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Boys Tennis Teams
May 8, 2015
Division I
1. SycamoreOTCA SW
2. Massillon Jackson OTCA NE
3. Upper Arlington OTCA CEN
4. St. John`s Jesuit OTCA NW
5. St. Ignatius
6. New Albany
7. St. Xavier
8. Mason
9. St. Charles
10. Dublin Jerome
Other: Dublin Coffman
Division II
1. University School OTCA NE
2. Cincinnati Country Day OTCA SW
3. Columbus Academy OTCA CEN
4. Indian Hill
5. Lexington OTCA NW
6. Ottawa Hills
7. Seven Hills
8. Wyoming
9. Hawken
10. Bexley
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TUESDAY,

OhioTennisZone.com -- Recipient of JJHuddle.com Media Award

OhioTennisZone.com was very pleased to learn that OTZ is a recipient of a JJHuddle.com Media Award for 2015. This is the first annual media award list created by JJHuddle.com.

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JJHuddle.com is the 800 pound (friendly) gorilla when it comes to online coverage of high school sports. They provide online forums for all of the high school sports, as well as original content, regular polls, and scores.

To be included in the same article as many of the biggest names in Ohio sports is a great honor.

OTZ was also pleased to discover that JJHuddle.com uses this website to assist them in their coverage of tennis.

SATURDAY,

USTA Midwest Closed Wrap-up

This is a wrap-up of the Midwest Closed and a quick primer for the USTA National Championships.

Sycamore's Alex Wittenbaum
HB's Lauren Gillinov - Click to enlarge
The big prize of the Midwest Closed is to be selected for one of the 192 spots in the USTA National Championships. These tournaments run from August 1-9. The top 17-19 players are chosen to represent our Midwest Section for each age group. The winner of the B18's and G18's receive a main draw entry into the US Open. Really - they do.

The National Championship for the boys will be held at the distinguished Kalamazoo College site (or "The Zoo"). The best website to follow the action is ustaboys.com. Click to access the USTA website for the Boys 16-18.

The girls will play in San Diego. While this location lacks the history of the boys tournament, it has the same ultra-high level of competition. The best website to follow the action for the girls is ustagirlsnationals.com. Click to access the USTA website for the Girls 16-18.

To wrap-up the Closed, University School's Paul Gota reached one of the semi's in the consolation round, but got beat in the finals. In the B18's, OSU recruit, Martin Joyce of Chicago, was defeated in the finals in the front draw. In the B18 backdraw, CCD's JJ Wolf beat CCD's Asher Hirsch 6-3, 6-1 in one of the finals.

For the girls, Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov won her semi-final match in the G16's, but got beat in the consolation draw final.

As you may have seen on Twitter @OhioTennisZone, Zoey Weil and New Albany's Robert Cash won the G14 and B14 Midwest Closed tournaments, respectively. This bodes well for the Central district for their upcoming seasons.

THURSDAY,

USTA Midwest Closed Update

The tournament will end today. Ohio has had mixed results thus far. Ohio has no players in today's finals but it does have a few players remaining in the consolation rounds. There were 16 semi-finalists in all of the tournaments (B16, B18, G16, G18). Of those, Ohio players competed in just two (12.5%) of the semi-finals. Both semi-finalists were in the Girls 18's, but both "played up" -- Caty McNally is a rising 8th grader, and Dalayna Hewitt is a rising freshman. There are also numerous very strong Ohio players who did not compete in the Closed. They include: Francesca DiLorenzo, Kennedy Schaeffer, Danny (DJ) Thomas, and John McNally.

To see the results and to follow the action, click on Midwest Closed.

Sycamore's Alex Wittenbaum
St. Charles' Jack Dabek- Click to enlarge
The 14's are largely not included in this high school coverage, but it is important to note that rising-freshmen Robert Cash (New Albany) and Zoey Weil (Columbus) are in the finals in the B14's and G14's, respectively. Four Ohio players were also the B14 and G14 doubles champs. They are: Robert Cash - Jack Dabek (St. Charles) and Zoey Weil - Paige Kompa (Upper Arlington). For all of the results for the 14's, click Midwest Closed - 14's.

For those unfamiliar with the USTA Midwest Section, it includes the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and a small part of Kentucky. There are 13 districts within the Midwest Section. Ohio has three districts (Ohio Valley, Northeast, and Northwest). The Chicago District typically does the best.

Those still In the consellation draws include: B16's: Paul Gota; B18's: JJ Wolf, Asher Hirsch, Joseph Thomas; G16's: Lauren Gillinov, Emily Thomas; and G18's: Olivia Rohrbacher.

WEDNESDAY,

USTA Midwest Closed Update

The number of Ohio kids in the front draws of the Midwest Closed continue to dwindle. They include: B16s - University School's Paul Gota; B18s - CCD's JJ Wolf and Asher Hirsch; G16's - Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov and Princeton's Emily Thomas; and G18's - Caty McNally (as a rising 8th grader). Yes, that's right - a rising 8th grader.

Sycamore's Alex Wittenbaum
Bradley's Mitchell Thai - Click to enlarge
To see the results and to follow the action, click on Midwest Closed.

Ohio players competed against each other in the front and backdraws yesterday. They included: Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated CCD's Kevin Yu 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; CCD's JJ Wolf beat Jackson's Joseph Thomas 6-2, 6-4; CCD's Asher Hirsch defeated St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin 6-4, 6-2; Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov beat Hudson's Molly Sandberg 6-1, 6-3; and Caty McNally defeated Perkin's Olivia Rohrbacher 6-0, 6-0.

MONDAY,

USTA Midwest Closed

The Midwest Closed is underway for both the boys and girls in the 16 and 18 age groups. Many Ohio players are competing - and doing well.

To see the results and to follow the action, click on Midwest Closed.

Sycamore's Alex Wittenbaum
Hudson's Molly Sandberg - Click to enlarge
Interesting front draw matches tomorrow (Tuesday) include: Jackson's Joey Thomas versus Cincinnati Country Day's JJ Wolf; St. Ignatius' Nate Griffin versus Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch; Hudson's Molly Sandberg versus Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov; and Perkin's Olivia Rohrbacher versus Caty McNally.

Boys who are OTZ members who are competing at the Midwest Closed include: Kenston's Austin Barr, Wellington's Connor Biernat, University School's David Buchinsky, Lancaster's Colten Clark, New Albany's Graeme Green, St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin, Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple, St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia, St. John's Jesuit's Ryan Issa, New Albany's Alex Kobelt, St. John's Jesuit's Dev Laungani, St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani, Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence, Hawken's Ryan Leizman, Sycamore's Regis Liou, St. John's Jesuit's Trevor Majdalani, Sycamore's Nakul Narendran, Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps, Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel, Sycamore's Noah Stern, St. Charles' Sam Sullivan, Sycamore's Alex Taylor, Findlay's Reid Teatsorth, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai, Jackson's Joseph Thomas, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti, Indian Hill's Alex Warstler, Turpin's Grant Wendel, Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino, Jackson's Jake Zalenski, Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny.

Girls who are OTZ members competing include: Sycamore's Alexandra Abele, Indian Hill's Caroline Andersen, Indian Hill's Meredith Breda, Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky, Dublin Coffman's Ellee Bullock, New Albany's Alexandra Cash, Dublin Coffman's Vicki Chang, Watterson's Claire Ghidotti, Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov, Mason's Amanda Huser, Dublin Coffman's Rhiannon James, Olentangy's Kathleen Jones, Mason's Lizzy Kong, Mount Notre Dame's Teagan McNamara, Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer, Carroll's Jillian Milano, Mount Notre Dame's Alicia Nahhas, Orange's Alissa Nakamoto, Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O`Connor, Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky, Archbishop Alter's Amanda Showalter, Olentangy Liberty's Alexis Steer, and Magnificat's Alexandra Vesikallio.

Boys who are non-members include: Greg Leroux, JJ Mercer, Jonathan Zhuravel, Kevin Yu, Rohith Koneru, Paul Gota, Peter Schulteis, Kavi Jain, Phillip Krayterman, Josh Giambattista, Asher Hirsch, JJ Wolf, Arroyo, Mason Dragos, Nico Mostardi, Robert Stroup, Vince Anzalone, Camron Raglin, Gaven Aten, Blaine Carr, Andrew Niehaus, Justin Kopronica, Matt Brumbaugh, and Luke Oaks.

Non-member girls include: Olivia Kompa, Gracey Hirsch, Nethra Thenappan, Anna Marie Reynolds, Sophia Spinazze, Kyra Jung, Hannah Cianciola, Irene Norman, Lauren Longo, Carley Sickinger, Molly Sandberg, Taylor Fair, Kelli Niehaus, Anjali Kashyap, Payton Sterns, Emily Thomas, Warden, Kristen White, Natalie Allen, Audrey Berger, Jayde Robinson, Olivia Reed, Imani Robinson, Brianna Brdicka, Madison Riley, Taylor Melville, Emma Deimling, Taylor Culbertson, Emily Dunbar, Olivia Rohrbacher, Akilah Parker, Caty McNally, and Ava Ratcliff.

FRIDAY,

Midwest Closed Qualifiers

The Midwest Closed Qualifiers took place throughout Ohio during the last two weeks. Those who qualified earned a spot in the Midwest Closed Tournament which is the most prestigious USTA tournament in the Midwest. During the later rounds of these tournaments, the competition was "States quality". To see the results for the high school-age players in Ohio, click on the links below.

Sycamore's Alex Wittenbaum
Mason's Amanda Huser - Click to enlarge

For those unfamiliar with the USTA, the Ohio Valley (OVTA) is by far the largest Ohio District in the Midwest Section. It includes Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Springfield, and parts of Kentucky and West Virginia.

Northeast Ohio Boys: Avon's Nico Mostardi defeated St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin. Lexington's Mason Dragos defeated Willoughby South's Vince Anzalone. Jackson's Joey Thomas beat Mason Dragos and Niko Mostardi to win the B18s.

Northeast Ohio Girls: Hudson's Molly Sandberg defeated Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov in three sets.

Northwest Ohio Boys / Girls: Perkin's Olivia Rohrbacher defeated Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock in three sets. Findlay's Reid Teatsorth beat St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani in three sets.

Ohio Valley Boys 14: New Albany's Robert Cash decisively won the tournament.

Ohio Valley Girls 14: Morgan Coburn won the tournament.

Ohio Valley Boys 16: Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino and Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny.

Ohio Valley Girls 16: Princeton's Emily Thomas beat Ursuline Academy's Gabriella O`Connor.

Ohio Valley Boys 18: Two West Virginia players finished 1st and 2nd in this tournament.

Ohio Valley Girls 18: Sycamore's Alexandra Abele won the tournanment, beating South Point's Madison Riley and Taylor Melville.

WEDNESDAY,

OhioTennisZone All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team

Congratulations to the OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team for 2015. This is the third year for this list.

OhioTennisZone's All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team

Division I - Singles

Vincent
Anzalone
Will. South
Division II - Singles

Mason
Dragos
Lexington

Asher
Hirsch
Cin. Country Day
Division I - Doubles

Gavin
Aten
Copley

Carlos
Martinez
Copley
Division II - Doubles

Shahell
Mitra
Cin. Country Day

Vishaal
Nalagatla
Cin. Country Day

Will
Carter
Wyoming

Myles
Bourbon
Wyoming

The OTZ 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. For example, Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti was on the OTZ list last year, but did not reach States last year.

The OTCA/OHSAA All-Ohio list is certainly an extremely high honor, but in my opinion, it is a bit too mechanical in how it is done. If a player reaches the semi-finals, he is on the first team, and quarter finalists are on the second team. If a player gets an unfavorable draw in the first round, then he might not receive any recognition.

The number of players included on this list will vary from year to year.

Congratulations to these players.

 

 

FRIDAY,

OTCA Pictures | University School

Photos

There were 15 new OTCA tournament photos added to the Most Recently Added Photos area. Sign-in first prior to viewing. Indoor lighting is not a friend to photographers so less photos were taken than what would have been taken outdoors.

Note that since these photos are "databased", all photos associated with a single team (i.e. Sycamore) are also listed under that team. For example, this is Sycamore's photo page. Those digital photos, which were purchased by a parent, appear first, and they are available for everyone to see.

OHSAA Meeting / University School

Sycamore's Alex Wittenbaum
Sycamore's Alex Wittenbaum- Click to enlarge

As many were already aware, University School could not compete in the OHSAA Sectionals / Districts / States. The OHSAA Infraction as stated during the OHSAA Board of Directors' meeting yesterday was:

Hunting Valley University School's varsity boys tennis team participated in an out-of-state contest prior to the March 27 start date for boys tennis. In accordance with General Sports Regulation 20 and Bylaw 11, Penalties, the school has been denied participation in the OHSAA tournament series for participating in this contest prior to the designated start date. The students who did not participate in the contest are permitted to enter the OHSAA tournament series. In addition, in accordance with Bylaw 11, Penalties, the school has been fied $750.

The University School infraction was one of 30 listed in yesterday's meeting.

Also of great concern is that high school football attendence is down, and football is a substantial revenue source for the OHSAA. Attendance at Regional and State tournament games was 485,492 during the 2013-14 school year and only 400,924 during the 2014-15 year. That's a difference of over 84K.

There are still a few things to do, but I may not have an update over the weekend.

THURSDAY,

Photos from Districts and States | OTCA All-Ohio

Photos

Over 60 new photos were added to the Most Recently Added Photos area. Sign-in first prior to viewing. These photos include those taken at the Central District tournament, the night before States, and at States. Photos from the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Tournament will be added in tomorrow's update. All OhioTennisZone.com photos are available for sale, except for those taken during States. The States photos typically include Ohio State's backgrounds or playing surface, but if you are not sure, just ask.

OTCA All-State First Team

Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas
Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas - Click to enlarge
The Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association has named its All-State First and Second teams. The D1 All-State First Team players are: Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas, Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti, St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin, Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone, Sycamore's Alex Taylor-Nakul Narendran, Copley's Gavin Aten-Carlos Martinez, Massillon Jackson's Anthony Kanam-Jake Zalenski, and Westlake's Cal Craven-Connor Michelich.

The D2 All-State First Team players are: Lexington's Mason Dragos, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti, Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch, Indian Hill's Alex Warstler, Cincinnati Country Day's Shaheel Mitra-Vishaal Nalagatla, Wyoming's Myles Bourbon-Will Carter; Ottawa Hill's Matt Gargas-Tyler Gargas, and Milton-Union's Matt Brumbaugh-Phillip Brumbaugh.

The Second Team All-State players for D1 are: Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino, Findlay's Reid Teatsorth, Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai, Mason's Nadim Boulos-Sean Reid, Sycamore's Noah Stern-Alex Wittenbaum, St. John's Jesuit's Kevin Brown-Rajeev Laungani, and New Albany's Nick Blair-Graeme Green.

The Second Team-All State players for D2 are: Canton Central Catholic's Alec Bird, Bay's Adam Krueger, Wellington's Connor Biernat, Sandusky's Brayden Streng, Beachwood's Alex Machtay-Griffin Celleghin, Lexington's Matt Youse-Tommy Barkett, Hawken's Josef Horwath-Kush Khosla, and Columbus Academy's Shrikar Kundur-Austin Lawrence.

WEDNESDAY,

Summer Tennis | Twitter

Summer Tennis

Now that the high school season is over, many players will transition to summer tennis. For non-grads that largely means playing in USTA matches, but graduates also have a great option. High school graduates living in the central Ohio area may quickly transition from high school tennis to adult tennis. Send a Feedback message to the Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA) at GCTA.net to inquire about joining a team. All of the matches are doubles matches and they take place throughout the area. Some of the matches also take place on clay courts, which is a fun experience. There are a variety of skill levels. Players must be 18 years old to play. You might even get to play against me -- and don't even think about using a drop shot -- I've got cheetah speed.

From a reporting standpoint, OTZ monitors USTA match results using TennisRecruiting.net, especially for the Midwest Qualifiers and the Midwest Closed. Last year, I stopped by the Girls 16 OTVA Midwest Qualifier to take photos and to talk with parents, and I'll likely do that again this weekend.

Twitter

There will be a few more daily updates on the OhioTennisZone.com, but then activity transitions to Twitter. Twitter is a far more flexible and mobile platform for me rather than being restricted to my desktop computer. If you are not currently following @OhioTennisZone, please consider doing so.

The most popular OTZ tweet to-date is of the Sycamore celebration. This was done using an iPad and a wifi-enabled camera immediately after the match.

I get Cheesecake Factory cheesecake each time the number of OTZ Followers doubles. The number needs to reach 200 followers. I need 20 more... You can help.

Note that I do Follow teams, organizations, coaches, and a few tennis professionals, but not individual high school players.

TUESDAY,

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 players; number of players 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            
Bloom-CarrollRick RowlandC62875%
Pickerington CentralKelli RingsC831173%
St CharlesLinda MyersC52771%
Hilliard BradleyDonna LongC941369%
Hilliard DarbyScott NickelC1051567%
Upper ArlingtonAmos AllisonC63967%
Hilliard DavidsonSteve DeDentC951464%
Hamilton TownshipPhil HankinsC741164%
New AlbanyMarc ThomasC53863%
Dublin CoffmanBrett Hundertpfund C 851362%
WestBruce DufnerC851362%
Olentangy OrangeMatt RutherfordC851362%
WestlandDan WittemanC32560%
CentennialBarbara StevensonC32560%
Northeast District            
StrongsvilleDon BoynarNE41580%
Shaker HeightsAllan SlawsonNE41580%
BayDave PetersNE72978%
NortonPhil SeenesNE72978%
BrunswickDaniel PrihodaNE72978%
BrushMelissa CanowitzNE52771%
CopleyMark UllmanNE42667%
OrangeJulie MitchellNE42667%
Massillon JacksonLouis ThomasNE951464%
HarveyGeorge AndersonNE851362%
BrecksvilleDan ReynoldsNE32560%
Northwest District            
St John's JesuitJim DavisNW71888%
Southwest District            
TalawandaPete ThomasSW55100%
MadeiraArnold MaslowSW71888%
Cincinnati Country DayMatt DektasSW1021283%
Mason-BMichael KindredSW51683%
BlanchesterScott ShepardSW41580%
MasonMike ReidSW63967%
Walnut HillsSteve LevineSW741164%
FairfieldRonald MorganSW641060%
FenwickRoberta MatixSW32560%
Bethel-TateDaniel ClochSW32560%

Why three-set matches? The reasons include: the competition is of similar ability; three-setters take place near the end of the match when the coach is not occupied with all five matches (hopefully); and the coach has had time to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the opponents and advise his or her players on the best strategy.

