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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014
Ohio State Women's Tennis Team Defeats Syracuse and Youngstown State
Four Ohio players competed for and against Ohio State during the women's match on Friday, January 31.
Ohio State's Niki Flower (Upper Arlington) and Sandy Niehaus (Notre Dame) won their singles matches against both Syracuse and Youngtown State. They also recorded victories in doubles against Youngstown State.
Maddie Kobelt (New Albany) and Komal Safdar (Ursuline Academy) competed for Syracuse. Safdar doubles match went unfinished. Kobelt lost in both her first doubles and second singles matches.
The plan was to take Safdar's photo during her singles match but she only competed in doubles.
Click on the graphic to go to the Tennis Photo area to view photos of Flower, Kobelt, and Niehaus. Note that the photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014
Ohio State Men's Tennis Team Defeats Butler and Xavier
OSU defeated both Butler and Xavier yesterday. While both scores were 7-0, the Butler match finished in one hour and thirty minutes, and the Xavier match lasted two and a half hours.
The new Division 1 scoring system was as much of a discussion topic as the tennis. OSU used the new, no-add scoring system for doubles, but thankfully not for singles. It seems contradictory to say this, but the doubles contests were almost a waste of time because the matches ended so quickly. The first doubles courts to finish required 17 and 22 minutes for the Butler and Xavier teams, respectively. The doubles point was decided in just 26 minutes for Butler, and 25 minutes for Xavier. Doubles play ended immediately on the unfinished court. It may have been my imagination but the players seemed to hurry that much more - perhaps because they wanted to make sure that their doubles match "counted".
Action photos are included for most of the Ohio players. Click on the image to proceed to the photo area. Note that the photos can be enlarged by clicking on them. Low(er) resolutions photos will now be the norm for the web site -- it just takes too much download time to view the higher resolution versions.
Butler's Billy Weldon (Upper Arlington) did not play due to injury.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014
Proposed OHSAA Tennis Changes for 2014-15 SeasonScott Long, President of the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association (OTCA), proposed three rule changes for tennis during the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) meeting held Thursday, January 16. These changes would go into effect during the 2014-15 season. The changes include:
- Start match play on a Friday, not on a Monday. The OTCA wants match play to begin on the previous Friday so that teams have the weekend for additional matches. This change would not extend the length of the season. For example, during last season the girls started on August 1 and matches could have begun on August 12. This change would have enabled coaches to schedule matches on Friday, August 9.
- Permit coaches to schedule two more matches throughout the season and the option of a fourth tournament. This would be an increase from 20 to 22 matches.
- Permit use of a third set, super tie-breaker for an individual contest. This would only be used if the overall match has already been decided, and if both coaches agree to use this type of scoring. Interestingly, many coaches have already been using this scoring method since it is commonly used for USTA and college matches.
|Date||2014 - OHSAA Boys Tennis Calendar|
|March 10||First day of coaching and instruction|
|March 31||First regular season contest permitted|
|April 14||Non-Interscholastic competition no longer permitted|
|April 28||Deadline for entering or withdrawing from the OHSAA tournament|
|May 12 - May 17||Sectional Tournaments|
|May 19 - May 24||District Tournament|
|May 30-31||State Tournament - OSU Varsity Courts|
The OHSAA Board will vote on these proposed changes during an upcoming meeting.
The boys tennis rules were also presented to the group and I picked up a copy. The key dates for the boys season are listed in the table above.
Many Division I college coaches are still steaming about the experimental scoring changes imposed by non-tennis people. Chuck Kreise, head coach of The Citadel (and coaching legend of Clemson), explained his opposition to the new changes here in Colette Lewis' ZooTennis blog.
The Ohio State Men's spring season starts tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23rd. OSU will play Butler (12:00 Noon) and Xavier (6:00pm). I'll be there with my camera to get photos of OSU's Evan Bechtel (St. John's Jesuit), Chris Diaz (Watterson), Peter Kobelt (New Albany), and Kevin Metka (Worthington Kilbourne). I will also be taking photos of Butler's Billy Weldon (Upper Arlington) and Tommy Marx (Shaker Heights), and Xavier's Jimmy Roebker, Freddy Abunku (Lakota East), Zach Mueck (Lakota East), and Jeremy Schneider (Mason). Make sure you understand the D1 scoring changes so you can explain it to others.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
More about Internet Streaming and College Tennis
Looking back at last week's blog entry.... As you may recall, tickets for the Cincinnati Bengal's playoff game were barely sold out last weekend. Some fans were asked why there was a lack of interest. There were several reasons, including: price, fans with previous weekend plans, and questionable weather. But there was also one that I did not expect to hear -- many fans prefer the "TV experience" versus attending a playoff game. Television enables them to be more informed about the game.
Now let's look at a college tennis dual match. Television does not even remotely provide a quality viewing experience. Fans want to watch who they want to watch when they want to watch them. With three doubles and six singles matches, television networks covering college matches are unlikely to ever provide coverage that will exceed the "being there" experience. Can it ever be an acceptable experience? I don't think so unless college tennis is changed so drastically that it affects how the game is played.
Which begs the question, Do we want "college-televised tennis" or do we want "college tennis"? For me, I want college tennis.
As stated last week, there is a Division 1 experiment underway that is attempting to modify the sport so that it better fits into a TV set. Thanks to the technology associated with Internet video streaming, TV is no longer necessary.
The lower equipment costs (i.e. cheaper, portable cameras) and the higher bandwidth capabilities enable college tennis to provide a solid product via the Internet that can be played via a computer or even via a "smart TV". Viewers can watch the players they care about (and in the U.S., that will typically be the American players), and they will be able to easily shift from court to court to find the best contest.
I enjoy playing platform tennis. Though it is a rather obscure winter sport, even a platform tennis regional tournament in Cincinnati last weekend was able to successfully show numerous matches "live" via Internet streaming. The small graphic above does not reflect the quality of the presentation. It was a very watchable match even in a low-light situation provided during a cloudy day.
Let's leave college tennis "as is".
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2013
Format Changes in Division 1 Tennis
An experimental format change in D1 tennis will take place between January 1 and February 17. The changes are different for men's and women's teams.
Men's dual team matches will use "no-ad" scoring. [Seriously] Doubles will be one set to 6 or a tie-break at 5-all. Singles will be best two out of three with a tie-breaker at 5-all.
Women's dual team matches will use regular scoring. Doubles will be one set to 6 or a tie-breaker at 6-all. Singles will be best two of three sets, but a tie-breaker will be used instead of playing out the third set.
I think the women's changes are acceptable, but not the changes for the men. Using "no-ad" scoring is ridiculous for singles play.
The idea is to reduce the amount of time necessary to play a dual match and to make the matches more appealing for both of the people in the TV audience. The reality is that Internet streaming video provides the best approach for fans because it allows them to watch portions of all six of the singles matches.
Colette Lewis provides more details about the upcoming changes in her ZooTennis blog.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013
Midwest Indoor Holiday Championships
Not many non-high school tournaments are promoted on this web site, but occasionally there are exceptions. If a high school player is a junior or senior (or a high-end sophomore), he/she needs to consider playing the Midwest Indoor Holiday Championships. This is part, "great tennis tournament" and part "reunion". Many Columbus-area college players compete in this tournament and it is a great way for high school players to compare their skills against the college players. But it's better than that...
From 2013's Tournament: Kevin Metka, Gabe Higgs,
and Arnie Jones - Click to enlarge
The tournament is held at Elysium so the viewing is excellent, and it gives everyone an opportunity to "catch-up" with old friends.
To signup for the tournament, click on this link.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013
Miscellaneous Update: The Sports Gene, Kennedy Shaffer, Peter Kobelt
Tennis players are fortunate because there are so many different styles that players can use to win. They range from net-attacker to retriever to moon baller. While some players are better suited for either doubles or singles, the good news is that the sport of tennis permits a huge range of athleticism. This is not the case with many other sports. Interested in being a college sprinter? You won't be if you have slow-twitch muscles. How about a college basketball center? That won't happen if you have short parents. Interested in being a golfer or billiards player? Well, of course you could be, but let's keep the conversation focused on real sports.There is a great book for sports fanatics (or for those interested in genetics) that may interest you. It is called The Sports Gene. It was heavily researched and written by Sports Illustrated writer, David Epstein. Click the author's web site to read more about the book. I borrowed the book from the Columbus Metropolitan Library, but it can also be purchased using this link from Amazon. (Note that I will benefit slightly if you use this Amazon link. I have made $5.59 from Amazon over the last three years, and I am hoping to get to $7.00 over the next year or so.)
I normally do not provide any updates on players who do not play high school tennis, but I am making an exception this time. Here is an update from ZooTennis on the Northwest District's Kennedy Shaffer. Winning that tournament is a pretty big deal.
New Albany's and OSU's Peter Kobelt will be traveling to France in December to team up with other American college players. Click to read more on ZooTennis.
I don't multi task well so I don't multi task. I will rotating back into tennis to wrap up some things for the girls season in a few days. All of my energies have been focused on the Ohio Graduation Test analysis and the PlatformTennisZone.com web site, as well as some other volunteer web site activities.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Ohio High School Athletic Association's Picture Policy
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has an exclusive arrangement with a professional photo firm that prohibits Gerber Analytics from selling photos from States. This weekend I found that this same arrangement also prevents Gerber Analytics from providing more than four States photos per web page. Newspaper web sites are exempt from this policy.
This site is about high school tennis. When you do a Google search for "Ohio High School Tennis", there is a big reason why this web site is ranked first. While it is great that the major newspapers have a few articles per season (Columbus Dispatch had approximately 2, Cleveland Plain Dealer had ~2, and Cincinnati Enquirer had ~5), this web site had a daily article from March 12 to October 25. That equates to 75 articles and countless photographs that were used to recognize high school tennis players. This is not to criticize the newspapers (recall the Reciprocation blog entry made on September 30) -- they do not have the staff nor the inclination to promote high school tennis as I do. However, this web site should enjoy the same freedom as the newspaper web sites to provide State Tournament coverage.
Now, there is a way around this that is not "elegant" from a programming nor from a reader's prospective, but it will work. Only four States photos can be shown per web page. This "home tennis page" is one web page, and so is this link. So... what you are going to see when a States photo is present is the image to the right. When you click on it, another web page will show the photo. This awkward process quickly gets the web site into compliance with the OHSAA, and then hopefully, this issue can be resolved during the off-season.
These changes should be completed by Tuesday.
As this web site's tagline in the header area states, this site is about "Recognizing those who play and coach high school tennis". Not being able to easily show photos to recognize participants in the States' biggest tennis tournament is a disservice to the players, coaches, and fans. This needs to be fixed.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013
Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association All-Ohio Choices
The OTCA announced its choices for First and Second Team All-Ohio. The players are listed below. Click on the players' links for their high-school results.
The Division I first team players were: Singles - Mehvish Safdar (Ursuline Academy), Lauren Ghidotti (Watterson), Ellee Bullock (Dublin Jerome), and Tessa Hill (Massillon Jackson). Doubles - Anna Sanford-Alle Sanford (Olentangy Orange), Alexandra Abele-Maggie Skwara (Sycamore), Isis Thomas-Kyah Thomas (Pickerington Central), and Alicia Nahhas-Teagan McNamara (Notre Dame Academy)..
The Division I second team players were: Singles - Emily Dunbar (Cloverleaf), Amina Ismail (Kings), Molly Sandberg (Walsh Jesuit), and Megan Miller (Sylvania Northview). Doubles - Hannah Cianciola-Ashley Kaleel (Canfield), Natalie Bourlas-Nicolette Bourlas (North Canton Hoover), Abby Warburton- Alivia Arnold (North Canton Hoover), and Audrey Berger-Kyra Jung (Upper Arlington).
The Division II first team players were: Singles - Ariana Iranpour (Hathaway Brown), Ali Miller (Portsmouth), Danielle Wolf (Cincinnati Country Day), and Danielle Buchinsky (Laurel). Doubles - Adrian Young-Alissa Nakamoto (Pepper Pike Orange), Elise Betscher-Jillian Earnest (Lexington), Lauren Hawley-Amanda Showalter (Kettering Alter), and Meredith Breda-Caroline Andersen ( Indian Hill).
The Division II second team players were: Singles - Olivia Rohrbacher (Perkins), Aashika Katapadi
(Wellington), Rochell Issa (Maumee Valley Country Day), and Andrea Ballinger (Columbus Academy). Doubles - Mary Anne Click-Linda Yang (Columbus School for Girls), Meili Martin-Minda Martin (Chesapeake), Amanda Cahill-Alexis Weber (Clyde), and Nichole Dragos-Alex Griebling (Lexington).
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2013
Sycamore Photo Wins Contest
In the end, it was a decisive win for Sycamore's Maggie Skwara's photo (with Alexandra Abele) which earned 73% of the vote. There were 119 votes cast. Note that this was a "fun" vote, and it is likely that a few people (as well as dogs and cats) voted more than once for numerous photos. This contest gives me a better idea of what types of photos readers will like to see in the future.
Sycamore's Maggie Skwara with Alexandra Abele - Click to enlarge
Ten new photos from States are included in the Most Recent Photos page. Please sign-in first to view.
For education enthusiasts, another report is now available that compares the high schools in the Cincinnati Public School, Cleveland Municipal, and Columbus City School districts. The report is here.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013
Ohio Graduation Test
When attending tennis matches, I find that I talk about high school academics as much as I do about tennis. I enjoy talking with teachers to better understand what their schools are like, and I also drift into many high schools to check out bulletin boards, its cleanliness, etc. While there are many anecdotal ways of evaluating schools (i.e., going to high school football games and basketball games to check out the parents and students; talking with recent grads and their parents about how well they were prepared for college), I have also created a comprehensive academic data approach to compare schools.
My Ohio Graduation Test results for the 2012-2013 school year are now available on a "pre-release" basis. (You are seeing it before your principal.) You also will not be surprised to see numerous tennis schools at or near the top of the list of approximately 1,000 Ohio high schools.
In my not-so-humble opinion, there is not a better web site to analyze high school academics. This is the only web site that provides in depth information on public and private high schools using the same apples-to-apples comparison.
If you have any questions or comments (after you have spent a few hours looking at it), please send me a Feedback. Please keep in mind that I am also not being compensated for this effort. The purpose of this project is to get parents to really understand school academic performance and to encourage schools and communities to focus more on academics.
I had to crunch through this education data immediately after the tennis season finished. More tennis photos will be processed over the next few days.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013
Tennis Photo Voting
This site has been on a seven-day-a-week update schedule since the match play started on August 12th. Today marks the first change in the update frequency as this site transitions to a weekly, then monthly update schedule. I hope to have Ohio Graduation Test data to share tomorrow.
Please vote for your favorite photo (see yesterday's update).
Please compare how the hypothetical State seeding (in the October 14 update) performed versus the actual results. Also note that the seeding was done before the draw took place.
There are still more photos to process but I am now knee deep in the OGT data.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013
Tennis Photo Voting
Early on, I found that this site's paying customers were a lot like me. They liked numbers, and they were largely in the finance and/or tax businesses. Unfortunately (fortunately?) there are not a large number of these people. So... To attract a different type of customer, the emphasis this season was with photos. I really enjoy taking pictures and finding interesting things in them that I did not see when taking them. While I hate fishing (Why not just drop a bomb in the water and gather them up on the surface?), photography is much like fishing for me. It takes large number of casts (or shutter clicks) to get a keeper, but some of them are pretty neat, and unlike a fish, I can share them with a large number of people (unless it is a big fish).
Top Row (l-r): Sycamore's Maggie Skwara with Alexandra Abele; New Albany's Carol Vitellas; Watterson's Mollie Godbout; Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar, Indian Hill players; and Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman. - Click to enlarge
I have my top six for the season, but I am curious which one that you liked the most. My favorites and the reasons why I like them are as follows. These are not necessarily in my order of preference.
Number two is of New Albany's Carol Vitellas. This was the last match of the day, and the sun was in a great position as Carol lunged for the ball. This match was at New Albany against Upper Arlington.
I kept the depth of field shallow to clearly get the back of Watterson's Mollie Godbout as she awaited a Magnificat serve. This was taken at a dual match tournament at the Upper Arlington courts.
With Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar's photo, I loved the "eye-on-ball" intensity. This may have something to do with her being a three-time state champion. This was taken at States.
I have not taken many emotion-related photos but I really liked the two Indian Hill players as they celebrated after they won the deciding match against Hathaway Brown. This was at the OTCA D2 championship match at Reynoldsburg.
The last photo is of Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman at States. It includes incredible eye-on-ball and the OSU logo.
Another fun photo that I took at the Western Southern's in August that included almost all of the attributes that I really like was of Novak Djokovic and his shadow. I "flipped" this photo to emphasize his shadow.
Other favorites included: Emily Witt (picture), Andrea Ballinger (picture), Francesca DiLorenzo (picture), Lauren Ghidotti (picture), Alexandra Abele (picture), and Megan Miller / Tessa Hill (picture)
Voting will continue for the entire week. Again, the State photos are not for sale.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2013
The emphasis has been on the photos this season so It took a bit longer than normal to make the videos available.
Due to equipment problems, the Division 1 doubles match between Olentangy Orange and Sycamore was too foggy to use. By the time that I switched to the backup camera, the match was over. Similar blurriness occurred on the D1 singles championship point.
Each of these videos will take you to Youtube to view.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013
Tennis News from around the State
As many of you know, my other major interest is high school academic performance. Now that the tennis season is over, I am focusing on processing the Ohio Graduation Test data for the 2012-2013 school year. That data should be available by early next week.
|Newspaper / Web Site||Reporter||Article|
|ThisWeekSports||Dave Purpura||Kompa keys run to OTCA title|
|Columbus Dispatch||Mark Znidar||Going to School: Andrea Ballinger, Columbus Academy|
|ThisWeekSports||Aaron Blankenship||Bullock finishes third at state|
|Columbus Dispatch||Steve Blackledge||High-school girls tennis: Olentangy Orange sisters roll to title|
|ThisWeekSports||Brad Emerine||State dream comes true for Sanfords|
|Toledo Blade||Jarrod Ulrey||Notre Dame duo pleased despite falling in state tennis semifinal|
|Cincinnati Enquirer||Jarrod Ulrey||Ursuline senior wins third state tennis title in 4 years|
|Cleveland.com||Stephanie Kuzydym||Hathaway Brown, Orange take home OHSAA 2013 state tennis singles and doubles titles, respectively|
|MansfieldNewsJournal||Jon Spencer||Historic run falls short|
|Dayton Daily News||Debbie Juniewicz||Knights determined despite state defeat|
Newspaper reporters are still provided with free access, but they are asked to provide attribution when they use this web site to assist them with writing their articles. I am not aware of any who have ever provided attribution since this web site was started about four years ago, and that is not because they are not using this web site.
In the table above, newspaper articles from around the state are listed that summarize States and the OTCA Tournament. Note that some of these links will require payment for access. Some links will also expire over time.
I have the championship points on video for D1 singles, D2 singles, and D2 doubles. Those will be made available in the Saturday update.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013
Gerber Analytics' All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team
After accumulating almost 8,000 match results over the season, the database has provided me with the ability to identify my own list of the top girls in the state.
Gerber Analytics' All-Ohio Girls Tennis Team
|Division I - Singles|
|Division II - Singles|
Cin. Country Day
|Division I - Doubles|
|Disivion II - Doubles|
Pepper Pike Orange
Pepper Pike Orange
Note that this is not the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association list. Ideally, players should strive to be on both.
