Southwest and Northeast

Let's stop relying on luck to get the best players to States. We need re-seeding done after the Sectional draws. Yes, there will be some controversy at times, but it is best for the sport and best for the players. The results for the entire season are now widely available so there is no shortage of information. Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti (State Doubles Finalist '13) and Springboro's Zach Berry (State Singles Qualifier '12, '13) are slated to face each other in the qualifying round and so are Milton Union's Matt Brumbaugh (State Singles Qualifier '12, '13) and Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch (State Champion '13; 3rd place at States '12). Someone please enlighten me (via Feedback) on why we cannot do this for tennis when Wrestling can. Click to see the District draws for the Southwest and the Northeast.

Micro Poll on Midwest SportsIn more Sectional play, Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin defeated St. Charles' Evan Yakubov; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta beat Olentangy's Austin Karbler and Hilliard Darby's C.J. Martin; and Olentangy's Kevin Miller defeated teammate Austin Karbler.

The May 15th poll question was "Which team page has been viewed the most?". The question was probably too easy, but the second and third placed teams may surprise a few people. Upper Arlington led the way, followed by Olentangy Orange, New Albany, Pickerington North, and Dublin Coffman. The next five were: Hilliard Davidson, Westerville South, Sycamore, Columbus Academy, and Dublin Jerome. Please note that the results were gathered prior to the question being posted.

As you ponder today's poll question, please keep Midwest Sports in mind if you are shopping for a high school graduation present. Also please consider it if you plan to purchase an extra racquet for the summer. Note that more than one choice can be entered in today's poll. [Please note that this poll is now closed.]

The position of the sun was perfect for taking photos at the D2 Sectional seeding round. A few photos will be added later today in Most Recently Added Photos.

2013 State Qualifiers
2013 Central District State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Speaking of photos, now is the time to start figuring out how to take a group photo of the State Qualifiers from your District in order to recognize them on the OhioTennisZone.com web site. This is not difficult to do. Just tell your District coordinator that you need to take a photo of the State Qualifiers prior to the seeding round on Saturday. Tell five other parents to have their cameras ready as well. Also tell your coordinator that you want his/her photo along with the coaches. Camera phones are great for taking really awful group photos so please dig out and use your digital camera. I will take the time to add all of the players' names (if you use a real camera). Click to see the Central District State Qualifiers. (Don't think about it too much though or you will jinx your son.)

Ohio State was beaten by UCLA in the NCAA's last night. Click to read this Columbus Dispatch article by Bill Rabinowitz.

Today's matches include: Mason versus Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy and Upper Arlington versus Pickerington North.

Sectional Seeding Results

Most of the state's seeding rounds were completed yesterday. The Central District will finish their Sectionals over the next three days.

Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf
Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf - Click to enlarge

There was plenty of action among the top players. Those matches included: Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf defeated teammate Asher Hirsch; Mason's Luke Tsai beat Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti; Kenston's Austin Barr defeated Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone and Mayfield's Shouta Fukamachi; Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter beat Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino; New Albany's Stephen Miller defeated Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin; Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti beat Kings's Tristan Nosek; Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin defeated Teays Valley's Brad Strawser; and St. Charles' Evan Yakubov beat Reynoldsburg's Yosef Maher.

Click to read the Cincinnati Enquirer article by Mark Schmetzer about the Southwest Sectionals.

For another good article about Ohio State's win over Florida, click on the link. This article is from the Columbus Dispatch's Bill Rabinowitz

Sectional Seeding Rounds Today

The weather held together to allow the Central District Sectionals to be completed yesterday. The seeding round is today. [Update: At least two Sectional locations (Upper Arlington and Hilliard Davidson) of the Central District are on rain delay as of 11:30am.]

New Albany's Stephen Miller
New Albany's Stephen Miller - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated Avon's Nico Mostardi; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated New Albany's Noah Fox; and Avon's Nico Mostardi defeated St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette.

The Ohio State Men's team narrowly defeated Florida last night with OSU's (and Worthington Kilbourne's) Kevin Metka clinching the win. Colette Lewis wrote a great article for her ZooTennis blog that summarized the tennis match.

Central District to Start Sectionals

The Central District Sectionals are scheduled to start today after getting rained out yesterday. The Southwest and Northeast Districts appear to be in good shape based on their progress in the draws. Most of the SW and NE Sectionals update their draw sheets throughout their tournaments. For more information, click on the above links.

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Ohio State's Peter Kobelt - Click to enlarge
If the results are listed in the Dispatch, Enquirer, or Cleveland Plain Dealer, they will be included online in the databases. If not, they will generally not be unless the match includes a highly seeded player.

There is a nice article in today's Columbus Dispatch that features Ohio State's (and New Albany's) Peter Kobelt. The article was written by Bill Rabinowitz. The Ohio State Men's team will be competing in the NCAA's today (and hopefully this weekend) in Athens, Georgia. Click to read the Kobelt / OSU article.

Alann Leinwohl will have his tennis stringing machine set-up at the Upper Arlington courts. If you need a racquet strung, see Alann.

If you want an action photo of your son and you see me around the courts, please let me know. I will try to take one. I plan to stop by the Upper Arlington and Hilliard Davidson Sectionals today.

Sycamore Defeats Springboro

It will be another damp day. The Central District Sectional is scheduled to start today and the rain date is tomorrow.

Most Frequented Team PageThere were six matches played yesterday. Dublin Jerome defeated Reynoldsburg; Jonathan Alder beat Beechcroft; Whetstone defeated Westland; West beat Grove City; Sycamore defeated Springboro; and St. Charles beat DeSales. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view the performance graphs.

The Northeast District has already played a substantial number of Sectional matches. Click on the Northeast Sectional Draw link to see their results.

Among the top players, Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti defeated Springboro's Zach Berry and St. Charles' Evan Yakubov defeated DeSales' Sonny DiMichaelangelo. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

The Ace Report has been updated. The top five (or so) are: Mason's Luke Tsai, Nadim Boulos, and Alexander Lebedev, Westerville South's Ross Larkins, and there is a three-way tie for fifth with Beechcroft's John Stone, Mason's Alexander Lebedev, and Beechcroft's Daniel Bishoff.

This is the time of year when there are more newspaper tennis articles. Click to read a Toledo Blade article of Toledo Central Catholic's Dugan Delp. The article was written by Mark Monroe.

Good luck in the Sectionals.

New Albany Beats Dublin Coffman; Pickerington North Defeats St. Charles

The update will require two cycles today. All of the dual match results are now available. The Sectional results from Northeast Ohio will be done later this morning. (Sectional processing takes far more time than processing the dual team results.) [Sectional data provided at 10:15.] There were 28 matches recorded from yesterday. Central had 15 (plus numerous results from the previous day); the Southwest District had nine; and the Northeast had four.

The close, 3-2 scores included: Taylor defeated Madeira; Ready beat West Jefferson; Wilmington defeated Anderson; Teays Valley beat Grove City; Hilliard Bradley defeated Watterson; Kings beat Sycamore-B; Westland defeated Groveport; Big Walnut beat Westerville Central; Upper Arlington-B defeated Olentangy Orange; Batavia beat Goshen; Granville defeated Whetstone; McNicholas beat Norwood; Lexington defeated Hawken; and Northwest beat Roger Bacon. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Findlay Tennis Team
Findlay Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni and Lexington's Mason Dragos beat Hawken's Dhruv Yadav. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Findlay. They are coached by Sean Swisher.

OhioTennisZone.com web site usage is very strong hitting back-to-back records for the last two days.

Matches today include: Beechcroft versus Jonathan Alder; DeSales versus St. Charles; and Whetstone versus Westland.

Watterson Beats DeSales; Dublin Coffman Defeats Dublin Jerome

There were 20 matches recorded from yesterday as the season starts to wind down. The Southwest District had 13; Central had 6, and the Northeast had 1. There was evidently a snafu with the Dispatch because no scores are included in today's edition. Only those teams which reported scores via this web site are included. The close, 3-2 scores included: Wilmington defeated Anderson; Twinsburg beat Wadsworth; Watterson defeated DeSales; Dublin Coffman beat Dublin Jerome; Mason defeated Seven Hills; Badin beat Fairfield; Oak Hills defeated Finneytown; and Westerville South beat Reynoldsburg. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Cincinnati Country Day Tennis Team
Cincinnati Country Day - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin defeated Westerville South's David Hayman; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino beat Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; and Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

I went on a road-trip yesterday. We had to drop off our daughter for an internship in Cincinnati. On the way down, I stopped by the Cincinnati Country Day versus Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy match and took photos. Today's featured team is Cincinnati Country Day. They are coached by Matt Dektas.

Matches today include: DeSales versus Wellington; Dublin Scioto versus Lancaster; Hilliard Davidson versus Worthington Kilbourne; Olentangy Liberty versus Westerville South;
Pickerington North versus St. Charles; Reynoldsburg versus Dublin Jerome; St. Ignatius versus Western Reserve Academy; and Whetstone versus Granville.

Sectionals This Week!

As the season winds down in terms of the number of matches, the intensity level picks up. For the Central District, the Sectionals begin on Thursday.

Last week was a great week in terms of the number of dual matches played. As reported on Friday, May 2, Ohio high school tennis had played 15% fewer dual tennis matches this year versus last. The difference is now -11%. Hopefully there can be some additional "catching-up" this week.