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.

There were over 1,500 total tiebreaks this season, which is roughly 12% of all matches. The 346 matches decided by 1-0 super-tiebreaks were not included in the analysis because the coach cannot interact with the players.

Only coaches with five or more tiebreaks were included.

I will be switching back into photo mode over the next several days.

MONDAY,

Sycamore and Cincinnati Country Day

Today is a bit of a catch-up day with more photos from the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association tournament, links to newspaper articles, and links to databased results. Just to summarize for those not clicking on yesterday's results. Sycamore defeated St. Johns Jesuit (semi's) and Massillon Jackson (finals); Cincinnati Country Day beat Lexington (semi's) and Columbus Academy (finals); Massillon Jackson defeated Upper Arlington (semi's); Columbus Academy beat University School (semi's); Upper Arlington defeated St. John's Jesuit (consolation); and University School beat Lexington (consolation).

Kevin Metka | Ralf Steinbach Ty Tucker
Chris Diaz Kevin Metka
Mikael Torpegaard Metka Receiving Cramp Treatment
Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated Lexington's Mason Dragos and
Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence; Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas beat Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated University School's Robert Stroup; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat St. John’s Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani; Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski defeated Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu beat Columbus Academy's Hirsh Hede; Massillon Jackson's Anthony Kanam defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Hughes; St. John's Jesuit's Kevin Brown beat Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple; University School's Paul Gota defeated Columbus Academy's Hirsh Hede; and Sycamore's Alex Wittenbaum beat St. John's Jesuit's Trevor Majdalani.

As mentioned yesterday, the OTCA tournament worked really well at Elysium Indoor. It started at 8am and finished at 3:25, so in other words, it went very quickly and very smoothly. Each team played four courts indoors and a doubles court outdoors. In most cases, matches finished indoors with 3-0 or 3-1 scores. With wall curtains, balls do not bounce hither and yon, and they do not bounce over fences as they do outside.

The important take-a-way from team championship matches is that it is always great to win your court, and if you do, get the third win to clinch the match. Sycamore's Alex Wittenbaum had this figured out yesterday. When I play, I know that I need to lose early or stall until the match is decided. This video shows the crowd size at its maximum and it also shows the Sycamore celebration after the match.

You may purchase photos from the OTCA tournament. Please contact OTZ via Feedback or email.

There was one article written (so far) about the OTCA tournament. It is here:

Cleveland.com --- University School finishes third in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division II State Team Tournament 2015 -- Nathaniel Cline

There were numerous newspaper articles written about States. They include:

Toledo Blade -- Gargas brothers finish 3rd in D-II state doubles -- Jarrod Ulrey

Cincinnati.com -- Sycamore, CCD capture doubles titles -- Adam Baum

Cleveland.com -- OHSAA state boys tennis 2015: Copley doubles team finishes second in the state, locals finish among final four (photos, video) -- Nathaniel Cline

Cleveland.com -- Watch Willoughby South fan cheer from parking lot at OHSAA state boys tennis tournament -- Nathaniel Cline

Dispatch.com -- Boy’s tennis | Academy’s Wareti shows growth in runner-up finish-- Jarrod Ulrey

CantonRep.com -- Jackson's Thomas wins state title in boys tennis -- Curtis Duffield

MansfieldNewsJournal.com -- Lexington’s Mason Dragos wins state tennis title -- Carl Hunnell

News-Herald.com -- High school tennis: South's Vince Anzalone loses momentum, third-place state match -- John Kampf

In tomorrow's edition, OhioTennisZone identifies the top coaches of the year based on their third set winning percentages.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON,

Sycamore and Cincinnati Country Day are the OTCA Champions

Congratulations to Sycamore for winning the Division I OTCA crown and to Cincinnati Country Day for earning the Division II championship. These are back-to-back championships for both teams. Sycamore defeated Massillon Jackson while Cincinnati Country Day beat Columbus Academy.

OTCA Results
OTCA Results - Click to enlarge
There was a big, loud, and fun crowd today to cheer on the teams. Sycamore just didn't bring a cheering section -- they brought everyone -- and everything.

This is the first time that the OTCA Tournament was held at Elysium Tennis. The location was switched from Reynoldsburg to Elysium last night due to the threat of rain. It turned out to be the perfect venue because players could go outside and play each time the weather cleared. It was also very easy for fans to watch four matches at a time indoors.

Click on the image to the right to view the complete results. Note that this is a large file and users will need to "zoom in" to view it. These results will be databased by tomorrow morning. These results are informative though because partial scores are not included in the database.

SUNDAY,

State Champions: Jackson's Thomas | Lex's Dragos | Sycamore's Taylor & Narendran | CCD's Mitra & Nalagatla | OTCA's at Elysium

The matches were as unpredictable as the weather yesterday as momentum swings went to, fro, backwards, and sideways. To get a championship point on video, I would park myself near the court that I thought would finish next. That would rarely happen as I would race to yet another court. Eventually, three of the four championship points were recorded, but unfortunately not the D2 singles.

Sycamore’s Alex Taylor and Nakul Narendran won the first championship of the day by beating Copley’s Carlos Martinez and Gavin Aten in Division I Doubles. Sycamore won their first round, semi-final match against Westlake’s Cal Craven and Connor Michelich. The championship point is here. For better results, use a High Definition setting.

The next to finish was Lexington's Mason Dragos, as he defeated Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti in the finals. Mason defeated beat champion, Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch, in the semi's.

A King's Island roller coaster has less ups and downs than the D2 Doubles Finals. Cincinnati Country Day’s Shahell Mitra and Vishaal Nalagatla defeated Wyoming’s Myles Bourbon and Will Carter in the finals. CCD first beat Milton-Union’s Matt and Phillip Brumbaugh in the semi's. Click to view the championship point.

The D1 singles final included more than one form of lightening as the contest was moved to Elysium under the threat of bad weather. Once there, Massillon Jackson's Joey Thomas defeated Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti. Joey defeated St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin in the semi-final. Since this match moved indoors, the video quality is significantly worse because of the indoor lighting.

In the other semi-final singles matches, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Indian Hill's Alex Warstler and Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti beat Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone.

In the singles consolations, Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated Indian Hill's Alex Warstler and St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin beat Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone.

In the other semi-final doubles matches, Wyoming’s Myles Bourbon and Will Carter defeated Ottawa Hill’s Matt and Tyler Gargas. Copley’s Carlos Martinez and Gavin Aten beat Massillon Jackson’s Anthony Kanam and Jake Zalenski.

In the doubles consolations, Ottawa Hill’s Matt and Tyler Gargas defeated Milton-Union’s Matt and Phillip Brumbaugh and Westlake’s Cal Craven and Connor Michelich beat Massillon Jackson’s Anthony Kanam and Jake Zalenski.

There were several newspaper articles written about yesterday's matches that will be included later. I need to dash off to the OTCA Tournament. As included in the header, the tournament was moved from Reynoldsburg to Elysium Tennis.

SATURDAY,

Southwest 7 - Northeast 6 - Northwest 2 - Central 1

The Southwest and Northeast Districts were dominant during the first day of States. It will be interesting to see how today's semi's and finals play out.

Brumbaugh Brothers
Milton-Union's Brumbaugh Brothers - Click to enlarge

The top players were all in action. In Division I, Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Butler's Justin Kopronica and Findlay's Reid Teatsorth; Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti beat Kenston's Austin Barr and  Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai; St. Ignatius' Griffin defeated St. Xavier’s Andrew Niehaus and Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino; and Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone beat Sycamore's Aditya Venkitarama and Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny.

In Division II, Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated Lakeview's Zach Teffner and Sandusky’s Brayden Streng; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Clark Montessori's Chris Bak and Canton Central Catholic's Alec Bird; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler defeated Coshocton's Cameron Wiandt and Bay's Adam Krueger; Lexington's Mason Dragos beat Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel and Wellington's Connor Biernat.

Other prominent matches included: Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Cloverleaf's Austin Hanna; Findlay's Reid Teatsorth beat Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Avon's Nico Mostardi; and Bay's Adam Krueger beat Kenton's Dale Oates.

Please refer to the State Tournament Draws for the doubles winners.

The State Tournament Draws were very popular yesterday among OTZ readers, but updating them prevented me from watching as much tennis as I would have preferred. I also had to wait until the end of the day before I had time to take more photos.

Articles written from throughout the state include:

Enquirer.com -- It was a good day for Sycamore tennis -- Adam Baum

Cleveland.com -- OHSAA state boys tennis: Pair of area doubles teams, single players advance to semifinals 2015 -- Nathaniel Cline

Dispatch.com -- Boys tennis: Academy’s Jacob Wareti advances to semifinal -- Dave Purpura

Toledo Blade -- Ottawa Hills' Gargas brothers advance at state tennis -- Jarrod Ulrey

Cantonrep.com -- Jackson boys tennis team sends three to state semifinals

Since OTZ is restricted in how it posts photos for States on this website, many photos were uploaded onto Twitter late last night.

This was a rushed update... See you at States.

FRIDAY,

It's Time -- State Tournament

There are players who are happy to reach States and there are players who want to win States. In the Division I singles draw, fans will be able to watch some great battles throughout today between players who have the skills to win it all.

Reid Teatsorth
St. Johns Jesuit
Findlay's Teatsorth | Will. South's Anzalone - Click to enlarge
If you are at the tournament or following the results from home, remember that the draws will be updated online at State Tournament Draws. An easy-to-remember web page was also created. It is ohiotenniszone.com/draws

Tennis articles written from throughout the state include:

Enquirer.com -- Asher Hirsch in line for historic tennis win -- Mark Schmetzer

Cleveland.com -- Scouting the boys tennis state tournament 2015, OTCA team tournament featuring University School -- Nathaniel Cline

Dispatch.com -- Boys tennis: Dublin Coffman's Yoshino back at state -- Shawn Mitchell

Cantonrep.com -- Jackson fivesome, Central's Bird ready for state tennis tournament -- Joe Mitchin

Ohio.com -- Copley’s Gavin Aten returns to Division I state tennis tournament with third different doubles partner, Carlos Martinez-Hamdan makes first trip -- Michael Beaven

I stopped by the courts last night and took a few photos. The two photos above were when Reid and Vince were warming up. A few photos for the State draw will be posted later today.

Watch for me for your District photo.

See you at States.

THURSDAY,

Massillon Jackson Defeats St. Ignatius | OTZ Video

The last OTCA Tournament spot was claimed by Massillon Jackson yesterday when they defeated St. Ignatius 3-1. Jackson will face Upper Arlington in their first match on Sunday.

Among the top players in yesterday's match, Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski defeated St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette and St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia defeated Massillon Jackson's Mitch Sloan. St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin and Jackson's Joseph Thomas played on court 1 but did not finish.

Just to get everyone really revved up for this weekend's tennis, OhioTennisZone presents a new video. Keeping in mind that the mission of OTZ is to recognize the kids who play high school tennis, this video includes many of the competitors who will be playing this weekend in the OHSAA and OTCA tournaments. Player names are included to provide further recognition and to help viewers become familiar with the players. So crank it up and feel free to share it with your friends and family. Note that the video is best viewed in High Definition.

Numerous articles have been written about States. Click to read.

Vindy.com -- Canfield doubles duo, Lakeview’s Teffner earn state tennis bids -- Kevin Connelly

CantonRep.com -- H.S. tennis: Five Jackson players advance to state

Chronicleonline -- Second time around yields another second for Westlake doubles team of Connor Michelich and Cal Craven -- Dan Gilles

Mansfield News Journal -- Surprise doubles champs help lift state-bound Lex -- Jon Spencer

Herald-dispatch.com -- Fairland's Prince becoming royalty of Ohio tennis -- Tim Stephens

If you are aware of other articles, please submit a Feedback with the information. Note that articles need to include more than simply the line-ups in order to be included.

If you are a member, look for me tomorrow. I will be handing out the District State Qualifier photos that were taken by Linda Stern, Neil Teatsorth, and myself.

Note that there are still some glitches associated with the video. The ads do not benefit OhioTennisZone.com and they should not be included in the video. In fact, since the music used does not permit monetization, Google should have automatically not included the ads. The "default screen" should also not have Jake's head partially obscured. I will continue to work on both of these issues.

WEDNESDAY,

Seven of Eight

Seven of the eight Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association berths have been determined. Massillon Jackson will play against St. Ignatius for the last spot today. The OTCA finals played yesterday included: Lexington defeated Ottawa Hills; Upper Arlington beat New Albany; Columbus Academy defeated Wellington; and St. John's Jesuit beat Findlay.

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

The match-ups for the OTCA tournament have already been per-determined. The Central District (Upper Arlington and Columbus Academy) first plays the Northeast (winner of tonight's match - University School) and the Northwest (St. John's Jesuit - Lexington) first plays the Southwest (Sycamore - Cincinnati Country Day).

The OTCA Draw sheets have been updated to reflect yesterday's matches.

Among the top players, St. John’s Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani defeated Findlay's Reid Teatsorth and Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple beat New Albany's C.J. Cash. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. (These need to be updated to reflect District matches.)

I attended the windy Upper Arlington versus New Albany match yesterday. New Albany started out with a lead but the UA players gradually adjusted to the windy conditions - winning 1st and 2nd dubs and Court 2 singles. Courts 1 (UA's Jack Zelezny versus NA's Alex Kobelt) and 3 (UA's Jack Hughes versus NA's Graeme Green) did not finish.

St. John's Jesuit is today's featured team. They are coached by Jim Davis. SJJ is an OTZ Team Member.

TUESDAY,

Three More Days

While the District seeding process provides some level of seeding for States, it does not do enough because some Districts are far weaker than others. Can you imagine a professional tennis tournament (or any tournament for that matter), where seeds are simply determined by zone or location? While this would benefit the weak U.S. men tennis players, it would not be in the best interest of the sport. Just as it was done years ago, States should be seeded for at least the top four to six players or teams.

Central District D1
Northwest District D1 - Click to enlarge

The Division I States Singles is by far the hardest group to determine because Northeast Ohio is loaded with talent. OTZ's seeds are: St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin, Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti, Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas, Willoughby South's Vince Anzalone, Kenston's Austin Barr, Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino, and Avon's Nico Mostardi. Indrakanti has a really tough draw. Thomas may have the best.

The OTZ Division II Seeds are: Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti, Lexington's Mason Dragos, and Indian Hill's Alex Warstler. Hirsch and Dragos would meet in the bottom half of the draw. The absence of several University School players has weakened the D2 singles and doubles draws.

Central District D2
OTZ Enhanced State Draws - Click to enlarge
The Division I Doubles seeds are: Sycamore's Alex Taylor - Nakul Narendran, St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani - Kevin Brown, New Albany's Alex Kobelt - C.J. Cash, and Copley's Gavin Aten - Carlos Martinez.

The Division II Doubles is essentially a complete guess with Wyoming's Myles Bourbon - Will Carter, Milton-Union's Matt Brumbaugh - Phillip Brumbaugh, Ottawa Hill's Matt Gargas - Tyler Gargas, Columbus Academy's Shrikar Kundur - Austin Lawrence , and Lexington's Matt Youse - Tommy Barkett. Watch for the "brother teams" -- they tend to do well.

Make sure that you bookmark the OTZ Enhanced State Draw on your smartphone so that you can refer to it at States.

Again, special thanks to Findlay parent, Neil Teatsorth, for taking photos of the Northwest District Division I State Qualifiers.

Upper Arlington and New Albany play today for the OTCA berth.

MONDAY,

More Final Four Matches to be Played | State Draws

While most players prepare for States, there are still several open Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Final Four berths remaining. Those matches will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Those teams which have already secured spots for the OTCA tournament are identified in red on the OhioTennisZone State Top Ten Lists in the right navigation bar.

Click to view the OTZ-enhanced, OHSAA State Tournament draws. They are also available above. Information and profile photos are displayed for members. Sign-in to view the non-member information. Note that more profile photos are being processed and they will be added later today. These draws will be updated throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.

Central District D1
Southwest District D1 - Click to enlarge

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) does a very nice job, but its media policy is out-dated. OhioTennisZone.com provides more high school tennis coverage than any other entity. Tennis fans already know this, and it is also reflected in Google PageRank statistics. OTZ ranks first -- not only for the search term "Ohio Tennis" -- but also for "Ohio High School Tennis" beating even the OHSAA's own tennis page. This media policy treats websites as simply "sellers of photos". This prevents OTZ from displaying more than four photos from States on a single web page. It also prevents OTZ from selling any photos from States. So while OTZ covers the sport with daily updates that include analysis, results, and photos on every day of the season, this photographer company was granted exclusive rights by the OHSAA to sell photos from the two most important days of the season, and it hinders how OTZ covers the sport using OTZ's own photos. Also consider how exclusive arrangements prevent competition based on quality and pricing.

Meanwhile... Newspapers are permitted to do what they want due to a long established policy, while OhioTennisZone.com is not.

Central District D2
Southwest District D2 - Click to enlarge

It is ironic that OTZ has more freedom to sell and display photos from professional tennis events (Western & Southern Open) and collegiate events (Ohio State Buckeyes, NCAA Division I, and NCAA Division III) tennis events than from its main mission (and tagline) of "Recognizing those who play and coach high school tennis".

So when you are perturbed every time it is necessary to click "Next" to scroll to the next four photos -- grumble at the OHSAA. That's from their out-dated policy.

OhioTennisZone.com will also be at the OTCA Tournament in Reynoldsburg on Sunday, supporting and covering Ohio high school tennis.

Again, special thanks to Sycamore parent, Linda Stern, for taking photos of the Southwest District State Qualifiers. It is not inexpensive to do this, but as thanks to its members, OhioTennisZone will provide its members with 5x7 prints of these photos at States. Please look for me. The Northwest District Division I State Qualifiers will be featured tomorrow thanks to Findlay parent, Neil Teatsorth.

SUNDAY,

Ready for States

It was a perfect weather day yesterday to complete the seeding rounds for States. Let's hope that next weekend's weather is almost as nice.

Central District D1
Central District D1 - Click to enlarge
Matches among the top singles players included: Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel and Alex Warstler; Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone beat Avon's Nico Mostardi and St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin; Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti defeated St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus and Butler's Justin Kopronica; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino beat Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny and Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai; Findlay's Reid Teatsorthdefeated Springfield’s Cody Wurzelbacher; Lexington’s Mason Dragos beat Defiance’s Daniel Lasarte; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Wellington's Connor Biernat; and Bay's Adam Krueger beat Canton Central Catholic’s Alec Bird and University School's David Buchinsky.