Why create my own? I think the OTCA list is rather mechanical in how it is done. If a player reaches the semi-finals, she is on the first team, and quarterfinalists are on the second team. If a player gets an unfavorable draw in the first round, then he might not receive any recognition. I realized that a change was necessary back in 2011 when both Michael Fredricka and Colin Bernier drew Chris Diaz (2nd round) and Ian Wagner (1st round), respectively. If the draw was seeded, it is likely that the four of them would have played in the semi-finals against each other. Michael and Colin are now playing division 1 tennis for Notre Dame and Dayton, respectively. Chris plays for OSU and Ian for Emory.
My list also considers District results for these players (but it is still required that they reach States).
Do I plan to have a Second Team or Honorable Mention List? Not this season, but it will be considered for the future.
I also thought that I had a good opportunity to showcase these players. Pictures are shown for all players and Player Profiles are available for some (i.e. Lauren Ghidotti), The Player Profiles include their 2013 results.
Congratulations to these players.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013
More States Photos
What a difference a week makes (in Ohio). We have snow this morning.
I am about half of the way through processing States photos, but I am juggling this with other things that now have to get done (i.e. start of the Columbus platform tennis league). Today's group of photos are some of my favorites of the tournament. Again, I cannot sell the photos from States so there is no need to ask. Click to go to the Photo Gallery. As always, click on the photos in the gallery to enlarge them
Just as was done for the boys season, the Gerber Analytics' All-Ohio team will be released tomorrow. Click to view last season's GA All-Ohio boys team.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013
The season will wind down rather quickly. There will be daily updates for the next few days, then weekly, then monthly. Today's update largely includes photos from the OTCA tournament.
Those who are regular readers of this site know that many of the photos are now behind the paywall. There are two reasons for this. 1) Search engines, such as Google and Bing, are showing my photos in their search results. For some schools, twenty to thirty percent of the tennis photos that they show are from this web site, and that is bothersome. 2) Photos are very expensive to create. Not only does it take a considerable amount of time to take and prepare photos, but the equipment is expensive.
Despite the above paragraph, I am placing the OTCA Tournament Photos in front of the paywall for at least a week or two since many of you have not yet become members. (Note that those who are members have Player Profiles associated with them which they can share with college coaches.)
Unfortunately, many of the photos that I took through the screens did not come out well, and I could not use them. Others that I could use were a bit "softer" than I would have liked. Overall though, I am pleased with the photos that are included.
For the OTCA Tournament, I focused on taking pictures of teams / players who were not already included on this web site. For example, there are already plenty of pictures of the Columbus Academy and Upper Arlington teams since I see them so often. I have also been at two matches that included Toledo Notre Dame Academy and have posted numerous photos of them. Please also be aware that took numerous photos on Friday, which included those who played at States, and some of those photos will be posted tomorrow.
Hope you enjoy them!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2013
OTCA Tournament Champs - Upper Arlington & Indian Hill
Upper Arlington and Indian Hill celebrate their championships. - Click to enlarge
In this event, many of the matches "do not finish" because the team only needs to win three courts. For this reason, some of the top players did not record any wins or losses. In matches including the top players, Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger defeated North Canton Hoover's Nicollette Bourlas and Mason's Elizabeth Kong; Mason's Elizabeth Kong defeated Notre Dame Academy's Teagan McNamara; Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Lexington's Elise Betscher and Indian Hill's Meredith Breda; and Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger defeated Indian Hill's Meredeth Breda and Lexington's Elise Betscher.
The detailed results for D1 and D2 are provided in the pdf on the right.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013
States - Finals
Congratulations to all of the State Champions. The Division I Singles Champion is Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar, and the D I Doubles Champions are Olentangy Orange's Anna and Alle Sanford. The Division II Singles Champion is Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour and Pepper Pike Orange's Adrian Young and Alissa Nakamoto are the D II Doubles Champions.
Top Row (l-r): Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar, Olentangy Orange's Alle & Anna Sanford; 2nd Row: Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour, Pepper Pike Orange's Adrian Young & Alissa Nakamoto - Click to enlarge
In singles play yesterday, Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar defeated Massillon Jackson's Tessa Hill and Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti. Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Danielle Wolf and Portsmouth Ali Miller. Lauren Ghidotti defeated Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock in the semi's, and Bullock beat Hill for third place. Ali Miller defeated Danielle Buchinsky in the semi's and Wolf beat Buchinsky for third place.
In doubles play, Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford - Alle Sanford defeated Toledo Notre Dame Academy's Teagan McNamara - Alicia Nahhas and Sycamore's Alexandra Abele - Maggie Skwara. Pepper Pike Orange's Adrian Young - Alissa Nakamoto beat Indian Hill's Meredith Breda - Caroline Andersen and Lexington's Elise Betscher - Jillian Earnest. Sycamore beat Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas - Isis Thomas in the semi-finals, and Pickerington Central defeated Notre Dame Academy for third place. Lexington's team defeated Kettering Alter's Lauren Hawley - Amanda Showalter in the semi-finals, and Indian Hill beat Kettering Alter for third place.
Based on carefully gathered statistics that I just made up, wearing the color, orange, is the best way to improve your doubles' results.
The good news for the players and fans is that the weather was inclemently perfect yesterday. Play was moved to Elysium rather than even starting at Hilliard Davidson. Not only did everyone stay warm and dry at Elysium, but it was also much easier to see the "primary match" fans cared about and to view more than one match at a time. As one of the best indoor facilities in the Midwest, Elysium also provides a more appropriate setting for a State Championship. Unfortunately, the lower light associated with indoor courts made it difficult to take action photos.
I will take more photos today during the OTCA tournament.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013
States - 1st Day
The tournament will be played Elysium Tennis today due to rain.
The weather was perfect for the first day of States and the tennis was great, too. Click above for the link to the OHSAA for all of today's results. The results will be in the database tomorrow.
New photos in the gallery include six of the eight singles players remaining in the semi-finals. Click to view the Photo Gallery. Note that if you are interested in buying any photos from States, you need to purchase them via ImpactAction Photos.
Not a surprise but the state's best players were very active yesterday. In D1 singles, Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti defeated Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar; Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock beat Notre Dame Academy's Nina Eid and Kings' Amina Ismail; Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar defeated Magnificat's Emily Witt and Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg; and Massillon Jackson's Tessa Hill beat Watterson's Courtney Brown and Sylvania Northview's Megan Miller.
In D II singles, Cincinnati Country Day's Danielle Wolf defeated Hawken's Green and Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger; Portsmouth Mollie Miller beat Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov and Perkin's Olivia Rohrbacher; Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour defeated Carroll's Jillian Milano and Maumee Valley Country Day's Rochell Issa; and Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky beat Miami Valley's Rheanna Morehart and Wellington's Aashika Katapadi
In D1 doubles, Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford-Alle Sanford defeated Rocky River's Alex Riegelsberger-Lucy Grierson and Canfield's Hannah Cianciola-Ashley Kaleel; Notre Dame Academy's Alicia Nahhas-Teagan McNamara beat New Albany's Jane Haffer-Alexandra Cash and North Canton Hoover's Natalie Bourlas-Nicolette Bourlas; Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas-Isis Thomas defeated Walsh Jesuit's Emily Hissong-Gina Costanzo and North Canton Hoover's Abby Warburton-Alivia Arnold; and Sycamore's Alexandra Abele-Maggie Skwara beat Westlake's Julia Dunbar-Lindsey Golick and Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger-Kyra Jung.
In D II doubles, Lexington's Elise Betscher-Jullian Earnest defeated Wyoming's Haley Thoresen-Maddie Boster and Columbus School for Girls' Mary Anne Click-Linda Yang; Archbishop Alter's Lauren Hawley-Amanda Showalter beat Laurel's Berthy Feng-Ellen Hata and Chesapeake's Meili Martin-Mina Martin; Orange's Adrian Young-Alissa Nakamoto defeated Oakwood's Megan Connelly-Annika Aebler and Clyde's Amanda Cahill-Alexis Weber; and Indian Hill's Meredith Breda-Caroline Andersen beat Hathaway Brown's Catherine Areklett-Ally Persky and Lexington's Nicole Dragos-Alex Griebling.
This update would normally be a bit longer, but I am off to the tournament at Elysium. Great job on the rain dance.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013
The weather is to be cool, but clear. Hopefully, it will be sunny so that it is easier to take good photos.
If you would like for me to take a picture of your District's State Qualifiers, please look me up. I will be wearing media credentials. Today will be somewhat chaotic so all players need not be present for the picture, but I do need at least 75% of the players from your District's Division to include a picture online.
One goal is to obtain photos for all of the players on the Top Players' Lists (Central, Northeast, Southwest). If your picture is not included online, I would like to take it. If you are not on the list but you are fairly certain that you will be on it next year, please introduce yourself so that I can take your photo. [Note: Normally this would be considered a jinx-inducing action, but not today.]
The Central D1 State qualifier pictures will be distributed early this morning to members.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013
State's Top Coaches (Based on 3-Set Match Performance)
There are many ways to identify the State's best coaches. The criteria could include: won / lost records; improvement of players during the season; records against teams of similar ability; ability to schedule quality matches for the kids; number of kids with great academic results; number of players reaching Sectionals / Districts / States; number of college players from the school; etc.. One non-subjective way to evaluate coaches is to see how well their players performed in three-set matches.
|Hilliard Davidson||Steve DeDent||C||7||2||9||78%|
|Westerville Central||Donovan Barrett||C||11||4||15||73%|
|Big Walnut||Ryan Balaz||C||8||3||11||73%|
|Worthington Christian||Midge Taylor||C||8||3||11||73%|
|Dublin Coffman||Brett Hundertpfund||C||7||3||10||70%|
|Olentangy Orange||Matt Rutherford||C||7||3||10||70%|
|Delaware Hayes||Robert Claymier||C||13||6||19||68%|
|Columbus School for Girls||Tommy Haddow||C||7||4||11||64%|
|New Albany||Marc Thomas||C||10||6||16||63%|
|Olentangy Liberty||Christine Kaeding||C||6||4||10||60%|
|Pickerington North||Brian Hoff||C||6||4||10||60%|
|Lake Catholic||Robert Walker||NE||6||1||7||86%|
|North Canton Hoover||Ryan Shaffer||NE||4||2||6||67%|
|Rocky River||Ben Purdy||NE||9||5||14||64%|
|North Royalton||David Kavander||NE||3||2||5||60%|
|Notre Dame Academy||Kim Pacella||NW||6||2||8||75%|
|Indian Hill||Gary Samuels||SW||4||2||6||67%|
|Mount Notre Dame||Judy Dennis||SW||5||3||8||63%|
|Seven Hills||Tim Drew||SW||9||6||15||60%|
|Summit Country Day||Keri Preng||SW||6||4||10||60%|
|Mother of Mercy||Mary Beth Wiegman||SW||3||2||5||60%|
|Oak Hills||Tom Corman||SW||3||2||5||60%|
Why three-set matches? The reasons include: the competition is of similar ability; three-setters take place near the end of the match when the coach is not occupied with four other matches; and the coach has had time to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the opponents and advise his or her players on the best strategy.
Congratulations to the coaches included in the table. Each has a 60% or better winning percentage in three-set matches.
Being on this list every once in awhile is probably better than never being on it, but again, it is just one of many different ways of looking at the season. Personally, if I were on this list, I would sprint to my AD's office and use it as definitive evidence of my great coaching ability; otherwise, it might not come up in our next conversation.
Note that the list is sorted by District. Also be aware that the records may be incomplete for some teams, for example, Hoover has played far more than eight matches.
The newspaper articles about States include the following: CantonRep.com about North Canton Hoover; Pickerington Times about Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas-Isis Thomas; Olentangy Valley News (minor article) about Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford-Alle Sanford; Dublin Villager about Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock and Rhiannon James; New Albany News about New Albany's Jane Haffer-Alexandra Cash; Upper Arlington News about Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger-Kyra Jung.
States are tomorrow.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013
Lexington, Upper Arlington, Hoover in OTCA Final Four
The last three teams in the OTCA Final Four were decided last night when Upper Arlington defeated Dublin Jerome, 3-2; North Canton Hoover beat Walsh Jesuit, 3-2; and Lexington defeated Clyde 4-0. Upper Arlington won 53 games to Jerome's 51, and the match included two three-setters. Interestingly, Walsh was not even included in the most recent OTCA coaches' poll. Clyde had been tied for tenth.Now that the Central District dual team competition is over, I would like to get one final coaches' poll done to summarize the season. Please sign-in first to Vote.
Among the top players, Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock defeated Upper Arlington's Berger; Upper Arlington's Kyra Jung beat Dublin Jerome's Rhiannon James; and Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg defeated North Canton Hoover's Nicolette Bourlas.
To read about North Canton Hoover's match, click here for an article on CantonRep.com.
Tomorrow's edition includes the list of the top coaches based on their teams' performance in three set matches.
Please note that when a "Default" is shown in the boxscores that is because it typically is a default. Occasionally though, scores are "not reported", and the same "default" identifier is used for that. In some cases, actual scores are entered later.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2013
Match-ups for States
One goal for this season was to have the State qualifiers recognizable to the statewide tennis fans. The table below provides the first round player match-ups. The player name links provide more information about that specific player. Click on the photo icon to see additional photo(s) of that player. The player information is available to all users, but please sign-in to view the pictures.
In addition to the tennis fans, this information should be very beneficial to college coaches who are in attendance at the tournament.
|Division I||Division II|
Elise Betscher, Jillian Earnest
Alex Riegelsberger, Lucy Grierson
Haley Thoresen, Maddie Boster
Katie Bercz, Gabby Verdin
Hannah Cianciola, Askley Kallei
Emily Stankovic, Michelle Tokman
Natalie Bourlas, Nicollette Bourlas
Meli Martin, Minda Martin
Isabel Cepeda, Amanda Huser
Alyz Lynham, Amy Varckette
Berty Feng, Ellen Hata
Lauren Hawley, Amanda Showalter
Abby Warburton, Alivia Arnold
Adrian Young, Allissa Nakamoto
Nina Cepeda, Lynn Kelly
Megan Connelly, Annika Aebler
Sher McLean, Bailey Patrick
Emily Hissong, Gina Costanzo
Amanda Cahill, Alexis Weber
Celina Nowicki, Sydney Seeley
Meredith Breda, Caroline Andersen
Paige Quinton , Marissa Madison
Julia Dunbar, Lindsey Golick
Nichole Dragos, Alex Griebling
Newspaper articles are starting to be written about the State tournament. Click to read an article about the Indian Hill players. Here is a nice article from the Toledo Blade about Northview's Megan Miller. If you encounter other articles, please email them to me.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013
Hypothetical Seeding for State Singles
Click on the link above for the State draws.
As mentioned numerous times in this blog, it is not possible to have a fair State tennis tournament with five "one" seeds and five "two" seeds as tennis has with the Division II tournament. It just cannot be done. In last year's girls tournament, Cincinnati's Danielle Wolf faced Hartley's Rachael Morales in the second round. In 2011, Drew Fillis and My Linh Li played in the second round. In 2011, Watterson's Chris Diaz faced JFK's Michael Fredericka in the second round. During this past boy's season, Lexington's Mason Dragos played Cincinnati Country Day's Patrick Wildman in the second round, and Poland Seminary's Garrett Gardner played Seven Hill's John Larkin in the first round. The best solution is to seed the D2 tournament, and if you seed that tournament, then it makes sense to seed the D1 tournament as well.
|Division 1||Division II|
|1||Amina Ismail, Kings||Danielle Wolf, Cincinnati Country Day|
|2||Mehvish Safdar, Ursuline Academy||Ali Miller, Portsmouth|
|3||Lauren Ghidottii, Watterson||Olivia Rohrbacher, Perkins|
|4||Megan Miller, Sylvania Northview||Ariana Iranpour, Hathaway Brown|
|5||Ellee Bullock, Dublin Jerome||Rheanna Morehart, Miami Valley|
|6||Molly Sandberg, Walsh Jesuit||Danielle Buchinsky, Laurel|
|7||Emily Dunbar, Cloverleaf||Aashika Katapadi, Wellington|
|8||Tessa Hill, Massillon Jackson||Andrea Ballinger, Columbus Academy|
While this is a hypothetical exercise, this is how I would seed both Singles divisions. These lists may be tweaked as we get closer to Friday.
In previous years' D1 draws, the OHSAA pitted the top two players in the Central District versus the top two players in the Southwest in the second round. This approach typically eliminated one or two of the best players from the draw. If this practice is reinstituted this year, two of the top five players in my hypothetical draw will be eliminated before the semi's.
To see how I seeded the boy's tournament last spring and to read more commentary about the importance of seeding, click here.
The Top Players lists (Central, Northeast, Southwest) were changed substantially on Sunday. Changes to these lists are typically made gradually, but the District tournaments are very important and I wanted the seeding lists to be in-sync with the Top Players lists. To see the player results, sign-in first. If you would like your daughter's results to be showcased on this report, sign-up to be a member.
Upper Arlington and Dublin Jerome play on Tuesday to determine the Central District OTCA Division I final four team. Vote below on who you think will win. (As of 8:16am, 53% of the voters believe that UA will win.)
No photos have been received yet. C'mon, let's recognize these kids.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013
Several Surprises at Districts
There were numerous great matches yesterday. There were also a few upsets. The matches included: Kings' Amina Ismail defeated Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole and Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar; Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg beat Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar and Magnificat's Lauren O`Malley; Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti defeated Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock and Watterson's Courtney Brown; Wellington's Aashika Katapadi beat Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger; Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour defeated Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky and Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov; Massillon Jackson's Teressa Hill beat Magnificat's Lauren O`Malley and Emily Witt; and Cincinnati Country Day's Danielle Wolf defeated Carroll's Jillian Milano and Miami Valley's Rheanna Morehart.
2013 D1 Central State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
The weather at Hilliard Davidson for the Central District tournament was, well, extremely unHilliard Davidson-like. This cannot happen two weekends in a row. Do your best rain (or snow) dance on Friday night so that the girls can play at Elysium on Saturday.
If you took a photo of your District's players, please email it to me. I will add the names as I did for the Central D1 players. (See above.) I know most of the players, but it would still be helpful for you to provide me with the names. Members (as well as anyone who provides the photo I display online) will get a free, 5x7 photo on Friday. I need the photos asap though.
Girls tennis has had too many injuries this season.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013
Central District State Qualifiers
The Central District D1 State Singles qualifiers are: Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti; Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock; Watterson's Courtney Brown; and Dublin Jerome's Rhiannon James. The D1 State Doubles qualifiers are: Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford-Alle Sanford; Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger-Kyra Jung; Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas-Isis Thomas; and New Albany's Jane Haffer-Alexandra Cash.The Central District D2 State Singles Qualifiers are: Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger and Wellington's Aashika Katapadi. The Columbus School for Girls' qualified both doubles teams for States. The doubles teams are: Paige Quinton-Marissa Madison and Mary Anne Click-Linda Yang.
Congratulations to these players.
The State qualifiers from the Northeast and Northwest will be determined today.
Among the top players yesterday,
Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky defeated Gilmour Academy's Claudia Althans;
Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour beat Cardinal Mooney's Kacey Haggerty;
Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Hawken's Sydney Green;
Watterson's Courtney Brown beat New Albany's Carol Vitellas and Hilliard Davidson's Heather Haynes;
Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer defeated Hilliard Davidson's Emily Turner;
Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer;
Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock beat Upper Arlington's Olivia Kompa; Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger defeated Columbus Academy's Catherine Guan; and
Wellington's Aashika Katapadi beat Columbus Academy's Hannah Wexner.
There are six new photos taken at Districts today. They are of tournament director, Dan Witteman, Hilliard Davidson's Heather Haynes, Dublin Jerome's Maddy Easdale and Sofia Gomez, and Chillicothe's Taylor Sprouse. The pictures are availlable here. Please sign-in to view.