Babolat Tennis Racquet
Babolat Racquet at the OTCA Clinic - Click to enlarge

To support the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association (OTCA) and to meet more coaches, I pay $200 to have a booth at the OTCA coaches clinic each February. It is an interesting event. Other vendors are also there, and occasionally there are neat new products. One such product was from Babolat. Babolat now offers a tennis racquet with sensors that can be plugged into a computer or smartphone that shows where players are hitting the tennis ball on the racquet. Of course, it is expensive but it might be a reasonable purchase for a teaching professional that he/she can use to show students how they are not consistently hitting the "sweet spot". Click to read more about the Babolat Pure Drive Tennis Racquet on the Midwest Sports web site. The benefit of my oversized Prince Bandit is that I know exactly when I hit the frame.

Most people do not know this but you can rent "demos" from Midwest Sports to try out new racquets. Most "big box" retailers do not offer this service. To see what tennis racquets are available, click on Tennis Racquet Demos.

Additional players were added to the Top Players / Watch Lists. Please recall that the players on the Top List should be very similar in terms of ability from District to District. The numbers of players from each District on the Top Lists are: Central - 6, Northeast - 9, Northwest - 4, and Southwest - 7. I want players from both lists to be recognizable at States (not to jinx anyone*) and Districts so please forward a (non-professional) photo via email. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Matches today include: DeSales versus Worthington Christian; Dublin Coffman versus Dublin Jerome; Dublin Scioto versus St. Charles; Hilliard Davidson versus Olentangy Orange;
Mason versus Seven Hills; Reynoldsburg versus Westerville South; St. Ignatius versus Massillon Jackson; Watkins Memorial versus Thomas Worthington; and Whetstone versus Olentangy Liberty.

* It is a requirement that this phrase be included whenever the discussion deals with States. Not to point fingers at any particular gender, but mothers do not understand the importance of this.

Sycamore Wins GMC Tournament; Upper Arlington Beats Cincinnati Country Day and Walsh Jesuit

It never did dry out in Central Ohio yesterday. Cincinnati and Cleveland had a bit more luck. Sycamore won the Greater Miami Conference Tournament while Mason was second. Brush won the NOC Tournament and Bay was the West Shore Conference champs. In dual match play, Upper Arlington defeated Cincinnati Country Day and Walsh Jesuit; Solon beat Canfield; Beachwood defeated Lake Ridge Academy; and Harvey beat St. John. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Mason's Luke Tsai
Mason's Luke Tsai - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Mason's Luke Tsai defeated Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti; Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter; Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolfe defeated Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin; Sycamore's Nakul Narendran defeated Mason's Alexander Lebedev; and Sycamore's Alex Taylor defeated Mason's Young-Jin Kang. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

One of the biggest tennis tournaments of the year is the Ohio Capital Conference Tournament. Last Saturday was a great weather day, but the tournament was delayed to yesterday because dual match play had not quite progressed to the point to make the pairings accurate. Now the entire tournament will not be played. When the weather is good, we need to play tennis. The results from last Saturday would have also been beneficial for Sectional draws.

Have a great Mother's Day!

St. Ignatius Beats Upper Arlington & St. Xavier Defeats Walsh Jesuit

Ohio tennis ended the week strong with yet another day of tennis. There were 14 matches recorded yesterday. The Central District had 6, followed by the Southwest with 5, the Northeast with 2, and the Northwest with 1.

Whetstone's Matthew Ray
Whetstone's Matthew Ray - Click to enlarge

The close, 3-2 matches included: Watkins Memorial defeated Granville; St. Ignatius beat Upper Arlington; Seven Hills defeated Springboro; Sycamore-B beat Indian Hill; and St. Xavier defeated Walsh Jesuit. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter defeated St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin; Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg beat St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus; St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette defeated Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin; Springboro's Zach Berry beat Seven Hills' Zach Abraham; and Beachwood's Karan Gill defeated Lakeview's Aaron Paczak. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts. .

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Today's matches will be very interesting since many of the state's heavy-weight schools are playing each other. Matches include: St. John's Jesuit versus Westlake; Upper Arlington versus Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; and Upper Arlington versus Cincinnati Country Day. The Ohio Capital Conference tournament also takes place today at numerous locations. Again, please always double check with a player or coach prior to going to a match.

Olentangy Beats Olentangy Liberty & Whetstone Wins Columbus City League

After four great days of tennis weather, can we have five? There were 42 matches recorded yesterday, making this the most active week of the season. The Central District had 16, followed by the Northeast with 15, and then the Southwest with 11.

Whetstone Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

The close, 3-2 matches included: Olentangy Orange defeated Dublin Scioto; Revere beat North Canton Hoover; Olmsted Falls defeated Brunswick; Worthington Kilbourne beat Westerville South; St. Charles defeated Hilliard Davidson; Hamilton Township beat Shekinah Christian; and Worthington Christian defeated Jonathan Alder. In other notable matches, St. John's Jesuit defeated Toledo Central Catholic; Olentangy defeated Olentangy Liberty; University School defeated Copley; and Westlake defeated St. Edward. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Among the top players, Copley's Andrew Ong defeated University School's Robert Stroup; Solon's Nam Le defeated Hudson's Dominic Polifrone; St. Charles's Evan Yakubov defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Olentangy's Austin Karbler defeated Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta defeated Westerville South's David Hayman; and Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel defeated Dublin Scioto's Sean Ferguson. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Whetstone. They are coached by Bucky Walters.

Tonight's matches include: Upper Arlington versus St. Ignatius; DeSales versus Dublin Scioto; Dublin Coffman versus Bexley; St John's Jesuit versus Sylvania Northview; and Watkins Memorial versus Granville. Again, please always double check with a player or coach prior to going to a match. Many of these match schedules were entered before the start of the season and many schedules have been changed due to the weather.

Pickerington North Beats Dublin Coffman; New Albany Defeats Columbus Academy

After three great days of weather, Ohio high school tennis is catching-up. It was also nice getting the players acclimated to warmer weather. There were 47 matches recorded. Nineteen were from Central, 16 from the Southwest, and 12 from the Northeast.

Olentangy Orange Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

The close, 3-2 matches included: Finneytown defeated Northwest; Loveland beat Walnut Hills; Taylor defeated New Richmond; Buckeye Valley beat Marysville; New Albany defeated Columbus Academy; Central Crossing beat Grove City; Wellington defeated Olentangy Orange; Bethel-Tate beat Goshen; Madeira defeated Roger Bacon; Batavia beat Norwood; Olentangy defeated Chillicothe; Harrison beat Winton Woods; and Watkins Memorial defeated Mount Vernon. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter defeated St. Charles' Evan Yakubov; Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti beat St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus; Mason's Luke Tsai defeated Kings' Tristan Nosek; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr beat Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino; and New Albany's Alex Kobelt defeated Columbus Academy's Evan Alexander. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts. .

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

Tonight's matches include: Columbus Academy versus Pickerington North; New Albany versus Bexley; Olentangy Orange versus Dublin Scioto; Pickerington North versus Columbus Academy; Hilliard Davidson versus St. Charles; St. Ignatius versus Mayfield; Watterson versus Wellington; and Westerville South versus Worthington Kilbourne.

St. Charles Beats Westerville South; Mason Defeats Indian Hill

It was a windy but great night for tennis. As expected, there were a large number (54) of matches played. The Southwest District led the way with 20 matches; the Central District had 19; and the Northeast had 15.

Olentangy Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

There were a large number of close, 3-2 matches. They included: St. Charles defeated Westerville South; Finneytown beat Harrison; Hamilton Township defeated West Jefferson; Jonathan Alder beat Grandview; Lakota West defeated Moeller; Normandy beat Brunswick; Western Brown defeated Norwood; Summit Country Day beta Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Lancaster defeated Marysville; Worthington Kilbourne beat Dublin Scioto; Upper Arlington-B defeated Olentangy Liberty; Loveland beat Milford; Madison Christian defeated Fisher Catholic; Olentangy Orange beat Gahanna; Worthington Christian defeated Westerville Central; DeSales beat Ready; Hilliard Darby defeated Westland; and Kirtland beat Andrews Osborne. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Among the top players, Mason's Luke Tsai defeated Indian Hill's Alex Warstler; Solon's Nam Le beat Shaker Heights' Lauritz Ashoff; St. Charles' Evan Yakubov defeated Westerville South's David Hayman; Dublin Scioto's Sean Ferguson beat Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Olentangy's Austin Karbler beat Pickerington Central's Andy Taylor; New Albany's C.J. Cash defeated Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; and St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus beat Turpin's Adam Bercz. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Midwest Sports Mother's DayToday's featured team is Olentangy. They are coached by Jeff Luxenburger.

The Ace Report has been updated. The top five are: Mason's Luke Tsai, Alexander Lebedev, and Nadim Boulos, Westerville South's Ross Larkins, and Beechcroft's John Stone.

Don't forget that Mother's Day is this Sunday. Midwest Sports is an advertiser on this web site, and they are offering a number of products that she may like. Also keep in mind that by clicking on these OhioTennisZone.com links, you also get an Extra 10% Off on Clearance Items. You can make her happy and save money! (Also note that everything you buy using these links benefits OhioTennisZone.com.)

Tonight's matches include: Columbus Academy versus New Albany; Dublin Coffman versus Pickerington North; Beechcroft versus Eastmoor Academy; Hilliard Davidson versus Lancaster; and Olentangy Orange versus Wellington.