Central District D2
Central District D2 - Click to enlarge

Additional matches included: Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Avon's Nico Mostardi; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Sycamore's Aditya Venkitarama; University School's David Buchinsky beat Cardinal Mooney's Rich Hill; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus beat Sycamore's Aditya Venkitarama; Kenston's Austin Barr defeated Cloverleaf's Austin Hanna; and Butler's Justin Kopronica beat Sycamore's Aditya Venkitarama.

Newspapers summarizing District play include: Cincinnati Enquirer's Mark Schmetzer on the Southwest District; Cleveland.com's Dan Gilles on Northeast's Division I; and Cleveland.com's Ryan Isley on Northeast's Division II.

Sycamore parent Linda Stern took great photos of the Southwest District's State Qualifiers. Those will be featured tomorrow.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON,

Central District Seeding Round

The seeding order for the Central District Division I singles are: 1) Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino, 2) Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai, 3) Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny, and 4) Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru. Three of the four matches were 3-setters.

Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino
Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino - Click to enlarge
The D1 doubles order for Central are: 1) New Albany's Alex Kobelt and C.J. Cash, 2) New Albany's Graeme Green and Nick Blair; 3) Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple and Jack Hughes, and 4) Olentangy's Kevin Miller and Stu Brdicka.

In Division 2, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti is the first seed and Wellington's Connor Biernat is the second. Columbus Academy also captured the first seed for doubles with the team of Shrikar Kundur and Austin Lawrence. Bexley's Gauthier Knox-Kelly - Josh Meyer are the second seeds.

SATURDAY,

Seeding Round for State Qualifiers

Words that you normally do not see together are, "It was a perfect day for tennis at Hilliard Davidson yesterday". The weather did not outshine the tennis as numerous close-contested matches determined who would get to States.

Olentangy's Stu Brdicka
Olentangy's Stu Brdicka - Click to enlarge

Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do and Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino beat Pickerington Central's Chase Pratt and St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Olentangy's Arun Esakkirajmohan and Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru beat Westerville North’s Daniel Mayotte and Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Wellington's Nick Sweeney and Granville's John Purnode; and Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Grandview's Jay Huff and Columbus Academy's Hirsh Hede.

In the first round matches, Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin defeated Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan beat Pickerington North's Cameron Friedman; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta defeated Upper Arlington's Anthony Yang; Dublin Jerome's Worthen beat Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Columbus Academy's Hirsh Hede defeated Bexley's Shai Saar; and Granville's Purnode beat Columbus Academy's Michael Qi.

This is State Qualifier picture day. (See below for the May 21st posting on how to take the photo.) Please email them to me as soon as you can. For those players who are OhioTennisZone.com members, please look me up at States. I will provide you with a 5x7 print of the photo.

Off to Districts... Good luck today.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON,

Central District State Qualifiers

The Division I singles players qualifying from the Central District are: Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny, Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai, Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino, and Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru.

The Central District D1 doubles players are: New Albany's Alex Kobelt - C.J. Cash, New Albany's Graeme Green - Nick Blair; Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple - Jack Hughes; and Olentangy's Kevin Miller - Stu Brdicka.

In Central District Division 2, the singles qualifiers are Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti and Wellington's Connor Biernat. The doubles qualifiers are Columbus Academy's Shrikar Kundur - Austin Lawrence and Bexley's Gauthier Knox-Kelly - Josh Meyer.

FRIDAY,

University School Defeats Hawken | More State Qualifiers

Yesterday was a great day for big matches. University School defeated Hawken to secure an OTCA Final Four berth. Most Districts have identified their State Qualifiers, and the Central District will do that today. Seeding rounds start throughout Ohio beginning tomorrow.

Perrysburg Tennis Team
Hathaway Brown & Univ. of Chicago's Ariana Iranpour - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Kenston's Austin Barr; St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin beat Hudson's Dominic Polifrone; Avon's Nico Mostardi defeated Cloverleaf's Austin Hanna; Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone beat St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette; Kenston's Austin Barr defeated St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus beat Sycamore's Regis Liou; Sycamore's Aditya Venkitarama defeated Centerville’s Josh Giambattista; Butler’s Justin Kopronica beat Walnut Hill’s Laine Harrett and Princeton’s Matt Arroyo; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Badin’s Noah Connaughton; Clark Montessori’s Chris Bak beat Fenwick’s Sam Belgioco;  Indian Hill's Alex Warstler defeated Summit Country Day’s Calvin Spanbauer; and University School's Robert Stroup beat Hawken's Ryan Leizman.

I attended the NCAA Division III Championships in Mason yesterday. There was a three-fold purpose. 1) Watch some great tennis. 2) See how the Wayne County Commission handled the event because the same group will host the OHSAA Girls States next fall. 3) Take photos. It is one of best tennis venues on Earth, so yes, it is very nice, but it is also a very (very) big venue. There needs to be a designated "gathering spot" for the players, fans, and coaches. I was disappointed to learn that the big television screens will not be in place for States. I've been to State Championship matches for Hockey, Wrestling, and Basketball and the big screens play a major role in recognizing the players in their State Championships. Hopefully something can be worked out with the screens. The photo is of Hathaway Brown grad, Ariana Iranpour. Ariana was the OHSAA D2 State Singles Champion in 2013. She is now playing for the University of Chicago. Ariana won her first two matches yesterday in singles, and she also won her doubles match. Play resumes today in Mason. More photos from Mason were posted on Twitter.

Off to Districts... Good luck today.

THURSDAY,

State Qualifiers | Photos of State Qualifiers

District play began in the Southwest and Northwest Districts yesterday. There were also two dual matches recorded. Massillon Jackson defeated Solon to reach the Finals of the OTCA NE and Pickerington North beat Dublin Scioto.

The State Singles Qualifiers from the Southwest District are: Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch; Indian Hills' Alex Warstler and Andrew Pregel, and Clark Montessori's Chris Bak. Click to read the summary written by Cincinnati Enquirer's Mark Schmetzer.

In the dual matches, Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Solon's Nam Le and Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneau beat Pickerington North's Cameron Friedman.

It is almost State Qualifier photo time. The best time to take a photo of the Qualifiers is immediately before the seeding round. Again, OTZ wants photos of the State Qualifiers from each District together as a group, not individually or with only members of their own team. This means that boys from different teams need to be in the same photo.

Central District QualifiersHere are the 14 easy steps to keep in mind: 1) Tell the tournament director you are going to take a photo 30 minutes before you take the photo. The Central District directors have always been great about this, but your director may complain that it will upset the order of the universe by delaying the tournament by two minutes and 16 seconds. If that happens, ask him to be in the photo that you take of the coaches. 2) Tell the other parents to put down their coffee and get their cameras ready -- now. There is safety in numbers. 3) Ask the tournament director to have the boys gather in front of the net of the closest court ten minutes before he begins his tournament announcements. 4) Use the highest resolution (.jpg) possible for your camera. 5) Ask the players to face toward the sun, but not directly facing it. 6) Have the players hold their racquets (preferably). 7) Tell the singles players to take a knee in the front row. 8) Ask the doubles players of each team to stand together and be close behind the singles players. 9) Have the boys tilt their hats and visors back. If it is a sunny day, head coverings will cast a dark shadow over their eyes. 10) Take at least four photos -- someone different will blink in each photo. 11) Leave "room" at the bottom and top of the picture for names and a banner. 12) Take a quick photo of the coaches -- no kneeling is necessary. 13) Pick out the photo in which your son looks the best. 14) Email the photo to me using the highest resolution possible. The image needs to be at least 1 MB, but preferably more.

State QualifiersI tend to let the other parents get their photos first so that I can be assured that everyone is looking at me rather than their mom or dad.

Even though some of the newest camera phones may no longer take hideously awful group photos, please use a real camera. The plan is for me to retrieve individual photos from the group photo to use in the State Draw sheet, so a crystal clear, high resolution photo is necessary.

This is normally the paragraph where the picture taking abilities (or lack there of) of moms are criticized, but not this time.

Another option -- hire a professional to come to the courts for 30 minutes. However, the photographer needs to understand that he has only one minute to take the photo. He would also have to provide immediate permission before it can be included online.

The plan is to include the names of the players in the photo before it is placed it on the website. I know many of the players but it would be helpful to include the names (with correct spellings). This is a time consuming process though so it will need to be a good photo before I will commit the time to do it.

This will be one of your son's favorite photos 25 years from now. Good luck.

TUESDAY,

Sycamore Beats Mason | New Albany Defeats St. Charles

There were five matches recorded from last night. The first OTCA Final Four spot was secured when Sycamore defeated Mason. The other matches included: New Albany defeated St. Charles; St. Xavier defeated Indian Hill; Columbus Academy defeated Bexley; and St. John's Jesuit defeated Perrysburg. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Perrysburg Tennis Team
Perrysburg Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Indian Hill's Alex Warstler; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Bexley's Shai Saar; Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti defeated Mason's Charlie Yu; New Albany's Alex Kobelt beat St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani defeated Perrysburg's Ben Weider; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence beat Bexley's Mark Nudelman; and St. Xavier's Peter Schulteis defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Perrysburg is the featured team for today. They are coached by Brian Meyer.

District matches begin on Friday.

TUESDAY,

Sycamore Beats St. Xavier | OTZ Usage Record

Nothing gets high school tennis fans more energized than awaiting and then seeing the draws. Eventually, all of draws went online by the end of the day yesterday. There were just two matches recorded state-wide. Sycamore defeated St. Xavier and Brunswick defeated Padua.

St. Xavier Tennis Team
St. Xavier Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players in singles, Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti defeated St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus. In doubles, Sycamore's Nakul Narendran and Alex Wittenbaum beat St. Xavier's Neil Bostick and Connor Aronoff.

I had to go to Cincinnati yesterday so it was a great opportunity to take photos at the NCAA Division 3 Championships at the ATP facility and to see how that facility might work for the OHSAA Girls States next fall. Unfortunately, it was rained out while I was there. I also stopped by the Sycamore versus St. Xavier match.

St Xavier is the featured team for today. They are coached by Russ King.

Click to read Cleveland.com's Nathaniel Cline's Preview of the Northeast Districts.

OTZ usage did not just set a new record yesterday, but it blasted through the previous one by almost 25%. Yes, high school tennis fans love this time of year.

Today's matches include: New Albany versus St. Charles and Pickerington North (A) versus Dublin Scioto.

MONDAY,

District Draws | OTZ State Tennis Draws

The all-important District draws are starting to appear. The Southwest was the first District to place its complete draws online, and now the Northeast and Northwest Districts are online as well. The Central District finished its Sectionals yesterday so hopefully those draws will be available soon.

Action photos were added yesterday and a few more last night. Sign-in first and then click to view the Most Recently Added Photos.

State DrawsFor those new to this website, States is a really big deal to OhioTennisZone. Since such a small percentage of high school players get to compete at States, OTZ does everything it can to recognize the players.

To make it easier for fans to recognize the players at States, OTZ will make the Ohio High School State Tennis Draws available again this season. These draws will be updated throughout the day on State's Friday and Saturday. This draw report is unique in that it provides profile photos of the players, action photos, OTZ Player Profiles, and team information (when available). This readily available information is not available in a single report for either college tennis or professional events. Fans with smartphones will be ready to roll at States.

Now note the smooth segue.

To do this report right, OTZ needs profile photos of the State qualifiers. What's preferred are photos of all of the State Qualifiers from each District standing *together*. The individual photos can be taken from those. See the State Qualifiers from the Central District. So - start thinking about this, but don't do anything about it. Otherwise, you will jinx your kid, he'll get eliminated in the first round of Districts, and he'll blame you forever.

The less-than-15. easy-to-remember steps for taking a great photo of your District State Qualifiers will be posted soon.

Matches scheduled for today include: Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Oakwood; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Lexington; and Sycamore (H) versus St Xavier.

SUNDAY,

Sectionals - Results from Seeding Round

If first you don't succeed, try again. And again. And again. Keep trying. And again. Then punt. The weather was just bad enough to temporarily halt play during morning and afternoon play at the Upper Arlington Sectional, but the sixth rain-out was a deluge and it forced players to finish at a local indoor club. Most of the results are now online. Exceptions include the entire Northwest District, Northeast's Wooster Sectional, and Central's Columbus School for Girls Sectional.

Mifflin
St. Charles' Jack Dabek - Click to enlarge

This was the Sectional seeding round so all of the top players were active. The matches among the top players included: Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel and Alex Warstler; St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin beat teammate, Josh Hsia, and Avon's Nico Mostardi; Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Boardman’s Kristian Santilli and Louisville’s Jake Pukys;  Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti beat teammates, Aditya Venkitarama and Regis Liou; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Grandview's Jay Huff and teammate, Hirsh Hede; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat teammate, Anthony Yang, and Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter and Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru; Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin beat Pickerington North's Cameron Friedman and Westerville North's Daniel Mayotte; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta defeated Olentangy's Arun Esakkirajmohan and Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; University School's David Buchinsky beat Hawken's Ryan Leizman; and Cloverleaf's Austin Hanna defeated Brecksville’s Aaron Yeh and Hudson's Dominic Polifrone.

Additional matches included: Avon's Nico Mostardi beat St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni beat teammate, Thomas Porter; Olentangy's Arun Esakkirajmohan defeated Pickerington Central's Chase Pratt; St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia beat teammate, Erich Schuette; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Massillon Jackson’s Danny Thomas beat Kristian Santilli; and Sycamore's Regis Liou defeated Princeton's Matt Arroyo. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Of course, many of the best singles players competed in doubles. Please refer to the team pages or Player Profiles to see those results.

A photo from yesterday's play was featured. It was a tough choice. Others in contention were the photos of Mitchell Thai and Tyler Holsopple. Yesterday's cloudy skies were not ideal for taking photos, and of course I hate the signs (from a picture taking perspective), but there was some great tennis. Sign-in first and click to view Most Recently Added Photos.

Yesterday did not turn out to be a catch-up day since I spent most of the day at the UA Sectional. Hopefully today will be better, but I am already way behind.

SATURDAY,

Sectionals - Seeding Round

Getting matches played today may take a while due to the weather. The northern part of the state looks wet and the rest of the state looks "hit or miss". In dual match play yesterday, Harvey defeated Crestwood, and Cincinnati Country Day defeated Summit Country Day. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Mifflin
Mifflin Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
OTZ is still awaiting Sectional results for the Northwest and Northeast Districts. The Southwest is largely done and Central is completely done.

Today is hopefully going to be a catch-up day, unless I have to spend most of the day waiting for matches to be played.

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

There were several photos added to the Most Recently Added Photos area yesterday. Several of the same photos were also placed on Twitter.

FRIDAY,

Sectional Results

As stated a couple of weeks ago - to OTZ - getting the Sectional Draws is like Christmas morning. Going with the same theme, the day after the first day of Sectionals is like getting all of the bills. It is going to take quite some time to get all of the results entered. Also note that the results in the newspapers will be entered. If it is not in the newspapers, it will likely not be included on OTZ. The Columbus Dispatch had all of the results (see below); the Enquirer - not many; and the Plain Dealer - none.

On the bright side, the weather was perfect for yesterday. Unfortunately, the weather for the next round is expected to be rainy.

Look for all of these results to be entered by noon.

Results Now Available

The results are now available. At this stage, there are not many competitive matches that include the top players, but the Northeast District is a day further along in their Sectional play so they had a few more. The matches among the top players include: Willoughby South's Vince Anzalone defeated Kenston's Austin Barr; Avon's Nico Mostardi beat St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette; St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia; Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin beat Pickerington North's Christian Keen; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated New Albany's Ben Teich; and Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Upper Arlington's Robert Dong.

THURSDAY,

Sectionals | Cincinnati Country Day Beats Indian Hill | St. Charles Defeats Dublin Jerome

The Central District begins its Sectionals today. States start in 15 days. This is the key day to have good weather because it is nearly impossible to take the first day indoors. There were 16 matches recorded from yesterday, and the breakdown by District was: Central - 9, Northeast - 3, and Southwest - 4. The close, 3-2 matches included: Cincinnati Country Day defeated Indian Hill; Reynoldsburg beat Newark; and Dublin Scioto defeated Worthington Kilbourne. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Shaker Heights
Shaker Heights Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated Indian Hill's Alex Warstler; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan beat Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru beat Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta; and St. Charles' Vinh Thai defeated Dublin Jerome's Noah Schneider. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Shaker Heights. They are coached by Allan Slawson.

The OTCA Tournament Draws listed above will be updated as the matches are played. Note that the "update date" is now included as well. Please send a Feedback or an email for any missing matches. Also, please notify OTZ if a match recorded as an OTCA match was really just a regular dual match.

There are no dual matches included in today's schedule due to the Sectionals. Good luck today.

WEDNESDAY,

Mason Defeats Turpin | New Albany Beats Pickerington North

The cooler, dry weather allowed 29 matches to be play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Northeast - 4, and Southwest - 10. The close, 3-2 matches included: Harvey defeated Lakeside; Loveland beat Moeller; Midview defeated Elyria; and Hilliard Davidson beat Dublin Scioto. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Jonathan Alder
Bay Village Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan beat Bexley's Shai Saar; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Mason's Nadim Boulos; New Albany's Graeme Green beat Pickerington North's Cameron Friedman; and St. Charles' Quyen Thai beat Bexley's Mark Nudelman. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Bay Village. They are coached by David Peters.

The Sectional matches included in the newspapers will be included on OTZ. Note that it takes a significant amount of time to get these matches entered so it is likely that the morning updates will be later than normal.

TennisRecruiting.netOTZ submitted another update to TennisRecruiting.net last night. For those who have purchased Player Profiles, please make sure that there is a link from TennisRecruiting.net to OhioTennisZone.com on your TennisRecruiting.net Player Record. Contact OTZ if there is not. We want to make it as easy as possible for college coaches to see your high school match results.

Matches today include: St. Charles versus Dublin Jerome; DeSales (H) versus Wellington; Kettering Fairmont (A) versus West Carrollton; and Shaker Heights (H) versus Twinsburg. Please always check prior to going to a match.

TUESDAY,

St. Ignatius Defeats Hawken | Walsh Jesuit Beats Bay Village

Severe thunderstorms hit most of the state yesterday, but 12 matches were played and recorded. The breakdown by District was: Central - 2, Northeast - 7, and Southwest - 3. The close, 3-2 matches included: Conneaut defeated Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin; Summit Country Day beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; and Chagrin Falls defeated Gilmour Academy. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Jonathan Alder
Jonathan Alder Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated Hawken's Ryan Leizman; St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette beat Hawken's Josef Horwath; and Walsh Jesuit's Ben Smith defeated Bay's Adam Krueger. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Jonathan Alder. They are coached by Ryan Swinehart.