Good luck during the seeding round today. Please don't forget to take a picture of the State Qualifiers with a camera camera and to email it to me today.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013
Southwest District State Qualifiers
It was a great weather day for Districts. The Division 1 State Singles Qualifiers from the Southwest District are: Kings's Amina Ismail; Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole; Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar; and Mason's Elizabeth Kong. The D1 Doubles State Qualifiers are: Mason's Lynn Kelly-Nina Cepeda; Turpin's Bercz-Gabrielle Verdin; Sycamore's Alexandra Abele-Maggie Skwara; and Mason's Isabel Cepeda-Amanda Huser.
The D2 State Qualifiers are: Cincinnati Country Day's Danielle Wolf; Carroll's Jillian Milano; Charminade-Julienne's Natalie Allen; and Miami Valley's Rheanna Morehart. The Doubles Qualifiers are: Indian Hill's Meredith Breda-Caroline Andersen; Oakwood's Connelly-Aebler; Wyoming's Haley Thoresen-Boster; and Archbishop Alter's Lauren Hawley-Amanda Showalter.
The Northeast and Northwest Districts played yesterday as well, but not all of the state qualifiers have been determined.
If you would like to have your daughters recognized by a statewide tennis audience, please take a group picture of the State qualifiers and email it to me. Refer to the October 6th entry for the best way to do this. Please - no camera phones.
This is the time of year when some parents wonder if they should have purchased a Gerber Analytics membership. It's not too late. In fact, this is the perfect time to do so. Last year, some parents purchased memberships after the season was completely over. Also note how each member gets a link to her Player Profile when she is included in this daily summary. (Do you realize how helpful this is to college coaches?) Click on Join Now to become a member.
The 10 Most Recent Photos page has ten more new photos. Sign-in first to view this page.
See you at the D1 Central District Qualifiers.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013
Toledo Notre Dame Academy in D1 Final Four
The Northwest draws are posted above. The Central draws were completed yesterday morning, but they were not posted on the Central District Athletic Board web site. Hopefully that happens this morning.
This is the first poll of the season. Who will win Dublin Jerome or Upper Arlington? This match will be held next week. [Note that voting has ended and 52% of the respondents thought that Upper Arlington would win.]
The fortunate few will be getting interviewed over the next few days. ZooTennis' Colette Lewis wrote a great article to help players who are new to this process. The article is here. Please note that the best part of the article requires free registration to the TennisRecruiting.net web site. This is a great tennis web site, and I highly encourage that you register. The annual cost is $49.95 a year (which our family subscribed to when our kids played junior tennis). The $49.95 fee is necessary if you want to view all of the player results.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013
Mason Beats Sycamore to Earn Spot in Final Four
All of the puzzle pieces for the OTCA Tournament are starting to fall into place. Mason defeated Sycamore to complete the Southwest Final Four teams. In the Northeast District, North Canton Hoover defeated Hudson and Walsh Jesuit beat Massillon Jackson in the semi's. Other match results are available in the Previous Day Match Results. To see which teams are in Final Four and to review their results, note the table in the right sidebar.
OTCA Coaches' Poll - October 9, 2013
|Rank||Division 1||Division 2|
|1||Mason (5) 89||Hathaway Brown (8) 80|
|2||Upper Arlington (2) 83||Lexington 70|
|3||North Canton Hoover (3) 79||Indian Hill 66|
|4||Sycamore 66||Columbus Academy 51|
|5||New Albany (1) 58||Seven Hills 38|
|6||Dublin Jerome 47||Chaminade-Julienne 37|
|7||Ursuline Academy 33||Hawken 37|
|8||Magnificat 30||Laurel 18|
|9||Olentangy Orange 9||Miami Valley 17|
|10||Bishop Watterson 6||Clyde | Orange 9|
Among the top players, Sycamore's Alexandra Abele defeated Mason's Elizabeth Kong; Mason's Lynn Kelly beat Sycamore's Maggie Skwara; Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar defeated Indian Hill's Meredith Breda; Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger beat Pickerington Central's Nikkia Thompson; Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg defeated Massillon Jackson's Tessa Hill; and Chillicothe's Taylor Sprouse beat Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer.
There was a shake-up in the OTCA Division 1 poll because of injuries. The latest poll is to the right.
It is still a bit premature to talk with other parents about who will be taking photos of the State Qualifiers from your district, but please find the camera camera now and put it in your car. Smartphones take awful group photos and the photos will have to look great in order to be included online. My plan is to crop out individual photos from these group photos to include online in the Top Players Lists. Currently, only the Central District has photos of all individual players.
The Central District draws will be linked to above as soon as they become available.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2013
District Draws Available for Northeast & Southwest
Among the top players, Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar defeated Sycamore's Maggie Skwara; Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock beat teammate Rhiannon James; and Hilliard Davidson's Emily Turner defeated teammate Heather Haynes.
The D1 and D2 draws are available for the Northeast, and the D1 draws are posted for the Southwest District. Potential second round matches of interest in Singles include: Hamilton's Cassidy Hicks versus Kings' Amina Ismail; Hawken's Sydney Green versus Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov; Massillon Jackson's Tessa Hill versus Magnificat's Emily Witt; Kenston's Tasha Birze versus Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar; and Magnificat's Lauren O'Malley versus either Hudson's Kati Mdzinarishvili or Solon's Jamie Vizelman. Note how potential was used as a jinx protection adjective. The order of the Top Players' Lists need to be adjusted, but now I will wait until after Districts are played.
Hopefully Sectional play will finish today in the Central District.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013
Photos and Web Site Usage
There were four new photos added to the Photo Gallery today. New Albany's Carol Vitellas photo replaces Magnificat's Emily Witt photo as my favorite.
There are quite a few things that I look for in a photo including: movement, clarity (focus level), dark (or interesting) backgrounds, good sun position, and eye-on-ball concentration. Today's photos do a pretty job of that.
Since this is another day without new tennis results, this will be an educational entry to help others (especially students and teachers) understand how an Internet business works. Some of this web site's Internet usage graphs are included today. These graphs are from Google's analytics package. Many businesses use this "free" analytics package. In return, Google knows which computers are using this web site (in other words, "you"), and they know this web site deals with tennis. I place Google's computer code on each page that I want tracked.
The first graph shows the site usage from the beginning of the season to Saturday, October 5th. (as shown by number of Visits). Usage normally dips on Saturday and Sunday and peaks on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, the peak usage for this season (so far) occurred this past Friday, October 4th. When compared with the same time period as last year, usage is up 48% this year. Click to enlarge the graph. Note that some of the information on the chart is redacted.
Users spend five minutes each time they visit the site (and they might visit the site more than once a day). Looking at this number a bit more from a monetary standpoint, if you spend $12 each time you go to a movie, that breaks down to $.10 a minute ($12 / 120 minutes). If you walk to an OSU football game, that's $.38 a minute ($79 / 3.5 hours / 60 minutes). Depending on how long it takes you to read the Dispatch each day, the cost may be $.03 a minute ($20 / month / 30 days / ~20 minutes). So... If you pay $14.95 for this web site, log-in once a day and spend five minutes on the site, that breaks down to $.04 a minute ($14.95 / 70 days in the season / 5 minutes).
Yet another element is the amount of specialization involved. The more specialized any information source is -- the greater the value to that specific user. The Dispatch is a very general publication that satisfies an audience with many interests. They do offer high school tennis results, but it is an extremely small part of the newspaper. This web site offers an extremely high level of specialization by offering users Player Profile reports for their daughters. The Player Profile feature allows users to provide unique information about their daughter that could interest others (i.e. relatives, college coaches). This feature makes this tennis web site very unique. You probably know the value of the Player Profile more than I do, and it could be significant. There is also additional value associated with the action photos.
The usage map is the last chart. Each dot represents a Visit on this web site. The larger the dot, the greater the number of Visits. It is no surprise that most of the activity is focused in Central Ohio because this site has featured Central District players for a longer period of time. It was very surprising that the Northeast District zoomed past the Southeast District in its first season online even though Cincinnati is a major tennis town. Looking at just one report, the Team Lookup report, the breakdowns are as follows: Central District teams are looked up 70% of the time; Northeast teams - 14%; Southwest - 12%; and Northwest - 4%. (There are obviously not many Northwest teams to lookup on this web site, while the Northeast has the most teams.) The breakdowns were expected to be closer to: Central - 50%, Southwest - 30%, Northeast - 15%, and Northwest - 5%.
Another important statistic is the average pages per Visit. It is over five, which is a rather high number. Most web sites want to maximize page views and they do this by limiting the amount of information seen on each page (i.e. forcing you to click on ten pages to see a "top ten" list). The approach used for this web site is to provide information in a concise manner to minimize page views and the amount of time necessary to retrieve tennis information. A recent example of this effort was the release of the Previous Day Results report, which shows all of the previous results for the three most recent days.
In previous years, the Central District draws would be available today, but that is not the case today. I am unsure if the other Districts will release their draws today.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
Rain, No Rain, Rain, No Rain, Rain
Hopefully, Sectionals will be completed before States are played this year. Central Ohio hopes to finish Sectionals on Tuesday.
Many of the top players competed against each other yesterday. Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar defeated Mason's Elizabeth Kong and Kings' Amina Ismail; Kings' Amina Ismail beat Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole; Hilliard Davidson's Emily Turner defeated Hilliard Bradley's Haley Jackson; Watterson's Courtney Brown beat Upper Arlington's Olivia Kompa; Chillicothe's Taylor Sprouse defeated Olentangy Liberty's Anna Delaney; Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock beat Hilliard Davidson's Heather Haynes; Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti defeated Watterson's Courtney Brown; Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer beat New Albany's Carol Vitellas; Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger defeated Columbus Academy's Hannah Wexner; and Wellington's Aashika Katapadi beat Granville's Charlotte Purnode. More detail will be provided on the doubles players after the District seeding round.
2012 D1 Central State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
The next paragraph may be a few days early, but it gives everyone time to consider whether or not they would like to do it.
The Central District State qualifiers have been featured on this site with a photo for several years. Now that this is a statewide tennis web site, it would be great to include photos of the State Qualifiers from all Districts. The coaches have too much on their minds to make this happen so parents are going to have to step up if they would like their players to be recognized. Here's how to do it. 1) Before the players take the court for the District seeding round, tell the tournament official that you would like to get a photo of the State qualifiers. This way, all of the players are there and they are still happy. 2) Tell the other parents that they can take a photo, too, but they need to put their coffee down and grab their cameras - now. 3) Use a camera camera at its highest resolution setting, not a cellphone camera. 4) Have the players include their tennis racquets. 5) Have the girls face the sun (even if it is cloudy). 6) Tell the Singles players to take a knee. 7) Put the doubles players together by team. 8) Have the girls tilt their visors or hats back and remove their sunglasses. 9) Leave room at the top and bottoms for names. 10) Take four pictures. Girls blink. Alot. 11) Email a high resolution picture to me. I can include the names of the players at the bottom of the picture if you provide me with the names. If you have time, take a picture of the coaches -- this is a big deal for them, too. Normally, it is the mothers who are the responsible ones who make this happen (but they tend to omit heads and other, important body parts from their photos). Please send me a Feedback with any questions. This will be one of those photos that your daughters will cherish 25 years from now.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
Jackson, Mohr, Roesch Lead the Ace Report
The good news is that Sectionals are almost over. If the weather holds, the seeding rounds will take place in the Central District today. The Sectionals take place over over two or three days, but they account for over 13% of the data of the entire 10 week season.
Aces are only recorded for dual matches so it is probably safe to announce the Ace leaders for this season. In first place was Hilliard Bradley's Haley Jackson. Centerville's Victoria Mohr and Gina Roesch were second and third, respectively. Congratulations to these players.
Why provide this additional coverage for aces? Aces add buzz to the sport, and they are commonly reported on for pro events. Practicing serves is also an activity that any player can do on her own with ten tennis balls.
Off to the UA Sectional....
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013
Sectional Data Now Available
The Central District Sectional results have been processed for five of the six Sectional locations. The results for the Pickerington Central location were not included in today's newspaper. Most of the Columbus Sectionals got rained out at approximately 2pm yesterday. Play will resume at 4pm today at the Upper Arlington location. The Hilliard Davidson site will finish their play on Saturday. There has been no update from the other locations.
Portions of Cleveland are one day ahead of the rest of the state and they held their seeding round yesterday. This pitted the top players against each other. Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky defeated Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov; Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour beat Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky; and Magnificat's Emily Witt defeated Bay's Kathryn Quillin.
I was at the Columbus School for Girls location yesterday, and I took about 200 photos. Approximately 30 to 40 will be processed over the next few days. Photos of Beechcroft's Alexis Weaver and Karleyia Washington are included today. The Beechcroft team photos are available for all to view until the end of the season. Remember, you can click to enlarge the photos.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013
Sectionals Day for Central; Results for Cleveland & Cincinnati
The Cleveland and Cincinnati-area teams played their Sectionals yesterday. The results for Cincinnati are now available. The Cleveland-area Sectional results were online at 9:40pm. There were three dual matches recorded from yesterday: Gahanna defeated Westerville Central; Dublin Scioto defeated Worthington Kilbourne; and Grove City defeated Central Crossing.
Beechcroft Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Five new photos were added to the 10 Most Recent Photos page.
Good luck today at the Central District Sectional. The Sectional data takes a significant amount of time to enter. Tomorrow's update will likely be delayed until noon.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013
Indian Hill in Final Four; UA to Play Dublin Jerome in OTCA Final
It was a big night for big matches. Indian Hill defeated Miami Valley; Upper Arlington beat New Albany; Dublin Jerome defeated Olentangy Orange; Dublin Coffman beat Columbus Academy; Centerville defeated Chaminade-Julienne; and Walnut Hills beat Cincinnati Country Day.
Among the top players, Cincinnati Country Day's Danielle Wolf defeated Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole;
Hilliard Davidson's Emily Turner beat Worthington Kilbourne's Erica Chen; Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger defeated New Albany's Jane Haffer; Columbus Academy's Hannah Wexner beat Dublin Coffman's Crissi Tzagournis; Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford defeated Dublin Jerome's Rhiannon James; Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford beat Dublin Jerome's Sofia Gomez; Chaminade-Julienne's Natalie Allen defeated Centerville's Ashley Amiri; and Upper Arlington's Kyra Jung beat New Albany's Alexandra Cash.
Hilliard Davidson Seniors - Click to enlarge
As you get older, you realize how important it is to have good, fun memories. To help remember the high school tennis experience, members may now purchase Gerber Analytics** online photos Even though the quality level may be better than other online sources, the prices will be similar. Offering various print sizes is too troublesome at this point, so only high resolution digital images will be sold. These images can be printed anywhere (i.e. Cord Camera). The Dispatch's ThisWeekSports sells their digital images for $29.95 and Impact Action sells theirs for $19.99. Gerber Analytics photos will be available for $19.99 for one, or $34.99 for two different images. The benefit of the digital images is that they can be used to print numerous copies for others (i.e. aunts, uncles, grandparents). Send me an email or submit a Feedback to inquire about the photos.
Sectionals for the Central District are tomorrow.
** Only Gerber Analytics photos (as identified by the ©Scott Gerber copyright) are being offered. Photos taken by others will not be sold.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013
Mason Beats Lakota East, 4-1; Columbus Academy Defeats Wellington, 4-1
Columbus Academy secured one of the D2 Final Four spots by defeating Wellington. Other matches from last night included: Hathaway Brown defeated Kenston; Columbus School for Girls beat Olentangy Liberty; Carroll defeated Bellbrook; Gahanna beat Granville; Seven Hills defeated Mount Notre Dame; Whetstone beat Ready; Upper Arlington defeated Pickerington Central; Watkins Memorial beat Bloom-Carroll; Western Brown defeated Amelia; and Mason beat Lakota East. To see all of the results from the Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus areas, click here.
Matches among the top players included: Lakota East's Maddy Mueck defeated Mason's Elizabeth Kong; Seven Hills' Jessica Seibold beat Mount Notre Dame's Murphy; Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger defeated Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas; Mason's Lynn Kelly beat Lakota East's Paige Silverberg; Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour defeated Kenston's Natasha Birze; and Upper Arlington's Kyra Jung beat Pickerington Central's Isis Thomas.
The Ten Most Recent Photos Report was updated late last night with players from Pickerington Central and Upper Arlington. Sign-in prior to clicking. I can't do this very often, but the lighting conditions were great last night so I took advantage of it.
Matches tonight include: New Albany versus Upper Arlington; Beechcroft versus Whitehall; Granville versus Wellington; Lancaster versus Watkins Memorial; and Pickerington Central versus Dublin Coffman.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
Today's Topic is Reciprocation and the Internet
As mentioned in an earlier post, it is important that this web site provides a bit more information than just tennis because so many students use the site. It is also important to bring this up because the Internet is a relatively new phenomenon.
Have you ever opened a door for someone, waited for him to walk through the doorway, and then be surprised when he doesn't say "thanks"?
Have you ever seen anyone go into a coffee shop or restaurant, sit down, use the free wi-fi, read for an hour and then leave without buying anything?Fortunately this rarely happens. Why? It's because reciprocation is ingrained in all societies. This Liberty Mutual advertisement does a great job of helping clarify this principle.
Unfortunately, the social norm of reciprocation is breaking down when it comes to the Internet and information. I regularly speak with people who no longer subscribe to their local newspaper (i.e. Columbus Dispatch); instead, they go to the newspaper web site for free information. Special note -- free information is not free to create. If you enjoy it and it benefits you on a regular basis, you need to pay. That's how you say "thanks".
The typical response I hear from people is "I see their ads online so that's how I pay". While advertising is very important, it pays a fraction of the costs. This is why you see so many newspapers struggling (or disappearing). The newspapers thought that online advertising would pay the bills so they rapidly placed their great editorial content online. Huge mistake. It diminished the content's value and the big money went to the Internet search engines (i.e. Google).
Please note that these are confusing times. Facebook makes a big deal out of saying that they will never charge their users. Why is Facebook kind and generous? That's because they aren't. Their users are providing the content (i.e. pictures, user comments, birth-dates, cellphone numbers, friends list) that draw users to its web site. Then, Facebook harvests its customers' content and information. If you use Facebook, they are harvesting you. You are the product.
Google is similar. As you use its search engine and its email service, Google is accumulating information about you that you would never, ever share with complete strangers during a marketing survey. Think of it this way, if a surveyor were to call you and ask questions such as, Are there any health ailments that are bothering you? When and where are you going on your next vacation? What types of things are you interested in buying? You'd hang-up on the surveyor because their questions are just too personal. Google knows all of above and more about you. They use this information for their own purposes and they also sell it to marketers (and others).
Pigs, cattle, and chickens probably don't understand that there is a reason why they receive free food. Make sure you understand why you are receiving free Internet services (or free anything else).It is great if you use the Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Cleveland Plain Dealer web sites, but make sure that you subscribe to one of them. That is how the Internet must work. Click on a link above to subscribe to one of these great newspapers.
The plan for pictures this week was to attend the Columbus City League Tournament as I did last year and use my new equipment to take photos. I had asked for a "heads-up" on when the tournament was to occur, but I did not get one. It was held last week.
I am being more selective on which photos get included in the Photo Gallery since it is getting so large. To make up for having less new photos added to the Photo Gallery, I created a new report that quickly shows the ten most recent photos that have been included to this web site. Please sign-in first and then click here.
This is Sectionals week.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013
Dublin Jerome Wins OCC Flight A
The Ohio Capital Conference changed its tournament structure this year so that those teams that finished first in their division played each other in the tournament. The same approach was used for those teams that finished second through eighth. The order of finish of the Flight A group (or first placed group) was Dublin Jerome, Upper Arlington, New Albany, and Pickerington Central in yesterday's matches. Westerville South was first in the Seventh Place grouping.