Cincinnati Country Day Beats Mason; Beechcroft Defeats Centennial

It was another nice night for tennis throughout the state. There were 42 matches recorded. The Central District had 22; and Southwest District had 12; and the Northeast had eight. There were a large number of close, 3-2 matches. They included: Norwood defeated Bethel-Tate; Cincinnati Country Day beat Mason; Moeller defeated Turpin; Normandy beat Elyria; Norton defeated Kent Roosevelt; Loveland beat Lakota West; Madison Christian defeated Groveport; Big Walnut beat Buckeye Valley; Batavia defeated Felicity; Hilliard Davidson beat Gahanna; Dublin Coffman defeated Dublin Scioto; Fairview beat Vermilion; Beechcroft defeated Centennial; New Richmond beat Goshen; Olentangy Liberty defeated Hilliard Darby; Avon beat Brunswick; and Olentangy Orange defeated Worthington Christian.

Lexington Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated Mason's Luke Tsai; Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf beat Mason's Alexander Lebedev; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Dublin Scioto's Sean Ferguson; and Worthington Christian's Joel Montgomery beat Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel.

The Sectional draws that are available are listed in the table above.

Today's featured team is Lexington. They are coached by Ron Schaub.

Tonight's matches include: Mason versus Indian Hill; Gahanna versus Olentangy Orange; Olentangy versus Pickerington Central; Pickerington North versus Hilliard Davidson; and St. Ignatius versus Beachwood.

Central Draws for Sectionals Are Now Available

I love Sectionals because they force players to access their skill levels. I tend to think of sports as pure capitalism - where hard work and skill provide the participants with an opportunity to earn success and recognition. And just as everyone has strengths and weaknesses, the kids in our sport chose tennis over other sports because they felt that it would give them the best opportunity for school recognition based on the skills and ability they have.

Walsh Jesuit Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
It is also about risk and return. Some very good singles players who might have a slimmer chance to get to States or Districts are teaming up with good partners to improve their odds. Of course, seniors tend to be the least risk adverse because they do whatever they can to finish their high school careers strong.

Some players want to reach Districts. For others, it is States or bust.

The Central District has the best process of all Districts because coaches get an opportunity to select sites most advantageous to their players. Again, there are different goals. Some sites are extremely strong in singles (Upper Arlington for D1) and others are stronger in doubles (UA is very strong in dubs as well this year). The idea behind selecting a "hard" site is that the same players will not have to face each other again until after they have qualified for States. Others may select an easier site because they want an opportunity to reach Districts. Still others may not want to travel as far, so they pick the site closest to their schools.

I believe that the Central District process also enables it to get its best players to States. While that is not always the case, it is better for Central than for other Districts.

Congratulations to the players selected to play in their team's Sectional. There are approximately 2,800 boys (403 teams x 7) competing statewide in the Sectionals and each has a chance to become a State champion. Good luck!

Click on the links to view the Division 1 and Division 2 Sectional Draw Sheets for the Central District.

Today's featured team is Walsh Jesuit. They are coached by Rocco Cona.

Tonight's matches include: Mason versus Cincinnati Country Day; St. Ignatius versus North Canton Hoover; Dublin Coffman versus Dublin Scioto; Reynoldsburg versus St. Charles; Marysville versus Jonathan Alder; Olentangy Liberty versus Hilliard Darby; Olentangy Orange versus Worthington Christian; Watkins Memorial versus Bloom-Carroll; Watterson versus Worthington Kilbourne; and Westerville South versus Thomas Worthington.

My Sectional posting was a bit rambling today but just to make it worse, here's an article that I just read that talks more about the importance of accessing one's skills. It is written by Bloomberg's Betty Liu and the article is titled, Why Jeffrey Katzenberg Thinks You Should Stop Following Your Passion. Check it out.

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St. John's Jesuit Wins T.R.A.C. Tournament

It turned out to be a great day for tennis throughout the state. There were 12 matches recorded -- the Southwest District had eight, the Northeast had three; and Central had just one. In Northwest Ohio, St. John`s Jesuit won the T.R.A.C. tournament with Findlay as runner-up. Matches included: Elder defeated Moeller; Eastlake North beat Euclid; and Westerville South defeated Big Walnut. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Massillon Jackson Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the state's top players, Toledo Central Catholic's John Delp defeated Findlay's Reid Teatsorth; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani beat St. Francis DeSales's Tyler Gargas; and St. John's Jesuit's Adam Zychowicz beat Findlay's Max MacDonald. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Massillon Jackson. They are coached by Lee Fortner.

The all-important Sectional draw is today. Expect to see the Central draws online at some point tonight.

Sycamore Defeats Columbus Academy; Walsh Jesuit Beats Kenston

For some weird reason, Friday's are not fully utilized as match days, especially in the Central District. There were 32 matches played yesterday. There were just seven matches played in Central, 15 in the Northeast, and 10 in the Southwest. The close, 3-2 matches included: Norton defeated Canton Central Catholic; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Archbishop Alter; Wyoming defeated Indian Hill; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat Archbishop Hoban; Walsh Jesuit defeated Kenston; Chardon beat Willoughby South; Worthington Kilbourne defeated Gahanna; North Olmsted beat Brunswick; Worthington Christian defeated Marysville; and Green beat Nordonia. In another significant match, Sycamore beat Columbus Academy. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Kenston Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the state's top players, Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg defeated Kenston's Austin Barr and Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Sycamore's Nakul Narendran.

Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Kenston. They are coached by Dale Israelson.

The all-important Sectional draw is tomorrow. If you are a Gerber Analytics member and there are matches that are not included online that could help your position in the draw, please email those results to me asap.

Today's matches include Granville versus Dover and Mason versus St Xavier (Louisville, KY). Always check first before going to a match.

New Albany Beats Dublin Coffman; Kings Defeats Springboro

The season has still not hit full stride. There were 52 matches played -- 22 in the Central District and 15 each in the Northeast and Southwest. The close, 3-2 matches included: Watkins Memorial defeated Grandview; La Salle beat Northwest; DeSales defeated Big Walnut; Kings beat Springboro; Westerville North defeated Whetstone; Delaware Hayes beat Marysville; Reynoldsburg defeated Olentangy Orange; Hawken beat Solon; Mentor defeated Eastlake North; Moeller beat Loveland; Gilmour Academy defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; Batavia beat Blanchester. In other significant matches, New Albany defeated Dublin Coffman; St. Xavier beat Indian Hill; and Copley defeated Hudson. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Bloom-Carroll Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the state's top players, New Albany's Stephen Miller defeated Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino; Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin beat Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani defeated St. Francis DeSales' Tyler Gargas; Springboro's Zach Berry beat Kings' Tristan Nosek; Copley's Andrew Ong defeated Hudson's Dominic Polifrone; Hawken's Dhruv Yadav beat Solon's Nam Le; and Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta defeated Olentangy's Austin Karbler.

Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

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

The huge Ohio Capital Conference tournament will not be played tomorrow. Hopefully these coaches can schedule matches amongst each other so a dry Saturday is not wasted. There have been 759 dual matches recorded thus far, compared to 892 during the same time period as last year. This means that the season is four to five "good playing days" behind last year.

The Sectional draws are this Sunday.

Today's matches include Mason versus Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; St. Ignatius versus University School; and Watkins Memorial versus Big Walnut. Always check first before going to a match.

Seven Hills Beats Milton-Union

Surprisingly, there were 21 matches played yesterday between the raindrops. Central had eight and the Southwest had 11. The Northeast and Northwest recorded one each. The close, 3-2 matches included: Kettering Fairmont defeated Lebanon; Olentangy Orange beat Olentangy Liberty; DeSales defeated Westerville Central; and Colerain beat Badin. In another prominent match, Seven Hills defeated Milton-Union. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

OTCA Coaches' Poll - April 29, 2014
Rank Division 1 Division 2
1 Sycamore Cincinnati Country Day
2 Mason Columbus Academy
3 Upper Arlington Seven Hills
4 St. Ignatius Lexington
5 St. John`s Jesuit University School
6 St. Xavier Wyoming
7 Massillon Jackson Indian Hill tied with Hawken
8 Copley  
9 New Albany Milton-Union
10 Centerville Bexley
Among the state's top players, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Westerville South's David Hayman and Milton-Union's Matthew Brumbaugh beat Seven Hills' Zach Abraham.

Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

The second OTCA poll is now available. To view the results for many of the teams, click on the links to the right. Wellington is being overlooked.

Today's matches include:St. Ignatius versus Westlake; Dublin Coffman versus New Albany; Dublin Scioto versus Pickerington Central; Gahanna versus Granville; Mason versus Lakota West; New Albany versus Dublin Coffman; Pickerington North versus Olentangy Orange; and St. Charles versus Worthington Kilbourne. Always check first before going to a match.

Sharing Digital Photos

The rain ended early enough to allow 53 matches to be played. There were 23 from Central, 15 from the Northeast, and 15 from the Southwest. The close, 3-2 matches included: Amherst Steele defeated Midview; Finneytown beat Taylor; Medina defeated Strongsville; Hilliard Bradley beat Westerville North; Wellington defeated Westerville South; Lebanon beat Miamisburg; Reynoldsburg defeated Lancaster; Hilliard Darby beat Delaware Hayes; Hawken defeated Walsh Jesuit; and Newark beat Groveport. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Player Profiles for Dabek and ZychowizcAmong the state's top players, Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg defeated Hawken's Dhruv Yadav; Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter beat Pickerington North's Blaine Carr; St. Charles's Evan Yakubov defeated Watterson's Ryan Mar; Wellington's Nick Sweeney beat Westerville South's David Hayman; Olentangy's Austin Karbler defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; and
Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino beat Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta.