Matches today include: St Xavier (H) versus Sycamore; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne; Dublin Scioto (H) versus Hilliard Davidson; and New Albany (H) versus Pickerington North. Please always check prior to going to a match.

MONDAY,

Photo Monday | Sectional Week

Another group of photos is online. This group was not only taken with the new camera but many photos were taken while I was sitting on the court between the nets. The "pro" part of the sitting-on-the-court shots is that they provide a different perspective. The "con" part is me trying to stand back up. To view the new photos, sign-in first and then click on Most Recently Added Photos. Click to view changes to the OTZ Top Ten(ish) Boys Tennis Photos. Please remember that all photos attributed to each school may be viewed from the team pages.

Hunter|Lahrmann
UA's Eric Hunter and Will Lahrmann - Click to enlarge
More newspaper articles are starting to be written in preparation for the Sectionals. This article was written by the Cincinnati Enquirer's Mark Schmetzer.

Matches today include: Indian Hill (A) versus Turpin; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Archbishop Alter; Massillon Jackson (H) versus St Edward; Shaker Heights (H) versus Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; and  Worthington Kilbourne (H) versus Watterson. Schedules change -- please always check prior to going to a match.

SUNDAY,

St. John's Jesuit Beats Ottawa Hills

Yesterday was another day of "What spots did I miss with sunscreen?" Ohio will get some relief from the hot weather this week. In yesterday's matches, Cincinnati had its big GMC tournament where Sycamore did well. There were also four other dual matches that were reported. Those matches included: West defeated Watkins Memorial; St. Johns Jesuit defeated Ottawa Hills; Hilliard Bradley defeated Lancaster; and Westerville North defeated Ready.

Scores were not listed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for many of yesterday's GMC matches. Normally this is not done, but scores were entered into OTZ as 1-0, 1-0 when no scores were included. If interested, coach or individual members may email scores to OTZ.

Kevin Metka
Kevin Metka - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti defeated Mason's Nadim Boulos; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Lancaster's Colten Clark; Mason's Nadim Boulos defeated Princeton's Matt Arroyo; St. Johns Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani beat Ottawa Hills’ Jason Judis; Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated Mason's Charlie Yu; and Sycamore's Alex Taylor beat Mason's Young-Jin Kang.

I took photos at the Ohio State versus Vanderbilt match yesterday. It was the last home match for Worthington Kilbourne grad, Kevin Metka. More match photos of Kevin, Chris Diaz, and others are posted on Twitter.

SATURDAY,

St. Xavier Defeats Columbus Academy | Moeller Beats Indian Hill

It was another hot day and another day closer to States. There are still Sectionals and Districts to play, but States begin in 20 days. There were 14 matches recorded state-wide and the breakdown by Districts was: Central - 9, Northeast - 2, and Southwest. The close, 3-2 matches included: Moeller defeated Seven Hills; Hartley beat Fisher Catholic; Hamilton Township defeated Shekinah Christian; Olentangy beat Gahanna; Harvey defeated Chardon; St. Xavier beat Columbus Academy; and Wellington defeated Olentangy Liberty. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

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

Among the top players, Columbus Academy's Wareti defeated St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus; Olentangy's Kevin Miller beat Pickerington Central's Chase Pratt; Wellington's Connor Biernat defeated Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do; Xavier's Peter Schulteis beat Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence; and Wellington's Nick Sweeney defeated Olentangy Liberty's Jay Thankappan. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is St. Ignatius. They are coached by Jonathan Barker and they are a Team Member.

St. Xavier and Cincinnati Country Day are hosting matches that include several of the top teams in the state. The teams involved are: Cincinnati Country Day, St. Xavier, Indian Hill, St. Ignatius, Upper Arlington, University School, and Lexington. In another important dual match, St John's Jesuit plays Ottawa Hills.

FRIDAY,

Cincinnati Country Day Beats Seven Hills | Bexley Defeats Wellington

Ohio had another good night of tennis. There were 39 matches recorded. The breakdown by District was Central - 20, Northeast - 7, and Southwest - 12. Compared with last year, 8% fewer dual matches have been played. The close, 3-2 matches included: Big Walnut defeated Marysville; Jonathan Alder beat Buckeye Valley; Fenwick defeated Madeira; Sycamore-B beat Kings; Midview defeated Olmsted Falls; Walnut Hills beat Wyoming; Bexley defeated Wellington; Canal Winchester beat Westland; Turpin defeated Moeller; Fisher Catholic beat Madison Christian; Fairfield defeated Badin; Grove City beat Newark; Columbus Academy defeated Olentangy Orange; Olentangy beat Upper Arlington-B; and Felicity defeated Amelia. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

The comment yesterday about the intensity level picking up turned out to be the case. In the Big Walnut versus Marysville match, there was three 3-setters. There were four 3-setters in the West versus Whetstone match.

Pickerington Central
Pickerington Central Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated Seven Hills' Arjun Dheenan; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated New Albany's Graeme Green; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr beat Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Bexley's Shai Saar; Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps defeated Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence; Bexley's Mark Nudelman beat Wellington's Nick Sweeney; and St. Charles' Vinh Thai defeated Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Before the season started and to provide information to the coaches before they selected seeds for the March OTCA tournament, OhioTennisZone published a Pre-Season Top Ten Teams list for Division I and Division II. Those lists included the names of expected key contributors from each school. (See entries for February 26th and February 28th. It is time to redo these lists because some of these players were unable, or chose not, to play high school tennis and some boys have since gotten injured. The OTZ list also looks at line-ups for the most important matches. For instance, when Massillon Jackson played Upper Arlington, Jackson did not have their #1 Singles player, and Sycamore did not use their #2 player against Upper Arlington. This list will be in the right-side navigation bar (but not always in the same place). Those teams with Team Memberships are highlighted with blue-wiggly stars.

Today's featured team is Pickerington Central. They are coached by Kelli Rings.

Matches today include: Indian Hill (H) versus St. Ignatius; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Copley; St John's Jesuit (A) versus Sylvania Northview; Shaker Heights (T) versus Brush; Kettering Fairmont (T) versus Troy; and Beechcroft (H) versus Watkins Memorial.

THURSDAY,

Indian Hill Defeats Wyoming | Columbus Academy Beats Pickerington North

If history repeats itself, the number of dual matches played each evening will wind down quickly after tonight, but while the number of matches decrease, the intensity level increases. There were 36 matches recorded state-wide and the breakdown by District was: Central - 18, Northeast - 5, and Southwest - 13. The close, 3-2 matches included: Hamilton Township defeated Hartley; Colerain beat Anderson; Brunswick defeated Mentor; Oak Hills beat Princeton; Mariemont defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Loveland beat Lakota West; Grove City defeated Grandview; Teays Valley beat Westland; Norwood defeated Clark Montessori; Indian Hill beat Wyoming; and Hilliard Darby defeated Jonathan Alder. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

St. Francis DeSales
DeSales Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Kenston's Austin Barr defeated University School's Robert Stroup; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Pickerington North's Blaine Carr; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Olentangy's Stu Brdicka; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Thomas Worthington's Brian Waibl; and Olentangy's Kevin Miller defeated Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is St. Francis DeSales. They are coached by Rob Lehner.

The Sectional Draws are linked to above. The Central, Southwest, and Northwest Districts now include all of their draws online. The Northeast District has all but Wooster, Tri-City, and Harvard Park.

Matches today include: Bexley (H) versus Wellington; St. Charles (A) versus Hilliard Davidson; Massillon Jackson (A) versus Westlake; Olentangy Orange (A) versus Columbus Academy; Shaker Heights (A) versus Beachwood; Jonathan Alder (H) versus Buckeye Valley; Kettering Fairmont (T) versus Centerville; Lancaster (A) versus Teays Valley; Olentangy (H) versus Upper Arlington; and Whetstone (A) versus West. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

WEDNESDAY,

Dublin Jerome Defeats Bexley | Mason Beats Turpin

This week's dose of hot weather is welcome because it will help acclimate the players for hotter days ahead. There are some years when players are not exposed to hot weather until States. Last year, there was significant (to extreme) cramping in both the Boys D1 and D2 State Singles finals for three of the four players.

There were 39 matches recorded state-wide and the breakdown by District was: Central - 18, Northeast - 5, and Southwest - 16. The close, 3-2 matches included: Westerville North defeated Hilliard Darby; Loveland beat Anderson; Twinsburg defeated Strongsville; Colerain beat Fairfield; Midview defeated Cloverleaf; and Dublin Jerome beat Bexley. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Bishop Hartley
Bishop Hartley Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the top players, Solon's Nam Le defeated Shaker Heights' Wilder Geier; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan beat Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta; Turpin's Grant Wendel defeated Mason's Nadim Boulos; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr beat Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Wellington's Connor Biernat defeated Whetstone's Winfield Slocum; Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel beat Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do; Westerville North’s Daniel Mayotte defeated Hilliard Darby’s David Kim; and Pickerington North's Cameron Friedman beat Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter.

Today's featured team is Bishop Hartley. They are coached by Heath Goolsby.

Midwest SportsRemember -- Sunday is Mother's Day. Please keep Midwest Sports in mind for your gift needs. They have a wide assortment of tennis gear, and women's tennis and fitness apparel. By using the OhioTennisZone links, you'll save 10% off on clearance items. Also, everything that you purchase via the OTZ links directly benefits OhioTennisZone.com (so please keep this in mind when you purchase new racquets).

Matches today include: Columbus Academy (A) versus Pickerington North; St. Charles (A) versus Bexley; DeSales (H) versus Pickerington Central; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Olentangy; Dublin Jerome (H) versus New Albany; Findlay (H) versus Lima Central Catholic; Jonathan Alder (A) versus Hilliard Darby; and Lancaster (H) versus Hilliard Davidson.

TUESDAY,

St. Xavier Defeats Seven Hills

Rain hampered play in some areas of Ohio (and at the two matches that OTZ attended). There were 26 matches recorded state-wide the breakdown by District was: Central - 8, Northeast - 4, and Southwest - 14. The close, 3-2 matches included: Elder defeated Walnut Hills; Princeton beat St. Xavier-B; Finneytown beat Harrison; Mariemont defeated Fenwick; and Summit Country Day beat Madeira.

St. Charles
St. Charles Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
The state's top players either took the day off or were rained out. In the St. X match, St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Seven Hills' Arjun Dheenan.

Today's featured team is St. Charles. They are a Team Member and they are coached by Linda Myers.

This is the time of year that things really heat up online. OTZ has broken usage records on back-to-back days. Season-to-date, usage is up 33% versus last year, while usage on Sunday and Monday was 62% greater than last year. Twitter has helped drive usage to the website, but word-of-mouth has certainly helped as well (as I overheard at the UA versus Olentangy Orange match last night).

Matches today include: Dublin Jerome (H) versus Bexley; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Canfield; Olentangy Orange (H) versus Olentangy Liberty; St. Charles (A) versus Worthington Kilbourne; Watterson (H) versus Hartley; Shaker Heights (H) versus Cleveland Heights; and Pickerington North (A) versus Hilliard Davidson.

MONDAY,

Photo Monday | Sectional Draws

The neat thing about Ohio tennis is that anyone in the Sectional draw could eventually become the State Champion. Of course, some paths are a bit harder than others to get there. The Sectional draws provide players with the names of the first few obstacles.

St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia
St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia - Click to enlarge
As draws are placed online, they will be included in the box in the upper-right hand corner.

There are 41 new photos online. Sign-in first and then click Most Recently Added Photos to view them. These are the first with the new camera. My goal with these and future photos is to not take a photo of "There is Bob hitting a forehand". I want these to be borderline art. I want you to add extra walls so you have room to hang them. I want you to take down the photos of your now less favorite children and put these in their place. In fact, I want you to move the "other" children into the garage so their rooms can be used as galleries. Or not. To begin your print and digital collection, click Buy a Photo. Note that these prints make a great gift for Mother's Day but get your orders in now. (Note that Mother's Day is this Sunday.)

Some mothers also create scrapbooks for their senior sons. Wouldn't it make sense to include a great tennis photo?

Matches today include: Indian Hill (H) versus Wyoming; Shaker Heights (H) versus Solon; Bexley (H) versus Dublin Coffman; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Wooster; New Albany (H) versus Hilliard Bradley; and St Xavier (A) versus Seven Hills. Please note that many of these matches were placed on the schedule before the season started so always check before you go to a match. Of course, I rarely check and I often get burned.

SUNDAY EVENING,

They're Here . . .

And for the moment you've been waiting for...

Sectional Draws for Central District - Division I

Sectional Draws for Central District - Division 2

Sectional Draws for McKinley - Northeast District - Division I

Sectional Draws for Defiance - Northwest District - Division II

The Central District draws are run like a smooth, finely-tuned machine. There are AP tests to deal with during Sectionals, so there were accommodations made by some coaches to insure those players did not end up in the "rat-tails". That would have delayed play considerably. (Rat-tails are the matches that feed into the main draw.)

The Central District Sectionals are also great because a coach can select the Sectional location that best suits his team. In Division I, there are four locations -- Hilliard Davidson, Pickerington Central, Reynoldsburg, and Upper Arlington. Coaches who have a "States or Bust" mentality might select a location that includes the best Singles or Doubles players. In Central, that is typically the Upper Arlington location. The reason to do this is because players from the same Sectional will not have to play each other again until they have qualified for States. Some coaches know that their players may not have the skills to get to States so they will pursue the best approach to get their players to Districts. Some coaches select the closest location while others are willing to travel as far as it takes.

The net result is that the Central District gets its most deserving players to States most of the time. That is definitely not the case for other Districts. This is why there is so much interest in re-seeding for Districts. It is not as critical for Central, but it is a very big deal for the Southwest, and often for the Northeast.

To include your Sectional draw on OhioTennisZone.com, just email it to me - but please - it needs to be legible.

SUNDAY,

Sectional Draw Day | Cincinnati Country Day Beats St. Ignatius | New Albany Defeats Mason

When the girls' parents complain about how much nicer the weather is for the boys' tennis season versus the girls', days like yesterday are the only ones they recall. It was a perfect tennis day. There were 19 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdowns by District were: Central - 6, Northeast - 2, and Southwest - 11. The close, 3-2 matches included: Cincinnati Country Day defeated St. Ignatius; New Albany defeated Mason; Shaker Heights defeated St. Edward; Pickerington North defeated Hudson; Badin defeated Madeira; Sycamore defeated St Xavier-Louisville. In tournament play, St John's Jesuit won the TRAC and Columbus Academy won the Mid-State League Ohio. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Cincinnati Country Day
Cincinnati Country Day - Click to enlarge

There were many great match-ups yesterday. They included: Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin and St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; St. Xavier-Louisville's Brandon Lancaster beat Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti and Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani defeated Findlay's Reid Teatsorth; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Bexley's Shia Saar; New Albany's Alex Kobelt defeated Mason's Nadim Boulos; St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin beat St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr defeated Mason's Young-Jin Kang and Hudson's Dominic Polifrone; Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu beat St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette; New Albany's CJ Cash defeated Mason's Young-Jin Kang; New Albany's Graeme Green beat Mason's Charlie Yu; and St. Charles' Vinh Thai defeated St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Cincinnati Country Day. Their coach is Matt Dektas.

I took a massive number of photos yesterday as St. Charles hosted Cincinnati Country Day and St. Ignatius at the Columbus School for Girls' facility. I'm unsure if I'll have enough time to get them online for tomorrow.

The Sectional Draws take place today throughout Ohio. They begin at 2:00pm. I will be helping with the Division I Central District draws. Look for the Central Draws to be online by early this evening. If coaches in the Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Districts take a picture of their draw and email it to me, I'll plan to include those online as well.

SATURDAY,

Cincinnati Country Day Beats Indian Hill | Columbus Academy Defeats Bexley

Sectional Draws are tomorrow.

There were 18 match recorded from state-wide play on a great day for tennis. The breakdowns by District were: Central - 9, Northeast - 5, and Southwest - 4. The close, 3-2 matches included: Worthington Christian defeated Granville; North Olmsted defeated Twinsburg; Harvey defeated Madison; and Westland defeated Circleville. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Grandview
Grandview Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Avon's Nico Mostardi defeated Solon's Nam Le; Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch beat Indian Hill's Alex Warstler; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Bexley's Shai Saar; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat Westerville South's Jacob Kotik; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr defeated Pickerington Central's Nick Vandervoort; and Mason's Nadim Boulos beat Seven Hills' Arjun Dheenan. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Grandview Heights. They are coached by Ray Corbett.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) and Sycamore (H) versus St Xavier (Louisville, KY); St. Charles (H) versus Cincinnati Country Day and St. Ignatius; Cincinnati Country Day versus St. Ignatius; and Mason versus New Albany and Pickerington North. The Mid-State league is also playing its tournament today.

FRIDAY,

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

A few matches were rained out, but there were still a respectable 38 matches recorded. The breakdown by District was: Central - 19, Northeast - 11, and Southwest - 8. There were quite a few close, 3-2 matches. They included: Westland defeated Central Crossing; Kirtland beat Wickliffe; Shaker Heights defeated Western Reserve Academy; Chagrin Falls beat Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; Hilliard Bradley defeated Gahanna; Watterson beat Westerville Central; Dublin Jerome defeated Pickerington Central; Teays Valley beat Hamilton Township; Olentangy Orange defeated Wellington; Shekinah Christian beat Hartley; Fenwick defeated Archbishop Alter; Olentangy beat Olentangy Liberty; Crestwood defeated Ravenna; Goshen beat Amelia; and Badin defeated McNicholas. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino beat New Albany's Alex Kobelt; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr defeated St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Gahanna's Chris Kusovski; Solon’s Nam Le beat Hawken’s Ryan Leizman; Dublin Jerome’s Ryan Worthen beat Pickerington Central’s Nick Vandervoort; New Albany's CJ Cash defeated Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin; and St. Charles' Vinh Thai beat Pickerington North's Matt Barry. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

The Ohio Tennis Coaches Association draws are updated with the most recent matches. Click to view the draws on OTZ. Note how the links are used at the top of the page to quickly jump from District to District and from Division 1 to Division 2. Please submit a Feedback for any matches that are not included.