Among the top players, Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock defeated Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger and Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas; Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford beat Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan; Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas defeated New Albany's Jane Haffer; Hawken's Sydney Green beat Orange's Adrian Young; Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford defeated Dublin Coffman's Amber Lee; and Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger beat Grandview's Kiley Kinnard.
At this point, I have recognized all of the teams that have provided me with team pictures. If you would like your team to be featured to a state-wide, tennis audience, please email a team photo to me. (If you sent me a photo and I have not recognized your team, please give me a "heads-up".)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
Sycamore Beats Ursuline Academy, 3-1, in OTCA
Parma won the Lake Division Tournament, and Normandy came in second. In dual match play, just four matches were recorded. Perry defeated Archbishop Hoban; Walnut Hills beat St. Ursula Academy; Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin defeated Willoughby South; and Sycamore beat Ursuline Academy.
Granville Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
The Ohio Capital Conference tournament is today at various locations.
I processed pictures all day yesterday for the GTCA Awards Ceremony. Those pictures are here. The pictures of the award winners for this year (and previous years) and the programs for the last six years are available here.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA) Awards Ceremony
Thirty-nine matches were recorded from last night, and that should be the last big night of the season. There were twenty, 3-2 matches recorded. They included: Pickerington Central defeated Watterson; Worthington Christian beat Hartley; Massillon Jackson defeated Aurora; Goshen beat New Richmond; Cincinnati Country Day defeated Wyoming; Laurel beat Orange; Westerville South defeated DeSales; Westerville Central beat Reynoldsburg; Geneva defeated Beachwood; Hamilton Township beat Teays Valley; Harvey defeated Edgewood; Summit Country Day beat Mariemont; Watterson-B defeated Hilliard Bradley; Chardon beat Lake Catholic; Chillicothe defeated Lancaster; West Geauga beat Our Lady of the Elms; Delaware Hayes defeated Marion Harding; Beaumont beat Hudson-B; Western Reserve Academy defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; and Granville beat Centennial. As I mentioned to a parent at last night's awards ceremony, even though the number of matches decrease this time of year, the intensity level increases. For all of last night's matches, click here.
Matches among the top players included: Cincinnati Country Day's Danielle Wolf defeated Wyoming's Haley Thoresen;
Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky beat Orange's Adrian Young;
Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti defeated Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas;
Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger beat Lexington's Elise Betscher; and Watterson's Courtney Brown beat Pickerington Central's Isis Thomas.
Greater Columbus Tennis Association Awards Ceremony - Click to enlarge
Special note -- When GCTA Media Award winner, Bill Rabinowitz, is not writing great college tennis articles, he spends time with another fall sport. His new book, Buckeye Rebirth: Urban Meyer, an Inspired Team and a New Era at Ohio State, was just released. He has a book signing at the Barnes & Noble on campus on Saturday from 3-6pm.
The Ohio Capital Conference tournament will be held tomorrow for most central Ohio teams.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
Upper Arlington Defeats Watterson, 3-2
There were 28 dual matches and two tournaments yesterday. Walnut Hills won the Eastern Cincinnati Conference Tournament, and Westerville North and Groveport won the OCC Eighth Place Tourney. More than a third were 3-2 matches. They included: Mount Notre Dame defeated Cincinnati Country Day; Lakewood beat Brush; Avon Lake defeated Amherst Steele; Watkins Memorial beat Westland; Wellington defeated Worthington Christian; Marysville beat Grandview; Upper Arlington defeated Watterson; Amelia beat Felicity; Ursuline Academy defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; and Olentangy Orange beat Olentangy Liberty. In another notable match, New Albany defeated Columbus Academy, 4-1.
Indian Hill Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
There were several matches among the top players. They included: Kings' Amina Ismail defeated Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole; Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti beat Upper Arlington's Andrey Berger; Watterson's Courtney Brown defeated Upper Arlington's Kyra Jung; Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford beat Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer; Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger defeated New Albany's Jane Haffer; and Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford beat Olentangy Liberty's Anna Delaney.
Today's featured team is Indian Hill. They are coached by Gary Samuels.
The annual Greater Columbus Tennis Association Annual Awards ceremony will be held tonight at Westerville's Everal Barn.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
Columbus Academy Beats Columbus School for Girls, 5-0
Today's update is finally ready. There were 50 results from yesterday. The 3-2 matches included: Elyria defeated Brush; Harrison beat Ross; Bay defeated Rocky River; St. Joseph Academy beat Revere; Elyria Catholic defeated Vermilion; Grove City beat Hilliard Davidson-B; Medina defeated Highland; Beaumont beat Walsh Jesuit-B; Hamilton defeated Badin; Western Brown beat New Richmond; Worthington Christian defeated Westerville North; and McAuley beat McNicholas.
Columbus School for Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar defeated Lakota East's Maddy Mueck; Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger defeated Columbus School for Girls' Mary Ann Click; Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas defeated Dublin Scioto's Prachi Bansal; Hilliard Davidson's Emily Turner defeated Olentangy's Brianna Brdicka; and Ursuline Academy's Olivia Sabo defeated Lakota East's Paige Silverberg;
The Northeast Sectional draws are now available here. Credit for the most attractive draw sheet goes to the Medina Sectional. The Medina Singles and Doubles draws are very competitive.
Today's featured team is Columbus School for Girls. They are coached by Tommy Haddow. Photos for each school are available via the following links: Columbus Academy-Photos and Columbus School for Girls-Photos. Please Sign-in first.
As stated last week, it is traveler-beware on these schedules. Always call first. Matches that might possibly occur are: New Albany versus Columbus Academy; Olentangy Liberty versus Olentangy Orange; Upper Arlington versus Bexley; and Watkins Memorial versus Westland -- maybe.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
New Albany Defeats Dublin Coffman, 4-1
There were 32 matches recorded from yesterday. The 3-2 matches included: Thomas Worthington defeated Olentangy Orange; Westerville Central beat Wellington; Chardon defeated Lakeside; McAuley beat Wilmington; Lebanon defeated Fenwick; and Crestwood beat Harvey.
Laurel Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Indian Hill's Meredith Breda defeated Archbishop Alter's Lauren Hawley; Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock beat Hilliard Davidson's Emily Turner; Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer defeated Hilliard Bradley's Taylor Ruby; and Wellington's Aashika Katapadi beat Westerville Central's Nicole Cardwell.
Today's featured team is the Northeast District's Laurel High School. They are coached by Walter Oden.
Matches tonight include: Beechcroft versus Independence; Chillicothe versus Pickerington North; Columbus Academy versus Columbus School For Girls;
Delaware Hayes versus Olentangy; Hilliard Davidson versus Grove City; New Albany versus Gahanna; Watterson versus DeSales; and Westerville North versus Worthington Christian.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
Photos and Draws
There are just four photos for today. I had planned to take pictures at the Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) tournament on Saturday but was enable to do so because of the rain out. The photos today include: Olentangy Orange's Jessica Phelps, Dublin Jerome's Rhiannon James, Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky, and Watterson's Courtney Brown. While taking Rhiannon's picture, I eventually realized that when the ball gets bigger and bigger in the view finder then that means the ball is going to hit me. Click on the images to the right to go to the Photo Gallery.
The Central District Sectional Division 1 draws were somewhat surprising because several of the strongest singles players chose to play doubles. There are five strong contenders for the four Singles spots and seven strong teams for the four State Doubles spots.
In the Division 2 draw, Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger and Hannah Wexner will not defend their doubles championship crown from last year. Both are playing singles.
Click for the draws for the Southwest district.
Matches scheduled for today include: Carroll versus Kettering Fairmont; Centerville versus Bellbrook;
Hilliard Davidson versus Upper Arlington; Olentangy Liberty versus Hilliard Bradley; Olentangy Orange versus Thomas Worthington; Teays Valley versus Lancaster; and Upper Arlington versus Hilliard Davidson.
I need more team photos!
SUNDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 - 6:50PM
Central District Sectional Draws Now Available
Click on Join Now above to see the Sectional Draws. The draws are listed under the benefits. You don't need to become a member to view the draws, but you could if you wanted. If you use Paypal to join, I could have a Player Profile setup for your daughter today. To see all of the players with Profiles, click here.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2013
Sycamore Wins Flight A of Cincinnati Coaches Classic; Walnut Hills Wins Flight B
The morning rain stopped play In Columbus and Cleveland yesterday, but matches were played in Cincinnati. Sycamore won the Flight A of the Cincinnati Coaches Classic tournament, followed by Ursuline Academy. Flight B was won by Walnut Hills, and Sycamore-B was the runner-up. Loveland was the Flight C winner, followed by Summit Country Day. There is a nice article on page C4 of the Cincinnati Enquirer about the tournament.
Olentangy Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the players on the top lists, Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar defeated Sycamore's Alexandra Abele; Mason's Lynn Kelly defeated Sycamore's Maggie Skwara; and Kings' Amina Ismail defeated Loveland's Devin Lally.Today's featured team is Olentangy. They are coached by Jeff Luxenburger.
A group of college athletic directors and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) have dreamed up some ideas that they think will improve college tennis. Their main goal is to decrease match times so that more dual matches can be put on television. This article by ZooTennis' Colette Lewis and the accompanying comments (located under the article) will get you up-to-speed on the proposed changes. The consensus by those who enjoy watching and playing college tennis feel that these proposed changes are simply awful ideas.
The USTA has had a track record lately of implementing really bad ideas (i.e. Points Per Round) only to make things worse when they attempt to improve upon their previous bad ideas. Trivia question for the day: Who was the last women's champion who went through the USTA Junior system? If you said, "Serena and Venice", you'd be wrong. The Williams sisters completely avoided the USTA system. The last women's champion was Lindsay Davenport, who retired in 2010. There are many who do not want the USTA to exert their influence on college tennis.
The all-important Sectional Draws are today at 2pm. Hopefully, I'll have the draws for the Central District online by this evening.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013
Columbus Academy Defeats Bexley in OTCA
There were a few matches yesterday, including a couple of double headers. Matches included: Hawken defeated Mayfield; Springboro beat Centerville; Indian Hill defeated Cincinnati Country Day; Lexington beat Centerville; Sycamore defeated Springboro; and Columbus Academy beat Bexley.
Centerville Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Hopefully, today's tournament matches can be played.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
New Albany and Columbus Academy Lead the Central District Coaches' Poll
There were several interesting match-ups last night. Click on Previous Day Match Results to see all of the dual matches played. The 3-2 matches from yesterday included: Hathaway Brown defeated Magnificat; Hudson beat Rocky River; North Ridgeville defeated Vermilion; and Chardon beat Brush. There were also several tournaments played (which take a huge amount of time to enter.)
There were a few matches among the top players. Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour defeated Magnificat's Emily Witt and Hudson's Kati Mdzinarishvili beat Rocky River's Isabel Quinones; and Hathaway Brown's Lauren Gillinov defeated Magnificat's Lauren O`Malley.
"Thank you" to the coaches who voted in the Coaches' Poll. This will help your peers as they vote for the top teams, prior to the Sectional Draws. This poll was submitted to the Columbus Dispatch last night, but it was not included in today's paper. To quickly view every match that these teams have played, click to see the Top Ten Central Girls Teams report.
The Top Players Lists will continue to be tweaked today and tomorrow. Not to jinx anyone*, but I would like to have pictures of all of the top players so that they are recognizable at States. If I do not have a photo for your player, please email one to me. I would prefer the "going to a tennis match" look rather than "going to the prom" look but I'll take either. (Please note that I still have several pictures to process.)
Some paying members have sent in scores that were not included in the newspapers so that I can add them to the web site. Even though it is very time consuming, I enter them. I rarely add scores from non-members. Of course, the logical question is "If you enter scores submitted by non-paying members, wouldn't this lead to more paying customers" and the answer would be "no". After doing this for three years, I found that it leads to even more scores being submitted by non-paying members. Again, if I missed a score that was in an electronic version of a newspaper, I will enter it regardless of who provides it to me.
Keeping the previous paragraph in mind, please send me the scores of the matches that you played that are not included on the web site. One of the most worthwhile reports that coaches can provide to their players is the End-of-Year report (see sample). I want this report to be accurate for you and your team.
There are numerous tournaments planned for tomorrow. Stay dry.
* It is a requirement that this phrase be included whenever the discussion deals with States. Not to point fingers at any particular gender, but mothers don't understand the importance of this.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
Watterson Beats Dublin Coffman & Hathaway Brown Defeats Cardinal Mooney
It was another nice night for tennis. Watterson won 51% (57-54) of the games to defeat Dublin Coffman, 3-2. Other 3-2 matches included: Hamilton Township defeated Westland; Hartley beat Groveport; Lancaster defeated Athens; Kenston beat Chagrin Falls; Delaware Hayes defeated Jonathan Alder; Wilmington beat Little Miami; Aurora defeated West Geauga; Triway beat Archbishop Hoban; Western Brown defeated Goshen; and Middletown beat Northwest.
Pickerington Central Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Last night, there were numerous changes made to the Top Player Lists. The goal is to have the lists in good shape before the Sectional Draw on Sunday. Note that the Lists (Central, Northeast, and Southwest) are "free" today so that readers can see all of these players' matches. It will return behind the "paywall" at 7pm tonight (but paying members can always see the details).
Among the top players, Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti defeated Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan; Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas beat Columbus School for Girls' Mary Ann Click; Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford beat Gahanna's Emily Merickel; Pickerington Central's Isis Thomas defeated Columbus School for Girls' Linda Yang; and Watterson's Courtney Brown beat Dublin Coffman's Amber Lee.
The Matrix Reports are behind the paywall again.
Today's featured team is Pickerington Central. They are coached by Kelli Rings.
Note that the schedules are entered at the beginning of the season, and they may now be out of date. Always confirm a match with a player or coach prior to leaving. (Note that some coaches update their schedules via this web site, but many do not.) Tonight's matches include: Carroll versus Lehman; Columbus Academy versus Wellington; Dublin Jerome versus Olentangy Orange; Hilliard Davidson versus Dublin Scioto; Olentangy Liberty versus Thomas Worthington; and Upper Arlington versus Watterson.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013
Indian Hill Beats Wyoming, 4-1, in OTCA
Last night was the third busiest of the season with 60 matches recorded. Big Walnut defeated Hilliard Darby; Andrews Osborne defeated Eastlake North; Talawanda defeated Wilmington; Amherst Steele defeated Strongsville; Anderson defeated Milford; Little Miami defeated Ross; Watkins Memorial defeated Newark; Turpin defeated Loveland; Crestwood defeated Harvey; Medina defeated North Royalton; Chagrin Falls defeated Revere; Chagrin Falls defeated Revere; Granville defeated Lancaster; Sycamore defeated Lakota East; Carroll defeated Badin; From Monday night, Olentangy Liberty defeated Hilliard Davidson.
Sycamore Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Sycamore's Alexandra Abele defeated Lakota East's Maddy Mueck; Turpin's Gabrielle Verdin beat Loveland's Devin Lally; Wyoming's Haley Thoresen defeated Seven Hills' Jessica Seibold; Wyoming's Haley Thoresen beat Indian Hill's Maren McKenna; Cincinnati Country Day's Danielle Wolf defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Natalie Vandenberg; Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer beat Hilliard Davidson's Emily Turner; Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti defeated Columbus School for Girls' Mary Ann Click; Watterson's Courtney Brown beat Columbus School for Girls' Linda Yang; New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo defeated Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas; and Pickerington Central's Isis Thomas beat New Albany's Jane Haffer.
If you are a top player, another benefit of joining as a member is that all of your results will be shown on the Top Players Report (Central, Northeast, and Southwest) to all readers. Coaches refer to these reports in preparation for the Sectional draw. Normally, the detailed results are only shown to paying members.
Tonight's matches include: Carroll versus Northmont; Centennial versus Whetstone; Dublin Coffman versus Watterson; Olentangy Liberty versus Pickerington North; Olentangy Orange versus Gahanna; and Watterson versus Dublin Coffman.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
Olentangy Orange Defeats Pickerington Central, 3-2, in OTCA
I look forward to getting up every morning to look at the results, but this is the time of the year when it really gets fun. Forty-seven matches were recorded yesterday. In addition to Olentangy Orange's victory over Pickerington Central, the other 3-2 matches included: Solon defeated Hudson; Ross beat Wilmington; Village Academy defeated Hartley; Bloom-Carroll beat Teays Valley; Reynoldsburg defeated Chillicothe; Elyria Catholic beat Chagrin Falls; Marysville defeated Delaware Hayes; Grandview beat Jonathan Alder; North Royalton defeated Strongsville; Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy beat Canton Central Catholic; Turpin defeated Walnut Hills; Chardon beat Madison; and Africentric defeated Marion-Franklin.
Many of the top players were in tough matches. Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock defeated Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger; Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford beat Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas; Hamilton's Cassidy Hicks defeated Lakota East's Mueck; Hudson's Kati Mdzinarishvili beat Solon's Kandakai; Chillicothe's Taylor Sprouse defeated Reynoldsburg's Keisha Cummings; Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger beat Olentangy's Brianna Brdicka; Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole defeated Turpin's Gabrielle Verdin; Dublin Jerome's Rhiannon James beat Columbus Academy's Hannah Wexner; Tri-Valley's Dempsey defeated Granville's Charlotte Purnode.
OTCA Coaches' Poll - September 16, 2013
|Rank||Division 1||Division 2|
|1||New Albany (9) 123||Hathaway Brown ( 6) 90|
|2||Mason (4) 114||Lexington (1) 68|
|3||North Canton Hoover 92||Indian Hill 62|
|4||Ursuline Academy 73||Columbus Academy 57|
|5||Sycamore 70||Hawken 46|
|6||Pickerington Central 63||Orange 34|
|7||Upper Arlington 54||Oakwood 38|
|8||Magnificat 46||Miami Valley 24|
|9||Bishop Watterson 37||Clyde 20|
|10||Dublin Coffman 25||Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 14|
Today's featured team is Dublin Jerome. Jerome took advantage of the $99 Team Special Offer to enable all of its players and its coach to gain access and to get Player Profiles, just as Hilliard Davidson, New Albany, and Notre Dame Academy have done. In several cases, parents generously donated this to the rest of the team.
The College Report is now updated to include the Central Ohio (primarily) players who are competing in college tennis.
Matches today include: New Albany versus Pickerington Central; Carroll versus Badin; Dublin Jerome versus Hilliard Davidson; Dublin Scioto versus Reynoldsburg; Granville versus Lancaster; Newark versus Watkins Memorial; Watterson versus Columbus School For Girls; Wellington versus Centennial; Westerville North versus Worthington Kilbourne; Westland versus Upper Arlington; and Worthington Christian versus Bexley.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
Yes, Monday's are photo days, but now so are the others. Purchasing that telephoto lens has made it much easier for me to take more photos. This is great for tennis fans because they really enjoy them. Unfortunately it also led to a problem -- there are too many photos to place them all in the Photo Gallery. The gallery lacks the "organization" necessary for a large number of photos and it would take far too long for the page to load (or display). I had to create a better solution.
Last week, I created two new online areas. Each player who has a photo associated with her, will have her own photo page. Likewise, each team photo page will have all of the photos associated with that team. The camera icon identifies players or teams with photos. Click to see the photo pages for Francesca DiLorenzo and Dublin Jerome.
Another major change is that these photos are behind the paywall, so you will need to Sign-in to view them. There are two reasons for this. The first is that it is extremely irritating to me that many of the photos that I take are appearing on Bing and Google. After searching on a couple of different high schools, I noticed that 20-30% of their top photos were ones that I took. I don't want to benefit them at my expense.Their attempt at attribution is also very weak.