Some people enjoy a "behind the scenes" look at what it takes to provide this web site... This season, photos are the major improvement. There are now over 300 tennis pictures online. It is a guess (and probably a safe one) that OhioTennisZone.com probably publishes more high school tennis photos for viewing than all of the states' major newspapers combined. Of course, it takes a substantial amount of work to do this. Last Saturday, it took two hours to drive to/from Lexington, three hours to take pictures, and approximately three more hours to process the photos (which includes color correcting, cropping, uploading, and databasing). Out of the 230 photos that I took, there were 27 "keepers" (or 12%), which is a much better percentage than normal.

In the good old days, everyone bought the local newspaper. When your kid's photo was in the newspaper, not only did you enjoy the photo, but so did all of your friends. While it is not new that OTZ sells digital photos, what is new is that when you buy a digital image, you can now share your son's photos with all of your other tennis friends by providing them with your son's Player Profile link. Examples are provided today for St. Charles' Alex Dabek and St. John's Jesuit's Adam Zychowicz. It is easy to share these links on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

I understand that some people are sharing photos on Facebook. While it is completely fine to share the link to the OTZ web site. It is never appropriate to capture a photo and post it elsewhere or to print it. That is strictly against copyright laws and the punishment is nasty (as it should be). If you have taken any images from this web site and have posted them elsewhere, please remove them immediately.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy versus Dublin Scioto; Olentangy Liberty versus Olentangy Orange; Gahanna versus Hilliard Davidson; Reynoldsburg versus Westerville South; St John's Jesuit versus Sylvania Southview; Watkins Memorial versus Big Walnut; Whetstone versus Grandview; Bloom-Carroll versus Teays Valley; and Beechcroft versus Centennial. Always check first before going to a match.

Central Ohio Boys Rankings

Central Ohio was rained out but there were 10 matches recorded from Cincinnati (six) and Cleveland (four). The closest matches included: Lehman Catholic defeated Summit Country Day; St. Vincent-St. Mary beat Chippewa; Harvey defeated Andrews Osborne; Mason-B beat Loveland; and Badin defeated Talawanda. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

OhioTennisZone.com - Ranking of Top Central Ohio Teams
Rank Division 1 Division 2
1 Upper Arlington Columbus Academy
2 New Albany Wellington
3 Dublin Coffman Bexley
4 Pickerington North Worthington Christian
5 St. Charles Granville
6 Westerville South DeSales
7 Worthington Kilbourne Village Academy
8 Dublin Scioto Jonathan Alder
9 Reynoldsburg Bloom-Carroll
10 Gahanna Grandview
There were no matches among the top players. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

There is an OhioTennisZone.com list of the top Central Ohio tennis teams to the right. If there is enough interest by the coaches to vote, there will be a Central Ohio Coaches' Poll by the end of the week.

One of the tools used to create ranking reports is the Matrix Report. This is perhaps one of the most complex, least user-friendly reports that you will find, but it is a very effective way to evaluate teams. All teams are sorted by their winning percentages, and each match that is played includes the percentage of games won by that team, which is the main benefit of the report. The Matrix Report is normally available only for paying members, but it is open today for all. Click to view the Matrix Report for Central, Northeast, and Southwest. To fully utilize the report, click on the hyper-links.

Today's matches include: St. John's Jesuit versus Lima Senior; St. Charles versus Watterson; Mason versus Oak Hills; Dublin Coffman versus Worthington Kilbourne; Hilliard Davidson versus Olentangy; Olentangy Orange versus Pickerington Central; Reynoldsburg versus Granville; Upper Arlington versus Pickerington North; and Watkins Memorial versus Westerville Central. Always check first before going to a match.

MONDAY

New OTZ Top Players Report for NW Ohio; Top Ten Boys Photos

The spring breaks are finally over, and for the first time all season, Ohio High School Boys Tennis is finally running on all eight cylinders. Numerous enhancements were made yesterday. Plus, one more dual match was also added from Saturday's play - Westerville South defeated Rocky River.

Top Tennis Players in Northwest OhioIn preparation for this Sunday's Sectional Draw Meetings, there were substantial changes made to the Top Players Reports yesterday. Plus, more changes will be made before this Sunday. The idea behind these reports is to allow coaches to identify seeding candidates and to defend their own seeds. Coaches who walk into their seeding meetings with these reports will have the information they need to be ready for the draws. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Also note that there is a Year-to-Date report that can be helpful for Sectional Draws that shows the results for all players on a team. Click to view the Year-to-Date report for St. Charles. (This report also makes a nice memento for the players at the end of the season.) To view it for your team, sign-in first and then select Full-Season Report from the Boys Coaches' Menu.

As promised, there is now an OhioTennisZone.com Top Player's List for Northwest Ohio. Many of these results are incomplete because the match results are spotty in Northwest Ohio (except for St. John's Jesuit), but the rankings are still pretty solid thanks to coaches I spoke with at Lexington on Saturday. Sign-in first to view the available results.

If you live outside of the Dispatch / Plain Dealer / Enquirer coverage area and you want complete results for your player that you can share with college coaches, friends, and family, join first and then provide me with your results.

Previously, the OTZ Top Ten Photos included only girls. Rather than replace the girls with boys, another photo area was added so that there are now pages for the OTZ Top Ten Girls Photos and the OTZ Top Ten Boys Photos. There are quite a few things that I look for in a photo, including: movement, clarity (focus level), dark (or interesting) backgrounds, good sun position, and great eye-on-ball concentration. Today's photos do a pretty job of that, but they are not yet to the level of the girls' photos. (Look for many of these photos to be replaced before the end of the season.) These and other photos are for sale, but you need to be a member before you can buy one. This is also just about the time in which mothers start to panic because they do not have recent tennis photos of their sons (or daughters) for their senior scrapbooks. You may want to remind your mother of this if she is not yet a regular reader of this web site.

The Ace Report has been updated with season to date results.

Colette Lewis wrote a great article for TennisRecruiting.net about Ohio State's Big Ten Championship match against Illinois on Sunday.

Today's matches include: Columbus Academy versus Upper Arlington; DeSales versus Watterson; Dublin Jerome versus Worthington Kilbourne; Granville versus Newark; and Olentangy versus Olentangy Liberty. Always check first before going to a match.

Tennis Tournament Winners: Mason, Walsh Jesuit, Columbus Academy, and Westlake

The weather started out questionable in central and northeast Ohio, but then it turned out to be a great tennis day. There were tournaments throughout the state. Mason won the Cincinnati Coaches' Classic. Walsh Jesuit was the champion of the Lexington tournament, while Columbus Academy won the Mid-State League tournament. In dual match play, St. John's Jesuit defeated Pickerington North.

Walsh Jesuit Tennis - Aaron Sandberg
Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg - Click to enlarge

Among the top ranked players, Mason's Luke Tsai defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch; Cincinnati Country Day's Patrick Wildman beat Sycamore's Nakul Narandran; Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg defeated Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino, Kenston's Austin Barr, and Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani beat Pickerington North's Blaine Carr; Cincinnati Country Day's J.J. Wolf defeated Mason's Young-Jin Kang; and Worthington Christian's Joel Montgomery beat Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Click to read this Cincinnati Enquirer article written by Mark Schmetzer about the Cincinnati Coaches' Classic.

I attended the Lexington Tournament and spent the morning taking photos. There are now new team photos for Findlay, Kenston, Lexington, Massillon Jackson, Shaker Heights, Toledo St. Francis DeSales, and Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit. There are also action photos online for each of the players in the 1st singles group, including Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino and Kenston's Austin Barr. Contact me to purchase a photo. To see the photos, become a member and join.

The 1st Singles results that I have for the Lexington tournament are incomplete. If you have results for matches that are not currently listed, please send me a Feedback or email.

Upper Arlington Defeats St. John's Jesuit and Columbus Academy Beat Walsh Jesuit

There were just six matches recorded yesterday. They included: Upper Arlington defeated St. John's Jesuit; Columbus Academy defeated Walsh Jesuit; Kirtland defeated Andrews Osborne; Solon defeated Highland; Sycamore defeated Oak Hills. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

St. John's Jesuit's Trevor Majdalani - Click to enlarge

Among the top ranked players, Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter defeated St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani; Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg defeated Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti;
Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin defeated St. John's Jesuit's Adam Zychowicz; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated St. John's Jesuit's Kevin Brown; and Columbus Academy's Evan Alexander defeated Walsh Jesuit's Jonathan Lewandowski. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts.

Today's Lexington Tournament could be called a State's preview. It includes: Dublin Coffman, Findlay, Kenston, Lexington, Massillon Jackson, Shaker Heights, Solon, Toledo St Francis DeSales, and Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit.

The Greater Cincinnati Coaches' Classic finishes its tournament today, and the Mid-State League has its tournament.

In dual match play, St John's Jesuit plays Pickerington North.