I was fortunate to be given a media pass to attend the PowerShares Series last night. The above photo of Andy Roddick's eyes are reminiscent of Anna Sanford's photo posted on April 18th. That suggestion of keeping eyes on the ball may be worthwhile after all. I was also planning to attend the St. Xavier versus Indian Hill match while in Cincinnati, but unfortunately, it got rained out.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) versus Cincinnati Country Day; Shaker Heights (H) versus St Edward; and Marysville (A) versus Marion Harding.

THURSDAY,

Olentangy Orange Beats Pickerington North | Dublin Jerome Defeats Dublin Coffman | Turpin Wins ECC

Ohio high school tennis is now almost caught up to last year. The 43 matches from last night brings the total to 692 matches to-date versus 701 from 2014. The breakdown by District for yesterday's matches was: Central - 20, Northeast - 9, Northwest - 1, and Southwest - 13. The close, 3-2 matches included: Olentangy Orange (winning 46% of the games) defeated Pickerington North; Jonathan Alder beat Grove City; Logan Elm defeated Unioto; Westerville Central beat DeSales; Rocky River defeated Midview; Dublin Jerome beat Dublin Coffman; Hamilton Township defeated West Jefferson; Kettering Fairmont beat Bellbrook; Lakota West defeated Princeton; Batavia beat Bethel-Tate; and McNicholas defeated Norwood. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

OTZ - Central District Top Ten Teams
Division I Division II
1. Upper Arlington 1. Columbus Academy
2. New Albany 2. Wellington
3. St. Charles 3. Bexley
4. Dublin Coffman 4. Granville
5. Olentangy Orange 5. Grandview
6. Pickerington North 6. Watterson
7. Dublin Jerome 6. Bloom-Carroll
8. Worthington Kilbourne 8. Jonathan Alder
9. Hilliard Davidson 9. Village Academy
10. Pickerington Central 10. DeSales

Matches among the top players included: Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel beat Pickerington North's Blaine Carr; New Albany's Alex Kobelt defeated Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni beat Gahanna's Chris Kusovski; Hudson's Dominic Polifrone defeated Solon's Nam Le; Turpin’s Grant Wendel beat Walnut Hill’s Laine Harrett; and Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps defeated Pickerington North's Matt Barry. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

There were several really big matches that have been played over the last three days that have made the Central District Top Ten Teams list much more interesting. Even though Dublin Jerome beat Dublin Coffman last night, OTZ is going to start the conversation with the list to the right. Coaches from across Ohio must rank all teams in their District for the upcoming Sectional draw. This list should be helpful for the Central District coaches. A really high-powered (and somewhat complex) report, called the Matrix Report, is available to dissect the performance of the teams in the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts. This report includes the percentages of games won in each match for each team. Teams are sorted by their match winning percentage. The links make it easy to jump from team to team. Again, if you are not really, really into data, it is best that you pick up a People magazine rather than dive into this report. This report is only available to OTZ Members. To see the photos of the various teams in one report, click Top Ten Boys Teams in Central District.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (A) versus St Xavier; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Copley; Dublin Coffman (A) versus New Albany; Columbus Academy (A) versus Dublin Scioto; Olentangy Orange (A) versus Wellington; and  Shaker Heights (A) versus Western Reserve Academy. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

WEDNESDAY,

Dublin Coffman Beats Pickerington North | Indian Hill Defeats Seven Hills

It was another big night for tennis as teams hurry to get matches in before the Sectional draws. There were 50 matches recorded in state-wide play and the breakdown by District was: Central - 19, Northeast - 13, Northwest - 1, and Southwest - 17. The close, 3-2 matches included: Dublin Coffman defeated Pickerington North; Fairfield beat Princeton; North Olmsted defeated Avon; Finneytown beat Winton Woods; Hilliard Bradley defeated Dublin Scioto; Mariemont beat Madeira; North Royalton defeated Strongsville; Chardon beat Willoughby South; Jonathan Alder defeated Pleasant; Olentangy Orange beat Dublin Jerome; Twinsburg defeated Mentor; Kenston beat Orange; Kings defeated Loveland; and Hawken beat Beachwood. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Solon Tennis Team
Solon Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Matches among the top players included: Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Solon's Nam Le; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino beat Pickerington North's Blaine Carr; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai defeated Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru; Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen beat Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler defeated Seven Hills' Arjun Dheenan; Mason's Nadim Boulos beat Oak Hills' Nathan Hill; St. Charles' Sam Sullivan defeated Watterson's Ryan Mar; and Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps beat Dublin Jerome's Noah Schneider. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Solon. They are coached by James Elwing.

Mark Schmetzer wrote a nice article about Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti in today's Cincinnati Enquirer.

Today's matches include:Olentangy Orange (H) versus Pickerington North; Massillon Jackson (H) versus North Canton Hoover; St John's Jesuit (H) versus Sylvania Southview; Watterson (H) versus Hilliard Bradley; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Gahanna; and Westerville North (H) versus Delaware Hayes. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

TUESDAY,

Sycamore Beats Mason; Columbus Academy Defeats St. Charles

There were several significant matches played last night, including a few that did not get printed in the Columbus Dispatch this morning. There were 43 matches recorded from state-wide play. The breakdown by District was: Central - 21, Northeast - 9, and Southwest - 13. The close, 3-2 matches included: Grove City defeated Marysville; Kettering Fairmont beat Trotwood-Madison; Worthington Kilbourne defeated Dublin Jerome; Norwood beat Goshen; Olentangy Liberty defeated Hilliard Bradley; Central Crossing beat Newark; Dublin Coffman defeated Hilliard Davidson; Watkins Memorial beat DeSales; Westerville North defeated West; Kings beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Badin defeated Harrison; and Granville beat Groveport. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Mason Tennis Team
Mason Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Willoughby South's Vincent Anzalone defeated Avon's Nico Mostardi; Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti beat Mason's Nadim Boulos; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; New Albany's Alex Kobelt beat Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel;  Pickerington North's Blaine Carr defeated Olentangy's Stu Brdicka; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta beat Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen; Sycamore's Alex Taylor defeated Mason's Young-Jin Kang; New Albany's CJ Cash beat Olentangy Orange's Jordan Phelps; Columbus Academy's Austin Lawrence defeated St. Charles' Jack Dabek; and Sycamore's Noah Stern beat Mason's Charlie Yu. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Mason. They are coached by Mike Reid. Mason is a Team Member so everyone on the team receives a Player Profile.

Today's matches include: Indian Hill (H) versus Seven Hills; Massillon Jackson (A) versus Solon; Olentangy Orange (A) versus Dublin Jerome; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Pickerington North; St John's Jesuit (H) versus Lima Senior; Watterson (A) versus St. Charles; Cardinal Mooney (H) versus Warren G Harding; and Findlay (H) versus Fremont Ross. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

MONDAY,

Sectional Draws - This Sunday

Everything is getting geared up for the Sectional Draws this Sunday. Scores need to be online asap so the records can be in place for seeding considerations. If a match was in the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, or Cincinnati Enquirer and it is not online, please send a Feedback to get the score added to OTZ.

For those who live outside of the three major newspaper metro areas, just join OhioTennisZone to get your scores online. There are numerous teams in the Dayton, Toledo, and northeast areas of the state who have become members so that they can share their results on OTZ. Unfortunately, I am a one-person operation and there are simply not enough hours in the day to process scores from throughout the state from non-members. Coach members can submit individual scores for their entire team and individual members can submit scores for themselves.

Upper Arlington Tennis Team
Upper Arlington Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Numerous players have been added to the Top Players list and Watch lists. Click to view the lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest. Expect these lists to continue to change up to the Sectional Draw. These lists are very convenient for coaches to take into the draws with them. Another report that is beneficial is the End-of-Year (or Season-to-Date) report that lists the results of all players on a team. The report shown is for Hilliard Davidson, but it is available for coaches under the Coaches tab above for their respective teams.

Members who would like to continue with their OTZ membership must email me by tomorrow night. It is unnecessary to sign-up again. Please get your payment in promptly using a check or PayPal payment.

Today's featured team is Upper Arlington. They are coached by Amos Allison. Upper Arlington is a Team Member.

As many of you know, I enjoy playing platform tennis. While platform tennis is a winter sport, there will be a summer league in Columbus this year. Your performance may vary but I have found that my tennis and platform tennis games improve when I play both sports in the same season. To read more about it, click on PlatformTennisZone.com. For those who dread the cold weather, this is a perfect way to try out the sport in above freezing temperatures. Sign-up before April 30th.

Matches today include: St Xavier (A) versus Walnut Hills; Bexley (A) versus Lancaster; Dublin Jerome (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Olentangy; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Trotwood-Madison; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Lake (Uniontown); and Shaker Heights (H) versus Mayfield.

SUNDAY,

Sycamore Wins GCTCA; Jackson & St. X Louisville Win Lexington Tourney; UA Beats St. John's Jesuit

It was a huge weekend for big matches. Sycamore decisively won the GCTCA with 400 points while St. Xavier was second with 190 points. Massillon Jackson and St. Xavier Louisville tied for first place at the Lexington Invitational. Upper Arlington defeated St. John's Jesuit, 3-1. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Jackson Tennis Team
Jackson Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

In the championship matches of the weekend, Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti defeated St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus and Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas beat St. Xavier-Louisville's Brandon Lancaster. Also in tournament play, Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Kenston's Austin Barr and Walsh Jesuit's Ben Smith; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Solon's Nam Le and Hudson's Dominic Polifrone; Kenston's Austin Barr defeated Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino. Sycamore's Alex Taylor defeated Indian Hill’s Andrew Pregel; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr defeated Wellington's Connor Biernat; Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated St. Xavier’s Waqas Tanveer.

In dual match play, St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny and Arlington's Jack Hughes defeated St. John's Jesuit's Trevor Majdalani.

Today's featured team is Massillon Jackson. They are coached by Louie Thomas.

The Lexington Invitational Tournament really needs to have the words, "Food Fest", added to the title. The food was awesome. They provided an abundant supply of nutritious food for the players and tasty food for the adults who needed to pick up a few extra pounds.

SATURDAY,

St. John's Jesuit Defeats New Albany

This will be a really quick update today because I need to scurry off to the Lexington tournament. There were 20 matches recorded, and the breakdown was: Central - 7, Northeast - 7, and Southwest - 6. The close, 3-2 matches included: Strongsville defeated Brunswick; Talawanda beat Ross; Western Reserve Academy defeated Orange; Grove City beat Reynoldsburg; Kings defeated Anderson; Harvey beat Kirtland; St. John's Jesuit defeated New Albany; and Walnut Hills beat Troy. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Pickerington North Tennis Team
Pickerington North Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Matches among the top players included: Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated Mason's Nadim Boulos; St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani beat New Albany's Graeme Green; St. John's Jesuit's Kevin Brown defeated New Albany's Harrison Lippy; and St. John's Jesuit's Trevor Majdalani beat New Albany's Noah Fox.

Today's featured team is Pickerington North. They are coached by Brian Hoff.

Matches today include: Upper Arlington (H) versus St John's Jesuit and the GCTCA and Lexington tournaments.

FRIDAY,

GCTCA Tournament -- Now with Results

Waking up to see the results for the big GCTCA tournament is almost like Christmas morning since there are so many great match-ups. Unfortunately the Cincinnati Enquirer did not include the scores for the Flight A group. After these scores are secured, all of the scores will be entered. It will; however, require quite a bit of time to enter them.

As for the rest of Ohio, there were 36 matches recorded and the breakdown by District was: Central - 28, Northeast - 6, and Southwest - 2. The close, 3-2 matches included: Worthington Kilbourne defeated Olentangy; Norwood beat Amelia; Watkins Memorial defeated Whetstone; Dublin Scioto beat Hilliard Darby; Hilliard Davidson defeated Olentangy Liberty; and Blanchester beat Felicity. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Sycamore Tennis Team
Sycamore Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Matches among the top players included: Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti defeated Turpin’s Grant Wendel and Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus beat Indian Hill's Alex Warstler and Mason's Nadim Boulos; Sycamore's Alex Taylor defeated St. Xavier’s Peter Schulteis; Sycamore's Noah Stern beat Turpin's Brett Schubert; Walnut Hills' Laine Harrett defeated Mason's Nadim Boulos; Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel beat Mason's Young-Jin Kang; Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin defeated Lancaster's Colton Clark; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta beat Olentangy's Kevin Miller; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni defeated Olentangy Liberty's Hoang Do; Wellington's Connor Biernat beat Watterson's Ryan Mar; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated Westland's Bryan Moreno; and Wellington's Nick Sweeney beat Watterson's Tom Scherer. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

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

Matches today include Dublin Coffman (H) versus Massillon Jackson; New Albany (H) versus St John's Jesuit; St Xavier (H) versus Columbus Academy; and Grove City (H) versus Hilliard Bradley. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

THURSDAY,

Hill Battles: Mason Defeats Indian Hill; Seven Hills Beats Walnut Hills

Ohio tennis is slowly catching up with 493 matches being recorded this season versus 570 from last year. Some teams have played double-headers against less competitive teams in order to get their league matches played. There were 49 played yesterday and the breakdown was: Central - 20, Northeast - 10, and Southwest. The close, 3-2 matches included: Twinsburg defeated Cuyahoga Falls; Lakota East beat Lakota West; Hilliard Davidson defeated Bexley; Pickerington Central beat Dublin Scioto; Kings defeated Butler; Dublin Jerome beat Olentangy; Granville defeated Westerville Central; Mason beat Indian Hill; Summit Country Day defeated Mariemont; and Batavia beat Goshen. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Springboro Tennis Team
Springboro Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Matches among the top players included: Indian Hill's Alex Warstler defeated Mason's Nadim Boulos; Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel beat Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta; Sycamore's Alex Taylor beat Colerain's Matthew Laskey; Bexley's Shia Saar defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen beat Olentangy's Kevin Miller; and Indian Hill's Andrew Pregel defeated Mason's Charlie Yu.

Today's featured team is Springboro. They are coached by Ken Bartley.

Matches today include the Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic and the following dual matches: Findlay (H) versus St John's Jesuit; Hilliard Bradley (H) versus Westerville North; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Springboro; Lancaster (H) versus Reynoldsburg; Olentangy (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne; and Watterson (H) versus Wellington.

WEDNESDAY,

St. Ignatius Defeats Solon

It was another good, but windy day for tennis. There were 55 matches recorded and the breakdown was: Central - 27, Northeast - 9, and Southwest - 19. The close, 3-2 matches included: Bloom-Carroll defeated Teays Valley; Summit Country Day beat St. Xavier-B; Harrison defeated Northwest; St. Ignatius beat Solon; Strongsville defeated Mentor; Mason-B beat Wyoming; Moeller defeated Elder; Westerville North beat Westerville Central (and thereby shall be known as the champions of Westerville); and Seven Hills defeated Chaminade-Julienne. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Kenston Tennis Team
Kenston Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Matches among the top players included: St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated Solon's Nam Le; Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin beat Pickerington North's Blaine Carr; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni; Dublin Scioto’s Rohith Koneru beat Dublin Jerome’s Ryan Worthen; Lancaster’s Colton Clark beat Gahanna’s Christopher Kusovski.

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

Click to read the Cincinnati Enquirer article today written by Mark Schmetzer about the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Classic.

Matches tonight include: Indian Hill (H) versus Mason; Massillon Jackson (A) versus Glenoak;  Bexley (A) versus Hilliard Davidson; Dublin Jerome (H) versus Olentangy; Lancaster (H) versus Chillicothe; and Olentangy Orange (H) versus Worthington Kilbourne. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

TUESDAY,

Cincinnati Country Day Beats Seven Hills; Indian Hill Defeats Moeller

There were 33 matches recorded state-wide as the poor weather affected some but not all of the matches. The District breakdown was: Central - 14, Northeast - 6, and, Southwest - 13. The close, 3-2 matches included: Talawanda defeated Badin; Blanchester beat Batavia; Colerain defeated Beavercreek; Indian Hill beat Moeller; Watterson defeated Thomas Worthington; Northwest beat Middletown; Dublin Coffman defeated Upper Arlington-B; Dublin Jerome beat Olentangy Liberty; Hamilton Township defeated Westland; Reynoldsburg beat Athens; Fenwick defeated Lebanon; Lancaster beat West; and Cincinnati Country Day defeated Seven Hills. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Wellington Tennis Team
Wellington Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Matches among the top players included: Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu defeated Seven Hills' Arjun Dheenan; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni beat Olentangy's Kevin Miller; Indian Hill’s Andrew Pregel defeated Moeller’s Michael Tepe; Olentangy Liberty’s Hoang Do beat Dublin Jerome’s Ryan Worthen; and Westerville North’s Daniel Mayotte defeated Bexley’s Shia Saar.

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

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

The Top Ten Boys Photos has been updated to included the 2015 photos. I am happy with most of these photos, but hopefully many of them will be replaced with even better photos before the end of the season.

Matches tonight include: Dublin Jerome (H) versus Dublin Scioto; Upper Arlington (H) versus Hilliard Davidson; Findlay (A) versus Lima Senior; Gahanna (H) versus Lancaster; Indian Hill (H) versus Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Revere; New Albany (H) versus Olentangy; Shaker Heights (H) versus University School; Thomas Worthington (A) versus Marysville; Watterson (H) versus DeSales; and Westerville North (H) versus Westerville Central. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

MONDAY,

It's Photo Monday - the Sequel.

For photos, the sun is good. Too much sun is bad. Indoor lighting is almost always awful. Shooting through fences is tough. Distracting backgrounds are bad. Backgrounds with sign-age (Upper Arlington) can be a problem, especially when teams where yellow shirts. Black shirts and white shirts don't focus as well as blue and purple. Great shots are necessary to extend the players.

Copley Tennis Team
Sycamore's Nathan Zhang - Click to enlarge
Occasionally, conditions are great and many of the best OTZ photos come from the same match. That largely turned out to be the case at the Columbus Academy versus Sycamore match on Friday night. Great lighting. No high fences. Great competition.

Today's 33 new photos are now included in the Most Recently Added Photos under Tennis Photos on the navigation bar. Also note that for players who have Player Profiles, the photos for that player are included in the Profile. The same applies for each team. All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them. Please sign-in first.

The photo that I like the most to-date is of Sycamore's Nathan Zhang. It includes great lighting, great eye-on-ball, sharp focus, and action. The OTZ Boys Top Photos will be updated later today to include some of the best photos from this season.

For those players or parents who purchase digital photos, those photos may be shared anywhere. They are also shared with everyone who uses OTZ - even for users who do not have memberships. Click for examples of Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter from this year and last year.

Matches tonight include: Massillon Jackson (H) versus Lexington; Shaker Heights (H) versus Medina; Watterson (H) versus Thomas Worthington; Cardinal Mooney (A) versus St Thomas Aquinas; Indian Hill (H) versus Moeller; Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Miamisburg; and Whetstone (H) versus Grove City.