The second reason is that taking and displaying photos is extremely expensive in terms of both time and equipment. Only 10-15% of the photos that I take are acceptable to display. After determining which ones are the best, the photos have to be cropped, adjusted for color/contrast, and cataloged. Again, this is a very expensive process, but I know that my paying members are enjoying them.
Some customers have inquired on how they might purchase photos. I need to give that more thought.
As for today's photos, I am trying a different approach. I like action photos but I am also including more "still" and odd-angle shots. The top left photo each week is my favorite. Today's favorite is Watterson's Mollie Godbout awaiting a serve from Magnificat's Caitlin Harvey. Previous week favorites were of Magnficat's Emily Witt, Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger, and New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo (with Lauren Ghidotti's as a close second).
Please Sign-in and then vote for the Top Ten Teams in Central Ohio. You need to vote by Wednesday at noon. The results will be submitted to the Columbus Dispatch to assist all Central Ohio coaches with their mandatory vote as required for the Sectional draw. Please refer to the Matrix Report for the Central District (which will remain available to all until Wednesday) to better identify the best teams.
Matches today include: Beechcroft versus Centennial; Carroll versus Beavercreek; Chillicothe versus Reynoldsburg; Columbus Academy versus Dublin Jerome; Thomas Worthington versus Worthington Christian; Watkins Memorial versus Big Walnut; Whetstone versus Linden-McKinley.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
Watterson Beats Magnificat and Magnificat Defeats Upper Arlington
It was almost a perfect day. (A perfect day would have required Akron and Texas A&M to win.) It was a great day to play and watch high school tennis, and then watch an OSU football game in the evening. Speaking of perfect, Watterson defeated both Magnificat and Massillon Jackson to be the only undefeated team in an Upper Arlington-hosted dual team event that included UA, Magnificat, and Massillon Jackson. In the other matches, Magnificat beat Upper Arlington and Upper Arlington defeated Massillon Jackson. Photos from those matches, as well as others, will be in tomorrow's update.
Massillon Jackson Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
It was a great day to watch competitive singles matches. Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti defeated Massillon Jackson's Tessa Hill and Magnificat's Emily Witt. Magnificat's Lauren O`Malley defeated Watterson's Courtney Brown and Upper Arlington's Kyra Jung. Massillon Jackson's Tessa Hill beat Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger in a three-setter.
Tomorrow will be a busy tennis day. Matches include: Beechcroft versus Centennial; Carroll versus Beavercreek; Chillicothe versus Reynoldsburg; Columbus Academy versus Dublin Jerome; Thomas Worthington versus Worthington Christian; Watkins Memorial versus Big Walnut; Whetstone versus Linden-McKinley.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013
Dublin Jerome Beats Olentangy Liberty, 5-0
Just five matches were recorded from yesterday's play. Dublin Jerome defeated Olentangy Liberty; Lakota East beat Walnut Hills; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy defeated Wyoming; Westland beat Jonathan Alder; and Centennial defeated Village Academy.
Columbus Academy Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer; Wyoming's Haley Thoresen beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Natalie Vandenberg; Lakota East's Maddy Mueck defeated Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole; and Lakota East's Paige Silverberg beat Walnut Hills' Megan Burke.
Today's featured school is Columbus Academy.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
Magnificat Defeats Hawkin, 3-2
The weather faked out a number of coaches yesterday in the Central Ohio area. After raining most of the day, the weather cleared after many coaches had already made the go-no go decision. Yesterday's most competitive matches included: Beachwood defeated Aurora; Midview beat Vermilion; Oak Hills defeated Hamilton; Gilmour Academy beat Solon; Magnificat defeated Hawken; Hamilton Township beat Fisher Catholic; Seven Hills defeated Cincinnati Country Day; Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy beat Summit Country Day; Indian Hill defeated Chaminade-Julienne; and St. Ursula Academy beat Seton.
Upper Arlington Varsity B Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
There were numerous changes made to the Top Players' Lists this morning. New players were added to the Watch Lists and players on the Watch Lists were moved up to the Top Players' Lists. Click for the Central, Northeast, and Southwest lists. If your daughter's picture is not included and you would like her to be recognized by a statewide tennis audience, please email her picture to me.
The matches among the top players included: Cincinnati Country Day's Danielle Wolf defeated Seven Hills' Jessica Seibold; Chaminade-Julienne's Natalie Allen beat Indian Hill's Meredith Breda, Magnificat's Emily Witt defeated Hawken's Sydney Green; and Chaminade-Julienne's Kelly Pleiman beat Indian Hill's Maren McKenna.
Today's featured team is Upper Arlington-B.
Changes are afoot that will enable more pictures to be shown. Watch for more on that on Monday.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
Mason Beats Ursuline Academy, 3-2
There were rain-outs in the Columbus are, but other areas of the states did not appear to be affected. The 3-2 matches included: Oak Hills defeated McAuley; Ross beat Preble Shawnee; Groveport defeated Watkins Memorial; Revere beat Wadsworth; Mason defeated Ursuline Academy; Brecksville beat Amherst Steele; Perry defeated Wickliffe; Reynoldsburg beat Bexley; and Northwest defeated Roger Bacon.
Wellington Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar defeated Mason's Elizabeth Kong; Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky beat Magnificat's Emily Witt;
Hawken's Sydney Green defeated Kenston's Natasha Birze; and
Hudson's Kati Mdzinarishvili beat Medina's Emma Deimling.
Wellington is today's featured team.
I need some time to catch-up, but I would not want to jinx tonight's matches by mentioning anything about rain -- rain of any type -- not even showers or drizzle or storms If they aren't rained out, tonight's matches include: Carroll versus Archbishop McNicholas; Centerville versus Springboro; Gahanna versus Grove City; Granville versus Centennial; Hartley versus Wellington; and Hilliard Davidson versus Olentangy Liberty.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
Fifty-seven matches were played on a brutally hot night. There were numerous matches that ended via retirement throughout the state. The 3-2 matches included: Edgewood defeated Northwest; Fairview beat Lake Catholic; Newark defeated Groveport; Reynoldsburg beat Pickerington North; Seven Hills defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Westerville South beat Hilliard Darby; Norton defeated Crestwood; Bloom-Carroll beat Teays Valley; Solon defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; Mentor beat Beachwood; Mount Notre Dame defeated Seton; Elyria Catholic beat North Ridgeville; and Hathaway Brown defeated Hawken. In Rocky River's, 4-1, match against Avon, there were four three-setters.
Lexington Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Numerous matches included the top players. They included: Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti defeated Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger; Watterson's Courtney Brown beat Columbus Academy's Hannah Wexner; Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour defeated Hawken's Sydney Green; Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock beat Dublin Scioto's Prachi Bansal; and Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas defeated Grove City's Taylor Shawver.
Lexington is today's featured team. This photo was taken after the Hathaway Brown versus Lexington match in Cleveland.
There are numerous interesting matches scheduled for tonight. They include: Bexley versus Reynoldsburg; Carroll versus Wyoming; Chillicothe versus Upper Arlington; Columbus Academy versus Dublin Coffman; Dublin Jerome versus Watterson; Granville versus DeSales; Groveport versus Watkins Memorial; and Whetstone versus Northland.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
New Albany and Hathaway Brown Lead the State Polls
It was a hot but nice night for tennis. The close, 3-2 matches included: Groveport defeated Canal Winchester; Seton beat Mariemont; Solon defeated Medina; Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin defeated Beaumont; Ready beat Bloom-Carroll; Watterson defeated Archbishop Alter; Westerville Central beat Big Walnut; Kings defeated Wilmington; Midview beat Fairview; Strongsville defeated Cuyahoga Falls; Revere beat Highland; Wellington defeated DeSales; Oakwood beat Carroll; and Western Reserve Academy defeated Beachwood;
OTCA Coaches' Poll - September 9, 2013
|Rank||Division 1||Division 2|
|1||New Albany (7) 96||Hathaway Brown ( 6) 69|
|2||Mason (3) 80||Lexington (1) 52|
|3||Upper Arlington (1) 74||Indian Hill 50|
|4||North Canton Hoover 69||Columbus Academy 44|
|5||Ursuline Academy 64||Hawken 42|
|6||Sycamore 49||Orange 30|
|7||Pickerington Central 48||Clyde 21|
|8||Dublin Coffman 29||Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 19|
|9||Magnificat 25||Columbus School For Girls 18|
|10||Bishop Watterson 22||Oakwood; Seven Hills; Laurel|
There were numerous matches among the top players. They included: Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman defeated Hudson's Kati Mdzinarishvili; Sycamore's Alexandra Abele beat Wyoming's Haley Thoresen; Indian Hill's Meredith Breda defeated Lakota East's Maddy Mueck; Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan beat Gahanna's Emily Merickel; Archbishop Alter's Lauren Hawley defeated Watterson's Courtney Brown; Lakota East's Paige Silverberg beat Indian Hill's Maren McKenna; and Mason's Elizabeth Kong defeated Springboro's Rachel Rose.
The first state poll was released yesterday. I have not had an opportunity to go through this list closely, but I was surprised that Cardinal Mooney was not included. Cardinal Mooney defeated Hawken on Friday. There is now information on all but two of these schools online. Click on the link for each school. This is also the perfect time to try out the Matrix Report. Click to access the Central, Northeast, or Southwest versions. It's like a Christmas present for data people (or a confusing mess of digits for those who fear numbers). Click on the image to the right to view the Matrix Report for New Albany. Remember - use the hyperlinks.
Tonight will be a huge night for high school tennis. Some of the matches include: Columbus Academy versus Watterson; Columbus School for Girls versus Hartley; Dublin Jerome versus Dublin Scioto; Hilliard Davidson versus Upper Arlington; Mount Vernon versus Big Walnut; New Albany versus Olentangy; Reynoldsburg versus Pickerington North; Wellington versus Village Academy; and Worthington Christian versus Grandview.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
Monday = Photos
Since there are no results to post, Monday's will normally be photo days from the previous week and weekend. The pictures are from the Olentangy Orange versus Worthington Kilbourne match and from the Cleveland field trip to Magnificat and Hathaway Brown.
Clicking on the image to the right will take readers to the Tennis Photo Gallery. The pictures include Magnicat's Emily Witt, Hathaway Brown's Ally Persky and Catherine Areklett; Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford and Alle Sanford; and Toledo's Notre Dame Academy's Nina Eid and Alicia Nahhas. Click on the names of the players to see their Player Profiles (where applicable).
Voting will begin for the Top Teams in Central Ohio this week. The process has been delayed this year to give some teams more time to play competitive matches.
To assist with the voting process, the Matrix Report is available for paying members. The Matrix Report is probably the most valuable (and complex) report on Gerber Analytics. It enables coaches and fans to fully evaluate teams -- not only by displaying just the match scores -- but also by displaying the percentage of games won. This is especially useful prior to the Sectional draws. It also helps identify potential teams to play next season. [Can someone please explain to me why some teams don't schedule more matches?] Make sure that you use the hyper-links -- they enable readers to quickly jump from team to team. For a limited time only, the Matrix Report will be available to all users. Based on Olentangy Liberty's results versus New Albany and Upper Arlington, UA and NA are very close . . .
Today's matches include: Olentangy Orange versus Upper Arlington-B; Olentangy Liberty versus Dublin Scioto; Beechcroft versus Northland; Big Walnut versus Westerville Central; and Carroll versus Oakwood.
Why in the world is the US Open Men's Final being played at 5:00pm?
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2013
Field Trip to Cleveland
Yesterday was a very busy day for the most competitive teams in Ohio. Matches included: Watterson defeated Walsh Jesuit; Hathaway Brown beat Lexington; New Albany defeated Ursuline Academy; Walnut Hills beat St. Ursula Academy; Walsh Jesuit defeated Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Watterson beat Mount Notre Dame; Ursuline Academy defeated Dublin Coffman; Logan Elm beat Athens; and Magnificat defeated Notre Dame Academy;
Reynoldsburg's doubles tournament was won by Olentangy Orange. Gahanna was the runner-up.
Magnificat Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
We traveled to Cleveland yesterday to take photos of Magnificat vs. Notre Dame Academy; Hathaway Brown vs. Lexington; and a Case Western tennis alumni function. Some of these photos will be included in tomorrow's update. Magnificat is today's featured team.
Tomorrow's matches include: Olentangy Orange versus Upper Arlington; Olentangy Liberty versus Dublin Scioto; Beechcroft versus Northland; Big Walnut versus Westerville Central; and Carroll versus Oakwood.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
In the Battle of the Hills - Walnut Hills Beats Seven Hills
Watkins Memorial Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Just six matches were recorded yesterday. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy defeated Mount Notre Dame; Walnut Hills beat Seven Hills; Hathaway Brown defeated North Canton Hoover; Beachwood beat Our Lady of the Elms; Upper Arlington defeated Olentangy Liberty; and Ursuline Academy beat Turpin. The Previous Day Match Results report is now behind the paywall again.
Among the top players, Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar defeated Turpin's Gabby Verdin;
Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger beat Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer; and Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole defeated Seven Hills' Jessica Seibold.
Reynoldsburg has its tournament today. Other matches include: New Albany versus Ursuline Academy; Notre Dame Academy versus Magnificat; Hathaway Brown versus Lexington; Watterson versus Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit; and Watterson versus Mount Notre Dame.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
UA Beats Dublin Coffman & Solon Defeats Revere
There were 40 matches recorded yesterday. In the "this is why box scores are important" match of the day, Medina defeated Strongsville, 5-0, but the match included four 3-set contests. Some of the best teams in the state played against each other. Close, 3-2 matches included: Upper Arlington defeated Dublin Coffman; Solon beat Revere; Lakota East defeated Springboro; Hilliard Darby beat Hilliard Bradley; Fairfield defeated Harrison; Highland beat Brunswick; Lakota West defeated Miamisburg; Worthington Christian beat Hilliard Davidson-B; Ravenna defeated Woodridge; Seton beat McAuley; Bethel-Tate defeated Batavia; and Ready beat West.
Worthington Christian Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Matches among the top players included: Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger defeated Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan; Western Reserve Academy's Sydney King beat Gilmour Academy's Claudia Althans; Pickerington Central's Kyah Thomas defeated Gahanna's Emily Merickel; and Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford beat Worthington Kilbourne's Erica Chen.
Today's featured team is Worthington Christian. (Please keep those pictures coming!)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
Not Fast but Less Slow . . .
More were expected, but there were 41 matches recorded yesterday. There were numerous 3-2 matches. Dublin Coffman defeated Dublin Jerome; Watterson beat Olentangy Liberty; Thomas Worthington defeated Granville; Centerville beat Miami Valley; Lancaster defeated Westerville South; Newark beat Canal Winchester; Eastmoor Academy defeated West; and Magnificat-B beat St. Joseph Academy.
Among the top players, Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour defeated Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky; Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti beat Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer; Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock beat Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan; Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman defeated Medina's Emma Deimling; Wellington's Aashika Katapadi beat Columbus School for Girls' Mary Ann Click; and Watterson's Courtney Brown defeated Olentangy Liberty's Anna Delaney.
Upper Arlington's Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
This web site needs to be educational in other ways, especially since so many kids use it. Today's topic deals with web site load times. A web site should load in roughly four seconds; otherwise, people start to get frustrated. The load time for this page was an agonizing 19 seconds. After making numerous changes, it is now down to a still bad, six seconds. No damages are expected with these changes, but If you encounter anything different, please send a Feedback message. Also, please be aware that picture sizes will be reduced in the future but hopefully it will not be noticeable. On the bright side, while this page is still too large, most readers don't need to wait before they can start reading the most recent blog entries.Today's featured team is Upper Arlington. UA plays Dublin Coffman today. Other matches include: Carroll versus Roger Bacon; Columbus School for Girls versus Olentangy Liberty; Delaware Hayes versus Olentangy; Hilliard Bradley versus Hilliard Darby; Hilliard Davidson versus Marysville; Notre Dame Academy (boo) versus Findlay (yea); Olentangy Orange versus Worthington Kilbourne; Pickerington Central versus Gahanna; Westerville North versus Westerville South; and Whetstone versus Groveport. I plan to attend the Olentangy Orange versus Worthington Kilbourne match.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
Battle of Pickerington Goes to . . .
It was a great night for high school tennis with 60 matches being recorded. There were a large number of 3-2 matches. They included: Seton defeated Mother of Mercy; Worthington Christian beat Wellington; Linden-McKinley defeated Marion-Franklin; Solon beat North Canton Hoover; Lake Catholic defeated Padua; Midview beat Brunswick; Western Reserve Academy defeated Mayfield; Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin beat Gilmour Academy; Revere defeated Avon Lake; Goshen beat Clermont Northeastern; Our Lady of the Elms defeated Hudson; New Richmond beat Batavia; Chagrin Falls defeated Bay; and North Royalton beat Brecksville; Centennial defeated Whitehall. Pickerington Central also beat Pickerington North, 5-0, to win the battle of Pickerington.
Several of the top players competed against each other. Hawken's Sydney Green defeated Westlake's Julia Dunbar; Magnificat's Emily Witt beat Medina's Emma Deimling; Western Reserve Academy's Sydney King defeated Mayfield's Jamie Vizelman; Loveland's Devin Lally beat Indian Hill's Meredith Breda; and Mariemont's Haley Weston defeated Seven Hills' Jessica Seibold.
It is almost time for an update to the College Players page. It takes a bit of time for the colleges to update their rosters.
Matches tonight include: Big Walnut versus Olentangy Orange; Dublin Jerome versus Dublin Coffman; Granville versus Thomas Worthington; Hartley versus Olentangy; Northland versus Centennial; Notre Dame Academy versus Perrysburg; and Olentangy Liberty versus Watterson.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
Back to High School Tennis
Coaches and parents sent in quite a few additional matches so those will be processed throughout the day.
The Tennis Photo Gallery has been updated to include new action photos. Click on the image to the right to see the pictures for Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger, Wellington's Aashika Katapadi, Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tanner, Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer, New Albany's Carol Vitellas, and Whetstone's Maggie Prosser. Click on the names of the players to see their Player Profiles. These photos were taken at the Wellington and the Whetstone Park of Roses courts.
Please note that this new Tennis Photo Gallery area is in flux. Some photos will be there long-term while others will move in and out. The pictures that will remain are the qualifiers for States. Either I have taken (or parents of qualifiers have taken) photos of the Central District State qualifiers for several years. If other Districts would like to recognize their State qualifiers, please remember to take and to email a photo to me of your qualifiers. The best time to take the photos is prior to the seeding round on Saturday of Districts. I would want one photo of the D1 players and another of the D2 players (again, please use the Central District photos as a guide). I would be happy to take the time to include the player names on the photos as I have done for the Central District. One other thing, please use a camera -- rather than a camera phone. The plan is to make this the best area on the Internet for Ohio high school tennis photos.
Matches today include: Big Walnut versus Worthington Kilbourne; Columbus Academy versus Grandview; Columbus School for Girls versus DeSales; Delaware Hayes versus New Albany;Dublin Jerome versus Westerville North; Dublin Scioto versus Westerville South; Gahanna versus Reynoldsburg; Lancaster versus Groveport; and Pickerington Central versus Pickerington North.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013
Happy Labor Day
September 2 is the first day per the OHSAA rules that players can no longer compete in non-interscholastic competition. It will now become clearer who will and who won't be playing high school tennis this year. In comparison to other Midwestern states, Ohio is the most restrictive in allowing the top players to compete in USTA tournaments during the high school season. This document may be somewhat dated but it compares Ohio's eligibility rules versus the other states. For a summary of that document, click to read a summary from Colette Lewis' ZooTennis blog. The document / article also provide more insight into why it is important for Ohio players to be able to play critical USTA matches. For more information about the OHSAA rule's, click to view the OHSAA's 2013 Girl's Tennis Manual for Coaches.