University School Beats Solon; Copley Defeats Kenston

The huge Greater Cincinnati Coaches' Classic tournament is underway. It is going to take quite a bit of time to get those matches entered so please look for those later today. [Entering tournament data takes forever, but it is now available (1:55pm).] It was also a big night elsewhere in the state. There were 39 matches recorded. The Central District had 22 matches and there were 16 in the Northeast. Some of the closer, 3-2 matches included: Lakewood defeated Avon; Watkins Memorial beat Chillicothe; Fenwick defeated Lebanon; Harvey beat West Geauga; Oberlin defeated Fairview; Village Academy beat Granville; Hamilton Township defeated Fisher Catholic; Hawken beat Orange; North Ridgeville defeated Midview; University School beat Solon; Worthington Kilbourne defeated Olentangy Orange; and Hilliard Darby beat Hilliard Bradley. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Beechcroft Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top ranked players, Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter defeated Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino; Copley's Andrew Ong beat Kenston's Austin Barr; University School's Robert Stroup defeated Solon's Nam Le; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Hilliard Darby's C.J. Martin; Revere's Noah Hendrickson defeated Beachwood's Karan Gill;
and Olentangy's Austin Karbler beat Delaware Hayes' John Homan. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Beechcroft. They are coached by Daphne Hess. Beechcroft is also a Team Special Member.

Matches tonight include: Columbus Academy versus Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; St. Ignatius versus St. Edward; Upper Arlington versus St. John's Jesuit; and Whetstone versus Westland.

East Wins the Battle of the Lakota's; Hudson Beats Shaker Heights

There were 54 matches recorded from last night. The Central District had 21 matches, and there were 20 in the Northeast and 13 in the Southwest. Some of the closer, 3-2 matches included: Reynoldsburg defeated Bexley; Jonathan Alder beat Buckeye Valley; Hilliard Davidson defeated Olentangy Liberty; Taylor beat Harrison; Fisher Catholic defeated West Jefferson; Loveland beat Anderson; Westerville Central defeated Granville; Lakota East beat Lakota West; Twinsburg defeated Cuyahoga Falls; and Wickliffe beat Kirtland. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Watkins Memorial Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top ranked players, Avon's Nico Mostardi defeated Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Olentangy's Austin Karbler; Copley's Andrew Ong defeated Cloverleaf's Austin Hanna; and Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin beat Bexley's Max Knox-Kelly. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Watkins Memorial. They are coached by Nathan Burd.

The sport of High School Tennis needs to constantly work to promote the sport, and this includes coaches, players, parents, fans, and indoor clubs. Lacrosse is hurting baseball and tennis as it continues to grow in popularity. I attend the Ohio High School Tennis Association (OHSAA) meetings on a regular basis and baseball recently sought a rule change to allow players to play more innings. Why? Baseball is starting to run short of players. Click to read yesterday's major lacrosse article in the Columbus Dispatch written by Mark Znidar. Also note that lacrosse is not a OHSAA sport and this allows them to make rule changes quickly to benefit their sport. (The OHSAA tends to move slowly on rule changes because they consider how changes in one sport may impact others.) And yes, the OhioTennisZone.com web site is all about promoting Ohio High School Tennis.

Matches tonight include: Upper Arlington versus Dublin Coffman; St John's Jesuit versus Findlay; Westerville South versus Westerville North; Gahanna versus Pickerington Central; Hilliard Bradley versus Hilliard Darby; Olentangy Orange versus Worthington Kilbourne; Pickerington Central versus Gahanna; and Wellington versus Whetstone. Last night, I attended the Watkins Memorial versus DeSales and Whetstone versus Centennial matches.

Walsh Jesuit Defeats Hudson and Dublin Scioto Beats Dublin Jerome

There were 52 matches recorded from last night. The Central District had 23 matches, and there were 12 in the Northeast and 17 in the Southwest. Some of the closer, 3-2 matches included: Marysville defeated Thomas Worthington; Moeller beat Elder; Northwest defeated Harrison; Twinsburg beat Shaker Heights; Chillicothe defeated Hilliard Bradley; Dublin Scioto beat Dublin Jerome; Pickerington North defeated Reynoldsburg; Chaminade-Julienne beat Badin; and Worthington Christian defeated Grandview. In the "I hope you don't have homework match", there were four, 3-setters in the Elyria versus Amherst Steele match, which Elyria won. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Dublin Coffman Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top ranked players, Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin beat Pickerington North's Blaine Carr; Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Dublin Scioto's Sean Ferguson beat Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; New Albany's C.J. Cash defeated Olentangy's Austin Karbler; Mayfield's Shouta Fukamachi beat Solon's Nam Le; and Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg defeated Hudson's Dominic Polifrone. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

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

Numerous photos were added yesterday. Sign-in first and then click on Most Recently Added Tennis Photos to view them.

Matches tonight include: Dublin Scioto versus Olentangy Orange; Beechcroft versus Brookhaven; Bloom-Carroll versus Lancaster; Olentangy versus Hilliard Bradley; Westerville Central versus Granville; and Whetstone versus Centennial.

Lakota East Beats Loveland and Whetstone Defeats Teays Valley

It was a great night for tennis but just 34 matches were recorded as we await one more week of spring breaks to finish. There were 16 matches played in the Central District, 15 in the Northeast, and three in the Southwest. The close, 3-2 matches included: Lakota East defeated Loveland; Whetstone beat Teays Valley; Briggs defeated Franklin Heights; Strongsville beat Mentor; Garfield Heights defeated Elyria; Worthington Christian beat Lancaster; Jonathan Alder defeated Westland; and Reynoldsburg beat Pickerington Central. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Columbus Academy Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin defeated Pickerington Central's Andy Taylor; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Wellington's Nick Sweeney; Dublin Scioto's Sean Ferguson defeated Olentangy's Austin Karbler; and Avon's Nico Mostardi defeated Beachwood's Karan Gill. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Columbus Academy. They are coached by Jeff Wartsler.

Please send me a Feedback message if you are encountering sign-in related issues. (I caused a problem with the Team Reports yesterday but that has been resolved.)

I am not even remotely caught-up yet, but all of the results for the Hilliard Davidson Doubles Tournament (from April 12) and Worthington Cup (from Apr 19) are now online. These results should be beneficial in determining Sectional draw seeds.

Matches tonight include: Pickerington North versus Reynoldsburg; Dublin Jerome versus Dublin Scioto; Eastmoor Academy versus Centennial; Gahanna versus Lancaster; New Albany versus Olentangy; Westerville North versus Westerville Central; and Westerville South versus Hilliard Darby.

Top Players and Watch Lists Updated

There were two additional players added to the Top Players Lists and several were added to the Watch Lists. A Doubles list was also added to include players who appear to be focusing on doubles. Click to view the lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter - Click to enlarge
Normally these lists are behind the paywall, but they will be available for everyone to view until 1pm today. Click to Join as a member to share this information with others and/or to view this information anytime.

There are now 15 players on the Top Players lists and that will increase as the season progresses. As a comparison, there were 31 girls on their respective lists by the end of the girls season.

More time is needed before things can be sorted out for the Northeast District before several players are added to the Top Players List. Currently there are several "A is better than B", "B is better than C", but "C is better than A" situations.

Again, the Top Players Lists should be very equal in ability, but there is more flexibility for the Watch Lists.

The plan is to add a list for the Northwest this season, but since information is limited, this will also take more time.

Matches tonight include: Bexley versus Granville; Dublin Jerome versus Thomas Worthington; Gahanna versus DeSales; Hilliard Bradley versus Wellington; Lancaster versus Worthington Christian; Marysville versus Hilliard Darby; Pickerington Central versus Worthington Kilbourne; Wellington versus Hilliard Bradley; and Westerville South versus Westerville Central.

Cincinnati Country Day Beats Sycamore - UA Wins Worthington Cup - St. Ignatius Wins Rocky River Tourney

There were six dual matches and two tournaments yesterday. They included: Cincinnati Country Day defeated Sycamore; Sycamore beat St. John's Jesuit; Turpin defeated Wyoming; Seven Hills beat Bexley; Wyoming defeated Bexley; and Bethel-Tate beat Batavia. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view the match charts.

In tournament play, Upper Arlington won the Worthington Cup with Reynoldsburg coming in second. The Rocky River Tournament champ was St. Ignatius and Beachwood was second.

Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin - Click to enlarge

There were a significant number matches among the top players. Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin; Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti defeated St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani; St. John's Jesuit's Kevin Brown beat Sycamore's Nakul Narendran; St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated Westerville South's David Hayman; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni beat Granville's John Purnode; Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr beat Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; and Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat Pickerington North's Blaine Carr. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Happy Easter!

The Original Olentangy Beats Olentangy Orange

There were only nine matches yesterday. Olentangy defeated Olentangy Orange; Dublin Jerome beat Gahanna; Olentangy Liberty defeated Hilliard Bradley; Wadsworth beat Nordonia; Copley defeated Avon. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Worthington Kilbourne Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Avon's Nico Mostardi defeated Copley's Andrew Ong and Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel beat Olentangy's Austin Karbler. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Worthington Kilbourne. They are coached by Steve Metzmaier.

In the Central District, the Worthington Cup will take place today at the Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne courts. Dual matches include: St. John's Jesuit versus Sycamore and St. Ignatius versus Rocky River.

Copley Beats Solon

There were 45 matches recorded from yesterday. The Northeast District had 19 matches, followed by Central - 16, Southwest - 9, and Northwest - 1.