SUNDAY,

Sycamore Defeats Upper Arlington; Pickerington North Wins Tournament

There were only five dual matches recorded state-wide and a tournament. Pickerington North won its tournament and Kenston came in second. The other teams included: Copley, Springboro, Olentangy, Dublin Jerome, Gahanna, and Findlay. It was ACT day so several teams were without their full squads. In dual match play, Sycamore defeated Upper Arlington; Westerville North beat Mount Vernon; Walsh Jesuit defeated Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin; and St. Xavier beat both Centerville and Louisville Trinity. The "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days are available under Previous Day Match Results.

Copley Tennis Team
Copley Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Kenston's Austin Barr defeated Pickerington North's Cameron Friedman and Dublin Jerome's Noah Schneider; Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti beat Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Centerville's Joshua Giambattista; Sycamore's Noah Stern beat Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple; and Sycamore's Nakul Narendran defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Hughes. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Copley. They are coached by Mark Ullman.

Tomorrow will be Photo Monday.

SATURDAY,

Massillon Jackson Beats St. Ignatius; Sycamore Defeats Columbus Academy

The coaches took advantage of the incredible weather yesterday to catch-up on matches. There were 38 matches recorded, and the District breakdown was: Central - 18, Northeast - 7, and Southwest - 13. The close, 3-2 matches included: Norton defeated Wadsworth; Grove City beat Lancaster; Kettering Fairmont defeated Wilmington; Brecksville beat Brunswick; Lakota East defeated Colerain; Hartley beat Madison Christian; Marysville defeated Village Academy; Solon beat Kenston; and Massillon Jackson defeated St. Ignatius.

The "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days are available under Previous Day Match Results. The Jackson versus St. Ignatius match included three, 3-setters. See right for their performance graph.

Thomas Worthington Tennis
OSU's Anna Sanford - Click to enlarge
Matches among the top players included: Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin; Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti beat Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti; Kenston's Austin Barr defeated Solon's Nam Le; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny beat Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino; Indian Hill’s Alex Wartsler defeated Madison Christian’s Michael Perevozchikov; St. Ignatius' Erich Schuette beat Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni defeated Westland's Brian Moreno; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Central Crossing's Kyle Deep; and Massillon Jackson's Anthony Kanam defeated St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's photo of Olentangy Orange's and Ohio State's Anna Sanford is from the OSU versus University of Michigan match that took place yesterday at Ohio State.

Matches today include: the Pickerington North tournament and the dual matches of Marysville (T) versus Pleasant; St Xavier (H) versus Centerville; Sycamore (H) versus Upper Arlington; and Westerville North (A) versus Mount Vernon. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

FRIDAY,

Madeira Beats Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

The rain came back but there was still 34 match results recorded. The breakdown by District was: Central - 9, Northeast - 9, Northwest - 1, and Southwest - 15. The close, 3-2 matches included: Bay defeated Avon; Brecksville beat North Olmsted; Madeira defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Talawanda beat Edgewood; Hamilton Township defeated Logan Elm; Covington Catholic beat Wyoming; Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin defeated Brush; Twinsburg beat Stow; Aurora defeated Harvey; and Felicity beat Norwood.

The "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days are available under Previous Day Match Results. The Madeira versus CHCA match included four, three set matches and it yielded one of the closest performance graphs of the season.

Columbus Academy Tennis TeamMatches among the top players included: Avon's Nico Mostardi defeated Bay's Adam Krueger; Sycamore's Alex Taylor beat Princeton's Matt Arroyo; Indian Hill's Alex Warstler defeated Anderson’s Jonathan Helmers; Westlake's Connor Michelich beat Berea’s Miller Buckholz; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Moeller’s Michael Tepe; and Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru beat Westerville South's Jacob Kotik. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

Today's featured team is Columbus Academy. They are coached by Jeff Warstler. Columbus Academy is a Team Member so all of their players have Player Profiles.

Matches tonight include: Sycamore (A) versus Columbus Academy; Massillon Jackson (A) versus St. Ignatius; Indian Hill (H) versus Miami Valley; Shaker Heights (A) versus Hawken; Pickerington Central (A) versus Gahanna; and Kettering Fairmont (A) versus Wilmington. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

THURSDAY,

Upper Arlington Defeats St. Charles

After three nice days in a row, the Ohio Boys tennis season is slowly catching up. There have been 275 matches recorded so far, versus 370 during the same time period as last year. There were 44 match results recorded yesterday and the breakdown by District was: Central - 25, Northeast - 8, and Southwest - 11. The close, 3-2 matches included: Marysville defeated Buckeye Valley; Bloom-Carroll beat Teays Valley; Whitehall defeated Franklin Heights; Dublin Jerome beat Wellington; Grandview defeated Watterson; Logan Elm beat Unioto; Hawken defeated Kenston; Norton beat Orrville; Upper Arlington defeated St. Charles; Lakota West beat Fairfield; and Harvey defeated Middletown Madison. In the match between Fenwick and Princeton, there were four super tie-breaks played. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Worthington Kilbourne Tennis Team
Worthington Kilbourne- Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; Westlake's Connor Michelich beat Solon's Nam Le; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr defeated Bexley's Shia Saar; Wellington’s Connor Biernat beat Dublin Jerome’s Ryan Worthen; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni beat Gahanna's Chris Kusovski; St. Charles' Evan Yakubov defeated Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple; and Wellington's Nick Sweeney beat Dublin Jerome's Noah Schneider. Click to view the Top Players Lists for Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest.

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

Matches tonight include: Cardinal Mooney (A) versus Austintown Fitch; Indian Hill (A) versus Anderson; Massillon Jackson (H) versus Copley; Pickerington Central (H) versus Pickerington North; St John's Jesuit (A) versus Toledo Central Catholic; St Xavier (H) versus Moeller; and Wellington (A) versus Granville. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

WEDNESDAY,

Massillon Jackson Beats Kenston; Olentangy Orange Defeats Olentangy

Yesterday was the biggest match day of the season. There were 54 match recorded. The breakdown by District was: Central - 25, Northeast - 11, Northwest - 1, and Southwest - 17. The close, 3-2 matches included: Summit Country Day defeated Anderson; Hartley beat Ready; Harvey defeated Perry; Bethel-Tate beat Amelia; Olentangy Orange defeated Olentangy; Brush beat Chardon; North Royalton defeated North Olmsted; Solon beat Copley; and Teays Valley defeated Hamilton Township; For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Westland Tennis Team
Westland Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Kenston's Austin Barr defeated Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas; St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin beat Shaker Heights' Wilder Geier; Reynoldsburg's Cameron Raglin defeated Pickerington Central's Nick Vandervoort; Pickerington North's Blaine Carr beat Lancaster's Colton Clark; Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel defeated Olentangy's Kevin Miller; Hilliard Bradley's Mitchell Thai beat Westerville South's Jacob Kotik; Copley's Carlos Martinez defeated Solon's Nam Le; and Olentangy’s Stu Brdicka beat Olentangy Orange’s Jordan Phelps.

Today's featured team is Westland. They are coached by Dan Witteman.

Matches tonight include:Upper Arlington (A) versus St. Charles; Bexley (A) versus Pickerington North; Dublin Jerome (A) versus Wellington; Findlay (H) versus Perrysburg; Hilliard Davidson (A) versus Olentangy Orange; Massillon Jackson (A) versus Canton McKinley; Shaker Heights (T) versus Avon; and Westerville North (A) versus Westerville South; Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

TUESDAY,

St. Xavier Beats Wyoming

On a day that was expected to be rainy, there were 38 matches played throughout Ohio. The breakdown by District was: Central - 17, Northeast - 8, and Southwest - 13. The close, 3-2 matches included: Madeira defeated New Richmond; Big Walnut beat Westerville Central; Batavia defeated Norwood; and Kings beat Lakota West. In other notable matches: Worthington Kilbourne defeated Pickerington Central and St. Xavier beat Wyoming. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Centennial Tennis Team
Centennial Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus defeated Wyoming's Mason Bourbon; Worthington Kilbourne's Rohan Gupta beat Pickerington Central's Nick Vandervoort; and Granville's John Purnode defeated Gahanna's Chris Kusovski. The Boys Top Players lists will begin to change very soon, but again, the rain-outs have delayed this process.

Today's featured team is Centennial. They are coached by Barbara Stevenson.

Matches tonight include: Massillon Jackson (H) versus Kenston; Shaker Heights (H) versus St. Ignatius; Cardinal Mooney (A) versus Canton Central Catholic; St John's Jesuit (A) versus St Francis DeSales; Olentangy (H) versus Olentangy Orange; Sycamore (A) versus Oak Hills; Dublin Scioto (H) versus Westerville North; Indian Hill (A) versus Mariemont; and Olentangy Liberty (H) versus Upper Arlington. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

MONDAY,

Photo Monday

It was a great weekend for tennis. Hopefully Ohio boys tennis will catch a break for this week.

Sunday's are normally catch-up days so there is an opportunity to process photos. That was not the case yesterday because I had to go out of town, but I processed photos late last night and let other things slide.

Shrikar Kundur
Shrikar Kundur - Click to enlarge
The "photo portion" of OTZ is about as time consuming as the data portion. Hundreds of photos are taken, but only about 15% find their way online. It takes roughly twice the amount of time to process the photos than it does to take them. The processing includes: cropping, color-correcting, adding names, and databasing the photos. On Saturday alone, I took photos for about five hours, so you can do the math. It's also safe to say that OhioTennisZone.com has more high school photos than all of the major newspapers combined, and perhaps all of Ohio's newspapers combined.

To view the 50 photos taken over the last few days, click on Most Recently Added Photos under Tennis Photos on the navigation bar. Also note that for players who have Player Profiles, the photos for those players are included in their Profiles. The same applies for each team. All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them. Please sign-in first.

For those who purchase digital photos, those photos are then displayed for all tennis fans to enjoy. Click to learn more about purchasing photos.

No new photos have been added to the Boys Top Photos. That will begin to happen in the next few days. Click above to view last year's photos. Click to see the Top Girls Photos from last fall.

Matches tonight include: Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Butler; Massillon Jackson (A) versus Perry; New Albany (H) versus Reynoldsburg; Olentangy (H) versus Delaware Hayes; Shaker Heights (A) versus Brush; St Xavier (A) versus Wyoming; Watterson (A) versus Bexley; and Whetstone (H) versus Hilliard Darby. Click to view the List of Upcoming Matches.

SUNDAY,

Upper Arlington Beats University School and Jackson; St. Charles Wins Hilliard Davidson Doubles Classic

Yesterday was as nice as the rest of last week was miserable, and the tennis was as good as the weather. There were nine dual matches recorded, but many teams were involved in tournaments. In tournament play, St. Charles won the Hilliard Davidson Doubles Classic and Dublin Coffman was the runner-up. In dual match play, the close, 3-2 matches included: Summit Country Day defeated Bellbrook; Columbus Academy beat Wyoming; Upper Arlington defeated both Massillon Jackson and University School. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Olentangy Liberty
Olentangy Liberty Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Matches among the top players included: Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski defeated Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Wyoming's Mason Bourbon; Upper Arlington's Jack Zelezny defeated University School's Paul Gota; University School's Robert Stroup beat Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple; and Massillon Jackson’s Anthony Kanam defeated Upper Arlington's Tyler Holsopple.

In the Davidson Doubles Classic, St. Charles' team of Evan Yakubov-Jack Dabek defeated Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino-Brian Do in the finals. More of the doubles results will be added online in the next two days.

Today's featured team is Olentangy Liberty. They are coached by Andrew Sinclair.

More photos will soon be added online. Note that numerous photos have been posted on Twitter @OhioTennisZone. Click on the little bird thing to the right to Follow.

The weather forecast is expected to be wet next week, but hopefully not as bad as it was last week. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

SATURDAY,

St. John's Jesuit Defeats CCD and St. Charles Beats Dublin Coffman

Ohio finally had a good weather day. There were 30 matches recorded, and the breakdown by District was: Central - 15, Northeast - 6, Northwest - 1, and Southwest - 8. The close, 3-2 matches included: Seven Hills defeated Worthington Kilbourne; St. Charles beat Dublin Coffman; Jonathan Alder defeated Westland; St. John's Jesuit beat Cincinnati Country Day; and Mariemont defeated Talawanda. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Westerville North
Westerville North Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Matches among the top players included: Cincinnati Country Day’s Asher Hirsch defeated St. John’s Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani; Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti beat Granville's John Purnode; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino defeated St. Charles' Sam Sullivan; St. John's Jesuit's Kevin Brown beat Cincinnati Country Day's Kevin Yu; and St. Charles' Evan Yakubov defeated Dublin Coffman's Matt Urwin.

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

Today will be a busy day. Hilliard Davidson has its doubles tournament which will include eight teams. Dual matches include: Wyoming (A) versus Bexley and Columbus Academy; Findlay (A) versus Ottawa Hills; Sycamore (H) versus Cincinnati Country Day and St. John's Jesuit; and Upper Arlington (H) versus Massillon Jackson and University School. OTZ will start the day at Hilliard Davidson and then go to both of the Upper Arlington matches. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

FRIDAY,

University School Defeats Massillon Jackson; Rain Beats Tennis

Yes, it's been a bit damp this season. From a historical perspective, in 2013 there were 262 matches played by now, in 2014 there were 271, and this year Ohio tennis has recorded just 96 matches. Hopefully teams are able to get in a full slate of matches today.

Dublin CoffmanThere was one (1) match reported yesterday. University School defeated Massillon Jackson by the score of 4-1. University School is second in the OTZ Pre-Season D2 rankings, and Massillon Jackson is #6 in Division 1. For the "by-court" performance graphs of that match and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Matches among the top players included: Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski defeated University School's Rob Stroup, University School's Paul Gota beat Massillon Jackson's Anthony Kanam; and University School's David Buchinsky defeated Massillon Jackson's Robert Dysart. Jackson's Joey Thomas was not in the line-up.

Today's featured team is Dublin Coffman. They are coached by Brett Hundertpfund. Dublin also has a Team Membership, which enables all of the players to have Player Profiles and OTZ access. It also provides Coffman with a "college-like" website appearence on their team page.

Hopefully coaches were able to reschedule rain-outs for tonight. Those matches already scheduled include: St John's Jesuit (A) versus Cincinnati Country Day; St. Charles (A) versus Dublin Coffman; Worthington Kilbourne (H) versus Seven Hills; Columbus Academy (H) versus Granville; Indian Hill (H) versus Walnut Hills; and Marysville (H) versus Bellefontaine. Click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

THURSDAY,

Copley Beats Highland; Dublin Jerome Defeats Hilliard Davidson

Ohio tennis received a brief respite from the rain, which enabled a few matches to be played. The total recorded included 14 matches, and the breakdown by District were: Central - 4, Northeast - 4, and Southwest - 6. The close, 3-2 matches included: Copley defeated Highland; Hamilton Township beat Circleville; Dublin Jerome defeated Hilliard Davidson; and Summit Country Day beat Centerville. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Thomas Worthington Tennis
A Lonely Tennis Ball - Click to enlarge
Matches among the top players included: Dublin Jerome's Ryan Worthen defeated Hilliard Davidson's Thomas Porter and Westlake's Connor Michelich beat Hudson's Dominic Polifrone.

The sudden and unexpected good weather must have taken quite a few coaches by surprise. I traveled to three different locations to find a tennis match and there were no players in sight. None. It is understandable that given the forecast and the travel arrangement requirements that a few matches could have been canceled, but to not have practice was a bit confusing. It's not like coaches have to call the office and request that messages be hand-carried to the captains anymore. With Twitter and email, all of the kids and parents can be notified immediately of any changes. Yesterday was a beautiful day wasted for many teams.

Season kick-off articles are now showing up in force. Click to read Cleveland.com's Nathaniel Cline's season kick-off article about the Northeast District.

If the weather co-operates there could some great matches. Those scheduled include: Massillon Jackson (H) versus University School; Sycamore (H) versus Mason; Shaker Heights (A) versus Gilmour Academy; St. Charles (A) versus Dublin Scioto; Bexley (H) versus Columbus Academy; Pickerington North (H) versus Gahanna; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Thomas Worthington; and Findlay (A) versus Toledo Central Catholic. The OTZ list of scheduled matches is certainly does not include all matches, but click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

WEDNESDAY,

Rain, Please Stop

The weather is starting to become a real problem. To be on track with last year, 294 matches need to be played by the end of Saturday. Thus far, the total is 81. The rain is expected to continue until Saturday.

There were still eight matches recorded between the rain drops. They included: Twinsburg defeated Norton; Teays Valley beat Circleville; Harvey defeated West Geauga; and Bloom-Carroll beat Logan Elm. In OTCA Tournament play, Walnut Hills defeated Anderson. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all recorded matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Dublin Scioto Tennis
Dublin Scioto Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Today's featured team is Dublin Scioto. They are coached by Mike Wrigley.

I was slated to go to the Kettering Fairmont versus Piqua match yesterday but that got canceled, then I shifted to Marysville versus Westland and it looked like it would be raining there. Tonight, I'll stay within Columbus' 270 outer-belt and watch Whetstone (H) versus Lancaster.

Tonight's matches include: Olentangy (H) versus Pickerington North; Shaker Heights (A) versus Mentor; Granville (H) versus Bexley; Findlay (A) versus Shawnee (Lima); Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Chaminade-Julienne; and Dublin Jerome (H) versus Hilliard Davidson. The OTZ list of scheduled matches is certainly not complete, but click to read the List of Upcoming Matches.

TUESDAY,

Hilliard Darby Defeats Hilliard Bradley; Twinsburg Beats Mayfield

The weather continues to be an issue, but it's not dire yet. At the same point in the season as last year, there have been 73 matches recorded thus far versus 99 from last year. The close, 3-2 matches were: Hilliard Darby defeated Hilliard Bradley; River Valley beat Delaware Hayes; and Westerville Central defeated Newark. In a border clash, St Xavier-Louisville defeated Mason. For the "by-court" performance graphs of yesterday's matches and for matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Thomas Worthington Tennis
Thomas Worthington Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Today's featured team is Thomas Worthington. They are coached by Max Quinton.

There could be quite a few good matches tonight if the weather holds. They include: New Albany (A) versus Olentangy Orange; Dublin Coffman (H) versus Hilliard Davidson; Findlay (H) versus St Francis DeSales; Dublin Jerome (H) versus Hilliard Bradley; Granville (H) versus Watkins Memorial; Kettering Fairmont (H) versus Piqua; St John's Jesuit (H) versus Clay; and Upper Arlington (H) versus Thomas Worthington.

