Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Girls High School Sectionals

Congratulations to the Following District Qualifiers:

Division 1 Singles Sectional Champion
Adrien Leatherwood - Teays Valley

Singles District Qualifiers
Abby Lewis - Westerville North
Adrienne Jeng - Upper Arlington

Division 1 Doubles Sectional Champions
Julia Melvin / Caroline Pema - Upper Arlington
Sarah Gordon - Pickerington Central

Doubles District Qualifiers
Elaine Cloern / Grace Buse - Upper Arlington
Claire Metka / Kristin Cellentani - Worthington Kilbourne
Olivia Ott / Courtney Brown - Watterson

Division 2 Singles Sectional Champion
Kaelyn Naim - Worthington Christian

Singles District Qualifier
Annie Lavin - Columbus Academy

Division 2 Doubles Sectional Champions
Ashley Thai / Lauren Thai - Hilliard Bradley

Doubles District Qualifiers
Lauren Gerber / Gladfelter - CSG
Corey Naim / Lawrence - Worthington Christian

Midwest Diversity Camp

USTA Midwest held a Diversity Player Camp October 1 - 3 in Indianapolis. Coach Jake Dowdell attended along with 7 juniors from the Racquet Club:
Rohith Koneru, Alleluiah Tyus, Shabach Tyus, Erica Chen, Ashley Tan, Melinda Wang, and Jason Liu.
More photos are posted on the Midwest USTA Site.

Tournament Results

Sep 24 - 26 Wickertree
Boys 14s Champion - Kevin Beattie
Boys 16s Finalist - Ryan Bibo

Oct 1 - 3 Chillicothe
Boys 14s Consolation Champion - Theo Milenkovic

Oct 8 - 10 Wickertree
Boys 12s Champion - Evan Yakubov

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Regional Training Center

Last weekend, there was a USTA Midwest Regional Training Center Camp in Indianapolis for the top 8 and 9 year old boys and girls in the Section. Paige Kompa and Robert Cash both attended, and Bryan Nibert was one of the Midwest Coaches for the Camp.

Katie Carroll with Aiden

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Exciting Additions To Staff

Ken Berlin and Christina Keesey will be joining The Racquet Club Staff this Fall.
Ken attended and played 1st Singles at Hiram College, and taught at Western Reserve Racquet and Fitness Club. Ken is also coaching the Worthington Girls Middle School Club Team.
Christina graduated from Ohio State this year, where she was 2 time MVP, an ITA Scholar Athlete, and Big 10 Sportsmanship Award winner.

Christina Keesey -
Ken Berlin -

Fitness Training Additions

We have added 3 additional days of Fitness Training to provide players with training necessary to meet the major physiological requirements of competing at an elite level.

We will still offer the Tuesday 6:00 - 7:00 Fitness Training Class, which will be designed at enhancing on court performance and preventing injuries, through developing speed, explosive power, core strength, balance and agility. Players will also be provided with an assessment of their current fitness level, as well as a knowledge base to assist them in their own training.

In addition, we will offer Quickness and Explosive Movement Training on Thursdays from 6:00 - 6:30, and Saturdays from 11:00 - 12:00. This group will be more specifically focused on developing 1st step speed, explosiveness and agility.

We are also excited to offer Yoga, beginning on October 13th on Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:15. This is the most complete workout for tennis and the best injury prevention program available. A certified Bikram Yoga instructor will conduct the class. The cost is $15.

Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy- Treadmill Drills

Racquet Club Junior Classic

Boys 10s
Finalist - Jonathon Liu
Consolation Champion - Jason Buescher

Boys 12s
Champion - Evan Yakubov
Finalist - Connor Biernat
Consolation Champion - Zack Park

Boys 14s
Champion - Rohan Gupta
Consolation Champion - Connor Yakubov

Boys 16s
Consolation Champion - Alex Lee

Girls 12s
Finalist - Erica Chen
Consolation Champion - Ashley Weeks

Monday, September 6, 2010

Aiden Michael Carroll

Katie Carroll and Brian Carroll with newborn Aiden Michael Carroll.
Born today at 2:58 pm. 8 lbs 3 oz, 21 inches

Saturday, September 4, 2010

August Top 10 Highlights

1. Midwest Jr Team Tennis Championships

Congratulations to the 5 teams who competed at the Midwest Championships, and to the 18s Advanced team who won the tournament, and qualified for Nationals.

2. Zonals

Jeffery Melvin - Midwest Boys 14s Sportsmanship Award Winner - Kalamazoo, MI
Eric Hunter - Midwest 12s Team - State College, PA

3. Midwest Open 12s - Cincinnati

13 Players From the Racquet Club Competed in The Midwest Open 12s.
Notable Results included Rohan Gupta winning 5 rounds and reaching the Consolation Quarterfinal Qualifier Round and Ashley Tan winning 4 matches and reaching the Consolation 4th Round Qualifier Round.

4. Audrey Berger - Midwest Open G14s Doubles Finalist

Audrey Berger was a Finalist at the G14s Midwest Open with Mehvish Safdar.

5. Dayton Midwest Level 5

20 Players and 2 Coaches for the Racquet Club competed at the DCC Midwest Level Tournament.
B12 Champion - Robert Cash
G12 Finalist - Alex Cash
G10 3rd Place - Paige Kompa
G10 Consolation Champ - Sarina Xie

6. Alex Cash - Ann Arbor Junior Open G12s 3rd Place

7. Going to School

High School Graduates Going to Play College Tennis
Kevin Metka - Ohio State University
Ben McClarren - Case Western University
Robert Homan - Haverford University
Kara Richardson - Case Western University

8. Watterson Invitational

2nd Singles Flight Champion - Ashley Thai (Hilliard Bradley)
3rd Singles Flight Champion - Olivia Ott (Bishop Watterson)
1st Doubles Flight Champion - Amber Lee (Dublin Coffman)
3rd Singles Finalist - Kelley Jiang (Worthington Kilbourne)

9. Midwest Open Series
The Midwest Open Series Championships was held at the ATP Tournament in Cincinnati. Christina Keesey was a Finalist in Doubles with Kara Cecil, and also competed in Singles. Kevin Metka and Gabe Higgs competed in Men's Doubles.