New Ace Report - Click to go to the report
The close, 3-2 matches included: Westerville Central defeated Hilliard Bradley; Copley beat Solon; Watkins Memorial defeated West; Brush beat Mayfield; Westerville South defeated Dublin Scioto; Crestwood beat Woodridge; Kings defeated Mason-B (three, 3-setters); North Royalton beat Avon; Lakota East defeated Fairfield; Revere beat Cuyahoga Falls; Middletown defeated Hamilton; and Norton beat Tallmadge. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Among the top players, Toledo Central Catholic's John Delp defeated St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani; Dublin Scioto's Sean Ferguson beat Westerville South's David Hayman; Copley's Andrew Ong defeated Solon's Nam Le; Wellington's Nick Sweeney beat Granville's John Purnode; and Indian Hill's Alex Warstler defeated Anderson's Scott. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

The new and improved Ace Report is now available. The ace leaders are listed to the right. Why provide this additional coverage for aces? Aces add buzz to the sport, and they are commonly reported on for pro events. Practicing serves is also an activity that any player can do on his own with ten tennis balls. Clicking on the Ace Total takes users to the match details. Clicking on the name takes readers to Player Profiles (if available). Let's keep this "fun" especially since there are no officials or scorekeepers who monitor this.

There is just one match scheduled for today. Olentangy Orange plays Olentangy.

Seven Hills Beats Wyoming

It was another nice night for tennis state-wide. There were 54 match results recorded, which was the third largest night of the season. The Central District had 20 matches and both the Northeast and Southwest had 17. With many of the Catholic schools going on spring break after Easter Sunday, April 28 will be the date when boys high school tennis is finally at "full-strength".

Olentangy Liberty Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
There were too many close, 3-2 matches to include them all. The "closest" of these were: Westerville Central defeated Lancaster (match with three, 3-setters); Dublin Coffman beat Upper Arlington-B; Stow defeated Brunswick; Franklin Heights beat Fisher Catholic (match with three, 3-setters); Seven Hills defeated Wyoming; Gahanna beat Hilliard Davidson; Madeira defeated Badin; New Richmond beat Batavia; Blanchester defeated Felicity; Hilliard Darby beat Grandview; Bay defeated North Olmsted; and Harvey beat St. John (match with three, 3-setters). Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Today's featured team is Olentangy Liberty. They are coached by Erick Iskersky.

Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter defeated St. Charles' Evan Yakubov; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Delaware Hayes' John Homan; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr defeated Bexley's Max Knox-Kelly; Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen beat Olentangy's Austin Karbler; Westerville South's David Hayman defeated Buckeye Valley's Jack Baesman; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni beat Gahanna's Eric Chen; and Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin defeated St. Charles' Sam Sullivan. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Watch for a new and improved Ace Report later today.

Matches today include: Pickerington North versus Pickerington Central; St John's Jesuit versus Toledo Central Catholic; Dublin Coffman versus Thomas Worthington; Dublin Jerome versus Westerville North; Dublin Scioto versus Westerville South; Reynoldsburg versus Gahanna; Wellington versus Granville; and Westerville Central versus Hilliard Bradley.

Another Cold Day

There were nine matches recorded yesterday, which was probably nine matches too many for most players and fans. Matches included: Elder defeated Loveland; Thomas Worthington beat Westland; Western Reserve Academy defeated Gilmour Academy; and St. John beat Euclid. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Mason Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Western Reserve Academy's Donald MacPherson defeated Gilmour Academy's Weston Noall. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Today's featured team is Mason. Mason is coached by Linda Kirtley. Mason is another school that took advantage of the $99 Team Special. This enables all players to access the pictures and results and to have their own Player Profiles. Other teams that have chosen this option include: Hilliard Davidson, Westerville South, St. John's Jesuit, St. Ignatius, and St. Charles.

Matches today include: Upper Arlington versus St. Charles; Mason versus Lakota East; Lancaster versus Westerville Central; Olentangy Liberty versus Wellington; Olentangy Orange versus Watterson; Olentangy versus Dublin Jerome; Dublin Scioto versus DeSales; Bexley versus Pickerington North; Westerville South versus Buckeye Valley; and Dublin Jerome versus Olentangy.

Perfect ACT / SAT Scores

Yesterday was essentially a rain out, but at least we did not have to deal with snow -- that is scheduled for today. Every year, you will hear a parent during the girls season lament how the weather for the girls is far worse than what it is for the boys. Remember this day when you hear that.

Worthington Kilbourne's
George Liu
There were five matches recorded from yesterday. There was just one 3-2 match -- Badin defeated Harrison. In another close match, Norton beat Kent Roosevelt, 4-1. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Among the top players, St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated Hudson's Dominic Polifrone. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Congratulations to Worthington Kilbourne junior George Liu (see right). George earned perfect scores in both the SAT and ACT exams with scores of 2400 and 36, respectively. Click to read the ThisWeekNews article about George. Tennis teams regularly have the best students (but you probably already knew that). For academic performance information on all Ohio high schools (public and private), click on Gerber Analytics - OGT. You may also be interested in my list of the top academic Ohio High Schools. (I compile this information when it is not tennis or platform tennis season.)

ThisWeekSPORTS.com does a great job of kicking off the season with insightful articles about many of the central Ohio teams. The reporters who have written articles this season include: Aaron Blankenship, Frank DiRenna, Brad Emerine, Scott Hennen, Dave Purpura, Seth Shaner, and Jarrod Ulrey. When you see them, please say 'thanks' for covering high school tennis. Links to their articles are now included on the team pages.

Matches today include: St John's Jesuit versus St Francis DeSales; Olentangy versus Olentangy Orange; Dublin Jerome versus Hilliard Darby; Gahanna versus Newark; Lancaster versus Pickerington North; Pickerington North versus Lancaster; Reynoldsburg versus Pickerington Central; St. Charles versus DeSales; Upper Arlington versus Olentangy Liberty; and Westerville South versus Hilliard Bradley.

Top Player and Watch Lists Updated

There were changes made to the Top Players Lists and Watch Lists yesterday. Click to view the lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Top BoysThis is a very g r a d u a l process. It is about being on the list prior to the Sectional Draws, not about being on the first list of the season.

Note that all players start out on the Watch Lists, and typically new additions are not announced. The reason why is because much of this has to do with timing. Today's new adds are not necessarily better than others who will be added -- they just happened to play great matches against great competition early in the season.

There are several goals associated with these lists.

The goal is to have the players on the Top Lists be about the same skill level on all lists. There is no quota system where if the Central District has ten on the list, so must the Northeast. There is a bit more latitude on the Watch Lists, and seniors are known to appear more often near the end of the season. Also note that players are rarely removed from a list unless they get bumped down in their team line-up.

It is really tough for a court three player to get on a list because players need to play others on the lists for consideration. Likewise, some teams do not play teams that give strong players much competition, but that is a problem that needs to be addressed with the coach. Please review the girls lists for Central, Northeast, and Southwest to see how their end-of-season lists look. Note that Upper Arlington won the D1 OTCA championship and Indian Hill was the D2 champ.

Comments are welcome from coaches, but not from others. The exception is if information is incorrect (i.e. a name is misspelled in a newspaper box score so it was not "picked up" for inclusion by the report).

It would be great to have a Northwest District list but not many teams have signed-up from that area. Note the next paragraph.

This has not been done in previous years, but it will be attempted this season. If an individual player wants to have his results included online and the coach is not receptive to joining this web site, I will consider allowing the parent to submit results. Send a Feedback immediately if interested. This offer applies to those living outside of the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Cincinnati Enquirer coverage areas which includes the Northwest and Southeast Districts, as well as the Akron / Canton, Youngstown, and Dayton / Springfield areas. I realize that this is going to be a major pain for me to deal with, but I'll give it a try for this season.

Why do some players have match scores, etc. associated with them while others do not? Players with Profiles have all of their information shown online. Since it is on their Profiles, it is also propagated to these reports. Members can always sign-in and see all of the information. Amazingly, some people complain about the rankings when they are not members, and they cannot see all of the results. Really - this happens.

Matches today include: St. Ignatius versus Hudson; Dublin Jerome versus Gahanna; Lancaster versus Westerville North; Marysville versus Buckeye Valley; Mason versus Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Olentangy versus Worthington Kilbourne; St. Charles versus Pickerington Central; Teays Valley versus Grove City; and Thomas Worthington versus Worthington Christian.

Sycamore Defeats Upper Arlington Who Beats Mason and St. John's Jesuit Defeats New Albany

It was a travel day as many of the best teams went on the road to seek out the best competition. The main matches included: Sycamore defeated Upper Arlington; Upper Arlington defeated Mason; and St. John's Jesuit defeated New Albany.

It was an active tournament day. St. Charles won the Hilliard Davidson Doubles Classic with Seven Hills coming in second. Elder won the Western Invitational, and Avon Lake was the LCAAA champion.

Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti Celebrates after a Three Set Victory
over UA's Chuck Shewalter - Click to enlarge

It was another one of those, "I'll be home right after I get a couple of photos" days. Three hours after I got to the Sycamore versus Upper Arlington match, I finally arrived home. Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti and UA's Chuck Shewalter had an epic, 3-set match. Indrakanti quickly won the first set, 6-0, by letting Shewalter make a tennis ball hopper full of unforced errors. The second set was close and contentious with Shewalter winning 6-4. In the third set, Shewalter took a commanding lead in games, but Indrakanti fought back to first tie the set and then win in a tiebreaker.

A medium wind from the south played a role as it strengthened throughout the match. At times, it made Shewalter's serve a steamroller but at other times, it made many balls of both players go long. With the score tied at 2-2, that court determined the winner of the entire match. Not to jinx anyone but it would be fun to see a rematch at States or in the OTCA Tournament.