MONDAY,

Recognizing Ohio's Tennis Coaches

As the tag line above states, OTZ is about "Recognizing those who play and coach high school tennis". Today the focus moves to the coaches.

Ohio CoachesOTZ provides a comprehensive List of Coaches under the Coaches' tab above. Normally the photos are behind the paywall, but the paywall will be removed until the Wednesday morning update to allow all readers to see them.

Note that there are numerous ways to view this list. It "starts" on the Central District coaches (for which there are more photos), but readers may also view it by District (East, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest), by school name, or by the coaches' last names. Those coaches with Coach Profiles may also be selected.

Since OTZ is located in the Central District, there are far more photos of these coaches. Teams who travel throughout the state to play also have their photos included.

OTZ attends the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Conference/Clinic each March. The objectives of that conference are to cover the sport, talk with coaches, and take photos. Today's photo includes numerous coaches who attended that conference.

If there has been a recent coaching change or a coach is not matched correctly with his/her photo, please send a Feedback or private message @OhioTennisZone via Twitter. Note that the coach list is always in flux. Updating it was this weekend's project.

Hopefully the rain will hold off until today's matches can be played. After that, rain is expected for nearly forever. Matches tonight include: Columbus Academy versus Centerville; Mount Vernon versus Westerville North; New Albany versus Bexley; and Thomas Worthington versus Dublin Scioto. OTZ will be at the Thomas Worthington versus Dublin Scioto match taking photos.

EASTER SUNDAY,

Tennis News Articles

There were no matches recorded from yesterday, but there are still a few articles to read about tennis. This is the very beginning of the tennis articles written by the major papers and their satellite publications. The Cincinnati Enquirer had this article earlier in the season about their region's top players. The Dispatch's ThisWeekNews publication has also had several.

When you see the reporters, make sure that you thank them for covering our sport. They are stretched in numerous directions as they cover multiple sports for numerous schools.

OhioTennisZone will feature the "season kick-off" articles written by these reporters for many schools. Watch for these articles on the team pages in the next two to three weeks.

As always, subscribe to a newspaper. "Free" information on the Internet was not free to produce.

Matches tomorrow include: Bexley versus New Albany; Columbus Academy versus Centerville; Mount Vernon versus Westerville North; New Albany versus Bexley; and Thomas Worthington versus Dublin Scioto.

SATURDAY,

Padua Beats Brecksville-Broadview

Thankfully - there was one match to post this morning. Padua defeated Brecksville by the score of 4-1. For the "by-court" performance graphs of that match and matches from previous days, click on Previous Day Match Results. On court 1, Padua's Jacob Grimmer defeated Brecksville's Mike Lee.

Beechcroft Tennis
Beechcroft - Click to enlarge
The goal is to have the update finished by 8:00AM. Occasionally I get.

Distracted. This morning's distraction was the lunar eclipse.

Today's featured team is Columbus' Beechcroft High School. They are coached by Daphne Hess. Beechcroft is a Team Member which means that each player gets a Player Profile and access to OhioTennisZone. Coaches receive a coach membership.

Please send me a Feedback if your team is having a match or tournament today.

FRIDAY,

Sycamore Beats Copley; St. John's Jesuit Defeats Perrysburg

It was almost a complete rain-out yesterday -- just three matches were recorded. Sycamore defeated Copley; St. John's Jesuit beat Perrysburg (from Wednesday); and Cincinnati Country Day defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all matches, click on Previous Day Match Results.

OTZ TwitterIn out-of-state play, Pickerington North defeated a South Carolina Hilton Head team by the score of 4-2. Unfortunately since a 4-2 score with five singles courts and one doubles court does not fit into the OTZ database, that match will not be included online.

Among the top players, Sycamore's Alex Taylor defeated Copley's Gavin Aten and St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani beat Perrysburg's Ben Weider.

The Ohio State Men's tennis team has two home matches this weekend -- one today (Friday) at 3pm against Minnesota and another against Wisconsin on Easter Sunday at noon. Still cannot believe they play on Easter Sunday. Ohio players in OSU's line-up include Watterson's Chris Diaz and Worthington Kilbourne's Kevin Metka.

At the end of the last boy's season, OTZ started using Twitter to comment on and forward tennis information. I also use Twitter to display a few additional photos. I take myself to the Cheesecake Factory every time the number of OTZ Followers doubles. Cheesecake is good. Click the image to Follow OTZ.

Since today is Good Friday, this means that the Catholic schools will be off for spring break next week.

Please send me a Feedback if your team is having a match or tournament tomorrow.

THURSDAY,

St. Charles Defeats Wellington

Yesterday was a picture perfect day. Today and tomorrow -- maybe not so much. There were 28 matches recorded throughout Ohio. The breakdowns by District were: Central - 15, Northeast - 6, Southwest - 6, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Briggs defeated Eastmoor Academy; Elder beat Colerain; Pleasant defeated Delaware Hayes; Hamilton Township beat Madison Christian; and Kenton defeated Marysville. Among the Pre-Season Top Ten OTZ Teams, St. Charles defeated Wellington. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all matches, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Watkins Memorial
Watkins Memorial - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, St. Charles' Evan Yakubov defeated Wellington's Nick Sweeney; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino beat Dublin Scioto's Rohith Koneru; Hilliard Davidson's Chris Codogni defeated Watterson's Ryan Mar; and Wellington's Connor Biernat beat St. Charles' Jack Dabek.

Top Players Lists

There are always a few questions each season about the Top Players Lists and Watch Lists (Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest). The current lists are essentially the same as they were at the end of last year (minus the graduates). The lists will start to change in a few days after the line-ups become more stable. It is first necessary to see how the coaches rank the players within their own teams.

It is really difficult for a team to have more than one player on the Top Players List because the court 2 players rarely receive high quality matches. There are exceptions but note that even the overwhelmingly strong Dublin Jerome girls team has just one player (Ellee Bullock) on the Top Players List and one on the Watch List (Rhiannon James). The players on the Top Lists of the various Districts will be very similar in terms of skill, but the Watch Lists may vary. Note that all players start on their District's Watch List.

Feedback from coaches is always welcome because they have insight from watching the boys during practices and matches. Insight from parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, and friends of friends is not helpful – at all. In fact, just to make it really clear that I do not want non-coach recommendations, I have been known to delay placing a deserving player on the Watch List by a week after getting a suggestion. For those who intensely follow high school tennis and who are subscribers to OhioTennisZone, the players in your District rankings will likely be within three to four spots of the OTZ ranking.

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

There is a very nice, season kick-off article in today's Cincinnati Enquirer that provides coverage on a number of Cincinnati-area teams. The article was written by Mark Schmetzer and it is titled, "CCD's Hirsch hoping to make history".

Tonight's matches include: Sycamore (H) versus Copley; Upper Arlington (A) versus Dublin Coffman; Columbus Academy (A) versus Wellington; Gahanna (H) versus Pickerington Central; Hilliard Bradley (H) versus Hilliard Darby; and Hilliard Davidson (A) versus Marysville.

WEDNESDAY,

Sycamore Beats Massillon Jackson and Columbus Academy Defeats Dublin Coffman

While everyone hates a windy, blustery day, it is still worthwhile to become accustomed to these conditions. There were 29 matches recorded from yesterday. The breakdowns by District were: Central - 13, Northeast - 5, Southwest - 10, and Northwest - 1. The close, 3-2 matches included: Westlake defeated Copley; Shaker Heights beat Lexington; Groveport defeated Central Crossing; Watkins Memorial beat Reynoldsburg; West defeated Grove City; Medina beat North Olmsted; Columbus Academy defeated Dublin Coffman; New Richmond beat Bethel-Tate. In a battle between two OTZ Pre-Season Top Ten Teams, Sycamore defeated Massillon Jackson. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all matches, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Whetstone Tennis Team
Whetstone - Click to enlarge

Among the OTZ top players, Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas defeated Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti; Dublin Coffman's Bryan Yoshino beat Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti; Sycamore's Alex Taylor defeated Massillon Jackson's Jake Zalenski; Copley's Gavin Aten beat Westlake's Connor Michelich; Sycamore's Nakul Narendran defeated Massillon Jackson's Anthony Kanam; and St. Charles' Sam Sullivan beat Lancaster's Colten Clark.

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

Tonight's matches include: DeSales (H) versus Hartley; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Dublin Scioto; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Watterson; Marysville (H) versus Kenton; New Albany (H) versus Columbus Academy; and Thomas Worthington (H) versus Pickerington Central.

TUESDAY,

TennisRecruiting.net Now Includes OTZ Rankings in Their Player Records

TennisRecruiting.net is the web site that junior tennis players and college coaches use throughout the United States to share and gather tennis match results from USTA and ITF matches.  OhioTennisZone.com is extremely pleased to announce that results from Ohio high school matches can now be easily shared with TennisRecruiting.net (TR.net) readers using a link directly to OhioTennisZone.

Deepak IndrakantiHow does it work? 

Click to view the TR.net Player Records for two ranked players - Sycamore’s Deepak Indrakanti (who has an OTZ Player Profile) and Massillon Jackson’s Joseph Thomas (who does not).  The next player, Mason’s Sean Reid, does not have an OTZ ranking, but he does have an OTZ Player Profile.

This arrangement will be very helpful for Ohio high school players because their tennis results now become much more relevant to college coaches who are normally too busy to search for this information. 

As you know, Ohio is unique because we are the only state with in-depth high school tennis media coverage.  Ohio’s rankings are also the only state rankings included on TennisRecruiting.net.

For more information about joining TennisRecruiting.net, click on this link. To join OhioTennisZone.com in order to obtain a Player Profile, click here.

As for last night's activity, there were 21 matches recorded from throughout Ohio. The most prominent was Sycamore's win over St. Ignatius. The close, 3-2, matches included: St. Edward defeated Norton; La Salle beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Ready defeated Westland; Centennial beat Mifflin; and Whitehall defeated Franklin Heights. For the "by-court" performance graphs of all matches, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Matches among the top players included: St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin defeated Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti; Sycamore's Alex Taylor beat St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia; and Sycamore's Noah Stern defeated St. Ignatius' Marton Tamasy.

Tonight's matches include: Sycamore (A) versus Massillon Jackson; Columbus Academy (H) versus Dublin Coffman; DeSales (H) versus Gahanna; Dublin Coffman (A) versus Columbus Academy; Hilliard Bradley (H) versus Wellington; Hilliard Davidson (H) versus Hilliard Darby; and Whetstone (H) versus Westland.

MONDAY,

Players Profiles Include 2014 Results

As stated yesterday, this is the time of the year when there are not many 2015 results to review because it is so early in the season. This just changed. For a limited time, 2014 results will be included for those players with Player Profiles. This should make it much easier for fans and sportswriters to analyze players from last year to this year. To see an example, click to view the Player Profile for Dayton recruit, St. John's Jesuit's Kevin Brown.

Kevin BrownThe unique thing about high school tennis is that fans do not have to wait until halfway through the season to watch great matches between the best teams. I get especially excited about the beginning of the OSU Men's Basketball season, but then I completely lose all interest after their first 12 homes games are against weak to extremely weak competition This is certainly not the case with high school tennis as the best teams quickly jump in buses to seek out the best competition from throughout the state. Last week, the matches included St. John's Jesuit versus St. Ignatius and Columbus Academy versus Walsh Jesuit. This week's matches include: Sycamore versus St. Ignatius and Massillon Jackson; Columbus Academy versus Dublin Coffman and New Albany; and Dublin Coffman versus Upper Arlington.

Matches tonight include: Beechcroft versus Whetstone and Watterson versus Bloom-Carroll. I will be at the Whetstone Park of Roses to take photos.

Some fans have already figured it out, but the big announcement is tomorrow.

SUNDAY,

St. John's Jesuit Defeats St. Ignatius

There was just one match reported yesterday, but it was a big match. St. John's Jesuit defeated St. Ignatius, winning all five courts. For the "by-court" performance graph, click on Previous Day Match Results.

Bishop Watterson Tennis Team
Bishop Watterson Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Among the OTZ top players, St. John's Jesuit's Rajeev Laungani defeated defending State D1 Champion, St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin; St. John's Jesuit's Kevin Brown defeated St. Ignatius' Josh Hsia; and St. John's Jesuit's Trevor Majdalani defeated St. Ignatius' Martin Tamasy.

Today's featured team is Watterson. Watterson is coached by Steve Crossin.

Matches tomorrow include: Sycamore versus St. Ignatius; Beechcroft versus Whetstone; Watterson versus Bloom-Carroll.

SATURDAY,

St. Xavier Beats Turpin and Columbus Academy Defeats Walsh Jesuit

Cold and windy weather conditions greeted the boys for their first day of matches. At the Park of Roses where I took photos of the Olentangy Orange versus Watterson match, the temperature was 32 degrees and there were a handful of snow flurries.

There were three matches recorded statewide. St. Xavier defeated Turpin; Columbus Academy beat Walsh Jesuit; and Olentangy Orange defeated Watterson. For the "by-court" performance graphs, click on Previous Day Match Results.

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

Among the top players, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Walsh Jesuit's Ben Smith; St. Xavier's Andrew Niehaus beat Turpin's Grant Wendel; and Olentangy Orange's Jonathan Zhuravel defeated Watterson's Ryan Mar.

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

This is "awkward time" for OhioTennisZone because the 2013-14 data has been removed and most teams have not yet played their first match. The team results and the Player Profiles will look rather sparse for the next week as teams contend with the weather and spring break schedules.

FRIDAY,

It's Show Time Folks

Today marks the first day that matches can be played. Unfortunately, it is not quite as easy as that. The boys season has conflicts with the weather and with numerous spring breaks. While platform tennis balls bounce quite well until the temperature reaches 10 degrees, tennis balls are not very lively once the temperature drops below 40. With today's highs expected to be 41 degrees in Columbus, 39 in Cincinnati, and 30 in Cleveland, and 33 in Toledo, there may be a few postponed matches.

Bloom-Carroll
Bloom-Carroll Tennis Team - Click to enlarge

Today's featured team is also the first team that provided its team picture to OTZ. Bloom-Carroll is coached by Rick Rowland.

Teams may email good quality photos to me for inclusion online, but if the photo is taken by a professional photographer, that photographer must first grant approval.

Today's matches include Olentangy Orange (A) versus Watterson and St Xavier (H) versus Turpin. I will be at Watterson taking photos if there is a match.

THURSDAY,

Big Announcement Coming on Tuesday

California? - No.

Texas? - No.

Florida? - No.

Michigan? - No.

In fact, no other state in the United States of America recognizes its high school tennis players more than OhioTennisZone.com does for Ohio's high school tennis players. But... It is going to get better...

Watch for an announcement on Tuesday that involves TennisRecruiting.net and OhioTennisZone.com.

WEDNESDAY,

OTCA Tournament

For whatever reason, the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association tournament does not get much attention -- not from the media, the fans, nor even from many teams. To raise awareness of the tournament, OhioTennisZone has rolled out another report that highlights the teams that are participating in this state tournament.

Thomas Scherer
OhioTennisZone's OTCA Draws - Click to enlarge

As a comparison, wrestling recently launched its own "dual team" tournament much like our OTCA Tournament. While the sports are different, the concept is the same, however, wrestling has a much greater participation rate. In wrestling, 423 of its 503 (84%) teams play in their dual tournament. Tennis has just 148 of its 403 (or 37%) teams. The Northeast has the greatest participation in the OTCA tournament with 48 teams playing, and the Southwest has 42. Both Central and the Northwest District field just 29 teams.

This new report is all about links to additional information. Teams that have previous match results, schedules, etc. are identified with their blue, underlined, team-name links. Teams which have action photos associated with them (girls or boys) are shown with a camera. Teams that have team memberships, which means they have Player Profiles for all of their players, are shown with a blue star. Just click on team pictures to enlarge them.

The wrestling dual team matches are also widely attended and followed by the press. Click to read the preview articles from the Columbus Dispatch and from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Plain Dealer also published a nice article after the event.

For a period of time, the report may be accessed via the link, OTCA Tournament Draws - 2015, under the Join Now link above.

OhioTennisZone has provided the most consistent media coverage of the tournament for the last few years, and hopefully, the additional information and recognition will help the OTCA.

WEDNESDAY,

Perfect Weather Day

The boys had their first great weather day of the season on Wednesday. Courts were wet in many locations as snow melt found its way on the courts, but the sun and near windless conditions were very welcome additions.

Thomas Scherer
Watterson's Tom Scherer - Click to enlarge

Taking indoor tennis photos is always a challenge because of the lighting, so it was nice to leave the Ohio State Varsity Indoor courts and go outside. This photo of Tom Scherer is from Bishop Watterson's tryouts at Whetstone Park.

 

MONDAY,

Welcome to the High School Boys Tennis Season

Calling lines can be difficult, but not today. In what could be one of the most significant advantage of playing in the spring, the boys get another bonus. Snow could be the new clay when it comes to identifying line calls. Not only is there a clear mark, but the ball sticks where it lands...

Grandview Heights 2012
1st Day of the Boys Season - Click to enlarge

The weather is expected to stay warm so hopefully the boys will get at least a couple of good days on the court this week.

This photo is from Whetstone Park at Columbus' Park of Roses. Watterson and Whetstone play at these courts.

 

SATURDAY,

The Streak Ends

The Ohio State University Mens Tennis Team's home winning streak of 200 matches came to a reluctant end with #1 in the nation, Oklahoma, winning 4-3.

Kevin Metka | Ralf Steinbach Ty Tucker
Chris Diaz Kevin Metka
Mikael Torpegaard Metka Receiving Cramp Treatment
Final Score Florin Bragusi
Click to enlarge

The match could not have been any closer with Oklahoma winning 89 total games and OSU winning 92. (In singles, the total was OU 80 / OSU 74.)

Buckeye fans came out in mass to watch the contest, setting a new facility record of 757.

For more information about the match, articles are available by the Columbus Dispatch's Bill Rabinowitz, Ohio State Tennis, SoonerMen's Tennis, and ZooTennis.

TUESDAY,

Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Clinic

Another successful OTCA Clinic concluded on Monday at noon after a snowy start on Sunday morning. The Dublin Marriott got transformed into "high school tennis-central" as the ballroom became a tennis court and the lobby area filled with exhibitors and vendors. Over 160 coaches attended the event.