Dublin Coffman's Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
This is update day. Later today the Ace Report will be updated. I will also be going back to input scores from matches that occurred earlier in the season. This is largely limited to teams whose coaches are members of Gerber Analytics because this is a very time consuming process (even though I will make exceptions, such as, when a parent member's daughter played in that match).
Today's featured team is Dublin Coffman. They will play Thomas Worthington tomorrow. Other matches tomorrow include: Big Walnut versus Worthington Kilbourne; Columbus Academy versus Grandview; Columbus School for Girls versus DeSales; Delaware Hayes versus New Albany;Dublin Jerome versus Westerville North; Dublin Scioto versus Westerville South; Gahanna versus Reynoldsburg; Lancaster versus Groveport; and Pickerington Central versus Pickerington North.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2013
And Then There Was One
Whetstone Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Also please be aware that you may need to "refresh" your page to view these new team pictures. Some browsers "cache" older images.
There are no high school matches scheduled for today or tomorrow, but there is still plenty of US Open tennis to watch. Unfortunately, the U.S. is now down to just one male U.S. player.
Just to add insult to injury on the condition of U.S. tennis, why couldn't the young man in the JP Morgan Chase television advertisement (that is running during tennis coverage) be holding a tennis racquet rather than a lacrosse stick? If you are a frequent reader of this web site, you know that I have big concerns about the inroads that lacrosse is making in high schools to the detriment of tennis and the other sports. The decision making associated with high school lacrosse is quick and nimble and there are ongoing changes that benefit the sport. Meanwhile high school tennis seems to be mired in what some call "traditions" and others call, "outdated practices that should have been changed two decades ago". One anecdotal story - I had not been to Dicks Sporting Goods for about a year and I walked through the door to go to the tennis area on the right. It was no longer a tennis area. That area is now dominated by soccer and lacrosse gear. The tennis stuff is upstairs between the kayaks and the golfing gear. We need to keep finding ways to improve our sport.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2013
Hawken Defeats Gilmour Academy
More matches were played than expected yesterday, but several were evidently played on Thursday and recorded on Friday. Several of the more contested matches included: Hawken defeated Gilmour Academy; Rocky River beat Beachwood; Lake Catholic defeated Chagrin Falls; and Magnificat beat Westlake.
Mifflin Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Magnificat's Emily Witt defeated Westlake's Julia Dunbar.
Several more players were added to the Watch Lists last night. They are (in no particular order): Seven Hills' Jessica Seibold, Indian Hills' Meredith Breda, Cloverleaf's Emily Dunbar, Mason's Elizabeth Kong, and Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg. More players will be added this weekend. This site is all about recognizing players so... Parents/Coaches, feel free to email a photo of your player to me. (I prefer getting team photos from which I can retrieve the individual pictures.)
Thanks to Whetstone parent, Bob Prosser, for today's picture of the Mifflin team.
No matches are scheduled for today (that I am aware of).
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013
Olentangy Orange Beats Watterson in OTCA Contest
There were numerous 3-2 matches from yesterday. Canal Winchester defeated Westerville North; Mount Notre Dame beat St. Ursula Academy; Western Reserve Academy defeated Walsh Jesuit; Blanchester beat Western Brown; Medina defeated Copley; Hawken beat Laurel; Little Miami defeated Harrison; Olentangy Orange beat Watterson; Whetstone defeated Watkins Memorial; Dublin Coffman beat Olentangy Liberty; Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin defeated Mentor; and Solon beat Revere. I botched the link yesterday so the premium version of the Previous Day Match Results are available to everyone here.
Carroll Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford defeated Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti; Laurel's Danielle Buchinsky beat Hawken's Sydney Green; Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan defeated Olentangy Liberty's Alexia Meyer; and New Albany's Jane Haffer beat Worthington Kilbourne's Erica Chen. Look for changes in the top players lists this weekend.
Let me just sharpen that pencil just a little bit more.. Yeah, that's what I thought. Speaking on behalf of perhaps all fledgling small businesses, we'd be ecstatic getting paid minimum wage. Wait, you mean some people even get paid overtime? Benefits, too? If I had to pay myself even the existing minimum wage, this web site would not exist. In the business world, there is short-term pain in hopes of long-term benefits, but nothing is a sure thing. These are confusing times. . .
I went to the Columbus Academy vs. Wellington and Whetstone vs. Watkins Memorial matches this week. Their team photos will be added this weekend along with the great team photos that I have been receiving from coaches and parents. More photos will also be added to the photo gallery this weekend.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
Notre Dame Academy Now on Gerber Analytics
There were 48 matches recorded yesterday, including the largest number (22) of the year from the Cleveland area. Lexington won less games (36 vs. 44) but still defeated Dublin Coffman, 3-2. Other 3-2 matches included: Fenwick beat Lebanon; Solon defeated Mayfield; Watterson-B beat Wellington; Mason defeated Sycamore; Magnificat-B beat Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin; Revere defeated Green; Fairview beat Vermilion; and Hartley defeated Teays Valley. In another major match, Walsh Jesuit defeated Hawken. All of the match results are here. Please note that this report will go "behind the paywall" tonight. The non-member version of this report has less functionality and information.
More players will be added to the Watch List and some players will be moved up to the Top Players List over the weekend. It has been difficult to assess some players because they have not yet had difficult matches this season. Good matches among the top players yesterday included: Sycamore's Alexandra Abele defeated Mason's Elizabeth Kong; Walsh Jesuit's Molly Sandberg beat Hawken's Sydney Green; Lexington's Elise Betscher defeated Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan; and Mason's Lynn Kelly beat Sycamore's Maggie Skwara.
Notre Dame Academy is the first team from the Northwest District to join Gerber Analytics. NDA is also the first team to utilize the $99 Team Special Deal. This deal provides a coach membership (normally $24.95) and up to 10 parent/player memberships (normally $14.95 each) for $99, versus the list price of over $170. Each player gets a Player Profile that she can use to share her high school results with friends, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and college recruiters. Think of this as a football game program that is up-to-date with the latest information that you can give to everyone who will appreciate it. If you are interested in doing this for your team, please contact me asap. I am going to limit the number of these that I do this season because they are very time-intensive to set up (and to keep updated) and I have several underway. Some of these have been purchased by parents as gifts to the rest of the team.
The Ace Report has been updated for the first time this year. It is here.
Matches tonight include: Carroll versus Kettering Alter; Dublin Coffman versus Olentangy Liberty;
Gahanna versus Pickerington North; Grove City versus Lancaster; Hilliard Davidson versus Thomas Worthington; Mount Vernon versus Olentangy; New Albany versus Worthington Kilbourne; and Olentangy Orange versus Watterson.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2013
Forty matches were recorded from yesterday. The 3-2 matches included: Elyria Catholic defeated Midview; Worthington Christian beat DeSales; Mason-B defeated Sycamore-B; Milford beat Mariemont; Seven Hills defeated Summit Country Day; Beaumont beat West Geauga; McNicholas defeated Madeira; Western Brown beat Amelia; and Mayfield defeated Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
Hilliard Bradley Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Sorry, but I could really use a full-state rainout, but if it doesn't, the following matches are scheduled: Bexley versus Pickerington Central; Dublin Jerome versus Olentangy Liberty; Grove City versus Westland; Hilliard Darby versus Hilliard Davidson; New Albany versus Chillicothe; and Watterson versus Wellington.
It is just not acceptable to have link errors -- not even one. If you encounter a link that isn't working, please send me a quick note via a Feedback message or via email. During today's update, I noticed that I had numerous links that were not working properly yesterday.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013
Granville beats Hilliard Bradley, 3-2
There were 38 matches played yesterday. In the closest match of the day, Granville defeated Hilliard Bradley, 3-2, with Granville winning 47 games versus 44 for Hilliard Bradley. Other 3-2 matches included: Chagrin Falls defeated Beachwood; Olentangy Liberty beat Columbus Academy; Sycamore-B defeated Loveland; Big Walnut beat Delaware Hayes; Hamilton Township defeated Central Crossing; and Ursuline Academy-B beat Mariemont. All of the match results are here.
Olentangy Liberty Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Play among the top players included: Olentangy Liberty's Sydney Power defeated Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger; Lakota East's Maddy Mueck beat Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole; Magnificat's Lauren O`Malley defeated Rocky River's Isabel Quinones; Lexington's Elise Betscher beat New Albany's Jane Haffer; Hilliard Davidson's Emily Turner defeated Chillicothe's Taylor Sprouse; and Northview's Megan Miller beat Teagan McNamara.
Today's team picture is of Olentangy Liberty from the Watterson Memorial Tournament. In addition to being one of the better team pictures that I have taken, it was certainly the fastest. These girls zoomed into their spots faster than a NASCAR pit crew. It was truly impressive.
There is a full slate of matches tonight. I plan to attend the beginning of the Columbus Academy versus Wellington match. Other matches include: Dublin Scioto versus Westerville North; Grove City versus Groveport; Lancaster versus Pickerington North; Olentangy Liberty versus Upper Arlington; Olentangy Orange versus Olentangy; Pickerington Central versus Reynoldsburg; Pickerington North versus Lancaster; Reynoldsburg versus Pickerington Central; Teays Valley versus Circleville; Thomas Worthington versus Westland; Upper Arlington versus Olentangy Liberty; and Worthington Christian versus DeSales.
MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013
Now More than Numbers and Charts
Even though I am more than happy to be analyzing and creating Excel pivot tables and looking at bar charts all day, others oddly, are not. For them (and perhaps, you), the web site now has more photos.
Today's photos are from the Watterson Memorial Invitational Tournament which was held at the Whetstone Park of Roses. This facility is a great venue, but unfortunately it is not photo-friendly. The thick, high screens make it very difficult to get a great shot. Normally I can move to the court that has the best lighting and vantage points, but that is not the case at Whetstone. I was largely limited to courts 1 and 2 and the lighting was not ideal until the afternoon.
I will be taking more photos throughout the season, especially at facilities that do not have high side screens.
These photos, plus a few more from the Watterson tournament will soon be added to the Photo Gallery.
While I may never be an Eric M. Spohn (professional photographer and tennis pro at New Albany), I will keep working on the quality. Here is one of Eric's photo from the Western & Southern.
Matches Monday include: Carroll versus Summit Country Day; Circleville versus Grove City;
Columbus Academy versus Olentangy Liberty; DeSales versus Jonathan Alder; Hilliard Davidson versus Chillicothe; New Albany versus Lexington; Reynoldsburg versus Canal Winchester; and Whetstone versus Beechcroft.
The first round of the US Open also begins today.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2013
New Albany, Upper Arlington, and Pickerington Central Win Saturday Tournaments
October's tennis weather can be awful, but we can be extremely thankful for the tennis weather we have had for the last two weeks. There were several tournaments yesterday. Bishop Watterson had the perfect setting for its Memorial Invitational Tournament at the Park of Roses where New Albany finished first. Upper Arlington won the Canfield Doubles Invitational, and Pickerington Central won its doubles invitational.
New Albany Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
In doubles play in Canfield, Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger-Kyra Jung defeated Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour-Catherine Areklett in the Flight A championship and Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar-Olivia Sabo beat Pickerington Central's Isis Thomas-Nithya Raya for Pickerington Central's championship.
Tomorrow's matches include: Carroll versus Summit Country Day; Circleville versus Grove City;
Columbus Academy versus Olentangy Liberty; DeSales versus Jonathan Alder; Hilliard Davidson versus Chillicothe; New Albany versus Lexington; Reynoldsburg versus Canal Winchester; and Whetstone versus Beechcroft.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2013
Football Tennis Friday Night
With high school football still not underway, there were numerous matches played yesterday. The 3-2 matches were: Massillon Jackson defeated Gilmour Academy; Avon beat Laurel; Westlake defeated Elyria Catholic; Talawanda beat Butler; and Walnut Hills defeated Mount Notre Dame. All of the results are here.
Worthington Kilbourne Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
I was at the Watterson Memorial Invitation Tournament all day on Saturday. The Worthington Kilbourne photo is from the tournament. More pictures will be posted tomorrow.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2013
Biggest Night for Tennis To-Date
It was another big night for tennis with 60 matches played. The closest match of the night was North Canton Hoover versus Mayfield. Hoover won 3-2, winning 55 games to Mayfield's 53 games. Other 3-2 contests included: Pickerington North defeated Westerville Central; Thomas Worthington beat Worthington Kilbourne; Laurel defeated Kenston; Revere beat Brecksville; Padua defeated Fairview; and Brunswick beat North Olmsted. All of the results are here.
This might be the Olentangy Orange Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Watterson has their invitational tomorrow. I will be attending that, and hopefully taking some photos. The teams competing include: Columbus School for Girls, New Albany, Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Bradley, Olentangy Liberty, Watterson, Worthington Kilbourne, and Toledo Notre Dame.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013
Rain Disrupts Play in Cincinnati and Columbus
It almost always rains when I go to DeSales to watch a match. The good news is that it didn't rain last night so I took DeSales' photo. Unfortunately Pickerington North thought that it was going to rain so they did not come. Hopefully, I'll get their photo soon.
Close matches throughout the state included: Watkins Memorial defeated Newark; Ravenna beat Woodridge; Hilliard Bradley defeated Worthington Kilbourne; Olentangy Orange beat Hilliard Davidson; Fairview defeated Mayfield; Avon beat North Royalton; Kenston defeated Beachwood; Revere beat Highland; and Reynoldsburg defeated Westerville South.
DeSales Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
There was just one match between the top players. Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford defeated Hilliard Davidson's Emily Turner.
Now that things are starting to settle down with the morning updates, the Ace Report will soon be updated.
Tonight's matches include: Carroll versus Fenwick; Columbus Academy versus Bexley; Dublin Jerome versus Olentangy; New Albany versus Olentangy Liberty; Reynoldsburg versus Big Walnut; Thomas Worthington versus Worthington Kilbourne; Whetstone versus Eastmoor Academy; and Worthington Christian versus Village Academy.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2013
New Albany Defeats Olentangy Orange, 4-1 -- The Correction of Errors
It was a huge night for tennis with 59 matches being played. The breakdowns by district were Central-22, Northeast-18, and Southwest-19. Some of 3-2 matches included: Beachwood defeated Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin; Brecksville beat Strongsville; Canal Winchester defeated Westerville South; Chillicothe beat DeSales; Lake Catholic defeated Elyria Catholic; Mentor beat Gilmour Academy; New Richmond defeated Bethel-Tate; Padua beat Normandy; Reynoldsburg defeated Grove City; Seven Hills beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy; Worthington Kilbourne defeated Delaware Hayes; and Wyoming beat Walnut Hills. All of yesterday's results are available via Previous Day Match Results (and for the rest of the day all of the results and box scores are available to non-members).
There were several great match-ups among the top players. New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo defeated Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford; Hamilton's Cassidy Hicks beat Sycamore's Alexandra Abele; and Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford defeated New Albany's Jane Haffer; Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan beat Hilliard Davidson's Emily Turner; Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock defeated Hilliard Bradley's Taylor Ruby; and Walnut Hills' Lilly O`Toole beat Wyoming's Haley Thoresen.
Sharapova, Kirilenko, Petrova, Vesnina, Makarova, Kuznetsova
Williams, Stephens, Hampton
Kerber, Lisicki, Barthel
From a timing perspective, I do my best to have the data available by 8:00am and the blog entry finished by 9:00am. The update process typically begins between 5:00-5:30am as the newspapers become available. During the rest of the day, I typically spend more time fine-tuning the updates and software, fixing errors, hopefully catching the beginning of a HS tennis match; and then in the evening, processing results sent by coaches for inclusion in the Columbus Dispatch.
The U.S. women fared better than the men in the U.S. Open draw. See the table to the right.
Matches tonight include: Dublin Scioto versus Olentangy Liberty; Hilliard Davidson versus Olentangy Orange; Westerville South versus Reynoldsburg; Westland versus Westerville North; and Worthington Kilbourne versus Hilliard Bradley. I am missing the schedules for many teams, especially outside the Central District. Coaches may email them to me for inclusion.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2013
Lexington Beats Magnificat, 3-2
There were 34 matches played yesterday in the major metro areas making it the busiest day of the season to-date. Yesterday's 3-2 matches included: Lexington defeated Magnificat; Seven Hills beat Turpin; Anderson defeated Mariemont; Crestwood beat Coventry; Cuyahoga Falls defeated Our Lady of the Elms; Fairview beat Parma; Highland defeated Green; Madeira beat Winton Woods; Watkins Memorial defeated Hamilton Township; and West Geauga beat Perry.
Thomas Worthington Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
There was just one match that included the top players yesterday. Magnificat's Emily Witt defeated Lexington's Elise Betscher.
I'm in a particularly good mood so two reports will be accessible to all users today. They are the Previous Day's Match Results and List of Upcoming Matches reports. Hopefully this will also generate additional sign-ups.
Nadal, Ferrer, Lopez, Verdasco, Almagro, Robredo
Gasquet, Benneteau, Paire
del Potro, Monaco
The mens seeds for the U.S. Open were released. There are 32 seeds. Spain and France lead the list with six and three seeds, respectively. The U.S. has two players seeded, which is at least better than what Latvia has.
Matches today include: Olentangy Orange versus New Albany; Big Walnut versus Olentangy;
Carroll versus Waynesville;
Delaware Hayes versus Worthington Kilbourne; Dublin Coffman versus Hilliard Davidson; Dublin Jerome versus Hilliard Bradley; Dublin Scioto versus Westerville Central;
Lancaster versus Pickerington Central; Mount Vernon versus Franklin Heights; Newark versus Pickerington North; Olentangy versus Big Walnut;
Upper Arlington versus Thomas Worthington; and Worthington Christian versus London.
MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2013
Photos from the Western & Southern Tennis Tournament
A number of friends and I went to the Western & Southern Tournament on Friday. Ohio (and the Midwest) is very fortunate to have this extremely high level men's and women's tournament within driving distance. We all had a great time.
Clock-wise from top: John Isner, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and
His Shadow, Victoria Azarenka - Click to enlarge
I rented a high-end lens for taking photos. Several photos are included to the right and more are in the Photo Gallery. You may click on the photos to enlarge them.
One thing that I always look for when taking photos is if a player is watching the ball as it strikes the racquet . Both Serena and Victoria Azarenka did a great job of doing this. Isner was probably the best for the men. As for Andy Murray's forehand -- not so much.
The photos were taken during match-play, except for Victoria's.
High school matches scheduled for today include: Worthington Christian versus Buckeye Valley; Carroll versus Greenon; Columbus School for Girls versus Wellington; DeSales versus Olentangy Orange; Hamilton Township versus Watkins Memorial; and Lancaster versus Logan Elm.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013
Lexington, Turpin, and Solon Win Saturday Tournaments
It was a great day for tournaments throughout Ohio. Lexington won the Columbus School for Girls Invitational Tournament with Hathaway Brown's doubles team of Ariana Iranpour-Catherine Areklett defeating Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti-Courtney Brown for the Flight A title. Turpin won the Cincinnati Country Day Invitational with Turpin 's Gabby Verdin beating Walnut Hill's Lilly O'Toole in the singles final. The Medina Doubles tournament victor was Solon. Solon's Tinisee Kandakai-Monika Bandi defeated Highland's Allie Welch-Madeline Petrich in the championship final.
Hathaway Brown Girls Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
There will be changes to the Top Player and Watch Lists over the next few days.
Tomorrow's matches include: Worthington Christian versus Buckeye Valley; Carroll versus Greenon; Columbus School for Girls versus Wellington; DeSales versus Olentangy Orange; Hamilton Township versus Watkins Memorial;
and Lancaster versus Logan Elm.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2013
Upper Arlington Beats Hathaway Brown
Today's update is very short. It is check-in day at Ohio State for our daughter and I need to leave early. If I have time, I will add to it later in the day.