Among the other top players, Upper Arlington's Chuck Shewalter defeated Mason's Luke Tsai; Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin beat Sycamore's Nakul Narendran and Mason's Alexander Lebedev; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani defeated New Albany's C.J. Cash; St. John's Jesuit's Adam Zychowicz beat New Albany's Alex Kobelt; and Avon's Nico Mostardi defeated Lake Ridge Academy's Caleb Mayer. In doubles play at the Hilliard Davidson tournament, Dublin Coffman's Rohit Joshi and Bryan Yoshino defeated Connor Yakubov and Evan Yakubov in Flight A.

Mason Defeats Columbus Academy

It was a big tennis night for a Friday. Twenty-two matches were recorded. The 3-2 tennis matches included: Norwood defeated Bethel-Tate; Hudson beat Aurora; Badin defeated Valley View; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Worthington Kilbourne; Indian Hill defeated Walnut Hills; Rocky River beat Strongsville; and Medina defeated Brunswick. In other prominent matches, Mason defeated Columbus Academy and Solon beat Westlake.

Mason's Young-Jin Kang - Click to enlarge
There were significant matches among the top players. They included: Mason's Luke Tsai defeated Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr beat Gahanna's Eric Chen; and Mason's Alexander Lebedev defeated Columbus Academy's Evan Alexander. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Today is a busy day. Hilliard Davidson has its doubles tournament. There is also a tournament at Teays Valley. In dual match play, it is Bexley versus University School; Upper Arlington versus Mason and Sycamore; and St John's Jesuit versus New Albany.

Since I finished the update early, I will be at Hilliard Davidson taking team pictures this morning. Look me up if you would like to join. I recently got a neat, little device that takes credit cards. I would be willing to show you how it works...

Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

Sycamore Defeats Mason and Westerville South Beats Dublin Jerome

At least one weather station had a small dog alert in Columbus yesterday due to the high winds. Even though there were no reports of flying foo foo dogs, there were many tennis balls soaring north of the baseline. There were 51 matches recorded from yesterday's play, including 22 from central Ohio, 15 from the northeast, 12 from the southwest, and 1 from the northwest. There were a large number of close, 3-2 tennis matches. They included: Bay defeated Avon; Kings beat Walnut Hills; Archbishop Alter defeated Badin; North Olmsted beat Brecksville; Wickliffe defeated Harvey; Brush beat Mentor; Fisher Catholic defeated Circleville; Colerain beat Lakota East; Batavia defeated Felicity; Sycamore beat Mason; Westerville South defeated Dublin Jerome; Westlake beat Avon Lake; Talawanda defeated Northwest; and Dublin Coffman beat Olentangy Liberty. In other prominent matches, Kenston defeated Orange and Mayfield beat Willoughby South;

There were significant matches among the top players. They included: Mayfield's Shouta Fukamachi defeated Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone; Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti beat Mason's Luke Tsai; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Dublin Scioto's Sean Ferguson; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Bexley's Gauthier Knox-Kelly; Mason's Alexander Lebedev defeated Sycamore's Narendran; and Westerville South's David Hayman beat Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Wellington Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Today's featured team is Wellington. They are coached by Tommy Haddow.

Even though it is Friday, there are still significant matches scheduled. They include Columbus Academy versus Mason; St. John's Jesuit versus Dublin Jerome; Gahanna versus Olentangy Liberty; Reynoldsburg versus Worthington Christian; Whetstone versus Westerville North; and Worthington Kilbourne versus Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

If you have not heard from me, I am behind. I hope to catch-up this weekend.

Hilliard Davidson Beats Dublin Jerome

There were 58 matches recorded from yesterday's play during another great weather day. There were a large number of close, 3-2 tennis matches. They included: Turpin defeated Sycamore-B; Summit Country Day beat Mariemont; Midpark defeated North Royalton; Northwest beat Taylor; Grandview defeated Grove City; Elyria beat Brunswick; Hilliard Davidson defeated Dublin Jerome; West Geauga beat Chardon; London defeated Hamilton Township; Strongsville beat Brush; Moeller defeated Indian Hill; Oberlin beat Rocky River-B; Eastmoor Academy defeated Briggs; Ross beat Hamilton; and Gilmour Academy defeated Triway. In another prominent match, St. Charles beat Bexley. Click on the Previous Day Match Results to view all of today's results.

Among the best players, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Worthington Christian's Joel Montgomery; Dublin Scioto's Sean Ferguson beat Hilliard Darby's C.J. Martin; St. Charles' Evan Yakubov defeated Bexley's Gauthier Knox-Kelly; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni beat Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; Wellington's Nick Sweeney defeated Village Academy's Hu; and Westerville South's David Hayman beat Delaware Hayes's John Homan. Click to view the top player lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Bexley Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Today's featured team is Bexley. They are coached by Mark Liefield.

Tonight will be another very busy night. Matches include: St. Ignatius versus Copley; Bexley versus Columbus Academy; Mason versus Sycamore; Dublin Jerome versus Westerville South; DeSales versus Granville; Dublin Coffman versus Olentangy Liberty; Gahanna versus Pickerington North; and Grove City versus Lancaster.
Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

St. Ignatius Beats Solon and Lancaster Defeats Pickerington Central

Yesterday felt like the first real day of the season with many teams returning from spring break. However, some teams have still not played this season because of breaks and the weather. Of the 59 matches played last night, 23 were in the Central District, 19 in the Northeast, and 17 in the Southwest.

There were a large number of close, 3-2 matches. They included: Lancaster defeated Pickerington Central; Rocky River beat Avon; Bethel-Tate defeated New Richmond; Perry beat Wickliffe; Kings defeated Loveland; Geneva beat Willoughby South; Canton Central Catholic defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; Jonathan Alder beat Buckeye Valley; Marysville defeated Westland; Norton beat Cloverleaf; Mayfield defeated Twinsburg; Revere beat Brecksville; Badin defeated Fenwick; Hamilton Township beat Fisher Catholic; and Whetstone defeated Eastmoor Academy. In another prominent match, St. Ignatius defeated Solon.

Lancaster vs. Pickerington CentralThe above matches are sorted by the game winning percentages. For example, Lancaster won 49% of its games against Pickerington Central, and Rocky River beat Avon by winning 51% of its games. Viewing the graphs on the Previous Day Match Results provides readers with a great deal of insight on how a match was won and how close the match actually was. After signing-in, click on the score to quickly zoom to the match line-ups.

Among the top players, St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated Solon's Nam Le, Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni, and St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette beat Solon's Eric Goldberg. The top player and watch lists will be reviewed this weekend. Coaches are always welcome to contact me to discuss a player, but I really (really) don't need any help from parents, uncles, or "friends of the family" to assist me with these lists. I've even been known to delay adding a deserving player to a list after getting a suggestion from an interested party. The goal is to have a really good list by the Sectional draws. Click to view the lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Eastmoor Academy Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Today's featured team is Eastmoor Academy. They are coached by Bruce Green and Vince Freeland. Special thanks to Karen Eldredge for taking the team photo.

Matches scheduled for tonight include: St. Ignatius versus Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; Beechcroft versus Whetstone; Dublin Jerome versus Hilliard Davidson; Pickerington Central versus Bloom-Carroll; St. Charles versus Bexley; and Watterson versus Upper Arlington. Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

Gilmour Academy Defeats St. Vincent-St. Mary

Yesterday was almost a complete rain-out. There were two matches recorded - Gilmour Academy defeated St. Vincent-St. Mary and Highland defeated Green.

St. John's Jesuit Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Today's featured team is Toledo's St. John's Jesuit. They are coached by Jim Davis. SJJ is another team taking advantage of the Team Special $99 Deal. This enables every player to have a Player Profile and to have site access.

The web site load time is the amount of time it takes to download this page to your computer, phone, or tablet. It is better to have this page load quickly, but photos take a substantial amount of time to download. To enable this page to load faster, older information will be placed behind the paywall over the next few days. If you would like to read previous postings, please do so now. The postings include material from as far back as last year's Boy's States.

Matches scheduled for tonight include: St. Ignatius versus Solon; Hilliard Davidson versus Dublin Coffman; Lancaster versus Pickerington Central; New Albany versus Olentangy Orange; Newark versus Pickerington North; Olentangy versus Big Walnut; St John's Jesuit versus Clay (Oregon); Upper Arlington versus Thomas Worthington; Westland versus Marysville; Whetstone versus Eastmoor Academy; and Worthington Kilbourne versus Delaware Hayes. Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

St. John's Jesuit Wins St. Edward Tournament

St John's Jesuit was the winner of the St. Edward Tournament on Saturday, edging out St. Ignatius. Other participants included: St. Edward, New Albany, Westlake, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, North Canton Hoover, and Hudson. Hopefully individual results will be available at some point today.

Wright State's (& Magnificat grad) Chelsea Girgash- Click to enlarge

The Ohio State Women's tennis team won both of their matches against Wisconsin and Wright State. Photos of several of the Wright State women who played Ohio high school tennis are included in the Photos of Ohio HS College Tennis Players page.