OTCA Doubles Clinic Scott Long
Todd Wojtkowski Mary Conner
Mike Teets Terri Jones and Cathy Williard
OhioTennisZone Ralph Dunbar
Click to enlarge

The clinic was kicked off by OTCA president Scott Long of Centerville. There were 14 different sessions where coaches and tennis professionals shared their favorite tennis drills, ideas to better run teams, and advice on strategy.

The sessions that I watched were very informative. Todd Wojtkowski talked about his team management approach and the "Golden Rules" he uses to focus his Case Western team. Mike Teets shared doubles strategies that he uses at Sycamore. Ralph Dunbar shared some of his experiences at Notre Dame College and Westlake High School. Click to view the complete list of speakers and activities.

High school tennis has had great rule changes recently (i.e. OTCA seeding) and I am especially excited about the continuous coaching rule that begins in the fall. This new rule will permit coaches to talk with players between points just as the college tennis coaches can and as most other sports permit. Coach Wojtkowski shared some of his thoughts about this during his presentation.

In other areas of interest, Western & Southern Open's Mary Conner was there to discuss volunteer activities and promote the W&S tournament. Click on CincyTennis Volunteers for more information.

The Greater Columbus Tennis Association's (GCTA) Teri Jones and Cathy Williard spoke with the Central District coaches about opportunities for high school graduates to play in the GCTA summer leagues and in USTA leagues.

OhioTennisZone.com's had its own 3D multi-media extravaganza utilizing the latest in 7th grade science fair poster board technology... I also found that I could lure unsuspecting coaches into earshot range by utilizing mini-Reese's cups and Snickers bars as bait. Click to sign-up for a player, coach, or team membership to OTZ.

Midwest Sports was an exhibitor that offered team uniforms and tennis gear. They are an important advertiser on OhioTennisZone so please make sure you check out their website when you need tennis gear this season. Every purchase made via the above links helps OhioTennisZone.

The OTCA draws were created for the boys' tournament. Upon review of the photos of the draws, it was not entirely clear who some of the seeds are. Please send me a Feedback if there are any errors below. Also note that these seeds are not necessarily in a 1,2,3,4 order.

Central district seeds for D1 are: Upper Arlington, New Albany, St. Charles, and Pickerington North. The D2 draws are: Columbus Academy, Wellington, Bexley, and Watterson.

The Northeast draws for D1 are: St. Ignatius, Copley, Massillon Jackson, and Solon. The D2 draws are: University School, Orange, Bay, and Hawken.

The Northwest draws for D1 are: St. John`s Jesuit, Sylvania Northview, Sylvania Southview, and Findlay. The D2 draws are: Lexington, Ottawa Hills, Celina, and Clyde.

The Southwest District draws for D1 are: Sycamore, Mason, St. Xavier, and Turpin. D2 seeds are: Cincinnati Country Day, Seven Hills, Indian Hill, and Milton-Union.

Update: The complete draws for the OTCA Tournament are now online at OTCA.us.

The season starts in six more days (March 9).

SATURDAY,

Pre-Season Division II Top Ten Teams

The Pre-Season Division II ranking is a bit harder to compile than Division I because there is less online historical data for many of these teams. Feel free to share your opinions with me at the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association clinic / meeting.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
Pre-Season
Division II
1. Cincinnati Country Day
2. University School
3. Lexington
4. Columbus Academy
5. Indian Hill
6. Seven Hills
7. Wellington
8. Ottawa Hills
9. Wyoming
10. Milton-Union
Note that there is additional detailed information for players with high-lighted links. For those players who will be competing in college next year, their college choices are included in the parentheses.

Cincinnati Country Day won the OTCA Tournament decisively last year, but that was not a surprise when considering that Asher Hirsch (Illinois) was the Division II Singles Champion and J.J. Wolf was the runner-up. Also note that Patrick Wildman (CMS) and Kevin Yu were the Doubles Champions. Of those four, only Patrick Wildman graduated.

University School could present some problems for CCD because they will be very deep. They are also very young. Robert Stroup (Case Western) is a senior, but Paul Gota, Tyler Krantz, Drew Krantz, and David Buchinsky return as sophomores. All of the sophomores qualified for States doubles last year, with the Krantz brothers finishing third.

Lexington is Lexington. Butler recruit, Mason Dragos, returns as does Matt Youse, Jansen Webster, and Tommy Barkett.

Columbus Academy will always be in the hunt, but they lost Evan Alexander (Lafayette), Dean Firouzian, and Ryan Jung to graduation. Jacob Wareti returns to court 1. Other contributers will be Austin Lawrence and Shrikar Kundur.

Indian Hill returns Alexander Warstler at court 1. Milan Bhandari will return, and freshman Andrew Pregel will be a major contributor.

Seven Hills lost two players to graduation (Sam Ellis and Zack Abraham), but they pick up freshman Nicholas Williams. They will also have Jacob Stavsky, Henry Chavez, and Arjun Dheenan. Stavsky and Chavez teamed up at last year's States for doubles.

Ottawa Hills will get State doubles qualifiers, Ryan Simon and Matt Gargas, back. They will also add sophomore Tyler Gargas.

Wellington returns Nick Sweeney (Haverford) and Temidayo Dairo. They will also get freshman Connor Biernat.

Wyoming has several players returning after sending Nik Plattenburg (graduate) and senior, Myles Bourbon, to States as doubles partners. Other players include Will Carter and Jay Klein.

Milton-Union is number 10, but that is largely attributed to their court one player, Matt Brumbaugh. They also return Phillip Brumbaugh and Jake Blevins.

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

THURSDAY,

Pre-Season Division I Top Ten Teams

It is always fun to live on the edge so here are OhioTennisZone.com's Pre-Season Top Ten Ohio High School Boys teams for Division 1. It is always a risk to do this because some players choose to opt-out of high school tennis, but it gets the conversation started. It should also help the coaches as they seed teams this weekend for the OTCA tournament.

OhioTennisZone.com
State Top Ten
Boys Tennis Teams
Pre-Season
Division I
1. Sycamore
2. St. John`s Jesuit
3. St. Ignatius
4. Upper Arlington
5. New Albany
6. Massillon Jackson
7. St. Xavier
8. St. Charles
9. Mason
10. Pickerington North
Other: Dublin Coffman
There is additional detail for players with high-lighted links. For those players who will be competing in college next year, their college choices are included in the parentheses.

Teams with the blue-stars to the right of their names are "Team Members" and information is available for all of their players.

Sycamore is the clear favorite. They won the Division I crown last year and their championship team remains largely intact. Their players include: Deepak Indrakanti (Williams), Nakul Narendran (Johns Hopkins), Alex Taylor, Noah Stern, Aditya Venkitarama, and Alex Wittenbaum (Marian University). Sycamore lost half of their State Doubles Champion duo to graduation with Mustafa Ahmad's departure. They pick up freshman, Nathan Zhang.

St. John`s Jesuit will be strong. They lost Ryan Brown, but Kevin Brown (Dayton), Rajeev Laungani, Adam Zychowicz, Trevor Majdalani, and Ryan Issa return.

St. Ignatius returns State Singles Champion, Nathan Griffin (Notre Dame), as well as their number two and three singles players, Erich Schuette (Northern Illinois) and Josh Hsia, respectively. They lost Christian Zuber and Yaw Boakye to graduation.

Upper Arlington is always going to be strong. They lost Chuck Shewalter and Jeffrey Melvin to graduation, but Jack Zelezny, Eric Hunter, and Tyler Holsopple return. They will also pick up two quality freshmen.

New Albany's State Doubles third place team of C.J. Cash and Alex Kobelt (Ohio State) return as does Graeme Green and Nick Blair. Steven Miller graduated.

Massillon Jackson returns their top three. They are: Joey Thomas, Jake Zalenski, and Anthony Kanam.

St. Xavier returns State Singles Qualifier, Andrew Niehaus, along with Connor Aronoff and Neil Bostick.

Mason lost a large number of their players to graduation, including Luke Tsai and Alex Lebedev, but they will always be in the conversation. They retain Young-Jin Kang, Sean Reid, and Nadim Boulos.

St. Charles returns their top three singles players, led by sophomore Evan Yakubov on court 1 and Sam Sullivan and Vinh Thai on courts 2 and 3, respectively. They retain Connor Yakubov and Alex Dabek. They also pick up a solid freshman, Jack Dabek.

Pickerington North also returns their top three singles players. They are led by Blaine Carr (Northern Kentucky). Matt Barry played court 2 and Cameron Friedman was on court 3 last year.

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

THURSDAY,

Incoming Freshmen Expected to Make Impact

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

Freshmen Players City High School
Connor Biernat Columbus Wellington
Clark Bilinovich Clinton Norton
Colten Clark Lancaster Lancaster
Josh Cole Upper Arlington Upper Arlington
Jack Dabek Dublin St. Charles Preparatory
Robert Dong Columbus Upper Arlington
Colton Morehart Centerville Miami Valley School
Jordan Phelps Lewis Center Olentangy Orange
Andrew Pregel Cincinnati Indian Hill
Danny Thomas Pickerington  
Grant Wendel Cincinnati Turpin
Nicholas Williams Cincinnati Seven Hills
Nathan Zhang Cincinnati Sycamore

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

At this point, it is not clear which boys will be playing high school tennis. If you are aware of which high school the boys will be playing, please send a Feedback message.

Tennis racquet stringer extraordinaire, Alann Leinwohl, is available for stringing racquets for players in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas. Alann can be reached at ableinwohl@hotmail.com.

WEDNESDAY,

Grandview Heights' Steve Hall

Grandview Heights' coach, Steve Hall, passed away on February 17 after a two year battle with cancer. Coach Hall was Grandview's girls tennis coach for 16 seasons and their basketball coach for 12 seasons.

Grandview Heights 2012
Coach Steve Hall with his 2012 team - Click to enlarge
There were two very nice articles written about Coach Hall. Click to read Steve Blackledge's Columbus Dispatch article and and this story by ThisWeekNews' Scott Hennen.

 

WEDNESDAY,

Get Ready! For This High School Tennis Video

Usage on OhioTennisZone is starting to pick up as the season nears. It's doubtful that players need any extra motivation but here's a fast-paced video slideshow to help everyone get focused.

Sign-up now for the upcoming boys season!

WEDNESDAY,

States & OTCA Competitor Slide Show Video

As stated numerous times, the purpose of these website is to recognize high school tennis players. It is time to try a new way to do this. I created a slide show video that includes some of the best photos that I have of the girls who participated in the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Tournament and the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Tournament. There are 45 photos included -- many of which are behind the member "paywall".

The initial plan was to release the video before States, but there was insufficient time to do so. This worked out fine though because it enabled the video to include photos from the OTCA tournament.

Note that there is music and your sound system needs to be cranked up to enjoy it. (Ask a son to help you with this.) Selecting music for these types of videos is extremely difficult to do and I probably listened to over 100 selections before choosing this familiar classic. While it would be great to use a recently released popular tune, not only will YouTube not permit it, but it also violates copyright laws.

All of the photos are for sale, except for those taken at the OHSAA tournament. These photos can be easily identified by the playing surface or background. If there was a good non-States photo, those were used first. Contact me with any questions.

To view all of the available action photos for each State's competitor, sign-in first and click on the Girls State Draw Sheet.

FRIDAY,

Photos from the OTCA Tournament

There were 27 more photos posted today. They were taken at the OTCA Tournament. Sign-in and click Most Recently Added Photos to view them.

Natalie Allen
Chaminade-Julienne's Natalie Allen - Click to enlarge

Changes were made to my list of the Top Ten(ish) Girls Photos. Expect additional changes.

I have a few more items to add to complete the Girls Season, but I am now up to my elbows in processing the OGT Results for the 2013-2014 school year.

THURSDAY,

Photos from the Second Day of Central Districts and States

Another round of photos were posted online today. Most of the 46 photos were from States. Sign-in and click Most Recently Added Photos to view them.

OHSAA Boys Attendance / Profit
Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer - Click to enlarge

More photos will be added in tomorrow's update. They will be from the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association tournament.

Regular readers of OTZ know that Division I College Tennis made changes to its playing format this year which are still being debated. D1 college is using no-add scoring to shorten matches. Many argue that this is too substantial of a change to the sport of tennis. Others argue that shortened matches may lead to more television exposure.

ZooTennis' Colette Lewis recently included a paragraph about the format change in this article. She also directed her readers to a poll conducted by Chalk Few Up.

Personally, I want regular scoring. Live-streaming over the Internet is the preferred way to view college matches since viewers like to skip from match to match. Television does not offer that option. I also doubt that there will ever be an audience for college tennis on television, especially since many D1 college teams have more foreign than U.S. players. I would rather watch U.S.-born college players with whom I am familiar with from junior tennis, than to watch a college match between an Australian versus a Russian. If I cared to watch two foreign players compete, I would tune into the Tennis Channel and watch a professional match.

WEDNESDAY,

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Tournament

It is older news that the OHSAA State Tournament will be moving to the Mason / ATP facility. With the Warren County Commission promoting the event, hopefully that will boost the number of fans who attend.

OHSAA Boys Attendance / Profit
OHSAA Boys Attendance / Profit

At the OHSAA Board Meeting held on October 16th, the attendance and profits (losses) for the Boys Tennis Season were reported. This information is shown in the chart.

The blue bars are the attendance numbers over five years, and the gray bars reflect the profits and losses.

Even though the State high school tournaments are the largest event held at the OSU courts each year, I would view the attendance numbers as weak.

The losses are even worse. When the event is forced to move indoors, there is an expense associated with that (rentals and shuttles). The OHSAA also paid for parking for fans in recent years when the event takes place at OSU because of OSU's new parking vendor.

Also reported at the same meeting were the attendance / profit numbers for baseball and softball over five years. State attendance for baseball ranges from 12,558 to 17,632. Softball attendance ranges from 19,083 to 23,255. OHSAA does not identify the profits / losses for the State-only tournaments (the regional games are included), but both are better than tennis' five year loss of $14,678. Over five years, baseball has netted $122,920 and softball has had a $3,307 loss.

Again, I am personally excited that the event is moving to Mason. These people are associated with one of the most successful tennis events in the world with the Western & Southern Open. Now we'll get to see how they promote and handle the Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament.

TUESDAY,

Additional Articles and Coverage

This edition wraps up the news coverage of States and the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association (OTCA) Tournament. (There will be more photos posted soon.)

Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov
FOX 8 Video on Lauren Gillinov - Click to enlarge

The championship point videos are normally popular with OhioTennisZone.com readers, but this year one video was viewed by a much larger audience. Dr. Marc Gillinov, is a regular contributor to FOX 8 News in Cleveland, and he is the father of Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov. To recognize Lauren's Division II singles title, FOX 8 aired the following clip about her win.

Even though OTZ provides attribution to other writers, rarely is it ever received. FOX 8 did a great job with attribution for its segment.

This article by ThisWeekSports.com's Aaron Blankenship provides a great wrap-up of Dublin Jerome's OTCA Championship run. To my knowledge, other than OTZ, he was the only media person in attendance. As stated in the article, Jerome will be strong again next year. Rhiannon James is their only senior.

MONDAY,

Photo Monday

There were 34 more photos uploaded today. The photos include those that were taken during the Dublin Jerome versus Pickerington Central match; the first day of Sectionals at Columbus School for Girls; and the first day of Districts at Hilliard Davidson. Sign-in first and then click to view the Recently Added Photos.

Watterson's Gus Ghidotti
Watterson's Gus Ghidotti - Click to enlarge
Click to read an article written by the Columbus Dispatch's Ray Stein about Ohio State University freshman and Olentangy Orange graduate, Anna Sanford.

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SATURDAY,

August 4 to October 24

At 5:30am for 81 straight days, I have awoken to start the OhioTennisZone morning update. There are a few more items that need to be covered before the high school season ends, but that will resume on Monday. I need to work on a few other projects.

Kyah Thomas
Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas - Click to enlarge
It has been a few weeks since I have had an opportunity to add new photos to the Most Recently Added Photos page. There will be far more photos added next week.

There will also be intermittent photos posted on Twitter. If I have a photo of a Twitter Follower, those will be the first to be posted. So..

Today's photo on Twitter is Dublin Coffman's Nari Johnson.

FRIDAY,

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 players; number of players 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            
DeSalesAnthony TiensprasidC81989%
Eastmoor AcademyBruce GreenC81989%
Dublin JeromeTyler StephenC1321587%
Thomas WorthingtonDavid AlbertC62875%
LancasterGary ElickC52771%
Olentangy LibertyMeaghan ColvilleC841267%
WattersonSusan WeilC841267%
Big WalnutRyan BalazC42667%
Watkins MemorialShawn WalterC42667%
HartleyLynn WintersC951464%
Pickerington CentralKelli RingsC741164%
Dublin CoffmanBrett HundertpfundC641060%
GrandviewSteve HallC32560%
NewarkRob HayesC32560%
Upper Arlington-BAnn Marksc32560%
WhetstoneBucky WaltersC32560%
Northeast District            
Notre Dame-Cathedral LatinHarvey SchragerNE55100%
RevereKathleen ShislerNE921182%
Archbishop HobanDean MorseNE821080%
KenstonGreg AtenNE41580%
StowBrian BanasNE41580%
OrangeJulie MitchellNE1031377%
Amherst SteeleRich RobbinsNE52771%
Hathaway BrownNora MeyersNE52771%
Willoughby SouthJaneen MiklowskiNE63967%
LakewoodAlex JursNE42667%
NormandyJulie Vandersommers NE42667%
NortonAngie CarrettaNE42667%
BayDave PetersNE53863%
Cuyahoga Valley Christian AcademyDon ZinnNE53863%
AvonCaroline HughesNE641060%
Southeast District            
Logan ElmTony ClouseSE32560%
Southwest District            
BadinAnne ZettlerSW71888%
Seven HillsTim DrewSW831173%
Lakota WestBryan SkoogSW52771%
Mason-BCarla BrantSW52771%
Ursuline AcademyJoe HartkemeyerSW1051567%
Mount Notre DameJudy DennisSW63967%
TalawandaPete ThomasSW42667%
SycamoreMike TeetsSW851362%
BataviaAmber BishopSW32560%

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.

There were 1,371 total tiebreaks in this analysis. The 34 matches decided by 1-0 super-tiebreaks were not included because the coach cannot interact with the players. Since, technically, super-tiebreaks were not permitted to be used, some coaches would use them anyway and enter the score, "7-6". There were 172 "7-6" scores, but they were included in the computation because it could not be determined which ones really were "7-6" scores. (Note that there were 110 "7-5" scores.)

Only coaches with five or more tiebreaks were included.

 

 

 

 

 

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