Watterson Varsity B Girls Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger defeated Hathaway Brown's Ariana Iranpour and Wellington's Aashika Katapadi defeated Granville's Charlotte Purnode.
There are league changes that I need to address. That will happen at some point during the weekend.
I plan to attend the Columbus School for Girls Doubles Invitational today, but that is dependent on OSU's check-in.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013
"Thanks" to the Reporters of ThisWeekSPORTS.com
There were numerous great matches yesterday. Columbus Academy defeated Lexington; Lakota East beat Loveland; New Albany defeated Watterson; Pickerington Central beat Lakota East; and Pickerington North defeated Olentangy.
Among the top players, Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger defeated Lexington's Elise Betscher; New Albany's Jane Haffer beat Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti; and Lakota East's Maddy Mueck defeated Pickerington Central's Isis Thomas.
Dayton Chaminade-Julienne Girls Team - Click to enlarge
ThisWeekSPORTS.com does a great job of kicking off the season with insightful articles about many of the central Ohio teams. The reporters who have written articles this season include: Aaron Blankenship, Frank DiRenna, Brad Emerine, Scott Hennen, Dave Purpura, and Jarrod Ulrey. When you see them, please say 'thanks' for covering high school tennis. Links to their articles are now included on the team pages. Gerber Analytics provides free memberships to journalists to assist them in covering our sport.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013
Gilmour Academy's Lauren Davis Takes China's Li Na to 3 Sets
Northeast District's Lauren Davis had a great match last night against China's Li Na at the Western & Southern Open in Mason. Lauren got off to a great start as Li Na struggled, but Li Na came on strong at the end of the first set to win the match 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. Li Na is ranked fifth in the world, and Lauren is ranked 76th. Lauren was the OHSAA Division 2 State Champion in 2008. The draw for that OHSAA tournament is here.
Lauren Davis on the Tennis Channel - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Hudson's Kati Mdzinarishvili had a long day at the office. She defeated both Dublin Coffman's Ashley Tan and New Albany's Jane Haffer in three sets. Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti also beat Chaminade-Julienne's Natalie Allen.
Today's matches include: Bexley versus Wellington; Canal Winchester versus Lancaster; Columbus Academy versus Lexington; DeSales versus Hilliard Davidson; Granville versus Worthington Christian; Hartley versus Village Academy; Olentangy versus Pickerington North; and Olentangy Liberty versus Gahanna. All of the scheduled matches are here.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013
Sycamore Defeats Columbus Academy
The season is starting quickly with numerous teams traveling out of town to find great competition. North Canton Hoover came to Columbus on Monday to play Columbus Academy and Columbus School for Girls. Yesterday, Cincinnati's Sycamore played Columbus Academy with Sycamore winning, 4-1. The 3-2 matches included: Thomas Worthington beat Bexley; Brecksville defeated Lakeside; Chardon beat Brush; Oak Hills defeated Milford; and Urbana defeated Jonathan Alder.
Watterson Girls Team - Click to enlarge
Among the top players, Sycamore's Alexandra Abele defeated Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger; Pickerington Central's Isis Thomas defeated Olentangy's Brianna Brdicka; and Columbus Academy's Hannah Wexner defeated Sycamore's Maggie Skwara.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2013
First Results of the Season
The first day of the season began with 14 matches in the Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus areas. Notable and close matches included: North Canton Hoover defeated Columbus Academy; Indian Hill beat Magnificat; Seton defeated Taylor; Milford beat Talawanda; and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy defeated Bay.
All matches are included in the Previous Day Match Results report. This report provides users with a quick view of the results in Ohio's three largest metro areas. The graphs show the strengths and weaknesses by court of each team. Box scores are included at the bottom of the report for users who are Gerber Analytics members. Links to each team are also provided to members.
Only one of the players on My Top Players list had a match yesterday. Columbus Academy's Andrea Ballinger defeated North Canton Hoover's Nicolette Bourlas.
Matches scheduled for tonight include: Bexley versus Thomas Worthington; Columbus Academy versus Sycamore; Lancaster versus Mount Vernon; Watkins Memorial versus Westerville South; and West versus Westland.
Please email team pictures to me. They will be posted online. If your team uses a professional photographer, please insure that you have permission to have it included online.
You may notice a few software bugs / issues today as we begin the season. Hopefully most will be identified and corrected today.
MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2013
Matches Begin Today
The high school tennis season will begin with a great day of weather. Teams with matches scheduled for today include: Buckeye Valley versus Village Academy; Columbus Academy versus North Canton Hoover; Columbus School for Girls versus North Canton Hoover; Lancaster versus Athens; and Olentangy versus Westland.
To view upcoming matches for the next three days, please sign-in first and then click here. Coaches and ThisWeekNews are the source of the schedule information.
The online information will switch from the 2012-13 to 2013-14 school year after tomorrow morning's update.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013
My List of the Top Players
The Top Players Lists are a very popular part of this web site. High school coaches use them for seeding for Sectional and local tournament draws. College coaches refer to them for recruiting. Parents are also eager to have their child included on them, and kids want to be listed.
Since there have been no matches to-date, I don't like these lists to be without results so the Central and Southwest lists include information from the 2012-2013 season. They also include last year's seniors. This will change when match play begins next week.
The Northeast list is new for the girls this season and the results are extremely sparse because this data was largely not collected last year. More players will be added soon to the Northeast list (as well as to the other lists).
There are some guidelines to be on the lists. Every player starts on an alphabetized Watch List. Some players will stay on the Watch List and others will progress quickly to the Top Players List. My goal is not to have the same number of players on each district's Top Players Lists, but to have players who are of a similar skill level. A high school coach may contact me via Feedback or via email if he/she thinks that I am overlooking a player, but I don't need to hear from parents. Please keep in mind that this is a slow process with the eventual goal of having a solid list before the Sectional draws. Please also be aware that this is a massively time-consuming process.
Freshmen will not initially be included on either the Top Players or Watch List, but they will be added after they have played competitive high school matches against other top players.
Some players have match information included and others do not. To see the match information for all players, please sign-in. As a benefit to those players who are members of Gerber Analytics, their results are shown to everyone. (This information, plus doubles matches, are also included on Player Profile reports.)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2013
Navigation Improvements for Retrieving Team Information
An improvement made yesterday should make it easier to retrieve team results information. The previous multi-layer navigational bar for team lookup was a problem for many who use smaller handheld devices to access this site. (In other words, the buttons were smaller than our fingers.)
As the season progresses, this page can also be used for district-specific announcements. If you think that your announcement pertains to your entire district, please send me a Feedback message.
As a follow-up to yesterday's post, New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo defeated Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar, 6-3, 6-1. Elizabeth (Alexander) Brinson's daughter, Caroline, defeated Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti, 6-3, 7-5.
There are three Ohio players still in the Girls 16 and Girls 18 tournament main draws: Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford, Brooke Broda, and Francesca.
Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch remains in the main draw for the Boys 16.
MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2013
Update on USTA Girls National Championships
The Ohio girls are playing great in the National Championships in San Diego. All of the Ohio girls in the G16's and G18's earned wins in the first round and all are still in the main draw.
In the next round, there are two very interesting match-ups. New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo plays against fellow Ohioan, Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar. Francesca won the D1 State Doubles championship with her sister last year, and Mehvish was the State Doubles champion in 2010 and the State Singles Champion in 2011. In the other match of interest, Watterson's Lauren Ghidotti plays against New Orlean's Caroline Brinson. My apologies for putting Disney's It's a Small World After All song into your head for the rest of the day, but Caroline is the daughter of Elizabeth (Alexander) Brinson. Elizabeth played for Upper Arlington when she won the Ohio Girls State Singles championship in 1983.
MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013
New Photo Gallery Launched
Readers like pictures and I enjoy taking them. I received a higher-end camera for Christmas, and I occasionally rent an expensive lens to take action photos. Last season, I rented the lens for Boys States and for an Ohio State Women's Tennis match. I hope to rent this lens a couple of times during the girls season.
Click to view the Photo Gallery.
MONDAY, JULY 25, 2013
USTA National Junior Championships
The USTA National Junior Championships begin on August 3. This is the best of the best junior tournament in the United States and it is extremely prestigous to be included as a competitor.
|Girls (City or High School)||Event|
|Brooke Broda (West Chester)||G18|
|Aundrea Busse (Springboro HS)||G18|
|Abigail Desiatnikov (Gates Mills)||G16|
|Francesca DiLorenzo (New Albany HS)||G16|
|Emily Dunbar (Medina)||G14|
|Lauren Gillinov (Moreland Hills)||G14|
|Olivia Rohrbacher (Perkins HS)||G14|
|Mehvish Safdar (Ursuline Academy HS)||G18|
|Alexandra Sanford (Olentangy Orange HS)||G16|
|Anna Sanford (Olentangy Orange HS)||G18|
|Kennedy Shaffer (Rossford)||G18|
|Lise Swain (Mason, OH)||G14|
|Emily Thomas (Cincinnati, OH)||G14|
|Danielle Wolf (Cincinnati Country Day HS)||G16|
|Boys (City or High School)||Event|
|Vincent Anzalone (Willoughby South HS)||B16|
|Jacob Dunbar (Cloverleaf HS)||B18|
|Yale Goldberg (Chagrin Falls)||B18|
|Nathan Griffin (St. Ignatius)||B18|
|Asher Hirsch (Cincinnati Country Day HS)||B16|
|John McNally (Cincinnati)||B16|
|Aaron Sandberg (Walsh Jesuit HS)||B18|
|Danny Thomas (Pickerington)||B14|
|Luke Tsai (Mason HS)||B16|
|Nicholas Williams (Cincinnati)||B14|
|JJ Wolf (Cincinnati)||B16|
|Bryan Yoshino (Dublin)||B14|
|Kevin Yu (Mason)||B14|
The Ohio players who are playing in the tournament are listed in the table. If a player is on a high school team, the school is listed. If a player is not playing high school tennis (or is not yet of high school age), then the city is listed.
The tournaments will be held at four different locations. The Girls 16-18 tournament is being held in San Diego and the Girls 14 will be in Peachree City, GA. The Boys 16-18 will be held at the mecca of junior tennis, which is Kalamazoo, MI. San Antonio is the site of the Boys 14. The links will take you to the tournament information.
The winner of the Boys 18 event receives a wildcard to play in the men's US Open. in 2009, Ohio State Men's Tennis player, Chase Buchanan, won the boys 18 event and earned an opportunity to play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the US Open.
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013
Incoming Freshmen to Make Impact
There is a very promising group of incoming freshman who will likely contribute to their varsity teams this year.
|Freshman Players||High School|
|Claudia Althans||Gilmour Academy|
|Emily Dunbar||Cloverleaf HS|
|Lauren Gillinov||Chagrin Falls|
|Kyra Jung||Upper Arlington|
|Anna Marie Reynolds||Upper Arlington|
|Alexandra Sanford||Olentangy Orange|
|Molly Sandberg||Walsh Jesuit|
The top eleven based on TennisRecruiting.net's rankings are included to the right. At this point, I do not know which girls will be playing high school tennis. I also do not know if the high schools listed are accurate. If you are aware that a player is going to a different high school, please send me a Feedback message.
MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
Software Improvements Underway
As I continue to work on infrastructure issues, today is experimentation day for the navigational drop down menu. The previous version did not work well with iPads, iPhones, and some iPods. This new version will. My Ohio Graduation Test Results and PlatformTennisZone.com web sites already include this new navigational drop down.
SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013
Midwest USTA Intersectional Squad Wins National Title
Ohio tennis played a pivotal role in the success of the Midwest Intersectional squad in which the Midwest team defeated the Southern California team to win the competition. Mark Faber, who is the boys coach of Toledo's St. Francis DeSales High School team, was the coach of the Midwest team.
Ohio players for the Midwest squad included: Francesca DiLorenzo (New Albany), Asher Hirsch (Cincinnati Country Day), and Kennedy Shaffer.
For the entire article, click here to go to the ZooTennis blog (which I highly recommend that you join).
In a ZooTennis blog entry posted earlier in the week, please note that Ohio State's (and New Albany's) Peter Kobelt was selected for the USTA Collegiate Team. This is another huge honor for Peter.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013
Come to the PanCAN Tournament
A summer highlight for me is the Mary Diaz and William Copeland, Jr. Memorial Doubles Tennis Tournament. This year's tournament takes place on July 19-20 (which is on a Friday and Saturday).
Pictures from PanCAN 2012 - Click to enlarge
This charity tournament is run by the Phil Diaz family and it supports pancreatic cancer research. A half-million dollars have been raised since the tournament's inception nine years ago. Approximately 100 players have participated each year.
Please note that this tournament includes all ages, genders, and skill levels so there is a spot for you.
The tournament will be held at the OSU Rec Courts beside Ohio Stadium.
If you cannot play, you may still donate to this worthy cause.
For more information about playing or donating, please click here.
SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2013
2013-14 College Recruiting Calendar Released
TennisRecruiting.net's contributor, Dede Allen, summarized the college recruiting calendar for the 2013-2014 school year in this article. It would be worthwhile for players of all ages (and their parents) to review this article.
In the marketing department, tennis needs to work harder to compete with lacrosse. I am not a parade guy but I did walk around the floats prior to the Upper Arlington parade after grabbing a cup of coffee. There were two (2) semi-trucks pulling flat-bed trailers full of lacrosse players in the parade. One truck had the varsity players of their state championship team and the other had UA's middle school team. I don't know how many tens of thousands of people watched the parade, but it was certainly a great way to promote the sport. In addition to tennis, high school baseball is also suffering due to lacrosse.
TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013
Midwest Closed ResultsThere were numerous Ohio juniors who did extremely well at the biggest USTA tournament in the Midwest, the Midwest Closed.
They include: Olentangy Orange's Alexandra Sanford (Finalist - Girls 16), Dublin Jerome's Ellee Bullock (Consolation, 4th Round - Girls 16), New Albany's Francesca DiLorenzo (Champion - Girls 18), Olentangy Orange's Anna Sanford (3rd - Girls 18), Kennedy Shaffer (Quarterfinalist - Girls 18), Ursuline Academy's Mehvish Safdar (Consolation, Quarterfinal Qualifier - Girls 18), John McNally (Quarterfinalist - Boys 16), Lexington's Mason Dragos (Consolation, Quarterfinal Qualifier - Boys 16), St. Ignatius' Nate Griffin (Consolation, Quarterfinalist - Boys 16), Willoughby South's Vince Anzalone (Consolation, Semifinals - Boys 16), Sycamore's Deepak Indrakanti (Consolation, Quarterfinalist - Boys 16), Massillon Jackson's Joe Thomas (Quarterfinalist - Boys 16), Perrysburg's Jeff Schorsch (Consolation, Semifinalist - Boys 18), Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch (Consolation, Quarterfinal Qualifier - Boys 18), and Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg (Consolation, 4th Round - Boys 18).
Breaking these 15 players down by District, there are four from Central, four from the Southwest, four from the Northeast, and three from the Northwest. The Central District is very strong for the girls and the Northeast and Southwest Districts are strong for the boys.
Congratulations to these players.
THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013
Switch to GoDaddy & Division III College Series Tournament
This web site is now on GoDaddy.com. It took longer than I expected, but it's done. You should no longer experience site outages where a blank page appears as you enter the Tennis and/or Ohio Graduation Test Results areas. More good news is that after applying about 24 gallons of paint, we are (largely) finished with painting in Findlay. That had to be done before Kyle takes off to Emory for their grad/PhD program in drug research. With these tasks out of the way, I can start focusing on projects necessary to prepare for the girls tennis season.
I normally do not promote USTA tennis tournaments, but I am making an exception this time because I think these tournaments will give juniors a great opportunity to check out college facilities. The information is provided by Walt Thieman.
Capital, Denison, and Kenyon will be have a series of tennis tournaments this July held at the three Central Ohio campus on consecutive weekends in July. These will be two day events for juniors with two rounds played on Saturday and two rounds played on Sunday. Matches in the front draw will be a full three sets with the back draw using a super tiebreaker in lieu of a third set. Draws will be limited to 16 in each division. Age groups will include 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s for both Boys and Girls. Matches will start at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday but requests for players traveling over 60 miles will be honored for a later start. Hopes are to have this be a regional event that will attract players from around the Midwest. This event will introduce players to the benefits of playing Division III college tennis. Regulations require that high school players can not talk with the college coaches until after they are eliminated - this rule does not apply to those in 8th grade and below. Information on the schools will be available and students can elect to take a campus tour. Awards will be college apparel. A shirt will also we given to all participants that enter with the names of all three colleges on the shirt. Since only one shirt will be given for the series there is a $5 fee reduction for entrance into the second and third tournaments. This reduction will be given as a rebate since the USTA system can not process this discount. Also, to make this a quality tournament free food will be provided to participants and sold to spectators at a reasonable price.
The Capital event will be held July 6-7. For information on this event you can contact Capital Coach Rob Postma at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 614-592-7357.
The Denison event will be held July 13-14. For information on this event you can contact Walt Thieman at email@example.com or by phone at 614-397-0510. Denison coach Peter Burling will be on site at the tournament.
The Kenyon event will be held July 20-21. For information on this event you can contact Kenyon assistant coach Alvin Cheng at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 859-625-4813.
To register for this event or to obtain additional information you can go to the www.usta.com site. Note that the Capital and Denison events can be found in the Ohio Valley District and the Kenyon event information can be found in the Northeast Ohio District listings. All events can be found should one go to the USTA Midwest site.
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013
Top Google Ranking for Ohio High School Tennis
The problems with accessing this web site are not subsiding so it is time to switch Internet Service Providers. I will be switching to GoDaddy.com, which has worked out well for my PlatformTennisZone.com site and for the site that I created for the Greater Columbus Tennis Association (GCTA.net). Hopefully there will not be service interruptions but please be aware that it could happen..On the good news front, this web site continues to gather momentum in usage and attention. It is now the top ranked search result for "Ohio High School Tennis" on Google. This puts the site higher than the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and the major Ohio newspapers. I did not think it would ever be possible to surpass the OHSAA. This may be helpful in securing more advertisers.
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2013
Updates will now be infrequent for the next few weeks because there is less news and because I need to jump to other priorities. If you have any high school-related tennis news to share, please send it my way.
I will begin working on the girls tennis season in about a month. If there are features that you really like or things that you would like to have changed, please let me know by emailing me or by sending me a Feedback.
I have received several very nice thank you letters and comments over the last few weeks and those are always appreciated. These comments are always shared with my wife, who wonders why I spend so much time on this project.
I am largely maxed out on the areas of the state that I can cover. I will, however, consider adding another region if there are multiple coaches and players who become members, and if there are indoor clubs in that region that are interesting in advertising. Currently, this web site is a massively time-consuming "advanced hobby", and I need to make it more of a business if it is to continue in the long-term.
As you purchase tennis apparel and gear over the summer, please use my link for Midwest Sports and by using the code, GERBER. I benefit from each order that is placed via this link. Please use this code on any order, but note that if it is a clearance item, then you get 10% more off of that item.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
Analysis on Three Set Matches
As a numbers guy, I like to dig deeper into the results. Some may be interested in this, others will not be. The focus today is on three-setters. Of the 6,942 matches in the database for the boys season, 943 (or 13.6%) were three-setters. 897 of those were "played out" while 46 were decided by super-tiebreaks. Of the 897 traditional tie-breaks, the player who won the first set went on to win the match 46.6% of the time. The second set winner won the match 53.4% of the time. The results of matches determined by super-tiebreaks were slightly more one-sided. Those who won the second set won the super-tiebreak 56.5% of the time.