There will be numerous good match-ups today (or matches that would have been good had they not been rained-out). They include: Columbus Academy versus Worthington Christian; Dublin Jerome versus Olentangy Liberty; Dublin Scioto versus Watterson; Lancaster versus Teays Valley; Marysville versus Bellefontaine; Wellington versus Hilliard Darby; and Westerville South versus Delaware Hayes. Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

Rocky River Wins Tennis Tournament

Yesterday was a comfortable day to play tennis but not necessarily to watch it. Rocky River won its own tournament, narrowly defeating Twinsburg. Dual matches included: Sycamore defeated Copley; Westerville South defeated Watterson; Bay defeated Lake Ridge Academy; Elder defeated Colerain; and Colerain defeated Oak Hills. Click Previous Day Match Results to view yesterday's results in chart form.

Westerville South - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti defeated Copley's Andrew Ong; Copley's Gavin Aten beat Sycamore's Nakul Narendran; and Westerville South's David Hayman defeated Watterson's Ryan Mar.

Westerville South is today's featured team. Their coach is John Fill. Westerville South is also taking advantage of the $99 Team Special. Sign-in first before viewing photos for Westerville South.

The Ohio State Women's tennis team plays two home matches today. Both will be held indoors. The first is against Wisconsin at noon. The second is at 6pm against Wright State. Wisconsin has no Ohio players and four of their seven players are international. Wright State's roster includes seven Ohio players.

There will be numerous good match-ups tomorrow. They include: Columbus Academy versus Worthington Christian; Dublin Jerome versus Olentangy Liberty; Dublin Scioto versus Watterson; Lancaster versus Teays Valley; Marysville versus Bellefontaine; Wellington versus Hilliard Darby; and Westerville South versus Delaware Hayes. Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

St. Ignatius > Kenston; Cincinnati Country Day > Seven Hills

There were more matches played than expected yesterday with ten matches recorded. Seven were played in the Southwest and three in the Northeast. There was only one, 3-2 match, Batavia defeated Blanchester. The high profile matches included: St. Ignatius defeated Kenston; St. John`s Jesuit beat St. Edward; Cincinnati Country Day defeated Seven Hills; and Sycamore beat Hudson. Click Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Westerville South's David Hayman - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Kenston's Austin Barr defeated St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin and Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti defeated Hudson's Dominic Polifrone.

I expected to have more team photos by now, but the weather has not cooperated.

Both the Ohio State Women's and Men's tennis teams won yesterday against Minnesota.

It will be clear but chilly today for tennis. St. Edward has its tournament in Northeast Ohio. Westerville South will be playing Watterson. Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

Damp Day & Recognizing Teams Using the $99 Team Special Deal

It was a damp day throughout the state. There was just one match recorded - Kings defeated Wilmington.

Today's featured team is Hilliard Davidson. They are coached by Steve DeDent.

When I started this web site about four years ago, the Hilliard Davidson team page is what I envisioned. I wanted a team page that exceeded what was available for most Division I college tennis programs, and this team page does it. It includes the team roster with individual photos, team results, action photos, and a link to news.

It also includes a Player Profile for each varsity player so that parents and players can easily share results with friends, relatives, and college coaches by linking it to Facebook, Pinterest, and TennisRecruiting.net.

The cost for a Team Page is $99 and it includes the above plus web site access for up to ten varsity players and the coach. If purchased separately, the cost would be $224 ($19.95*10 + $24.95). Click to take advantage of this offer.

Several other teams will also be coming online, but Hilliard Davidson is the first to do so for the boys season. Contact me via Feedback if you have any questions about utilizing this offer for your team.

Also note that I can get creative with the pricing if there is no money in the team's tennis budget. If a parent has a small business (i.e. doctor, dentist, CPA, insurance agent, realtor), I can combine advertising with the Team Special. This enables the business to directly help the team while promoting its products and services.

The Ohio State Women's Tennis Team plays a home match today at 3pm against Minnesota. For those who have not had a chance to play or watch tennis for a couple of days, here is the opportunity to do so. Admission is free. There are numerous women from Ohio who play on the team. Click to view the new page of Photos of Ohio HS College Tennis Players to see action photos of OSU and other college players. Currently, viewing this page does not require purchasing a membership.

The weather looks iffy again for today, but the matches scheduled for tonight include: Centennial versus Village Academy; St. Charles versus West; and Westerville South versus Westerville Central. Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

Mixed Weather Throughout State

There were 30 matches recorded from yesterday. The Cincinnati area was impacted by weather. There were several "high profile" matches. They included: Hawken defeated Copley; Columbus Academy beat Lexington; and Hilliard Davidson defeated Hilliard Darby. The close, 3-2 matches included: North Olmsted defeated Avon; Westlake beat Hudson; Granville defeated Jonathan Alder; Kenton beat Marysville; and Garfield Heights defeated Midview. Sign-in first and then click Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Mifflin - Click to enlarge

There were several matches among the state's top players. They included: Lexington's Mason Dragos defeated Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti; Copley's Andrew Ong beat Mayfield's Shouta Fukamachi; Solon's Nam Le defeated Gilmour Academy's Weston Noall; Hawken's Dhruv Yadav beat Copley's Andrew Ong; Columbus Academy's Evan Alexander defeated Lexington's Matt Youse; and Hilliard Darby's C.J. Martin beat Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni. Click to view the lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

There was a very nice interview in the Columbus Dispatch with Mount Notre Dame graduate, Sandy Niehaus. Sandy is now a freshman playing for Ohio State. Click to read Ray Stein's article.

Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg was featured in this article by Clair Maciel on TennisRecruiting.net. Aaron was the Division 1 State runner-up last season.

A photo of professional tennis player and Gilmour Academy alum, Lauren Davis, is shown on page B8 of today's Cleveland Plain Dealer. Lauren won the Division II State tournament as a freshman in 2008. She lost just five games on her way to the State championship.

The weather looks iffy but the matches scheduled for tonight include: Olentangy Liberty versus Hilliard Davidson; Centennial versus West; Dublin Scioto versus Hilliard Darby; Lancaster versus Reynoldsburg; St. Charles versus Wellington; Watterson versus Bexley; Westerville South versus Westerville Central; and Worthington Christian versus Village Academy. Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

Today's featured team is Mifflin. Mifflin is coached by Jared Weyand.

Windy in Central Ohio

Yes, the service toss was two feet away from where it was expected to be, but it didn't rain or snow yesterday. The season is ramping up quickly with 31 matches recorded from last night, but it will not be into full gear until all schools return from spring break. There were a large number of close, 3-2 matches. They included: Crestwood defeated Woodridge; Hamilton Township defeated Logan Elm; Marysville defeated Grove City; Twinsburg defeated Chagrin Falls; Ross defeated Finneytown; Hilliard Davidson defeated Watterson; Padua defeated St. Edward; Avon defeated North Ridgeville; and Covington Catholic defeated Elder. Sign-in first and then click Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Watterson- Click to enlarge

Several of the top players were in action, but not against each other. Click to view the lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.

Matches tonight include: Dublin Coffman versus Watterson; Granville versus Jonathan Alder; Hilliard Davidson versus Hilliard Darby; Lancaster versus Chillicothe; Marysville versus Kenton; Ready versus Westland; St. Charles versus Westerville North; and Thomas Worthington versus Wellington. Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

Today's featured team is Watterson. Steve Crossin is the new coach. He replaced Barb Woods who retired after a distinguished, 21 years of coaching.

Nice Weather Day to Start Match Play

There were 16 matches played yesterday - seven in Central Ohio, five in the Northeast, and four in the Southwest. The close, 3-2 matches were Blanchester defeated New Richmond and Elyria defeated Oberlin. Other noteworthy matches included: Fairview defeated Normandy; Dublin Jerome defeated Watterson; and West defeated Eastmoor Academy. Sign-in first and then click Previous Day Match Results to view all of yesterday's results.

Watterson's Ryan Mar- Click to enlarge

None of Ohio's top players were in action. The lists for this year start at where they left off last year. Click to view the lists for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. No freshmen have been added to any of the lists.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer provided a good preview of the upcoming season for Northeast Ohio. Click to read Nathaniel Cline's article.

As many already know, last weekend Ohio State broke the NCAA D1 record for the most consecutive home wins. Click to read the Columbus Dispatch's article written by Bill Rabinowitz. I have been out of town for the last few days and could not attend the match or make site updates. (The two most recent "updates" were entered before I left.)

Matches tonight include: Columbus Academy versus Thomas Worthington; Hilliard Davidson versus Watterson; Granville versus Worthington Christian; Hartley versus Eastmoor Academy; Lancaster versus Central Crossing; Marysville versus Grove City; Pickerington Central versus Westerville Central; and Village Academy versus Westerville South. Click to view all Upcoming Matches. If you would like to have your team's schedule listed online, please email it to me.

The plan is to complete each day's update by 9am each morning, but it will often be updated prior to that. Today's update was completed at 7:15am.

Match Play Begins Today

Match play will begin this afternoon throughout Ohio.

Matches of interest include: Watterson versus Dublin Jerome; West versus Eastmoor Academy; Whetstone versus Northland; and Delaware Hayes versus Buckeye Valley. Please continue emailing schedules to me so that more matches can be highlighted. The Central District is largely covered, but schedules from other areas of the state are needed.

Click to view the List of Upcoming matches for all teams.

Take one last look at the 2013 graduates on My List of Ohio's Top Players for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. They will be removed from the report after tomorrow morning's update. Note that this list will be very much in flux at the beginning of the season. At this point, it is not even clear who is and who is not playing high school tennis.

Note that match information for players who are members (either on their own or via a Team Membership) is shared with everyone. To view the information for players who are not members, please sign-in. Click to join as a member.

 

 

 

 

 

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