10. Jason Liu (Iceman)

In his 2nd tournament, Jason Liu was the Elysium B12 Compass Tournament Finalist, defeating the #1 seed.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Christina Keesey Joins Staff

The Racquet Club is excited to welcome Christina Keesey on Staff. She is from Minnesota, and recently finished a great college career at Ohio State that included:
2009 Big 10 Sportsmanship Award Winner
2 Time Team MVP
ITA Scholar Athlete


Midwest Boys 14s Sporstmanship Winner - Jeffery Melvin

Midwest 12s Team - Eric Hunter

Monday, August 9, 2010

Jr. Team Tennis Midwest Championships

Congratulations to the 5 teams who competed at the Midwest Championships, and to the 18s Advanced team who won the tournament, and qualified for Nationals.

10s - Finalist
Paige Kompa, Sarina Xie, Victoria Fan, Gordan Liu, Jack Dabek, Robert Dong
12s Advanced
Anna Marie Reynolds, Erica Chen, Kyra Jung, Ashley Tan, Rohan Gupta, Eric Hunter, Rohith Koneru
12s Int - 4th Place
Claire Dean, Christina Yang, Nicole Holman, Melinda Wang, Daniel Moran, Michael Lin, Jason Liu, Nick Kashani-Motlagh
14s Int - 3rd Place
Maddie Allaire, Prachi Bansal, Taylor Ruby, Eric Dong, Eric Quin, Will Lahrman
18s Adv - Champions
Abby Lewis, Ashley Thai, Rachel Morales, Olivia Ott, Casey Cempre, Daiki Kumasegawa, Jesse Shivener, John Hendrix

Also, congratulations to Scarborough - 14s adv Champions

Photos are posted on the Midwest USTA site.
More photos will be posted today.

Monday, August 2, 2010

8 - 10 Clinic Indoors

8 - 10 Clinic will be held at the Racquet Club for the weeks of Aug 2 -6, and Aug 9 - 13 due to the UA courts being resurfaced.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

ITA Summer Circuit

There is an ITA Summer Circuit Event Next Weekend July 17 - 19 at Ohio State University. The event is open to both college and junior players.
ITA Summer Circuit Schedule

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Upcoming Midwest Tournament Schedule

Midwest Open (B18) Jul 30 - Aug 2. Deadline: Thur, Jul 8, Noon.
Midwest Open (G16) Aug 2-6. Deadline: Thur, Jul 8, Noon.
Midwest Open (B16) Aug 2-6. Deadline: Thur, Jul 8, Noon.

Level 5
Laurel Hill Junior Open (BG 18-10)s,d. Jul 12 - 14. Deadline: Thur, Jul 8.
Indiana State Junior Open (BG 18-10)sd. Jul 15-18. Deadline: Sun, Jul 11.
DCC Midwest Level 5 (BG 18-10)s Jul 30 - Aug 2. Deadline: Mon, Jul 19.

Level 4
Ann Arbor Junior Open (BG18-10)sd. Aug 9 -13. Deadline: Sun, Aug 1.

Midwest Tournaments Used For National Rankings

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Midwest Closed

Congratulations to the following who went to The Closed.
Left to Right / Top to Bottom: Olivia Kompa (G12), Ashley Tan (G12), Elaine Cloern (G16), Claire Metka (G16)
Rohan Gupta (B12), Robert Cash (B12), Alex Cash (G12)
Kevin Metka (B18), Olivia Ott (G18), Caitlyn Merzbacher (G14)
Casey Cempre (B18), C.J. Cash (B14), Abby Lewis (G18)
Audrey Berger (G14), Ashley Thai (G16), Jeffery Melvin (B14)

Tennisfax Midwest Level 5

Girls 16s Champion / Girls 18s Doubles Finalist - Ashley Thai
Girls 18s Doubles Champion - Olivia Ott
Boys 14s Finalist - C.J. Cash
Boys 12s Finalist - Eric Hunter

10s District Champions

Boys 10s OVTA Singles Champion - Robert Cash
Boys 10s OVTA Doubles Champions - Jack Dabek / Robert Cash

Monday, June 21, 2010

2010 Ohio Valley Team Cup Champions

Ohio Valley Team coached by Bryan Nibert Defeats Chicago 5-4 in the Finals, with J.J. Wolf coming back from a 6-0 4-0 deficit in the last Boys Singles match. Alex Cash was also undefeated for the weekend.
The Ohio Valley 18s Boys Team also won the Team Cup. Kevin Metka was a member of the team.
The Ohio Valley 14s Team coached by Aaron Koch made it to the finals.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Jr. Team Tennis

Junior Team Tennis is coming up. First matches are next Friday, June 11th. Email to sign up.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Final Four

Congratulations to Kevin Metka (Worthington Kilbourne)
John Hendrix / Riyad Bennoui (New Albany)
In their second rounds, both lost the 1st set and were down a break in the 3rd and battled back to win 6-4 in the 3rd to advance to the Final Four on Saturday.

Dispatch article - Area Players Reach State Semifinals


This Weeks News Photos
Boys Doubles Team Finishes Second to Reach States
Wolves Metka Wins Distric Title
McClarren, Searfoss Reach State Doubles Tournament