For the girls season, there were 4,886 matches. (Cleveland-area matches were not included for the girls season.) Of those matches, 498 (10.2%) were three-setters. Of the 444 matches that were "played out", 204 (or 45.9%) won the first set and 240 (54.1%) won the second set. There were 54 decided by super-tiebreakers.Twenty-four (or 44%) of those girls winning the first set won the match, and 30 (or 54%) won the second set.
So... The second set winner is favored slightly to win the 3rd set. When a super-tiebreak is used, boys who win the second set have a slightly greater advantage versus when it is "played out". There is no difference in using a super-tiebreak for the girls.
I would like to see high school teams experiment with using a format that is more similar to what colleges use by having three doubles and four singles matches. The doubles matches would be an eight game pro-set and the singles would use super-tiebreaks. This format could give more kids an opportunity to play (10 vs. 7) and it would encourage more doubles play. The amount of time required for a match might be roughly the same since tiebreaks would be eliminated and the doubles matches would be abbreviated.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013
Videos of State Championship Points
There are three more videos today.
The first video shows the championship point for the Division I Boys Doubles Championship. In this match Upper Arlington's Nate Wallace and Jeffrey Melvin defeated Sycamore's Dylan Stern and Deepak Indrakanti, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
The second is for the Division II Boys Singles Championship. Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch defeated his teammate, Patrick Wildman, 6-4, 6-4.
Video three is the championship point for Division II Boys Doubles. Columbus Academy's Abram Schottenstein and Jacob Wareti beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy's Ben Wittkugel and Colin Kenney, 6-1, 6-4.
I did not have an opportunity to capture video of the championship point between Cloverleaf's Jacob Dunbar and Walsh Jesuit's Aaron Sandberg.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013
Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Championship Points
Today's videos include the OTCA Championship point for Lexington versus Columbus Academy and the group gathering after the Upper Arlington versus Copley match. (I did not realize the Court 1 match was about to finish.)The Division I celebration began after Upper Arlington's Stu Little defeated Copley's Andrew Ong, 6-3, 6-1. Click on the link to view the video. (Note that the video for the UA match was taken through the screens.)
Lexington's Jake and Matt Youse defeated Columbus Academy's Ryan Jung and Shrikar Kundar, 6-2, 7-5, to secure the win for Lexington. Click to view this video.
Please be aware that if you have access to the Tennis Channel, the NCAA Division I Tennis Championship will be shown today at 2:30pm and repeated at 8:00pm. This alert was posted on ZooTennis this morning.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013
Gerber Analytics' All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team
This is the first edition of the Gerber Analytics' All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team.
Gerber Analytics' All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team
|Division I - Singles|
|Division II - Singles|
Cin. Country Day
Cin. Country Day
|Division I - Doubles|
|Disivion II - Doubles|
Cin. Hills Chr. Aca.
Cin. Hills Chr. Aca.
After accumulating almost 7,000 match results over the season, the database has provided me with the ability to identify my own list of the top boys in the state. Note that this is not the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association list.
Why create my own? I think the OTCA list is rather mechanical in how it's done. If a player reaches the semi-finals, he is on the first team, and quarterfinalists are on the second team. If a player gets an unfavorable draw in the first round, then he might not receive any recognition. I realized that a change was necessary back in 2011 when both Michael Fredricka and Colin Bernier drew Chris Diaz (2nd round) and Ian Wagner (1st round), respectively. If the draw was seeded, it is likely that the four of them would have played in the semi-finals against each other. Michael and Colin are now playing division 1 tennis for Notre Dame and Dayton, respectively. Chris plays for OSU and Ian for Emory.
My list also considers District results for these players (but it is still required that they reach States).
Do I plan to have a Second Team or Honorable Mention List? Not this season, but it will be considered for the future.
I also thought that I had a good opportunity to showcase these players. Pictures are shown for most and player profiles are available for some of the players (i.e. Canyon Teague), The player profiles include their 2013 results. Please note that I am accepting pictures for the boys who do not have them.
Congratulations to these players.
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013
Gerber Analytics' All-Ohio Boys Tennis Team
This is a long update. Each year, I identify the top coaches in central Ohio based on how well they coached on their three set matches. There are also a few more photos from States and the OTCA Tournament.
|Columbus Academy||Jeff Wartsler||9||3||12||75%|
|Watkins Memorial||Shawn Walter||12||4||16||75%|
|Thomas Worthington||David Albert||5||2||7||71%|
|Franklin Heights||Robert Adams||6||3||9||67%|
|Hilliard Davidson||Steve DeDent||10||5||15||67%|
|Upper Arlington-B||Erick Iskersky||4||2||6||67%|
|Walnut Ridge||Andrew Hollis||4||2||6||67%|
|New Albany||Marc Thomas||9||5||14||64%|
|Jonathan Alder||Ryan Swinehart||10||6||16||63%|
|Village Academy||Scott Gales||9||6||15||60%|
Why three-set matches? The reasons include: the competition is of similar ability; three-setters take place near the end of the match when the coach is not occupied with four other matches; and the coach has had time to evaluate the strengths and weakness 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. (Five additional coaches had winning, three-set records.)
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.Today's pictures include: Upper Arlington's Stu Little, St. John's Jesuit's Kevin Brown, Columbus Academy's Evan Alexander, Upper Arlington's Eric Hunter and Peter Pema, and Copley's Andrew Ong from the OTCA Tournament. From the State tournament: Lexington's Mason Dragos, Mason's Miguel Cepeda, and Gahanna's Canyon Teague.
Tomorrow, I identify the Gerber Analytics' All-Ohio Tennis Team for Division I and Division II.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013
More States and OTCA Pictures Plus a Fabulous DIRECTV Advertorial
Just a few more photos and then onto the videos of the championship points.
Pictures (clock-wise): Nate Wallace-Jeffrey Melvin, Garrett Gardner, Brandon Griffin, Matt-Jake Youse - Click to enlarge
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TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2013
Time to Review the Hypothetical Seeding List for States (Plus More Pictures)
There are a few more photos from States and the OTCA Championship to share and then I'll jump into more analytics and the videos.
Pictures (clock-wise): Jacob Dunbar, Jacob Wareti-Abram Schottenstein, Ryan Bibo, Adam-Kent Seitz - Click to enlarge
Today's photos include Cloverleaf's Jacob Dunbar, Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti and Abram Schottenstein, Dublin Jerome's Kent Seitz and Adam Seitz, and Bishop Watterson's Ryan Bibo. All of these were taken at States.
There are also a few new photos for the Top Players Report for the Northeast District.
If you have not reviewed the mock seeding list that I created before the tournament, please do so by clicking here. I have received a number of positive comments about it. As we know, the Division II tennis draw is broken. There cannot be five number 1 and five number 2 seeds. Having four equal districts (as wrestling does) would alleviate some of the problems but seeding (as it is done in wrestling) is a great solution. We need to borrow ideas from wrestling. Wrestling. Wrestling. Wrestling....
I'm happy -- I now get to sleep in past 5:30am for the first time since match play started in early April.
MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013
Upper Arlington and Lexington Are the OTCA Champs
Conditions for Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association were perfect yesterday as Upper Arlington defeated Sycamore and Copley to win the Division I State Championships. Lexington beat Beachwood and Columbus Academy for the Division II crown. The Boys OTCA Championships were held at the extremely nice, new Reynoldsburg courts.
Pictures (l-r) OTCA Results, Lexington - Click to enlarge
All of the detailed information on the Previous Day Match report is available for "free" for the next few days. Click here to see the report.
To zoom in on the large poster that was used at the tournament, click here.
Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Stu Little defeated Sycamore's Nakul Narendran and Copley's Andrew Ong; Upper Arlington's Jeffrey Melvin beat Sycamore's Yuri Karev; Upper Arlington's Brandon Griffin defeated Sycamore's Alex Taylor; Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch beat Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti and Beachwood's Karan Gill; Lexington's Mason Dragos defeated Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti; Cincinnati Country Day's Patrick Wildman beat Columbus Academy's Abram Schottenstein; and Columbus Academy's Evan Alexander defeated Cincinnati Country Day's Michael Barton.
Please refer to the Upper Arlington web site for their state championship photos. The camera lens that I used for most of yesterday was better suited for long range photos, rather than close-ups, but I switched over to the short range lens after the Lexington vs. Columbus Academy match. Action photos using the long lens will be added over the next few days.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013
Dunbar and Hirsch Win the Singles Crowns and Upper Arlington and Columbus Academy Become the Doubles Champions
It was a windy, but great day for high school tennis yesterday.
Pictures (l-r, first then second row) Jacob Dunbar, Jeffrey Melvin & Nate Wallace, Asher Hirsch, Adam Schottenstein & Jacob Wareti - Click to enlarge
Cloverleaf's Jacob Dunbar and Cincinnati Country Day's Asher Hirsch won Division I and Division II Singles crowns, respectively. Upper Arlington's Nate Wallace and Jeffrey Melvin won the D I doubles championship, and Columbus Academy's Abram Schottenstein and Jacob Wareti were the champions in Division II doubles. The pictures of the champions are shown to the right. All can be enlarged by clicking on them.
I am off to cover the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Championship. There will be more action photos and video over the next two to three days from States and the OTCA Championship.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013
Day Two at States
It was another weird weather day in central Ohio yesterday. All of the results are provided on the OHSAA site.
Gahanna's Canyon Teague playing against Jacob Dunbar - Click to enlarge
The picture of Gahanna's Canyon Teague was taken during today's action against Cloverleaf's Jacob Dunbar in their semi-final match. Dunbar won that match, 6-3, 6-4.
I have the championship points on video for three of the four matches. Those will be included online over the next few days.
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013
First Day of States and Please Welcome Scarborough East as a Major Advertiser
States are today!
I am very pleased to announce that Scarborough East is now a major advertiser on this web site. You will see their ads online in banner rotations as well as on the Top Players and College lists. Scarborough East joins Elysium Tennis, Midwest Sports, Olympic Indoors, and the Greater Columbus Tennis Association as major advertisers. Please patronize these advertisers. Without them, you would not be benefiting from this web site.
There are numerous, great, first-round singles match-ups (which would not happen in the first round if this tournament was seeded). They include: St. Ignatius' Nathan Griffin versus Mason's Miguel Cepeda, Gahanna's Canyon Teague versus Massillon Jackson's Joseph Thomas; and Poland Seminary's Garrett Gardner versus Seven Hills' John Larkin. In doubles, I will be watching Dublin Jerome's Kent Seitz-Adam Seitz versus St. John's Jesuit Kevin Brown-Ryan Brown.
Good luck! I will be there taking pictures for the web site.
THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013
Hypothetical Singles Seeds for States
States are tomorrow.
|Division 1||Division II|
|1||Jacob Dunbar, Cloverleaf||Asher Hirsch, CCDS|
|2||Jeffrey Schorsch, Perrysburg||Patrick Wildman, CCDS|
|3||Aaron Sandberg, Walsh Jesuit||Mason Dragos, Lexington|
|4||Zach Berry, Springboro||John Larkin, Seven Hills|
|5||Stu Little, Upper Arlington||Garrett Gardner, Poland Seminary|
|6||Luke Tsai, Mason||Joel Montgomery, Worthington Christian|
|7||Nathan Griffin, St. Ignatius||Jad Abdul-Aal, Warren JFK|
|8||Canyon Teague, Gahanna||Weston Noall, Gilmour Academy|
|9||Miguel Cepeda, Mason||Matt Brumbaugh, Milton-Union|
|10||Cameron Raglin, Reyoldsburg||Alex Warstler, Indian Hill|
|11||Joseph Thomas, Massillon Jackson||Ryan Bibo, Bishop Watterson|
|12||Dugan Delp, Central Catholic||Aaron Paczak, Lakeview|
|13||Alex Taylor, Sycamore||Alex Swick, Lima Central Catholic|
|14||Vincent Anzalone, Willoughby South||Manickam Manickam, Perkins|
|15||Steven Boslet, Hudson||Jim Magness, Coshocton|
|16||Rathnakishore Giri, New Albany||Aaron Ruby, Cambridge|
It is my recommendation that high school tennis start seeding its 32 singles players for the State Tournament. Why? For the same reason that all tennis tournaments have seeding. It is best for the players, fans, and coaches. The two best players should play in the finals -- not in the semi's nor in the quarterfinals.
Some will say that the best player will win anyway and that second place doesn't matter. I disagree. Being a runner-up is a major accomplishment in the state of Ohio, and in some cases, the best player may not win. For example, if the top two players battle for 2 1/2 hours under the hot sun in the semifinals, then the winner could face a relatively fresh competitor. The fresh competitor then has a major advantage.
It is also important to point out that no other high school, college, or professional sport requires its participants to play back-to-back, potentially hours long contests after a 60 minute break. Plus, if it happens on an 85 degree, sunny day in the spring when many of the prior days averaged 60 or 70, the result can lead to an EMS run.
Is seeding possible? Yes, it certainly is for the singles. Please note that the OHSAA Wrestling tournament seeds 16 wrestlers in 14 different weight classes in three divisions for a total of 672 wrestlers. With the tennis information that we have today on this web site, tennis should be able to seed 32 players. Why compare tennis to wrestling? Wrestling is an athlete versus athlete sport just as tennis is. While wrestlers do have more matches than tennis players during the season giving them more "wrestler versus wrestler" comparisons, this can still be done in tennis. If coaches are diligent, they can set-up matches during the season that will offer a sufficient number of competitive matches to allow solid comparisons.
Last year, a hypothetical seeding list was provided using Universal Tennis Ranking. It did a reasonably good job. Now that the Cincinnati and Cleveland-area school results are available via this web site, I have created my own hypothetical seeding list for the singles players. The list above is how I would seed the players. Please don't take offense at being near the bottom of this list. There are likely over 4,500 boys playing varsity high school tennis this season and being anywhere on this list (or on the doubles list) is an enormous honor. I think it is important to post a hypothetical seeding list before the matches start in order to begin a dialog.
Please note that in an effort to provide as much transparency as possible, all of the information on the Top Players Lists is now accessible.
Gerber Analytics members, who qualified for States, automatically receive a "State Qualifier" picture. Please look for me tomorrow to get your picture. If you are a non-member, please email or send me a Feedback by 2:45pm today if you would also like one. I will do this for no-charge.
See you tomorrow.
May 29, 2013: Three more teams were included in the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Tournament Final Four. Upper Arlington defeated New Albany; Columbus Academy beat Bexley; and Copley defeated Solon.
Among the top players, Upper Arlington's Stu Little defeated New Albany's C.J. Cash; Copley's Andrew Ong defeated Solon's Brian Yang; and Columbus Academy's Jacob Wareti defeated Bexley's Nathan Katz.
The goals for this web site are to recognize high school tennis players more than any other web site recognizes their sport's players and to provide a "college-like" view of a team's roster and performance. What has been done for the Beechcroft team gets closer to these goals and is what I would like to have for all teams. It includes player pictures along with the rest of their roster information, individual player performance (via the player links), and coach commentary after many matches. If teams are interested in having this level of recognition for their players next year, I would provide a discounted price on a per player basis to do this (if the coach provides me with one payment for the players to be included). If your team has a budget for this, please keep it in mind for next season. (Coach Daphne Hess is a Gerber Analytics member, and I donated the time to include all of the Beechcroft players.) Please send a Feedback with any questions.
Here's another good article about OSU's Blaz Rola from the Columbus Dispatch.
[Note: My website service provider, Netwalk.com, has been having reliability problems recently. Sorry for the inconvenience.]
May 28, 2013: It's time to change gears and reflect on a few changes that have been made for the benefit of high school tennis and a few changes that should be considered.
Four and a half years ago, back in September 2008 (a year and a half before I created this web site), I wrote a document called, Ohio High School Tennis Analysis. That document is here.
I introduced a number of topics that I thought would benefit high school tennis. They included: concerns about the fairness of Division 1 draws; USTA / ITF matches during the high school season; and the location of the Girls' State Finals during home OSU football games.
To elaborate more on the draws, I have been to numerous OHSAA meetings and great care is used to insure that the draws for other sports are done in a fair, random manner. It is frustrating that tennis is not given the same courtesy. While tennis does require a certain structure, randomness could and should be used to determine where the number one seeds and some of the two seeds are placed in the brackets. The same basic draw of pitting the top two players from Central and Southwest against each other in the second round has been done 11 out of the last 12 years (last year it was changed). This year, it's back to the past.
Please note that this document was written before Division II had five Districts. It's simply not possible to create a fair draw with five "one" seeds and five "two" seeds.
On the good news front, Reynoldsburg has 10 new courts which were successfully used for the OTCA State Girls competition, and they will be used for the OTCA Boys competition this Sunday. Hopefully the Reynoldsburg courts will also be used for the second day of Girls States when there are OSU football game conflicts so we never (ever, ever) have another State final at the Hilliard Davidson courts.
Please send me a Feedback if you have any questions about the document.
May 27, 2013: High school tennis is gearing up for the last week of the season.
Dublin Jerome Boys Tennis Team - Click to enlarge
Click for an article about Springboro's Zach Berry from the Dayton Daily News.
May 26, 2013: It was a great day for tennis yesterday, and the seeding rounds for States were completed in the Central, Northeast, and Southwest Districts.
Central District Division II State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
Thanks to Geoff Bibo and Misrak Dejene for the D2 State Qualifier pictures. If other districts would like to recognize their state qualifiers on this web site, please email your pictures to me.
Ohio State's Blaz Rola is in the semifinals of the NCAA's. Click for the ZooTennis article.
May 25, 2013: It was another picture perfect day for ice boating at Hilliard Davidson yesterday.
Central District Division I State Qualifiers - Click to enlarge
I will include group pictures of state participants from all of the districts online. If you have a son or player going to States, please email a picture to me.
Today is the seeding round for States. Congratulations to all of the players who will be participating at States.
April 11, 2010: Welcome to the remodeled, Gerber Analytics, LLC, tennis site. The goal for this site is to recognize the local players and teams and to increase the awareness of high school tennis in the Central Ohio area. For many local teams, you will find:
- team picture
- team schedule / results
- match results for every match reported to the Dispatch (plus others that are reported directly to me)
- map and directions to courts
- links to other news sources
- high school graduates playing tennis in college
This information is obtainable using the navigation bar list above.
High school coaches and fans will find this site to be useful to "scout" upcoming opponents. College coaches will hopefully use the site to identify prospects.
The data will be updated daily during the work-week and generally once during the weekends.
It also contains the data for all of the Girls 2009 season.
Hopefully this site will increase the number of fans attending high school matches and increase the level of interest in high school tennis.
The other purpose for this site is to generate revenue so that I can justify continuing with this project. There was substantial effort spent on creating this site and more time will be spent to keep it updated. There are four ways in which websites make money: impose membership fees (i.e. Wall Street Journal or JJHuddle), sell a product or service (Amazon or E*Trade), sell sponsorships, and / or generate "click-thrus" on ads.
It is a common misconception that websites generate money from simply posting ads. That's not the case. Please visit the sponsors of interest.
The goal is to provide this information to the widest group of users, including friends and relatives. Please share this site with your friends and family.
Most papers will post tennis-related articles next week. Here's a nice article from the Toledo Blade about Northview's Megan Miller.
Stephanie Kuzydym, Plain Dealer http://highschoolsports.cleveland.com/news/article/81326422935666851/walsh-jesuit-magnificat-cloverleaf-and-mayfield-girls-tennis-individuals-and-walsh-jesuit-westlake-and-rocky-river-doubles-advance-to-state/
Rick Roland Medina Gazette http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/2013/10/14/girls-tennis-dunbar-sandberg-family-rivalries-continue/