Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ohio State B1G Champions

Congratulations to the Ohio State Men's Tennis Team for winning the Big 10 Championships over the weekend.  They defeated Michigan in the final 4-0.
The draws for the NCAA tournament will be released today.  Ohio State will host 1st and 2nd rounds May 10 - 12.

Parts of the championship match will be shown next Monday May 6th on Big Ten Network from 7:00-8:00 P.M.

RCC Orange Ball Tournament

The Racquet Club hosted it's second Orange Ball 10 and Under tournament Saturday.  There were 2 round robin divisions.  Congratulations to Clara Hazelbaker and Sujan Sriram for going undefeated and winning their Flights.  Lena Bibbo and Mitchell Giller finished 2nd.

Wilson Open Championship

Congratulations to Victoria Fan for reaching the Finals of the Girls 14s in Chillicothe last weekend. Congratulations to Connie Song for winning the Girls 12s Consolation.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Big 10 Tennis Tournament

The Ohio State University will host the 2013 Mens Big 10 Tennis Tournament starting this Thursday.  Ohio State is scheduled to play Friday morning at 9:00 A.M.  More info and the complete schedule can is here.
Complete bracket

Kevin Metka was undefeated in the Big 10 and undefeated in doubles for the season with Blaz Rola.

Signing Day: Ashley Thai - Bradley

Congratulations to senior Ashley Thai who signed last Friday to play tennis at Bradley University, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in Peoria, Illinois.

Midwest Boys 14s Level 5

Congratulations to Connor Biernat who finished 3rd place at the Boys 14s Midwest Level 5 tournament last weekend in Toledo.  He beat the 3 seed 6-4 6-1 in the quarters.

Racquet Club Spring Open

Congratulations to Racquet Club Spring Open Boys 12s Finalist Ben Yan.
Katherine Guan was the Girls 16s Consolation Champion.

Katie Yao was the Girls 12s Finalist at the Nike Grand Prix in Chillicothe.

Racquet Club Boys and Girls Open

The Boys and Girls Open was held at the Racquet Club 2 weekends ago.  Congratulations to the following:
Girls 10s Champion:  Maddie Atway
Girls 12s Consolation Champion:  Evelyn Holman
Girls 14s Consolation Champion:  Nicole Holman
Boys 10s Consolation Champion:  Dean Atway

Friday, April 12, 2013

RCC Wins Bronze Ball at Spring Nationals

Jack Dabek of Dublin and Robert Cash of New Albany battled through the best players in the United States to reach the final four at 2013 USTA National Spring Championships Boys 12's Doubles held at the ATP site in Delray Beach, Florida.

In round of 64, RCC defeated Brandon McKinley of Georgia and Ben Koch of Louisiana 6-4 6-1. They continued their success in the round of 32 beating Mike Andre of Nevada and Redd Owen of Utah. After dropping the first three games, the boys battled back to win 12 straight games resulting in 6-3, 6-0. In the sweet 16 Action Jack and Robo defeated two Floridians Dylan Breslaw and Jordi Redelijk 6-2, 3-6, 10-4.  In the elite 8, Robert and Jack defeated the number one team from the Eastern section, the number 11 and 25 ranked players in the country, blue chips Steven Sun and Cannon Kingsley 6-3, 5-7, 10-6. 

After capturing two match breakers in one day to reach the final four, Robert and Jack were awarded the Spring National players of the day! In the semis the RCC boys played the number 2 seeds from Washington, twins Thomas and James Yu.  After winning the first set 6-1, they fell in 3 sets.

In the most exciting match of the tournament Dabek and Cash defeated Robert Hammond of Florida, and the number 11 ranked player in the country, James Ignatowich of Connecticut. The first set started with 9 broken service games until Jack held at 5-4. After dropping the second set 3-6, and falling in the third set to a 4-3 30-love deficit, the boys from RCC battled back to break serve.  Robert held to go up 5-4 and they played an amazing last game to break serve with fantastic volleying on their second match point. For their success the boys from Racquet Club of Columbus received their first USTA bronze ball! 

Playing apart the RCC boys also have had success. Jack captured a regional with JJ Mercer of Huntington, WV in Cincinnati. Robert recently won two regionals: one with AJ Woodman of Toledo in Kalamazoo, and one with Ian Brady of Carmel, IN in Dayton. In addition, Robert won the Midwest Winter Championships with Nathan Jose of New Albany.

In the past 15 months the dynamic duo recently captured the prestigious USTA National Open in Monroeville, PA defeating 4 top 25 National players winning the final 8-2. For their success the boys were awarded an automatic spot in the doubles draw at Spring Nationals.

Last summer, Jack and Robert also helped the Racquet Club 14s Team win the Midwest Championships, and finish top 10 at Team Tennis Nationals in Columbia, S.C.

Previously, Action Jack and Robo were champions at Midwest Doubles Fest, Court One in Michigan, the OVTA championships and the Midwest Open. Jack and Robert are coached by RCC Director of Juniors, Gabe Higgs and RCC Head Pro, Bryan Nibert.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring Nationals Consolation South Champion

Congratulations to Jack Dabek who won the South Draw at the National Spring Championships.  He won 5 matches, including beating the number 12th, 9th, and 6th ranked players in the Midwest.  Jack and Robert Cash play for 3rd / 4th today in doubles.

Self-portraits reflect sophomore's talents

Self-portraits reflect sophomore's talents

Congratulations to George Liu, who won the gold medal in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest!  He will receive the medal at Carnegie Hall next month.  
George created the banners for the last 2 years for the 18s team tennis Nationals teams.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring Nationals Semifinalists

Congratulations to Robert Cash and Jack Dabek, players of the day at the Boys 12s USTA Spring Nationals.  They made the semifinals of doubles today by winning 2 matches in 3rd Set Match Breakers.  They are both still competing in Singles also.

RCC Orange Ball Tournament

The Racquet Club ran an Orange Ball 10 and Under tournament on Saturday.  There were 7 participants.  Congratulations to all those who participated.
Max Yerington finished 2nd and Annie Johnson finished 3rd in the Round Robin Tournament.
There will be another one on April 27th.

TRN Showcase Series

Congratulations to Connor Biernat and Colten Clark for winning the doubles last weekend at the Bluegrass Spring Open - TRN National Showcase Series in Louisville.  Connor was a finalist in singles.  Colten finished 3rd in singles.

Midwest Sportsmanship Award

Congratulations to Jack Dabek for winning the Sportsmanship Award at the Boys 14s Midwest Level 5  in March in Dayton.

Sells MathCounts team in state competition Saturday

Sells MathCounts team in state competition Saturday

Congratulations to Nari Johson, Alan Ding, Gordan Liu and Jesse Zhu for qualifying for States in Math Counts.